13 Ways Important Historical Figures Used Marijuana Anything
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13 Ways Important Historical Figures Used Marijuana

Marijuana has a long history throughout the world. We all know about the ganja from India and weed from Jamaica. But there are some significant historical figures and cultures who made important contributions to the development of cannabis, as well as taking a few interesting detours. Whether they promoted growing weed or simply took the inspiration a few puffs can provide to new heights, these illustrious figures and cultures all have an important green connection. From ancient civilizations to queens to presidents to emperors, read on to learn the who, when, where, and what about some of the most unlikely contributors to cannabis culture.

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    Place in History
    William Shakespeare was a 16th century English playwright who is widely considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, dramatists of all time. His plays, which include such classics such Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Hamlet, are still performed, adapted, and swooned over today.

    Place in Marijuana History
    Researchers found traces of cannabis on clay pipes uncovered in the garden of Shakespeare's home in Stratford-upon-Avon. The pipes dated from the 17th century (Shakespeare died in 1616), so they are contemporary with Shakespeare. And Shakespeare wrote about a "noted weed" in one of his sonnets. I think we can all guess what he was talking about...

    Why It's Awesome
    Remember those plays I mentioned earlier? Those aren't the only ones: Shakespeare also penned A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, and Macbeth. If smoking a bit of grass helped Shakespeare create masterpieces, then stoners everywhere have another reason to assure their parents that they are not, in fact, wasting their lives. I, for one, would love to see a sonnet composed by a contemporary pothead. Shall I compare thee to a Doritos Locos? Thou art more flavorful and delicious.

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