Pete Davidson said he smokes marijuana to help him manage his chronic illness: 'It helps more than you can imagine'

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBCPete Davidson shared that he uses marijuana to help him manage the side effects of his chronic illness.
  • Pete Davidson recently told Howard Stern that he smokes weed to combat some side effects of Crohn’s disease.
  • The 24-year-old “Saturday Night Live” star was diagnosed with the chronic illness when he was a teenager.
  • He’s previously shared that he relies on medical marijuana to increase his appetite, which can be impacted by Crohn’s.

For Pete Davidson, smoking marijuana is a huge help. In an interview, the “Saturday Night Live” shared that he uses the substance to manage several side effects of his chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

On Monday in an interview with Howard Stern, Davidson explained, “I have Crohn’s disease, so it helps more than you can imagine.”

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory syndrome that affects one’s gastrointestinal tract. While it can affect different parts of someone’s digestive tract, its side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and weight loss. In Davidson’s case, his Crohn’s has caused him a lot of stomach pain and the medications he was on made it difficult for him to have much of an appetite.

“Weed would be the only thing that would help me eat because my stomach would be in pain all day,” he told High Times in 2016. “I wouldn’t be able to do SNL if I didn’t smoke weed.”

Pete davidsonAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesHe says smoking weed helps him with managing his Crohn’s disease.

Medical marijuana is commonly used to help increase appetite in people whose conditions or medications make it difficult to eat.

“There was no way I could stop,” Davidson confessed to Stern when asked about why he went to rehab in 2016 for substance abuse. “I was like somebody has to put me in a house where there is literally nothing. I had too much access.”

After the program, Davidson’s sobriety lasted for three months until he realised he says he felt worse and realised “it wasn’t the weed.” Shortly after this realisation, Davidson was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

Currently, there are no known cures for Crohn’s, however, some therapies can reduce its effects.


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