Visiting Amsterdam’s Red Light District, mushrooms and marijuana

By Cristiano Corsini

AMSTERDAM, August 1, 2014 — The capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, carries a reputation of extreme toleration for debauchery. One of the community’s major attractions, the Red Light District, is internationally known for its prostitution, mushrooms, and marijuana.

“Smart shops” market the natural hallucinogens, distributed after constant refrigeration and ranked according to visual, energy, body, and brain effects. “Coffee shops” sell cannabis-infused snacks and joints.

To enter a coffee shop, customers must be at least eighteen years old and have identification ready. At the counter, a selection of “pot” sits under glass to be viewed and purchased by grams. Prices can often vary between as little as 12 euros and as much as 80 euros, as the more popular establishments offer a wide range of “grass.”

Basjoe Coffeeshop, Amsterdam | Image courtesy of shop
Basjoe Coffeeshop, Amsterdam | Image courtesy of shop

The highly rated Basjoe Coffeeshop on Kloveniersburgwal 62, for instance, sits on a quiet corner, parallel to a canal. They offer Lemon Haze as their most expensive option in weed and, for hasj, Super Ice.

Joints are pre-rolled, with tips, rolling papers, and lighters sold separately. Additionally, their beverages, like coffee and hot chocolate, and snack foods, such as space cake, come infused with cannabis. Patrons are welcome to grab seats both inside and at tables on the sidewalk to enjoy their purchases.

Common sights in the Red Light District include windows framing flourishing cannabis plants and signs announcing the sale of feminized marijuana seeds. Local business owners supply almost every hemp-based product imaginable— lollipops, condoms, cookies, chocolate, and even pasta.

The city presents alternatives to the portion of the population uninterested in the looser, more liberal scene. The amount of art and history surrounding the region is overwhelming to intrigued eyes and ears.

Amsterdam itself is not defined by the Red Light District, but its personality is heavily influenced by its patience to permit residents total control, both sexually and involving drugs, over their bodies.

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  • Kavika Love All

    Your article was very insightful & sharply written; reminds of my visit to Amsterdam in 1993. Traveling all over Europe was a thrill I’ll never forget. I would recommend, though, when people visit the coffeeshops to be extremely careful, i.e. one puff at a time or else one’s consciousness could become too altered too quickly…