Takeaway: Everyone seems so cool and alright with Marijuana right now, but when you take a stroll down the history lane this was not the case. Did you know that some incredibly influential personalities in the history loved Cannabis, even before it was cool! And each of these personalities belongs to a different time in history. Even the field of work for which they are known could not be more different from each other. Intrigued? Read this article and get to know these personalities who shared our love for Marijuana.
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
~ Mr. X
No, you are wrong! It‘s not that I am unmindful about the writer of the above quote, and that’s why there is an X there; let me just give you a heads up that he was the man of science, for science, by science! If you are one of the legit lovers of marijuana, you would’ve already guessed who Mr. X is, but if you haven’t, bear with me for a few more minutes.
Similar to Mr. X, who advocated for the legalization of marijuana by calling its illegal state outrageous, though anonymously, several historical figures who smoked weed and were cool enough to make it big in their respective fields. These men and their legacy are proof of marijuana’s lack of malice. And today, we’re going to talk about them, just to make marijuana great again! Let’s start with none other than Mr. X!
Carl Sagan, The Man Who Made Science Seem Cool
Yes, Carl Sagan, the man behind Cosmos, the man who made the world of space fascinating to the commoners, the man whose work earned him the tag of The science popularizer, wrote a huge essay for a book called Marihuana Reconsidered under the pseudonym, Mr.X.
Why? Why would a man of science choose to hide his mammoth identity while showing marijuana in its full glory in his piece of writing, anyone would think, not I!
Carl Sagan fell in love with marijuana when he was nearing his thirties, exactly when the world blamed marijuana for its reeling state when the circles were marked to be the igniters of violence, psychosis, and everything black in the society.
He would have stripped off of his intellectual revelations tagging them as madness generated from the high had he chose not to be anonymous. Sagan penned this essay on his experience as well as experiments with marijuana with a scientific approach saying that it heightened his perception of art, primarily paintings and music.
“For the first time, I have been able to hear the separate parts of a three-part harmony and the richness of the counterpoint. I have since discovered that professional musicians can quite easily keep many separate parts going simultaneously in their heads, but this was the first time for me. Again, the learning experience when high has, at least to some extent, carried over when I’m down.”
Once picked a joint while in his late twenties, Sagan never stopped, making his thoughts about this gorgeous plant evident whenever he thought would make a difference. In fact, his wife is still advocating for change in marijuana laws and also served on the board of directors at NORML.
And now, to the next famous stoner, whose work and identity will never fade for generations, whose plays are still being performed and will never cease to be adapted into movies, the man who wrote something as beautiful as A Midnight Summer’s Dream.
Aye, thou art right! It’s none other than William Shakespeare!
Shakespeare, The Man Who Created Timeless Characters
While Sagan did come out as a member of the circle, though after many years, nobody knows the exact status of Shakespeare. There are endless speculations about him being a stoner, especially after the study authored by Francis Thackeray was published in a South African Journal of Science.
The Internet went ablaze with the resurrection of this study in 2011 and 2015, though it was published in 2001. The fact that it is still hitting the headlines shows how this revelation had affected everyone, the Shakespeareans, the stoners, and the researchers as well!
Okay, so here’s the scoop that every marijuana lover must have a byte of: The Shakespeare birthplace trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, let the research scientists from South Africa, Transvaal Museum, to examine and analyze the ‘so-thought’ tobacco pipes found at the property.
Yes, that’s right! The tobacco was, after all, not just tobacco! From the total of 24 fragments of the pipes, eight tested positive for cannabis remains, and even more shockingly, two showed traces of Peruvian cocaine. Lit, right?
“We are delighted to find indications of cannabis. “We can’t be sure that the pipes which we analyzed were those of Shakespeare, but they were from his garden, and they were dated to the early 17th century.”, said Thackeray, the pilot research scientist and the author of the study.
The revelation by Thackeray that convinced people even to consider the possibility of Shakespeare being a weed lover was rather interesting.
“I had actually begun the project by reading all of Shakespeare’s sonnets,” said Thackeray.
Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
So far from variation or quick change?
Why with the time do I not glance aside
To new-found methods and to compounds strange?
Why write I still all one, ever the same,
And keep invention in a noted weed,
That every word doth almost tell my name,
Showing their birth and where they did proceed? (1-8)
The mention of the noted weed in the sonnet 76 actually started changing people’s outlook about the playwright. However, Professor Greenblatt, the analyst of Shakespeare’s life and works laughed off these claims saying, “I suppose it’s remotely possible that Shakespeare and his family were getting a buzz from what they were smoking, but I very much doubt that it played any meaningful role in his life.”
Whatever the truth may be, I would definitely like to believe that Shakespeare had something in common with us, the commoners, love for weed!
Doobie, or not doobie, that’s not the question anymore, at least for me!
George Washington, The Cool Owner of The ‘Muddy Hole’
Okay, so George Washington, the first president of the Great America, was probably the coolest political we have ever had. So much so is his popularity amongst the cannabis enthusiasts that he is also known as the founding father of weed.
There’s no doubt about whether George Washington is one of the historical figures who smoked weed or not. He definitely was cool with hemp being the cash crop which he cultivated at his ‘Muddy hole,’ yes, that’s what they called the cultivation site at the Mount Vernon!
The reason why people are so sure about George Washington’s connection with marijuana or hemp is that we have his letter in his own handwriting. It’s proof in itself!
People do have doubts about him being a consumer of hemp or marijuana, but doesn’t it seem evident that curiosity may have chosen the cat at least a few times?
In conclusion, I would like to point at the fact that marijuana has been a vital part of our society, be it the 18th century, the 19th, or the 21st. The difference just lies in our perception, and we are sure to bridge the gap there as well!
These men of their work saw marijuana in the light and still aced the race without derailing from their actions. All we need to learn from them is to be cool enough to join the circle without that being your vice!