Patrick Stewart reveals he uses marijuana on a daily basis for arthritis pain

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Patrick Stewart revealed this week that he uses marijuana on a daily basis to help ease the pain from arthritis in his hands.

In a statement obtained by People, the legendary actor noted that he's been using marijuana edibles, spray and ointment in the two years since receiving his medical marijuana card.

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"I have had no negative side effects from this treatment," Stewart said. He also revealed that employing the use of marijuana has "significantly reduced the stiffness and pain" caused by his arthritis.

He went on to note that he thinks his arthritis is a "genetically-based condition," as his mother suffered badly from the debilitating condition. "My mother had badly distorted and painful hands," he said.

Stewart, 76, is just one of 350 million people worldwide that suffer from arthritis, with 40 million of those living in the United States. Surprisingly, there are also about a quarter of a million children in the US that also suffer from arthritis.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Actor Patrick Stewart attends the Build Series at Build Studio on March 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Actors Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart attend the Build Series at Build Studio on March 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage) NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Actors Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart attend the Build Series at Build Studio on March 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: Actor Patrick Stewart enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on March 01, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - FEBRUARY 28: English actor Patrick Stewart attends the press conference of American director James Mangold's film 'Logan' on February 28, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 24: Actors Sir Patrick Stewart and Eriq La Salle attend the 'Logan' New York special screening at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Actor Patrick Stewart (L) and his wife Sunny Ozell attend the red carpet of 'Logan' during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palast in Berlin, Germany on February 17, 2017. (Photo by Maurizio Gambarini/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Patrick Stewart attends the 'Logan. Su momento ha llegado' photocall at Villamagna hotel on February 20, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Eduardo Parra/FilmMagic)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: (From L to R) Producer Hutch Parker, producer Simon Kinberg, director James Mangold, actors Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen and Hugh Jackman attend the photo call of 'Logan' during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast in Berlin, Germany on February 17, 2017. (Photo by Maurizio Gambarini/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
English actor Patrick Stewart gestures during a press conference for the film 'Logan' in competition at the 67th Berlinale film festival in Berlin on February 17, 2017. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: (L-R) Actors Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart attend the 'Logan' (Masaryk) photo call during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 17, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Brian Dowling/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 13: Actor Patrick Stewart and his wife, singer/songwriter Sunny Ozell attend the Premiere of A24's 'Green Room' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/FilmMagic)
British actor Patrick Stewart (R) and his wife Sunny Ozell pose on the red carpet as they attend the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016 in London on November 13, 2016. The Evening Standard Theatre Awards were established in 1955 to recognise outstanding achievement in London based Theatre, from actors to playwrights, designers to directors. / AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Sir Patrick Stewart arrives at The Film Is GREAT Reception at Fig & Olive on February 26, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Patrick Stewart (L) and singer Sunny Ozell attend Michael Sugar, Doug Wald, and Steve Golin's Pre-Oscar Party hosted by GREY GOOSE Vodka at Sunset Tower on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Grey Goose)
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