So you want to do drugs in the Netherlands?

A quick guide to everything you need to know about doing drugs in the Netherlands safely and responsibly. Covers the most common drugs: weed, ecstasy, and truffles (mushrooms).

Going to the Netherlands to smoke some weed but not quite sure how to go about? Check out this coffeeshop themed walking tour in Amsterdam!

Alex describes the Netherlands as a “magical drug wonderland”. Oh oh oh.

This is somewhat exaggerated—there are no magic gnomes, for instance—but drugs are everywhere in Dutch nightlife.

Many people come to Amsterdam for hedonistic purposes, and that’s totally fine! Get it in while you can: the municipality of Amsterdam doesn’t like its reputation as a Magical Drug Wonderland and wants to instead attract richer tourists from Russia and China. (I think this is utterly foolish, but I’ll save that for a drunken rant later.)

If you do come to do drugs in Amsterdam (or any other city, for that matter) for some guilty pleasures, here are some things to consider before doing drugs in the Netherlands.


Amsterdam and the Netherlands are a drug wonderland. Weed is basically legal, and the best ecstasy in the world is produced there. Many a traveler tries drugs in Amsterdam while on holiday, but are they doing it safely? Here's everything you need to know about drugs in the Netherlands, so you can use drugs safely and responsibly during your Dutch adventure.


A guide to drugs in the Netherlands

What drugs are legal in the Netherlands?

Before we begin, it’s good to know what drugs are legal in the Netherlands. For all intents and purposes, weed, hash, and truffles (basically magic mushrooms), are legal in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands. They are easily available in coffeeshops (weed and hash) or smart shops (truffles) for anyone who is 18 years or older. There have been talks to create a membership program for coffeeshops in border provinces, but for now, foreigners can easily come to the Netherlands to buy these drugs.

Other drugs, such as cocaine, XTC, DMT, acid, and basically anything else, are not legal in the Netherlands. However, most of these are still easily available in major centers such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and drug use is not a punishable offense.  Police are looking for major drug dealers, not for someone taking a pill at a house party. Having said that, if you get caught buying or taking drugs, your drugs will be confiscated and you could be given a fine.

Many people seem to think that drugs are only legal in Amsterdam, of that there are separate drug laws for Amsterdam, but this is not that the case. Although there are some municipalities that have different rules, for all intents and purposes drug laws are more or less the same in the entire country.

Below we will go deeper into what popular drugs are available in the Netherlands, and how to take them responsibly.

Soft drugs: Weed and hash

Weed is… sort of legal. The laws are strange in the Netherlands: weed is legal to possess and the coffeeshops are allowed to sell it, but they’re technically not allowed to buy it. Never you mind, though–you’re allowed to have up to 5 grams of weed or hash on you at once.

  • You buy weed from “coffeeshops”. Anything sold outside of places labeled as such does not contain any weed. Ignore all of the cannabis cookies and candies the tacky souvenir stores are selling, they won’t do anything for you (aside from sucking your wallet dry and turn your tongue green).
  • Don’t drink booze and smoke weed at the same time. This combination just doesn’t work. If you’re a novice smoker or drinker you will get ill. Stick to one or the other. If you must get twisty, try waiting an hour or two after your last drink to light up your joint.

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Drinking and smoking at Bloemendaal aan zee

Try to resist drinking and smoking simultaneously… unless you really just can’t help yourself.

  • Don’t buy weed from the coffeeshops in tourist squares. For the best weed in Amsterdam go to the Dampkring, De Tweede Kamer or the Greenhouse.  The weed might be a bit more pricey, but you’ll get a real bang for your buck. Good coffeeshops in other major cities include Smokey (The Hague), Witte de With (Rotterdam), and Culture Boat (Utrecht).
  • If you’re a novice smoker, don’t overdo it. Nothing is more embarrassing than passing out in a coffeeshop (we’ve seen this happen multiple times). Start out with a few puffs, and if you’re going to try edibles—”space cakes”—be conservative with your dosage. You can always eat more if nothing happens after two hours. We’ve personally seen some seriously crazy stuff happen to friends that ate too much space cake.
  • You’re allowed to smoke weed in most public places. Some public areas have designated parts where smoking weed is not allowed. If caught smoking and the cops tell you it’s not allowed, just apologize, play dumb, and ask where you can smoke. As long as you’re friendly there won’t be trouble, and cops will gladly help you find a place to smoke in peace.
  • Smoking weed on terraces of bars is not allowed, despite how great of an idea it may seem.


