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

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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