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.
Is marijuana legal in Berlin?
No. Recreational marijuana is illegal in Germany, and also in Berlin.
In practice, if you are a responsible smoker, 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, the police will take you to the police station and question you. They will take your photo and information, and they will let you go. Be polite, and do what you are told. You will be fine.
A few weeks later, you will get a receipt for your visit at the police station. You don’t need to do anything yet. At this point, your case is still open. Later, you will either receive a letter that says you are out of trouble, or legal instructions.
In Berlin, less than 11 grams is considered a “small amount”, and the police can choose to let you go without consequences1. Most of the time, that’s what will happen, but it’s not guaranteed. If you are caught with more than 11 grams, they can’t let you go without consequences, and you will get in trouble.
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 could know a dealer. Just ask. You will find at least one friend who has a safe, reliable dealer. You will get better, cheaper, safer weed this way.
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.
- Buying (contaminated) weed in Hasenheide for newbies – Reddit
- PSA for people looking to buy weed (spoiler: it’s all contaminated) – Reddit
- How do I know if my cannabis is contaminated? – Cannaconnection.com
Buying weed from Görlitzer and Hasenheide park
If you still decide to buy marijuana from Berlin’s parks, here is how it 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.
Is buying weed from Telegram safe?
No. 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). 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.
- Contaminated weed reports – dirty-weed.com
- Reddit discussion about contaminated cannabis
- Other reddit discussion
- Discussion about synthetic cannabinoid test kits
Buying weed from Telegram
Different groups have different methods.
Usually, you set a meeting location. The person that runs the group will start a secret chat to ask for more details. Some groups ask for a selfie to prove your identity, and for the driver to find you. When you end the secret chat, your photo is deleted.
You will receive a message when the driver is near you. The driver will pick you up. You must sit in the car. They might drive a few hundred meters with you. You must give your money to the driver, get your weed, get out of the car and leave. Be subtle, and do not flash your money near other people.
This article is not written to promote the use of illegal drugs, but to make their consumption as safe as possible. All About Berlin does not condone the consumption of cannabis. If you choose to break the law, it’s your decision. Be safe and responsible.