EXCLUSIVE: Jim Belushi can’t wait to lead the way with his latest role – that of cannabis owner.
The 66-year-old actor and comedian stars in a new reality TV series on Discovery called “Growing Belushi,” which chronicles the star’s life as he runs a 93-acre farm in Oregon with his family.
Some of Belushi’s brands include Captain Jack’s Gulzar Afghanica, known in the 1970s as “The Smell of SNL”, as well as Black Diamond and Cherry Pie, which he describes as “the marriage counselor”.
“I just thought it was something that no one had ever seen,” Belushi told Fox News about what forced him to allow cameras to follow him and his family and employees.
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“I think there are people who are very scared of cannabis and its attributes and I thought, ‘You know what? If everyone sees just how it’s grown, sees the people who are involved, who really care… the testing involved, the safety involved, they can feel a little more relaxed about trying cannabis. ”
Belushi said he strongly believes in the medicinal benefits that marijuana can bring to those looking for alternatives to help them cope with several health issues, including anxiety, insomnia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“It’s non-violent,” he explained. “It also leads to higher consciousness, which leads to compassion and empathy for others. I mean, it’s all part of the wellness of cannabis. I learned all that. We show it on “Growing Belushi”. It’s really cool. And the show is very funny because I’m an idiot. You are looking at my agriculture and cannabis education and fun stuff.
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Part of Belushi’s passion for his farm is fueled by personal tragedy.
Her brother, John Belushi, died in 1982 at the age of 33 from a drug overdose.
Jim Belushi thought the “Saturday Night Live” star was probably self-medicating to treat the head injuries he suffered early in his life.
“My brother, I think, suffered from CTE,” Belushi explained. “He was a middle linebacker, team captain, all-state and all-conference. And he hit his head for four years. He had the most tackles in our high school and he often rang his bell. The [were] lots of concussions. And at the time they were like, “What is it? Did you ring your bell? Go inside Belushi.
“In third grade, he grabbed our house, and we didn’t know what it was,” Belushi recalls.
Belushi previously told the Alchemy podcast that despite the lumbar puncture and x-rays, doctors could not determine the cause of his brother’s seizure. According to Belushi, it was at university that “cannabis was medicine for him.” But at the time, marijuana was not recognized as a legal treatment option.
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“It was all considered one drug,” he noted.
“But I believe what Dan Aykroyd says, ‘If John was a pothead he would be alive today,’ Belushi continued. “And we think the drug could have really helped him with this CTE, this suffering. This is one of my goals. ”
Belushi’s Farm offers the ‘Blues Brothers’ brand of cannabis products, which pays homage to the 1980 film starring 68-year-old John and Aykroyd.
“There is music, there is fun, there is mischief, and it has God’s mission, which is healing,” Belushi said. So “Blues Brothers” is perfect for cannabis, and that’s part of what “Growing Belushi” is – attaining the rights of the “Blues Brothers”. It’s fun with Dan Aykroyd in it… We’re having a lot of fun.
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Belushi thinks he’s on to something.
He described how he visited a dispensary in western Oregon where he met a veteran who really made him realize that his unlikely path to farming was worth it.
“He looked at me,” Belushi recalls. “I said, ‘Are you okay? Then he just looked at me, looked at me. And he said, “I was in Iraq. I was a doctor and saw things that happened in the human body that no one should ever witness. And he said, “I have PTSD. They say I have triple PTSD, and they gave me a bottle… of oxycotin… to help me. I went downstairs and I have trouble talking to my wife and kids and sleeping. ”
“And he said, ‘Your black diamond is the one thing that relaxes me enough to get rid of the terror in my heart and talk to my family and sleep,” Belushi continued. “He hugged me with tears, and I said, ‘I didn’t do that.’ He said, “No, but you’re the steward. That’s when everything changed for me. There are so many people suffering there. Trauma… the number one fear in life is death. The number two fear in life – family breakdown. And families fall apart because of alcoholism, divorce, someone dying in their family. Like my family – it totally devastated my family.
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“We all have a trauma that… screaming inside… All I’m saying is from my experience with veterans is that cannabis is safe, clean and peaceful… This veteran changed my life .
“Growing Belushi” premieres August 19 at 10 p.m. on Discovery.