Smart shops sell so called smart drugs. Legal products that claim to have various psychoactive effects. From recreational highs to improving cognitive functions.
What can be bought in Amsterdam smartshops
Categories of products
For example energizers, relaxers, aphrodisiacs, psychedelics, concentration and focus enhancers, health and nutrition supplements.
Herbs and plants
For example guarana, cola nut, skullcap, valerian, magic truffles, gingko biloba, ginseng, salvia, hop extract, muira puama, damiana, wild dagga, mulungu and more.
Accessories and related products
For example cannabis seeds, mushroom spores, grow kits, drug tests, pipes, vaporizers, souvenirs, arts, books and more.
Magic mushrooms in Amsterdam smartshops
Psychedelic mushrooms have been made illegal in The Netherlands in 2008. But you still can buy so called magic truffles. They grow underground instead of above it but still contain the same psychoactive substance "psilocybin". There are more kinds of them and they are legally sold in Amsterdam smart-shops. For now.
Difference between coffeeshop and smartshop
Amsterdam smartshop cannot sell marijuana or hash products containing active THC chemical. For that a special government licence is needed which only coffeeshops have.
Amsterdam smartshops location
There are many more smartshops in Amsterdam than in other cities. They are located mainly in the touristic part of the city. So if you would like to find one just walk through those streets and you can be sure you will see one sooner or later.
Smart drugs effects and risks
Even though these products do not contain illegal grugs, their effects might range from weak to strong. Some products may contain just vitamins and antioxidants, but some might contain powerfull psychedelics or stimulants. And the effects might last for hours. Therefore be careful and always consult your choice of products with the seller staff in the Amsterdam smartshop you visit.
Approach to drug abuse in The Netherlands
The Netherlands, although a signatory to the international conventions about combating drugs, have a tolerant approach to the drug abuse. Treating it more as a health matter similar to the alcohol abuse or smoking of the tobacco. The Dutch perceive addictions as much wider issue, pointing to addiction to prescriptions medicines, addiction to to gambling or to the modern video games addiction. The Dutch have a policy of not prosecuting the minor drug offences, and not enforcing some of the existing laws regarding the sale of small quantities of cannabis (marijuana).
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