Recently uncovered evidence suggests that William Shakespeare used marijuana and cocaine.
“There were very low concentrations of cannabis, but the signature was there,” according to Inspector Tommy van der Merwe, who tested the pipes at South Africa’s
Forensic Science Laboratory.
The evidence of cocaine was also very strong.
“The pipes we tested still had dirt in them which preserved the residues inside the stem and bowl,” Van der Merwe said. “The readings we got were the same as if it had tested a modern-day crack pipe.”
Sonnet 76 of Shakespeare’s poems contains a reference to the “noted weed.”