Choosing the best weed strain in Amsterdam can be a tricky task, especially for a newcomer to the Netherlands or the Amsterdam coffeeshop scene.
Walking into a Dutch cafe can be surprising. Well-lit, wide variety of strains, professional staff - just walked into a marijuana supermarket?
And with so many cafes, what should you consider when visiting one?
We drove to some great cafes to bring you the best cannabis strains available in Amsterdam in 2022.
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Remember that, like any substance, marijuana must be consumed responsibly and carefully. Be mature, consume in moderation and have a good trip! 🍀
Which herb should I order from a cafe in Amsterdam?
There's a lot to consider when choosing your ideal herb in Amsterdam. Do you want an uplifting euphoria that lends itself to some outdoor activities, or something more relaxing that lends itself to watching some TV?
The mood you are in is also important. Depending on what you're smoking, it can enhance that vibe or go in a completely different direction.
Here are our top picks we found on our "journey". 😉
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Coffeeshop Boerjongens: Marijuana for a trip through the clouds
Our first stop is Sloterdijk in Amsterdam, home to the great Boerejongens cafe.
there you findHimmelsgras.It's a cross between Skywalker Saga and Grapefruit Superstar.
This herb will give you a relaxing high, perfect for a night out while doing something relaxing like drawing or watching a movie.
She's 60% indica and 40% sativa, so she'll have you soaring through space while some lo-fi beats play in the background.
This strain tastes delicious and combines a sweet and sour grapefruit flavor with some earthy Kush undertones, making it the ideal combination of light and strong. Take to the skies with the flavor, but remember to come back after a while.
The location is luxurious and the staff is knowledgeable and quick to help (and well dressed). There are four Boerejongens coffee shops in Amsterdam, so take your pick!
💨 Art of the Heights:Relaxing
📍 Where to buy:Cafeteria Boerejongens Sloterdijk, Humberweg 2, 1043 AC Amsterdam
Get high at Coffeeshop Amsterdam
The next stop on our journey is Coffeeshop Amsterdam, a cool cafe not far from Amsterdam Central Station.
The strain of choice is heresuper silver veilthis is one of the most famous varieties: it is a mixture of Northern Lights and Skunk #5.
This great strain will give you a clear head up so you can enjoy more activity without the clutter of other strains. It is 80% sativa and 20% indica.
Super Silver Haze has a fruity flavor with hints of citrus and an herbal, spicy, and tart flavor, perfect for enjoying on a rainy afternoon.
When you smoke at Coffeeshop Amsterdam you can enjoy a relaxed place to hang out and smoke, enjoy cool drinks, chat with the nice guys behind the counter and just enjoy the general vibe.
Here, just around the corner on Singel 8, you'll also find your ultimate smoking lounge: the Coffeeshop Amsterdam Café, where you canSmoke weed and have a nice cocktail, beer or coffee!
☘️ Kepa:super silver veil
💨 Art of the Heights:head not foggy
📍 Where to buy:Coffeeshop Amsterdam, Haarlemmerstraat 44, 1013 ES Amsterdam.
Tweede Kamer Coffeeshop's powerful herb for a powerful high
The next pit stop on our journey is at Tweede Kamer. No, we are not referring to the Chamber of Deputies inhaag, but the only coffee shop in Amsterdam.
On this occasion, the selected strain is C5 Pioneer. This potent sativa, whose name suggests some kind of state-of-the-art electronic device, is sure to get you high.
Composed of 65% sativa and 35% indica, this is certainly a Haze strain to consider.
C5 Pioneer has a mild sweet and sour taste and will give you a strong mental high that stimulates your creative mind. Consume in moderation as this is one of the most potent strains out there.
☘️ Kepa:Pioneer C5
💨 Art of the Heights:Strong creative head held high
📍 Where to buy:House of Representatives, Heisteeg 6, 1012 WC Amsterdam
Fruity herb from The Corner coffee shop in Amsterdam
At a classic corner diner, we ate the delicious Watermelon Zkittlez.
This cross between Watermelon and Zkittlez is 70% indica and 30% sativa. As another indicates, she is also best suited for lounging indoors.
It has a very fruity flavor and you will discover all kinds of flavors, from berries and citrus to sweet and sour, so get ready for a true spring experience!
Do not overdo it, of course, because you risk being stuck to the sofa. 🤤
☘️ Kepa:watermelon zkittlez
💨 Art of the Heights:Legal
📍 Where to buy:The Corner, Spaarndammerdijk 9, 1013 ZM Amsterdam
A high to boost your body from Coffeeshop DNA, Amsterdam South
On this now magical journey, we finally arrive south of Amsterdam.
