Legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne used to make headlines for abusing just about every drug on earth. Now he's in the news for turning to the non-intoxicating cannabis compound CBD to help him deal with a rather serious injury.
Back in April Ozzy was forced to postpone all of the 2019 dates for his farewell tour, 'No More Tours II' after sustaining a serious back injury. And that's only the most recent setback in a rough year for the 70-year-old metal icon, according to his wife Sharon Osbourne, who revealed that Ozzy suffered the flu earlier this year that progressed to bronchitis, then a case of pneumonia that eventually found him hospitalized. However, just as Ozzy's health was improving, he took the tour-cancelling tumble.
"He was hospitalized, came out, was well on the road to recovery, and he gets up in the middle of the night to go to the loo," said Sharron on a recent episode of 'Loose Women.' "And on the way back, he tripped up on the carpet that was under our bed and fell against the corner of the night table, which is made of mirror."
The fall was particularly bad given Ozzy's injury history. Several years ago, he had metal rods inserted into his back after motorcycle accident. The recent fall caused those rods to become misaligned, which required surgery to fix.
The whole thing left Ozzy in "terrible pain" and at risk of relapsing into addiction. When asked if Ozzy's history with addictions made her concerned about Ozzy's use of painkillers following the accident, Sharon said Ozzy isn't taking dangerous opioid medications this time around and opting for medical marijuana instead.
"He's off all [prescription painkillers]. He had to have it after he was operated on the last time. But now for pain, he has that CBD—whatever it's called—and he's dealing with it that way."
Sharon said Ozzy is recovering nicely and has been "pining" to be " back on the road, back on his tour, back with his band." All of his upcoming tour dates have been rescheduled for 2020.