Willie Nelson Says He’s No Longer Smoking Cannabis

Willie Nelson Texas’ most famous pot smoker, has swapped out smoking joints for something that doesn’t hurt his lungs quite as much. Nelson recently told fans during a sold-out show at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas that he had no plans to give up touring. But when it comes to addressing his respiratory issues, the 86-year-old icon has come to realize that the best tonic is not necessarily chronic.

Years of smoking marijuana, the country music legend admits, has taken a toll on his health.

Nelson, 86, said “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.”

“I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever,” he said. “And that almost killed me.”

It didn’t, so he made a decision.

“I don’t smoke anymore – take better care of myself,” Nelson said.

His health issues have generated rumors suggesting that he is near death.

“I don’t give a (expletive deleted) I’m here, I’m glad to be here,” and with a smile added “I’m lucky to be here.”

Nelson told Uncut, a British music magazine, that he uses a vaporizer to toke up because joints are more harmful for his lungs and singing voice, according to WTVA.

The singer told Uncut magazine, “I enjoy smoking. But I use a vaporizer these days; they’re better for your voice and lungs. There’s no smoke and heat on it. Even though marijuana smoke is not as bad as cigarette smoke, any time you put any kind of smoke in your lungs it takes a toll of some kind.”

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Nelson has lately been spreading his pot knowledge, giving New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd advice on how she should consume marijuana for a column.


Nelson, of course, is famous for his efforts to legalize marijuana and for his prodigious use of the plant. One of his songs is titled “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

He recently received his 52nd Grammy nomination for “Ride Me Back Home,” the title track of his 2019 album, in the Best Country Solo Performance category. Nelson has won nine Grammy Awards over the years.

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