Melissa Etheridge smokes weed with her kids: 'It brings you closer'

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Melissa Etheridge has revealed that smoking cannabis with her children has brought them closer together.

The GRAMMY-winning singer became an activist for the drug after using it for medicinal purposes during her battle with cancer and says her kids now refer to it as medicine.

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"My children have a very clear understanding of cannabis," the 55-year-old mom of four told Yahoo during an interview for their Weed & the American Family report. "When I hold it without shame or confusion they can understand it as simple as if I was pointing to a bottle of Percocet and saying, 'That's mama's medicine.' You take the naughtiness out of it and it's not something kids then run to."

"I have smoked with my older two," Etheridge continued, referring to 20-year-old daughter Bailey and 18-year-old son Beckett. "It was funny at first and then they realized it's a very natural end-of-the-day and it brings you closer, so I'd much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink."

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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 20: Troi Irons, Melissa Etheridge, and CEO of Skyville Live Bryan Lee attend a special Woman's March Show at Skyville Live on March 20, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Skyville)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Melissa Etheridge performs at The Music Of Aretha Franklin show at Carnegie Hall on March 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Melissa Etheridge sings the national anthem before the game between the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Melissa Etheridge and Antabalas perform at 'The Music of Aretha Franklin: Live Rehearsal Show' at City Winery on March 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Recording Artist Melissa Etheridge attends the Primary Wave 11th Annual Pre-GRAMMY Party at The London West Hollywood on February 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Linda Wallem (L) and Melissa Etheridge arrive at Primary Wave Hosts Their 11th Annual Pre-Grammy In Partnership With Smirnoff Vodka at The London West Hollywood on February 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Primary Wave)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Singer Melissa Etheridge visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on February 3, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Singer Melissa Etheridge performs at SiriusXM Studio on October 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Singers Olivia Newton-John and Melissa Etheridge visit the SiriusXM Studio on October 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: (L-R) Tommy Lee, Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Melissa Etheridge, Vic Johnson, James Hetfield and John Mayer perform at the 3rd Annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert, a Benefit for the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at The Fillmore on May 15, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Melissa Etheridge attends the Women in Film spotlights women composers and songwriters on May 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Linda Wallem, Melissa Etheridge and Rita Wilson attend at the Women in Film spotlights women composers and songwriters on May 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Melissa Etheridge is seen at LAX on April 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - FEBRUARY 19: (Exclusive Access) Melissa Etheridge intimate performance at LBar Coctail Lounge at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on February 19, 2016 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (L) and ASCAP Membership VP John Titta speak onstage during the ASCAP Annual Membership Meeting and ASCAP EXPO Kickoff, part of the 2016 ASCAP 'I Create Music' EXPO on April 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Musician Melissa Etheridge (R) and actress Linda Wallem attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Melissa Etheridge performs onstage during the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Melissa Etheridge arrives for the Primary Wave 10th Annual Pre-GRAMMY Party at The London West Hollywood on February 14, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Melissa Etheridge (R) and Cat Cora arrive for the Primary Wave 10th Annual Pre-GRAMMY Party at The London West Hollywood on February 14, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem attend the Primary Wave 10th Annual Pre-Grammy Party at The London West Hollywood on February 14, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Musicians Blake Shelton and Melissa Etheridge, actress Linda Wallem, and singer Gwen Stefani attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Singer Melissa Etheridge performs onstage during the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Melissa Etheridge performs at City Winery on January 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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The Kansas native underwent a lumpectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Although doctors prescribed various prescription drugs to help her deal with the side effects of treatment, she took the advice of singer and close pal David Crosby and instead turned to medicinal marijuana.

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"It was a wake-up call for me," she said. "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. Going through chemotherapy is suffering... and cannabis helps so many parts of just that. That's just the beginning of what it does medicinally."

"I smoked to be normal. I smoked to be out of pain. I smoked to lighten myself because you're poisoning yourself with chemo," she added. "It wasn't about being high. It was just [getting] 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."

Despite beating cancer, Etheridge added that she still gets high today to maintain the "health benefits," like easing stress and sleeping better.

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The musician, who is married to Linda Wallem, also noted that the drug has been "the best marital aid."

"When it's date night ... it takes down your inhibition; your sexual desires are enhanced," she said. "We take a bath every night and smoke and talk and wind down and sleep a very, very good night's sleep -- and sleep is extremely important."


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