Was Shakespeare High When He Wrote His Works Of Art?

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Was Shakespeare High When He Wrote His Works Of Art?

If new scientific and archaeological findings are too believed, some of the greatest works of literature ever to be penned could have been created under the influence of cannabis.

Shakespeare is thought by many to be one of the greatest literary minds ever to grace this earth, producing works that are still used as the basis for most modern storytelling to this day. You only need to Google for Shakespeare-inspired movies to be presented with long lists of modern classics that all have their origins in his work. Well, new evidence would suggest that this much-loved playwright was quite the fan of marijuana, leading to the assumption that it could have been a factor in inspiring his works.

The revelation comes from a team of South African scientists, who have been leant 400-year-old smoking pipe fragments that were excavated from Shakespeare’s garden. By analysing them using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (quite the mouth full!), the team found ancient cannabis residue that had been left over from use.

Cocaine was also found on some of the fragments; however, these were not thought to have actually originated from Shakespeare’s residence.

There may also be clues to the author’s cannabis use in his writing, in which he rejects “new-found methods and compounds strange”, in favour of a “noted weed”. It is thought that the compounds strange could refer to cocaine. However, it is only one interpretation (albeit a good one), and highly debated.

Either way, there is strong evidence to suggest this literary legend enjoyed a good toke every now and again, and could help explain the wonders he wrote. Just imagine, if weed were legal today, who knows what works of art could be created!

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