Olivia Newton-John Opens Up About Using Cannabis For Cancer Pain

By David Konow 04/09/19

“I use a lot of cannabis in my healing. It helped me incredibly with pain and sleep. Opiates are killing people and cannabis doesn’t,” the prolific entertainer explained.

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John, the Australian star of Grease and Xanadu, is known for her bright and positive public persona, even in the face of fighting cancer. Newton-John has had to endure three bouts with it over the last 27 years, including her current fight with stage four breast cancer. She tells Yahoo Lifestyle that one of the key ingredients in fighting the disease is “a lot of cannabis.”

As the singer explains, “I use a lot of cannabis in my healing. It helped me incredibly with pain and sleep. Opiates are killing people and cannabis doesn’t.”

Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, is in the wellness industry, and he grows cannabis in their home. Olivia told People, “He grows the plants and makes them into liquid for me. I take drops maybe four to five times a day.”

Newton-John hadn’t indulged in cannabis much in her life, and at first she was “a little nervous” about taking it. But she then discovered that it was remarkably beneficial to managing her pain and contributing to her overall wellness. (Her daughter Chloe is also a cannabis farmer.)

The singer-songwriter was pleasantly surprised to find that cannabis is “an amazing plant, a maligned plant, but it’s helping so many people.”

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, but she refused to let her diagnosis affect her mental health. “I had to make a decision that no matter what, I was going to be OK,” she explains. “My main decision was, ‘I’m going to get better, and I have a young child to raise.'” (Her autobiography is titled, appropriately enough, Don’t Stop Believin'.)

In addition to cannabis, Newton-John also prays and meditates as part of her wellness routine. “The first time I had breast cancer in 1992, I had a transcendental meditation teacher come and give me a mantra,” she said. “And Deepak Chopra, who was a friend, gave me a mantra [too].”

Newton-John also told The Telegraph that her dream is that the medical marijuana laws will change in her native Australia and that “it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer that causes pain.”

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