Coronavirus and therapeutic cannabis, possible benefits?
Coronavirus and Cannabis is a special combination that might make many smile, but not everyone. It’s been few days since Lello Ciampolillo, ex senator of M5S (Five Star Movement), wrote to the minister Speranza in with respect to Coronavirus and cannabis. The senator has invited the minister of health to keep in mind the possibility to use cannabis as a possible therapy against coronavirus.
A theory without scientific proof
The senator Ciampolillo’s theory about Coronavirus and cannabis is the following: vaporising Cannabis flowers has already shows great results in the treatment of disorders related to the respiratory system in terminal patients. Moreover, cannabis flower, with its 800 and more active ingredients, reinforces the immune system. From here his proposal to use it as a treatment of the new virus.
Cannabis based products, such as Bedrocan, should, according to the senator, be treated during this health emergency.
According to the senator, Coronavirus and cannabis could work well together and cannabis could be used in elderly patients. By doing this one could exploit its power of freeing the respiratory system to take the patients towards the complete healing.
This could be a supporting therapy to help breathing as those affected by coronavirus pneumonia are already being treated with other medicines.
However, although the multiple benefits of the cannabinol, the binomial Coronavirus and cannabis is still not proven to be effective. The therapeutic use of this active ingredient does not have any scientific validity. Also, at the moment the tests to validate this proposal are not a priority.
Therefore, we prefer to suspend our judgement on what has been said by the minister and we will wait until the doctors will find an effective cure.
Cannabinol and its therapeutic effects
Associating Coronavirus and cannabis does not seem so hazardous! Using cannabis for therapeutic reasons is a millennial practice. Used by different countries in the world, cannabis has proven effective in the treatment of many disorders, as proven scientifically. It’s currently being used as a as an adjuvant in the treatment of many disorders.
- Sleep disorder. The relaxing properties of cannabis are being used for pathologies linked to sleeping disorders.
- Chronic pain. Cannabis is very useful to ease the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, migraine, and osteoarthritis.
- Gastrointestinal issues. It’s being used as an appetite stimulator for pathologies such as anorexia and cachexia.
- Mood disorders. Cannabis has proven useful in the treatment of hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder.
- Neurological disorders. Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson and Alzheimer react well to the cannabinoil based treatment.
- It’s also being used for the treatment of HIV, in cases of muscular dystrophy and in the cases of tumours being treated with chemotherapy.
Based on what we just said, it’s clear that a supporter of cannabinoil use might ask to verify the treatment for Coronavirus with cannabis.
Active ingredients and psychotropic substances
The active ingredients included in cannabis are many and they vary based on the different type of cannabis taken into consideration. Each of them has different characteristics that determine their function.
The THC for example is the psychoactive part. It acts on the brand and it’s useful in the treatment of many different disorders, such as Alzheimer, Tourette syndrome, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. It is also being used as a support therapy for those who are undergoing chemotherapy.
The CDB is another cannabinoid. It’s an anticonvulsant that is being used for therapies against tumours and to treat psychosis.
The CBG is the basic substance that converts in the other cannabinoids. Its assumption leads to muscular relaxation and has visible anti-inflammatory properties.
Using these substances, individually or together, is very useful in many cases where traditional medicine cannot work.
We could then say that the senator Ciampolillo has dared to associate Coronavirus and cannabis on the basis of new studies about the usage of its active ingredients in many fields.
However, we cannot support in any way that it would be actually useful. Doctors and expert researchers will have the last say about it, and it’s not good to trust do-it-yourself therapies that have not been approved after accurate research.
An effective remedy against anxiety and stress
If there are no proofs that using cannabis can heal coronavirus, there are other reasons we could use it for.
One of the problems associated with this new epidemic and to its quarantine is the increased number of depression and anxiety cases. The stress caused by the uncertainty of the future or being forced to stay home are on sight for all. Learning how to manage this type of anxiety is fundamental to face and win this period of forced inactivity. Remember that keeping the mood up and relieving stress can help keeping your immune system strong.
In this case, Coronavirus and cannabis can coexist! Cannabis, used as a tested and effective method to fight anxiety and depression, can be considered a valid aid. However, not for the sick ones, as there is no tested therapy yet, but for those who are in a state of distress and fear.
You can fight the quarantine stress by reducing the anxiety states in many ways. You can call a friend, dance on the balcony together with your neighbors and why not, with cannabis!
