Gone to pot! Linda Rob­son warned: Don’t take drugs

The Birds Of A Feather star courted con­tro­versy when she went to Amer­ica to take drugs

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We’re used to celebri­ties do­ing crazy things on re­al­ity TV shows, but Linda Rob­son has raised the bar – by tak­ing drugs on TV.

Linda was one of the five celebs to take part in Gone To Pot: Amer­i­can Road Trip – trav­el­ling to Cal­i­for­nia with a film crew to ex­plore whether mar­i­juana should be le­galised.

She joined ex- EastEn­ders star Pam St Cle­ment, ac­tor Christo­pher Big­gins, darts player Bobby Ge­orge and ex-foot­baller John Fashanu on a psy­che­delic bus tour of the US state to in­gest some of the lo­cally grown pro­duce.

Linda loved her time on the show, but not ev­ery­one wanted her to take part, due to the con­tro­ver­sial sub­ject mat­ter.

‘My agent was re­ally wor­ried,’ she says. ‘They said to me, “Please don’t smoke a joint on tele­vi­sion. You’re a face from day­time telly. You’ll never work again!”’ But the Loose Woman was un­de­terred, and tried cannabis in var­i­ous dif­fer­ent forms on her mag­i­cal mys­tery tour. Yet the ac­tress, 59, had strong rea­sons for want­ing to try the drug. The mum-of-three was in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing the medic­i­nal ben­e­fits of cannabis. ‘Cannabis oil can help ease pain, which I’m cer­tain a lot of peo­ple my age don’t know about,’ she adds. ‘My step­dad had re­ally bad arthri­tis. He had trou­ble sleep­ing and get­ting through the day, so we started to give him a joint to help. It was nice to see him free of pain for a while. That’s one of the rea­sons I wanted to do the show, to find out more.’

And though she’s still un­de­cided as to whether it should be le­galised in the UK, Linda did find that there were some sur­pris­ing ben­e­fits to get­ting high.

‘I got some CBD oil (made from cannabis) to help with the menopause. Af­ter I tried it, I didn’t seem to have so many hot flushes,’ she ad­mits.

‘My agent said, “Please don’t smoke a joint on TV. You’ll never work again!”’

The celebs took a psy­che­delic tour of Cal­i­for­nia

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