If history teaches us anything, it’s that people love to get intoxicated. Well, hopefully, history teaches us more than that—but for our purposes, we can focus, just this once, on a little historical inebriation.
Throughout the centuries, our most honorable leaders, most infamous villains, and greatest heroes have been puffing on cannabis. Once thought to be the drug of choice strictly for musicians, revolutionaries, and burn-outs, marijuana proved to be much more. These few trailblazers knew just how special this super weed was before it became a cultural touchstone.
Alexander Dumas—Perhaps the greatest writer of his generation was also perhaps the greatest smoker of his generation. The legendary author of The Three Musketeers and The Count Of Monte Cristo was a well-known (and it should be said, well respected) fan of smoking hash.
Queen Victoria—Get this, Queen Victoria was prescribed marijuana for period cramps, and consumed her cannabis as a flavored drink, feeling it was a classier way to imbibe her medication. Marijuana would be declared illegal in 1928, a few decades following the Queen’s prescription.
William Shakespeare—Apparently theater types in the 16th century had a remarkable amount in common with theater types today. An assortment of cannabis stained pipes were found not only at William Shakespeare’s home in Stratford Upon Avon but also at his legendary Globe Theater.
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