México is a dynamic country that has a lot to offer. It also has a rich history in cannabis. The word ‘marihuana’ was originally a Mexican slang word. The song ‘La Cucaracha’ created by Pancho Villa’s army, is about a cockroach that ran out of marijuana. Indeed, Mexican weed in the United States has a bad reputation — some call it Mexican dirt weed, some call it brown weed. Mexican weed often arrives to the US compressed into bricks, the most convenient method for smugglers and cartels to get it across the border, reinforcing this stereotype.
There are many regions that are known for cannabis in México. One of the most popular is Sinaloa, home of the Sinaloa cartel and a perfect humid environment for growing good sativas. Often times the marijuana you get in Sinaloa has good genetics but the buds have seeds because the plants are grown in massive fields and the male and female plants are not separated, leading to pollination. A good deal in Sinaloa would be around 1.75 ounces of weed for 200 pesos or around $16 USD. It has a much more mild effect than the strong medicinal marijuana in the United States, but it has nice flavors and is considered a decent smoke. However, it’s important to remove the seeds; many report headaches from inhaling burning seeds.
On the other hand, Mexico also has high quality, seedless, well cured buds. There are all different types, but they generally call them ‘Koosh’ (kush) or ‘Crowneek’ (Chronic). If you get ‘koosh’(kush) you know you have done well. The high quality stuff is commonly found by the beach where the surfers and younger dudes hang out, and runs for about $7.50 USD per gram.
In the other regions of México, they don’t have a lot of cannabis production and cultivation, so you may come across compressed weed. In México City the majority of the cannabis sales come from small scale street gangs. They often have a range of qualities but most of the herb is poor because they don’t grow it themselves.
In México City, unlike Sinaloa, often times weed dealers are fairly suspicious characters. They operate the small booths in the plazas that serve as selling fronts, often run by old people pretending to sell things like newspapers and birthday cards. When you purchase marijuana, the old people at the booths go out of their way to not make eye contact or interact with you.
Generally, the gangsters are your typical tatted-up young guys who have probably tried their fair share of stimulants. Sometimes these gangsters will sell weed contaminated with petroleum or chloroform to preserve it for long periods of time, which is why it’s very important to smell and examine the weed before purchasing.
México city is known for all kinds of illegal imports and exports, but not typically the best weed in the world. However, you can sometimes come across weed imported from other countries such as Colombia, that is purportedly a much better smoke — rich, delicious and smooth compared to the marijuana of México City.
Towards the south of México, in states such as Oaxaca, you start to see a better selection of herb and also more hash — bubble hash specifically. The hash from Yucatán is especially nice, with a notable sativa flavor and high.
Further south in the state of Oaxaca in San José del Pacífico, a town most typically known for psychedelic mushrooms, you can find homegrown buds — lightly trimmed, but still left on the stems, often times damp from recent curation. Despite quality genetics, seeds are still common due to improper cultivation.
Perhaps one day, when restrictions lessen, accessibility of Méxican seeds will increase and American growers can begin breeding and harvesting plants rich with historical significance.
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