This week, Olivia Newton-John is back in Australia, where she will champion the use of medical cannabis while helping to raise money for her wellness and research center.
Olivia, cancer, and cannabis
The Grease actress said she uses medical cannabis, which is legal in her home state of California, and that it’s helped her during her second fight against cancer.
I will do what I can to encourage it. It’s an important part of treatment, and it should be available. 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.
In Australia, the government has provided a pathway for the prescription of medical cannabis, but the process has been described as “somewhat complicated.” Currently, there are fewer than 150 patients in Australia that have access to medical cannabis, all while the industry is still navigating the regulations around cultivation licensing.
The Grammy award winner was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992. But, in May of this year, Newton-John announced that her cancer had returned and metastasized to her lower back, which saw her postpone her latest tour.
At first, she thought the pain was sciatica, but the breast cancer has spread to her lower back. The actress and singer says she uses the drug along with other remedies legally in her home state of California.
It is said that Newton-John chose her treatment therapies after consulting with physicians, natural therapists and the medical team at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, which she opened in Melbourne, Australia. According to the International Business Times, her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, also grows cannabis on a farm in Oregon.