29 Sep Mary Jane Love, Smoking in Different Countries Around The World
I am from Colorado, where weed is now legal and has been for the last two years. Prior to legalisation I had my medicinal marijuana card and carried it until I moved. I spent a year working in the industry, going to legislative meetings and conventions. I have helped build multiple grow operations from house to warehouse, cooked, baked and have had an intimate relationship with Mary Jane. This magical flower turns down the volume in my head and life. Eating and sleeping can be problematic for me. Mary Jane to the rescue. I was and am an uber functional smoker.
My mom asked me what I was going to do when I got to India and while I hadn’t given it much thought I replied that I would use everything I was taking with me and go from there.
The Low Down on Smoking in Different Countries Around the World
In India smoking is widely accepted and easily found. Weed is considered a sacred plant due to its numberous medical benefits. Lord Shiva is the poster child as the ultimate yogi and rastaman. He is often depicted smoking or partaking in the magical flower. So the cannabis love in its various forms stayed with me.
INDIA – you can get weed but it usually isn’t the greatest. Lots of sticks and seeds. REGGIE BUSH
Hash or Charas is prevelent.
Chillums, smoking devices that originated in India and are still used and Wow, One hit and you are good. Some you can actually blow out of like a horn (pre smoking of course) and this sounds as an alarm that smoking is about to go down. Joining optional.
Bhang – Cannabis sativa, drunk with milk or water as a fermented brew or smoked for its hallucinogenic effects. Bhang Lassi’s or special lassis are common and can be found if you ask. You can also find space cake, magic cake, and cookies.
** travel stereotyping** Israelis and French, Can smoke and usually do.
NEPAL – easy to find, they are known for good hash and also have pollen. Always ask and negotiate prices especially in Nepal as they will try and rip you off. It happened to me.
THAILAND was another story. Or so they made it seem. My parents who were meeting me there were super scared to bring anything into Thailand. My dad had done much research and therefore found much propaganda on the harsh penalties of drug use and trafficking in Thailand. While we weren’t exactly talking about hard core trafficking by any means there were many horror stories that prevented some home grown colorado love to be delivered.
However you can find weed in Thailand, Phi Phi was a super score for me. You literally just have to ask the cute boys that work at one of the many surf/scuba spots on the beach and they will point you to another beach shop that will sell you weed. Voila and YAY!
It took me awhile to get to that direction although you would have thought it to be the first thing that I thought of. I spent some time patroling the beach for someone who looked like they would smoke or could point me in that direction.
There are a lot of Israelis/ French that travel, in my experience they are often smokers. You can always politely ask if they smoke and if so where did they get the goods, price is always another good thing to ask especially when you travel as prices can differ significantly from place to place.
Bangkok is a different story and I didnt bother to try the blog and forum advice about going down sketchy streets or asking taxis. Its weed for crying out loud and that is a bit too crack ish for me.
CAMBODIA- piece of cake. Phnom Phen- This is one of those times when you ask the rickshaw driver and it is a pretty simple straightforward transaction. They usually don’t have it on them so a stop will be in order. Don’t give money before you have the stuff. This is a classic rule but one that needs to be restated. I didnt do this with one taxi I knew there and was okay but for the most part just cover your bum.
Kampot- En route to Sihanoukville- The Lazy Cat – A smoke friendly spot where you can buy weed and even stay to smoke if you like. They sell tasty treats that are medicated and of course its a super mellow vibe and chill spot.
FRANCE- Ask, you can usually find hash. Like I said there are many french people that smoke. Their police presence reminds me of being in Jersey so be aware that French cops probably got bullied in high school and are now looking for vengance.
SPAIN – Piece of cake. Go to the beach in Barcelona and you are bound to find weed. Ask groups of boys playing soccer. Score!
Ibiza is a party place and you can find everything you need there, this includes weed.
AMSTERDAM – Hallelujah – The Mother Load- There was no way I was going to visit Europe and NOT visit Amsterdam. The coffee shops are amazing and so is their set up. Super simple, walk in, buy a joint, cookie, or bag of weed. Amsterdam has the added advantage that you can smoke up right there which is convenient and makes smoking more social. Bravo.
MOROCCO – The home of hash. People will literally give you hash for free. No joke. Everyone is smoking in Morocco. Cheap and you can get really good Hash.
TURKEY – Not so much. In Istanbul I searched in Taxsim where I heard you could easily find weed. Many people were asked however nothing was ever acquired. In Selcuk, a new friend got me some weed. It was expensive and not that great, lots of sticks and stems.
ISRAEL – Unless you know people its challenging to find weed. I stayed on the beach in Tel Aviv and while everyone is smoking they aren’t selling it. Small quantities only and very expensive. $30ish dollars a gram. Wow wow wow. The little bit that I had was sticky and tasty 🙂
EGYPT – Hash is easily accessible and cheap. You will most likely be offered. If not ask taxis, people you stay with (guest houses), locals and other foreigners if you see them smoking. Hash is cheaper in Sinai. In Aswan you can get weed for cheap, lots of sticks and seeds but smokable. Hash is 130 Egyptian pounds in Sinai, 180 in Luxor. Weed in Aswan is 40 – 60 pounds. As a foreigner you can be charged considerably more. I was once offered hash for 400 pounds- yeah right.
This list will be updated. If you have anything to add please feel free. When searching for MJ and turning to the wonderful world of online information, the most recent experiences are always helpful so please feel free to share yours and possibly help someone find the love they need.
SHOUT OUT! This article is dedicated to The Man, The Myth, The Legend- Big Daddy DB, who is the most amazing incredible happy productive smoker I know. Thank you for all your love and support always. I already know one is lit so take a puff for me. XOXOXXX