In a cheeky disco video posted at Instagram, Jane Fonda revealed she'sworking with Uncle Bud's Hemp in Los Angeles. Fonda showed off several of their products, including a hand santiizer and added this comment:
@unclebuds_hemp sent me a self-care package, which has been helpful in me keeping my groove while I’ve been home. Thanks for the Uncle Bud's Hemp Hand Sanitizer, CBD Lip Balm, and Hemp Body Lotion. And an even bigger thanks for donating 1,000 free hand sanitizers to @safeplaceforyouth to help keep homeless youth safe during this crisis. Over the next 48 hours, Uncle Bud’s will donate an additional bottle of Hemp Hand Sanitizer to Safe Place for Youth per re-post or share that tags @UncleBuds_Hemp. Stay vigilant and stay protected! #advertisement
Fonda told WWD why she's become a celebrity ambassador for Uncle Bud's:
"I use a pen that limits how many doses you get, which is way better than taking sleeping pills... But I was never majorly into pot to tell you the truth. However, I have osteoarthritis, so things that help with pain and inflammation are good. I have relatives who are elderly and I have sent them these products and they have really made a difference for them. Then I have indigenous friends who grow industrial hemp, and I’m learning a lot about hemp as a viable economic sector we need to foster. I found out recently, for example, that Henry Ford made a car out of industrial hemp fiber, and there’s something on YouTube that shows a guy with a sledge hammer trying to make a dent in this hemp fiber car, and he couldn’t. So it was a hemp fiber car that couldn’t be dented that ran on hemp oil!"
"I was never majorly into pot to tell you the truth."
She previously told Dujour:
"I’ll smoke pot every now and then. I cannot see a movie on pot. The number of movies I’ve seen thinking, This is probably the best I have ever seen, and then I’ll see it again sober and think, What was I thinking?"
In an 2021 interview with Forbes, Fonda discussed hemp at length:
“I wear hemp clothes. I’m really interested in having the U.S. bring back hemp as a major part of its materials economy. I fell in love with some pieces of clothing and then found out they were made of hemp and I was like: ‘Hemp? I thought it would be like a potato sack!’ But they weren’t. They were lovely and soft, flexible and pliable.”
She continued: “In the formation of this country, our forefathers, including George Washington, grew hemp. It was a major part of life and the economy back in the 1700s. They probably smoked it too, old George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
“I’m really interested in having the U.S. bring back hemp as a major part of its materials economy."
“It can be a homegrown, local, decentralized product that can be in the control of people who've been marginalized in the past,” Fonda added. “And that's why I like it.
“We have to phase out fossil fuels from our economy, and we have to do it quickly. You know, it could be made into plastic, man! I mean, you could get rid of fossil fuel-based plastic, create a plastic equivalent out of hemp. Put that in a pipe and smoke it!”
She finished by proclaiming, “Hemp is a miracle product” and “hemp is a magical plant.”
Fonda famously smokes a joint with Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in 9 to 5 (1980) and later played a pot-smoking grandma in Peace, Love and Understanding (2012). She's also co-starred with Tomlin in the stony Netflix series Grace and Frankie since 2015.
This article was originally posted on May 15, 2020. It has been updated.