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Diary of a Drug Smuggler (Shashamane, Ethiopia)

For those of you who don’t know, Shashamane is to Rastafari what Mecca is to Islam. The word “Ras” comes from the Amharic word “head” or “duke”, and the word “Tarfari” being the pre-regal name of Emperor Haile Selassie 1 of Ethiopia, said to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ or Jah. The movement may have started in Jamaica in the 30’s, but it’s spirtual heartland was here. We were on a dreadlock holiday, on a diet of reggae and ganja. The city resembled a dusty wasteland, but it proved a worthwhile stop on our way to Nairobi. “You want fire?” could be hear at every street corner. We indulged, and got more than we bargined for.

The morning we were due to leave, we had prearranged to meet a young boy, eager to make a few bucks. Determined not to get ripped off, I got an Ethiopian we befriended to accompany me to the transaction; his name was Ali. We met the boy on the street, carrying a large black sack. The three of us retreated into a discrete wooden shed adjacent to the bus station.

Ali (whipering in my ear): “How much do you want?”

Me: “Whatever 60 Birr ($4.50) will get me..” I figured it would get me about a handful, enough to do the journey to Kenya.

Ali: “No problem, do you have a bag?”

I produced a plastic shopping bag and handed it over. Ali spoke to the boy in Amharic. The boy opened his sack. The smell of fresh, tantalising bud entered my nostrils. Ali took a handful and smiled.

Ali: “Looks Good, eh?”

Me: “Dehna! (good)”

He shoved it in the plastic bag. Then he went for the sack again, this time with both hands. My eyes lit up. He shoved in our bag and kept going – again, and again, and again. I was speechless. The boy just looked on as if it was worthless. Ali squashed the weed to make extra room. It got to the point where the bag was bursting at the seams. Ali looked up and smiled.

Ali: “That’s about a kilo. Is that enough? ”

Me: “Eh… I think so”. Trembling, I struggled to get the bag in my rucksack.

The Boy: “Tip?”. I took out my pocket change.

Ali: “No, give him 20 birr (about $1.50), it’s plenty.”

Rendered dumb, Ali removed the money from my hand and offered the boy his measly commission. He nodded his head and departed, gleefully scampering down the street. Ali and I left the shed and head towards the bus. Danny was on board, waiting in anticipation.

Danny: “How much did he give you? Was 60 enough?”

Still in shock, I couldn’t find the words. I just opened my backpack and let him see for myself. Danny’s jaw descended; his pupils flooded; it was love at first sight. Once he laid eyes on that bag, I knew they would be inseparable. Subsequently, that meant we were about to smuggle a kilo of marijuana into Kenya…

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107 Responses to Diary of a Drug Smuggler (Shashamane, Ethiopia)

  1. Mark August 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    Good luck man… let me know how it goes 😉

    • Momo January 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

      I’m new in Nairobi and I need weed .

      • Danix January 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

        hey momo
        Are you still in Nairobi? I could get you some real shit. #malawian gold

        • edwin April 11, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

          hey I got indica. you interested?

          • lisa October 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

            Hi Edwin, where can I get Indica ? I need some to make oil. cannot use sativa

          • Jay November 1, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

            Hey Lisa I need the oil for medical purposes,is it possible to get it? Or if anyone has someone who makes oil leave me you’d number or email pleas

          • Tomboy December 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

            Still got indica??I NEED it.

          • El March 10, 2017 at 11:00 am #

            Hook me up

        • Mr Breux October 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

          you still have the plug

        • circle dot dot January 13, 2017 at 10:30 am #

          I want Malawi gold…

          Still have the plug?

        • Escape April 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

          I want Malawi gold. Hook me up

      • dora February 2, 2016 at 10:02 am #

        need some really good kush….

  2. Specialforces August 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    Wow, $6 for a kilo of weed? No wonder AK-47’s trade for $100 and less over there…

    Have you tried chewing Khat in Ethiopia? If so, did you like it?

    Nairobi and Mombasa city guides please!!! 😀

    • naughtynomad August 31, 2010 at 12:55 am #

      I was only in Nairobi for one night.. next time 😉
      Khat is about as strong as weak coffee BTW..

      • Specialforces September 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

        Really? Wow, yet it’s considered a serious drug by the police, at least “as dangerous” as marihuana as they say. Fools.

