How Do Musicians Choice Of Weed Strain Affects Their Music?

What do Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have in common? Their own cannabis strains! See how Artists’ favorite weed strains connect with their music.

By Kate Patterson

Over the years, Denver, Colorado, has gained the reputation for being the biggest ‘reefer town’ in the U.S. The “Mile High City” certainly has had its share of celebrities coming in to visit and experience legal marijuana consumption.

But as the cannabis culture is crossing over to the mainstream world, local musicians along with famous American rock stars are heading to Colorado to create their own marijuana strains. How cool is that?

With 4/20 – the official stoner holiday – coming up in a few short weeks, 303 Magazine teamed up with Big Gigantic, Snoop Dogg, Trev Rich, GRiZ, Willie Nelson and Allman Brothers Band’s bassist, Oteil Burbridge to test out their very own cannabis bud.

If you’re curious to find out what type of experience you can get from these famous musicians strains, keep reading. We’ll also delve into what it was like to smoke their strains, while at the same time, listen to their very own music.

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  • Musician: Willie Nelson
  • Genre: Country
  • Album: Wille and Family Live (Released 1978)
  • Name of Strain: Colin OG Strain (Indica)
  • Where To Buy This Strain: Diego Pellicer and LivWell Enlightened Health

The Inside Scoop: The initial scent that comes up when we lit up Colin OG was very distinct. It had a fruity smell that was very pungent. The smoke tasted a little bit sweet. If you like to smoke sweet strains, as opposed to the earthly ones, you’ll enjoy Colin OG for its berry fragrance.

Colin OG is an indica hybrid with a 70:30 indica/sativa ratio. In the initial stages of smoking, the indica effects were felt right away. It creates a body buzz and about halfway through, drowsiness creeps in. On the other hand, the sativa side to Colin OG is its mood-boosting effects. As the body buzz starts to make its way through, you feel uplifted and happy.

Now about relating it to Willie Nelson’s music. Since Colin OG is a dominant indica strain, listening to Nelson’s country ballad hits, “One Day At A Time”, “Crazy” and the “Red Headed Stranger Medley,” made you drift into a relaxing mood. Colin OG is meant for those who like to kick back, smoke and listen to the slow songs of Nelson’s laid-back Nashville twang.

Final Decision: Can you believe that Willie Nelson has been smoking weed for more than 60 years? He’s been noted for being the first country artist coming out of Nashville for smoking weed on stage and even advocating for its legalization since the 1960s.

In an April 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, Nelson called weed ‘the safest medicine.’ However, in December 2019, he has reportedly stopped smoking, since he is battling a serious case of emphysema.

But the legacy of Colin OG lives on as it’s still a popular strain sold on his brand site, Willie’s Reserve. If you’re a fan of Willie Nelson and cannabis, you got to get your hands on Colin OG. It’s for the smoker who likes to mellow out and listen to old country music. We’re sure that the man himself, Willie, would enjoy seeing you unwind and relax.

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  • Musician: Willie Nelson
  • Genre: Country
  • Album: Willie and Family Live (Released 1978)
  • Name of Strain: Sour Diesel (Sativa)
  • Where To Buy This Strain: Bud Fox Enterprises LLC and LivWell Enlightened Health

The Inside Scoop: Although Colin OG lined up perfectly with Nelson’s Willie and Family Live album, his Sour Diesel bud doesn’t trail off too far.

Nelson’s e-commerce website Willie’s Reserve is popular for carrying strains with high THC content and potency, and Sour Diesel ranks high in those two departments.

In comparison to Colin OG, Sour Diesel is a sativa plant. It doesn’t give the punch of a body buzz like Colin OG does. With Sour Diesel, you won’t feel anxious. The scent is that of a mix of ‘skunky’ and sweet. A few puffs of Sour Diesel and it tastes earthy with a hint of lemon and berries.

This complemented the 1978 release of the Willie and Family Live album as it brought out a creative and introspective feeling. While I was listening to Nelson’s live album, I closed my eyes and transcended back to that time. I imagined myself sitting on the lawn, smoking a joint, while Nelson performed on stage with his guitar and singing his country tunes in his deep Southern drawl. I was swaying slowly to his country hits, “The Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line” and “I Gotta Get Drunk.”

