Bob Dylan is one of music’s most prolific songwriters. The poet, warbling singer, and musical artist is renowned for his lengthy and impressive career, and he’s made it clear that much of his music was inspired by the muse that is cannabis.

From ‘Zimmerman’ to ‘Dylan’

Dylan doesn’t remember who specifically turned him on to cannabis, but in the early 1960s, while perusing the coffeehouse scene in Dinkytown, Minnesota, cannabis was plentiful and abundant. He often played at Ten O’Clock Scholar, a coffee house near the University of Minnesota where he was enrolled as a student. It was during these performances that the singer, née Robert Zimmerman, first dubbed himself “Bob Dylan,” inspired by poet Dylan Thomas.

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