PHIL ANSELMO: ‘Creating Music With Pot Is The Way To Go’

Phil Anselmo

Last year, former PANTERA singer Phil Anselmo and his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, were guests on Santiago, Chile’s “Waka Weed TV” show.

During the chat, which has just now been uploaded to YouTube, Phil spoke about his reliance on marij*ana as a way to spark creativity and treat chronic pain.

“I deal with back pain every f*cking day, so, for me, right now, going the all-natural route — it’s all [as] natural as I possibly can for the last, I guess, a year and a half solid; really dedicated to it,” Anselmo said. “I quit drinking — what? — three years ago or something like that, almost four now. So, yeah, the weed is important — it’s important… Especially when you’re writing music, doing music, creating music for me — I love the pot, because it does help me focus.”

“Imagine each project that I have — each band has its own sound; they all sound unique. That way I can focus on the style of the band. And I take that style and expand it under its own genre — maybe even branch out. I don’t know.

“Creating music with pot is the way to go, and I’ve always known that, since I was a kid,” he added. “Even listening to music. When I was younger, you could blare something on the stereo in front of me, but until I smoked weed, that’s when I locked down and listened. That’s when I would be, like, ‘Oh, wow! I feel the power of this.'”