Actor Sir Patrick Stewart went on the record and admitted he is a daily user of marijuana, but only to ease the symptoms of arthritis.
“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 hands.” Stewart told The Telegraph.
The 76-year-old British actor uses cannabis-oil that he sprays onto his joints that have “…significantly reduced the stiffness and pain” in his hands.
His statements come to support the growing interest in the medicinal use of cannabis in the U.K. The country’s Cannabis Research Plan is a partnership between Oxford University and Kingsley Capital Partners, a venture capital company investing £10 million to be the global center of cannabinoid research.
“As a result of this experience, I enthusiastically support the Oxford University Cannabis Research Plan,” Stewart said.
Stewart, best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series and as Professor X/Charles Xavier in the X-Men series. Recently Stewart reprise his Professor X role and co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the hit film Logan.
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (born 13 July 1940) is an English actor whose career has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades.
Beginning his career with a long run with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart’s first major screen roles were in BBC-broadcast television and film during the mid-late 1970s, including Hedda, and the I, Claudius miniseries.
In the 1980s, Stewart began working in American television and film, with roles such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series of superhero movies, the lead of the Starz TV series Blunt Talk, and voice roles such as CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock in American Dad!.
In 1993, TV Guide named Stewart the Best Dramatic Television Actor of the 1980s. In 2010, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.