Buying and Smoking Hashish (Kif) in Morocco

Smoking hashish in Morocco is commonplace but illegal. If you are visiting Morocco and you’re hauling a backpack, you will probably be offered hashish (a form of marijuana) several times on your first day there. Many young people who travel to Morocco consider the easy availability of hashish (or kif as the locals call it) as a major reason to visit.

While hash is smoked by a large percentage of the male population in Morocco, it is illegal.We do not encourage any illegal activity, especially when traveling internationally, it is a fact that many people do use hash when they are in Morocco and they should be informed of some issues surrounding smoking kif.Don’t be afraid to say no to persistent young men offering kif if you are not interested. It is likely that you will be offered a carpet or a tour in the same breath, so be polite but firm and move on.

Buying Hashish (Kif) in Morocco

Anyone looking for kif won’t have to look far for a dealer in Morocco—there will be plenty of young men offering hashish for sale on the streets. But just as with any controlled substance, buying off a stranger in the street is never the way to go. Although smoking hashish is illegal in Morocco, plenty of local men still do. Most experienced travelers will tell you that if you do want to engage in the illegal custom while in Morocco, the best way is to acquaint yourself with locals who you feel you can trust.Smoking with local men will generally mean the kif is of decent quality and less likely to be mixed with other more harmful substances. If you have smoked hashish before, then beware that the homegrown variety is reportedly more potent than what you may be used to at home.Smoking Hashish or KifHashish (kif) is basically processed cannabis (marijuana).It looks like a piece of sticky brown clay.

The colors will vary depending on the type and quality of the hashish. Hashish is usually crumbled, mixed with tobacco and then rolled into a joint (cigarette) or smoked in a pipe. You can buy small pipes (sebsis) or water pipes (hookahs) in most markets around Morocco. The pipes will not be displayed openly but venture inside some of the small bazaars and you’ll find them.In every Moroccan city, you will find small cafes where local men smoke their water pipes while playing cards and drinking mint tea.

These places are probably the best places to smoke for men if accompanied by locals. Female tourists, on the other hand, look very awkward in these cafes. There are also plenty of backpacker hostels and guesthouses where some travelers may feel safe enough to smoke, especially in towns like Chefchaouen. But even in these locales, smoking hashish is still illegal and always carries risk. Tourists will also often smoke hash on a beach or other nature spots away from the general public.

Make sure you never smoke walking around town or in a public place, especially near mosques. The Lonely Planet Guide also suggests that you never travel with any hashish in your possession and that you should not trust street dealers (particularly those that seem to target tourists) since many are in fact police informers.

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