Skinny but apparently potent wacky weed drying out before processing.
The Rif mountains are an historic region for cannabis farming and hashish production (the second is a processed version of the first) led to regular consumption and export for hundreds of years, with Tangier being a major gateway to Europe for this controversial soft drug. Some love it, some love to hate it. Quite a number of countries around the world have legalised/decriminalized/tolerated funky fudge at various levels. e. g. Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and of course a number of states in USA. More information on worldwide legality
Backpackers travelling the region will be assumed to have an interest in buying at least small quantities of hash and the hassle factor of being pursued by dope merchants can be as tiresome as carpet seller antics in Marrakesh.
Still, Chefchaouen is a mellow town quite used to young people with an alternate agenda so this is one of the better places to get high in Morocco. Just be cool, you don’t want to experience a Moroccan prison!
In spite of that a large portion of the population smoke hash openly. If you’re interested be discreet. The safest way to smoke is with locals as the quality is likely to be good and the location safe. Alternatively backpacker hostels and guest houses will generally be cool. Smoking in the street is not a good idea. Beware carrying and dealers who inform the police; you could be busted and have to pay an instant ‘fine’. Or worse.
Separating the wheat from the chaff, or more precisely the stems and seeds from the bud.
Dried and de-stemmed the plant is now ready to be squeezed into Ketama’s Oro Negro hash.
Ketama is a major production center so inevitably home to a number of unsavoury people who may try to cheat you, rob you or sell dope and inform on you. And they have plenty of experience in that business.
If, however, you’re reasonably mature, self-confident, speak some French, have spent quite a bit of time in Morocco and know what you’re doing (such as Nikki D, photo above) Ketama is a fascinating and educational destination with a frisson on the side.
Read Kif in the Rif blog for a full story of a Ketama experience.