Shakespeare probably smoked weed, scientists say


#1

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#2

Shakespeare probably smoked weed, stoners say.


#3

Shakespeare probably smoked weed, GCMS instrument says.


#4

GCMS instrument says that cuz a stoner was using it.

[note sarcasm]


#5

If true, that would make him one hell of an early adopter. Tobacco and coca are New World plants, I think cannabis too?


#6

He probably drank water from a lead pipe too.


#7

Nope. Wikipedia says central Asia and India, so it’s entirely possible for him to have had some.


#8

Barday Bardaaaay


#9

I thought nobody knows for sure who Shakespeare was? How can they know what he smoked?


#10

The actual publication says:

Unequivocal evidence for Cannabis has not been obtained […] The results are suggestive but do not prove the presence of Cannabis.

And also:

all of the pipe bowl samples in this study probably date to the 17th century

Given that Shakespeare died in 1616, it’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that these might have been his pipes, even if they were found in his garden.


#11

They know exactly who Shakespeare was. He was Shakespeare, and there’s ample evidence he was made of flesh and blood.

There’s a persistent idea that a commoner couldn’t possibly have written such thoughtful and cosmopolitan plays, so there’s always a search for some nobleman who really wrote them. But nobody disputes he was a real person. That’s Jesus you’re thinking of.

1616 is actually an important part of the 17th century.


#12

I don’t dispute he was real - his plays and sonnets are obviously still with us - I just thought there was a controversy about which of several people he could have been. I thought I saw something about it on the History Channel ages and ages ago.


#13

Like @Boundegar said. The “controversy” is about who wrote (Or rather, ghostwrote) Shakespeare’s plays, hence, who Shakespeare “really” is.


#14

Nah, Cannabis is from southern china originally I think? And by Shakespeare’s time had spread westward through central asia as people found out it had interesting effects…


#15

So we force school kids to read stoner poetry, but then jail them if they smoke weed.


#16

You’re saying it false alerted? Now they got PC on the Bard and he can’t refuse the search.


#17

It’s a common mental fudge to think that the 17th century should match up with 17xx dates, but that isn’t the case. 1616 is 17th century. 'Tis no stretch atall.


#18

Yes, I realise that. My point was that Shakespeare was alive for only 16% of the 17th century.


#19

(Emphasis mine)
Well there’s the obvious flaw right there.


#20

It’s from neither.
It’s native to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.