Berlin is a generally marijuana-friendly city, but it is illegal to buy cannabis in Germany. This guide describes how it is usually sold in Berlin.

This article was published for information purposes. We do not condone the use of illegal drugs.

No. Recreational marijuana is illegal in Germany, and also in Berlin. There is currently no proposal for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

In Berlin, if you are a responsible, considerate smoker and avoid smoking in public places, you won't get trouble. People will leave you alone. If the police catches you with marijuana, you could still get in trouble.

Since 2017, medical marijuana is legal for seriously ill patients with a prescription. It is rarely prescribed.

What happens if I get caught with weed?

If you get caught with cannabis on you, you will be taken to the police station and questioned. Your photo and information will be taken, and you will be let go. Be polite, and do what you are told. You will be fine.

A few weeks later, you will get a letter that's essentially a receipt for your visit to the police station. It is safe to ignore that letter, as it does not require any action from you. At this point, your case is still open. Eventually, you should receive a letter that either confirms your case was closed and the charges were dropped, or further legal instructions.

In Berlin, less than 11 grams is considered a "small amount", and the police can choose to drop your case. Most of the time, they will drop your case, but it's not guaranteed. If you are caught with more than 11 grams, they can't drop your case, and you will get prosecuted.

How much should you pay for weed?

You should pay around 10€ per gram, but quality weed can be more expensive.

Where do Berliners buy their weed?

There are 3 ways to buy weed in Berlin: on Telegram, through street dealers or through your friends. The former is usually done through dealers in Görlitzer Park and Volkspark Hasenheide. The latter is done through friends of friends who know someone.

Your friends might already know a dealer. Just ask around. You will find at least one friend who has a safe, reliable dealer. You will get better, cheaper, safer weed than if you go to a park.

Telegram is the easiest option if your friends don't know any dealers. This is a very common way to buy weed in Berlin. There are many Telegram groups you can join that put you in contact with drug dealers in Berlin. Some groups are run by a single dealer, and others let dealers and buyers find each other.

The parks should be your last option. They sell very low quality weed in parks. It's often laced with dangerous chemicals

Is buying weed from parks safe?

No. The weed you buy from random dealers is not always safe for consumption. Most of the time, you will get contaminated weed. Park dealers usually sell low quality weed and put chemicals in it to make it look better. These chemicals irritate your throat and leave a nasty taste in your mouth. Brix and grit weed are two especially common threats in Berlin.

Is buying weed from Telegram safe?

Not always. Marijuana from Telegram is often better than weed from the parks in Berlin, but it can still be contaminated.

Since 2020, weed is often contaminated with synthetic cannabinoids (also called K2 or Spice). Contaminated weed is often called "Haze" by dealers (Lemon Haze, Super Silver Haze etc). Hash can also be contaminated with synthetic cannabinoids1.

This type of contaminated weed is bad for your mental and physical health1, 2, 3. The high is shorter, stronger and less pleasant. It is addictive, and it can cause psychosis and withdrawal symptoms1, 2, 3, 4.

You can't see if your weed is contaminated with a synthetic cannabinoid test kit. They are not made for this1. You can see synthetic cannabinoids with a microscope, or a very strong magnifying glass1. If the weed is contaminated, you might see crystals on the surface.

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Buying weed from Görlitzer and Hasenheide

If you still decide to buy marijuana from Berlin's parks, here is how it usually works.

Whether you are in Hasenheide or Görlitzer, the process is the same. All you need to bring is a baggie and some money. Most dealers speak enough English to get you what you want, but knowing a little German never hurts.

Dealers are easy to find; they will approach you as you walk through the park. The common wisdom is to avoid the dealers at the entrance and go for the less obnoxious ones deeper in the park. Do not deal with the men who approach you around the Görlitzer Bahnhof station. It's also much safer to go during the day.

Once you have picked a dealer, all you have to do is make eye contact and approach him. Tell the man what you want, and he will direct you to his friend hiding in the bushes.

Tell his partner in the bushes what you want and how much you want. Once you show him the money, he will pull a bag of weed from a branch and put more or less the right amount in your palm. If you are feeling cheeky, you can negotiate and get a little more. Dealers will not make change, so give them the exact amount of money and keep the transaction as frictionless as possible.

Put the weed in your bag, hide the bag and head out of the park. Be careful: police officers sometimes stay around the park's entrance, and stop people with drugs on them.

Disclaimer

This article was not written to promote the use of illegal drugs, but to make their consumption as safe as possible, should you decide to break the law on your own accord. All About Berlin does not condone the consumption of cannabis. Be safe and responsible.