Back in February of 2018, after performing a stand-up comedy set at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, Kevin Smith — the director of Dogma, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, Clerks & more — suffered a heart attack caused by a total blockage of the left anterior descending artery. Luckily for Smith, his family, and his fans, he survived and has come out of it a healthier man. And according to Kevin, he wouldn’t have made it through that harrowing night if it wasn’t for … marijuana?
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Smith told the epic yet the surprisingly hilarious 10-minute story about the night he had a heart attack. Touching on everything from his fear of being naked to the peace he made with god, Smith eventually reveals that the doctor who saved his life claimed it was the marijuana he smoked earlier that saved his life.
Only Kevin Smith, am I right?
“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.
“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. And there’s a dude behind him goes, ‘That’s what’s going to save his life.’
“I said, ‘Doc, honestly, I just smoked too much weed this morning. That’s what this is.
“He goes, ‘No, quite the opposite. That weed saved your life.’ And I was like, ‘Do tell! Like, what do you mean?’ 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.’
While we wouldn’t suggest relying on weed to keep you healthy, this is yet another, although very unique, example of the medical benefits marijuana can bring to the table.