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.”
A historian who examined his medical records was stunned at the extent of the health problems that the seemingly vigorous president dealt with.
"There was hardly a day that went by that he didn't suffer terribly," presidential historian Robert Dallek, a history professor at Boston University, told ABCnews.
The revelations about JFK's health are included in Dallek's forthcoming book, An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, which is excerpted in the December issue of Atlantic Monthly. Dallek was granted exclusive access to Kennedy's private papers for the years 1955 to 1963, including his X-rays and prescription drug records.
Kennedy suffered from colitis, prostatitis, and a disorder called Addison's disease, which affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar and sodium. He also had osteoporosis of the lower back, causing pain so severe that he was unable to perform simple tasks such as reaching across his desk to pull papers forward, or pulling the shoe and sock onto his left foot, Dallek said.