Traveling the world looking for the best marijuana isn’t something new. The fact that it’s legal in many parts of the world is great news for travelers. Weed is more accessible, affordable than ever before and the selection in many of the countries listed is literally mind blowing.

Cannabis products are way more accessible than they ever were in the past, and this just continues to become more true as the list of countries with legal weed gets longer. But just because access is getting easier doesn’t mean that quality is getting better.

We are in the era of mass-produced weed, and in a lot of ways, this is affecting the quality of the product in a negative way. However, there are a few exceptions to this, especially in countries where the quality of cannabis takes precedence over everything else.

These 8 countries have it all figured out when it comes to producing numbing indicas, energizing sativas, and flavorful hybrids.

The Netherlands

No list like this would be complete without the Netherlands, and it’s not just because of the famous “coffee shop” culture. Amsterdam has been pumping out some of the best cannabis in the world since the beginning of time – or at least since the 1970s.

Travelers from all over the world head to Amsterdam, not just to experience the goings-on of the Red Light District, but also to smoke some of the best strains known to man. It doesn’t hurt that there are over 200 legal coffee shops selling high-quality cannabis throughout the city.

Mexico

Mexico is known for more than tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. In addition to all this yumminess comes yummy strains that hail from the Mexican highlands and countrysides. It would be impossible for the weed to be bad in a country where the word marihuana first originated.

There’s a common misconception floating around America that there’s nothing but dirt weed across the border. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, there’s a lot of low-quality stuff down South, but some of it is actually quite good – even better than what you’d find in the States.

Jamaica

Obviously Jamaica is one of the key players in the global weed game, and not just because of the chilled-out island lifestyle that’s the perfect setting for getting baked. This Caribbean island and weed go hand-in-hand, and Jamaicans have been growing quality bud for decades.

A huge reason for this is the ideal growing climate that the island offers. Cannabis plants love the Caribbean waters paired with the ideal temperatures, so most of the stuff you’ll find here is high in quality, not to mention potent.

Canada

The Great White North is known for many things, and legal weed is now one of them. Cannabis officially became legal for recreational use in 2018 but was producing high-quality bud long before that. Even Uruguay turned to Canada for help when they first legalized weed back in 2013.

Average citizens can now order weed online and haven’t looked back. Websites such as Online Dispensary Guide review the top online dispensaries across Canada. Included are reviews for The Herb Approach, BMWO, Speed Greens, Healing Empire and others. Consumers have never had more access to high quality marijuana at affordable prices.

Australia

Not only is cannabis popularly used among Aussies, but it’s also pretty good. Australia is the perfect spot for growing, mainly because there’s tons of wide-open space. This means that operating an under-the-radar grow op comes with very little risk since many Aussies don’t have neighbors for miles.

Colombia

The drug that Colombia is most commonly known for is another one, but this South American country actually has way more to offer in terms of marijuana. The climate and mountainous terrain are perfect for outdoor cannabis cultivation, and the Colombian government is much more progressive about cannabis legislation than in the past.

Afghanistan

Some people say that Afghanistan is where cannabis originated, so of course you can count on quality bud from the place where it all started. Some of the most well-known genetics come from here, and they’re all known for their pungent aromas and powerful high effects.

According to a report from The New York Times back in 2007, most of the products that are grown here are exported to other countries. This is still the case today, so in the opinion of an Afghani local, he or she might not agree that the best weed comes from their home country. But pretty much everyone else in the world knows that Afghanistan is where it’s at.

The United States

Although cannabis is still not legal on a federal level, a good percentage of Americans are extremely liberal about their cannabis habits. This percentage is continuously on the rise despite the fact that it’s only legal on a state-by-state basis.