  3. Specialforces September 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I asked about Khat because the guy who wrote Black Hawk Down made such a fuss about it in his book. He made it sound like the somalis where completely stoned all the time because of it. And newspaper reports suggested the same. Anyway, your great blog made my mouth water over Africa so I’m gonna be there some day and try it out myself. Or just stick to a cup of strong delicious Ehtiopian coffee. 🙂

    • naughtynomad September 2, 2010 at 8:35 am #

      Did you know coffee originated in Ethiopia? That’s where is come from, it was “discovered” in a town called Caffa. 🙂
      Khat is a load of bollocks. you need to eat a whole tree of the stuff the feel the effects. It really no big deal at all. EVERYONE over there eats it. Africa is the best place in the world! I’m hopefully going back in March with 2 friends. I strongly recommend you take a trip!

      • Specialforces September 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

        Yeah I knew about coffee origins. Nice to hear your point on Khat. Sounds like its some sort of edible tea 😀 Not a drug at all. Will certainly take a trip through Africa some day. But girlwise I’m a bit paranoid about Aids and stuff… even though I always protect myself.

        Have you been to Latin America? You’ll love it. It’s a bit like South East Asia but the chicks are jucier and you have racial variety to choose. Landscapes are breathtaking. Argentina has the best nature. Brazil has the hottest chicks. Colombia is great fun with friendly people. Or try the Guyanas, way off the beaten track.

        • Sammy May 2, 2015 at 2:11 am #

          Hey, in kenya there are nice ladies n not much hiv my maan lol

        • raheem October 24, 2016 at 11:59 am #

          kenya is the best place to tour my dear. Get a friend to host you and you will like it..

  4. Susan Otiende November 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    its sad how the shashamane cannabis crosses the boarders with a 100%profit!for the love of weed prices should go down

    • horace May 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      susan, would be interested to have a session with you!lol!

  5. Jason November 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    i live in ethiopia and when you speak the language you can get 3 kilos for even cheaper! i go to shashamane every weekend….. i sell the weed for over 20 times the price i bought it and every week i make alot of cash…

    • naughtynomad November 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

      NICE!!!

    • @rastalove March 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

      you live in Ethiopia?? hook me with the finest Maryjane!!!!!

    • Waleed July 22, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

      Can u plz send me ur email so that we can talk business?

  6. JusAnothaRasta April 7, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I live in Nairobi, the boarder has been getting really strict with the Al Shabab threats lingering so cops are everywhere, so recently its been abit of a drought. Otherwise people still make the trip to get kilos of shashamane bud (shasha). People have gotten fed up though and are growing by themselves. I want to do the same thing. Dont get it twisted its not like its hard to find, its very easy, i think a very big percentage of kenyans are natural tokers so you cant stay 2 days without someone passing u in the neighborhood with a spliff in hand. I think we have the most corrupt police force in africa so dont worry about jail, only a petty bribe and 1 of your spliffs and its all good 🙂

    1USD=80 kenya shillings

    its 1000 shillings to get a big ounce bag of that shasha.

    Theres also A1 fruit, orange kush, skunk, colombian red, and a couple of other strains but the highgrade switch from bush weed still has people amazed so they just call all of the higher grade stuff ‘shasha’.

    Im on some orange as i post this 🙂

    I Love Africa

    • masai mjanja January 23, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      Am in Nairobi n all January I have been walking up n down trying to get myself ogy kush or orange but I can’t get any high grade other than shasha.. I would like yu to hook me up with yu peddler

      • chief skunker May 8, 2016 at 10:27 am #

        I need shash in Nairobi
        real dope shit
        0707852654

    • skunk March 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      hook me up bruh

  7. Flyerwun low April 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Jusanotherasta i live in nairobi to managed to get sum shasha, but skunk and columbian red, hook me up with your dealer man!!

    • OriginalKush July 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

      Yo bro. I burn highgrade and it lasts 3 hours and high is stronger then crazy. We gotta connect and maybe we can blaze some kush

  8. HeRßmAn January 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    JUSTANOTHARASTA ; yo i liv in nairobi 2 man. N all i get is kitungu nice n shashamane maze. N i would realy use some o tha skunk,colombian red n the orange kush…. Help me out wit ur dealers number jo .

