Is It Legal to Buy Cannabis Seeds in Spain?
Spain has many independent regions, so different areas have different weed laws. That said, all of Spain has become more relaxed with their cannabis laws over the last few years specifically, but in some areas of the legislation, things also seemed to have moved backward a bit. This leaves a lot of questions with questionable answers, including the legality of buying cannabis seeds.
Is it legal to buy cannabis seeds in Spain? The short answer to this question is yes. However, it depends on where you are and how you are buying them. Spain has a lucrative black-market, but this is not a legal way to purchase cannabis seeds. There are specific sites for purchasing cannabis seeds in Spain, and this is one of the only ways to do so legally, at least right now.
Cannabis laws tend to change quickly, so it is always good to stay updated on the laws relatively often, especially if you are about to travel to someplace like Spain. For now, though, there are a few ways you can purchase cannabis seeds legally. Aside from one of the designated purchasing sites, it is also legal to buy seeds if you are using them for a government approve reason. If you are purchasing seeds as a cannabis club, or for medicinal or research purposes.
How to Legally Buy Cannabis Seeds in Spain
Before you decide to purchase cannabis seeds for personal use, it is important to know all of the laws surrounding cannabis in Spain. You don’t want to make the mistake of assuming and risking getting in trouble with law enforcement, while in most cases you would be slapped with a fine, there are some cases that are taken more seriously. Landing yourself with a criminal record is something no one ever wants.
Although possessing and smoking weed in public is still illegal in Spain, there are a few different ways that you can grow, smoke, and even buy cannabis seeds. Granted, Spain is a decentralized country, so laws in different regions will vary. That is the main reason why it is so important to stay updated on the current legislation. Not just for Spain in general, but the region you live in or will be traveling to.
The different scenarios in which you can find your way around the laws and legally buy cannabis seeds in Spain are:
- For personal use
- If you own a cannabis club
- For medicinal or research purposes
For personal use:
If you are buying cannabis seeds for personal use, just know that no matter what area you live in, you could be putting yourself at risk. Buying seeds, cultivating, and smoking cannabis isn’t necessarily illegal for personal use, but it isn’t necessarily legal either. There is a grey area that lies within the personal use of cannabis in Spain. The law doesn’t directly state for or against the legality of using cannabis for personal use.
Because of this, people in Spain have begun to smoke and grow cannabis for personal use within the comfort of their own homes. If you decide to do this, though, you must make sure it is out of the vision of the public. It is also advised to keep an eye on the smell because if your neighbors complain about a smell, you could be visited by law enforcement shortly after. However, one or two plants usually aren’t enough to cause concern with the neighbors.
To clarify, when it comes to buying cannabis seeds, if you only buy enough for personal use, then you fall under this grey area of the legislation. As long as you can prove that your purchase is for personal use, then law enforcement can’t and won’t do anything about it. That said, don’t push the limits on how many plants/seeds constitutes for personal use. At the end of the day, it is the word of law enforcement against yours.
If you wish to purchase cannabis seeds, there are a couple of reliable and legal websites to do so. This is something also to be wary of because there are a lot of black-market sites you want to stay away from, as these are illegal. Two reliable and legal sites for buying cannabis seeds are:
MSNL Marijuana-seeds.nl – They are based out of London, UK and have been in the industry since 1999.
Sensi Seeds- They are based in The Netherlands and have been around since 1985.
Cannabis clubs have been popping up all over Spain within the last few years, especially in Barcelona. These clubs allow for a convenient and legal private option for people to come and buy and smoke marijuana. You must be an adult with a membership to each establishment you wish to visit, but they fall under the same law that allows you to cultivate and smoke in private and personal settings.
In today’s legislation, because there are so many cannabis clubs now, they have a set of rules they also have to abide by. You can leave those details to the owners though, all you have to worry about is the quality and price you are receiving.
Cannabis clubs grow their own weed and sell it to their customers. All weed is grown in private and only sold through the establishment. Each club is allowed to grow 159 kilograms per year for its members. These establishments also need a way to purchase cannabis seeds. All cannabis clubs are supposed to purchase their seeds through one of the approved websites, as well. This is because everything must be documented for the business.
