Consuming cannabis with kids on a recreational level is a sensitive subject. But as the country slowly adopts new cannabis laws and people become more receptive to the medicinal benefits of the plant, the activity may not be as controversial as most individuals make it out to be.
This is the message that Melissa Etheridge, accomplished musician, leading cannabis advocate and owner of Etheridge Farms wants to convey.
During the session, the 55-year-old admitted to consuming cannabis with her adult kids: 20-year-old daughter, Bailey Jean, and 18-year-old son, Beckett. The family bonding activity came very naturally, as Etheridge has been an avid cannabis enthusiast since her 20s.
She doesn’t consume cannabis when her two younger kids are around, but they have caught her in the act a couple times.
“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,” said Etheridge.
The cannabis advocate also lights up with her wife, Linda Wallem. Etheridge recommends a juicy indica strain, mostly known inducing relaxation, to ease into dates on Friday nights. She enjoys the recreational aspects of cannabis, as the musician claims it helps restore balance in her life.
Etheridge has made several public appearances at the High Times Cannabis Cup and on cannabis-themed television shows, including Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens, where she dabbed and freestyled with Bronson.
Cannabis became a monumental part of the Grammy-award winner’s life over two decades ago. In 2004, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Doctors offered her a broad range of prescription medicine to ease the crippling effects of chemotherapy. Instead of blindly accepting the pills, Etheridge looked for less invasive alternatives.
David Crosby, iconic musician and founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (also the donor father of her two oldest kids), urged her to look into medicinal cannabis.
During treatment, it helped the singer-songwriter communicate with her children, restore appetite and boost morale. The mother of four is currently cancer-free. The debilitating ordeal changed her views surrounding the potential of cannabis as a medicine.
“When I used it as medicine, it became so clear to me that it has been maligned and misunderstood, and I really wanted to help people who are suffering,” explained Etheridge. “I mean, going through chemotherapy is suffering… and cannabis helps so many parts of just that.”
Today, she is still deeply affiliated with the life-saving plant through the Etheridge Farms brand. In 2016, the musician debuted her second line of cannabis products, which includes lotions, oil cartridges, edibles and flowers, in medical dispensaries around the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Etheridge Farms balm is widely popular and known for helping patients cope with arthritis, inflammation and sore muscles.
“I want it to be more than just a name,” said the musician. “These are sun-grown California products. I want to really focus my products on wellness and on the medicinal part.”
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