North Korea’s Marijuana Possibly One of the Cheapest in the World

North Korea’s Marijuana Possibly One of the Cheapest in the World

The hermit country North Korea is getting a lot of attention recently from the marijuana community. North Korea is believed to be a cannabis haven for marijuana users.

The marijuana news providers like Redstorm Scientific have reported that North Korean cannabis is legal, very plenty and overwhelmingly cheap. According to sources, Chinese tourists to this secretive country are hoarding up on bags of marijuana which only costs around $US3 for almost half a kilo. These are then being sold illegally in their home country.

However, this news circulating about the legality of marijuana in this secretive nation is a bit hazy. Apparently, its cultivation in the North is completely authorized but selling and smoking it is illegal. Marijuana users can face serious trouble in the North.


Locally in North Korea, marijuana is known as “Yeoksam”. As encouraged by the former leader, Kim Il Sung, it has been widely cultivated in the North for the longest time. This was the solution to their cooking oil shortage in the 80s. It is still being used for that purpose until now.

This plant can be seen everywhere in North Korea. They are so widespread that they have long been considered as a wild one. One source said that the people there have just recently realized that this plant can really be very profitable. They are now fighting with one another for the possession of this wonder plant.

No High

A traveler who frequents North Korea, Troy Collings, explained that the marijuana plant that is abundant there is just hemp or also called as industrial hemp. It has no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is its active chemical component that is responsible for its hallucinogen effects or “high” on marijuana users. This is sold as a cheap alternative to tobacco. He said that this marijuana strain cannot even give you a high no matter how much you smoke.

It grows wild in the North Korean Regions that are mountainous. People pick and dry these and then being sold to local markets. Aside from cooking oil, marijuana plants are also being used as the rabbit food.

The Pyongyang Hemp Processing Factory promotes hemp as an environment-friendly product that they use on several things. Not only that it is being used as cooking oil or rabbit food, it is being utilized for clothes, towels, and noodles as well.


On the other hand, Koryo Tours’ General Manager Simon Cockerell stressed that the idea cannabis is legal in North Korea has spread like wildfire. Koryo Tours is an agency that brings foreign tourists to North Korea and because of this “rumor”; they just keep getting queries about marijuana from their prospective tourist clients who are possibly marijuana users.

He firmly stated that this plant is not lawful and that tourists will not be able to get it from there. Thus, the belief that the North Korean country is a sanctuary for marijuana users where the community can just freely use it and get high is not really accurate. Marijuana is still not permissible under Kim Jong-un’s

On a side note, there really is not much known about the country so who knows exactly, right? But even if the rumor is indeed true, it might not be a good place to smoke weed and get high. North Korea is known for their mind-blowing crazy laws so you wouldn’t want to be punished for something that might appear petty to you.

So for its abusers, if you happen to go to North Korea and see a marijuana plant, just stay where you are and do not even think about it.

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