Medicinal and research purposes:
Medicinal and research growing operations are handled pretty much the same way. These are government-approved companies that are cultivating marijuana for the medical marijuana community in Spain or for further research into the medicinal benefits. These types of companies are approved by the government to purchase cannabis seeds and grow them. They are also allowed to do so in larger quantities because of their government approval status.
There are only a few medical and research marijuana facilities throughout Spain, but they, too, go through approved websites to purchase their seeds.
Is It Legal to Sell Cannabis Seeds in Spain?
Unfortunately, because of the overall legal status of marijuana in Spain, it is illegal to sell cannabis seeds. This is because if you are growing cannabis with the intent to sell, you are then breaking the law. Cannabis clubs can sell weed and weed-related products, but they cannot sell seeds.
The bottom line is this, if you are traveling to Spain for an extended amount of time, then your best bet for weed is through a cannabis club. If you live in Spain, your best bet is also through a cannabis club. That said, though, if you decide to start cultivating your own weed for personal use, then it is highly advised that you only grow one or two plants. It is also advised that you go through one of the sites listed above to order your seeds.
Do not make the mistake of risking your criminal records for the sake of growing your own weed in large quantities because it just isn’t worth it.
If you live in Spain and would like to get involved in researching the medicinal benefits of consuming marijuana, it is highly encouraged. The more we know about this plant, the better. If we want to continue to see the laws towards consumption and possession of weed becoming more lax, then we have to play our part in proving its legitimacy.
How & Where To Buy WEED in MADRID (Spain)
If you’re a stoner visiting Madrid, you might be wondering how and where to buy weed in Madrid (Spain). Luckily for you, there are many places where you can buy cannabis (legally). In this article we explain the best ways to buy and smoke marijuana in the capital of Spain. We also answer some other important questions, such as: Is it legal to smoke indoors in Madrid? And is it legal to smoke on the streets of Madrid? If not, what are the fines?
Is cannabis legal in Madrid, Spain?
There is no short and simple answer to the question whether or not cannabis is legal in Spain. It is still (highly) illegal to sell cannabis in Spain. However, cannabis possession for personal use is not illegal in Spain on private property. You are allowed to smoke marijuana in the privacy of your own home, and you are even allowed to grow up to two plants per household in private properties out of the public view.
Smoking cannabis on the streets of Madrid is something that happens quite a lot: if you walk through the city, you will surely encounter the smell of burning cannabis in many places. But although it is fairly common to smoke outside in public in Madrid, the police can fine you and take possession of your herbs.
It is also legal to sell and buy bongs and other cannabis paraphernalia (such as pipes, cannabis seeds, CBD oil) in Spain. These products are easy to find throughout the city of Madrid, and can also be ordered online legally (take a look at our assortment for online orders delivered to your doorstep in Madrid).
Is it legal to buy weed in Madrid?
There are several ways to buy weed in Madrid, and it may be surprising to you that it is possible to buy weed legally in the city. The most obvious and easy to way get marijuana in Madrid is to visit one of the so-called “smoke shops” or CBD shops, of which there are about a dozen in Madrid. These are fully legal shops that sell legal cannabis openly without any memberships or registration required, although the cannabis that is sold here contains (almost) no THC (less than 0,2%) – making it completely legal.
How good is the quality of weed in Madrid?
The overall quality of weed in Madrid is quite good. There are many people growing small amounts of cannabis with the intention of selling it (or at least part of the harvest), and as a result there is a lot of weed available for sale. Thanks to the good climate and the good availability of growing supplies such as high-quality seeds, nutrients and grow lights, most (illegal) dealers sell weed of fairly good to really high quality. Please be aware that the quality can range from very bad to very good, and you’re never really sure what you’re buying from an unknown dealer.
The legal CBD-weed that you can buy in Madrid is usually imported from Italy or Switzerland, where it’s cultivated in advanced growing facilities. Therefore, the quality of these products is usually very good, but because these CBD-varieties lack the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, it won’t get you high.
What are the prices of weed in Madrid, spain?
The prices of cannabis in Madrid vary widely, but are not very high (compared to the Netherlands, for example). Most dealers sell their weed for about €5,- per gram, depending on the quality and quantity you’re buying. If you buy more than just one or two grams, there’s usually some discount involved. These prices are similar on the Canary Islands.
