Melissa Etheridge is fast becoming an advocate for marijuana and its many benefits that she claims have made her life a whole lot better.
The Grammy-winning singer opened up about her use of cannabis in Yahoo's "Weed and the American Family" documentary, in which she said she's had the occasional smoke sesh with her two adult children.
"I have smoked with my older two," she said in the clip (above). "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."
Etheridge first discovered the benefits of marijuana when she used it medicinally for dealing with her breast cancer diagnosis in 2004.
"I asked many of my friends [who had gone through chemo], 'What’s the experience? What are you doing?' And my friend David Crosby, he was the first one who said, 'You know, Melissa, you have to do medicinal marijuana. You have to try cannabis. That’s the way to do it. It’s too hard otherwise.'" she said.
"I smoked to be normal. I smoked to be out of pain. I smoked to lighten myself because you’re poisoning yourself with chemo. It wasn’t about being high; it wasn’t at all anything like that," she said. "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, where I didn’t have to go to the hospital. It was great medicine."
Etheridge also credits marijuana for keeping her marital life hot and heavy.
"Cannabis is the best marital aid. 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."
Etheridge is taking her love for marijuana one step further by starting her own line of products, Etheridge Farms. The singer has two younger children, 10-year-old twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, who she says are very much aware of her marijuana usage.
"My children have a very clear understanding of cannabis,” she said. "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."