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“The Cobb portrait of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), c1616. Private Collection. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Researcher: Shakespeare’s pipes had been used for cannabis smoking

Get high with The Bard?
South African researcher Francis Thackeray, a professor in the Evolutionary Studies Institute in the University of the Witwatersrand,reports that he found cannabis residue in four clay smoking pipes from William Shakespeare’s garden in the Stratford-upon-Avon area.

Thackeray … found unquestionable evidence for the smoking of coca leaves in early 17th century England, based on chemical evidence from two pipes in the Stratford-upon-Avon area. Neither of the pipes came from the garden of Shakespeare. Four of the pipes with Cannabis came from Shakespeare’s garden.

The pipes tested for chemical residues (using the non-invasive technique of gas chromatography mass spectrometry) were on loan from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. Several of the…

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