And while strains of hemp were grown for the purpose of smoking, there isn’t much evidence that George Washington intended to use hemp for anything other than the many useful products that could be cultivated from a harvest. There is no direct evidence that he ever engaged in smoking or consuming hemp for recreational or medicinal purposes.
These bounties were what initially interested George Washington in growing hemp as a cash crop. The term cash crop means he was intending to sell the plants harvested instead of using them for his own self.
A cannabis leaf and a bottle of hemp oil
However, also according to the Washington Post, when doing a cost analysis of deciding which would be the best crop to grow, he realized that wheat would be the most financially rewarding cash crop for Mount Vernon. However, this didn’t mean he wasn’t interested in growing hemp for his estate’s own use.
Oil from the seeds was used to create things like paints or varnishes. Overall, the plant was primarily looked at as a cash crop for all of its uses.
Small Marijuana Leaf.
George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1797.
Growing hemp for the rope, linen cloth, and sacks would be useful on his property for a variety of tasks. Indeed, he was a proponent of growing hemp so that he would be able to repair the fishing nets that they used on fishing trips to the Potomac.
Marijuana is bred to produce increasingly higher amounts of the psychoactive substance THC.
The marijuana legalization debate goes on within America, with both sides working diligently to achieve their own goals. Prohibitionists try to point to
Cannabis consumers know the plant can help spark ideas and creativity. James Madison agreed! He once said that hemp helped him have the insight to help create a new democratic nation. It sounds like all Americans owe weed a “thank you” for helping our founding fathers.
Thomas Jefferson was another founding father that grew hemp. He was an Ambassador to France when hashish was extremely popular. According to some historians, Jefferson risked imprisonment by importing Chinese hemp seeds that were known for their high potency into America. That is some American history we would have paid attention to in high school!
Of all modern presidents, President Obama is the most open about marijuana use in his younger days. Pictures of Obama with a joint have made their way around the internet many times over the years. In a wink to Bill Clinton during the 2008 election, Obama admitted to smoking pot back in the day saying, “When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was kind of the point.”
In honor of President’s Day, let’s talk about every president of the United States that smoked weed!
The third and final military man on this list, Franklin Pierce was known to smoke marijuana with his troops during the Mexican-American War. He recounted his smoking habit in letters home, saying that being able to smoke hemp was the only good thing about the war.
Yes, you read that right. The father of the United States grew hemp. How do we know? He wrote about it himself in his meticulous diaries! In one entry, he notes that he began separating female and male plants, a practice still used in cannabis cultivation today. Another entry suggests that President George Washington used hemp as a medicine to battle toothaches.
At least eleven U.S. Presidents, from Army Generals to Ambassadors, smoked marijuana and went on to lead incredibly successful and impactful lives. This President’s Day, let’s toke one out in their honor.
We have all heard Bill Clinton’s famous line he used in response to questions of marijuana use in his younger days. President Clinton claimed to have tried cannabis a couple times, but never inhaled. And he may not have been totally lying. According to Christopher Hitchens, a famed writer and college classmate of Bill Clinton, the President enjoyed pot brownies. Maybe President Clinton really didn’t inhale; he ate his marijuana instead!
JFK is the only president who has a written account of marijuana use while in the White House. The only other notable mention of cannabis use at the White House was not a President at all, but rather Jimmy Carter’s son Chip, who reportedly smoked pot on the roof of the White House with Willie Nelson. Now THAT is a smoke session we would have loved to be a part of.
Let’s talk about every president of the U.S. Presidents That Smoked Weed! You may be surprised by how 420 friendly some of our nation’s leaders were…