Olivia Newton-John Uses Medicinal Cannabis In Cancer Fight
Singer Olivia Newton-John says she will champion the use of medicinal cannabis when she returns to Australia this week to help raise money for her wellness and research centre.
Olivia, who revealed she is fighting a second battle with breast cancer in May this year, has told News Corp:
"I will do what I can to encourage it. It's an important part of treatment, and it should be available,".
Olivia said the drug – which is now legal in her home state of California – has helped her immensely.
"I use medicinal cannabis, which is really important for pain and healing,"
"It's a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal."
She has said that she will do what she can to help make medicinal cannabis more widely available to those in need in Australia, where obtaining the necessary permission — as well as the cannabis itself — is a complicated process that can vary from state to state.
“I will do what I can to encourage it,” she says.
“It’s an important part of treatment, and it should be available. I use it for the pain and it’s also a medicinal thing to do — the research shows it’s really helpful.”
This week Olivia will be in Melbourne for a gala dinner for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, which she set up after her first cancer battle 25 years ago.