Pam St Clement on CBD: “Taking this oil has changed my life”
As legendary Pat Butcher in TV’s EastEnders, she was better known for a smoking habit as flamboyant as the earrings she wore, yet the actress has revealed how she is now taking CBD every day for relief from arthritis.
Recently, you may have witnessed Pam getting high with nuns during a stint on ITV’s ‘Gone to Pot: An American Road Trip’, plus the occasional ‘Help!’ from Biggins.
For the 75 year-old, the trip revealed the benefits of therapeutic cannabis derivatives first-hand. Now, she wants cannabis legalised in the UK for medicinal administration.
She suffers from Polymyalgia Rheumatica, a condition that causes stiffness and pain in her joints. Pam says that CBD products have given her a ‘new lease of life’. CBD has newly been classified as a legitimate medicine in the UK and Pam expressed her delight to a UK tabloid, ‘Taking this oil has changed my life. I am no longer in pain’.
She continued, ‘My joints are no linger stiff, I sleep better, almost jump out of bed and walk longer distances - all the things I could never have dreamed of six weeks ago. I have suffered with Polymyalgia Rheumatica for the past 10 years... Until now the only thing that treats it is steroids, which I’ve become resistant to.
I didn’t realise cannabis was such a complex plant with these properties which you can get medical help from.’
Fellow professionals Christopher Biggins and Linda Robson, former darts champion Bobby George and ex-footballer John (black belt in intolerance) Fashanu traversed the States in a Jefferson Airplane-esque camper to investigate the pros and cons of legal medicinal and recreational marijuana use.
The group experienced the full scale - from a party with hippies harking back to the days of Woodstock, to a raid by the boys in blue at an illegal cannabis farm, to a dinner where marijuana was the keystone ingredient. Like a malnourished bear, Biggins ate far too much of the ice cream and had to be carted from the bus and into a local motel.
Meanwhile, Pam was busy boarding the reefer train at a ‘Puff, Pass and Paint’ art class with nuns who cultivate the plant for medicinal purposes.
Pam had not tried cannabis since the end of the 60s counter-culture. After the filming of Gone to Pot, armed with a new perspective and personal interest and experience, she is now backing calls for legalisation.
You’re never too old to dream a new dream.