Jul 12, 2016 9:05 AM

Cannabis Secrets of Famous Historical Figures

Marijuana use has a long history. Modern stoners seem like small children in comparison with the first cannabis consumers. Surprisingly, many notable historical figures were no strangers to marijuana themselves. We assure you, there is still much to know about your favorite writers or even the great generals of the U.S.

Let us look at some famous people of the past who have cannabis secrets to hide.

Queen Victoria

We all think of the Victorian era as the time of high morality promoted by Queen Victoria herself. Being the epitome of dignity and righteousness, the Queen demanded highly appropriate behavior from all her subjects. However, it appears so that the society of this period was not all prudes. Victoria I herself had some secrets to keep.

Like all women, even queens are monthly visited by their Aunt Flo. Luckily, Victoria did not have to suffer menstrual cramps—her private physician prescribed her marijuana to ease the pain.

Can you imagine this notable woman with a joint in her hand? Well, you probably do not have to, because the Queen hardly used this way of marijuana consumption. But we can only guess.

George Washington

George Washington was a great general who led the U.S. to its independence and became the first president of the country. The man is a Founding Father. In addition, he was a successful farmer who was growing hemp alongside tobacco. In fact, in the late 18th century, hemp was one of the primary crops grown in the country.

Besides, George Washington was interested in medical properties of cannabis and took record of his strains, some of which were very potent with high levels of THC. The question is why do history books omit this side of the man's life? Maybe, such little details can bring more attention to history.

Hua Tua

Hua Tua is a famous Chinese scholar and doctor. Almost two thousand years ago, Hua Tua created the first anesthetic for surgeries. His creation was called mafeisan—the substance was a mixture of cannabis powder and wine. Unfortunately, the exact recipe of mafeisan has been long lost.

Hua Tua has been treating his patients and performing complex surgeries that other doctors around the world could do only hundreds of years later.


Another Chinese figure on our list is Shennong―a great emperor who lived about 5,000 years ago. As we see, this ancient country has quite a record of marijuana use. We may actually say that ancient China was the first civilization to uncover and successfully use medical properties of marijuana.

At the times of Shennong's rule, herbal medicine was widely used to treat various illnesses. Shennong himself recommended his patients to use cannabis tea to treat malaria, gout, and constipation.

William Brooke O'Shaughnessy

William O'Shaughnessy was an Irish physician who worked for the British East India Company in the 19th century. The arrival in India was a turning point for his cannabis avocation. It was in this country that the physician learned about the useful properties of the plant and started his research on marijuana.

When O'Shaughnessy returned to Great Britain, the man included cannabis in his practice and prescribed the plant to his patients. Mostly, William used marijuana to help with muscle spasms, diarrhea, and vomiting. Moreover, because of his success, many other Western doctors began using cannabis for medical purposes as well.

William Shakespeare

Who does not know this iconic British writer? William Shakespeare is the greatest of the greatest. The plays written by this man are known throughout the world even today. Besides, this historic figure has a mist of mystery surrounding him―there are so many theories on the matter of his plays, the poet's true identity, and even whether it was only one man who wrote all those amazing stories.

However, we can add one more interesting fact about Shakespeare to consider. The researchers found traces of marijuana on the clay pipes that had been found in the writer's home at Stanford-Upon-Avon. The pipes are claimed to be contemporary with the man. Besides, it may not be a definite evidence, but one of his sonnets describes some “noted weed.” Just imagine that Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer Night's Dream have been written while stoned, and you will see cannabis in a new light.

Do you know any other notable people who have been or are connected with marijuana?

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