Episode 94: Cannabis and Consciousness With Carlos Santana

The legendary guitarist Carlos Santana is renowned for his unique sound and a legacy of best-selling albums. He’s sold over 100 million records since his 1960s debut, winning numerous lifetime achievement awards, Grammys, and accolades. But this soulful musician isn’t resting on his laurels. He continues to tour, create new music, and headline a multi-year residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Santana has now expanded his brand to offer Mirayo, a line of cannabis products produced in partnership with Left Coast Ventures.

His current musical collaboration with his wife and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana is focused on celebrating the diverse sounds of blues, funk, jazz, rock, and pop. A recent release, their rendition of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Imagine, is donating 100% of streaming profits to WhyHunger’s Rapid Response Fund. The fund was established to combat the global hunger crisis that has only intensified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Cannabis & Tech Today connected with the legendary performer, he was nestled in his Hawaiian estate, enjoying some downtime from what is, by anyone’s standard, a jam-packed schedule for a 72-year-old entertainer. 

In this exclusive interview, Santana shares his soul. He discusses how he is grieving the loss of his brother, why the Black Lives Matter movement is ushering in a new wave of consciousness, and how cannabis has always been part of his cultural and spiritual identity.