Another person has joined the melee! Sir Patrick Stewart, star of the beloved Star Trek (my mom’s fav, don’t even mention Star Wars to her) is a huge fan of cannabis.
Stewart said he often uses cannabis sprays, ointments and edible products to help soothe his arthritis, according to The Telegraph. The 76-year-old actor spoke out about his marijuana use to support a project from Oxford University that will explore the medical benefits of cannabis.
“Two years ago, in Los Angeles I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands,” Stewart said in a statement, according to Mashable. “This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands.” Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine. As you can imagine, this condition is very painful, leaving is sufferers feeling helpless, until recently. Another scary observance is, there has been a recent rise in arthritis related disorders affecting people in their twenties! This can be a scary thought, which means we have younger people experiencing conditions thought to have a much later onset. However, the actor found great relief in his daily routine incorporating cannabis products.
The actor said he uses the ointment at night and applies the spray to his fingers and joints several times each day. The products have reduced the pain and stiffness in his hands, Stewart said in the statement, and even allowed him to make a fist, which he was previously unable to do.
Some politicians have said cannabis is “only slightly less awful” than heroin (And I’m not strung out yet? hmmmmm), but Stewart disagrees. “I have had no negative side effects from this treatment and the alternative would have been to continue taking NSAID’s, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen, which are known to be harsh on the liver and to cause acid reflux,” Stewart said. “This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance. I believe this program of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.”
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