Article by Katie Scott, Global News
Kevin Smith said his massive heart attack didn’t kill him thanks to a joint he smoked before his health scare in February.
The 47-year-old director visited The Late Show on Tuesday where he revealed that his doctor said smoking marijuana saved his life because it calmed him down.
“They got me to the hospital and they wheel me into the emergency room and the whole time I’m chill. Like, the guy said, the paramedic, he goes, ‘You’re being real calm, that’s going to get you through this,’” Smith told host Stephen Colbert. “And there’s a dude behind him goes, ‘That’s what’s going to save his life.’ And I’m like, ‘What does that part [mean]?’”
“I said, ‘Doc, honestly, I just smoked too much weed this morning. That’s what this is,’” Smith said.
“I honestly thought I was too high. I’d smoked a bunch of weed that day because I was doing the show and then I smoked a joint right before the show and then I got off stage and all of a sudden I had a heart attack,” Smith explained.
The Clerks star asked the doctor if the marijuana could have caused his health scare.
“He goes, ‘No, quite the opposite. That weed saved your life.’ And I was like, ‘Do tell! Like, what do you mean?’” Smith continued. “He said, ‘You kept calm. They told you (that) you were having a massive heart attack, and you remained calm the whole time, so that joint saved your life.’”
Smith joked that he was going to put what the doctor said on a T-shirt.