In 1992, actress and singer Olivia Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer but didn’t see any signs of it letting up until entering remission in 2013. Now, reports say the star is under the weight of cancer once again, this time spreading to her spine.
Aside from the unfortunate diagnosis and state of her health, Newton-John focuses on the “positive side of things, no matter what the challenge,” she told The Daily Mail while also citing that cannabis has played a major role in her everyday life.
She first started considering cannabis use when her husband, John Easterling, began cultivating many different strains on their farm in California. A Good Housekeeping article mentioned how Easterling began his ventures in plant-based medicine in the 90s after founding herbal wellness business Amazon Herb Company.
Fast forward to today, Easterling is proud to be growing a handful of different strains, 21 to be exact, that were all specifically designed to combat chronic pain, nausea, and inflammation for Newton-John.
And so far, she’s loved every one of them. In 2020, the Grease actress sat down for an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, where she explained how cannabis has truly helped her with “pain, with sleep, with anxiety, I believe with inflammation,” reports Prevention.
Prevention also wrote that Newton-John’s positive experience with cannabis resulted in her urging the Australian government to legalize medical marijuana. She added that it’s a “healing plant” and “is something that should be available to everyone who is going through a chronic illness or pain.”
Her admiration for medical marijuana has extended into ventures with her Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund: Beyond Cancer, which sheds like on the many benefits of plant-based medicine, not to mention her hospital in Australia, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness, and Research Center.