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5 countries that love their weed

5 countries that love their weed as much as we do

The United States Loves Its Marijuana

In 2013, nearly 20 million people admitted to consuming cannabis, even though it was mostly illegal across the country at that time. As marijuana reform continues, it is expected that even more Americans will jump on the bandwagon, making the USA one of the most weed-friendly places in the world.

But Americans are not the only ones who love weed. Illegal or not, there are many other places around the world that love marijuana just as much as we do.

Here are a few other stoner-friendly countries you should know about!

Jamaica

JamaicaJamaica is known for its ganja consumption, which is used for both medicinal purposes and meditation. Jamaicans of all ages consume cannabis, often in the form of tea, as a medicinal supplement to build strong bodies and peaceful minds. It is also a common "rite of passage" for young men who have to prove their loyalty to the group through consumption.

Cannabis in Jamaica is also a religious sacrament. The Rastafarian religion uses ganja to strengthen faith, facilitate group discussions, and provide peace to those who use it. Although not all Rastafarians consume cannabis, more Rastas consume cannabis in Jamaica than non-Rastafarians. Overall, an estimated 9.86% of Jamaica's population consumes cannabis.

The Netherlands

The NetherlandsThe Netherlands is home to one of the most famous marijuana tourist destinations in the world: Amsterdam. Although technically illegal, small amounts of cannabis can be sold in "coffeeshops" in the area for either take-home or on-site consumption. An estimated 90% of marijuana sales in the Netherlands are made by tourists, accounting for about 1 million people per year.

This "soft drugs" policy aims to reduce the number of marijuana sales in the black market. While somewhat successful to a certain extent, cultivation restrictions have created a "backdoor" market where businesses have to illegally purchase large amounts of cannabis from unauthorized suppliers in order to sell them in shops.

India

IndiaThe earliest mention of cannabis can be found in the Vedas, or sacred Hindu texts, dating back up to 4,000 years. The Vedas claimed that cannabis was one of the five sacred plants intended to bring joy and compassion to its users while alleviating stress and anxiety. The Hindu god Shiva is often associated with cannabis or bhang. Shiva is credited with its discovery and is commonly referred to as the Lord of Bhang.

The most popular way to consume cannabis in India is through oral intake. It is often combined with nuts, spices, milk, or cream and consumed as a drink or rolled into balls and eaten.

Cannabis flowers are called ganja in India, and hashish is called charas. Both are smoked in pipes called chillums and are typically shared by two to five individuals. Smoking ganja in India is a highly social activity.

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North Korea

North KoreaAs conservative as a country like North Korea may be, its attitude towards marijuana seems to be quite liberal. In fact, North Koreans do not consider marijuana a drug at all, which means there are absolutely no regulations on cannabis consumption and cultivation in the region.

Although cannabis, commonly referred to as "ip tambae" (leaf tobacco), freely grows on the roadside in North Korea, it is significantly less potent than the bud you might find elsewhere. It is also a common garden plant used for medicinal purposes or simply to relax after a long day of work. Cannabis consumption is most prevalent among lower-class individuals in North Korea because it is cheap and easy to cultivate.

Malawi

MalawiMalawi is a country in Southeast Africa and the second-largest cannabis producer on the continent. Although illegal in Malawi, the climate is ideal for cannabis cultivation, and the impoverished nature of the country makes it difficult to resist the quick and easy turnaround.

Cannabis is the third-largest export item in Malawi, with the majority of the product going to neighboring areas such as Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is typically packaged in maize husks and sold for around $50 per ounce, making it very attractive to the poor population. (All other street drugs are significantly more expensive.)

Throughout the world, it has been shown that marijuana heals, promotes community, and provides economic stability to otherwise impoverished countries. With luck, marijuana reform will spread across the planet, bringing countries—and the diverse cultures within them—together in peace and harmony.
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