Jeremy Paxman says he'll try cannabis to help his Parkinson's
Jeremy Paxman has said he would be willing to try cannabis to ease the effects of Parkinson's Disease.
Fronting a new documentary for ITV entitled Paxman: Putting Up with Parkinson's, the veteran broadcaster has opened up about how he is dealing with the neurologial disease.
During the course of the film, Paxman meets with Sharon Osbourne whose husband Ozzy also suffers with Parkinson's.
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Osbourne tells the University Challenge host that Ozzy uses CBD oil to deal with the strange dreams the disease causes.
According to The Sun former X Factor judge tells Paxman: "But now he takes this stuff at night. What's this stuff that everybody smokes? Marijuana. It is something from that — Cannabidiol."
Osbourne then jokes to Paxman that she'll smuggle him some in to Britain: "I'll bring some over for you, you'll love it. I'll bring it back for you, Jeremy. I'll probably get arrested coming through customs — but that's nothing new."
In response, the author and broadcaster said she was "on for it".
The much-loved presenter was diagnosed with the illness last year and has since stepped away from hosting University Challenge with the current series being his last. He is set to be replaced by the BBC's media editor Amol Rajan.
Paxman has previously joked that the disease has caused him to become more conservative, writing in Saga: "When I was an irritating young gob on a stick, I used to argue that conservatism was brought about by loss of brain cells. For years now I have happily stood up at public events and declared that the reason I nowadays confess to being a wet Tory is entirely the consequence of going gaga."
Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain. The main symptoms of the disease are tremors, slow movement and muscle stiffness.
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