Cannabis, as already mentioned, thanks to its active ingredients, is a highly effective remedy to face and win stress and anxiety without becoming addicted to it.
Most of the medicines against anxiety, can crease addiction, which is something that does not happen with cannabis. Indeed, we are talking about active ingredients that is prescribed in low doses that remain constant over time. Opposite to other medicines that require a gradual increase in the assumption, to continue their effects, cannabis relaxes without creating addiction.
The association Coronavirus and cannabis can then be done as a support treatment for those who being quarantined at home, suffer from strong anxiety and stress.
9 facts you need to know about cannabis clubs in Madrid
Are you looking for Cannabis in Madrid? If you are a usual cannabis consumer and you are leaving for the Spanish capital, there is some information you need to gather. You need to know that cannabis clubs in Madrid have nothing to do with the ones in Amsterdam. They have some rules that you really need to know before getting there and asking for admission. In order to make your holidays special and to avoid unpleasant situations, here is a list of essential points to keep in mind. Read it and consider every single point carefully and everything will be fine!
1) Madrid is a market still in expansion!
You need to know that, as opposed to other Spanish locations, the cannabis clubs in Madrid appeared a little bit later. It’s a phenomenon still growing, and new places are opening so as to make the choice wider and more interesting.
Although there is no law for the existence of this clubs, the principles of individual freedom and of association protected by the Spanish constitution allow their existence. These are basically a sort of association whose members delegate the cultivation of their own plants and where you can buy and consume cannabis freely. Madrid, as I said, experienced a slight delay in the spread of this phenomenon, however at the moment counts for 80 cannabis clubs. It also seems like it destined to reach the level of Barcelona where the phenomenon has started years ago.
2) Will Madrid become the new Barcelona?
If you are used to Barcelona and the relative ease in finding a club, Madrid could sees lagging behind. As I mentioned, the cannabis market in Madrid spread later. Madrid, moreover, has not enjoyed the permissive laws of Catalonia just like Barcelona. Anyway, the growing trend makes us think that it will soon become the capital of cannabis.
You can find an updated list of the social clubs in Madrid where you can buy marijuana on the website weedmaps.com. I suggest you to have a look at it!
3) Joining a cannabis club
If you want to access a cannabis club in Madrid, you need to keep in mind that it’s not that easy! The first requirement to gain access is to be introduced by an existing member of the club! Although the reason sounds anti-economical, this is due to the legal situation of cannabis in Spain. This means that there is no law that allows the consumption and the cultivation of cannabis but there is still a legislative gap. The cannabis clubs take advantage of this legislative void and of the fact that being protected by the articles in the Constitution, they have a right to exist simply because they are PRIVATE. They aren’t public places because the consumption of cannabis in public is not allowed! Every cannabis club in Madrid is dedicated only to its own members and it features a strict selection.
4) Do you need to be a local?
According to the rules, to join a cannabis club in Madrid, you need to provide a valid Spanish address. This meant that many people having their residence somewhere else had their access refused. Actually and fortunately it’s not always this hard! For many clubs you just need to show a temporary address just like a hotel or a B&B where you are staying and only the most exclusive clubs will ask for your real permanent address!
5) Joining a club
Cannabis clubs in Madrid generally offer different joining options. Opposite to other places like Barcelona, you can find other options beside the yearly subscription! In Madrid you will be able to choose among one, three, six, twelve-months subscriptions. This is a convenient solution that helps limiting the number of members in a club. You will be able to create the pass for your period of stay. This way the club won’t have too many inactive cards and you will spend less to join.
6) Legal rules for the purchase and transportation
If you join a cannabis club in Madrid, you need to remember that the transportation and consumption of cannabis is illegal. You will have to consume everything in the place where you purchase it! According to the law, cultivating and consuming cannabis are allowed only privately! If you really need to transport it, keep in mind that the Spanish law forbids searchings without the mandate. This means that if you carry a small quantity of cannabis for personal use, you will have to keep it in your underwear. No one will search it there!
7) Police checks
Always remember that Spanish constitution only protects those who smoke in private places: at home or in a club you will be able to do so. I strongly discourage you from smoking in public! The checks are frequent and being caught smoking in the streets would end up in a fine. The checks might be unpleasant so pay attention and try not to be tempted!
You should not carry your cannabis with you as the police checks are more frequent in Spain than in Italy and it might not be that nice being caught!
