Cannabis in Algeria is illegal.


Cannabis is believed to have been introduced to Algeria by the Arab invasions of the 9th through 12th centuries.[1]

Cannabis use in Algeria also played a role in spreading the habit to France, following France's 1830 occupation of Algeria.[2] Dr. Jacques-Joseph Moreau observed the effects of cannabis in Algeria in the form of an edible called dawamesc, and it was this drug that he introduced to Paris' Club des Hashischins.[3]

In 1854, John Morell wrote of his travels in Algeria:

In Algeria they apply the names of kif, of hachich, and sometimes of tekrouri, to the extremity of the stem of the hemp, including the leaves, the flowers, and the seed, sometimes smoked by the natives in very diminutive pipes. These smokers are mostly inhabitants of the towns and villages, and are rarely met with among the Bedouins.[4]


  1. ^ Gabriel G. Nahas (31 December 1992). Cannabis Physiopathology Epidemiology Detection. CRC Press. pp. 208–. ISBN 978-0-8493-8310-6.
  2. ^ John Rainford (14 May 2010). Consuming Pleasures: Australia and the International Drug Business. Fremantle Press. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-1-921696-73-2.
  3. ^ Ciaran Regan (19 June 2012). Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work. Columbia University Press. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-0-231-53311-9.
  4. ^ John Reynell Morell (1854). Algeria: The Topography and History, Political, Social, and Natural, of French Africa. N. Cooke. pp. 108–.