Davidson was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was 17 or 18. In a recent interview with Nicki Swift, he explained, “Whenever I wake up, if I don’t hit the bowl or something, it’ll feel like someone punched me in the stomach.” He’s been treated with oral drugs as well as the monoclonal antibody drug infliximab (Remicade). He’s tried nutritional therapy, but Davidson told the Breakfast Club crew that “healthy stuff” doesn’t help him, but instead “just goes right through” his body.
But he did eventually find something that seemed to help. In an interview with High Times Davidson said:
“And I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me and seeing all these doctors and trying new things … weed [cannabis] 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 … 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.”