Sir Patrick Stewart has revealed one of his biggest secrets that might (or might not) change your perception of him, depending on your views of medical marijuana.
The 76-year-old English actor, who is mostly known for his roles as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movie franchise and as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, has admitted to using marijuana products daily.
According to Unilad, Stewart mentioned this in a statement to support the use of cannabis-based medicines for therapeutic purposes in the United Kingdom.
“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.
Stewart went on to explain that he now uses cannabis-based spray, ointment, and edibles to ease the pain he suffers from arthritis on a daily basis.
So far, it seems like the marijuana is making his life a lot better. “I can make fists, which was not the case before I began this treatment,” he said.
Stewart also said that there have been no side effects with his daily use of the products, which he prefers rather than using mainstream medicine that causes liver strain and other undesirable conditions.
At least the king of facepalms isn’t getting any headaches from using marijuana.
He’s also acting much more positively compared to his comics counterpart when dealing with pain. After all, arthritis is no laughing matter.
Stewart’s statement comes after Oxford University announced a £10 million (roughly P619 million) research program that aims to study how marijuana can be used as a means of medicine.