The booming days of smart shops in Amsterdam have long gone.
Ever since the Dutch government banned the selling of dried magic mushrooms (in 2008) and fresh magic mushrooms (in 2009) by law, many Amsterdam smart shops had to close and focus on online sales.
This means magic mushrooms are not for sale any longer, but powerful substitutes such as Amsterdam truffles Dragon’s Dynamite are easy to get at Amsterdam smart shops and online at their internet shops.
In 2008, over 40 smart shops in Amsterdam existed, selling so called ‘smart drugs’.
One of the most popular products were magic mushrooms.
Magic mushrooms (or ‘paddo’s‘ in Dutch), contain psilocin and psilocybin, substances that, when eaten, have strong psychedelic effects.
Magic mushrooms are considered to be safe and not toxic.
However, the effect can be quite overwhelming and young tourists coming to Amsterdam tend to underestimate the effects of the hallucinations.
In March of 2008, a 17 year old French girl famously died after jumping of a bridge in Amsterdam. Allegedly, the girl had been under the influence of magic mushrooms.
This was not the first incident and by December of 2008, magic mushrooms were put on the list of ‘hard drugs’.
Smart shops and head shops
Comparable to so called head shops elsewhere (like England) and grow shops, smart shops sell drug related paraphernalia like (water) pipes, rolling papers and tips, grinders, vaporizers, weed seeds and home grow kits for marijuana and mushrooms.
Although magic mushrooms are now forbidden, there are magic truffles in Amsterdam available, also called Philosopher’s Stones, that contain the natural ingredient of psilocybin. When eaten, they have a similar effect as magic mushrooms.
Although the effects depend very much on the person who takes the drugs (expectations, experience) and the surroundings (noisy, quiet, secure). In general, sensatory feelings change and most people feel relaxed.
People who have bad experiences (a ‘bad trip’) can feel confused, irritated or suffer from panic attacks, paranoia and depression.
Duration of Amsterdam truffles trip
So how long does a trip last? Well, the effects of Amsterdam magic truffles don’t last as long as mushrooms.
A magic truffle trip starts after 10 minutes to 1 hour. You will start to see and hear things more intensely. Then you will start to notice a rapid change in the perception of reality.
The nature of the trip depends upon the person taking the sclerotia and the mood or state of mind this person is in. Although one may experience similar effects, each experience will still be unique and very personal.
What they sell in Amsterdam smart shops
Apart from magic truffles, Amsterdam smart shops have products on sale such as the Peyote cactus, and pills to help you recover from alcohol and ecstasy hangovers. Also there are appliances available with which you can test the quality of all kinds of drugs, like mdma (XTC) and cocaine.
Here’s a selection:
Kratom is the leave of tree from the rain forests of South East Asia. The leaves are ground and eaten.
Effects come with 5 to 10 minutes and last for several hours. Kratom has both stimulating and relaxing qualities as if chewing coca leaves and smoking opium simultaneously.
Some sources say that it is a stimulant in lower doses, becoming sedative in higher doses.
Smart shops in Amsterdam offer legal highs, supplements and formulas to party all night, psychedelic experiences, sexual enhancement, to better concentrate or relax. Happy Caps are a range of herbal formulas wide a wide spectrum of effects.
Party-E is a happy caps that intensifies the party sensation to the next level. This formula charges you up and elevates your party mood. Party-E is a strong energizer formula, suitable for any kind of festivity or social activity.
Magic mushroom grow kit
You can easily grow your own magic mushroom with a magic mushroom grow kit. Azarius sells their mushroom grow kit ‘Ready-To-Grow’ online. It comes with a easy guide. After about 3 weeks the first shrooms can be harvested.
The Mushroom Grow Kit Ready-To-Grow contains mycelium from the Psilocybe cubensis mushroom. You can multiple harvests with one grow kit.
Order weed seeds online
Amsterdam smart shop Azarius also sells weed seeds in their swebshop. There is a wide variety of weed seeds available in their seed bank, both for indoor and outdoor growing.
A vaporizer is an instrument to inhale the essential materials of cannabis without the toxic elements you inhale with smoking. There are table top or desktop vaporizers and vaporizers you can take with you.
Visit a smart shops in Amsterdam
If you are in Amsterdam it’s best to buy smart drugs like Amsterdam truffles in a real smart shop. In a quality Amsterdam smart shop, the staff will be happy to inform you about the effects and dangers of smart drugs so you are prepared when taking the drugs. They can also help you choose wisely.
Best smart shops in Amsterdam:
Azarius.net also has a real store, located in the Kerkstraat 119, Amsterdam (near Leidseplein).
Conscious Dreams was one of the first and best smart shop in the good old days. They now have two shops: Kokopelli and Dreamlounge.
Kokopelli is a large shop that doesn’t only provide smart drugs. It’s a place to enjoy a drink, surf on the internet or just lounge about. With books on spirituality, videos, art gallery, and spiritual music, this shop has a definite shamanistic atmosphere.
Kokopelli is located near Central Station and the Red Light District at Warmoesstraat 12. Open till 22.00.
Dreamlounge is located in between Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein at Kerkstraat 9. (Open from till 21 from Tuesday to Saturday, open from 12 to 18.00 on Sunday and Monday).
Magic Mushroom Gallery
Magic Mushroom Gallery also has two shops. The one in Spuistraat is by far the largest. All products are also for sale online. They advertise their home made ‘world’s strongest herbal XTC’.
Spuistraat 249 and Singel 524.
Open Thursday – Sunday 11:00 – 22:00 and Friday-Saturday 10:00-22:00.
Small, but with friendly staff who is happy to inform you, is Innerspace. They regularly serve party people locally with a stand at popular outdoor dance music festivals such as Dance Valley and Awakenings. Located at Spuistraat 108 and Staalstraat 5 (near Waterlooplein). Here you can buy your Amsterdam truffles and get information about magic truffles.