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Marijuana use has a long history that predates the modern day "stoners" we've grown accustomed to. We all know about the ganja from India, and the weed from Jamaica, and we've memorized a list of countries and states that have legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana use. But there are some significant historical figures and cultures who made important contributions to the development of common cannabis usage.

 Whether they promoted growing weed, or simply took a few puffs and soared to new heights, these illustrious figures and cultures have all had an important green connection. From ancient civilizations, to queens, to presidents, to emperors, this list of historical figures that used marijuana will shock and intrigue you.
These aren't your average skateboarding stoner bros. Some of these historic icons made major contributions to world culture, and history itself. Whether they blazed it, toked it, or smoked it, Mary Jane was a key ingredient in these leaders' lives. Weed has definitely been known to get the creative juices flowing, and these prominent historical figures are no exception.
Are you surprised that some of these people smoked that wacky tobacc-y? Let us know what you think of these successful pot smokers in the comment section below! 
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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 13 Ways Important Historical Figures Used Marijuana
Photo: White House Press Office/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Place in History

John F. Kennedy was president of the United States in the early 1960's, and he had the highest approval rating of any American president after World War II. He was assassinated in Dallas, TX in November of 1963.

Place in Marijuana History

Several written accounts of JFK's life claim that the president used marijuana to cope with his severe back pain. He also may have used it recreationally. John F. Kennedy: A Biography contains a story about JFK smoking three joints with a woman named Mary Meyer. He allegedly said, after the third joint, "Suppose the Russians did something now."

Why It's Awesome

Plenty of presidents and presidential candidates have admitted they smoked pot, but they all claim to have only done it when they were young. JFK lighting up in the White House is a whole different story. Hopefully he wasn't high when he made any really important decisions.

Also Ranked

#48 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#5 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#12 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#43 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Scythians is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 13 Ways Important Historical Figures Used Marijuana
Photo: Egisto Sani/Flickr

Place in History
The Scythians were a people who formed nomadic tribes, traveling across Eastern Europe and Central Asia from about 600 BC to AD 600. Scythians were also fierce warriors. On the battlefield, Scythians were known to behead their enemies and drink their blood. Greek historian Herodotus described Scythian culture and rituals in his Histories.

Place in Marijuana History
Archeologists recently discovered cannabis and opium residue at a preserved Scythian ritual site. This supports Herodotus' claim that the Scythians would throw hemp seeds on hot stones in order to produce steam "that no Grecian vapour-bath can surpass." According to Herodotus, the Scythians would perform this ritual after a burial.

Why It's Awesome
Okay, Scythians may have sown some destruction—drinking an enemy's blood is taking things a bit too far. But they shared their stash with the people they were raiding, which was decent of them. And if you have to wash off a lot of blood and gore, a "marijuana sauna" sounds like the way to do it.

Louisa May Alcott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 13 Ways Important Historical Figures Used Marijuana
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Place in History

Louisa May Alcott was a 19th century American author best known for her novel, Little Women. Alcott was also an outspoken abolitionist and suffragette. She was actually the first woman in Concord, Massachusetts to register to vote.

Place in Marijuana History

There is no record of Alcott admitting that she used marijuana, but her short stories indicate that she most likely did. She wrote one story called "Perilous Play," which involves two lovers getting high and then getting engaged on a boat. One character explains the effects like this: “A heavenly dreaminess comes over one, in which they move as if on air."

Why It's Awesome

Even though Alcott didn't admit to smoking herself, she did the next best thing by writing a story that ended with the line, "Heaven bless hashish, if its dreams end like this!" If that isn't a ringing endorsement of weed, what is?

Also Ranked

#9 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

#19 on The Best Young Adult Authors

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Francis Crick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 13 Ways Important Historical Figures Used Marijuana
Photo: Duncan Hull/Flickr

Place in History

Francis Crick was of two scientists (the other was James Watson) who earned the Nobel Prize for discovering DNA in 1962. This discovery lay the ground work modern genetics.

Place in Marijuana History

Though he never openly admitted to marijuana use, Crick's biographer wrote that the scientist experimented both with marijuana and LSD.

Why It's Awesome

This totally shatters the stereotype that people who use drugs like weed are unintelligent. Crick was one of the most important scientists in modern history. Saying he owes his genius to his drug use might be going too far, but lighting up once in a while certainly didn't do him any damage.

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