John F. Kennedy Smoked Medical Marijuana In Office To Relieve Pain


by Douglas Capraro

on December 11, 2014

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Anybody who is still undecided on the medical marijuana issue may be interested to learn about one of our nation’s most beloved and admired public figures: President John F. Kennedy.

The late leader suffered from severe back pain and Addison’s disease (a rare, chronic endocrine disorder). According to John F. Kennedy: A Biography (2006), he often relieved his symptoms with the help of some presidential pot. Although other Presidents have admitted to smoking it — whether or not they ‘fessed up to actually inhaling — JFK’s use was, according to the biography, actually in the White House:

“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 the 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.”

Although the thought of JFK being baked in the war room may be unnerving, given his condition, he was probably better off for it. The symptoms of Addison’s disease, which causes the adrenal glands to produce insufficient steroid hormones, include abdominal pain, weakness, and potentially even very low blood pressure and coma. Patients report that marijuana can provide effective relief.



there are 2,710 Comments

Maxwell Lee

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Thanks for the information Douglas, I would have had no idea about this information on JFK and I think it’s important that we start to get our culture more aware on the fact that marijuana has a lot of benefits to it.

Mike Johnson

This merely illustrates the division in the US…rich and powerful inhibit our ability to access the best medicine available for pain and all the while completely realize what a wonderful GOD send Cannabis is.


It’s funny how when you look this story up, every one is on a marijuana advocacy website, there is no historical documentation of this at all. While I have no qualms with the use of marijuana at all, I do when people play with history of their own means.

Dave K

You sir are entitled to your own opinion, not to make up your own facts to suit your prohibitionist position. Others witnessed him do so. Does your evidence of this “falsehood” include other “factual information” provided by the “christian” voices in your head? Excellent article!


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