68-year-old Olivia Newton-John has been sadly battling breast cancer for the last six months. The former Grease star was first diagnosed with the illness in 1992, but later recovered.
However, the illness sadly returned earlier this year. The devastating news was announced in May 2017, leaving the former music legend facing the disease for a second time.
But it appears that determined Olivia isn’t willing to give in to the pain of the illness – and has revealed her rather unusual method of treating it.
She confessed that her pain relief of choice is a dose of medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, which she gets with a little help from her husband, John.
She said: “My husband’s a plant medicine man so he grew cannabis and made tinctures for me for pain and inflammation.” Most likely, she took the cannabis with alcohol, a common way of consuming the drug when it’s used for medicine.
Olivia maintained that it made far more sense for her to take the drug to ease her suffering, as opposed to chemotherapy, pills, or painful steroid creams. She confessed: “It helped me a lot with pain because I don’t like taking prescription drugs.”
And clearly a big advocate of the drug for medicinal purposes, she said: “It’s kind and compassionate. It’s what should be available for everybody to use.”
It’s long been thought by the fringes of the medical community that cannabis is a great option for relieving pain, but prescribing the drug in official medical centres has not happened yet.
Olivia revealed her battle with breast cancer in May. The star opened up about her pain, as she confessed that the cancer had spread to her lower spine, causing intense back pain.
At the time, she said: “The pain was the hardest thing. I can walk, but I can’t go long distances.” The actress has however since been spotted out and about on appearances, and appears to be in bright spirits.
Reportedly though, it seems Olivia is now well and truly on the mend following her battle with the illness. She’s recently said, “I’ll be fine. There have been a lot of women who have had reoccurrences and continue on with their lives to be old ladies. That’s my vision.”
We’re wishing Olivia all the best.