Though Sir Patrick Stewart still looks as fresh as ever at 76 years of age, the legendary Hollywood actor still has to deal with different illnesses that come with age. Senescence is never easy, no matter how well your face ages.
Opening up about his struggle with the ailments that come with age, Stewart reveals that he's been using medical marijuana on everyday to combat ortho-arthritis. According to a report by The Telegraph, the Star Trek legend is supporting Cannabis Research Plan, a collaborative marijuana medical study by Oxford University and Kingsley Capital Partners.
"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."
Apparently regular use of a certain type of ointment and chewy bar had helped Stewart get some rest at night. Spraying his hands during the day helped with mobility, allowing him to form fists and move his fingers.
"As a result of this experience, I enthusiastically support the Oxford University Cannabis Research Plan," he said.
"This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has, for too long, been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance," he said.
Stewart's admission and support is terribly brave - Cannibis is still illegal in the UK and has still not been recognized to have therapeutic value. There's a lot of hope that sharing his experience with the world and supporting the project would help the UK government and other countries recognize the benefits of marijuana and the value of marijuana research.