Whoopi Goldberg: ‘View’ host, EGOT winner. Pot columnist?

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Actress Whoopi Goldberg attends the "For the Love of Cinema" dinner hosted by IWC Schaffhausen and Tribeca Film Festival at Urban Zen on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IWC) Actress Whoopi Goldberg attends the “For the Love of Cinema” dinner hosted by IWC Schaffhausen and Tribeca Film Festival at Urban Zen in New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IWC)

It takes a woman of many talents to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, and Whoopi Goldberg is one of the few who have done it.

So what’s her latest gig? Bimonthly pot columnist for The Cannabist, the Denver Post’s Web site dedicated strictly to marijuana.

“As I write my debut column for The Cannabist, talking about this newly legal weed and admiring the states that have had the foresight to legalize medical marijuana, I’m most tempted to extol the virtues of the vape pen,” Goldberg said Thursday on the site. “I didn’t anticipate this first column to be such a love story, some sort of semi-romantic comedy. But it works, and it’s true, and so here we go.”

Goldberg said she uses cannabis to treat the pain of her glaucoma-related headaches, and she admits, much of today’s weed is too strong for her. She likes her vaporizer pen because she can regulate the amount of weed she ingests:

These glaucoma-induced headaches come on like freight trains — like, BOOM, my head starts hurting, my eyes start bugging, my whole body starts to tense up. But then I find her, and it relaxes everything and calms everything. It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It’s wonderful.

The high is different, too. It feels like a gentle, warm breeze at the beach. It’s like someone undoing a vise grip, very slowly. It’s not overpowering — and I’m certainly not looking for that high high. I’m looking for relief.

Goldberg connected with Ricardo Baca, the editor of The Cannabist, after he was a guest on “The View.”

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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