In the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust located in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, South African research scientists from the Transvaal Museum examined twenty-four pipe fragments found throughout the grounds of William Shakespeare’s home. Their findings show that eight of the pipes tested contain cannabis and two of the pipes contain traces of cocaine.
Some of the pipes had been used to consume tobacco, camphor, and hallucinogenic nutmeg extracts.
If Mr Shakespeare did in fact ‘light up’ would it astonish any of us today? Probably not.