Willie Nelson Quits Smoking Cannabis for His Lungs

Willie Nelson is known as Texas’ most high-profile consumer of cannabis and recently, he has quit smoking the herb.

“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,” Nelson said on his KSAT-TV interview on Friday. “I don’t smoke anymore. I take better care of myself today.”

“Willie has not given up cannabis,” Nelson’s publicist stated when asked whether the 86 year old actor and musician still partakes weed.

“Singing out there for an hour is a good workout. Your lungs are the biggest muscle you’ve got. So when you’re out there working, you are working out.”

His comments reaffirmed that he’s got no plans to stop touring, even after breathing problems forced him to cancel six shows in August. He returned to the road in September.

“I don’t smoke anymore — take better care of myself.”

During the CMA Awards last month, Nelson performed with Kacey Musgraves and at one point it appeared as though he was struggling for breath. But he did pull through the performance.

Nelson, who has a history of emphysema and pneumonia per Rolling Stone and The Washington Post and started smoking cigarettes at a young age, did not specify how he consumes cannabis now.

Willie Nelson’s marijuana company, Willie’s Reserve, sells cannabis in edible, vape cartridge and flower form.

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