Shakespeare Smoked Weed, Is Anyone Really Surprised?

Pipes from William Shakespeare’s garden in Stratford-Upon-Avon have been forensically analyzed and were found to contain traces of cannabis. Are you shocked? I’m not shocked.

South African researchers used gas chromatography to study pipes found in the town. Several had traces of cannabis, four of which were confirmed to be from Shakespeare’s abode. Some other pipes had traces of cocaine, but they they weren’t the bard’s. Basically, guys, nothing has changed about our recreational habits in the last 500 years.

The researchers behind this discovery are urging us all to consider the evidence: “Literary analyses and chemical science can be mutually beneficial, bringing the arts and the sciences together in an effort to better understand Shakespeare and his contemporaries.” Shakespeare scholars have been resistant to the idea that the playwright did drugs, but come on, we’ve all read A Midsummer Night’s Dream, haven’t we?

Anyway, bards: They’re just like us!


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