Instead, you shouldn’t worry if you are joining a club. The police intervenes only when the club is not following the regulations or they are involved in illegal activities. It’s true that given their power, most of the clubs make sure they do not do anything illegal. The clubs protect their autonomy and the clients’ privacy putting some practices in places to be in line with the law. Once you are in, you will be protected and you won’t face any issues with the police.
8) Therapeutic marijuana
If you are a habitual consumer of therapeutic cannabis, I must tell you that it’s impossible having it prescribed in Spain. The law does not allow doctors to prescribe cannabinoids! However this is not an issue: you’ll just have to request the access to one of the many cannabis social clubs in Madrid and you will be able to buy what you need. You will have to pay attention to the transportation: if you need cannabis to consume at home, you will have to be discreet and I suggest you to buy just a limited quantity.
9) The clubs as a solution to criminality
The cannabis clubs in Madrid are a legal and effective solution to fight against criminality and drug dealing. They allow their consumers to buy cannabis in protected and controlled environments without incurring in unpleasant situations. Do not buy cannabis in the streets but always trust a social club!
Restaurants dedicated to marijuana in Barcelona
What’s better than going to eat at a nice restaurant after smoking marijuana in Barcelona? As cannabis consumers know, desiring food and appetite increase consistently after a smoke! Also, often after smoking the flavours are perceived in a different way and it’s not always easy to be satisfied in restaurants.
Getting out of a social club to enter in a nice restaurant is an experience you should not miss but you should definitely go to a proper restaurant!
Marijuana smokers in Barcelona have their own favorite restaurants where to go to satisfy their cannabis stimulated appetite. On this list you will find the most favorite ones and easy to reach from the cannabis clubs.
Carrer de l’Hospital, 104, 08001
Chakra Khan is a great Asian restaurant at the beginning of Rambla del Raval. It’s a restaurant that offers amazing food and a delicate and welcoming environment with super nice personnel. You can eat outside or indoor as the restaurant is on two floors. The menu changes based on the season so I suggest you to check on their website to see what they are offering. I can guarantee that whatever you order, if you love Asian food, you won’t be disappointed
You can visit this restaurant after a visit at the Dr Dou cannabis social club. It’s a private club, but if you can gain access, you’ll be in one of the best marijuana clubs in Barcelona!
Carrer de la Cera, 23, 08001
If you get out of the same club Dr. Dou, but also from LaKalada, or StrainHunters, I suggest you to visit Cera 23. This is a Spanish tapas restaurant with lots of varieties of traditional and innovative dishes. It’s a welcoming restaurant, perfect for a romantic dinner and for a business meeting. It’s an intimate restaurant so I suggest you to book in advance. If you usually smoke marijuana in Barcelona, this restaurant will surprise you for its variety of flavours.
Carrer de l’Hospital, 157, 08001
Mediterranean restaurant, not too far from Dr. Dou and LaKalada. Very small, it only has a limited number of tables. Although the appearance is not great, the quality of the food will make your taste buds vibrate to levels you haven’t experienced before! After smoking marijuana in Barcelona, dining in this small restaurant will be a unique experience!
Rambla del Raval, 9, 08001
After visiting the Dr. Dou social club, or the Carme 66, you can try one of the best Italian restaurants in Barcelona. I know, when you are abroad you don’t like to dine in Italian restaurants and you prefer to try local cuisine, but believe me, it’s worth it! You can dine outdoor in a classy place and taste excellent main courses or great fish dishes! Among the smokers of Marijuana in Barcelona, Bella Toscana is one of the most liked restaurants!
Patagonia Beef & Wine
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 660, 08010
If, after smoking marijuana in Barcelona, you want to have a nice steak, I suggest you not to miss out on this Argentinean restaurant! It’s a very elegant and welcoming restaurant with high quality food. You will discover incredible sensations, especially if you come from a visit of Mon Ami, Choko, or Tresor, that are the closest social clubs. I suggest you to book in advance because it’s a highly requested restaurant and to dress formal or elegant.
Rambla de Catalunya, 15, 08007
If you go out of LaMente cannabis club, I suggest you to try the meals offered in this restaurant. It’s a place with a super professional service and excellent food. If you try it under the effect of cannabis, the results will really be incredible!
Gusto del Born
Passeig del Born, 16, 08003
If you want to go out for lunch before going to Circulo cannabis club, I suggest you to go to this Italian restaurant. You will be able to try the best lasagne in Barcelona. It’s cheap and perfect for a substantial and quick meal.
