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Classical music and drugs: which composers took what?
The 12th century composer and all-round renaissance lady Hildegard von Bingen was a major experimenter with herbal remedies. She catalogued the effects of over 200 herbs and plants and their medicinal effects on the human body, collecting them in epic volumes for future generations to discover. She supposedly even had hallucinations from some of her experiences, but scholars suggest it may have just been a migraine… We like to think it was the former.