Osama bin Smokin'? Marijuana found at Abbottabad compound


By various reports, we are now learning that marijuana grew along the outside walls of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Was the Al Qaeda mastermind a stoner? He and his buds were said to have "bought a lot of food," and frequently placed bulk orders for Coke and Pepsi with a local grocer— so there's that. And, those glazed and distant eyes. But I doubt it: if ever there were a persona more harsh than mellow, it was this fellow.

And, oh, alright: truth is, it's not unusual to find patches of wild cannabis growing in this region.

Sources: NY Daily News, Telegraph, Village Voice, and CNN's Nic Robertson on AC360 (via Andy Carvin).


  1. Well, it’s a weed after all, and Afghanistan is its natural habitat.

    Any word on whether it was cultivated, or naturally growing?

    1. Huh, that is kind of ironic. They probably felt compelled to buy them because, after all, terrorists do own a good deal of American stocks.

    1. Not for sure. The wikipedia article you quoted mentions an alternate origin of the word – “..call his disciples Asasiyun, meaning people who are faithful to the Asās, meaning “foundation” of the faith…”. It also mentions that the more popular etymology (hashish eater) was commonly used by their adversaries to discredit them.

      Another thing that comes to mind because of the Pepsi reference is how “addicted” (for want of a better word) arabs generally are to the drink. People used to wake up in the cold desert morning, come to a local restaurant and ask for a shawarma and a bottle of Pepsi. They’d feel the bottle and ask for one that was colder.

    1. The same news reports say they were growing cauliflower and tomatoes out on the back 40, so you’re on the right track!

      1. Apparently he listed interests on facebook like “George Soros” and “Planned Parenthood”. Makes you wonder.

  2. Various reports I’ve read say that there were several CHEECH and CHONG CDs and DVDs found inside the compound

  3. Damn, the war on drugs merges closer to the war on terror. Should have known, our county weed squad is half Iraq veterans and the other half tries to look the part. Legalization just jumped back a decade or two.

  4. Well this certainly explains his dementia and hunger for world domination. Such drugs only lead to harder drugs, flashbacks and a degenerated life of crime and mayhem.
    If only his family friend George Bush had implemented an intervention.

  5. Wild hemp grows where it will. Along strands of Tennessee highway, pot plants are rampant. But they are nothing by hemp and not worth smoking.

  6. This is silly. I’ve been to Abottabad, the Kashmir and Jhelum valleys and throughout the Northern areas of Pakistan; Weed grows everywhere there.

  7. All I know is this “bin Laden acid” I scored with his face on all the tabs gave me nothing but bad trips, every single one of them.

  8. “Open up, Osama, it’s me, Abu. I got the stuff.”

    “Abu’s not here, man.”

    Seriously though, he’s from a country that exports the bulk of opium to around the world, and there are lots of complaints that the Afghani regulars like to slack off and smoke hashish. IIRC Kat (Quat?) is popular there too. Besides – what else is there to do beside watch TV and get stoned and you can’t drink.

    Still… it could make a good anti-drug commercial.

    “Smoke pot and we’ll send SEAL team 6 into shoot your mom and kill your dad.”

  9. Clarification – I know he wasn’t born Afghanistan, but did run operations there for a time.

  10. No phone and internet connections? You gotta have something fun to do. Seriously, if the U.S.A. were hunting me, I’d be smoking out A LOT. In fact, I smoke out for a lot less reasons.

    1. Dude, he held onto kids cricket balls. Looks like Osama Bin Laden was more like Osama Bin Killjoy!

  11. Best quote IMHO:

    When school children playing cricket knocked balls into their compound they were never allowed in to find them instead the Khan’s would pay them 100 rupees – approximately 70p – as compensation.

    It’s like some sitcom that should be made. I can see Don Knotts playing one of the couriers going: “Ugggh, what kind of stuff do we have to buy now? A case of Pringles? More like Osama Bin Binging! *conk* Ouch! Wait! Hey! YOU KIDS! GET YOUR CRICKET BALLS OFF MY LAWN!”

    1. “This is the 20th time this week! If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were doing this on purpose. And why is it I always hear carnival music and bells just before it happens?”

      1. “Sorry Mister Khan… Hey! What are you hiding in there? A talking horse? C’mon! Let me in.”

        The kids could be on a hill looking at the mansion and talking about what is inside: “I bet he has 12 talking horses! And a big TV screen! And dozens of kites!”

        1. “Man – they must be old people in there. They always start cooking at 4:20. Who eats that early?”

  12. “In her 2006 autobiography (as excerpted in Harper’s Magazine, September 2006, pp. 22-24), (former mistress Kola) Boof describes bin Laden as obsessed with Whitney Houston, smoking lots of marijuana, and forcing her to dance naked to Van Halen.”


  13. PS: Just noticed they deleted your comment too, so I suppose that’s just good housekeeping.

  14. I heard the SEALS shot him in the face because he had a bong made from a Stinger missile…

  15. I worked in Pakistan covering the Swat Valley, Abbotabad etc. I can assure you that ‘Weed’ grows as a weed. In fact, even in the capital, Islamabad, there is one place we called ‘Happy Valley’; returning after a days work I would often grab a nap in the car while my driver managed the ‘interesting’ drive down the GT Road. I immediately knew when it was time to wake up and we were nearly back when the smell of ‘Happy Valley’ wafted into the car. Despite their best efforts, the local town council often failed to cut down all the plants before people got to them… Oh, and do not be fooled about ‘no alcohol’ there. It is readily available and consumed… so much for strict religious faith…

  16. Why the persistence in associating marijuana with mellow? The brain in a sauna may get pretty limp, but when it is too weak to get off the hot rocks it slid or tripped onto, it isn’t too happy.

  17. Where’s Shocked Cat? This seems like a prime photo for him/her to be shocked within.

  18. Maybe if he smoked it more he wouldn’t have been such a creep. He would have been too buzzed to care.

  19. Jokes are an easy default but the truth is likely quite straightforward. Cannabis is a miraculous plant that alleviates all kinds of nasty physical and mental conditions and OBL probably used it to treat one or more of his ailments.

    Given his psychological makeup, he probably also used it to help himself hide from himself.

  20. He was kicked back, watching I Dream of Jeannie, and eating some Cheetos when he heard the door being kicked in…..

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