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Magic and other mushrooms Amsterdam - The Red Light District Amsterdam Guide - discover the secrets!
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Magic and other mushrooms Amsterdam

Date: 3. jul 2018.

The following pages are for the purposes of education and information only. This should not be considered in any way to condone the use of cannabis, marijuana or other mind-altering substances.

Coffee shops are establishments in the Netherlands where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption by the public is tolerated by the local authorities. The coffee shops weren’t legalized for over the counter sales until the 1980s. Though tolerated, marijuana is actually officially illegal in Amsterdam. So as long as you respect the rules, and purchase and smoke marijuana and hash only in the Coffee Shops during your Amsterdam tour. Growing weed is also illegal in Amsterdam and the Netherlands but the “look the other way policy” also applies to coffee shops when it comes to obtaining their merchandise. On the other hand, there is no “soft” policy on the hard drugs, they are strictly forbidden and you can get yourself arrested and fined if you are caught using or owning any of the hard drugs.

As far as the Smart Shops go, their days of booming in Amsterdam have long gone. The Dutch government banned the selling of dried magic mushrooms (2008) and fresh magic mushrooms (2009) after the incident with a tourist girl from France who jumped from the bridge in Amsterdam and died and was supposedly under the influence of magic mushrooms. Tourists that are visiting Amsterdam tend to underestimate the effects of hallucinations (magic mushrooms contain psilocin and psilocybin) and this is not the first incident of this kind, so by December 2008 magic mushrooms were put on the list of “hard drugs”. After this incident, many smart shops had to close and they started focusing on on-line sales.

The magic mushrooms were not for sale anymore but the Smart Shops had waved the Dutch magic wand that makes loopholes appear out of the thin air, so they started selling truffles. The truffles are also known as the “philosopher stones” that contain the natural ingredient of psilocybin and have a similar effect to magic mushrooms. Effects depend on the person who takes the drugs and the surroundings but generally sensory feelings change and most people feel relaxed. There have also been expediencies with “bad trip” where people felt confused and irritated, got panic attacks or effects of paranoia and depression. The effect last shorter than when you take the magic mushrooms, it lasts from 2-5 hours and has more subtle and milder effects.

The Peyote cactus, which makes you trip really hard and for a really long time is also available for purchase. The only setback is that you need to grow them for a few years in order to get enough for even one “ride”.

Apart from this, smart shops are selling herbal XTC, energizers, aphrodisiacs, hallucinating seeds and piles of supplements to help you recover from alcohol and ecstasy hangovers.

It is recommended to purchase the smart drugs like Amsterdam truffles in a real Smart shop (At the moment there are about 10 real Smart shops in Amsterdam), because so many souvenir shops had started to sell the smart drugs as well. When you visit a good Smart shop you will get detailed information about the effects and dangers of the products and you will be well prepared before taking the drugs.