Patrick Stewart Uses Cannabis Spray For His Arthritis

By Victoria Kim 03/09/17

The legendary actor says he has a much easier time accessing the cannabis spray thanks to marijuana legalization in California.

Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart is a living testament to the medical benefits of cannabis—the British acting veteran uses a topical cannabis spray to relieve arthritis pain in his hands.

Stewart, 76, spoke to Esquire UK in late February about Trump, living as a resident alien in the United States, and his health in old age. 

“My main problem is my hands don’t work very well,” said the actor. “But thanks to cannabis, they work much better than they used to. Thanks to the law in California now, it’s just a spray that I put on.”

Last November, Californians approved Proposition 64, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Medical marijuana has been legal there since 1996, when it became the first U.S. state to legalize the plant for medical use.

Stewart appears in the new film Logan as a much older version of Professor Charles Xavier, alongside Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

Though aging isn’t something he dwells on, Stewart says he has noticed a change in the way he’s seen by doctors. “I’m not brooding on [getting older], but I’ve come to a point where the numbers are against you,” he said. “You get to an age where you go to the doctor, you tell him how old you are and he just shrugs his shoulders and says, ‘Oh, is that it?’”

Now that he lives in the States, it’s easier for him to access the pain-relieving spray. Leafly explains that topical cannabis-infused treatments, like lotions, oils, sprays, work by “binding to a network of receptors called CB2.” These receptors are “found throughout the body and are activated either by the body’s naturally-occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds known as phytocannabinoids.”

The non-psychoactive topical treatments provide localized relief from pain or inflammation caused by arthritis or other ailments.

For his age, Stewart is still going strong. He says his main health issue is arthritis. “My wife comes from a family of doctors and they say to me: ‘Well, by your age, if certain bad things were going to happen to you, they would have happened by now. Or you would be aware of them by now, so you’re in the clear.’ Which is reassuring!” he told Esquire

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