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Olivia Newton-John used medicinal cannabis to help with breast cancer pain

The singer/actress wants to advocate for cannabis to be used in medical treatment.

Olivia Newton-John used medicinal cannabis to help her deal with her pain during her breast cancer fight.

In May (17), the Grease star announced she was postponing a series of dates on her An Evening With Olivia Newton-John tour in America's Midwest due to severe back pain she attributed at the time to sciatica. She was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer, 25 years after she first fought and overcame the disease, and ended up postponing all of her tour stops.

However, last month (Aug17), Olivia revealed she was "feeling great" and resumed her concerts. She now explains she has been using medicinal cannabis to help with the "pain and healing.

"It's a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal," she tells The Daily Telegraph.

Now that she has incorporated it in her own treatment, Olivia insists she wants to advocate for other people to be able to use it for medicinal purposes.

"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."

And she explains since embarking on the natural treatment, her pain is virtually gone.

"As far as I am concerned, my pain level is gone," she says. "I had terrible pain - I was limping and walking like a duck and a penguin for a while, (but) that part of it is gone.

"I am getting my mobility back to normal all the time, but I have done tests of course to see that things are better, have had my blood work tested, and these things lead me to believe that I am on top of it..."

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