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

“I have dexterity problems. I can’t roll a joint to save my life,” Williams told Business Insider. He prefers vaporizing more concentrated forms of the drug.

Williams, who is also a retired Navy officer, has multiple sclerosis, a disease that causes his immune system to attack the insulation around his nerves. It produces intense, burning sensations from his head to his toes.

Every morning, Williams takes a fistful of pills to ease the pain. He supplements this cocktail with cannabis, which he started using after his diagnosis in 1999. The drug has been shown to improve symptoms in patients suffering from MS, according to a summary from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In April, Williams became a “ganjapreneur,” launching a line of cannabis products. Lenitiv Labs makes high-quality, user-friendly marijuana products designed for medical users. They’re available in over 30 dispensaries in California.

The company uses a type of cannabis extract made from compressing carbon dioxide at high pressures, a process that does not require chemical solvents or artificial additives. The oil and drinks come in three formulas that vary the ratio of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and CBD, a chemical compound thought to be responsible for many of the drug’s therapeutic effects, so patients can control their doses with precision.

“The Montel Williams Show,” which made Williams the first African-American man to host a syndicated daytime talk show, ran for 17 seasons. He hid his disease for most of that time, until a tabloid threatened to print the story and forced him to reveal his diagnosis on air.

Williams has since described how he’d take long commercial breaks backstage, where he could cry from the pain in private. “[I would] let it go, refocus, come back out and sit down, and do another interview with a person,” he told Oprah Winfrey in 2009. “I was doing that every day.”

After his diagnosis, Williams jumped in front of a taxi in New York City in an attempt to kill himself. Around the same time, he started using cannabis — specifically kief, a fine powder made from the plant’s dried resin glands — to help manage his pain and mood. Depression is one of the most common symptoms of MS, according to the NMSS.

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

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

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

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

An increased demand for recreational products has Williams and others worried that the needs of medical users will be ignored.

“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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I tried Montel Williams’ CBD routine for a month. Here’s how I felt.

Do you have a CBD routine? I love CBD in smoothies, in my beauty products, and I’ll take a hit from my CBD vape to quickly ease anxiety on the go. But in all my years of using CBD regularly, I can’t really say I actually have a routine.

That’s why when I came across Montel by Select, I was super curious to try the system out. Here’s the low down.

The company was founded in 2017 by media personality and wellness advocate Montel Williams. You might recognize his name from his talk show, but what you might not know is that Montel lives with multiple sclerosis, which is a disease that affects the central nervous system. He personally has relied on cannabis for his own pain management, and created his company with the goal of promoting wellness with safe, reliable access to the same CBD and THC oils that he has.

His flagship product is bottled CBD capsules (100% hemp-derived, containing zero THC), and each bottle contains 30 gel capsules with 50mg of CBD each. Two options are available: Alert which is designed to be taken in the morning, and Relax which is designed for evening consumption.

For easy access, I kept both on my bedside table for all 30 days, taking a gel capsule of Alert in the am, and Relax right before bed.

So… after one month of 2x daily doses of Montel by Select, how did I feel? While I’m not incredibly picky about CBD in general, I am able to tell when a product is high quality by how it makes me feel – and Montel’s company is creating some quality stuff.

In the morning, I usually wake up groggy and a little stiff, especially in my back. After about two weeks of taking Alert, I noticed my muscles were less tense when I first got up. And, while I’m not ready to toss out my morning coffee just yet, Alert gave me a little lift of energy which was much appreciated.

After a long day, I looked forward to taking Relax at night. My pm dose was where I felt the strongest effects right away – I was able to de stress, settle in, and get a good night’s sleep after only a couple days of taking Montel by Select.

The one month “challenge” of starting a routine is something I’d recommend to anyone that’s tried CBD but hasn’t found consistent results. I’m definitely sticking to my am and pm plan, to help carry me through the day with ease.

Do you have a CBD routine? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear what works for you, babes!

For The Past 17 Years, Montel Williams Did What The FDA Won’t: He Made Weed A Medicine

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000, Montel Williams set out to find the safest, most effective form of medicinal cannabis for treating his disease and others, and to bring that product to the masses. After 17 years of nonstop research and advocacy, those goals are finally in hand with the launch of his new, medical-grade line of cannabis oils and products–but don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon.

Now serving medicinal cannabis patients in California (and other states soon), Lenitiv Labs is the product of nearly two decades of research spanning multiple continents and continuous, very personal investment by Williams. As founder, the retired naval officer, former TV host, and ongoing entrepreneur has guaranteed to personally try every batch of cannabis concentrate he sells, having spent years learning how other companies process the plant for use in ‘medical’ products.

