Kevin Smith Says Doctors Told Him Smoking Weed Saved His Life
[video width="840" height="600" mp4="http://blog.greenrush.com/wp-content/uploads/Kevin-Smith’s-Doctors-Claim-Weed-Saved-His-Life-HIRES.mp4"][/video]
We all know Kevin Smith from gems such as Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob. No stranger to the herb, Smith has graced our screens as a lovable stoner and also brought us some of the best cult classics out there. But earlier this year, the world almost lost Kevin Smith to a heart attack.
Smith suffered a massive heart attack in the middle of a stand-up performance back in February. The severity of his heart attack should have been fatal, however, doctors told him that his years of smoking weed saved his life.
During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Smith opened up about the night he was taken to the hospital.
"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.'"
However, Smith's doctor had some news for him, he went on to tell the audience.
"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 broke the news of his heart attack back in February by posting a photo to Instagram but it wasn't until now that the world has heard about his miraculous recovery.
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
Cannabis is known to help those suffering from anxiety and depression and, depending on the type of cannabis consumed, calmness is also common. A large number of US states have implemented medical marijuana programs and medical marijuana as a legitimate form of treatment for a variety of conditions is becoming more accepted. Nevertheless, cannabis remains illegal on the federal level which has stunted a lot of research into the extent of the benefits of marijuana.
Thankfully, Kevin Smith has since made a full recovery from his heart attack in February and we wonder: Is he still smoking the green stuff?