Ellen DeGeneres tells millions that she tried using cannabis infused tonic

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In her opening monologue, the talk show star says her friend Chelsea Handler brought her attention to cannabis-infused beverages.

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In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres tore down barriers when she was born to be gay in an infamous Time magazine story.

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Earlier this week, the comedian offered another groundbreaking reveal, telling millions of viewers in her opening monologue that she’s drinking cann, a popular cannabis-infused social tonic. Yes, she drinks cannabis.

DeGeneres joked about a not-so-funny incident that saw her wife Portia Di Rossi be hospitalized for appendicectomy.

“How was the weekend for everyone? Does anyone else need to take their wife to the emergency room for appendicectomy? Anyone? No? Just me?” She asked her audience on the episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Tuesday.

She then revealed details of the story. Last Friday night, Ellen Cann tried to relax. The drink, which she declared as “mostly CBD with a tiny 2 milligrams of THC” was recommended by her friend Chelsea Handler, a passionate cannabis user and lawyer.

“Chelsea Handler told me about it,” said Ellen. “So it was only a matter of time before I was topless.”

Handler made waves on social media recently for posting videos celebrating her birthday by topless skiing.

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After DeGeneres drank the cann and took “sleep vitamins” called Rae, he went to bed to be woken up by Di Rossi, who was moaning in pain from another room. The two rushed to the hospital and Di Rossi had to have her appendix removed.

You can see the monologue below:

Chelsea Handler isn’t the only fan (or investor) who gives cann to her friends. Ruby Rose and Kate Hudson recently endorsed the brand. Hudson sent a collaboration with her brand King St. Vodka, while Rose sent out a gift with Cann for her birthday.

The product is part of a general upward trend in cannabis beverage consumption. According to the “Disrupting Drinks” report published by Prohibition Partners, the market for cannabis-infused beverages is expected to grow to an estimated $ 4 billion by 2024.