    • OriginalKush July 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

      Yo bro . Lets burn some highgrade. I dont burn nothin but primo stuff

  9. daggabala September 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Jambo my fellow tokers, 1st of all this blog just proves that i paid too much to some. 10 grams in my town of shashemane goes 1000 ksh about 10 to 12 USD. depending on the grade the dealer and the drought. I am from Mombasa kenya and FYI somalis come here to chew khat. its is more relaxing then their shithole shot up country. also Khat is a social narcotic that can only be enjoyed by the sea with a view and some coffee and chewing gum, Shash and friends. My town is very social you should definately give it anutha chance my way or bust. N to all those local kenyan growers fuck you all for turning into greedy jews as if you discovered shit. sooner or a later my dream of bush strain and turning into kush strain will come true .

  10. Abojie October 3, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Tell me u got to Nairobi??? Im thinking of doing a grow, still in the planning phase. I figure i’l cross breed afew strains n try to get them to adopt to indoor growth, any1 with advice please provide. Otherwise, Africa rocks! n why doesnt any1 mention Malawi gold? If you enjoyed shash, malawi should definately tickle your fancy. Regard from Ongata, Kajiado.(just south of Nairobi).
    Ps. Heard afew growers have unique strains in Nai, any1 heard the same?

  11. Abojie October 3, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    also Khat is just a very high concentrated dose of stimulants(mostly Catheine(?) and caffeine) with the right chewing u could stay awake 4 a week, but ur jaw will feel jerked up till u get used to the technique.

  12. burningherbs November 1, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    Ras u right man. Everyone just thinks that anything they smoke is shash and there is a lot of fake stuff these days. I paid 2000 kshs for 100 grams and it was amazing. Maybe we can all burn some herbs. Am in nairobi

    • OriginalKush July 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      Yo burnin herbs. I pay 4k for 100g and it is highgrade compressed. It gets me high. Not all stuff is shash! Also some shash is weak and high last like 3
      min but i burn amazing stuff. Bro we gotta burn some dank together

  13. kalanda November 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    hey, just read ur blog and i liked it.where can i find some malawi gold and shasha? I only get some tizedi which i have already built tolerance..need nu stuff

  14. sean kiarie January 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    its crazy how much weed kenyans smoke as i read this blog.truth is shash is so damn expensive nowadays with our securitiy issues and it only takes the al.shabab theory to have an uneffected peddler get that xtra shilling of your pocket.i intend on starting my own farm in my apartement nd have our weed loving nairobi smoke on some dankee hydroponic shash grown to perfection.im sure im not the only one tired of being told there aint enuf stalk so we have to buy in grams,this aint amsterdam

  15. Melchizedek July 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Ladies and Gents. All I read here is relatively correct. I was born and bread in Nairobi, a couple of months ago I stopped travelling to Shashamane for supplies since the border nowadays is practically inpenetable due to the high concentration of security forces. Hence I begun growing my own strains in my mothers abandoned green house in Nyeri. The soils and climate in Nyeri near mt.Kenya is preferable greenhouse growth. currently I have managed to cross a couple of strains and believe me the final strain is unmached. The high lasts for ions. leaves a mint taste in your mouth and has zero side effects not even munchies. Anyone who needs a 100 gram sache in Nairobi can halla! price 1500ksh. I call my strain FIRE MAMA!!!!!!!!

    • James February 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

      Hey bro, need u to hook me up with some of yo shit…get back to me ASAP

    • Adil April 26, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      Get in touch broski.

    • Dmorey August 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      Hey, need some of that stuff.. nishtue jo!

    • stephen January 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

      contact 0720452343 takes kilos though

    • masai juniour January 24, 2015 at 9:42 am #

      hey stonner i want some fire mama

    • heavy June 9, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      Do you still do the growing bruh, i could use some tips!

    • kushboy254 August 20, 2015 at 4:07 am #

      oya Melchizedek am kushBoy254 am in need of some good buds..am looking for someone with a supply chain in Nyeri . hola ta Me (kushboy254) on SureSpot messenger

    • kushboy254 August 20, 2015 at 5:07 am #

      oya Melchizedek and any other seller
      . am in Nyeri whos got good buds around this area I need to buy some good stuff
      get me (kushboy254) on surespot messenger.

      • Shariffa September 12, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

        am in Nairobi n plenty shash

        • Needsumgood November 20, 2015 at 4:24 am #

          Can you assist me in getting some shash?

    • Needsumgood November 20, 2015 at 4:23 am #

      Are you still available?

    • Needsumgood December 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

      You still have that Fire Mama???

