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Highly Likely: Patrick Stewart

May 06, 2017 | PacerStacktrain

Iconic actor Patrick Stewart discloses "Cannabis helps my arthritis."


Sir Patrick Stewart is one of the most recognizable actors in the world today. Whether he’s playing the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: the Next Generation, or Professor X in the X-men series, or any number of roles in England’s Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart lends a sophistication and gravity to each role he plays that few actors can match.

Stewart has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama, he’s won multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. More recently, he became one of the most important voices in the fight for the legalization and mainstreaming of Cannabis. 

In mid March, Stewart released a statement in favor of the United Kingdom’s first comprehensive study into the benefits of Cannabis as medicine at Oxford University.  

patrick-stewart-quote.jpgIn the statement, he recalls a visit to his doctor in California where he was prescribed a Cannabis ointment for the severe ortho-arthritis in his hands. The ointment and topical spray, he later notes, have helped alleviate the pain of his arthritic hands better than prescribed pharmaceuticals. 

“I believe that the ointment and spray have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain in my hands,” he said in the statement. 

“I can make fists, which was not the case before I began this treatment.” 

He elaborated that this relief came with no side-effects whatsoever, which cannot be said for the pharmaceuticals that he was previously consuming. Unfortunately, as a British citizen, Stewart will have difficulty procuring Cannabis as medicine in his home country. Cannabis is illegal in all of Great Britain and that’s why Stewart, a longtime political activist for progressive causes, is speaking out now.

“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. 

“I believe this program of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.”

Most of the world is still so far behind when it comes to attitudes about the herb and that’s why celebrities like Stewart are so vital to our cause. As peoples’ views toward Cannabis continue to shift toward legalization and tolerance, we continue to see more and more voices from the mainstream echoing support for Cannabis. Patrick Stewart is an unexpected, out-of-the-blue celebrity to come out of the green closet. Which begs the question, who’s next? We’ll find out in the coming months of Highly Likely. 

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