Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Forensic Evidence Reveals William Shakespeare Smoked Weeds

The State of the Art Forensic Technology from South Africa suggests that William Shakespeare was fond of the odd spliff.
South African Scientists unraveled the mystery on what was smoked or used in the 400+ years old tobacco pipes found in the ‘Stratford-upon-Avon’ garden of William Shakespeare.

During the forensic study, scientists used the remaining residue from the clay tobacco pipes on a new and advanced technique called gas chromatography mass spectrometry.
William Shakespeare talks about smoking weeds to find inspiration
image via broadsheet.ie
Results of this study (including 24 pipe fragments) indicated Cannabis in eight samples, nicotine (from tobacco leaves of the kind associated with Raleigh) in at least one sample, and (in two samples) definite evidence for Peruvian cocaine from coca leaves of the kind which Thackeray et al. associated with Drake who had himself been to Peru before 1597.

The suggestion is that he was literally stoned when he wrote few of his plays.

In his sonnet number 76, he mentioned finding ‘invention in a noted weed,’ which could be a reference to find inspiration by smoking pot.