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Dos and Don'ts in Amsterdam Coffee Shops

When visiting Amsterdam coffee shops, which are local legal marijuana dispensaries, there are a few tips to keep in mind. These two and they won’t help you when you take a trip to this city in the Netherlands, especially in the Red Light District, where most of the 250 coffee shops are located.

Coffee shops should not be confused with coffee shops or coffee shops in Amsterdam, which are like American coffee shops serving coffee and bakery products. However, if you are looking to get high in Amsterdam, there are plenty of coffee shops in the city.

To further educate yourself on proper cannabis etiquette in Amsterdam, you can visit the Cannabis College, which offers information on the legal use of marijuana in the Netherlands.

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NO: Confunda «Coffee Shop» con «Coffee House» o «Cafe»

First-time visitors to Amsterdam or its coffee shops can be confused by the terms used for different establishments. One important thing to remember is that a licensed seller of cannabis products is always referred to as a coffee shop.

Also, a koffiehuis (coffee shop) differs from a coffee shop , which is a casual restaurant or bar. If you’re still confused, just look for a green and white sticker on the window, a license designating the establishment as a coffee shop.
Visitors should also know that coffee shops do not sell alcohol. Since 2007, Dutch law has dictated that a store can sell alcohol or cannabis products, but never both.

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ASK: ask questions about the menu

Each cafeteria has a menu, either on the tables, behind the bar, or in a staffed booth, usually in a corner. The selections are generally divided into weed, hash, pre-rolled joints, and sometimes “space cakes,” which are marijuana-baked sweet cakes. Prices vary according to quantity (grams, bags, individual gaskets) and quality.
It’s better not just to point to a funny name like “White Widow” or “Bubblegum” and hope for the best. Ask the staff what they recommend and what effects each type has. If you’re intimidated, don’t worry – the cafeteria employees are friendly, knowledgeable, and very used to tourists who don’t know exactly how to go about the whole process.

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DON’T: buy too much

One of the biggest mistakes coffee shop visitors make is buying too much of what they have chosen. A little goes a long way, and you can always come back, so buy small quantities.

If you are with a group of three, for example, you don’t need to buy three bags and three joints. Cannabis is meant to share! These cannabis products are likely to be much more intense than others you’ve tried, and if you’ve never tried them before, you should start slowly. People who overstock end up wasting money and dumping the leftovers in a trash can on the way to the airport.

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DO: buy something

It’s perfectly fine to visit a coffee shop and smoke weed, hashish, or a joint you’ve already bought elsewhere, which is another reason why you shouldn’t feel compelled to shop at every store.

However, it is considered rude not to buy at least one drink or snack if you bring your own supplies. You’ll want to do it anyway as coffee shops are known for having some of the best fresh coffee and juices in town. Don’t forget to try the delicious desserts or hapjes , which are small bites served during happy hour.

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DON’T underestimate the effects

Even if you have tried cannabis products in the past, it should still be noted that the selections in Amsterdam coffee shops are quite strong. If you’re new to all of this, educate yourself by asking the staff about the effects and just slowly relax.
Pre-rolled joints are often rolled with tobacco to reduce the strength of the herb or hash. Pure herb gaskets are sometimes available, but they are not meant to be enjoyed in just one sitting.

Be especially careful when eating space cakes. Many people do not understand that the effects of cannabis when eaten are much stronger than when smoked. The results, which many people describe as more of a “journey,” can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to expect.

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DO: Ask About Smoking Tobacco

Not all coffee shops in Amsterdam allow people to smoke tobacco, even when making out with marijuana. Smoking a cigarette inside is practically prohibited throughout the city, although you may find some dive bars that still allow people to smoke inside.

The best policy regarding tobacco is to be courteous to others when smoking around them – many marijuana smokers do not smoke tobacco, as it is much more damaging to the lungs. When visiting a coffee shop, be sure to ask the person who works there where you can smoke tobacco.

Unlike secondhand marijuana smoke, tobacco smoke is harmful for others to inhale. Also, cigarette smoke tends to stain walls, furniture, and clothing when trapped indoors. However, most people generally agree that you smoke cigarettes outside.

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DO: Check out some coffee shops

Amsterdam has hundreds of coffee shops to choose from, each with its own unique vibe, vibe, and style. Some offer board games and board games, some offer coffee and snacks, and some just offer customer service where you can quickly purchase an edible or joint marijuana product.

Coffeeshop Amsterdam IBIZA on Hemonystraat, 420 Cafe on Oudebrugsteeg and Gray Area Coffeeshop on Oude Leliestraat are among the most popular cannabis stores. Coffeeshop Amsterdam is a hot spot that was rated one of the world’s top 10 coffeeshops by World Travel Guide with arcade games, board games, and several big-screen TVs broadcasting the latest football matches.

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DO: Ask about payment

Before ordering and lighting a joint, be sure to ask the merchant what forms of payment they accept. Many of the hippest places in the city don’t accept cash, for example, and some of them don’t accept credit.

This is especially pertinent if you are a tourist visiting the city, as you will not be able to withdraw cash from a nearby ATM as you can in places in America like Colorado that allow recreational marijuana use.

You will be denied service if you cannot pay, but you can usually find a bank or currency exchange location to get extra cash nearby.

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NO: expect to find pipes

Most coffee shops in town only sell pre-rolled joints, hash, and groceries, so if you’re looking for other smoking paraphernalia like glass pipes or bongs, you’ll have to visit a specialty store for that.

Ateliers and most souvenir shops throughout the city sell pipes, especially in the Red Light and Centrum districts. However, keep in mind that if you use a pipe in Amsterdam, you will not be able to clear it through customs in the United States as paraphernalia is still banned at the federal level.

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NO: buy more than five grams per day

While you can stay in a coffee shop as long as you like, you are limited in how much you can buy from each establishment on any given day and how much product you can legally have.

Amsterdam stores limit purchases to five grams per day per store, and you can only have up to 500 grams ‘stored’ on your person or at home. As a tourist, you probably won’t need even nearly this amount to enjoy a full day of being high.

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