Olivia Newton-John says medicinal cannabis ‘helps ease my breast cancer pain’ – iNews

Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction

Monday, 5th August 2019, 8:54 pm

Updated Friday, 6th September 2019, 4:25 pm

Olivia Newton-John has credited medical marijuana with helping her manage the pain associated with her stage-four breast cancer (Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty)

The English-Australian actress and singer said that using cannabis drops from plants grown by her husband at their home in California, where the drug is legal, had also relieved symptoms such as sleeplessness and anxiety.

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In an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, the 70-year-old star of films such as Grease and Xanadu said: “I really believe the cannabis has made a huge difference.

“If I don’t take the drops I can feel the pain, so I know it’s working.”

‘Helps ease pain’

Olivia Newton-John will be auctioning some of her outfits to raise money for medicinal cannabis research (Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty)

Her husband, John Easterling, said that Newton-John had used cannabis only once before, having tried it once in the 70s and deciding she did not want to do it again.

He said he had played a role in encouraging her to try it for medical reasons.

“I was highly confident up front, but inside I was nervous,” he said.

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Ms Newton-John said that despite her stage-four diagnosis she felt death was “a long way away”.

She said: “I see it as something in my body that I’m getting rid of.

“I don’t talk about a battle or a war because I think that sets up that kind of feeling in your body of you’re bottling something strange inside you. I let it go.”

‘I don’t read statistics’

Didi and her Grease co-stars Barry Pearl, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta attend the Grease 40th anniversary screening in 2018 (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)

She said she had no interest in knowing how long doctors thought she might live. “I don’t read statistics. If you believe the statistics, you’re going to make them happen. If somebody tells you, ‘You have six months to live’, very possibly you will because you believe that.”

Newton-John and her family are now campaigning for medical cannabis to be legalised in Australia.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne is seeking funding for clinical trials on medicinal marijuana – and the actress will be selling many of her personal belongings in an auction in Beverley Hills in November.

The iconic black trousers and leather jacket she wore in the 1978 high school hit Grease are among the items, alongside a pair of white and gold lamé shorts and top that she wore to promote her 1981 album Physical.

‘Every day is a gift’

Newton-John told 60 Minutes that she was enjoying spending time with family and friends at her home in the hills of Santa Barbara.

She said: “I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here. I’m living with it. Every day is a gift now, particularly now.”

As well as medical marijuana, Newton-John is also treating her illness with Amazonian herbs alongside conventional remedies.

Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction. The cancer returned in 2013 and again in 2017 when it spread to her bones.

Source: https://inews.co.uk/news/health/olivia-newton-john-medicinal-cannabis-breast-cancer-grease/

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