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Psst . . . I gotta <whisper> Coffeeshop </whisper> question.

Ok, let's say theoretically one were to take a Rick Steves' tour to Belgium and Holland.

Aaaaand, let's say one were to accidentally enter one of those "coffeshops" that are scattered about in those locales. Now, again, purely theoretically, were one to perhaps purchase (accidentally) a little something-something, what's the smallest amount they sell?

Uh, I'm just asking for a friend. Who kinda looks like me. And shares my name. And is going on a Rick Steves' tour of Belgium and Holland . . . but is TOTALLY not me!

(No one tell Jeff Sessions about this post!)

Posted by
2314 posts

I cannot believe you cannot ask this question in plain English. Perhaps you should not be partaking.

In any event, you can purchase as little as one pre-rolled joint, either with or without tobacco in the mix. You can purchase small amounts unrolled - I forget the amount as we do not subject our lungs to this any longer - and necessary papers, or they usually have vaping devise available. And at least in Amsterdam (in Leiden we were told this was not allowed) you can purchase pre-baked edibles in various sizes. We would recommend that one "spacecake" (that's what they are called) or brownie be split among at least 2 people, as this stuff is not what you may have been used to many years ago.

Every shop has a menu (price-list) they can show you. This is all extremely regulated and above board. And if you do not wish fully partake, hanging out in one of these shops for 30 minutes while you nurse a coffee or such will usually produce a decent "contact-high". Jeff Sessions has zero power of enforcement outside the US.

Posted by
1095 posts

Mike, I can't answer your question but, from the headline, I was pretty sure it was you doing the asking!
You are one "bad (very funny) dude!"
Let's see who can answer the question from personal experience ... or from the experience of a "close friend ..."
;-)

Posted by
8055 posts

I enjoy your humor Mike.
Jeff Sessions is creating a file on you as we speak.

Posted by
16171 posts

Hilarious (OK, British humor is much more sophisticated, its even spelled differently), but just sit down and ask the bartender. We stopped in one on the Rembrandtplein, and all the tables had large laminated signs (in English, of course), "This establishment is Tobacco free! If you mix your pot with tobacco and try to smoke it, you will be escorted out the door!" Very health-conscious place.

Posted by
2246 posts

"Leaving aside your tedious and failed attempt at humour...")

Okay, THAT'S funny! Indeed, walk in, sidle up to the counter and ask, "hi, got any weed?" That should do the trick. You can buy a joint or other small amount.

Posted by
12793 posts

Thanks for the best laugh I've had all day, Mike.
(but I can't answer your question!)

I did, er, share a few puffs forced upon me by a rowdy German poker club at some bar. Just to be polite, understand.

Posted by
12845 posts

The forum tends to get a little uptight. Maybe we should schedule a forum seminar in Amsterdam?

Posted by
1786 posts

You can Google Amsterdam coffeeshops menus, images for a quick and easy tutorial. The staffs everywhere have been friendly and helpful. We have always been advised to avoid edibles as their effect can be unpredictable. You can buy joints individually.

Posted by
1893 posts

Well, I guess we should be glad you are NOT asking about just how little you can buy in the OTHER kind of unusual shops in Amsterdam :)
So, sounds like you have your plan for spending the $100 tour savings already!!

Posted by
5465 posts

As others have mentioned, pre-rolled options can be had relatively cheaply individually, then go up from there. The only thing to add is that as the cost goes up, so does the potency, so if you are not a regular "partaker" then you might want to watch it. Also, while Coffee Shops are tolerated, smoking in general areas (streets, other venues, maybe your hotel) may not be.

Or that is what friends tell me.

Posted by
8055 posts

" Also, while Coffee Shops are tolerated, smoking in general areas (streets, other venues, maybe your hotel) may not be.
Or that is what friends tell me."

That was not our experience.. Large groups of people socializing on streets outside bars, restaurants, cafés smoking cigarettes like chimneys. And the massive amounts of cigarette butts around trees all over Amsterdam was a shock to me.

Posted by
5465 posts

I was specifically referring to smoking pot. Yes, cigarette smoking is very common, more so than in the US.

Posted by
213 posts

Nice post Mike. When your friend finds his coffee shop, maybe he'll run into RS's twin brother.

I am looking forward to your next forum question: "My friend's cousin wants to visit the Red Light District but is unsure of the process of retaining/hiring a...".

I am sure it will be hilarious.

Posted by
2789 posts

Just be sure that after you visit the coffee shop you can find a nearby pizza shop as "the munchies" are sure to hit you.

Posted by
2353 posts

We enjoyed a brownie (split one) - it took a little while to take effect but when it did - WHAM!

Posted by
6878 posts

Don't forget (and marijuana has that effect on memory) to throw away any unused dope before you go to the airport.
I had half joint in my carry on bag at Schipol and the screeners allowed me to get on the plane with it still in my bag.

Posted by
1809 posts

The 420 Coffee Shop on Singel. Afterward go down the alley a few doors and there is a French Fry store. Yes, all they sell are French Fries with Mayonnaise (and any other condiment you can think of). I don't know why we don't have them here.

Posted by
433 posts

As others have said, one joint or one gram, about €10 to 16. You could practice in Seattle before your trip. :-)

Psssst ... it is legal and better than alcohol, so go boldly where many have gone before.

Enjoy your trip!

Posted by
14454 posts

Yeah, be careful with spacecakes. They have a delayed reaction, so you tend to overeat before it hits you. If you want to be really popular on the tour, you could bring some brownies on the bus to share. I brought Israeli chocolates for my tour group, but I suspect Dutch brownies would be even better . . . Is there any room left on your tour? Thinking of signing up . . .

Posted by
3477 posts

When I took that tour, we "officially" did not go into a "coffeeshop".

Unofficially, the tour guide took us to her favorite (it was split into two physically separated shops, one a bar and one where the other stuff was available. smoking of that stuff was allowed in both) and proceeded to cover the proper process of purchasing and smoking along wit ha detailed discussion of the menu. The entire tour group went (except for one person) and acted like a bunch of school kids worried about being caught by mommy. :-)

Oh, and the coffee was excellent.

Posted by
513 posts

I think the novelty of Amsterdam Coffee houses will gradually disappear for American tourists as they visit such U.S. cities as Denver, Boulder, Seattle/Tacoma, and Spokane - among many, many others ...

Posted by
1352 posts

We bought just one joint on our last trip. I will warn you - if you don't already have a tolerance built up be careful! We asked for the weakest strain, and it both of us pretty hard after just 2 hits. So my advice is to go slow:) but have fun!

Posted by
1809 posts

For the uninitiated... A sugary drink like Coke or Pepsi is a good idea. Sometimes your blood sugar level will drop and you get dizzy or woozy and the drink helps with that. You are expected to order a drink of some sort when you are in a Coffee Shop.