Ozzy Osbourne is using cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management after sustaining an injury that caused the BLACK SABBATH singer to cancel all live appearances through the end of the year.
In early April, Ozzy postponed all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery.
During a guest appearance on the U.K. daytime talk show "Loose Women" earlier today (Thursday, May 23), Ozzy's wife Sharon Osbourne was asked for an update on her husband health status. She responded (see video below): "[Ozzy's] had a really tough year — really. It started off with flu, which went to bronchitis, which went to pneumonia. He was hospitalized, came out [and] was well on the road to recovery, and he gets up in the middle of the night to go to the loo for his… 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 [glass]."
She continued: "A few years ago, he was in a motorbike accident and he had to have metal rods put in his body and the accident moved all the metal rods and the bones they were screwed into all splintered. Then he had trouble with his neck and they had to do two operations on him and he's in recovery now, thank goodness. But every day he has to work with a physiotherapist."
Although Ozzy is in "terrible pain," the bigger struggle is making sure that he stays focused so that he can fully recover in time for the next leg of his "No More Tours 2", which is now scheduled to take place in early 2020.
"He's not good at being at home," Sharon said. "He wants to be back on the road, back on his tour, back with his band, and he's pining. Really, the challenge is not his injuries, it's his state of mind to keep him positive and working."
Asked if she is concerned that Ozzy — who has a history of addiction — might get hooked on painkillers while he is recovering, Sharon responded: "He's off all of that. 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."
CBD oil is made from cannabis extract and is most commonly used to treat epilepsy and conditions of the nervous system.
Most of the 2019 shows on what is being billed as Ozzy's last full world tour have been rescheduled beginning in February 2020. Fans are being asked to hold on to their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates.
The 70-year-old Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has battled a variety of health issues since kicking off his farewell "No More Tours 2" tour last summer. He contacted a staph infection in October that forced the initial postponement of his North American tour dates.
In January, Osbourne scrapped his European tour because of an upper respiratory infection that turned into pneumonia, forcing him to cancel dates in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.