Anybody who is still undecided on the medical cannabis issue and the end to prohibition all together, may be interested to learn of one of our nation’s leading presidential beneficiaries, President John F. Kennedy smoked medical cannabis.
Kennedy, who was known to suffer from Addison’s disease, as well as severe chronic back pain, was rumored to smoke cannabis on occasion, with a number of recent reports claiming his use was an effort relieve the pain associated with his medical conditions.
Addison’s disease (a rare, chronic endocrine disorder) patients have seen very positive results when using cannabis as an alternative medicine, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. According to an entry in his biography titled, “John F. Kennedy: A Biography (2006)”, JFK often relieved his medical symptoms with the help of some presidential cannabis and you know he had top quality, high-grade loud. Although other presidents have admitted to smoking the wonder plant, JFK’s use was, according to the biography, actually took place inside the White House as well:
“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.”
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 cannabis provides very effective relief if used consistently. In fact, patients see a higher amount of relief than in conventional medications.
It seems clear from the written biographical account that Kennedy was witnessed smoking cannabis in the White House, but no documentation seems to exist supporting the photos and claims, which claims that JFK was a medicinal user of cannabis.