Puff puff, pass, Ma.
Melissa Etheridge recently confessed that she regularly smokes pot with her oldest two children and says that it has brought them closer together.
The Grammy-winning singer became a regular dope smoker after using it for medicinal purposes while battling breast cancer.
"My children have a very clear understanding of cannabis," the 55-year-old performer 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."
Melissa continued: ”I have smoked with my older two," 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.”
In 2004, the “Come to my Window” singer was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Doctors prescribed drugs to deal with the nausea and side effects but close pal (and biological father of Bailey and Beckett) recommended she start smoking joints to ease the pain.
But Dr. Jennifer Cooper, an addiction psychiatrist at Weill Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital doesn’t think blazing up with kids is such a great idea.
“Marijuana might seem to deepen relationships and provide a closeness, but that closeness is temporary,” opines Jennifer. “All to often it is used as an “aid” as she described it. To strengthen relationships in a quick and temporary way, like putting a bandaid over a wound that needs much more care.”
And of course, she adds, brains up to the age of 25 are still developing. Marijuana use during brain development has been linked to many things like lowering of IQ and an increased risk of addiction. Bailey and Beckett’s biological dad, David Crosby, has a well documented history of drug addiction. In the early 80s he even spent nine months in a Texas state prison for charges related to possession of cocaine and heroin.
“Because of genetic predisposition towards addiction or psychiatric illness or early life experiences some developing brains are more susceptible to the harmful effects of marijuana exposure and what might be “recreational” for one individual might be quite damaging to another,” Dr. Jennifer explains.
In other words if you’re tempted to behave like you’re co-starring in a Seth Rogen flick, think again.
Personal Space is Bravo's home for all things "relationships," from romance to friendships to family to co-workers. Ready for a commitment? Then Like us on Facebook to stay connected to our daily updates.