Afroman Remade “Because I Got High” to Convey That Weed Won’t Actually Ruin Your Life


If you think really hard, all the way back to 2001, you might remember Afroman’s hit song “Because I Got High,” which basically outlined the rapid nosedive your life will take if you ingest too much cannabis. First, this song explained, you’ll blow off small tasks like cleaning your room, and then you’ll be missing bigger responsibilities like class and work. As things continue to escalate, you’ll soon start missing court appearances, blowing off child support payments and, eventually, just messing up your entire life. All because you got high.

But 13 years later, the rapper is back to recant that message. He partnered with Weedmaps (considered the “Yelp of weed dispensaries”) and Norml (a marijuana reform nonprofit) to put a pro-legalization spin on the classic tune. Now, Afroman is telling us all about the benefits of ganj. Smoking it helps with everything from glaucoma to anxiety attacks, he explains…

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