Home > Lifestyle > Street drugs > News 11 November 2013 How Lady Gaga stopped smoking dagga She was smoking up to 15 joints a day to help relieve the pain of a hip injury. Here's how she stopped. 1 Toshifumi Kitamura, AFP Related Dagga not a 'safe' drug Lady Gaga: 10 quick facts Marijuana causes higher concussion risk for Canadian kids Like Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you depressed? » Ask Addiction Expert » Talk Divorce support » 'Stoner Sloth' anti-weed ads backfire The science of getting drunk Lady Gaga was smoking as many as 15 joints a day to help relieve the pain of a hip injury before a friend made her abruptly quit marijuana, the flamboyant pop singer says in an interview in British gay magazine Attitude.The singer had what she had said was a "huge breakage" in her right hip earlier this year that forced her to cancel about two dozen concerts and undergo surgery."I was smoking 15 joints a day. No tobacco. A day," the magazine reported Lady Gaga as saying in the interview."It was a habit that eventually occurred when the pain got so bad with the hip," she said."I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself and then sleeping it off and then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was."The singer said that her friend, the performance artist Marina Abramovic, had effectively forced her to stop. "It wasn't until I was with Marina and she said, 'Okay you're coming to my house, No television, no computer, no marijuana, no nothing, no food. For three days, art only. You eat only art," Lady Gaga said."I cold-turkeyed. For weeks and weeks I didn't smoke at all. And now I smoke a little bit at night, just you know, for fun - but not to cope. That's the difference. Marina was the only person who could get me to do that and it was not intended to be rehab."Etymological dictionaries date the term 'cold turkey' back to the 1920s, when it referred to the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting heroin rather than drugs in general.The US National Institute on Drug Abuse has estimated 9% of people who use marijuana will become dependent on it, rising to 25 to 50% among daily users. More in Lifestyle New drug may help curb smoking and drinking More: Street drugsNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.