Visiting Cannabis Coffeeshops

When visiting coffeeshops in the Netherlands there are certain things you need to keep in mind:

  • Don’t feel obliged to consume the entire amount of Cannabis you have purchased in that coffeeshop, as you may carry up to five grams and enjoy it at the next shop you visit.
  • Not all coffeeshops are the same. Trust your instincts and remember that the shop is selling you a drug. If you can’t get enough information about the products on the menu from which you are choosing, feel free to go somewhere else.
  • Cannabis falls under a “tolerance” policy in the Netherlands, meaning that there is no product regulation in the coffeeshops, and that cannabis is not actually legal. You are not permitted to purchase (or carry) more than five grams of cannabis and hash at one time.
  • The toleration of cannabis is restricted to certain areas, primarily in coffeeshops, meaning that smoking in the streets, parks and other public areas is not permitted.
  • Hard drugs fall under a zero-tolerance policy in the Netherlands. They are prohibited from coffeeshops and tourists should never purchase drugs (including cannabis) on the street.
  • If it is your first time ever trying cannabis, please be sure to consume lots of sugars prior to going in a coffeeshop. THC, the active ingredient in weed, can lower your blood sugar level causing users to experience a lack of energy or even nausea and vomiting. Cakes, waffles, ice cream, fruits and sweet drinks are all acceptable sources of sugar to be consumed before, during and after trying cannabis for the first time.
  • Please be aware of pickpockets, not only in coffeeshops but also on public transportation and while walking along our picturesque canals and streets. Violent crime is rare, but photo ID, bags and wallets are frequently stolen without the victim even realising.
  • Especially after leaving coffeeshops, do not walk in the cycle path, clearly designated along the roads with line markers and bicycle icons. Pedestrians usually have right-of-way, unless of course you’re walking in the cycle path!