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Billy Connolly, 76, admits he tried cannabis after Parkinson's diagnosis

December 3, 2018 1:37 AM
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Billy Connolly, 76, admits he tried cannabis after Parkinson's diagnosis

BILLY CONNOLLY has revealed he used cannabis to treat his Parkinson’s disease, as he opened up about living with the condition. The Scottish comedian said using marijuana made him feel “bomb happy” and “stoned”.

Sir Billy Connolly, who was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago, revealed it took time for him to find the right treatment to combat the condition.

The 76-year-old admitted trying medicinal cannabis, but said his medicine has helped with some of the symptoms associated with the disease.

Discussing how he felt when he used cannabis, the Scotsman explained: “I just got bomb happy. Just stoned.

“It was quite pleasant, but I don’t want to do that every day. I was never very good with marijuana.”

The stand-up comedian went on to tell Radio Times: “I always got too stoned and it always lasted too long.

“I stopped all that about 30 years ago, when I stopped drinking. I had no time for it.”

According to the NHS: A prescription for medical cannabis would only be given when it was believed to be in your best interests, and when other treatments hadn't worked or weren't suitable.

Billy, who is referred to as ‘The Big Yin’ in his native Scotland, added: “My drugs do me a lot of good. I’m on medicine that stops me from shaking.”

Although his condition is incurable, Billy says the disease has become a lot more manageable to live with.

“When I first got it, Pamela [his wife] had to help me in and out of chairs. That’s over, but I have trouble getting out of bed.

“When I’m in hotels it takes me a while to get comfortable. Getting in and out of cars can be difficult.

Read the full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times, out now. [RADIO TIMES]


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