Actor and director Kevin Smith suffered a heart attack this year. However, the man behind cult classics such as Clerks and Dogma made a miraculous recovery and according to doctors, it was marijuana which saved his life.
As well as being one half of Jay and Silent Bob, Smith is a well-known lover of the herb. In fact, it’s pretty much synonymous in his early films.
But it all nearly came to end when Smith suffered a massive heart attack back in February during the middle of a stand-up performance.
Since then, the 47-year-old has made a full recovery and according to his doctors, his years of smoking weed played a vital role in him getting better.
During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert he said:
I honestly thought I was too high. I’d smoked a bunch of weed that day because I was doing the show and then I smoked a joint right before the show and then I got off stage and all of a sudden I had a heart attack.
They got me to the hospital and they wheel me into the emergency room and the whole time I’m chill. Like, the guy said, the paramedic, he goes, ‘You’re being real calm, that’s going to get you through this. And there’s a dude behind him goes, ‘That’s what’s going to save his life.’
I said, ‘Doc, honestly, I just smoked too much weed this morning. That’s what this is.
Happy 19th Anniversary to my wife-for-life #jenniferschwalbach! Here is our family at the @tribecafilmfestival last night for the premiere of a great flick @harleyquinnsmith is in called #allthesesmallmoments. We’re a family standing together in ascending height order, yes – but more importantly, we’re a family standing together. We can do that because Jen took a pregnant leap of faith 19 years ago with a guy she barely knew beyond the interview she’d conducted with him in @usatoday and the sack time they’d spent together a month later. We honestly thought we were totally in love the day we were wed – and of course there was some love there. But that’s the backwards thing nobody ever explains about marriage: you tie the knot first and THEN you fall in love over the course a lifetime. I love this woman more than I did when we said our vows nearly 2 decades back at #skywalkerranch during the #dogma mix. We don’t always see eye-to-eye (in fact, we rarely do), but we always manage to see heart-to-heart (or more importantly, crotch-to-crotch, as that’s what started all this in the first place). I love you, Jenny! Thanks for marrying me waaaaaaay back when! #KevinSmith #jenschwalbach #harleyquinnsmith #marriage #anniversary #tribeca #tribecafilmfestival
However, according to Smith, his doctor explained:
It was quite the opposite. That weed saved your life.’ And I was like, ‘Do tell! Like, what do you mean?’
He said, ‘You kept calm. They told you that you were having a massive heart attack, and you remained calm the whole time, so that joint saved your life.’
Smith told Colbert how the symptoms of his heart attack were the same warning signs when suffering from distress, but he was unaware of this fact.
He remembers suffering from sweating, heavy breathing and feelings of nausea, but he didn’t feel any shooting pain up and down his arm – which is what most people would look for.
Last year, the US government admitted cannabis can kill cancer cells, meaning there’s an obvious progression in the fight to cure a disease once considered a death sentence.
Furthermore, just like military veterans who use cannabis to deal with PTSD, the same substance is said to help cancer patients who are trying to cope with depression and anxiety.
According to CLEAR’s study, it can ‘help alleviate anxiety, depression, insomnia and mood disorders in cancer patients’. However, the study does state these are ‘anecdotal reports’ and ‘some patients may find… opposite results’.
While cannabis is legal and/or decriminalised, on a medical and/or recreational level in countries such as Germany, Canada, Zambia and select States in the US, countries like the United Kingdom still refuse to legalise it medicinally.
I was trying to do a killer standup special this evening but I might’ve gone too far. After the first show, I felt kinda nauseous. I threw up a little but it didn’t seem to help. Then I started sweating buckets and my chest felt heavy. Turns out I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life at the #glendale hospital told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (also known as “the Widow-Maker” because when it goes, you’re a goner). If I hadn’t canceled the second show to go to the hospital, the Doc said I would’ve died tonight. For now, I’m still above ground! But this is what I learned about myself during this crisis: death was always the thing I was most terrified of in life. When the time came, I never imagined I’d ever be able to die with dignity – I assumed I’d die screaming, like my Dad (who lost his life to a massive heart attack). But even as they cut into my groin to slip a stent into the lethal Widow-Maker, I was filled with a sense of calm. I’ve had a great life: loved by parents who raised me to become the individual I am. I’ve had a weird, wonderful career in all sorts of media, amazing friends, the best wife in the world and an incredible daughter who made me a Dad. But as I stared into the infinite, I realized I was relatively content. Yes, I’d miss life as it moved on without me – and I was bummed we weren’t gonna get to make #jayandsilentbobreboot before I shuffled loose the mortal coil. But generally speaking, I was okay with the end, if this was gonna be it. I’ve gotten to do so many cool things and I’ve had so many adventures – how could I be shitty about finally paying the tab. But the good folks at the Glendale hospital had other plans and the expertise to mend me. Total strangers saved my life tonight (as well as my friends @jordanmonsanto & @iamemilydawn, who called the ambulance). This is all a part of my mythology now and I’m sure I’ll be facing some lifestyle changes (maybe it’s time to go Vegan). But the point of this post is to tell you that I faced my greatest fear tonight… and it wasn’t as bad as I’ve always imagined it’d be. I don’t want my life to end but if it ends, I can’t complain. It was such a gift. #KevinSmith
Smith broke the news of his heart attack on Instagram back in February.
In his post he told his followers:
I faced my greatest fear tonight…and it wasn’t as bad as I’ve always imagined it’d be.
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