    • doc March 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

      Hala 0720452343we do business

  16. Rooibaard September 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Yo Nairobi peeps!

    Really postitive surprise here in Mombasa to find some sashamane, really strong compared to bushweed! *puff* 🙂

    Now would anyone be interested on getting some boost on ur gardens there? Will be going to SA in October but my partner is coming back to Mombasa around end of Nov and me being a grower can bring some valuable gardening products if interested?
    Talking hps’s, electronic ballasts, cooltubes etc for indoor guys and proper nutes(organic is personal favourite but also GH range videly available) as well as mycorrhizal fungi for all ur organic girlz in soilmix;)
    Will not carry any mediums and with nutes luggage limits come quickly, we r mainly looking something to bring here cuz will have plenty of stuff to carry back…

    Peace and love

  17. Dodi November 9, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Well, I buy my shash at 5000 shillings (roughly 60$) a quarter kg and I must say it is some really potent stuff

  18. slowburn November 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Yow, hook me up with that good good… Im Slowburn from mombasa….. Tanx. Looking forward to hearing from u…

  19. Matman's Tailor February 11, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Why don’t we all just meet and burn some trees…. I buy weed at a thousand bob too… From Lang’ata…. Good Shasha and Malawi Gold…

    • deadman March 2, 2015 at 5:57 am #

      How many grams??

    • zen June 4, 2016 at 7:43 am #

      greetings! where exactly is this herb-man in langata?

  20. shashmankinyua April 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Shash and hash available call me @0735812406

    • hash January 27, 2015 at 8:52 am #

      I like ua shash its pure and not home grown i need to taste ua hash

      • hash January 27, 2015 at 8:55 am #

        Sawa bro the hash is available just Call me when u need it

        • deadman March 2, 2015 at 6:00 am #

          How much for a kilo

  21. shashamane August 15, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    for shashamane kol 0727793863

    • awasa July 2, 2015 at 4:31 am #

      Hey i was wondering if you still had some for sale? looking to buy!

      • swish July 4, 2015 at 1:34 am #

        I still do hola at me on surespot messenger, my handle is synth

  22. Dimoreh March 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Hakuna haja ya kuchochana hapa.. Ka unakinda ngwai chapiana ukweli na price reasonable(uku si mayolo buda ) tuokoleane.. Kama haukindi tulia.. Kuna watu wanapimana akili hapa sana

  23. luvherb March 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    True….

  24. msa420 July 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    hey there brothers. need hookup for good green in mombasa?

  25. ThatStoner July 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Anyone selling Malawi gold or shasha in mombasa? Hook me up.

  26. awasa July 2, 2015 at 4:29 am #

    im here in awasa for a couple of days looking for good quality stuff! get back to me ASAP thank you!!

    • awasa call me on 0735812406 July 9, 2015 at 12:47 am #

      Asawa call me on 0735812406 if ua in need

  27. swish July 4, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    hola at me on surespot messenger , my handle is synth

  28. hela July 29, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Need some high quality Malawi gold (kush) hit me up on bleep messenger my handle is “[email protected]” cash on delivery 50$

    • Shariffa September 22, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      need a key. hw mch?

  29. j-walker September 2, 2015 at 7:46 am #

    Anyone with some orange kush plugs? Niko Nairobi
    Lets blaze!

  30. Kushnih September 12, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    thats a good one. shashamane can also be found in Nairobi but its quite pricy. but the high is amazing!! thanks to my weed guy.

  31. Shariffa September 12, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    gbags joints cookies 0720273827. Nairobi CBD

  32. Poopsie223 September 23, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    Will b in Nairobi soon n need da good stuff wht do any locals recommend me can I pls hav phone numbas

  33. X November 2, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    this forum still on? and any growers around? need to talk business kidogo…shash to be specific

    • Rooibard November 9, 2015 at 2:36 am #

      High guys,
      Getting frequent updates from posts here but havent had time to get back to kenya so far, damn.. I dont have same messengers as u guys use but ALL growers and peeps whose keen to grow listen up: if u need european pips, nutrients, pesticides etc we can make a plan wiff my mate who works there now. Shash is super good but who wants to smoke same stuff year after year lol.. Lights etc available as well but u got perfect natural light yr round…
      What u should look into is cloning; keeping few mother plants and just nip clones out of them which means u only get female flowers wiff no seeds;)
      Let me know via this forum

      Peace

      • Mike September 30, 2016 at 4:23 am #

        Can you get me high grade like that orange kush etc I’m in Nairobi

  34. Needsumgood November 19, 2015 at 3:22 am #

    Does anyone in Nairobi have good shit?? I mean really!!!!!! Looking for kush or any other high grade. Not full of seeds and twigs, straight nugs. Who’s got it?????