Near the Olympic Stadium you will find Coffeeshop DNA, where we buy kosher Tangerine Kush.
It's a relatively new strain of marijuana, especially the tangerine part, as Kosher Kush is old school. What we have here is a hybrid, 40% sativa and 60% indica.
The beautiful weed hunk features a blend of citrusy orange flavors combined with a wonderfully earthy aroma - it smells like summer and has blown me away several times for a lovely summer night, not overly sleepy, not paranoid, just lovely and chilled.
Coffeeshop DNA also sells some of thesebest food in amsterdamand he has some great ganja paraphernalia - he also bought us a small grinder and a pistachio flavored space cake bar.
☘️ Kepa:Kosher Tangerine Kush
💨 Art of the Heights:Legal
📍 Where to buy:Coffeeshop ADN, Achillestraat 104, 1076 RH Amsterdam
Honorable mention for the best cafes and coffee shops in Amsterdam
You can't cover all the great marijuana strains and coffees in one article. However, there are some honorable mentions to consider with smoking.
coffee shop the stallion
The first honorable mention iscoffee shop the stallion. Here you will find White Choco Weed, a hybrid variety that is a cross between White Russian and Chocolope.
This amazing variety has a sweet and tangy chocolate flavor and is great for relaxing, promoting sleep and increasing your appetite.
The second honorable mention goes totravelers cafe.
The weed of choice here is Purple Glueberry, a strong sativa strain blended from the famous Purple Haze and Glueberry OG.
This will give you a strong, fuzzy high, so smoke in moderation unless you want to feel overwhelmed.
Relax at the coffee shop
The third honorable mention goes toRelax at the coffee shop.
Here you get Sativa White Choco Haze.
Mixed between White Choco and Mexican Haze, the flavor is melon with hints of chocolate, giving you a powerful creativity.
The fourth on the list isJohnny Cafeteria.
Here you will find AK 020, a hybrid strain that is the daughter of three different strains: Colombian, Mexican and Afghan marijuana.
Strong as a weapon, this weed has an earthy flavor with hints of flowers and will provide a long-lasting relaxing high.
The Cafe Balloon
finally we haveThe Cafe Balloon.
The strain here is the luxuriously named Rollex OG Kush. This is an indica-dominant hybrid created from a cross between White Fire OG and Kuchi.
The flavor is complex, ranging from pine to skunk with hints of cheese. The effect is a heady creative high that borders on psychedelics, so drink responsibly.
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What is the difference between marijuana and hashish?
Before we get to the really good stuff, let's clear up some differences when it comes to the magical cannabis plant.
Marijuana and hashish might be different things on paper, but they're similar in that they're both made from cannabis and contain THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets you, well, high. The difference is how they are produced and what effects they produce.
Production of marijuana and hashish
For marijuana, the grower cuts the flower bulbs from the female cannabis plant and leaves them to dry. When it's completely dry, the grower removes the seeds or stems from the bulb and presto, you've got some weed.
Hashish is obtained through a different process. As the flower bulbs dry, the shiny crystals inside the bulb, commonly called pollen, are carried away by the rest of the plant.
Pollen is very potent and rich in THC and becomes hashed through various processes (depending on the crop).
The most famous hashish, Moroccan, is made with a sieve to separate the pollen from the dry bulb.
This process is repeated over and over again with more and more pressure and finer sieves, until in the end the famous hash block emerges.
The difference between a marijuana high and a hash high
The hash has a more subtle effect because it contains more CBD, one of the other main components of the cannabis plant along with THC.
While marijuana will give you more of that classic girly high, hashish will give you a milder high and is therefore preferred by people who smoke but also want to engage in some sort of vigorous activity.
An example of this activity, although somewhat silly, is cleaning. Marijuana isn't really a club drug, but given its powerful high, it's not a great cleanser motivator.
Hash is the perfect enabler for this and will give you that kick that makes cleaning so much fun.
Best Weed in Amsterdam: Indica or Sativa Weed Strains?
The indica/sativa split is probably the most familiar indicator when browsing the different types of weeds that can be found in Amsterdam's many coffeeshops.
In general, indicas are believed to provide a more relaxing body high, best suited for indoor activities, relaxation, and watching TV. Sativa, on the other hand, gives you an uplifting cerebral high, perfect for creative pursuits or more outdoor pursuits.
