October 05, 2016 02:19 PM

Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson is revealing his own very personal reason for using marijuana medicinally.

“I got Crohn’s disease when I was 17 or 18,” he said in a new interview with High Times. “And I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me and seeing all these doctors and trying new things … weed would be the only thing that would help me eat.”

“My stomach would be in pain all day and I wouldn’t be able to eat, but then I’d smoke and I can eat and do my shows,” the 22-year-old continued. “I wouldn’t be able to do SNL if I didn’t smoke weed. I wouldn’t be able to do anything really. Me performing not high has gone awful. It’s awful for me because I don’t feel well.”

The comedian went on to add that he feels offended by those who don’t understand the need for medical marijuana and who think that you can’t be productive while smoking.

“I work really f—ing hard and I take care of my s— and I need weed in order to do that,” he explained in the video. “I’m sick, I have Crohn’s … so it sucks.”

Season 42 of Saturday Night Live premiers on Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC, and Davidson’s first hour-long stand-up special, SMD airs Oct. 29 at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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