Proof Shakespeare Smoked Weed!
Don’t knock people who get high before they create, we may now have scientific proof some of the world’s most important literature was written under the influence.
According to a new study from the South African Journal of Science, William Shakespeare’s “tobacco pipe” housed a few different types of leaves!
Scientists analyzed 24 seventeenth century pipe segments found in Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon property.
Using a method known as, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, to avoid damage, scientists discovered evidence of Cannabis in about eight of the samples, as well as nicotine, and even some Peruvian cocaine from coca leaves.
Shakespeare was out in these streets lit!
We’re not the only ones tickled by these discoveries! The anthropologist leading the team, Francis Thackeray, “was delighted to find indications of cannabis,” according to USA Today.
Although the location and dates of the evidence make it probable, there’s no way to say for sure the pipes found on Shakespeare’s property actually belonged to him.
While we can’t be sure, a little part of us can’t help but get excited at the thought of the turn up that sparked some of Shakespeare’s more colorful tales, like A Mid Summer Night’s Dream.
Come on, that love triangle though? Puff the magic dragon had to be a co-author!