Montel Williams reveals how smoking marijuana every day for 17 years changed his life

You might be surprised to hear that former TV personality Montel Williams has been ingesting cannabis for 17 years without actually smoking it

You see Montell even confesses “I have dexterity problems. I can’t roll a joint to save my life.” His alternative way of ingesting is it in forms of a vaporizer.

Montell Williams, also a retired Navy officer, has multiple sclerosis. MS is a disease that causes his immune system to wreak havoc on the insulation formed around his nerves. A common symptom among MS patients is that of an unbearable burning sensation from the head to the toes.

Upon awakening, he greets the day with a fistful of pills to manage his pain. When diagnosed is 1999, Williams began supplementing his prescription medication with cannabis. It has since shown to improve symptoms and even proven by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In April took his affinity to the natural substance to the next level when he decided to launch his own brand of cannabis products. His company, Lentiv labs produces high quality, customer friendly cannabis products that are specifically designed for medical patients. You can find his products in 30 dispensaries across the state of California.

Lentiv Labs uses carbon dioxide at high pressures to product a cannabis extract that does not require any chemical solvents or artificial additives. The oil which is created comes in three formulas with varying amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis and CBD, the compound many believe to be responsible for the therapeutic properties. This will give patients the ability to dial the doses right for them.

Singer Carnie Wilson and her husband, musician Rob Bonfiglio, talk with Williams on “The Montel Williams Show.” Getty Images

“The Montel Williams Show,” made Williams the first African-American man who hosted a daytime talk show, ran for 17 seasons. He kept his disease secret for most of that time, until a tabloid attempted to black mail him and he was forced to share his diagnosis with the world.

On the Oprah show in 2009 WIlliams told her he would take breaks back stage and break down in tears from the pain in private. “[I would] let it go, refocus, come back out and sit down, and do another interview with a person,” and confessed he would be doing it every day.

Williams even attempted suicide by jumping in front of a taxi in New York City in an attempt to commit suicide. Around that time Williams began using the natural plant to help alleviate the symptoms and manage his mood and depression. Depression is among one of the common symptoms with people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Today, cannabis “helps me to function,” Williams said.

He now resides in New York, which is home to one of the country’s more restrictive medical marijuana programs. But due to the fact that he operates a business in California, Williams says he is allowed to buy and consume marijuana fromt here. He sources his kief from a “compassionate caregiver” — a person authorized by the state to grow the plant for medical users.

Williams at a press conference in 2005 advocating a bipartisan congressional campaign to protect patients who use marijuana. Micah Walter/Reuters

Since 2012, when the first states legalized marijuana for recreational use, sugary, weed-laced junk food has dominated dispensaries Williams claims.

“They’re putting all kinds of junk in there,” he said. “And I say, ‘Really? That’s medicine?'”

Due to the increased interest of recreational users, Williams in concerned that patients who need the substance to maintain a productive life will be compromised.

“This industry has gotten so caught up in making money, they forgot they’re leaving patients on the battlefield,” Williams said.

He hopes to expand Lenitiv Labs to every state where medical marijuana is legal, and he’s traveling the country this spring to give educational talks on cannabis.


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