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Did the Bard Smoke Weed?

Apparently yes.

It’s not that hard to wrap your mind around that concept. Many intellectuals, even historical figures smoked weed in their own time. Evidence show that even Joan of Arc and Christopher Columbus “blazed the 420”. So does that mean marijuana pushed people to greatness? That’s still up for debate but what we can take from this is that Shakespeare could have been totally baked when he was writing his famous plays such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and Macbeth.

Researchers found traces of cannabis on clay pipes where Shakespeare previously resided (Stratford-Upon-Avon). He also mentioned a “noted weed” in one of his sonnets. If this indeed validates the claim that the greatest dramatist of all time smoked weed, then all stoners can now rejoice because their time is not being wasted contrary to popular belief (I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next genius who will yet again change the world and ask him if he used weed as “genius fuel”).

Here are some videos that discuss the matter:



Now when someone nags you about being the bane of society when you blaze it, tell them you’re on your way on becoming the next Shakespeare.

Works Cited:

“13 Ways Important Historical Figures Used Marijuana.” Ranker. Web. 5 Dec. 2015.
 YouTube. Web. 5 Dec. 2015.


Categories: Multimedia Essays
  1. ixoraaa
    December 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    This is particularly interesting because as I was reading this, I could not help but ask myself “is this for real?” A part of me wants to think that wow, because of this I actually appreciate Shakespeare more because it shows that Shakespeare enjoyed the same pleasures that people do today. However, a part of me also wants to hate Shakespeare because how could he write something that would sell and be appreciated worldwide while under the influence of marijuana? Because of this I am now very curious whether I could write better term papers if I smoke weed. I mean, Shakespeare apparently did it, so what are the chances, right?

  2. December 8, 2015 at 12:35 am

    I can see that Mr Cabaluna definitely put the can in Cannabis. Kidding aside, is it me or is the “genius fuel” really a recurring element in the lives of writers? I am reminded of our dead white males in the canon. It is said that Poe wrote best while inebriated. There is also Coleridge, who was said to have written Xanadu while under the influence of opium.
    Anyway, with this post one can consider how Shakespeare has become such an established celebrity that now he’s the subject of drug controversies that so often hound our favorite Hollywood celebs. (So what if he did take weed though? You know what they say. If weed be the food of love…)

  3. December 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    If this was true then it might make of an argument on the legal issues of smoking weed. Say take cases of people who have created masterpieces that are known to be using such. However, it is really a case to case basis. As much as I’d like to apply to myself the thinking that smoking weed will improve my writing ability (how I wish it was truly that easy), it really can’t be thought of it that way. But it is very interesting to attach such a controversial issue to a controversial artists.

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