Carrer del Rec, 10, 08003
If, before going to Circulo cannabis club, you want to have a vegetarian lunch, I can only suggest you La Taguara.
This is a typical Venezuelan restaurant that differentiates itself for the wide offer of vegetarian meals that are suitable even for the most demanding taste. It’s the perfect place for quick lunches or for a happy hour. In this place you eat while standing so it does not make it ideal for a relaxing dinner after smoking marijuana in Barcelona!
Carrer del Comerç, 27, 08003
Getting out of Circulo cannabis club, you will want to sit and comfortably eat! You could consider this excellent Mexican restaurant where the meals are excellent as well as the main ingredients and the staff is welcoming and friendly.
Carrer de Santa Teresa, 10, 08012
If you managed to get an invitation to Saigon cannabis club, I suggest you, after smoking marijuana in Barcelona, to eat in this good Italian restaurant. It’s not too far from the club and it offers a romantic and intimate environment. The portions are generous and the food is tasty. I suggest you to focus on the main courses that are amazing!
Carrer de Casp, 35, 08010
It’s an elegant and fancy restaurant that serves Catalonian food. Wealthy people of Barcelona go there and it is definitely one of the best restaurants of this type. Although it’s expensive, it’s always busy and it would be best to book in advance.
After eating at El Mercat, you will be able to visit one of the best marijuana clubs in Barcelona: Choko and Mon Ami.
Carrer Ample, 34, 08002
If you are tired of Spanish food and you don’t want to go to another Italian restaurant, try a nice Belgian restaurant! Gilda is a particular restaurant that serves excellent meat meals in the gothic quarter of the city. It’s perfect after smoking at Circulo social club!
All these restaurants that I mentioned are easy to reach from some of the best social clubs of the city.
Although they are used to see cannabis consumers among their clients, they are not restaurants where you can smoke. Remember to buy and smoke just in the clubs and then go to taste one of these great places!
Spannabis Barcelona 2020, the cannabis fair
Like every year, the Spannabis Barcelona 2020 is back! From the 13th until the 15th of March 2020 the Cornellà fair will host the most important European Cannabis event.
Spannabis Barcelona 2020 is definitely and important event for the people working in the sector, but even the curious people could find its stands interesting.
Below you can find all the useful information in case you decided to go to Barcelona for this occasion!
Spannabis, a little bit of history
Spannabis Barcelona 2020 is the seventeenth edition of a fair that started in 2003 for the first time. It’s the result of an idea of a Spanish group that has imported the model, already existing in Europe, of a fair dedicated to Marijuana and its products. Among the European Cannabis fairs, this in Barcelona has become one of the main ones, exceeding the others in terms of size and relevance.
Apart from the first edition that happened in “Palau Saint Jordi”, Spannabis Barcelona 2020 will be held at the Cornellà fair, just like the previous ones.
Year by year the interest towards this event has grown, contributing to the enlargement of the exhibition area, the number of exhibitors and the visitors. The past edition has broken any previous record also thanks to the relevance given to Marijuana and its industry globally. Last year, over 17,000 square meters of exhibition and 500 international exhibitors attracted over 30,000 visitors! This is impressive if you think that this is happening in a country where cannabis consumption has not been completely legalised yet!
This year’s edition promises to do even better than the previous ones, both for number of visitors and exhibitors. The organization forecasted an increase in the exhibition area and the event will host a lot of initiatives as well as many stands.
Spannabis, program and attractions
During the Spannabis Barcelona 2020 there will be the eighth edition of the World Cannabis Conferences. This is a series of meetings and conferences having cannabis as a main theme in all its versions. There will be doctors, scientists, politicians and businessmen owning cannabis-related businesses. The topics of the conferences will vary and will be interesting as it will deal with multiple aspects of the problems related to the cultivation, consumption and sale of marijuana. Consumption will be talked about in depth and topics will include therapeutic marijuana, its leisure consumption, international law and many other interesting topics.
Conferences at the Spannabis Barcelona 2020 hold a relevant role in bringing together the various actors rotating around this market, as this is still a fragmented industry and as laws differ based on the country. The favourable environment to the dialogue allows people to share their experiences and ideas, and sharing is extremely important in a pioneer industry such as the one of cannabis. If you have time and you are interested in the topic, I suggest you to have a look at the program, and you will definitely find some conferences to follow!
