There’s a secret weapon helping Olivia Newton-John in her battle with her second breast cancer diagnosis.
Newtown-John said her back pain, caused by the cancer at the base of her spine, had completely disappeared after using marijuana. “It’s a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal”, she explained.
But while Newton-John has been able to use her preferred THC or CBD products without issue, her family, friends and countrymen down under don’t have that same opportunity; an unfortunate fact that the “Physical” singer wants to help change. The former Grease plans to go to Australia this week to raise money and awareness on medicinal cannabis, and she also hopes to raise money for a wellness and research centre.
‘I will do what I can to encourage it. It’s an important part of treatment, and it should be available.
Olivia pledged to the publication that she’ll do what she can to “champion its use” in Australia. The 68-year-old singer is currently battling cancer for the second time, and has now said she finds the drug – which is legal in the state of California – “really important” when it comes to easing the pain which comes alongside the aggressive cancer treatment, as well as promoting “healing”.
To date, fewer than 150 patients in Australia have access to medical cannabis, while the industry is still navigating the regulations around cultivation licensing.
“My mom said, ‘Well, if you’re going to help people, then you should do it, ‘” she told Fox. She postponed her tour.
That same back pain had earlier caused her to postpone the first half of her tour, before the cancer was discovered.
“In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows,”the statement read”.
The songstress initially was diagnosed with cancer in 1992, undergoing chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy, and subsequently, a breast reconstruction.