How Easy Is It To Buy Cannabis Online In The UK?
How easy is it to buy cannabis online in the UK? Very easy.
You’ve probably heard of people buying weed on the mysterious ‘Dark Web’. You might be aware that it can be purchased via Instagram, even. But did you know there are some websites on the clear net (the regular internet) that you can buy it from?
And I don’t mean hemp or CBD oil. I’m talking THC-rich buds, oil, paste, edibles, concentrates – you name it…
But wait, isn’t cannabis illegal still in the UK?
Cannabis is still very much illegal. While police forces up and down the country are taking a softer approach to cannabis crimes, this is largely down to lack of resources and funding rather than a relaxation in the law.
Medical cannabis has been legal since November 2018. However, it’s still rarely prescribed, almost impossible to get hold of without flying to Holland, and costs a tonne.
However, THC-rich cannabis is also widely available in the UK. And if you don’t have (or want to have) local connections, the internet is your best bet.
Where can you by weed online in the UK?
Here’re your options:
1. The ‘Darknet’
The ‘Darknet’ (or ‘Dark Web’/‘Deep Web’) is a term that refers to a collection of websites that cannot be found by using traditional search engines or visited by using traditional browsers, like Windows, Chrome or Firefox.
To access this encrypted network, you have to download an encryption tool known as Tor Browser. Tor protects your privacy online and allows you to browse the ‘dark web’ with anonymity.
You’ll also need to buy Bitcoin, which is a cryptocurrency that you’ll use to make your purchases. Paxful is the one of the easiest websites to buy bitcoin on.
Popular places to buy cannabis on the dark web include Medicine Man UK and Empire Market. Addresses for both can be found with a bit of googling.
While this sounds very confusing, the truth is that buying weed using the Darknet is now a reasonably simple process that anyone can master in a few hours.
And when they do, it’s like walking into a virtual cannabis dispensary with countless professional vendors waiting to fulfil your needs with a massive choice of products.
Yep, along with pictures of pugs and shimmering sunsets on everyone’s favourite photo-sharing app, weed dealers lurk.
Of course, there are many scammers out there waiting to take your money.
Ideally you would want a recommendation from someone who can vouch for the vendor. You can also try to find profiles with a good number of followers and authentic engagement.
Once you learn the intricacies of Instagram, you’ll soon realise what an active cannabis community there is present on the platform.
Look for pictures like this on Instagram
3. Regular websites/online shops
We’ve recently come across a surface web market place with an escrow system, great vendors and even better community called Little Biggy.
Little Biggy hosts a number of vendors all selling a variety of mostly cannabis products, including many types of hash, Cali Weed, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) and more.
There seems to be a good number of anonymous businesses operating on the platform, many with reassuring guarantees and public reviews clearly displayed in their virtual shops.
There are many websites out there that are just waiting to take your money and not send you anything in return. In fact, we often get messages from people (who are often in poor health and are turning to cannabis in desperation) who have been fleeced out of hundreds of pounds by these scammers.
Therefore, check this list to find out which websites you need to avoid.
Is it safe to buy weed online in the UK?
Until it’s legal, buying weed off the internet does carry some risk. However, it’s small.
Orders are sent discreetly in smell-proof packaging. Even if they weren’t, sniffer dogs are rarely seen in Post Offices and, last we heard, workers are advised to deliver post even if they smell or suspect it contains cannabis. –
(This could of course change at any time and offices may have different procedures.)
Not only that, our country’s overworked and under-funded police force has better things to do than operate sting operations as you collect the post in your pyjamas.
So, in this technical age, it would appear that cannabis is more widely available in the UK than ever before. And that’s despite the recent so-called legalisation of the medical use of cannabis.
CBD is the non-psychotropic cannabinoid cousin of THC. While it won’t get you high, it does offer anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and ant-psychotic properties.
And the CBD revolution is in full steam in the UK, with one of the newest and most popular products on the market being CBD flower.
While it may look like regular weed, CBD flower is non-psychoactive as it contains very little THC.
CBD flower is generally legally-grown hemp flower. It is currently being sold openly online and in vape shops around the country.
The dangers of cannabis
While there is no doubt that cannabis is a miraculous medicine that has huge value to society, let’s not be blind to the risks and dangers associated with cannabis use.
Like any mind-altering substance, cannabis can be abused. It can also be very habit-forming and lead to addiction. I know because I have experienced a problematic relationship with cannabis myself.
And although abusing cannabis is nowhere near as harmful as the overuse of tobacco, alcohol or countless other widely available drugs (including pharmaceutical medicines), risks exist.
These risks mainly include negative effects on mental health, such as increased anxiety and paranoia. However, lack of motivation and dependence are also common.
