Whether you know him as the Captain of the Starship or Professor X, Sir Patrick Stewart has made headlines and become our hero once again. Oxford University and Kingsley Capital Partners are about to undertake a £10 million dollar study on the benefits of treating pain, cancer and inflammatory diseases with medical marijuana and Stewart has voiced his opinion loud and clear in support of the study and the cannabis industry as a whole.
“I have had no negative side effects from this treatment and the alternative would have been to continue taking NSAID’s, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen, which are known to be harsh on the liver and to cause acid reflux.”
Stewart inherited the same genetic condition that badly distorted his mother’s hands. In a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph he explained in detail how cannabis based products prescribed by a doctor have helped with his ortho-arthritis. “I believe that the ointment and spray have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain in my hands. I can make fists, which was not the case before I began this treatment.” He continued to explain that the benefits of cannabis are superior to the current pain medications available. “I have had no negative side effects from this treatment and the alternative would have been to continue taking NSAID’s, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen, which are known to be harsh on the liver and to cause acid reflux.”
Stewart turns to the marijuana industry on a daily basis. With ointment, spray and edibles his arthritis pain has subsided, he can use his hands and he now gets the sleep that he needs. Like Stewart 54.4 million people have been diagnosed with arthritis in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of those diagnosed suffer from limitations in their daily activities because of a condition that only gets worse with age.
Between his recent interview with The View where he claimed to be applying to become a U.S. citizen to fight back against our current president’s reign and this endorsement of the first program of its kind for the U.K., this is one knight in shining green armour we can get behind.
“An important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance.”