Spannabis Barcelona 2020 is not only the World Cannabis Conferences! At the exhibition you will find a lot of artists somehow connected to cannabis. The program includes three days of music to enjoy.
- Friday 13-03-2020. Performers include Hidro, Shakti Alliance, Golfo de Guinea y Barbass Sound and Tribade.
- Saturday 14-03-2020. There will be Sharin Skank, Purple Rockets, Paula Blu, Women Soldier w/ Awa Fall, Matah, Belén Natalí & High Paw feat Chalar58 and Kandee.
- Sunday 15-03-2020. We’ll see on stage Full Spectrum Selectors, Afrikan Warriors, 420 Backyard Battle, Suka, Karlixx and Dj Rambla.
During Spannabis Barcelona 2020, there will be the Spannabis 2020 award ceremony. On Friday 13 the Spannabis Champions Club award will be given, which is an award given to the best growers. This is an important European award that is given in five different categories.
- Award to the variety containing the highest quantity of cannabinoids.
- Award to the variety containing the highest quantity of cannabinoids.
- Quantity of CDB. Award to the variety containing the highest quantity of cannabidiol.
- Extraction through solvent. Award to the variety containing the highest quantity of cannabinoids.
- Extraction without solvent. Award to the variety containing the highest quantity of cannabinoids.
On Sunday the 15th, also other awards will be given: best stand, best seeds, and every other aspect of cannabis will be evaluated and awarded. The award ceremony is another interesting aspect of this event, aimed at normalising the production and consumption of this substance.
Cannabis, where to find it
You will be wondering if you can try or buy cannabis at the Spannabis Barcelona 2020. I have to be honest and disappoint you as selling and consuming cannabis at the fair is strictly forbidden! Moreover, the exhibitors often use other vegetables instead of marijuana. You need to know that Spanish law allows cannabis consumption only privately. So, if you cultivate and smoke it at your place no one can tell you anything, however, if you possess it in public and get caught you will be fined. This means that in a public space such as this fair, you will never find cannabis.
Then why organising a fair dedicated to cannabis if there is no cannabis? This is an industrial fair where growers as well as their suppliers (creating farming and transformation systems) participate. You will find greenhouses, irrigation systems, lighting or heating systems but you won’t find cannabis to buy and smoke!
But don’t despair: you can take advantage of a visit at this fair. For example, you can start contacting social clubs where you could go later on and try cannabis in peace.
To conclude, Spannabis Barcelona 2020 is a big occasion for the people working in the sector. Its important conference and award program, as well as the number of exhibitors, makes it a must for those who work in this sector. If you are interested in the topic, you should not miss this event. You can buy the ticket online and choose for the daily ticket priced 19€ or the three-day pass priced 40€.
What are you waiting for? Now that you have all the necessary information, are you ready to go to Barcelona?
Cannabis in Mallorca, where to find and buy it
If you are a Cannabis consumer, then Mallorca is definitely the perfect holiday destination! This Balearic Island is full of life and fun, surely a perfect destination for relaxing holidays.
If you can’t or don’t want to give up Cannabis, then Mallorca could be an island full of surprises and opportunities. However, pay attention and inform yourself before travelling so you will avoid problems and you will be able to enjoy an absolutely perfect holiday!
To help you, I gathered some useful information in case you were about to travel to the Baleares.
Is cannabis legal in Mallorca?
Just like everywhere else in Spain, Mallorca follows the same laws in terms of Cannabis. Indeed, you need to keep in mind that although Cannabis is tolerated, it’s definitely not legal!
If you are asking yourself how this is even possible given the growth of Social clubs, then let me tell you. In reality, both Spain and Mallorca witness a legislative gap in terms of Cannabis, which allowed for the consumption of marijuana only under certain conditions without enacting laws about it.
In few words, both the production and consumption of Cannabis are forbidden in Spain, however, private property and individual freedom are protected very well. This means that whatever the citizen decides to do in his property, is not the State’s business and generally the government cannot intervene. As long as you cultivate and consume cannabis privately, then you are allowed to do so. Be careful though that “privately” means a being in a place that is not exposed to the public: for example your balcony would not be private as it’s visible externally.
Another aspect protected by Spanish law is the freedom of association. This led to the creation of private clubs where subscribers delegate the cultivation of their own plants and go there to buy and smoke weed.
