- On July 21, 2019
- In Tips for travellers
Amsterdam Tips and Tricks
We’ve made this short article for those visiting Amsterdam for the first time and who want to give weed a try on their first trip to The Netherlands. These Amsterdam tips for cannabis use will guarantee that you are well prepared and have the best possible experience!
Amsterdam Drug Laws
In 1976 the Opium law was changed in the Netherlands. For then on out there’s been a distinction in the Dutch drug law between soft and hard drugs. This also started the policy of tolerance when it comes to coffeeshops. Toleration regarding soft drugs means that the sale of soft drugs in coffee shops is a criminal offence but that the Public Prosecution Service does not prosecute coffee shops for this offence. Neither does the Public Prosecution Service prosecute members of the public for possession of small quantities of soft drugs. These quantities are defined as follows:
- no more than 5 grams of cannabis (marijuana or hash) per person
- no more than 5 cannabis plants per household.
1 | Ask For Some Real Dutch Weed
Do you want to have the real Dutch experience? Ask the coffeeshop employee for some real Dutch weed – after all you are in the Netherlands! Moreover, Dutch weed is known to be relatively strong, ie: THC content of approximately 16 to 17%. Don’t go for the often-imported Moroccan hash if you want a real Dutch experience, because Moroccan hash is of course not a Dutch product 🙂
2 | Try Dutch Chocomel (Chocolate Milk) With Cannabis
One of the best Amsterdam tips for using weed is to buy some chocolate milk to drink whilst your smoking a joint. The Nutricia brand is the best; real Dutch milk with chocolate flavor. Many “frequent stoners” love the combination of Chocolate milk and cannabis. Many coffeeshop offers their unique own twist on chocolate milk.
Otherwise it’s also available in every Amsterdam supermarket, such as the Albert Heijn, Dirk, Jumbo, Spar, Deen, Aldi, etc. Albert Heijn supermarkets offer Chocomel liter packs from 1.45 euro and small 300 ml packs from 1.02 euro. Other delicious Dutch must-try’s can be found over here.
3 | Know The Amsterdam Drug Laws
Cannabis is legal in Amsterdam, well, strictly speaking it’s just tolerated by the Dutch government. This means you can only have a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis on you per person (should be enough, right?). You can purchase all types of weed, hash and different types of cannabis oils.
Smoking in public outside of coffeeshops is tolerated. Take other people on the street into account. Only 7.5% of the Dutch population smokes cannabis once a year (source). Only 4.6% of Dutch people use cannabis once a month (source). So assume that other people on the street are not waiting for your smoke.
Amsterdam Tips: Smoke cannabis somewhere without bothering others.
Did you know that you can legally grow five cannabis plants, for non-commercial use, when you live in the Netherlands?
4 | Amsterdam Tips: Bring Cash!
A lot of coffeeshops in Amsterdam are cash only, so don’t forget to bring some cash. Those that do accept creditcards are in the minority. Be sure to have a chip and PIN card though, these are the standard in the Netherlands and much of Europe.
5 | Do not Mix Cannabis & Alcohol
Especially those who have little experience with cannabis. Dutch cannabis can be strong. In average, it contains 16% THC. It’s smarter (and better) to start with cannabis without using alcohol at the same time.
6 | Cannabis Strains Guide
If you want to get active effect from cannabis, you’ll need to ask for the Sativa type strains. If you just want to feel that relaxing effect you can go for Indica types. However, most cannabis strains in coffeeshops in Amsterdam consist of a cross between Indica and Sativa. If you want to try a single type, you must specify this at the counter. The best thing to do is to get a pre-rolled joint in which the percentage of THC does not exceed 15 percent, or to choose a type in which there is a reasonable amount of CBD in addition to THC. A handy way to remember the difference is that indica’s are for staying “in” and sativa’s are for partying and going outdoors. A great way to remember the difference is that INdicas are for staying “IN-doors” and sativa’s are for going out.
7 | Do not Bother The Locals With Your Cannabis-Use
Only 4.6% of the Dutch uses cannabis occasionally, once per month (source). In other words; it’s not really popular in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has way more alcohol users than cannabis users. Drinking alcohol is also much more (socially) accepted than smoking cannabis.
So, please do not disturb others with your cannabis-use through odour, noise, or otherwise. Just be considerate and respectful towards the locals.
8 | Just Chill
Don’t panic if you experience any mild hallucinatory effects when smoking for the first time. First timers may experience some weird auditory and perception sensations. This is just your brain adjusting to its first trip on cannabis. The high always passes, so just stay at ease and keep in mind that you’ll never have to do it again if it sucks that much. Regular cannabis use normally doesn’t create hallucinations it just heightens your emotional processing and sensory perception. So, just relax, enjoy and have a great experience.
9 | Know Your Limits
This is probably the most important point of the Amsterdam tips for cannabis use list. Like with all things in life there will be a lot of trial and error at the start, take all those experiences and learn from then. Especially when it comes to knowing your limits. Find a place that makes you feel at ease and only do it with trusted friends. If you are going to have bad high there should be people there who will help you out without judgment for when you are either too stoned or too frightened. However you can easily avoid those situations simply by taking your time. Don’t feel embarrassed when passing a turn, and by listening to your instincts. You’ll definitely feel it when you’ve have enough. Always keep in mind that nobody has ever died from too much cannabis, but too much has given plenty of people a bad experience.
10 | Be Extra Careful Of Cyclists in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has currently 873.200 inhabitants, and even more bicycles. The cyclists are everywhere in Amsterdam! In general, they don’t tend to stop or even slow down. The locals have spotted you much sooner than you. Nevertheless, be careful and take your time when crossing.
Most cycling lanes in Europe can be found in the Netherlands. Are you considering to rent a bike in? Read this article that describes how to cycle around in Amsterdam.
When walking out of a coffeeshop stoned (and without checking both ways), there’s a big probability of putting yourself and a cyclist in danger. Look out where you’re going!
Look left, look right, look left, look right, look up, look down, look into the 4th, 5th and 6th dimension, look into the past, look into the future, cross, still get hit by a bike 😀
Amsterdam Drugs Tour
Did you know that Amsterdam has 164 coffeeshops? Did you that there used to be a legal cocaine factory in Amsterdam? And did you know know cannabis in Holland is not checked on its quality/content by the Dutch government?
Get more tips and learn everything about legal & illegal drugs in the Netherlands during our super interesting Amsterdam Drugs Tour. It takes 1,5 hours and contains many fascinating drug highlights in our capital. Our local guides show several ‘coffeeshops’ and smart shops, but also many other must-see’s that are part of the Dutch drug-culture. The Amsterdam Drugs Tour discribes the liberal drug policy together with its history, drug effects, use in Holland, harm-reduction and many other fun facts.BOOK HERE >