The Red Headed Stranger recently told ‘Rolling Stone’ that weed saved his life by helping him kick a booze habit.
The interview covered several aspects of Nelson’s life, including his celebrity-branded weed company and his ongoing musical pursuits. But the most shocking highlight came when he discussed how cannabis rescued him from his previous life as an alcoholic.
“I wouldn’t be alive. It saved my life, really,” he told Patrick Doyle at Rolling Stone. “I wouldn’t have lived 85 years if I’d have kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40-years-old.
“I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people,” Nelson continued. “And probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too — out there drunk, running around.”
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Last year, actor and activist Woody Harrelson said Nelson convinced him to try a Willie’s Reserve vape cartridge after two years of abstaining from pot.
“I was in a celebratory mood and he hands me that pen and I was just snatched and it was like ‘ah, fuck it,'” Harrelson said. “I take a big draw of it and he says, ‘Welcome home, son.'”