Be careful though that even if buying Cannabis is legit, Mallorca does not excuse anyone who is found in possession of marijuana in the streets! Buying and consuming marijuana in the social clubs is allowed but it’s not possible to take your purchases home.
Now that you have this information, you will understand how risky it is looking for drugs in any other way. Also, keep in mind that buying drugs supplied by criminality, it’s a punishable offence that could take you to jail. Let’s see now where to find Cannabis.
Buying illegal Cannabis
As we mentioned, Mallorca has a very wide offer in terms of Cannabis and you will be able to find any types of sellers in the streets and at the beach. Although it sounds like the easiest option, I suggest you to consider the following aspects before opting for buying from them.
- First of all, you cannot control the quality of what’s being sold to you. Even if in Spain the quality of cannabis is generally good, buying it in the streets is a risk due to the completely absent controls.
- As already said, buying from drug dealers is a crime and even if Mallorca is pretty tolerant in terms of Cannabis, I discourage you from taking the risk. A police check could seriously be troublesome.
- Moreover, by buying from local dealers, you are contributing to organized crime and this is never a good thing, as you know!
If you really want to buy Cannabis then Mallorca offers better and safer solutions. Let’s have a look.
Social Club: what are they and how to get access
As I explained already, Spanish law has favoured the creation of private clubs where Cannabis can be cultivated and consumed. These clubs are now named Social Clubs. I can guarantee that going to Social Clubs is the best option to buy the weed you need. But how can you do this? In reality the access to these clubs is not always easy. There are strict rules that limit access and protect their existing members. First of all, you need to be over 18, you need to live in Mallorca and you need to hold a valid ID. Some Social Clubs also require a membership fee.
You need to think that this set of rules has been created to limit access, as this is a business that was born following a legislative gap. This means that clubs keep a low profile to avoid problems with the authorities. They prioritise the protection of their members as, at least on paper, these companies are not aimed at profiting.
Then, how can you join one of these Social Clubs? If you are interested in joining a Social Cannabis Club in Mallorca, then you need to act quickly. It’s true that it’s hard but it’s not impossible if you know what to do! There are some ways to bypass the strict access rules. Let’s see them.
- If you know anyone in Mallorca who is already a member in a social club, then you are set! Social Clubs only accept new members if they are recommended by an existing member.
- If you don’t know anyone local, don’t despair. You can start by doing some online research and see which clubs are in the area. Then try to contact them via email or phone. You can explain your needs and kindly ask to be admitted. You will be asked to send an ID and to pay a membership fee as it’s common practice. Some clubs might ask for a preliminary interview before accepting you as a member. In this case you have to accept it if you want to be admitted.
Looking for clubs online is not difficult as you will only have to search for “Cannabis Mallorca” and scroll through the results. Get in touch with the different clubs close to your area of interest and you’ll see that you will find everything you’re looking for!
To make your job easier you can find below some clubs that you could try to contact.
- CANEM Llevant
Address: Carrer del Mar, 42 07580 Capdepera (Mallorca)
Phone: 606 13 88 06
- Cannabis Store Amsterdam Palma de Mallorca
Address: Carrer de Sant Miquel, 63, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears, Spagna
Phone: +34 645 06 72 36
- Asociación Mallorquina para la Información del Cannabis (AMIC)
Address: Costa de Can Muntaner, 10, L2 07003 Palma de Mallorca
Phone: 971 72 04 12
- Movimiento Asociativo Mallorquin de Cultivadores y Usuarios de Cannabis
Address: Palma de Mallorca
Phone: 653 47 87 81
Try to contact them and see what their requirements are. You’ll see that it’s not so hard to get access!
Now that you have all the necessary information, are you ready to pack and enjoy your relaxing holidays in Mallorca?
Cannabis in Gran Canaria, find out where and how to consume it
If you’re a Cannabis consumer, then Gran Canaria that is famous for its nightlife and its nice clubs could be the ideal destination. But mind that if you travel unprepared you could risk getting there and experience some misadventures. In fact, Spanish law regulates the cultivation and consumption of cannabis, which is not as permissive as one might think.
Therefore, I suggest you to invest a little bit of time gathering some information before departing. You could start by reading what I discovered for you. I can guarantee that by doing so you will find out that Gran Canaria is among the best destinations that you could choose for Cannabis!
