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Olivia Newton-John Says Husband’s Home-Grown Cannabis Is Helping with Her Cancer Pain

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PeopleMarch 7, 2019 8:07 AMFollow

When it comes to treating her stage 4 breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John is doing all she can to feel her best.

“I decided I would use everything I could to get stronger,” she tells PEOPLE in this weeks issue, opening up about living with the cancer that has spread to her back.

The Grease star, whose new memoir Don’t Stop Believin’this link opens in a new tab is out in the U.S. on March 12, reveals that last September she suffered a pelvis fracture, caused by the weakening of her bones due to the disease.

Recuperation hasn’t been easy, but she credits her husband John Easterling, 66, a natural health entrepreneur, with helping her feel better every day.

At their southern California ranch, “My husband hands me all these herbs every morning and makes me a green algae drink,” she says. And a proponent of medicinal cannabis, “He grows the plants and makes them into liquid for me. I take drops maybe four to five times a day.”

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Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling

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Initially, Newton-John was “a little nervous” using the drug given the stigma (she’d tried marijuana a few times recreationally as a young adult), but she came around. “It has helped incredibly with pain maintenance and sleep.”

Daughter Chloe, who lives in Portland, also runs a cannabis farm. Says Newton-John, “It’s an amazing plant, a maligned plant, but it’s helping so many people.”

For more on Olivia Newton-John’s health and life now, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Though she’s a staunch believer in natural treatments, the star received radiation treatment at her Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centrethis link opens in a new tab in Melbourne following her recent injury and is also taking an oral form of traditional medicine prescribed by her oncologist.

Newton-John admits she can be guilty of sugar-coating her experience. “I probably downplay things a lot,” she says. “I hate talking about my health. I don’t like to worry people.”

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She’s also a trained expert at positive thinking. “The first time I had breast cancer in 1992, I had a transcendental meditation teacher come and give me a mantra. And Deepak Chopra, who was a friend, gave me a mantra.”

These days, “I pray. I meditate. I manage to find stillness just being in nature or playing with my dog or going down and playing with my little mini horses or chickens. I love animals. I find calmness in that.”

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Olivia Newton-John

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With the recent health scare, it’s also Newton-John’s first experience having time off in decades. “I’ve been working my whole life. Now, I’m getting up in the morning, feeding my cat and my dog and my husband, usually in that order. Just enjoying being a housewife.”

Speaking of joy, she’s also a convert to organizational guru Marie Kondo: “My drawers! You’ve never seen such neat clothes!”

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An increasing number of seniors are getting to be aware of the curative properties of CBD and other cannabinoids. CBD has”anti-ageing” properties and might treat or alleviate the symptoms of several age-related diseases.

In the last few decades, seniors eventually began considering cannabis as a medical herb rather than a dangerous drug. That’s a huge deal for a generation that grew up during prohibition, and it has to be for good reason. All around the world, an increasing number of seniors are getting to be aware of the curative properties of cannabinoids, together with the non-psychotropic CBD being a favorite option. Not that a little THC would hurt most elderly people, yet in many countries the legislation on medical cannabis continue to lag behind scientific findings.

Health deterioration is an inevitable part of the aging process, often leading seniors to utilize pharmaceutical drugs with numerous (and sometimes severe) side effects. Research is demonstrating that CBD has”anti-ageing” effects on our body, and it may treat or alleviate the symptoms of most age-related diseases–with no significant side effects. Many seniors will also be discovering its positive effects on their overall wellbeing, not simply to address certain issues. Below are some common conditions where seniors can benefit from CBD.

Anyone over age 60 starts experiencing some sort of pain. It may be from prior injuries, joint or muscle soreness, or other ailments. It’s claimed that cannabis is a pain-reliever to the same extent as, or better than, prescription drugs. Cannabinoids have the ability to decrease pain associated with cancer, arthritis, neuropathy, spasticity, headache, migraines, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, post-operation and post-injury retrieval, and spinal cord injuries and ailments.

Several studies have shown CBD to be a promising remedy for joint pain in addition to its underlying causes. A recent analysis by the University of Chicago revealed how cannabinoids produce”clear action” in an assortment of versions of joint pain in animals.

The study also recognises that”data has shown that the various elements of the endocannabinoid signalling system are expressed in the appropriate cells in people and animals” and that cannabinoids might actually create beneficial effects on joint pain.

Another study, this time by Halifax University, Canada, has shown that severe joint inflammation caused by induced osteoarthritis in rats was decreased by neighborhood CBD therapy. The information presented in this study imply that local government of CBD blocked the pain, and that prophylactic CBD treatment prevented the subsequent development of pain and nerve damage in arthritic joints.

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