Linda Thompson says in 1974, one of Elvis' doctors suggested marijuana to relieve Elvis' eye pressure from secondary Glaucoma, which he'd been diagnosed with sometime before the couple met.
Linda says there was no such thing as legal pot back then. She says that's all Elvis had to hear was that a doctor recommended it and Elvis was all in!
Linda says it wasn't the first time Elvis used pot, but this time he wanted to use it with her. He had his own sources for it.
She told Elvis, "yeah but it's not legal, honey."
Elvis said, "I know that, but if it keeps me from going blind"
She recalls one night in "OUR" bedroom at Graceland, Elvis tried to get her to take a hit.
She had no interest. She was straight.
Elvis was persuasive.
"It's just relaxing. It will just relax you." Elvis said.
Hurting from his cheating, after 45 minutes she caved in. The temptation wore her down.
She was hoping it would would soothe her and silence her inner worries.
Elvis instructed her on how to inhale and hold the smoke in her lungs.
Soon, they both were very silly and laughing.
Soon she started to panic, feeling crazy, out of control. Linda says her heart was racing.
All the blood seemed to rush to her head. She opened a window at Elvis' Graceland mansion, and proclaimed, " God, I know you're punishing me for smoking marijuana. And if you'll just let my brain come back to me, I'll never do that again, Do you hear me, God? Never Again!"
She went back to the bedroom and told Elvis. But the panic came back.
She was OK the next morning but it was later revealed to her the couple smoked Colombian Hashish which is stronger than pot.
Linda says to her knowledge, Elvis did this for 3 months!
Linda says even a year later she suffered panic attacks from this. She read up on Cannabis and learned some people especially those who don't drink or do anything else, and are not used to being out of control suffer on going panic attacks.
Linda has NEVER smoked since that night promising God she wouldn't.