Finding cannabis in the streets
Gran Canaria is an island full of opportunities. Nightclubs and a rich nightlife make it the ideal destination for your holidays. Also, if you are looking for Cannabis in the central streets or around the port, Gran Canaria will be able to satisfy your desires. Actually, I must warn you that probably cannabis will come and find you instead! It’s not difficult to find people with different nationalities getting closer to you and who offer different types of drugs. Although it’s more likely for them to offer you pills, you should not find it difficult to look for Cannabis, but I don’t suggest you to follow this path. You need to be careful as buying cannabis from random pushers is not the ideal solution. Apart from financing criminality, deciding to buy your Cannabis in the street exposes you to two different risks:
- First of all, you don’t know what you are buying: the quality of the cannabis can vary greatly if you buy it in the streets. You could be unsatisfied of your purchase.
- You need to be careful of police: there are rules to respect. If you are looking for Cannabis then Gran Canaria could seem like heaven, but just like everywhere else in Spain, it has very strict rules for it.
What the law says
Let’s find out what you need to know to survive without getting in trouble with the police. Just like anywhere else in Spain, where the law regulating Cannabis is quite permissive, Gran Canaria has very clear rules for it. Knowing and respecting them will keep you out of trouble and will allow you to fully enjoy your relaxing holidays.
Spanish law allows the cultivation and personal use of Cannabis as long as it happens indoor. What does this mean? If you cultivate your plants inside your house and you only smoke it in your flat, no one could do anything to you. However, if you try to smoke it in the streets or in a public place, you could run the risk of being fined by the police. Also, consider that the police checks are way more frequent than in Italy, especially during the weekends. You can understand that if you try to buy Cannabis in the streets then Gran Canaria, just like everywhere else in Spain, might not be that safe.
It is within the boundaries of the law that Marijuana consumer associations have been created in Spain. These are known as Social Clubs, and they allow their members to cultivate their weed “in common” and to consume it inside the club. I can guarantee that for a tourist entering a Social club is the best solution to buy and consume Cannabis legally.
Social Clubs, what they are and how to gain access
Have you heard already of Social Clubs? Let’s shed some light on these associations. Don’t expect a coffee shop like in Amsterdam, in fact in Spain as mentioned already the law is way less permissive. The fundamental prerequisite to cultivate and smoke legally is to do it privately. This means that the Social Clubs necessarily need to keep a very low profile so as not to incur in issues with the police. If you want to enjoy your Cannabis in peace, then Gran Canaria offers many Social Clubs but it’s not easy to join them. Every Social Club has its access rules, more or less rigid but they can substantially be summed up in two points:
- You need to be a local.
- You need to be of age (18 or 21, depending on the internal Club laws) and you need to hold a valid ID.
These are very important rules aimed at protecting all the members of the clubs therefore it’s necessary to understand and accept them. This being told, it seems like it’s extremely hard for a tourist to join one of these associations. Actually there are solutions to solve the problem.
If you have a local friend in Gran Canaria who is already a member in one of the Social Clubs, then you could ask him to introduce you. These associations work a lot thanks to word of mouth and acquire new members only if referred by existing members. This is definitely the easiest way, but Gran Canaria does not reserve this advantage to all the Cannabis consumers!
If you don’t know anyone but you don’t want to give up legal Cannabis, then you should try to get in touch with the single clubs. Many have their own websites with a contact form. You can try to write to them telling how much you would love having their membership card and explaining your reasons. They will ask you for an ID and in case they accept you, they could require the payment of a membership fee. Some clubs, among the most selective, also require an interview before finalising the subscription. If you accept their requests then you might be welcomed among the lucky members.
It’s important to remember that, even if you are a member of a club, you will never be able to smoke your Cannabis open air as Gran Canaria has a specific set of rules about it. Everything you buy has to be smoked indoor and if the police catch you in the streets with weed on you, it will ask you to throw it away and they will fine you. If the quantity goes well below the limit then you could incur even worse charges, and this applies even if your Cannabis comes from legal sources.
How to find a Social Club
Now that you have all the necessary information, you just need to look for a club where to apply. I suggest you to look online and you will find many in different parts of the island. Get in touch with the ones that you like the most and wait for their replies, which definitely will come.
There are also portals that exist online that could help with your search. For example, I would suggest to have a look at the list of clubs mentioned on the English website “Spain Weed Guide”. For every club you will find all the information needed and you can ask the membership card through them.
Now you really know everything about Cannabis, and Gran Canaria is waiting for you! Are you ready to fly?