William Shakespeare may have been `high` while penning plays

London, Aug 10 : There’s a high possibility that William Shakespeare was “high” when he penned his iconic plays, or so suggest the new discovery.

Scientists in Pretoria analysed 400-year-old tobacco pipes found in and around the Stratford-Upon-Avon home of playwright, who’s regarded as the greatest writer in the English literature, and have discovered traces of cannabis in them, the Independent reported.

Of 24 fragments of pipe, four pipe fragments from Shakespeare’s garden were found to have leftovers of the illicit drug, suggesting that the Bard had been smoking up while he produced some of his famous works.

While the author was said to have used drugs in previous researches too, this has been the closest link yet between the author drug use. (ANI)