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Safety Tips For Enjoying Amsterdam Coffee Shops

by Samantha DiMauro

Feb 2, 2015

Bulldog Coffeeshop, Amsterdam, Netherlands © Louieragasa | Dreamstime


Let’s be real. Chances are, if you’re going to a coffee shop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (and you’re 18 or older), you’re not going for a cup of coffee.


Cannibis coffee shops have been an integral part of Amsterdam’s culture since the 1970s when the Dutch government first made a clear distinction between “hard” and “soft” drugs. Therefore, laws in the Netherlands are tolerant of the use of marijuana. Be mindful this does not fully mean “legal,” and coffee shops exist in a sort of grey area.


Staying safe while enjoying coffee shops in Amsterdam is as simple as staying smart, and educating yourself about the local customs. Amsterdam.info has the most useful information about what to expect of a first time coffeeshop experience, including details about the strength and usage of Dutch cannabis. It’s important to remember the THC levels are typically higher than foreign weed, so go in prepared and know your limitations. Bring some trusted friends and find a location you feel most comfortable with.


Overall, staying smart and informed about where you are and what you’re using is the best way to safely explore the hundreds of coffee shops in Amsterdam.



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