Alanis Morisette

b. June 1, 1974

Canadian singer/songwriter Alanis Morisette, who has run two marathons, told Runner's World magazine in 2009 that "running has made being depressed impossible. If I'm going through something emotional and just go outside for a run, you can rest assured I'll come back with clarity." She added that she occasionally indulges "in red wine, and it's fun to have medical marijuana once in a while."

That's doubly interesting because the New York Times has just published a summary of studies that indicate that cannabinoids, not endorphins, are responsible for the so-called "runner's high."

Morisette told High Times magazine in 2010, "As an artist, there's a sweet jump-starting quality to [marijuana] for me. I've often felt telepathic and receptive to inexplicable messages my whole life. I can stave those off when I'm not high. When I'm high - well, they come in and there's less of a veil, so to speak. So if ever I need some clarity... or a quantum leap in terms of writing something, it's a quick way for me to get to it."

As an actress, Morisette had a recurring role on Showtime's Weeds and appeared as God in Kevin Smith's 1993 film Dogma. She had her first child on December 25, 2010.

"I have a lot of friends who have wanted to specifically quit smoking marijuana because they felt that it was having a negative effect on their lives and I absolutely supported them doing so," she told High Times. "Then I have other friends who I've coerced into smoking because I thought it would be great for them."

 

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