The world of weed may be experiencing a seismic shift and, perhaps, the loss of one of its most enthusiastic consumers, as legendary country musician and stoner Willia Nelson announced that he is giving up smoking the doobage.
The singer-songwriter, who is almost as well known for his proclivity for the wacky weed as he is for his decades-long career in music told KSAT TV, “I don’t smoke anymore” in an effort to “take better care of myself.”
The 86-year-old confided that his many years of smoking cannabis has taken a toll on his health. “I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful,” he said.
It’s not just weed that has messed his lungs up. He said that when he was young, “I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever. And that almost killed me.”
Though that announcement has made a lot of headlines, Nelson’s representatives have clarified that he is not done with marijuana. “Willie has not quit cannabis,” read a simple and somewhat ambiguous statement issued to VICE News.
That could mean that the octogenerian is still using cannabis in other forms, for instance oils or edibles. Or it could be speaking to his business ventures in the cannabis industry, including his line of weed products under the banner of Willie’s Reserve.
Though his drug use may be slowing, that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down his notoriously busy touring schedule. At a sold out two night engagement at the Majestic Theater in Houston, the icon said that with or without his breathing difficulties, he is not going to give up touring any time soon.
“I love the bus,” he told KSAT TV. “This is my home.”
“I don’t give a [expletive deleted by KSAT TV],” he added. “I’m here, I’m glad to be here. I’m lucky to be here.”
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