Final Decision: Even though Willie Nelson has reportedly stopped smoking weed in 2019 due to emphysema, do you think he wouldn’t have created a line of buds that didn’t complement his music? If you prefer sativa experiences that uplift your mood, smoke some Sour Diesel and turn up Nelson’s faster songs like “Uncloudy Day” and “I Gotta Get Drunk.”

Julian Marley Returns To The Stage For “AS I AM” West Coast Tour After Tragic Family Loss To Cancer.

Thousands to attend Julian Marley’s, 2019 West Coast “AS I AM” Tour,  in support of the Artist’s latest album release and his mission for Children’s Cancer Research Awareness.”   The chart topping 4th album release, “AS I AM” captivated music lovers worldwide last year, the West Coast fans have been eagerly awaiting their turn. 

CALIFORNIA:  Not since the loss of his father 40 years ago, has the artist endured this type of heart shattering family tragedy. Julian vows to continue creating healing awareness, through his global reach, growing Reggae Roots deeper in to the evolving culture; and spreading a message of urgency, unity and hope for the people.

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“I come “as I am” still healing- left with no choice but to turn to my music and advocacy. It is the only way to carry on,” – Julian Marley

This tour will begin a new chapter in Julian Marley’s music career and humanitarian efforts. The story Julian only recently made public to his fans -a few days ago inMerry Jane Magazine, was a hope filled, but somber experience. It explains what led to a few tour postponements- since the album’s release.

Over the summer Julian suffered the loss of  an adolescent, a close family member, deeply loved and honored by  all. This marks the 2nd Marley family member to be lost to cancer, a heart shattering tragedy for Julian, after losing his father almost 40 years ago.

In both sadness and a mission of determination, Julian courageously takes to the stage this Friday, to soothe our hearts-and his, through the healing power of his inspirational music. Carving out his own legacy, Julian is redefining the messages in Reggae music, passed down from generations of nobility- to motivate a new era advocacy, health awareness, and sustainability. Education to exercise our natural rights, in a limbo legal culture, with new medicinal education, is a cornerstone of Julian’s mission. With the help of research pioneer Tracy Ryan of CannaKids, and the charity Saving Sophie & JUJU ROYAL Foundation, they are raising funds and awareness on this tour—- to find a means to an end. Julian aims to bring proven data, results and treatment, to children needlessly suffering, by way of societies misinformation.

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Just this week, Snoop Dogg reached out to all of his “Snoop Lion” fans on Facebook, and posted a recent article to promote Julian’s upcoming tour-  and garner support for his cause.

California Music Festival “Northern Nights” To Feature Medical Cannabis Zone For Legal Cannabis Use

CALIFORNIA: Celebrating this Independence Day and its Emerald Triangle roots on the border of Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, known to many as the epicenter of cannabis growth in the U.S., the 5th annual Northern Nights Music Festival (NNMF) pioneers the path to freedom by ending the 80 year long prohibition and stigma around cannabis use and growth. Revolutionizing how cannabis will be incorporated into festivals for years to come, NNMF is excited to announce the expansion of its Medical Cannabis Zone into a full state-of-the-art “Tree Lounge” within the center of the festival. Available to medical cannabis prescription holders, the Tree Lounge will showcase over twenty Northern California cannabis collectives who have been perfecting their trade behind the Redwood curtain for generations. The lounge will also feature industry thought leaders, doctors on-site to give medical marijuana recommendations and issue cards to qualified patients, cannabis sampling, interactive installations, refreshments, meet-and-greets with headliners plus performances throughout the weekend on the Royal Gold Tree Stage.

Taking place July 14-16, 2017 just 3.5 hours north of San Francisco, on the festival grounds that has hosted Reggae On The River, Electric On The Eel and decades of events, NNMF’s goal is to bring the city to the country and reflect the unity and diversity of the six Nor Cal music collectives that put on the festival by featuring over 90 internationally renowned and breakthrough electronic and hip hop musicians plus river swims, yoga, dancing, and camping amidst one of the most sought out destinations in the world – the California Redwoods.

The dawn of a new age for cannabis use and acceptance in the United States is undeniably here and music festivals will seek creative and unique ways to make progress with the new laws. Ideas like the NNMF’s Tree Lounge are opening doors to a whole new financial market for festivals while giving promoters the ability to provide an even deeper and curated experience.

