Widely beloved television shows like Star Trek give us a glimpse into the possible future of what could be, and medical marijuana is making a bigger footprint on our society everyday. Patrick Stewart, Jean-Luc Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is a shining example of both a seasoned actor and a patient of medical marijuana. Though his on-screen character has access to all kinds of futuristic medication, the real Patrick Strewart must settle for the state-legal medical marijuana in his home of California. After receiving his prescription nearly two years ago, Stewart, 76, uses marijuana spray, ointments, and edibles to deal with his arthritis and trouble sleeping. A cannabis spray allowed him to regain the ability to make a fist again, solidifying his trust in the drug and how it can help many more.
Using a marijuana-derived spray brought back mobility to his hands, and he was able to make fists again, Stewart said. He also said he regularly used a marijuana-derived ointment and an edible bar to help him sleep.
"As a result of this experience, I enthusiastically support the Oxford University Cannabis Research Plan," Stewart said. "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."