If you are a cannabis user, then whether you are traveling as a tourist or have decided to downshift and move to India to escape the stress and find balance in your life, you may want to know where to get the lovely plant. Luckily, this is not so difficult, and at some point, it can be even easier than in the Western world.
In fact, cannabis has been a part of the Indian culture for centuries, and it ended up outside the law relatively recently, only in 1985. The Rajiv Gandhi government put cannabis products on the same level as all the other drugs, including the heavy chemical ones. Even hemp, which is used for a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing paper, ropes, essential oils, body care, and nutritional supplements, became illegal.
Some believe that the reason cannabis became illegal in India lies in the conspiracy to give the green light to alcohol and leave it without competition. Back in 1985, there was a big campaign against pot in the media, when cannabis was tagged with a name as frightening as “the devil's harvest.”
However, this campaign was not as successful as it was expected to be. Many locals have been using marijuana through the generations, it is part of their culture, and it is impossible for them to imagine their lives without it. They say, even Shiva used the benefits of cannabis.
Several Indian states, such as Orissa Tripura, Bihar, West Bengal, and the North East have legalized marijuana with local laws. It is possible that Uttarakhand may be the first state where it will be legal to cultivate cannabis.
If to talk about Indians, they seem to be tolerant towards cannabis, whether it is about possessing or using it. In most large cities, and sometimes even in small villages, you can find places where it is possible to buy one or another cannabis product. But if you are after the spots where you can find marijuana for sure, here are some ideas.
This is considered to be the center of nightlife in India, and this is the place full of different weed shops and small tents where you can buy either bhang or usual flower buds that are ready to use.
Parvati Valley is situated in the north of India, and wherever you go within this destination, you can count on a market with pure marijuana. It can be simple flowers or charas, handmade rolls or balls made of resin or cannabis. The so-called “Malala Cream” is especially popular and is considered to be the best cannabis product in India.
Kodaikanal is a small but very hospitable town in the southern part of India. Its name can be translated as “the gift of the forest,” and it indeed can offer you some treasures. Apart from pears, plums, vegetables, and handcrafted souvenirs, you will be able to find some nice marijuana at the local markets. However, there are lots of pickpockets during the high season, as well as fake products. So you had better be alert and careful in this town.
Varanasi, the cultural center of India, is also known to be the place of bhang trade. Bhang is a sticky paste made of leaves and flowers of cannabis. This mix usually goes with milk and can be mixed together with poppy seeds, nuts, dried fruit, and lots of spices. Some varieties of bhang are used for preparing an Indian alternative to alcohol―thandai. Here you can also find chillums, conical pipes for smoking the mix of cannabis and tobacco.
Despite the small size, the village Hampi is one of the most visited places in India. It has amazing monuments, temples, and some other treasures that a true cannabis lover can appreciate. Local market can provide you with pure marijuana with all possible flavors, and the prices are low.
You can rarely see people drinking beer or any other alcohol beverage in India. Instead, seeing someone smoking ganja or drinking bhang is common. If you are going to any local festival, be sure to find some weed spots where you can buy anything you want. In some states, you can also find legal cannabis stores that are usually called “Special lassi” or “Bhang shop.” Moreover, if you are a risk taker, you can even ask a taxi driver or a waitress where you can find cannabis, and they will most likely help you find the spot or even sell you hash directly.
However, while some states are more tolerant toward marijuana, others remain strict. Mostly, police will tolerate seeing foreign tourists smoking weed; however, you should remember that possessing cannabis is still beyond the law in this country, and it may cost you ten years in prison.