The ‘80s pop star has battled cancer off-and-on for nearly three decades.
In 1992, doctors first diagnosed the Grammy-winning artist with breast cancer. In 2018, the cancer metastasized, despite a mastectomy and years of chemotherapy treatments.
“I use a lot of cannabis in my healing. It helped me incredibly with pain and sleep,” she told Yahoo! News on Wednesday while promoting her new memoir, Don’t Stop Believin’.
“Opiates are killing people and cannabis doesn’t,” she added.
Cancer patients often take cannabis to control nausea, pain, and lack of appetite caused by both the disease and its conventional medical treatments, like radiation and chemotherapies.
A recent study showed cannabis could also reduce night sweats, another problem many cancer patients struggle with.