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Smartshops and Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

As most of you know, going to a coffeeshop in the Netherlands doesn’t mean that we’re going for a cup of coffee (although most shops will sell it). In coffeeshops, it’s all about cannabis, which is legal to sell here. Not more than 6g per customer (above 18) though and hard drugs are strictly prohibited.

Instead of a food & drink menu, the coffeeshops will have an actual weed & hash menu. Careful with the amounts you buy and smoke though, since some of the stuff can be much more potent than what you’re used to back home!

Smartshops in the Netherlands are special too, although they’re not aloud to sell magic mushrooms anymore. Magic truffles are not forbidden yet and when eaten, they have a similar effect as magic mushrooms. If you decide to go for them, read and follow the instructions carefully!

Most coffeeshops are really nice cafés too; they often sell nice drinks and food. Unfortunately, they’re not allowed to sell beer. And since the introduction of the smoking law in July 2008, smoking tobacco is only permitted in separate rooms or glass partitions to protect staff from second hand smoke. Smoking pure joints is legal, but most coffeeshops only allow you to smoke in the smoking rooms.