If you’re a tourist, be aware that most dealers will try to sell you their weed at higher prices. It’s always a good idea to bargain and never accept the first price that you’re offered on the streets. Especially if you don’t speak any Spanish, expect to be ripped off, albeit only slightly. If the dealer is asking €10 per gram or even more, be sure to tell him that this is too high and you know the real prices. But be aware that real top-notch weed can cost a little more than the average yerba you will find on the streets, so in some cases €10 per gram may be a good price (but more often than not, you should be able to find good weed at lower prices than this).
In the CBD-weed shops, the prices also range from about €5 to about €15 per gram. If you’re looking to buy CBD-weed in Madrid for medicinal purposes, it may be worth paying prices on the high side to get weed with a higher percentage of CBD. Otherwise, the main thing that you’re looking for is a good flavor, and most low-priced CBD-varieties will taste just as good as the more expensive ones.
Buying weed from a dealer in Madrid
We have already said that it’s illegal to sell weed in Spain, but there are dealers selling weed illegally anyway (like in nearly every other country around the world). So where do I find them?
Although we cannot give precise information, your best bet to buy weed from a dealer in Madrid is to ask some locals. Restaurant owners, people working in smoke shops, or just random Spanish people on the street will definitely be able to point you in the right direction. Especially in touristic locations such as parks, there will be people selling cannabis illegally.
The two pictures below show two different varieties of “real” marijuana that we bought from a dealer in Madrid that was recommended to us by a local resident. The quality and flavour were not disappointing, and the price was fairly low at €5 per gram.
How to buy weed legally in Madrid
There are basically two ways to buy weed legally in Madrid.
- Buying weed from a CBD-shop (weed without THC).
Because cannabis without THC is not prohibit by Spanish law (neither by most other European countries), it is legal to buy this product over-the-counter in the stores that sell this throughout the city. It is very easy to find, and the quality and flavor are usually good, although this product won’t get you high like normal weed that does contain THC. CBD is another cannabinoid that can relax you and have some minimal effects, but it won’t get you high like THC.
- Buying weed from a cannabis social club.
Social clubs in Spain are sometimes compared to coffeeshops in the Netherlands, where you can (sort of) legally buy and smoke real cannabis that DOES contain the psychoactive ingredient THC. In Barcelona there are over a hundred social clubs, so cannabis in basically available everywhere. But in Madrid (2021), this seems to be a different story. Where are the cannabis social clubs in Madrid? Locals tell us that most, if not all, of the cannabis social clubs in Madrid have been closed down. There’s also stories of police officers waiting outside of the social clubs for people to come out and search them for any weed (that’s illegal to carry on the streets) in order to take away the weed and give a them a fine. There is basically no news to be found about these cannabis social clubs in Madrid from after 2019, so they seem to have disappeared or at least gone very private. To buy weed from a social club in Spain, you must also be introduced by an existing member of the club. So even if you’re able to find a club that’s still open, you need to know a local that can introduce you before you can buy anything or come inside to smoke. This basically eliminates the option of cannabis social clubs for tourist or temporary visitors of the city, and leaves you with only two choices: buying CBD-weed from a legal store, or buying “real” cannabis illegally from a dealer.
Is it legal to carry weed on you in Madrid?
In public, it is not legal to carry weed on you in Madrid, or anywhere else in Spain. According to Spanish law, the police is not allowed to search inside your underwear without a warrant, so that may be sort of a legal loophole to safely carry weed in public. In private, however, it should not be any problem at all to have a few grams of weed or hash on you.
If you get caught with small amounts in public, there will usually be nothing more than a fine and the police taking possession of your weed, but it’s still illegal.
Can I take cannabis with me back home from Madrid?
If you’re on vacation in Spain and you’ve bought a little more weed than you really needed, it may be tempting to take it back home with you. Please never do this: it is illegal to traffic cannabis from Spain into other countries, and the consequences can be big. Taking cannabis back home with you to another country is a bad idea. It’s just not worth it.
What is cannabis called in Spain? (other names)
What is the best name for cannabis in Spanish? How do they know what I’m talking about? Well, you could just say weed and make some creative gestures, most people will surely understand you. If you want to sound more like a real Spanish stoner, consider using one of these other names for weed in Spain:
Yerba (Hierba), Ganja, Weed, Marihuana (Mari), Grifa
A joint is called “un porro”, “un leño”, “un bate”, “canuto”.
