Actor Patrick Stewart has announced that he uses medicinal marijuana spray, ointment and edibles every day to help treat the arthritis in his hands. The 76 year old actor revealed his use of cannabis whilst praising the UK’s first initiative to explore the benefits of marijuana in new research that is being led by Oxford University. He said in a statement that was obtained by PEOPLE, “I have had no negative side effects from this treatment”, whilst also explaining that his use has “significantly reduced the stiffness and pain” in his hands.
Two years ago, a Los Angeles doctor gave Stewart the legal permission to purchase cannabis-based products from a “registered outlet” with an aim of helping his condition. He claims that he uses the ointment every night to help with the pain so that he can sleep better. He also added that he uses other cannabis products because the ointment is “too greasy” to use during the day. He said, “The spray, however, was much more usable and I would spray my fingers and particularly my thumb joints several times a day”, as well as adding that taking one-eighth of a cannabis-laced Chewy bar is “helpful at night time.”
He believes that his arthritis is a “genetically based condition”, due to his mother having had “badly distorted and painful hands”. Due to his own positive experience with the substance, he is now “enthusiastically” supporting Oxford University’s research into marijuana-based treatments. He said, “I believe this program of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.”
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