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EastEnders legend Pam St Clement smokes a BONG on TV

EastEnders legend Pam St Clement will leave viewers open-mouthed as she smokes marijuana on TV.

The actress was filmed puffing away on a bong for the new ITV documentary Gone To Pot, which explores the use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes.

The 75-year-old, who played soap icon Pat Butcher for 26 years, admitted she was doubled up in 'hysterics' minutes after inhaling the drug during a wild three-week tour around America.

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Pot Butcher: EastEnders legend Pam St Clement will leave viewers open-mouthed as she smokes marijuana on TV

Pot Butcher: EastEnders legend Pam St Clement will leave viewers open-mouthed as she smokes marijuana on TV

Pam took a hit from the bong, which was being passed around the Puff Pass Paint Class, as she sat an at easel doing some painting.

The actress, who admitted she had smoked marijuana before in her youth, said she was baffled by the bong. 

'I'd never seen anything like it,' she told The Mirror. 'It was a glass bowl with a few bits and pieces and then a pipe and a wide opening to it. It's cooled by water.'

The actress immersed herself in the world of weed for three weeks in a road trip around America to understand the uses of marijuana - as well as meet people who have experienced the pros and cons of it. 

Asked how she thinks people will react to seeing her smoke cannabis when the series airs next week, she joked: 'The youngsters will be like, "What?" I think my street cred will improve.'

New horizons: The actress was filmed puffing away on a bong for the new ITV documentary Gone To Pot, which explores the use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes

New horizons: The actress was filmed puffing away on a bong for the new ITV documentary Gone To Pot, which explores the use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes

Experimental: The 75-year-old, who played soap icon Pat Butcher for 26 years, admitted she was doubled up in 'hysterics' minutes after inhaling the drug during a wild three-week tour around America

Experimental: The 75-year-old, who played soap icon Pat Butcher for 26 years, admitted she was doubled up in 'hysterics' minutes after inhaling the drug during a wild three-week tour around America

She was joined on the trip by Loose Women's Linda Robson, 59, Christopher Biggins, 68, retired footballer John Fashanu, 55, and darts supremo Bobby George, 71.

Pam said the group were like 'kids at Disneyland' as they smoked joints and ate marijuana-laced meals.

They had their taste of weed at a hippy party in San Francisco on the first night of the trip. 

'It was like going back in a time capsule to the 1960s. I didn't think that still existed, that hippydom,' St Clement admitted.

'The five of us looked so out of place it was unbelievable. These two guys were banging on the bongos and Harry, who had invited us, was there absolutely off his face.'

Confused: The actress, who admitted she had smoked marijuana before in her youth, said she was baffled by the bong and had 'never seen anything like it'. Pictured on EastEnders in 2011

Confused: The actress, who admitted she had smoked marijuana before in her youth, said she was baffled by the bong and had 'never seen anything like it'. Pictured on EastEnders in 2011

New series: The actress immersed herself in the world of weed for three weeks in a road trip around America to understand the uses of marijuana - as well as meet people who have experienced the pros and cons of it

New series: The actress immersed herself in the world of weed for three weeks in a road trip around America to understand the uses of marijuana - as well as meet people who have experienced the pros and cons of it

She said when a joint was passed to them, she and Linda exchanged glances and decided it would be 'rude to refuse'. 

The soap star, who left EastEnders in 2012, said the drug gave them the 'wonderment of children', but she wanted to know more about the pros and cons of it. 

The issue of legalisation has long been the subject of debate in the UK with marijuana having been reported to ease symptoms of arthritis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and several other conditions. 

However, it remains the most commonly used and trafficked illicit drug in the world and evidence suggests that frequent and prolonged use can be detrimental to both mental and physical health.

Each of the five celebrities have their own reasons for exploring the issue - Pam has polymyalgia rheumatica and has had a knee replacement.

Weed adventures: She was joined on the trip by Loose Women's Linda Robson, 59, Christopher Biggins, 68, retired footballer John Fashanu, 55, and darts supremo Bobby George, 71

Weed adventures: She was joined on the trip by

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