Not only does Melissa Etheridge credit “plant medicine” for aiding in her cancer recovery, but also for inspiring her new music.
“In my lyrics, I do like to have many, many layers,” Etheridge, 57, says in the clip. “One thing I’ve always loved is you get a label on a piece of clothing that has been stonewashed or something and it would say, ‘Faded by design.’ You’re supposed to be like this. We also know in the hip-hop world faded means you are stoned. So I thought, ‘Well doesn’t that work? I’m faded by design, yes.’”
“It’s about plant medicine, and it’s about, ‘Don’t worry about me,’” she continues. “I’ve been using plant medicine for 15 years now, and I’m 15 years cancer-free. I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been.”
Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2004 at the age of 43 — and in recent years, she has been open about how marijuana use is a part of her daily life.