Cambodia is often thought of as the most cannabis-friendly country in South East Asia. Officially though, weed is not legal in Cambodia. But, foreigners and travelers can quite easily purchase weed, without too much risk to their safety or pocket. There are a few general rules of thumb that you should know before seeking out cannabis in Cambodia however.
- Cambodia and its Status
- Cambodia’s Weed Laws
- Cambodia Happy Pizzas
- Getting Weed in Cambodia
- Attitudes Towards Weed in Cambodia
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Cambodia and its Status
Cambodia is a very poor country. Beautiful, but statistically speaking, very poor. Out of the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, Cambodia ranks last for GDP per capita. This means that on average per person, they make the least amount of money per year – currently around $4,500 USD per year. Obviously not a great situation for its citizens, but for travelers this can provide a tropical destination on the cheap, inclusive of weed. More on that soon.
Cambodia has slightly less than 17 million people, and only Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, has over a million people.
Cambodia’s Weed Laws
Weed is not legal in Cambodia, but the plant still plays a major role in the country through traditional and medicinal use. Cambodian citizens can grow a cannabis plant at home, provided it’s used for cooking. Rather than infusing cannabis to get high, typically cooking with cannabis is primarily for the flavor, similar to regular old herbs. At least this is the more common reason in rural Cambodia, anyway.
This does not mean that as a foreigner you can legally get high this way. But, “happy pizza” shops are plentiful throughout the country, although technically illegal.
Cambodia Happy Pizzas
Happy pizzas are sold all throughout Cambodia. They are infused with cannabis, and you don’t have to travel through some back alley to get them. If you’re in Phnom Penh, typing “happy pizza” into Google Maps will likely show you multiple shops within walking distance, especially if you’re in the downtown riverside neighborhoods. In Siem Reap and other popular cities they can be found too.
If you eat these pizza’s (or any cannabis infused food), you will be breaking the law. The chances of getting into trouble are slim though, as these shops clearly advertise what they are, and are always busy.
Also watch out for foods with magic mushrooms instead of weed if you don’t want to try them. Again, consuming this is illegal, but rarely enforced.
Getting Weed in Cambodia
If you want to just get straight weed that hasn’t been cooked into a dish, this is also easy to find in Cambodia. You can just ask at the Happy Pizza shops, and they may sell a bag of weed to you. Tuk-tuk drivers are also known to be selling weed, as are a lot of locals around the downtown riverside area in Phnom Penh.
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Given that the happy shops are already selling weed infused foods, it feels a lot safer than buying from a driver or person on the street. Still illegal, but with a safer feel to it. As for the quality of weed in Cambodia, well, don’t get your hopes up. The quality isn’t good, but it is still marijuana at the end of the day. And if you’re traveling from the US or Canada, it will just make you appreciate what you can buy at home even more.
Attitudes Towards Weed in Cambodia
Cambodia and cannabis go way back. Weed used to be widely acceptable throughout the country for most of the 20th century. After the world began to change the legal status of weed, including in Cambodia, the subject became a bit more taboo.
Today in Cambodia, cannabis still remains a very prevalent, and largely tolerated substance. But, for any travelers with Cambodia and weed on their itinerary, just remember that weed is still illegal. The safest option is to not break the law (obviously). If you do decide to partake, don’t draw any more attention to yourself than needed, and keep the amounts to a minimum.
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