Willie Nelson Has Revealed That He's Stopped Smoking Weed For Good
Well, long before Snoop Dogg and his cronies started, Willie Nelson was famous for smoking weed.
If you want a demonstration, ask someone what they know about Willie Nelson and - despite him having released a tonne of music - the likelihood is that they'll tell you he smokes a lot of marijuana.
Anyway, the 86-year-old musical legend's pot-puffing days are now past him, according to a new interview.
Nelson told KSAT, a TV channel in San Antonio, Texas, that his health started to take a turn for the worse as a result the fact that he'd 'abused his lungs' for such a lengthy period of time.
So, in order to keep performing, he's had to knock it on the head. He's not given up weed altogether, he just sticks to the weed chocolates that his wife makes.
Apparently, he feels better for it.
He said: "Singing out there for an hour is a good workout. You're lungs are the biggest muscle you got, so when you're out there working, you're working out. [...]
"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 mistreated myself since I was this big.
"I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever, and that almost killed me. [...] I don't smoke anymore. I take better care of myself now than I did then."
Nelson also went on to dismiss talk that he is 'near death'. He said: "I don't give a s*** - excuse me. I'm here, I'm glad to be here, I'm lucky to be here."
It's not the first time recently he's chatted about his health. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said: "I used to smoke two or three packs of cigarettes a day and drank whatever there was there to drink and I had pneumonia four or five times.
"My lung collapsed, I almost died, so I said, 'Wait a minute, I ain't getting that high off of Chesterfields'.
"So I threw out the cigarettes, rolled up 20 joints, stuck it in there, and I haven't had a cigarette since."
Yeah, switching to the cannabis choccies seems like a decent idea.
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