Seen above making the kind of smile you make after taking a long toke of a new strain that hit you just right, Melissa Etheridge talked about her love of heaven’s most beautiful plant, weed, with Yahoo!’s project Weed & the American Family. Melissa says that as a good shit advocate, she’s working to erase the stigma of marijuana smokers. Melissa says that in her house, all her children know that she smokes, and she doesn’t smoke around her young ones, but she does get high with her oldest ones. And just like that, Brad Pitt burped up a text to his ex-friend Melissa asking her if she’d adopt him.
Melissa says that booze has never really been her thing and ever since she was 21, she has used weed to relax her nerves. But she didn’t start using marijuana regularly until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Melissa used the pain-killing good shit in place of a steroid. Cannabis was a lifesaver for Melissa as she went through cancer treatment and says it was the first time she really saw it as medicine. Melissa didn’t break up with weed when she became cancer-free and it’s still a part of her life. She counts on it to help her sleep, among other things. Melissa says that weed has also helped her bond with older kids and helped her marriage because it makes fuck times better. “Too bad weed can’t magically change a cold-hearted cheating slut bag into a warm-hearted honest wife,” said Tammy Lynn Michaels.
Melissa’s kids see weed as “mommy’s medicine” and it’s completely normal in her house. She thinks that if you make weed normal, kids won’t want to do it right away.
“My children completely take what I say as true… and when I hold [a joint] 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. This is medicine, and they see an herb and they see that’s where my medicine is. I treat it just as any other medicine in the house, just as a bottle of vodka would be, you know, ‘This is for Mom; you don’t [try] this. When you’re grownups you can deal with that.'”
Melissa tokes it up with her grown kids, 20-year-old Bailey Jean and 18-year-old Beckett, and says that it’s made their relationship better.
“It was strange. It was funny at first, and then they realized it’s very natural [at the] end of the day. It brings you closer. I’d much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink.”
My mom has never inhaled a cloud of the green (or so she says!) and she spent her 20s in San Francisco. I know, she’s practically a unicorn. So, I’ve obviously never smoked with her, but she knows I do. And even though she knows I get stoned, I still hide it from her like I’m 13 years old. Whenever I’m stoned while around her, I try not to act stoned. If you’ve ever wanted to see acting that makes Blake Lively look like Cate Blanchett, then make sure you’re around when a stoned me tries not to look stoned.
But you know, if my mom wanted to get high with me, I don’t know if I’d be into it. She already laughs out loud while watching The Big Bang Theory, so I can’t even imagine what her reaction to their jokes would be if she was stoned. I don’t think I want to see that.