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 magic truffles, Kanna and Salvia for sale at Amsterdam smart shops and online.
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, ‘shrooms’ (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.
Magic mushroom grow kit
Magic mushrooms are now illegal in Holland, but you can easily grow your own magic mushroom with a magic mushroom 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 sale of the magic mushroom grow kit is not illegal. You can buy the grow kit in a smartshop in Amsterdam, or online.
Azarius sells a number of mushroom grow kits online.
Magic truffles are a good replacement for magic mushrooms. Sclerotia, also known as ‘magic truffles’ or Philosopher’s stones, contain psilocybin.
When eaten, these truffles have a similar effect as magic mushrooms. The bad side about truffles when eating them is that they have a very bad taste…
Magic truffles are easily bought online.
The effects of magic truffles
The effects of magic truffles depend very much on the person who takes the drugs, his expectations and earlier experience, and also on the surroundings.
You can have a different experience when in a city or in nature, when its’ noisy or quiet, when you are in a secure, familiar situation.
In general, sensatory feelings change. 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 a truffles trip
Magic truffles generates a colourful and philosophical state of mind that lasts between 4 and 6 hours.
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 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.
The leaves of Salvia divinorum takes you into a dreamy, trip-like state of consciousness. There are also ready to eat extracts available in different concentrations.
You cannot compare salvia with other hallucinogenic plants like magic mushrooms and cacti, it has its own unique effect. Salvia gives a relatively short trip; 20 minutes to 1 hour. After this you return to reality quickly.
Kratom is the leave of a tree from the rain forests of South East Asia. The leaves are ground and eaten. The effects of Kratom enter within 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
Kanna is a South African narcotic plant also known as Sceletium Tortuosum.chew or sniff kanna for pleasure. The most important effects of kanna are relaxation, mental invigoration and deepening of social contact.
Azarius offers regular kanna herb as well as a variety of more potent kanna extracts.
Energizers, party & psychedelic formulas
Smart shops also 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.
Order weed seeds online
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.
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.