Where to buy weed in Madrid legally (the best CBD shops in Madrid)
There are over a dozen “CBD-shops” in Madrid that sell weed over the counter without any prescriptions, restrictions or residency laws. These products are sold as souvenirs and the packaging usually says that it’s not intended to be smoked, but of course that’s exactly what people will do. To find one of these shops selling CBD weed, simply go to Google Maps and enter “CBD”. Most shops will pop up, and there are some more that will pop up if you enter a different search term such as “weed” or “cannabis”. But to make things easy, here’s a list of some cannabis shops in Madrid that we visited, including pictures and a short description of the products that they sell.
Cannabis Store Amsterdam in Madrid (CBD Weed Shop)
Cannabis Store Amsterdam may be the most beautiful chain of CBD shops in Madrid. You can buy many different strains of legal CBD weed in this shop, without registering or being a resident of Spain. All you need to do is say what you want, pay, and that’s it!
There are various locations of Cannabis Store Amsterdam around Madrid, as it is a chain with more than 100 franchise stores throughout Europe. We visited two of their shops in Madrid: the café version in the center of the city (near Plaza Callao) where you can enjoy a cup of (cannabis-)coffee on the terrace in this beautiful spot in the city – and the smaller version on Calle Montera without the coffee bar and terrace. Both locations sell CBD flowers, pre-rolled CBD joints, moonrocks, CBD hash, CBD oil (and other legal cannabis oils), CBD edibles (such as cookies, brownies, lollipops and tea). The packaging and overall presentation of the products is very attractive, as are the names of the legal CBD weed varieties (Purple Haze, Ice Rock, Kritical, Gorilla Glue, AK-47, Amnesia, American Dream, to name a few). Paraphernalia such as weed grinders, blunt wraps (weed cigar wraps), rolling papers, ash trays, rolling trays, lighters and pipes are also available.
The pictures below were taken at Cannabis Store Amsterdam located in the city centre around the corner of Plaza Callao (Calle Preciados 33)
The last two pictures display the Cannabis Store Amsterdam Montera, on Calle Montera, 21, Madrid, Spain
Flower Farm CBD Shop
Flower Farm CBD Shop is easy to find in Madrid, because they have many stores throughout the city centre. With a wide range of CBD flowers (CBD weed for smoking or vaporizing), CBD hash, CBD oils, CBD creams, moonrocks and CBD vape cartridges, they have something in stock for every kind of cannabis enthusiast.
We visited the Flower Farm Retiro branch, right next to the Ibiza metro station and the famous “Parque De El Retiro” (Retiro Park). The central location makes it very easy to find and access the store, and if you have an electric or hybrid car you can park right in front (if there are parking spaces available on the street, that is. ). If you’re going for a walk through this part of Madrid, you’re going to have a very nice day with the numerous things to find in the area: the park itself of course, but also the National Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado) with billions of dollars worth of beautiful art; the Royal Botanic Garden; and a wide array of fantastic bars and restaurants. In other words: going by this store gives you the opportunity to see a very beautiful and interesting part of Madrid.
The weed that we bought from Flower Farm Madrid tasted very nice (Lemon Haze recommended to us by the store clerk) and was not harsh on the lungs, although the lemon flavour seemed to be a little too strong to be natural. That doesn’t spoil the smoking experience, however. Many people would actually prefer some added fruit flavour. We also got some CBD oil, however, it’s a little too early for us to draw any conclusions about this product.
One thing that we didn’t try was the hash (hashish) that you can buy in Flower Farm CBD Shop Madrid. There are many different varieties, such as Manali Cream, Maroc, various types of Moonrock (CBD bud rolled in hash oil and covered in trichomes or crystals), Black Afghan and Red Congo.
The pictures below were taken at Flower Farm CBD Shop located in the city centre near Parque de El Retiro ( Calle de Ibiza, 2 )
Eleva Store Flores Aromáticas (CBD Weed Shop)
The Eleva Store “Flores Aromáticas” was closed when we tried to visit, but we were able to take some pictures of their modern and sleek interior from the outside. It is a beautiful store that seems to focus mainly on CBD-weed and not much else, in the city centre next to Plaza de Tirso de Molina.