There are many ways to reduce these risks – such as using CBD alongside THC, dry herb vaping rather than smoking, and taking regular breaks.
I discuss these methods in detail in my book, Overcoming Weed Dependence: The Truth About Addiction And The Secret To A Healthy Relationship With Cannabis, along with many other practical tips that will enable anyone to cultivate a healthy relationship with cannabis
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About Jack Woodhouse
A passionate cannabis proponent, Jack has been immersed in cannabis culture for over a decade. He launched High & Polite in 2017 and has since reached millions of people. He is the author of Overcoming Weed Dependence: The Truth About Addiction And The Secret To A Healthy Relationship With Cannabis
60 Comments on “How Easy Is It To Buy Cannabis Online In The UK?”
Hi, Thanks for all your info on this page Jack, I have successfully managed to get deliveries from weedzy & MMUK, MMUK I used 1st & when they didn’t have stock the next time I did my research & found weedzy. Couldn’t fault either of them, both arrived in 2/3 days. Well chuffed! Will definitely be using both of these sites in future.
The only thing I had trouble with was paxful, it seemed to complicated for me so I joined coinbase & found it much easier to buy bitcoin from there.
I tried weedzy… Its a scam.. Can’t say any more..
Very easy. This article will tell you everything you need to know…
4 Ways to Buy Weed with Bitcoin, Legally
With an increasing number of jurisdictions worldwide where cannabis can be purchased legally, a global virtual currency might just hold the key in accessing merchants who would otherwise be off limits.
Bits for Buds, Legally
The original Silk Road, which was shut down in 2013 with its founder, Ross Ulbricht, jailed for life, was one of the most popular places to purchase cannabis for many online users. But today, unfazed due to incessant demand, an increasing number of darknet markets have sprung up to fill the void while learning from the mistakes of their predecessors.
At the same time, the global trend toward legalization has taken hold in places like Colorado and Uruguay, where it’s now possible to buy the plant without criminal penalties. This has also made it theoretically possible to purchase cannabis products online with bitcoin and have it shipped anywhere in the world. In fact, you don’t even need to dip into the deep web , which is quasi-illegal and not recommended for Bitcoin users.
Here are some legal ways to purchase cannabis with bitcoin.
Global Seed Banks
If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, then purchasing seeds with bitcoin and growing could be for you. There’s at least a couple of online seed banks who don’t only sell and discreetly ship you cannabis seeds, but will also give you a discount and even some extra seeds if you pay with bitcoin.
Royal Queen Seeds is a cannabis seed company based in the Netherlands, with brick and mortar stores in Amsterdam. “Forget needing to make payments through middle men,” the company explains on its website. “It’s not even necessary to involve one’s bank to make a bitcoin transaction happen.”
Another bitcoin-friendly seed source is called Attitude Seed Bank, based in the UK. Keep an eye on this bank, since it has been known to offer “ amazing giveaways ” for bitcoin customers in particular.
Finally, there’s Bitcoinseedstore.com, which is specifically tailored to cryptocurrency users. With similar offerings as the seed banks above, this store also accepts other cryptocoins, such as Dash, Litecoin and Potcoin.
Just mere hours after the world’s first decentralized marketplace OpenBazaar was launched, someone began offering cannabis for bitcoin. But while that’s no longer on the table, one can use an OpenBazaar search engine to find what you’re looking for, and voila:
Of course, to make a purchase on OpenBazaar, you will need to download the client and try it out yourself. You can check out a detailed review of using it here .
McChronalds in Canada
Canada has a bitcoin-friendly online cannabis distributor called McChronald’s , which sells buds, hash and THC extracts. But as one would expect, it is only available for Canadians who are 21 or older and pass a two-minute consultation.
There’s also a dedicated search engine for every cannabis delivery service in the country, many of whom accept bitcoin. These types of services could become even more commonplace in the near future, as Canada is expected to fully legalize cannabis in 2017.
With a Bitcoin Debit Card
A bitcoin debit card works just like a regular Visa or Mastercard debit card. There’s an increasing number of options to choose from, and once you receive the card in the mail, the process usually involves topping-up your balance with bitcoins.
The Coinsbank card, for example, can be delivered for free and converts crypto to fiat instantly, meaning that bitcoin can be spent anywhere debit cards are accepted. This includes dispensaries in places where cannabis can be legally purchased, including select US jurisdictions (Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Washington D.C., Alaska) as well as other areas marked in blue on the map below.
Now the only problem is getting there. Luckily, bitcoin also buys plane tickets on sites like Expedia, CheapAir and BTCTrip, just to name a few.
Know of any other ways to acquire cannabis legally with bitcoin? Let us know in the comments section below!
As an increasing number of jurisdictions worldwide are offering cannabis legally, Bitcoin can help access merchants who would otherwise be off limits.