Marijuana use has a long history that predates the modern day “stoners”. Several illustrious figures of the past who had made startling contributions to various arts and cultures and sciences, had been habitual cannabis users in their lives. Whether they promoted the growing of weed or just smoked a few puffs, the list of these illustrious figures has an important green connection. From ancient civilizations, to queens, to presidents, to emperors, to knights; all had acknowledged the benefits from cannabis use.
Formidable historical figures who were habitual cannabis users
Benefits from cannabis have been obtained by many throughout history. Weed has definitely been known to get the creative faculties flowing and the names mentioned below are no exception. Many personalities figure in this list; however the list is not exhaustive due to paucity of sources.
William Shakespeare: This 16th century playwright, and rightfully claimed as the greatest dramatists of all times, is immortal in our minds due to his masterpieces like Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. Classics of Shakespeare till today are performed and adapted at theatres around the world. Researchers have found evidence of cannabis on clay pipes on his property and this combined with the fact that he had once written about the “noted weed” in one of his sonnets established his fettish for weed quite clearly.
Queen Victoria: The longest reigning British Queen who lived and ruled in the Victorian era of 19th century England, secretly availed of the benefits from cannabis in the form of marijuana for dealing with her menstrual cramps.
James Monroe: This brave and knight-like figure who was the fifth President of the US was a regular smoker of hashish and he continued to do so till the rest of his life.
Hua Tuo: When it came to cannabis products, not just knights and emperors, but even scholars were smoking it. Hua Tuo was a respected Chinese scholar and doctor who lived during the Han dynasty period. The anesthesia concocted by him was known as Mafeisan which was made by mixing cannabis powder with wine.
Ottomon Sultan Abdülaziz I: He was the 32nd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, ruling from 1861 to 1876. He was a huge consumer of hookah and was known to exhibit a plethora of cannabis products at the World’s Fair.
John F Kennedy: He was the President of the US in the early 1960s and was a highly approved one. It is maintained in accounts that he resorted to consuming marijuana to cope with his severe back pain as well as recreationally.
Louisa May Alcott: She was a 19th century American author best known for her delightful novel ‘Little Women’. Although no account clearly states of her consuming cannabis, it is artfully revealed in her short stories by lauding the enticing effects of hashish, a cannabis product.
Carl Sagan: An American astronomer and cosmologist, who shared his stories about his insights after smoking marijuana and for the rest of his life had remained an ardent advocate for marijuana legalization.