Within the safety of the Tree Lounge, attendees will be able to experience the exclusive “Yoga in the Grove” program curated by Bloom Farms. Also available will be North Bay Nectar providing cannabis infused and hemp infused massage oil for 6,000 massages with their innovative premiere cannabis infused body products made with organic ingredients. From the comfort of their own home, NNMF ticket holders will now be able obtain a cannabis recommendation online from PrestoDoctor and qualifying patients will receive a medical marijuana card at a discounted rate. NNMF ticket holders can email info@northernnights.org for a discount code. PrestoDoctor will also be available onsite to provide recommendations at their regular rates. Arriving with a current card has the advantage of expedited entry into the lounge.

Beyond the relaxing oasis of the Tree Lounge, the 5th Annual Northern Nights has curated exceptional experiential offerings including a new “Purple Nights” Art Gallery showcasing the works of the finest borosilicate glass artists from around the world. Other notable highlights of the festival is the beachside dance parties, afternoon river swims, a diverse lineup including Living Legends, Jai Wolf, Cherub, Big Wild, G Jones, Dirtwire, Random Rab, and Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage. The world class production in an intimate setting makes NNMF the perfect destination for city revelers to enjoy a farm to fest experience that is unlike any other. NNMF encourages all participants (18+) to activate their souls and smiles for three unforgettable days – no matter the path, you’ll find a home for the weekend in the majestic forests of NorCal.

Dance, swim, run or float your way to The Emerald Triangle for an experience unlike any other.
Tickets for Northern Nights Music Festival are on sale now!

NNMF 2017 Tree Lounge Collectives

OTG Organics ⧫ 1LN ⧫ Madrone California ⧫ Bloom Farms ⧫ WyldeHeart Ranch ⧫Redwood Roots ⧫ Humboldt’s Finest ⧫ General Extractions ⧫Emerald Pharms ⧫  Light Heart ⧫ Hillstrong Collective ⧫ The Humboldt Brand Cannabis Company ⧫ Lola Lola ⧫ County Line Ranch ⧫ Emerald Exchange ⧫ North Bay Nectar ⧫Old Kai ⧫ One Feather Ranch ⧫ Humboldt Brothers ⧫ Humboldt Apothecary ⧫  Wildseed

Northern Nights Music Festival 2017 Full Lineup 
Living Legends ⧫ Jai Wolf ⧫ Cherub ⧫ Big Wild ⧫ G Jones ⧫ Random Rab ⧫ Dirtwire ⧫ Falcons ⧫ Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage  ⧫ Moon Boots ⧫ Nombe ⧫ The Range ⧫ Vijay and Sofia ⧫ Adam Vida ⧫ Ekozu ⧫ IHF ⧫ Isaac Chambers ⧫ Jason Huber ⧫ Joyzu ⧫ Lapa ⧫ Luckyiam 3.0 w/ Dj Nykon ⧫ Manatee Commune ⧫ Manics ⧫ Mike Taylor ⧫ Mr. Fijiwiji ⧫ Nominus ⧫ Porangui ⧫ Project Aspect ⧫ Ryan Herr ⧫ Unlimited Aspect ⧫ Unlimited Gravity ⧫ Yungg Trip ⧫ Acacia Beats ⧫ Av8trix ⧫ Berel Alexander ⧫ Bisaria ⧫ Cash Johnson ⧫ Chief Greenbud ⧫ Christifari ⧫ Chrysocolla ⧫ Cremes N Lotions ⧫ Dean William ⧫ Devarock ⧫ DJ Rundat ⧫ Dreams on Fire ⧫ Dub Cowboy ⧫ Esch ⧫ Fresh Depz ⧫ Gabe Pressure ⧫ G. Davis ⧫ Guidance ⧫ H^M ⧫ Hypha ⧫ J. Handel ⧫ James Ando ⧫ Jay Ev ⧫ John Beaer ⧫ Just One ⧫ Kwovadus ⧫ Marco Utah ⧫ Marjo Lak ⧫ Mr. 415 ⧫ MSVG ⧫ Naughty Princess ⧫ Pretty Handsom ⧫ Rhizae ⧫ Solspace ⧫ Starfari ⧫ Subsuelo ⧫ Tacosnap ⧫ The Hype ⧫ The Rellies ⧫  Violin Girl ⧫ Amanda ⧫ Whiting ⧫ Zanapod ⧫ Zera