X-Men star, Sir Patrick Stewart, who acted as Professor X has admitted taking cannabis. The 76-year-old veteran said he has been using cannabis-based sprays, pills and ointments to beat arthritis.
He revealed that he buys the medicine legally in the US to soothe his painful hands. He said he was given a note by a doctor which gave him legal permission to purchase the drugs from a registered outlet.
“The ointment helps with sleep as the pain was reduced. The spray is much more usable and I spray my fingers several times a day.
“The spray leaves my hands quite dry, with a slight burning sensation, which is not unpleasant. They have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain.
“I can make fists, which was not the case before I began this treatment,” Mirror.uk quoted him to have said.
Herbal cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids, two of which are used in Sativex. Licensed in the UK, it relieves the pain of muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis.
Stewart called the research “an important step forward for Britain in a field that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance”.