Comedian Billy Connolly reveals he tried cannabis to treat his Parkinson’s disease — but ended up just getting stoned

Comedian Billy Connolly reveals he tried cannabis to treat his Parkinson’s disease — but ended up just getting stoned

The Big Yin used marijuana in a bid to help manage the effects of the incurable disorder, which leaves him shaking and struggling to move.

Billy, 76, said: “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, I always got too stoned and it always lasted too long. I stopped all that about 30 years ago.”

Billy, who revealed he was suffering from Parkinson’s five years ago, was talking ahead of the start of his new ITV show, Billy Connolly’s Ultimate World Tour.

Speaking to the Radio Times, the funnyman also took a swipe at Michael Parkinson, 83, who said he’d had a “sad and awkward” meeting with Billy during which his brain had seemed “dulled” and he wasn’t sure if he recognised him or not.


First cannabis prescription

A WOMAN left in constant pain from a stroke is believed to be the first UK patient to be prescribed cannabis legally.

Former lecturer Carly Barton, 32, has used the drug illegally for years.

Now private specialist Dr David McDowell has prescribed her a three-month medicinal supply.

Ms Barton said it would cost £2,500 — “all my savings” — as it is not available on the NHS.

A “special” drug importer must now be given a Home Office licence to legally import medical grade cannabis.

Despite enraging Billy, the veteran interviewer hasn’t been in touch to say sorry.

He said: “These Yorkshiremen, I don’t think they apologise much. I wasn’t disappointed, it just made my life a bit difficult. People feeling sorry for me, I don’t like that.

They read about me in the papers and think, ‘Oh, he’s not well.’ They’re right, but I’m not as bad as they think I am.”

“He should get on with selling funerals and leave me alone.”


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