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I'm high on life.. and cannabis; Christopher Biggins on over-indulging in new series Gone To Pot as he and fellow celebs try weed.

Byline: WORDS RICK FULTON

Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine didn't see the chef snorting the white powder. Far from it. But Gone to Pot American Road Trip will see five celebs trying out marijuana. Birds of a Feather actress and Loose Women panelist Linda Robson, ex EastEnders actress Pam St Clement, actor Christopher Biggins, retired footballer and TV presenter John Fashanu and darts legend Bobby George fly to America to get high in US states where it is legal.

While there are giggles, there is also a serious side, with marijuana having been reported to ease symptoms of conditions like arthritis, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

Each celebs has their own reasons for exploring the issue. Pam has polymyalgia rheumatica and has had a knee replacement, Linda is going through the menopause and gets hot flushes and mood swings, Fash is developing arthritis in his knee, Biggins has pain in his hip and back and Bobby broke his back, has had a new hip and knee, has had arthritis in his right hand and has had three toes cut off.

In the three-part series, the group try cannabis in different forms including eating it and using it as a cream.

Larger-than-life Christopher, 68, revealed: "I have a problem with my leg.

There's a pain between my knee and my thigh, so I started to apply a cannabis cream that was prescribed to me - but then I stopped because I thought, 'What's the point of finding something that's going to help me when I won't be able to get it in England?' It seemed pointless, but it's been fascinating to discover how helpful it is to human beings."

The actor, who won I'm a Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here! in 2007, is usually full of laughter but admitted he did overindulge during the trip.

He explained: "I don't smoke, so I can't inhale it - but I did eat some cannabis when we met two wonderful women who cooked a meal for us in California. There was a vegetarian spaghetti and some gnocchi in a sauce made from cannabis.

"They also made an ice cream with cannabis. We all tried it, but Bobby and I had a little more than everyone else and I'm afraid we were rather ill. It was hideous. I fell asleep and woke up in a hotel room that looked like a dungeon."

He admitted it didn't put him off and later, during a party in the Hollywood Hills, they invited the Beverly Hills Cannabis Society, who has a chef who uses cannabis at dinner parties for the high and mighty of Hollywood.

Christopher said: "He was a lovely man and he made some cookies, so I tried them and they were absolutely delicious. They contained a very mild dose of cannabis, so it didn't do anything for me."

The group started their threeweek trip in a psychedelic bus in San Francisco, where the city is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Christopher was a teenager during the original Summer of Love in 1967. He said: "I was 19 years old in 1967. I was at drama school and we had our own Summer Of Love in Bristol. We got a grant. We had no responsibilities. We got money to do anything we wanted to do, and it was a truly wonderful experience. It was a joyous time."

At the start of the programme, the celebs are given a medical certificate, which allows them to legally buy marijuana at a special dispensary. So does Christopher think the same should happen in the UK? He said: ""I've always thought that marijuana should be legalised in the UK because there are so many wonderful things that can be helped by it. It doesn't necessarily cure illness, but it certainly seems to help with the pain caused by arthritis, cancer, dementia and much, much more.

"Going on this adventure has resulted in my opinions changing constantly. I feel like I'm fairly open-minded, but I've closed it and opened it again many times during the filming of Gone To Pot. We met a lot of different people on this programme and they've all influenced my decision. There's big, big money to be made and that slightly worries me.

"But if you're in terrible pain and you can use this drug to relieve it, then why not legalise it and help these people in pain? To me, that seems like a very good idea and something that should be seriously looked into all over the world." l Gone To Pot American Road Trip is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, STV at 9pm.

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