Study: Shakespeare Consumed Cannabis

William Shakespeare. Portrait of William Shakespeare 1564-1616. Chromolithography after Hombres y Mujeres celebres 1877, Barcelona SpainWilliam Shakespeare, the famous author and playwright, likely consumed cannabis as a mind-stimulant, according to a study published in the South African Journal of Science.

For the study, researchers examined residue from twenty four early 17th century clay pipes found in Shakespeare’s garden, and elsewhere in the Stratford-Upon-Avon. A gas chromatography mass spectrometry was used to analyze the residue, with eight of the twenty four pipes containing cannabis residue; four of these eight were found in Shakespeare’s garden. A couple of the pipes also contained cocaine residue, but none of the pipes found in the playwright’s garden contained the drug.

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