The icon is also a tireless advocate for America's farmers, and he hopes changing laws around hemp production will be beneficial to them financially.
"Hemp production was suppressed in America because hemp was competitive to too many industries. The country probably missed some opportunity during hemp prohibition," Nelson states. "But another way to look at it is that hemp is the answer to [a] huge range of challenges we're facing right now. Allowing commercial hemp farming will create jobs for the farmers."
The country legend is a longtime advocate for the beneficial effects of cannabis, and his new line of products are infused with CBD oil, beginning with a whole bean, CBD-infused coffee. Each small-batch roast is infused with CBD oil that was derived naturally from organic, American-grown hemp. According to a press release, an 8-ounce cup of Willie's Remedy contains about 5 milligrams of CBD oil.
Nelson has been very open about his fondness for cannabis over the years, and he personally tests all of his products, which he insists must be cultivated on independent farms in small batches and use only organic inputs. CBD oil is a derivative of the cannabis plant, and advocates say it has many of the same health benefits of marijuana; however, its lack of THC means users do not experience the euphoric or psychoactive effects of marijuana.
Willie Nelson is expanding his Willie's Reserve line of cannabis products with a new range of THC-free products called Willie's Remedy.
"It's two of my favorites, together in the perfect combination," Nelson says. "Like coffee, cannabis is a plant that works for me."
Country Artists Who Have Smoked Pot and Told Us About It:
The coffee is set to launch in September in Colorado, one of the U.S. states where marijuana is now legal. Culture Map Austin reports that Willie's remedy will introduce more products later in the year.
In a study published on Addictions.com, data researchers reported that country stars sing more about marijuana than any other drug, but coke and meth are second and third runners-up.
Country music’s most well-known toker even has his own line of marijuana. Getting a chance to puff with Nelson is a rite of passage bestowed upon only the most worthy in country music, and it’s a memorable experience (or so we hear). Actually, it may not be memorable if you can’t remember it.
You know Willie Nelson and Toby Keith have smoked — that story has been well told — and friends of Willie, like Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard may come as no surprise, either. We promise at least one artist on this list will shock you, however. There’s a famous country female who not only admits to smoking pot, but trying a few edibles!
Lynn smoked for the first time at age 84 per her doctor’s recommendation. She was suffering from glaucoma and needed something to ease her symptoms. “I took one smoke off of it and it hit me right here in the chest,” she said of the experience. “I like to have died!” However, none other than Willie Nelson tried to persuade her to give it another try.
Lighting up with Nelson is recognized as the rite of passage it is, bestowed upon only the worthiest in country music.
7. Jake Owen
During a Men’s Journal interview meant to promote his fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church said he doesn’t smoke weed anymore because it’s too harsh on his vocals, but he does enjoy edibles.
During an album release event for her second studio album, Like a Rose, Monroe and country star Vince Gill were talking about one of her songs on the album, “Weed Instead of Roses,” a love song that is clearly about weed.
3. Reba McEntire
Tennessee-born country singer Ashley Monroe is one of the most popular performers of her generation, and it turns out she’s also a fan of cannabis.