Tobacco pipes dating as far back as 400 years have been discovered in what would have been famous playwright William Shakespeare’s garden. A few chemical tests performed by scientists in Pretoria, South Africa found more than just tobacco, though. The results suggest that excavators stumbled upon Shakespeare’s marijuana pipe.
Trace amounts of cannabis were identified in the ancient clay pipes that were discovered in Shakespeare’s garden and other areas around Stratford-Upon-Avon, his famous place of residence. Researchers borrowed 24 pipe fragments to analyze their contents. Eight samples returned positive results for cannabis resin.
They also found cocaine in some of the fragments, though it’s not likely that they were actually his.
Looking back, the evidence was there all along. He mentions “invention in a noted weed”, which is perhaps a veiled reference to cannabis, in one of his Sonnets. He later expresses disinterest in “compounds strange”, which could refer to the cocaine that his neighbors were probably going wild with.
College kids around the world are rejoicing at the discovery. This means they’ll finally be able to argue that they’re really just trying to get into the author’s mind when they show up to class with dry mouths and red eyes.
If it’s indeed his, Shakespeare’s marijuana pipe is in great company when it comes to fellow writers who smoked marijuana. The correlation between creativity and cannabis has long been suggested by users and observers alike.
There’s nothing conclusive to say yet, but this is one more piece of evidence suggesting that cannabis and writing renown have gone hand in hand for centuries before the likes of Hunter S. Thompson and Raymond Carver.
We just wonder whether he was more of a sativa or indica guy.