Czechs are the biggest EU potheads/ Cesi jsou ti nejvetsi hulici z cele EU - CzechmatediaryCzechs are the biggest EU potheads/ Cesi jsou ti nejvetsi hulici z cele EU - Czechmatediary
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Czechs are the biggest EU potheads/ Cesi jsou ti nejvetsi hulici z cele EU

It’s quite shocking for me but the recent EU study showed Czechs to be the biggest lovers of marihuana. Even countries like Neatherlands or Denmark are bellow us, together with Slovakia (check out the following chart). How embarrassing!

CZ: Je to pro mne docela sok, ale z nedavneho pruzkumu vychazeji Cesi jako nejvetsi milovnici marihuany. To, ze je Nizozemsko a Dansko jsou nekde dole pod nami me opravdu prekvapilo. Slovensko ma take mene zahuleny mozek nez Cesi – to je ostuda!


Country/ Yes, within the last year/  Yes, but longer than 1 year ago                           / No, never

Země/      Ano v posledním roce /  Ano – avšak už před delší dobou než jeden rok /   Ne, nikdy

ČR                          23                                     24                                                                                     53

Španělsko            22                                  15                                                                                       62

Francie                 21                                        14                                                                                       64

Slovinsko             18                                    14                                                                                       68

Irsko                      18                                             12                                                                                       69

Británie                17                                         16                                                                                       65

Belgie                     17                                             11                                                                                        71

Nizozemsko         16                                  14                                                                                       69

Dánsko                  16                                           13                                                                                       71

Estonsko               15                                        22                                                                                       61

Slovensko             15                                       16                                                                                      69

Polsko                   14                                                 9                                                                                 72




Kypr                           0                                                      3                                                                                 97

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18 comments… add one
  • Mark D. Budka July 16, 2011, 10:55 am

    You know, that really isn’t suprising. The Czech climate would be perfect and if Czech people like daisies and commercially grow hemp, you can hide the plants in the garden or field and have a ready supply. how do I know. I live in Nebraska. After I got out of the Navy a Latino family next door to the house I rented had a garden full of daisies. Daisies hiding Marijuana plants.

    What I don’t understand is, how can anyone stand the smell of burning marijuana? The stuff makes me sick. Oh well! Spatne Ceske! Do they still have a rack at the Hradcany in Praha? Might be a good deterent device. “Going to keep smoking hash Petr?!” “NOOOOOOOOoooo!” ” OK Igor, one more notch!”

  • Tanja July 16, 2011, 8:51 pm

    I remember when I was a teenager my friend and I tried to buy marihuana from a ‘dealer’ in a metro station. Turns out he sold us dried nettle or something (weed). My other friend told me once she tried to smoke dried banana peels (to be more economical and save money I guess?) and it made her so sick she will never forget that day.

    As far as smell goes, it does not make me sick, it actually reminds me of the Czech Republic when I smell it somewhere 🙂

  • Marika July 17, 2011, 6:28 am

    Those Czech people, they are never boring:) They have pictures of marihuana on t-shirts in those little tourists shops and pictures, just like the one above, on almost every corner. So there you go…

  • Lucka July 17, 2011, 8:05 am

    Well, that does explain a lot about the current state of affairs back there, doesn’t it. 🙂

  • Lenka July 17, 2011, 11:06 am

    This does not suprise me at all. 🙂 BTW, did you know it is legal to grow marihuana in Czech? Five plants per head is perfectly legal here. I am lookin out of the window right now and they have a balcony full of them. 🙂 Shocking.

  • Posh July 17, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Ceši do toho!

  • Vlastimil July 17, 2011, 3:55 pm

    I don’t see it as a big deal….. We should allow drugs altogether. Don’t we drink beer, vodka, slivovice etc…
    Yes, some of you do 🙂 Are you alcoholics? Many of you are not. The same for drugs ….
    Let people enjoy their marijuana. It will either benefit them or kill them.
    The “Survivor of the fittest” rule will take care of them 😉 I don’t do drugs, but let people do what they want to do.
    Thus, I don’t find it embarrassing that Czechs are biggest Marijuana smokers in EU.
    On contrary, it is another achievement of the great Czech nation 😉

  • Tanja July 17, 2011, 9:31 pm

    I do not find it embarrassing (or maybe a little 🙂 but I find the statistical verdict rather strange. I wonder if they asked enough people to create correct conclusions. I mean i remember when I was in Netherlands, way back when, almost EVERYONE stunk like pot. People were selling it on every corner and there was always a long line. I don’t have the same experience as far as Prague/Czech Republic goes. Do you? How often would you come across a pot-head?

