From his first toke outside a West Texas saloon to the joint he’s no doubt puffing on right now while touring with his band, Willie Nelson has been the world’s ultimate weed icon for over sixty years.So in the premiere episode of the hilarious new podcast Great Moments in Weed History, co-hosts Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock delve deep into the story of how the Red Headed Stranger came to smoke a joint on the roof of the White House.
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Along the way, we also learn how long Willie’s been getting high, and why he smokes so much weed (“Since 1954,” and “to keep down the rage.”) Plus every fascinating and hilarious detail about the fateful night when a “White House insider” escorted the outlaw country superstar to one of the highest points in Washington, DC and gave him the green light to spark up.
“Sitting on the roof of the White House with a beer in one hand and a fat Austin Torpedo in the other, I let the weed cover me with a pleasing cloud and drifted into a reflective mood,” Nelson wrote in Willie: An Autobiography. “Getting stoned on the roof of the White House, you can’t help but turn inward. Certain philosophical questions come to mind, like… how the fuck did I get here?”
Future episodes of the weekly podcast series cover everything from Maya Angelou’s life-changing first time getting stoned, to Carl Sagan’s weed-fueled scientific epiphanies, Brownie Mary’s life-saving magical treats, and the story of the political pranksters who opened Amsterdam’s first coffee shop.
So it’s a real mix of history, humor, and cannabis, with your hosts Abdullah (Bong Appetit on Viceland, High Maintenance on HBO) and Bean (author of How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High) encouraging listeners to blaze one along with them at the top of every episode.