Amsterdam smart shops sell natural highs like magic mushroom grow kits, magic truffles, kanna and salvia, CBD oil, and natural food supplements to enhance your (party, study?) mood. Comparable to so called head shops elsewhere (like England) and grow shops, smart shops in The Netherlands also sell drug related paraphernalia like CBD oil, vaporizers, weed seeds, rolling paper and grinders.
Back in 2008, there were more than forty smart shops in Amsterdam. They sold so called ‘smart drugs’. One of the most popular products were magic mushrooms. Magic mushrooms, ‘shrooms’ (or ‘paddo’s‘ in Dutch), contain psilocin and psilocybin, substances that, when eaten, have strong psychedelic effects.
The sale of magic mushroom is not allowed anymore in Holland. Dried magic mushrooms were banned in 2008. Fresh magic mushrooms were banned in 2009. Powerful substitutes such as magic truffles, Kanna and Salvia are now the popular ingredients for a mental trip. These are for sale at smart shops in Amsterdam and online.
Magic Mushrooms in Amsterdam
Magic mushrooms are considered to be safe and not toxic. However, the effect can be quite overwhelming. Young, inexperienced tourists who come 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. By December 2008, magic mushrooms were put on the list of ‘hard drugs’.
Mushroom Grow Kit
Magic mushrooms are now illegal in Holland. But you can easily grow your own magic mushrooms with a grow kit. Once the grow kit has been set-up, all you need to do is add water once, place it in the grow bag and wait for the shrooms to grow.
The magic mushroom grow kit is available in smartshops in Amsterdam and online:
A Mushroom grow kit contains all you need to easily grow your own mushrooms at home. In three easy steps, you will prepare a ready-to-grow cultivation box. Once the grow kit has been set-up, all you need to do is add water once, place it in the grow bag and wait for the shrooms to grow.
Magic truffles are a good replacement for mushrooms. Sclerotia, also known as ‘magic truffles’ or Philosopher’s stones, contain psilocybin. When eaten, these truffles have a similar effect as magic mushrooms.
Duration of a truffles trip
Magic truffles generates a colourful and philosophical state of mind that lasts between 4 and 6 hours. The trip starts after 10 minutes to 1 hour after eating the truffles. 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 truffles 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.
Salvia has become a very popular product in Amsterdam smart shops. Salvia divinorum , also known as Diviner’s Sage, Ska María Pastora or Seer’s Sage, is a psychoactive plant containing Salvinorin A. This is one of the most potent hallucinogens known.
You cannot compare salvia with other hallucinogenic plants like magic mushrooms and cacti. Salvia has its own unique effect. Salvia gives a relatively short trip; 20 minutes to 1 hour. After this you return to reality quickly. You can buy salvia in a smart shop in Amsterdam or online:
The leaves of Salvia divinorum take you into a dreamy, trip-like state of consciousness. The salvia trip is a very potent one and cannot be compared to psilocybin or mescaline trips. You feel like you’re escaping physical reality and may experience all kinds of strange thoughts and visions.
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.
The popular Kanna ET2 extract is used as a snuff for a very strong and fast-acting euphoric effect.
Energizers, party & psychedelic formulas
Smart shops in Amsterdamalso offer a wide range of natural herbal formulas that have all kids of effects: enhanced concentration, relaxation, aphrodisiacs, mood lifters, party mood and psychedelic effects.
Amsterdam smart shop Azarius also sells weed seeds in their webshop. 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.
A weed vaporizer heats your dry herb without burning it so you don’t need to worry about inhaling nasty byproducts. Battery powered models allow you to switch between temperature levels at the push of a button.
The Arizer Solo II is the sequel to the classic Arizer Solo. The first Solo set the standard for portable vaporizers, providing unprecedented vapour quality using a robust housing. That reassuring feel is still there, now with an OLED screen, better airflow and updated aesthetics.
Visit a smart shop in Amsterdam
If you are in Amsterdam, it’s best to buy smart drugs like Amsterdam truffles in a real smart shop. Many souvenir shops now also sell smart drugs, but it’s better not to buy them there. 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.