Are weeds authorized in Cambodia?
Cambodia is often thought of as the most cannabis-friendly country in Southeast Asia. Officially, however, weeds are not legal in Cambodia. However, foreigners and travelers can easily buy weeds without putting their safety or pocket at risk. However, there are some general rules of thumb that you should know before looking for cannabis in Cambodia.
Cambodia and its statusCambodia’s weed lawsCambodia Happy PizzasGetting Weed in CambodiaAttitudes Towards Weed in Cambodia
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Cambodia and its status
Cambodia is a very poor country. Nice, but statistically very poor. Out of the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, Cambodia ranks last in terms of GDP per capita. This means they make the lowest amount of money per year on average per person – currently around $ 4,500 per year. Obviously not a great situation for citizens, but for travelers this can be an inexpensive tropical destination including weed. More on that soon.
A little less than 17 million people live in Cambodia, and only in Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, live over a million people.
Cambodia’s weed laws
Weeds are not legal in Cambodia, but the plant still plays an important role in the country through traditional and medicinal uses. Cambodian citizens can grow a cannabis plant at home as long as it is used for cooking. Rather than infusing cannabis to get a high value, cooking with cannabis is primarily for taste, much like regular ancient herbs. At least this is the most common reason in rural Cambodia.
This does not mean that as a foreigner you can legally aim high this way. But happy pizza shops are plentiful across the country, although technically it is illegal.
Cambodia Happy Pizzas
Happy pizzas are sold all over Cambodia. They are infused with cannabis and you don’t have to drive down a back alley to get them. When you are in Phnom Penh and you type “Happy Pizza” into Google Maps, you will likely see several shops within walking distance, especially if you are downtown by the river. They can also be found in Siem Reap and other popular cities.
If you eat these pizzas (or cannabis foods) you are breaking the law. However, the chances of getting in trouble are slim as these stores clearly advertise what they are and are always busy.
Also, watch out for foods with magic mushrooms instead of weeds if you don’t want to try them. Again, this is illegal but is rarely enforced.
Getting weeds in Cambodia
If you just want to get weeds that haven’t been cooked into a dish, it’s easy to find in Cambodia too. You can just check with Happy Pizza stores and they can sell you a bag of weed. Tuk-tuk drivers are also known to sell weed, as are many locals in downtown Phnom Penh.
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Given that the Happy Shops are already selling weed infused groceries, it feels a lot safer than buying from a driver or someone on the road. Still illegal, but with a more secure feeling. As for the quality of the weeds in Cambodia, don’t get your hopes up. The quality isn’t good, but at the end of the day it’s still marijuana. And if you are traveling from the US or Canada, all you will want to appreciate more is what you can buy at home.
Attitudes to weeds in Cambodia
Cambodia and cannabis go way back. Weeds were widespread across the country for most of the 20th century. After the world began to change the legal status of weeds, including in Cambodia, the subject became a little more taboo.
In Cambodia, cannabis is a widely used and largely tolerated substance to this day. But for all travelers with Cambodia and weeds on their itinerary, keep in mind that weeds are still illegal. The safest option is to (obviously) not break the law. If you do decide to participate, do not attract more attention than necessary and keep amounts to a minimum.
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