A Brief History of Weed in Mexico

Today marks Cinco De Mayo: a day of tacos, tequila and drunken Mexican stereotypes. With that we figured today would be the perfect opportunity to talk about Mexican Dirt Weed.

Weed goes with Mexico like peanut butter goes with jelly, like Netflix goes with chilling, like being a Knicks fan comes with crippling depression. Weed is so intertwined in Mexico’s culture that the government had to create propaganda just to get people to stop using it. Remember the song La Cucaracha? Of course you do, you probably sang it in elementary school when you were, like, 6. Well, it turns out it was created by the Pancho Villa army aimed to portray pot smokers as lazy cockroaches. The lyrics are literally saying that the cockroach can’t do anything because he ran out of weed. Essentially suggesting that stoners are lazy, tired, and unmotivated… not really the ideal soldier. Nevertheless, the song only caught on at parties where guests were probably still smoking weed.

Typically, you wouldn’t go for weed in Mexico. It’s riddled with seeds, it’s pretty weak, and, go figure, Mexican drug dealers are notoriously sketchy. This isn’t a generalization either. In Mexico, it’s common for dealers to use petroleum or chloroform to preserve the weed. So not only does the weed suck, it also will get you all types of twisted. Therefore, it comes at no surprise that people refer to the bud as dirt.

Although their weed is usually trash, it’s not impossible to find something better. For example, in states like Oaxaca, you’ll see a better selection and also more hash. Mexico may export a ton of their stuff into the US, but the more south you go the more you’ll find that they also take in their fair share of drugs too. It’s based on demand, so whenever possible, weed’s imported from Columbia, which has been known to be richer and smooth compared to the Mexican alternative. I guess, it’s not hard to get that reputation when your other option is crap mixed with shit.




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