Women of Weed: Olivia Newton-John
Updated: May 15
Women of Weed is a High Vibes Media series highlighting admirable ladies who work to educate and advocate for the cannabis community.
The iconic Oliva Newton-John is advocating for everyone to have access to medical cannabis. The actress, who played Sandra Dee in the 1978 movie, Grease, spoke at the 2019 Wellness Walk and Research Run in Melbourn, Australia. Ten Daily reported that she told the crowd "I hope to be able to soon offer that to everyone -- that's my dream."
She was recently featured on CBS Sunday’s Sunday Profile segment. She shared that she uses cannabis for pain relief associated with her cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1992. She was 43 when she discovered a lump in her breast during a self-examination. After chemo she was cancer-free. Then in 2013, she learned it had spread to her back. She went into remission but in 2017 learned that the cancer had come back. It was stage 4.
In an interview on Dr. Phil, she said that chemotherapy wasn’t an option for her this time so they offered her estrogen blockers. They ended up making her depressed which she didn’t believe was good for her quality of life. So she started focusing on natural therapies for estrogen blocking and alternatives like leafy green vegetables.
Her husband, John Easterling who Olivia describes as her “medicine” man, is an advocate for holistic healing through plants. He grows cannabis in their home in California and uses them to make tinctures for her. The duo are featured in the documentary “High Like Mike”. The film tells the story of people trying to get access to medicinal aspects of cannabis for a variety of different illnesses like brain cancer, epilepsy, and tumors. Olivia and John share their story of how cannabis has played a role in Olivia’s healing process.
Olivia founded the Oliva Newton-John Cancer Research Institute to help advance the study of cancer. In many interviews, she shares not only her belief in the medical benefits of cannabis but also in holistic practices like herbs, positive thinking, and meditation. Her research institute partnered up with Austin Health to create the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. The Centre focuses on complete wellness and positive healing for living with cancer.
This November she will be auctioning off her most famous costume pieces to help fund the research institute and wellness center.
A friendly reminder from the HVM team that breast self-examinations should be performed by both men and women monthly.
Written By: Rebecca Victoria @thatcannabiswriter