Pam St Clement has revealed she uses cannabis every day.
The 75-year-old actress – who played the iconic Pat Butcher in the BBC soap opera EastEnders for 26 years – says she uses CBD oil to relieve the symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatic, a condition that causes muscle pain, stiffness and inflammation.
“Taking this oil has changed my life. I am no longer in pain. My joints are no longer stiff, I sleep better, almost jump out of bed and walk longer distances – all things I could never have dreamed six weeks ago,” St Clement told the Sunday Mirror, adding that she’s suffered from polymyalgia rheumatic for 10 years.
“There are things I wasn’t able to do before like carrying shopping, walking long distances and going for country walks. For the first time in years, I feel as if I am walking straight and upright.”
St Clement recently appeared in an ITV documentary called Gone To Pot: American Road Trip about the U.S. cannabis movement. In one scene, St Clement takes a rip off a bong at a cannabis painting class.
“Gone To Pot changed my life because when I went to America to find out about how cannabis has been legalised in certain states, I also discovered CBD,” she said. “And I have to say that it’s absolutely wonderful. I didn’t realise cannabis was such a complex plant with these properties which you can get medical help from.”
CBD was classed as a medicine by the UK medicines regulator at the start of the year. Now, St Clement says she buys a daily dose of “CBD + Oil” from Holland & Barrett.
She believes research on the plant should be sped up in the interest of presenting the findings to politicians sooner than later.
“Oxford University is doing research into its medicinal properties and we should hurry up with more research,” she said. “Then we can sling it at the politicians to see if they will legalise it.”
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