There’s been a major casualty in the marijuana world. Don’t worry—Willie Nelson isn’t dead. But apparently, his longstanding and most infamous hobby is.
According to Nelson himself, the legendary country music star and world-famous toker is no longer puffing the green. Yes, you read that correctly—Willie Nelson quit smoking weed.
The End of an Era?
“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 don’t smoke anymore—take better care of myself.”
Nelson recently performed at the CMAs alongside fellow country star Kelly Musgraves, and it looked like he was laboring quite a bit. He also had to stop touring back in August due to health issues, before returning to the stage just a month later.
It was even rumored at one point that he was close to death. Nelson essentially corroborated that notion.
“I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever,” Nelson told KSAT. “And that almost killed me.”
Luckily, the country megastar has made significant changes to his lifestyle, namely, when it comes to any form of smoking.
“I don’t smoke anymore — take better care of myself,” Nelson said.
The good news—well at least for many Nelson loyalists out there—is that the musician has only quit smoking flower. Nelson told Rolling Stone that he still consumes THC regularly, only now through mediums that are less intense on the lungs like vaping and edibles.
Other Notable Celebrities to Stop Smoking Pot
There have been plenty of other notable celebrities who have long been synonymous with the green and decided to take an indefinite sabbatical.
Most notably, actor Woody Harrelson, who stopped smoking marijuana back in 2017 after what he called a “30 solid years of partying.” Harrelson smoked cannabis on the regular before giving it up abruptly.
Ironically, Harrelson recently started smoking again, courtesy of, you guessed it, Willie Nelson himself. Harrelson told Esquire Magazine that he took a giant rip off of Willie Nelson’s vape pen after a friendly poker game.
Harrelson’s rekindled love for cannabis is apparently now in full swing. He’s currently in the trying to open his own marijuana dispensary in Hawaii. Unfortunately, that hasn’t really gone according to plan, as Harrelson’s application was recently denied. Better luck next time, Woody.
Singer, songwriter, and actress Miley Cyrus also took a brief—and newsworthy—break from cannabis back in 2017. She claimed that smoking caused too mcuh “munching at home and playing video games.”
Luckily, the infamous party girl’s mother intervened last year, and she is now back to toking every now and again. Phewf.
Even Snoop Dogg— the Doggfather of cannabis, if you will—allegedly took his own break from smoking pot back in 2002. But perhaps a not-so-much-of-a-Spoiler-Alert: that didn’t last all that long. He even has a salaried blunt roller for crying out loud.
The moral of the story here is: people stop smoking weed all of the time. But they adapt. And probably realize there are way worse things that they can be doing to pass the time. So they might as well pass the blunt.