by Rio Kaplan, on Oct 27, 2019 4:20:00 PM
The beautiful cannabis plant has been used medicinally and recreationally for centuries. Its prohibition in many ways only seemed to make it more popular, though not as many people would openly talk about using it at a dinner party. What if I told you that some of history's most legendary people toked up? For some, it will explain so much, for others, it may change everything.
Pot Smokers of History
That’s right, the Victorian era just got a whole lot cooler. Cannabis was used during that time as a form of pain management. In the case of Queen Victoria, it was recorded that the physician, Sir Russell Reynolds prescribed it to her for menstrual pain. I’m sure many women reading this can relate all too well with this one.
John F Kennedy
The position of commander and chief can be a difficult job, plus it was the 60s. Hey man, you know what they say, if you can remember the 60s, then you weren’t there. There are multiple of written accounts that John F. Kennedy used cannabis to alleviate chronic back pain. To read more about these accounts, check out his biography, John F Kennedy: A Biography by Michael O’Brien.
JFK wasn’t the first US president to smoke weed, and something tells us he won’t be the last. Many claim that the United States was founded on cannabis, and it’s true. James Madison wrote that hemp gave him inspiration to create a new democratic nation. Talk about being a productive stoner! Another fun fact, the U.S. constitution was written on hemp paper. The united states was literally and metaphorically founded on cannabis.
At this point it's safe to say that all of the founding fathers were big fans of weed, and James Monroe was no exception. The fifth president was introduced to cannabis during his time as the United States ambassador to France. This was a habit that he continued throughout his life, including his time spent in the White House.
Here we have yet another legendary ruler who smoked pot. Archaeologists discovered unsmoked weed in his tomb. The ancient Egyptians would load up tombs with riches and supplies so that the dead would be prepared for the afterlife. Let’s say they had the necessities covered. Much like the Victorian era, cannabis was used in ancient Egypt to treat a number of inflammatory conditions.
This one is admittedly less surprising as some of the other historic potheads, but it does seem to explain quite a bit. Clay pipes with cannabis residue that dated back to the 17th century were found on Shakespeare's property. While we can’t officially say that the paraphernalia was his, the location and the time the pipes were made certainly seems incriminating. Many also see evidence of the legendary playwright’s cannabis use in Sonnet 76 where Shakespeare writes “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?”
Many analyze that he used the noted weed to get the creative juices flowing.
We’ve gathered by now that world leaders are no stranger to using cannabis to alleviate some of the stresses of the job. King James takes that idea to a whole new level. In the year 1619 it was by royal decree that every resident in Jamestown grow 100 hemp plants for export. Talk about the best royal decree, am I right?
We’ll wrap up our list of historic potheads with Abraham Lincoln. At this point it’s safe to say that before the Marihuana tax act of 1937 (yes that’s how it was spelled), that pretty much everyone in America, including the commander and chief, enjoyed the benefits of pot. The 16th president was quoted on his use of cannabis. One of his favorite things to do was to sit on his porch and smoke some hemp. Same dude, same.
Modern Day Surprise Stoners
Imagine that you’re too high and having a bad time, who’s voice do you think of that is calming yet authoritative? Maybe it’s the voice of Morgan Freeman. The powerhouse of an actor was in a nearly fatal accident in which the jaws of life were used to save him from the vehicle. Luckily he made it out safely, but his arm was shattered in multiple places. Though he has recovered nicely, he still suffers from chronic pain as a result of his injury for which he uses cannabis. Freeman isn’t shy about his use of cannabis either, he was quoted “I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! This movement is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs—longer legs…”
This one comes as less of a shock after her show with Snoop Dogg. Stewart has more street cred than most rappers today, so her use of cannabis is only natural. She went from being suburban homemaker to everyone’s cool, vodka drinking, weed smoking aunt overnight. She has partnered with a cannabis company in Canada, so we know great things are in the works.
Cameron Diaz is originally from Long Beach City also known as “The LBC”. She went to high school with the Dogg himself. The actress revealed her love for pot on The George Lopez show and that she bought weed from Snoop back in the day. Snoop was on the show sometime after and responded saying that he probably sold her some “white girl weed”.
Shakespeare wasn’t the only legendary writer to consume cannabis. Horror legend Stephen King isn’t shy about his passion for cannabis either. He loves smoking before going to the movies and grubbing down on all the amazing munchie food at the theater. His ideal weed is grown in a greenhouse without additives, just good homegrown stiff. We couldn’t agree more.
Much like Lincoln, we have solid proof of cannabis use. Not that Obama has outwardly supported it, but did shed light on his younger years. When Bill Clinton was asked about his marijuana use, he uttered the famous phrase, “I did not inhale”. Obama was quoted saying, “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently...that was the point”.