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10 of the Top Travel Destinations to Get High

Here are some travel spots where the drug culture is as fascinating as Italy's cuisine.

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The feeling the cactus tea gave me for the first three hours was one of stimulation and joyfullness. At around the 3-hour mark, the stimulation gave birth to a profound blissful euphoria with the world around me transformed into another place entirely. Everything looked familiar to me and was akin to a childhood perception of world that was brand new, being seen for the first time.
3) Bolivia. Coca is deeply ingrained in Bolivian culture --  locals grow, ceremonialize, drink, cook, and otherwise ingest the plant with great pride, often stressing that “coca is not a drug.” Like the difference between eating a grape and drinking wine, chewing coca leaves is very different from snorting cocaine, but coca does provide mild mental and physical  stimulation, and helps soothe altitude sickness.
Unfortunately for locals who want only to keep their coca, the Andean region is ideally suited for cocaine cultivation and production.  Resting in a valley in the Andean mountains is the capital city La Paz, home to the world’s first cocaine bar,  Route 365, where “strong cocaine” costs 150 (Bolivianos) a gram.  

4) Czech Republic. While possession of small amounts of most drugs is not a crime across the Czech Republic, tourism has helped make Prague a party capital for backpackers looking to pass a joint or pop some ecstasy in drug-friendly clubs. CityPilot  recommends Roxy and Cross Club, among a few others. Still, before you buy drugs in the club, try to find somebody else who’s recently scored, as dealers are known to rip off out-of-towners. Weed ($10-$15 per gram) and ecstasy are common, and some late-night clubs—reportedly  Styx—might sell some Amsterdam-style smart drugs behind the bar.

5) Morocco. From the Rif mountains in Morocco comes somes of the best hashish in the world. The Berber people lead an independent  lifestyle in which hashish—called “kif” -- is deeply ingrained, regardless of government attempts to stamp it out. The setting, a site for mass production, is ideal for curious travelers. As traveler Joseph Mayden  wrote on  Cannabis Culture, “Relaxing in one of the Rif’s caves is an experience that makes Morocco a perfect destination for all avid smokers,” because the area is “home to myriad caves, inhabited by the local Berbers, who bring forth hashish in its most pure form.”

Mayden explained why the Moroccan hash high is so desirable:
The hashish high, which permeates throughout the upper portions of the head, gives the smoker a feeling of weightlessness and spiritual nirvana. The high is different than that of marijuana. Hashish gives a feeling in the brain that allows for a sort of otherworldly experience that marijuana just cannot give. The full body intoxication is a feeling only Moroccan hashish brings, they said.

The laborious method Moroccans use to make hash pays off in the quality department. First, they dry out cannabis, often removing leaves and buds from the stems. Then, they place the cannabis into a large covered container or sac, which they beat and crush to sift the resinous trichomes (THC/CBD-stacked outgrowths from buds and leaves) through a mesh or silk cloth at the bottom. The resulting powder is pressed into blocks and burned solid. Watch a video of it  here.

Still, while hash is common among locals in Morocco, it is still illegal, and unlucky travelers can be arrested if caught. Visitors are advised not to buy near streets, which police may frequent looking for deals.

6) The Golden Triangle. Opiates made the Golden Triangle connecting Thailand to Burma and Laos a name in drug tourism long ago, but opium and heroin are not the only drugs available in the region. Ecstasy, mushrooms and weed are becoming increasingly easy to score. 

Eve Turo  reported on the growing drug tourism for the Atlantic:
Signs of addiction proliferated in local communities and it wasn’t long until visiting tourists began to catch on, attracted to the famous drug of the Orient: opium. Soon, travelers were not just seeking temples and great noodle soups, but a drug experience withheld from them or seemingly too dangerous to attempt at home. The exoticism of dank, dark rooms covered in pillows and shadowed by opium smoke enticed outsiders.
Today, tourism is on the rise in Southeast Asia,  up 15 percent in 2011 from 2010. And while some argue the opiate haze is clearing, new research shows the infamously drug-friendly lands are only drawing more people experimenting with illicit substances. The choice of drugs is expanding, with magic mushrooms, ecstasy, prescription drugs, speed, and cannabis readily available —and all for a quarter of the cost back home. In some areas,  drug menus are presented at restaurants, allowing a visitor to get a fix for any kind of craving.
But, be warned --- just because they’re easy to get doesn’t mean you won’t face tough penalties for getting caught. The Golden Triangle is fighting the burgeoning drug trade with harsh laws. The penalties for drug use in  Myanmar are so strict the government has criminalized addiction, and addicts are required to register with the authorities and undertake inpatient drug treatment. Failure to register, or being unsuccessful in treatment, can result in a three-to-five year prison sentence. In Thailand, the death penalty can be inflicted for drug offenses like trafficking, and long prison sentences accompany many drug crimes. While Laos officials say no one has been executed for drugs since 1989, the death penalty, life imprisonment, and otherwise lengthy sentences are still within legal punishments for drug crimes. The best advice for drug-seekers in the Golden Triangle is to avoid carrying drugs and buy from people you have either seen use or were recommended to you by someone you trust.

7) Indonesia. Psilocybin mushrooms are a popular commodity on Indonesia’s islands, and tourists are increasingly taking note. Bali is known for its psychedelic mushroom milkshakes, where for about  $8 you can get a shake that will seriously enhance your visit. Be aware that if servers at restaurants on Bali’s Lovina Beach ask, “Would you like mushrooms with that?” -- they don’t mean shitakis. Still, as Jamie Clifton recently wrote for  Vice, "Less than an hour away from Bali is Gili Trawangan, a tiny, idyllic island where magic mushroom milkshakes are sold on the side of the road like it’s no big deal.”

Muslim locals note that while drinking is taboo, mushrooms are widely accepted, allowing for a culture where the streets are lined with signs advertising “Mega Maximum Radical Mushrooms -- Your Return Trip to the Moon.”

As Vice notes, the drug culture is very out in the open for a country with harsh drug laws:

“Weirdly, for a place where it’s totally acceptable to spend four hours intently gazing at a wall in a shroomed-out stupor, getting busted for smoking weed can land you five years in jail, and you’d be lucky to escape the death penalty if you were caught dealing...Right after we paid him for the milkshakes he got this sock full of bush weed out of his shorts and tried selling us some before leaning over the balcony, waving the bag around, and shouting prices to the tourists below.”

8) California. The feds are busting up weed dispensaries and farms across the country, but California is still home to the country’s first medical pot shops. Still, out-of-staters without a pot card need not worry too much. Californians are known to share—and smoking on the street (or the beach) is only a ticketable violation. As Cali kids say, “It’s chill.” Getting a card, on the other hand, requires a bit of a process. First, you must submit an application to a licensed physician (some advertise their propensity for weed), who may complete documentation of medical records. After an evaluation, ADD, which often costs between $40-100 in fees, you can often walk out with a letter from the doctor and into a dispensary.