Melissa Etheridge wants to end the stigma surrounding the use of marijuana, revealing during the new Yahoo project Weed & the American Family that she gets high with her wife and kids, PEOPLE reports.
The mom of four revealed that all of her children view the drug as medicine, and the star shared that she herself began using cannabis as a way to help herself through chemotherapy treatments after she battled breast cancer in 2004.
"When I started using cannabis...It wasn’t about being high,” she said of her decision to forgo pharmaceuticals in place of medical marijuana. “It was just being to a place where I could communicate with my children, to where I could get up, to where I could eat. It was great medicine.”
Etheridge revealed that she has smoked with her two older children, daughter Bailey, 20, and son Beckett, 18.
“I have smoked with my older two,” she said. “It was funny at first, and then they realized, it’s a very natural, end-of-the-day [thing] … And it brings you much closer. I’d much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink — oh, God, no.”
The singer also noted the positive effects cannabis has had on her marriage to wife Linda Wallem.
“Cannabis is the best marital aid,” she added. “When it’s date night … It takes down your inhibition; your sexual desires are enhanced. We take a bath every night and smoke and talk and wind down and sleep a very, very good night sleep — and sleep is extremely important.”
“My children have a very clear understanding of cannabis,” explained Etheridge, who is also mom to 10-year-old twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven. “When I hold it without shame or confusion, then they can understand it as simple as if I was pointing to a bottle of Percocet and said, ‘That’s Mama’s medicine.’ You take the naughtiness out of it, and it’s not something that kids run to.”
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