Melissa Etheridge is entering the marijuana business with her company, Etheridge Farms.
The musician has said that she is currently working on the branding of the product, adding “There’s a balm that’s so good for muscles and arthritis. I have my own smoke, some edibles and some [oil] cartridges. I’m really just entering the market with what I’ve learned in the last 10 years about cannabis in wanting to bring a product to America that is focused on health and on wellness and how important this plant is and used to be in our medicinal system. Seventy years ago it was on pharmacy shelves, now it’s time to get back to that; to understand plant medicine. That’s really where I want to enter this market in — is for the person who is looking to unwind at night and not have a couple of drinks and feel like crap in the morning. Maybe this is an alternative, maybe I can wind down this way. And wow, maybe this topical actually helps with this inflammation. I just feel really strongly about the medicinal aspects of cannabis.”
Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago, but is now cancer free. The musician attributes that in part to her use of marijuana,“I believe anybody who smokes cannabis is using it medicinally, whether they consider it so or not,” adding “My stress level and all the things I felt contributed to my cancer 12 years ago, I absolutely treat them everyday by smoking cannabis and keeping a balance in my life.”
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