Olivia Newton-John has been using marijuana to cope with her cancer and now wants to change the way people look at the drug that is increasingly being used for medical purposes.
The “Grease” star appeared on the “Today” show Thursday morning where she revealed that she’s been using marijuana to relieve the symptoms that come along with cancer and chemotherapy.
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“People have this vision from the ’60s of people just sitting around and getting stoned,” the 68-year-old actress told Natalie Morales in a pre-taped interview. “I think that it’s not about that. This plant is a healing plant. I think we need to change the vision of what it is because it helped me greatly and it helps with pain and inflammation.”
This is the second time Newton-John has had to face cancer, but it hasn’t come close to breaking her spirit.
“I don’t read into prognosis and statistics because I think that can really be depressing and I’m not going to be one of those statistics, I’m going to be fine,” she said. “I will probably deal with this in my life as an ongoing thing. I think that you can live with cancer like you live with other things if you take care of yourself.”
In addition to being positive about her own situation, the actress and singer is helping others battle cancer as well. She has a treatment center in Melbourne, Australia named after her where they treat patients with holistic practices like yoga, massages, art and music therapy.