METRO TIRSO DE MOLINA (Madrid)
Herbolario AURORA in Vallecas (CBD Weed Shop)
Unfortunately this store was closed when we tried to visit it, but from the outside it looks like an interesting old-school shop. At Herbolario AURORA you can buy legal CBD marihuana, cannabis oil / CBD oil, and other natural products. Their website even mentions Reiki therapy, so this seems to be more of a “hippy kind of store”. Because we weren’t able to enter the shop when we were in Vallecas, we cannot tell you whether the prices and quality of their legal cannabis are any good.
It also seems like there is a San Pedro cactus (mescaline cactus) in front of the window. There’s nothing on their website about mescaline cacti such as San Pedro, Bolivian Torch and Peyote, but this may be the right place to look if that’s what you’re after.
- 9:30 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 20:30 (monday to friday),
- 9:30 – 14:00 (saturday), closed on sunday.
Address: Calle Peña Gorbea 9, Madrid 28053
LEGALIZE Madrid CBD store (CBD Weed Shop)
The LEGALIZE Madrid CBD store is a great place to buy legal cannabis in Madrid. There’s over a dozen varieties of CBD weed and a few varieties of CBD Hashish (has) available, and you can see everything they have for sale through a glass counter. This makes it easy to make the right choice, although it’s a shame that this way you cannot decide based on smell like in many Dutch coffeeshops. If you’re looking for medical marijuana or medical cannabis oil (CBD oil, CBG oil in various strengths and quantities), you should definitely drop by Legalize Madrid to have a look at their large selection of these products. There’s also a lot of CBD creams and skincare products, CBD foods such as cookies and tea, and basically anything else you can imagine with CBD. Even CBD vapes!
If you’re a smoker, you can also find all the essential smoking gear at Legalize. The most popular (kingsize) rolling papers, such as Smoking Brown, RAW papers and Beuz rolling papers, as well as Cyclone blunts are available here. Grinders, lighters, filters, basically everything you need. They even have some nice bongs for sale, although you may be better off having a look at our own assortment if that’s what you’re looking for 🙂
Green Shine CBD Shop (CBD oils, cremes, gifts and toys)
Unfortunately this shop was closed when we tried to visit it. It seems like Green Shine CBD Shop in Madrid sells many cannabis-related products such as cannabis oil, candles and cosmetics, but no legal CBD flowers or joints. But maybe they do, we can’t tell you that for certain. If you want to find out, why don’t you drop by?
[email protected] Grow Shop
The [email protected] Grow Shop in Madrid does not sell any CBD cannabis or hash, and focuses mainly on selling growing products for the home grower looking to cultivate their own cannabis. In this shop you can expect to find many different strains of seeds, plant nutrients, soil, grow tents and all other growing supplies you may need.
For the smoker or cannabis user, there are also many interesting products in this store. [email protected] has a fairly large collection of bongs, small pipes, and vaporizers. What we thought was very interesting, is that there are also some (basic) bong downstems and bong bowls for sale in this store. That may come in very handy if you drop your downstem and need a new one quickly. If you’re willing to wait a few days, you may be better off having a look at Bongify’s large selection of bong bowls and bong downstems. Another interesting thing to be found in this shop, is their selection of oil rigs / dab pipes.
There are two [email protected] Grow Shops in Madrid:
- Calle Ribera de curtidores 5
- Calle del Espíritu Santo 2
Buying rolling papers, tips (filters) and more paraphernalia: TABACOS (tobacco store)
There are about twenty (or more) Tabacos stores in Madrid: these are typical tobacco / cigar / cigarette shops for the ordinary smoker. Many Tabacos stores also have weed paraphernalia, such as rolling papers and tips for weed, grinders, ash trays, glass pipes and small bongs. There’s also various shishas or hookahs available in most Tabacos stores. It’s also a great place to buy cigars in Madrid, as most of the typical Spanish cigars such as Farias and El Guajiro are available at Tabacos.
The pictures below were taken at Tabacos Calle del Dr Cortezo, 17, 28012 Madrid, near Plaza de Tirso de Molina.
Legal notice: please be aware that we are not Spanish authorities and therefore we do not intend to give any legal advice or information. If you want to be sure of any questions regarding the laws on cannabis use, production, or sale, please consult the local Spanish authorities. Laws may change and this article is not guaranteed to be 100% correct or up-to-date.