He explained by phone that the medicinal and recreational booms have also brought a huge rise in the number of different cannabis producers, all operating under fluctuating, often ill-defined regulatory standards. “We’ve got a lot of ‘garage scientists’ in the industry, who are well-meaning people–I don’t think anyone gets up in the morning, goes to the garage, and thinks they’ll make something poisonous that could hurt people,” he said.

“But some are misled, some don’t do the research, and some don’t understand how long it’s taken to get here, and just work from bits and pieces of the extant literature,” he continued. ” If you looked at how some of these products are processed, you would not give it to your mother or your child. So why do we call it medicine?”

Williams, whose company recovers active and medicinal chemicals like THC and CBD from cannabis plants using the ‘green method’ of supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) with C02, noted that the butane, hexane and flavoring used to process much consumer-grade cannabis can leave unwanted traces behind. “With s pecialty beers, sure–include all the novelty junk you want. But if you call it medicine, and give it to anyone with a serious disease such as MS, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and on and on, you must believe that they’re walking in that door trusting that it will work, and not do them harm.”

“A lot of these doctors never signed the Hippocratic oath,” he added. “I spent time in the military, and I believe in oaths. If I wouldn’t put something in my body, I won’t sell it to you for yours.”

Lenitiv Labs offers a range of strengths for its cannabis oils.

It was not long after Williams formally retired from the military that he was diagnosed with MS, and began his search for an effective treatment. “In the first year, I was put on a myriad of medications, most of them opioid-based, only to affect one symptom, which was pain,” he said. “Then I started taking another, which was supposedly immune-system modifying. I tried homeopathic remedies, and everything I could think of, and almost destroyed my intestines with opioids.”

In 2001, one of his doctors, a renowned one in the area of MS, told Williams off the record that some of his patients had reportedly seen benefits from using cannabis. “A credible doctor told me not to stick a needle in myself every day, not to take four pills a day, but to try cannabis. It took about two and a half months to switch over, and I’ve had cannabis in my system every day since–except for about 40 when I was traveling in a country that strictly prohibits cannabis, and I had to use MARINOL, one of the most insidious drugs ever created, with strange side effects at any dose, on any body.”

When he was diagnosed at the age of 43, doctors told Williams that his life expectancy would likely be cut in half. Today, at 60, Williams eats healthily and exercises frequently, making sure to stretch and crack out the characteristically stiff joints which, he suggested, may have inspired a Chinese term for MS: roughly, “the statue disease.” He also keeps himself “saturated with cannabinoids” to increase flexibility, help with pain, and promote nerve-protective neuroplasticity in the brain, he said, but which never get him high. By first prognosis, he said, “As an African-American male, I should be dead.”

Williams speaks to supporters of a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state . [+] at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. (Credit: AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Since the time he first started using cannabis for MS, Williams has also been tirelessly advocating for cannabis reform in states around the country, as well as on behalf of veterans. “I was lobbying literally for myself,” he said.

His military history also drove his interest in creating a highly tailored form of cannabis oil using SFE’s powerful capacity for targeting and releasing specific chemicals. “I’m an engineer, and a naval academy graduate, and I can’t look at things without wanting to take them apart, and figure out how to put them back together in the optimal way,” he said. “I spent 16 years figuring out how to use [CBD] to work best for me, and developing things I know work for me, and I want to share what I’ve learned with others.”

“There have been times I’ve been so disappointed with the industry. People jump in, see it as the ‘green rush,’ and forget that 17 years ago people were dragged out of their homes with IVs in their arms, in their wheelchairs, for growing marijuana to treat awful symptoms of cancer,” he added. “As things have changed in the past five years, people have forgotten that there were patients left on the battlefield.”

“Honestly, I’ve been appalled by aspects of this industry,” he said. “Cannabis should have been treated like any other plant-based medicine for the past hundred years: find the best portion of this drug and use it in the best modality it can be used for.”

In the absence of such research (broadly speaking), Williams has continuously tried to uncover the information himself since he first started using medicinal cannabis. While he was never a ‘garage scientist,’ he recalled trying to extract oil from cannabis plants in his small Manhattan kitchen back in the early 2000s. “With the pilot light there, it wasn’t the smartest,” he joked.

But his tireless dedication to the cause, and to other ones across the industry, seem to have paid off. He noted that he wants to continue taking the knowledge he’s gaining himself and “offer it up” to others, including through clinical trials he plans to arrange as the business gains steam.

In salutation, then, at 4:20 on 4/20 in my own city, with my own method (though sadly inferior, from what it looks and sounds like):