President John F. Kennedy suffered from Addison’s disease as well as severe chronic back pain while serving in office. He was given numerous medications to deal with his illnesses. Although not officially confirmed, there are multiple reports of the president enjoying marijuana in the white house. Whether he was using it to help alleviate pain, or just wanted to relax after a long day of work is not known.
According to an excerpt from “John F. Kennedy: A Biography,” Kennedy smoked marijuana with his mistress Mary Meyer. Meyer was a close friend of Jackie Kennedy’s and the ex-wife of a top CIA agent. She reportedly came over to the White House after Kennedy joked that he wanted to smoke marijuana.
“On the evening of July 16, 1962, according to [Washington Post executive] Jim Truitt, Kennedy and Mary Meyer smoked marijuana together… The president smoked three of six joints Mary brought to him. At first he felt no effects. Then he closed his eyes and refused a fourth joint. ‘Suppose the Russians did something now,’ he said.”
He went on to say how “its effect was different from that of cocaine”, which he had reportedly tried as well. There are no medical records or official proof that these accounts are true, but we do know that Kennedy is no stranger to taking lots of drugs.
Kennedy took as many as 12 medications at once, and even more during times of stress, according to abcnews.
“The medical records reveal that Kennedy variously took codeine, Demerol and methadone for pain; Ritalin, a stimulant; meprobamate and librium for anxiety; barbiturates for sleep; thyroid hormone; and injections of a blood derivative, gamma globulin, a medicine that combats infections.”
How he was able to function on a daily basis with all of that in his system, let alone lead the United States, is truly amazing. He earned his right to relax and light up a few J’s.