Lebanon Grows Hashish and Marijuana in the Bekaa Valley
The fertile Bekaa Valley is one of the world’s major narcotics-producing regions and Lebanon is its fourth largest producer of hashish. Even though possession of weed and its distillation is illegal, production thrives under the radar in this Middle Eastern nation. The smuggled product then makes its way across the porous border with lawless Syria to serve demand in Jordan, Iraq and wealthy Dubai. The Lebanese also produce a variety of fine cannabis, such as the light hash known as Royal Moby, which is made from trichomes that have not yet reached full maturity.
What is Lebanese gold hash?
Cannabis cultivation and hash in lebanon making are an ingrained part of Lebanese culture. Farmers have been growing and producing marijuana and hashish in the Bekaa for decades, often on small scales and without legal authorization. In some areas of the country, locals use it as bartering currency for goods or services. It is also used in dowries for weddings, and as a gift to guests.
In the picturesque hamlet of Yamouneh, the yearly cycle of planting, weeding and harvesting marijuana has done more than any other crop to lift its residents out of abject poverty. But as the global economic crisis hits Lebanon, its currency collapses and war in Syria snarls smuggling routes, the farmers are facing diminished returns.
For the first time in years, many growers are questioning whether it’s worth continuing their work. Nevertheless, cannabis is an integral part of the Lebanese society, and in the Bekaa Valley, a community where religion and stunning natural beauty collide, it is as much a part of life as coffee or wine.