    • doktar November 10, 2016 at 4:59 am #

      Hit me up at +254720452343

  35. The Watcher December 18, 2015 at 1:05 am #

    Is th debate still ongoing, good to know that lots of guys share in my passion, help a Brotha out. Currently, I have Malawi Gold & Shash. Need to start growing my own. Any bright ideas or hook up to other strain varieties?

    • Rooibard January 8, 2016 at 5:28 am #

      Check out real dank strains from dinafem, sensi seeds or sannies shop; they all provide discreet shipping and offer feminized options as well.. Those r all european seedbanks and u just order it to ur mates address… Then look into cloning once u get ur selected few keeper plants, get them vegging lights and start cloning them bitches:) no more seeds, only sensimilla!
      U got in kenya such advanced tech available; they even breed predator insects to combat pest invasions which means u never need pesticides=clean weed;)
      Peace

  36. Danix December 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I live in Nairobi. I need any high grade especially shash, at a good price. Can anyone help?

    • doktar November 10, 2016 at 5:01 am #

      Hala +254720452343 I’ll hook you up

  37. Danny January 22, 2016 at 2:00 am #

    im going to addis. where can i find good kush there?

  38. doc March 1, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    So I need to update a post of mine if you looking for weed shashamane alosha strain Blunts,Gbag,Quarter,Kilo,WeedCookies and weedCakes….hala @thedoktar 0720452343 Nairobi is where am at

    • doktar November 10, 2016 at 4:57 am #

      Well it’s close to end year guys those parties need Good primo shashamane contact +254 720 452 343 around Nairobi city we deliver outside we organise we also have blunts and cookies all shashamane. ..baked products like cakes on order

  39. Danix April 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    My journey began here
    Anyone interested in biz?
    Ive got dope shit, malawi gold
    Anyone with other strains? i’d like to sample purple haze…
    0705458254

  40. jimmie tha bUdhead June 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    hey bro.. we’l talk got ur number

  41. kush guy August 12, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    i need reliable supply of weed cookies at wholesale price holla me at 0700464509.

  42. litukweli September 23, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

    Need some weed , MDMA delivered discreetly , 28 grams for 40$ , cash on delivery.
    Reach me on wickr me messenger , username is litukweli. message me for details and info.

  43. James October 7, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    thats a sweet deal. though i have a friend in Nairobi who usually goes to Shashamane every month to visit his family over there and he returns with some good highgrade shash buds that leave you salaivating on sight. he seĺls at times but from 1/2 a kilo fr 11k-12k depending on the quality though its really hard and tricky to smuggle it to Kenya due to tight security at th border. stoners out thre would really love a hit of his buds as thy are almst seedless but fr me not to be a sucker al leave his no 0701353598 ** am yet to visit the place myself and run in th marijuana fields.. woooooooooohhhooooooo!!!

  44. Kristie October 8, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    I have a buddy who has his roots from Shashamane, Ethiopia and he frequents the place monthly. i can admit that the strain of weed from that place, its waaay more potent than what you can get here in Kenya and the buds are almost seedless!! he says its really hard to get it back to Nairobi due to the tight security at the border area though he cant miss to carry some for us to blaze it up. though he doesnt sell it but if compeled to 1/2kg will go for 11k-12k, cheap and totally worth it. If you are lucky enough you could get him on 0701353598. am yet to visit the place and have a run in the marijuana fields.. coming soon to Shash land!

  45. ShaSh Babes November 2, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    You’re an imposter..that shit you sold to my pals n I was counterfeit!..let not stoners fall into your weed cheating scheme

    • afriman November 3, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

      expose yeye kabisa..

  46. doktar November 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Well it’s close to end year guys those parties need Good primo shashamane contact +254 720 452 343 around Nairobi city we deliver outside we organise we also have blunts and cookies all shashamane. ..baked products like cakes on order

  47. mwas April 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    i need real shasha from ethiopia.hallo me on 0790626987

  48. Jack,weed seller June 13, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    I need a buyer in Addis Abeba,got lots of weed…

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