Patrick Stewart is a legendary actor beloved by many people for such masterpieces as Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men series. Like many celebrities, he has some skeletons in his closet. For Sir Patrick, it is the almost daily marijuana use.
Generations of fans have grown up admiring Captain Jean-Luc Picard and then Professor Xavier. However, behind all the roles, Partick Stewart is a regular human who, just like all of us, has his weaknesses.
Earlier this year, the actor admitted to using weed to help treat his arthritis. Two years ago, a doctor prescribed Stewart a rather unusual medicine for the ortho-arthritis in both his hands. Since then, cannabis-related products have become an unexpected yet effective solution for his health issue. The actor visited many doctors in his time, and all of them shrugged their shoulders and said that the condition was natural for his age. Only a doctor in Los Angeles was progressive enough to be interested in cannabis research.
Stewart is extremely thankful for the Californian laws that permit medical marijuana use. He admits that his condition was so severe that, at times, he could not even make a fist. Now, the combination of cannabis sprays and various infused edibles helps him alleviate pain and stiffness. Finally, the actor can normally function every day.
Besides, this medicine does not have side effects, while the suggested alternatives that include Naproxen, Advil, etc. would definitely ruin the actor’s liver and cause acid reflux. The downsides of Stewart’s marijuana treatment are the occasional spurs of blog posts that ridicule his cannabis advocacy and his illness by making stupid weed jokes. Moreover, the public is now attributing the actor’s unstoppable giggles over silly hats and his Halloween “lobster in a bathtub” costume to marijuana consumption.
After going public, Patrick Stewart became an avid advocate of medical cannabis. He has recently spoken about his support of the new initiative of the Oxford University to research marijuana. This study is the first of its kind in the country. The actor has a rather bold public stance. This way, he hopes to eliminate prejudice and fear that still surrounds cannabis in Britain.