Few more powerful cases for medical marijuana could be made than by Professor X.
In the new X-Men film Logan, ultimate mutant Charles Xavier, now more than 90 years old, suffers severe seizures. Since he has the most powerful mind in the world (so powerful the government has classified it as a Weapon of Mass Destruction) these seizures do much harm to those around him. When Charles loses control of his mind, everyone within a radius of a couple blocks becomes paralyzed. This supreme mind has even caused the deaths of innocent passersby.
A daily helping of CBD oil, shown to be incredibly effective with treating epileptic seizures might not only improve the health of the aging Professor, but could even save the lives of all those dead civilians unlucky enough to be in his wake.
In this area the fictional mentor of superheroes could take some advice from his real-world counterpart: the actor who plays him, Patrick Stewart.
The Shakesperean-cum-Star Trekian-cum-mutant actor recently issued a statement on his support of medical cannabis, revealing how he’s used it to treat his arthritis and encouraging the use and study of the drug for medical purposes.
“Two years ago, in Los Angeles, I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products,” Stewart said.
The actor elaborated that he uses a combination of marijuana-derived edibles, ointments and sprays as a treatment regiment. “The ointment, while providing some relief from the discomfort, was too greasy to use during daytime and so I only use it at night,” he said. “It helps with sleep as the pain was reduced. The spray, however, is much more usable and I spray my fingers and particularly my thumb joints several times a day.
“The spray very quickly evaporates and leaves my hands quite dry, though with a slight burning or tingling sensation, which is not unpleasant. I believe that the ointment and spray have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain in my hands.”
Stewart said the cannabis-based medicine has been more effective than conventional pharmaceuticals in combatting his ortho-arthritis.“I can make fists, which was not the case before I began this treatment,” he said. “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.”
If only his character Charles Xavier had been given that opportunity instead of being shot full of that disorienting serum Wolverine gives him a couple times a day.
Stewart’s words on cannabis were in support of an MMJ study at Oxford University. “This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance,” the actor said. “I believe this programme of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.”