Movie star Olivia Newton-John is to sell off some of her famous clothes from films such as Grease and Xanadu to fund medical cannabis research.
The English-born Australian songstress has been taking cannabis oil from plants grown by her husband at their California home to help manage the pain of her stage-four breast cancer.
The 70-year-old has said using the CBD oil from her homegrown crop has made “a huge difference” not only to her cancer treatment but also to her anxiety and insomnia.
“If I don’t take the drops, I can feel the pain,” she told 60 Minutes Australia.
“So I know it’s working.”
The Grease legend said she tried cannabis once in the seventies, but didn’t enjoy the experience and had vowed to never touch it again.
Her husband – John Easterling – urged her to try again for medical purposes after she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time in 2017, discovering it had also spread to her bones. She was first treated in 1992, then again in 2015.
“I was highly confident up front, but inside I was nervous,” he said about encouraging his wife to use cannabis.
The couple and their family are now leading a campaign to persuade Australian authorities to legalise medical cannabis.
To help with research, the four-time Grammy Award winner is auctioning some of her famous outfits including the iconic black trousers and leather jacket from the 1978 hit Grease as well as gold shorts and top from her 1981 ‘Physical’ album.
The auction will take place at her Beverly Hills home in November, although the highly-popular star has confessed she has no idea if she will be alive to host the sale.
She admitted that she doesn’t know how long she has left to live, and nor does she want to.
“I don’t read statistics. If you believe the statistics, you’re going to make them happen,” she added.
“If somebody tells you ‘you have six months to live’, very possibly you will because you believe that.
“I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here. I’m living with it. Every day is a gift now, particularly now.”
Money raised from the sale will go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne where scientists will conduct clinical trials on medicinal marijuana.
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