Actor Patrick Stewart Reveals Medical Cannabis Use

Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart is not only a legendary actor, but living proof of the benefits of medical cannabis.

The 76-year-old, set to star in the upcoming film Logan, told Esquire UK that he uses a topical cannabis spray to relieve arthritis pain in his hands. He said that his “hands don’t work very well, but thanks to cannabis, they work much better than they used to.”

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.

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.