Well, that split isn't necessarily true when it comes to effects, and it's more of a general indicator than anything else.
There may be sativas that can get you high in a way that feels like an indica and vice versa.
So it's best to try different varieties and see what works for you and your needs. It is also important to note that there is no such thing as a pure sativa or indica strain.
They are all a blend and contain a bit of both, with percentages like 60% sativa, 40% indica. Some strains are specific hybrids that even out the percentages.
Grinder and Other Pot Adventures in Amsterdam
Now that you have the weed, obviously the best thing to do is smoke it. But before you smoke the weed, you have to roll it up in a joint, which you may or may not know about. But there are some other things to consider.
First, how are you going to smoke your weed? Would you roll a joint with just marijuana? As a beginner, you should know that smoking a regular joint will make you feel very, very, perhaps irritatingly high.
A better alternative is to mix it with tobacco to keep it from getting too high. If you don't want to smoke tobacco, you can use all kinds of herbal mixtures specially made for smoking.
Second, you need a grinder. It is not a necessary tool, as you can also use your hands to grind the herb, but it will make your task much easier.
There are two types of grinders that you should be aware of. There's the basic grinder, which (more or less) only has one compartment. Just toss in the weed, grind it really well, and then sprinkle it over the joint.
Alternatively, you can get a more complex grinder with multiple compartments or levels. On the first level from above, grind the grass, on the second level, collect it, and on the last level, collect all the pollen. Yep, pollen is all that sweet THC.
If you use one of the more complicated grinders for a while, the pollen compartment will fill up and all you have to do is put some pollen on your jay to burn it off.
How to Roll a Dutch Joint
Now let's move on to what is arguably the most important aspect of smoking pot: role learning. It took many nights and failed joints to get it right, but trust me, you can do it.
You need two essential ingredients. The tip of the filter and the paper itself. In Holland you can get most rolling papers, but in other European countries you can find endless rolling papers (a long roll of rolls that you can stretch to your desired length).
One king size sheet is enough to learn to roll.
Before you start, make sure the sticky side is facing you, because there's nothing worse than rolling up a joint and realizing you've turned the paper upside down.
You also need to make the tip of the filter, which is pretty easy once you know what you're doing. Mix the tobacco and weed before adding it to the joint, making sure it's evenly distributed.
Amsterdam smoking and marijuana etiquette
Like all great things in life, smoking weed is best shared with others. But as with all social activities, there are some rules you must abide by.
There are many different informal rules for smoking marijuana. Most of them have to do with how much joint a person should smoke and the direction in which it is injected.
You may have heard of the "puff puff pass", one of the most well-known rules. Another would be to swipe left, but this really depends on your group of friends, as everyone is free to choose the rules that best suit their smoking needs.
Regardless of the rules you choose to optimize your smoking experience, as a good practice, try not to hold a joint in your hand too long.
We all have that moment of smoking, rejoicing in the story we're telling, and then forgetting to tell it.
Being that person can be uncomfortable, but expecting someone to remember to pass it on is even worse, so try to be considerate and attentive to your smoking friends.
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Help, I'm having a bad trip in Amsterdam!
As with any substance, bad trips can happen. The most important thing to remember is that you're feeling this way because you've just consumed a lot of marijuana.
Before you even smoke, make sure you are in a comfortable, familiar home environment with people you trust. These two elements are very important when it comes to having a good trip.
If you are new to the smoking habit, you can always get in touch with theCoffeeshop Amsterdam Information CenterFirst. They are trained professionals who can help you with your doubts.
If you decide to smoke marijuana and feel very anxious and afraid, try not to intensify this feeling any further.
Ask your friends for comfort, drink lots of water and eat some snacks. The effects should wear off after about two hours, so don't worry, you'll feel like this for a long time.
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Another important thing to keep in mind is that regardless of sativa or indica considerations, weed often amplifies who you already are.
So, for example, if you are a very sociable person, smoking marijuana will increase that feeling. If you are naturally anxious and introspective, marijuana can also amplify these feelings in ways that make you even more anxious.
Before continuing to smoke, consider how marijuana makes you feel.
Where to find more information about marijuana in Amsterdam
If you want more information about weeds in general, you can go to the pageCoffeeshop Info Center e CBD Shopin Amsterdam and they'll tell you everything you need to know about smoking in general, its effects, the legal situation and much more!
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Have you ever smoked any of the strains on the list? What do you think is the best weed in Amsterdam? Tell us in the comments!
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2020 and was fully updated in January 2022 for your reading pleasure.
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