Monthly Archives: August 2022

Episode 98: Melissa Etheridge on Creativity and Cannabis

Few singer-songwriters have known such commercial success as Melissa Etheridge. Her decades-spanning career earned numerous awards and accolades while building a cult-like following of fans. She topped the charts with hits like I’m the Only One and Come to My Window, while staying true to her unique style and powerhouse vocals. Etheridge’s activism on behalf of gay rights, breast cancer awareness, and medical marijuana have further cemented her status as an icon and innovator.

Now, she’s continuing her legacy of activism with the Etheridge Foundation. The non-profit was established in honor of her son Beckett Cypher, who passed away in early 2020 as a result of an opioid addiction. The foundation aims to find new ways to understand and treat underlying mental health issues associated with addiction and to help those suffering find relief.

Cannabis & Tech Today Managing Editor Patricia Miller spoke with Etheridge via video conference, in traditional 2020 style, to learn how she stayed connected with fans while touring was on hold. In this exclusive interview, she shares her thoughts on technology, cannabis, and creativity — both as outlets for her grief and her passion. She joins us from her home studio in Los Angeles, California.

Episode 97: A First-Hand Account of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) is a relatively unknown condition that affects millions of people across the globe. Those afflicted report repeated bouts of severe nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Many doctors believe the symptoms are caused by long-term, heavy cannabis use. For Alice Moon, a former edibles reviewer turned publicist, CHS changed her life.  

“I passed out in the front yard one day because I was puking so much that I couldn’t cling to the toilet bowl anymore.” Moon describes laying in the grass, vomiting again and again, as her neighbors watched. She continued, “One day a neighbor came up like, ‘Can I help you?’ And I just burst into tears because no one knew how to help me and there was nothing they could do.”

The number of people impacted by CHS is still unknown, but one study from the New York University School of Medicine estimates  nearly three million Americans may suffer from the illness. Join the conversation with Alice Moon and Cannabis & Tech Today Managing Editor Patricia Miller to learn more about this mysterious and terrifying illness.