In news that will shock absolutely no-one who’s been following the lauded actor’s social media presence for any length of time, it’s emerged that Sir Patrick Stewart is a big, big fan of the ganj. 
He’s released a statement expressing his support for new research into medicinal marijuana to be carried out by Oxford University, which will be the first on the matter in the United Kingdom
Stewart explains that he was prescribed medical marijuana two years ago by a Los Angeles doctor, to treat hereditary osteoarthritis affecting his hands. Since being advised on the good green’s pain-alleviating properties, Sir Pat has been using ointment, spray and edibles containing marijuana, saying:
“I believe that the ointment and spray have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain in my hands.”
Presumably the edibles are just for fun, and for making things like patting your adorable rescue dogmaking out with Conan O’Brien, honouring your rad bromance with best mate Sir Ian McKellan, and voicing a poo in a movie about fucken emojis a whole lot chiller.
Sir P goes on to say of his Mary Jane journey:

“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. 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. I believe this programme of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.”
Onya, P-Stew. Show those Tory squares what they’re missing out on: full range of mobility in their old-ass hands, and the pure pleasures of lying in a bathtub dressed like a lobster. 
P.S. Seems like now’s as good a time to revisit the best piece of Patrick Stewart-themed media ever created. ENGAGE.

Source: AV Club.
Image: Twitter / @SirPatStew.