Loretta Lynn on trying marijuana: ‘It hit me right here in the chest’

Emily Gray Brosious

November 30, 2016: 12:14 PM CT

Loretta Lynn tried marijuana for the first time at age 84(Photo credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music)

Loretta Lynn says she tried pot for the first time at age 84.


Country music legend Loretta Lynn has done plenty of things in her life, but up until now, trying marijuana wasn’t one of them.

The 84-year-old singer revealed in a recent People interview that even though her good friend Willie Nelson is known for smoking a lot of pot, she’d never actually tried it until six months ago when her doctor recommended it as a treatment for glaucoma.

“I got glaucoma and they gave me one of these cigarettes,” she told People. “I took one smoke off of it and it hit me right here in the chest. I like to have died! Glaucoma is just going to have to take over.”

Cannabis might not be her cup of tea, but Lynn defends her pot-loving pal Nelson.

“He’s one of the greatest people in the whole world,” Lynn said. “I know he smokes pot, but my goodness, there’s a lot [of] people doing a lot worse then smoking pot!”

Nelson, for his part, is capitalizing on his iconic stoner status. The country icon has started his own marijuana company and launched a line of branded marijuana in 2016 called Willie’s Reserve, which retails in Colorado and Washington.


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