Cannabis in East Timor is illegal.[1]

A 2012 assessment undertaken on behalf of the UNFPA noted that cannabis was easily available in East Timor, often termed "ganja", with "coklat" appearing to refer to hashish.

Cannabis was believed to be grown locally, usually bought and smoked in a pre-rolled joint, while hashish (smoked mixed with tobacco in a cigarette or sometimes a bong) was believed to be smuggled from Indonesia.[2]

Cannabis contains at least 60 cannabinoids, several of which are biologically active. The most active constituent is 9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and TH C and its metabolites can be detected in urine for several weeks after usage of cannabis (usually by smoking).Cannabis intoxication produces a feeling of euphoria, lightness of the limbs, and often social withdrawal. It impairs driving and the performance of other complex, skilled activities; it impairs immediate recall, attention span, reaction time, learning ability, motor co-ordination, depth perception, peripheral vision, time sense (the individual typically has a sensation of slowed time), and signal detection. Other signs of intoxication may include excessive anxiety, suspiciousness or paranoid ideas in some and euphoria or apathy in others, impaired judgment, conjunctival injection, increased appetite, dry mouth, and tachycardia. Cannabis is sometimes consumed with alcohol, a combination that is additive in its psychomotor effects


  1. ^ "Legal status of cannabis in Timor-Leste (East Timor) -". Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  2. ^ Conducted by: Aardvark Consulting Co. Ltd. Commissioned by: UNFPA, Timor-Leste (2012). Drug Use in Timor-Leste: An Assessment (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2016-12-07.