Do you know who Bob Dylan is? He is not just a great American songwriter and artist, he is the one who introduced the Beatles to marijuana. To tell the truth, this rock legend is the man who made an invaluable impact on the cannabis culture. On Oct. 13, 2016, the fans of the rock legend saw an announcement on Twitter that made everyone rejoice: Bob Dylan had been chosen as the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Literature. The award makes Bob Dylan the foremost cannabis icon among all laureates.
Bob Dylan has played a significant role in the counterculture of the 60’s and its popularization. One of the core values of this time was experimenting with different mind-altering substances like cannabis, in which Bob Dylan actively participated. He also supported political activism and battled conformity.
The smoking circle of the legendary man was incredible. As we have already mentioned, he was the one who facilitated the first cannabis experience of The Beatles. It happened on Aug. 28, 1964, during his visit to the Fab Four, in a New York hotel. According to the words of Ringo, Dylan was the first to dive in. However, the rest of the group did not take a lot of time to join him and feel the effect of the herb first-hand. Marijuana influenced a lot of Beatles songs, including “Norwegian Wood,” their first work in the psychedelic rock genre. That is why it is safe to say that besides being a huge influence on the American culture, Bob Dylan contributed to the development of the international music scene as well.
Ironically, Bob Dylan composed only one song related to cannabis, and that is a well-known “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” from the 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. Dylan denied that it was a marijuana song. However, it did not prevent the fans from embracing the tune and making its chorus “Everybody must get stoned” the anthem of the cannabis world.
Seeing Bob Dylan honored with a Nobel award will make people forget about the stereotype of a lazy and underachieving stoner.