When one thinks of English literature , there is one figure that pops to mind straight away . William Shakespeare. Have you even thought where all that inspiration came from . Well now we knowFor anyone that had to go through high school English classes, having to read at least some of William Shakespeare’s works is an inevitability. And pouring over the poetic (yet admittedly difficult) texts could be quite the confusing process.A new study published in the South African Journal of Science may explain how the famous bard got his inspiration for his most famous works: cannabis. T
he study reports on an analysis done on fragments of clay smoking pipes that were excavated from The Shakespearean Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of the legendary playwright.A team from the South African Police Services Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria analyzed residues found in the bowls and stems of 24 pipes using a highly-sensitive gas testing technique known as gas chromatography mass spectrometry.
This method allowed the team to recognize what was smoked in the pipes over 400 years ago due to the resins that were left behind.
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