Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4.5

Legislation: Marijuana possession for personal use is no longer a criminal offence in Portugal, and the law authorities have no interest in Marijuana smokers.

Law Enforcement: The police are usually quite friendly and will generally not disturb you as long as you are not causing trouble, but of course, this is not a strict rule. If you do get caught, 2 things can happen:

–>You can be fined and possibly forced to stay in jail overnight.

–>or the cops may just confiscate your weed and let you go.

Where to buy marijuana in Lisbon: Downtown, near the Baixa (where all the tourists go, & with good reason – it’s delightful), go to Praחa Martim Moniz. There are African guys hanging out there, sitting on the wall by the oleander bushes. I didn’t even need to ask around, they asked first: “queres fumar?” (do you want to smoke, pronounced “keresh fum’).

I also got approached on the main street going up from Martim Moniz, rua da Palma (you won’t miss it – it’s the street with the tram lines: a trip on the old trams being a must for any visit to Lisbon)

I have very rarely bought on the street, but it seemed safe enough & not at all seedy, though the area around there is rather run-down. There seem to be no shortage of dealers, all perfectly normal-looking young black men (some with the rasta look).

There were cops around the area, including a van load round the back of the market on the square, but they are clearly not bothered about the trade.

DO NOT buy pot from the streets, especially on the city center. It is rammed of pickpockets that sell fakes, and you will be surprised how hordes of them come to talk to you and by any means try to sell the supposed marijuana, hash, pills…. whatever, or finally pick your wallet.

Brands: Even though marijuana is very common in portugal, it is rarely found as actual bud. Instead, you often have to buy hash. There are several important names to keep in mind when buying in portugal:

Ganza – General name for marijuana

Charro – Joint

Bongo – Bong

Erva – This is the actual plant. Price varies according to dealer/quality.

Shamon – Low quality hash, very cheap, very shitty…

Pollen – Medium quality hash – usually about 5€ a gram Bolota/Paki – High quality hash – about 10€ a gram

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Depending on who you ask, these names may be different, but they tend to be the most used.

Lisbon Marijuana Prices: A better deal than the Dutch coffee shops: 10 € for 2 or so grams of excellent hash – fragrant & putty-like, up there with the best I’ve had. 10 € deals seem to be the norm.

More information: As you can mostly find hash here joint’s have to be rolled using tobacco. If you smoke cigarrettes, and want to use the tobacco from those, I find the best are lucky strikes and the blue “portugues suave”. If you prefer to use rolling tobacco, go for either drum or samson.

Country: Portugal

time zone: No UTC/GMT offset

Dialing codes: 351 (Portugal)

Area code: 21

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2 Responses to “Lisbon, Portugal”

  1. Mike

    Dont buy from the gypsies ! Don’t buy from anyone at the street in the central area, They will whisper (or scream) MARIJUHANA?! But it’s only herbs this is why police can’t arrest them since there is not illegal selling spices to tourists.

    I got ripped of twice in this shit city! 2nd time the guy who ripped me off was working with the police.

    He said to wait 1minute so he could ‘get the stuff’ 2grams for 20Euros. He came back 1-2minutes later with a bag in his hand, the secound he gave it to me a police did go buy and was flashing its lights towards me, he took the 20 from my hand and run away and throw the package of useless herbs on the ground, police just whent around the corner and collected money from the dude.

    Hate Lisbon, every one is looking for a way to hustle tourists for money.

    Go to Algarve instead there you get some nice quality and more friendly ppl.

  2. JimmyC

    Guys, I am from Lisbon giving you some advice. DO NOT buy anything in the Baixa, near Terreiro do Paço. I get approached everytime I go there, by guys who just show me a bag full of herbs or something they try to sell as hash, now I ask do you really think they’d show you that in the middle of a street with hundreds of people and probably cops if it really was weed/hash? they will try to rob you of all your money, the best you can do is buy in Mouraria, just near Martim Moniz. I say this because even though you can buy stuff in Martim Moniz, they often rip you off, and that usually doesn’t happen in Mouraria. Just google Rua Guia if you don’t know where it is. Also never go to Intendente unless all you want is cheap hookers. Oh by the way: don’t expect to find good weed, if any, here in Lisbon. I’ve lived here since I was young and I never found any worth smoking, it’s filled with seeds and does not give a proper high, you’re better off with hash.


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