As cannabis legalization continues to stretch out into every corner of the globe, each nation is competing to produce the best flower out there — but who really has the highest quality buds?
Well, that depends on what you are looking for: some countries have been growing the herb for centuries, others are innovators in the cannabis space, and others just want to have fun. No matter what makes your heart go pitter-pat, there is a country out there for you that is growing the ganja of your dreams. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the nations that are vying for the top cannabis spot.
Heralded as one of the very first nations to cultivate the cannabis that we know and love today, Afghanistan has been producing some of the most fire flower out there for centuries. Despite the fact that weed was made illegal in 1957, cannabis is a way of life for many citizens and the use of the plant is deeply rooted in the nation’s history.
With years of production under their belt, Afghanistan is also known as the father of some of your favorite kush strains like Afghan Kush and Afgooey just to name a few. If that isn’t enough to convince you, try some of their legendary Afghan Hashish and you’ll be converted into a believer in no-time.
As the most bio-diverse place on earth per square inch, it is no surprise that Colombia grows some of the best weed on the market today. Its rich soil and tropical climate, make this country the perfect place to grow some serious buds.
While they are new to the legal weed scene, Colombia is no stranger to cannabis cultivation. They were once one of the major suppliers of green in the heyday of Black Market cannabis, but have since changed their tune with the recent legalization of medical cannabis. They now welcome cannabis tourism to their postcard-perfect beaches, sky-high mountaintops, and bustling cities.
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of Bob Marley and the Rastafari lifestyle, Jamaica grows weed that is more than just plain old cannabis — it’s a spiritual experience. Revered as the “holy herb” by many, the cannabis here is meant to lead you to a deeper faith instead of just a recreational drug (but it’s fun to smoke too).
In addition to its religious roots, Jamaica has perfect year-round weather to support three full growing cycles of some of the finest weed around. Sign us up for a trip to their sandy beaches rife with the sticky icky.
Long before it was widely accepted to spark up a joint, the Netherlands embraced the herb and welcomed tourists from around the world to imbibe. Amsterdam in particular is known for its “Coffeeshops” where you can not only purchase cannabis, but you can also often smoke in one of their lounges.
In recent years, the Netherlands has continued to hold its spot towards the top of the cannabis chain by producing unique takes on popular strains like Amnesia Haze and Hulkberry. They also host the annual Cannabis Cup that draws thousands of competitors and onlookers each year from all over the world. Combined with a welcoming environment, you’re guaranteed to find some good green in the Netherlands.
While we may be a bit bias, the United States could very well be the top dog in cannabis when it comes to innovation. With states legalizing cannabis left and right, growers feel empowered to experiment in order to create some of the most mind-blowing cultivars in the world.
Whether growers opt for a precise indoor grow operation or let nature take control outdoors, weed has become an intricate science in the United States. In fact, the US has perfected and created popular strains like Blue Dream, Green Crack, and the iconic Gelato strain grown by the founder of Sherbinskis in his garage — kind of like Apple founder Steve Jobs. Much like Apple, producers stateside can now charge a pretty penny for their elite products with eighths costing upwards of $60 and buds testing at over 30% THC.
Needless to say, weed aficionados from across the globe make the trek to the US to sample some of the best ganja the world has to offer.
As more and more countries throw their hat into the cannabis ring, each one is fighting for that coveted top spot. Lucky for us, we get to sit back, spark up, and enjoy the show as these nations duke it out. No matter where you decide to stock up for your next smoke session, it’s clear that there is good weed all over the globe — you just have to know where to look.