Sir Patrick Stewart has opened up about his marijuana use.
Although Patrick Stewart has played an X-man with superpowers and a starship captain with access to future medicine, he has found relief with marijuana in the real world.
While finishing up his promotion for the successful film Logan this week, Stewart found time to discuss his marijuana use.
“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,” he said. “This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands.”
Stewart does not smoke marijuana but uses it in several other forms.
“I purchased an ointment, spray, and edibles. The ointment, while providing some relief from the discomfort, was too greasy to use during daytime and so I only use it at night.”
The knighted actor seems to have typical issues for someone who is 76. He has found that marijuana works for multiple ailments.
“It helps with sleep as the pain was reduced. The spray, however, is much more usable and I spray my fingers and particularly my thumb joints several times a day. The spray very quickly evaporates and leaves my hands quite dry, though with a slight burning or tingling sensation, which is not unpleasant. I believe that the ointment and spray have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain in my hands.”
Traditional western medicines can cause many undesirable side effects. Stewart is hoping to avoid further complications.
“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 expressed hope that Britain would loosen marijuana laws and increase safe access.