Pete Davidson, Saturday Night Live Cast Member, Says He Uses Marijuana for Crohn's Disease


If you use marijuana medicinally, you are in good company. Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson told High Times he smokes marijuana as a way of managing his Crohn’s disease.

“I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me and seeing all these doctors and trying new things… Weed would be the only thing that would help me eat,” the 22-year-old comedian said. “My stomach would be in pain all day and I wouldn’t be able to eat, but then I’d smoke and I can eat and do my shows.”

Like many who use marijuana medicinally, Davidson said he gets offended when people call him a “pothead.” “I wouldn’t be able to do SNL if I didn’t smoke weed. I wouldn’t be able to do anything really. Me performing not high has gone awful. It’s awful for me because I don’t feel well.” (Editor’s note: It’s important to note that while Davidson refers to smoking marijuana as getting high, most people who use marijuana medicinally do not use it for its recreational effects.)

While Davidson admits to smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes, it is unlikely he uses medical marijuana. New York, where Davidson lives, legalized medical marijuana in 2014, and began opening dispensaries in late-December 2015. New York has some of the strictest medical marijuana regulations, only offering it for a small number of conditions, and while Crohn’s disease – a type of inflammatory bowel disease – qualifies for medical marijuana in New York, the state prohibits it from being sold in a smokeable form.

You can watch the full interview below.

The Mighty reached out to Pete Davidson for comment and did not hear back at the time of publication. 


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