  • Marika July 18, 2011, 6:45 am

    Until last year I worked in high school so pot-heads were on every corner and sometimes sleeping during the class.
    In Prague, they usually come out after sunset, especially on Vaclavske Namesti it’s not a pretty picture. They really are on every corner. Funny part is that most of them probably came from another country or continent (Africa). I still like being number 1 nation in drinking beer much better.

  • Karen July 18, 2011, 7:19 am

    I would always see and smell potheads in Vyšehrad park overlooking the city.

  • Vlastimil July 18, 2011, 8:28 am

    Marika, if you like beer and would like to get introduced to the marijuana rainbow experience, please, read this article about marijuana beer:

  • Jana V July 18, 2011, 9:23 pm

    A friend of mine went to the CR and saw a marijuana plant growing near a sidewalk, she took a picture of it. Then the next day it was gone.

  • Tanja July 19, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Karen, now that you menition Vysehrad I know exactly what you are talking about. That must be some hot spot.

  • Marika July 19, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Vlastimil now you really crashed my world with that article:)
    I forgot Vysehrad is another hot spot, unfortunately.

  • Wilko July 29, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Tanja, I can’t help but being surprised by your choice of words. What is so embarrassing about more Czech people using pot than Dutch people? Just because it’s more or less legal in the Netherlands doesn’t mean that everyone living there actually uses it. I’ve never smoked pot (or used other drugs for that matter), even if you can buy it in this country without any risk of getting a ticket. Many, if not most, of my Dutch friends also never smoke pot and very few have ever tried it (usually as teenagers).

    I’m Dutch, but over the last 11 years, I’ve spent a great deal of time in the Czech republic (used to drive there every second weekend to see my GF and Czech friends). Most of our Czech friends (usually with a university education) use pot every once in a while. I don’t have a problem with that as long as they don’t act dangerously (like participate in traffic) and don’t cause a direct inconvenience for other people.

    As for your experience of almost everyone in the Netherlands stinking of pot, I seriously wonder where you have been to get that impression. Did you just stay inside the city center of Amsterdam (most of the population is non-Dutch, and many of the people on the street are tourists) or did you actually see other cities and get to meet real Dutch people? Nowadays I tend to visit Amsterdam only with foreign friends who insist on going there, but I used to work in Amsterdam, and *never* encountered that impression you seem to be giving off here of almost everyone stinking of pot.

  • Tanja July 30, 2011, 3:28 pm

    Wilko, I went to Amsterdam when I was 17 I think so it’s kind of a long time ago and the memories are kind of faded. Bu that was my impression and that is truly the only think I remember of that city. Maybe it was because I was a teenager and all my friends were teenagers and that’s what was kind of ‘in’ during these days, that’s what interested us and that’s what we were told about this city (pot everywhere) before our visit. So my opinion here is definitely subjective (as opinions usually are) and I do not claim them to be the truth. You come from there so you are definitely the one who should set me straight :), and I am glad you did! Now my opinion of Amsterdam will not be as skewed. Thanks!

    Just curious, how come you have never even tried pot? God knows, you had plenty of chances….

  • Wilko August 1, 2011, 8:29 am

    Well Tanja, that’s easy: never felt like it. 🙂

    Then again, I also never started to smoke, despite the fact that many teenagers were smoking when I was in highschool.

    Some of my foreign friends who visit us ask for a tour of Amsterdam. I’ll gladly oblige, but I try to also show them more typical Dutch cities like Utrecht and Eindhoven. The ones who have friends and relatives who have been to Amsterdam often expect a prostitute and “coffeeshop” on every corner.
    After they have seen the contrast between tourist-filled Amsterdam and the rest of our country, they tend to have a slightly different (and more realistic) impression of Dutch society. 🙂

    From what I read here, you originate from Prague 2. My partner comes from Prague 4, and because of my many trips to Prague these past 11 years(used to be there every second weekend for several years, and still go there several times a year), I have gotten to know the city quite well. Since I usually hang out with Czech friends and my partner’s Czech family members when we’re there, the sides I’ve seen of Prague tends to be quite different from what tourists get to see. (Since I’m an avid white water kayaker, I also have seen many Czech rivers and creeks,which are usually located far away from Prague, in the mountains. That also gives a very different impression of the Czech republic.)

    When we talk to our (quite international) group of friends about Prague, we often hear stories about a small tourist-filled part of that big city of which their experiences seem to be extrapolated and projected on the whole of the Czech republic, and all Czech people. Suffice it to say that I often disagree with them.

    Still, due to the small size of Amsterdam, and the emphasis on “legal” sex and drugs, the difference between that city and the rest of this country (700K inhabitants, out of ~17 million Dutch people) might be greater than for Prague and the Czech republic (1500K people out of ~10 million Czech people).

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