Soft drugs in the netherlands - truffles

Some truffles from a smartshop in Amsterdam

Soft drugs in the Netherlands: Truffles (magic mushrooms)

Magic mushrooms were legal in the Netherlands until 2008, when one tourist thought she could fly and threw herself into the canals. Luckily, there are loopholes! “Truffles” are still legal in the Netherlands. They’re considered to be different from mushrooms, despite the fact they’re simply stunted mushrooms—mushrooms that were forced to grow in on themselves.

  • Truffles can be found at “smartshops”. Like with weed, anything sold outside of places labeled as such does not contain any mushrooms/truffles. Thrillist has a list of smartshops in Amsterdam you can seek out.
  • Tell the workers at the smartshop what you’re looking for and how experienced you are, and they’ll help you pick the variety to suit your tripper needs. Some smartshops might even be able to hook you up with actual mushrooms if you’re subtle.
  • Experienced trippers, realize these are wet, not dry. Many people that take mushrooms consume dry mushrooms, which weigh much less. Realize your knowledge of weights doesn’t apply here—these truffles are still fresh.
  • Going to trip? Don’t do it in the city centers. There’s lots of nature where you can relax and enjoy your trip… and trams are freaking scary when you’re tripping balls. For all you R. Kelly fans out there, believe me, you can’t actually fly.

Tip: If you’re going to do drugs in the Netherlands, be smart and get travel insurance before you go. You never know what might happen, and hospital trips are expensive in the Netherlands! We recommend and use World Nomads travel insurance.


Blurry boats in Amsterdam city center

The cities are a clusterfuck, and more overwhelming than you may realize. Nature, on the other hand, is peaceful (usually), and less filled with buzzkills.

Hard drugs in the Netherlands: Ecstasy, cocaine, GHB, DMT, etc.

  • Ecstasy, coke, and GHB, DMT, etc. are illegal. However, you won’t be punished for drug use. You could, however, be punished for possession.
  • Having a small amount for your own consumption (1-2 pills, 0.5 gram of coke, 5ml of GHB) on you is usually not a problem. If you are caught, it will be confiscated, and bouncers will kick you out of clubs if they see you taking anything.
  • Don’t buy drugs from some random person on the street. During Amsterdam Dance Event a few years back, a major annual EDM festival/event, several people died after taking white heroin while thinking it was coke. Not a nice way to go. The picture below shows the signs the city erected afterward. Pretty civil, right?
White heroin sold to tourists - drugs in Amsterdam sign

The signs erected all over Amsterdam after white heroin was sold to tourists as cocaine.

  • If buying ecstasy check Pill Reports to see if your press is safe. They have a very extensive and searchable database of ecstasy presses from all over the world.
  • Start small. Dutch ecstasy is strong and often dosed at 200mg a pill. Taking half of a pill to start isn’t a terrible idea.
  • Don’t hesitate to call emergency services at 112. You will not be prosecuted for drug use, and possession in small quantities won’t get you in trouble. Their main priority is to make sure that you or your friends are okay. Make sure to treat them nicely, and always be honest about what you or your friends have taken.
  • The same goes for the police. Officials in the Netherlands are there to help you, not get you in trouble. Be open with them if you or a friend needs help.
  • Don’t do heroin. Please.

Prescription drugs in the Netherlands

Unlike in some other parts of the world, prescription drugs aren’t super popular in the Netherlands. This probably has something to do with the fact we can get real drugs quite easily, and don’t have to resort to over the counter speed for our highs. Doctors are also much less likely to prescribe strong opioids for minor ailments, so many people never get into contact with prescription drugs.

Pharmacies are also very strict when it comes to selling prescription drugs. No drug store in the Netherlands will sell you Xanax or Adderal without a legitimate prescription. Having said that, if you find a reliable dealer they might be able to hook you up, but it’s probably easier to find drugs like cocaine or XTC than it is to find Xanax or prescription drugs.

What to do when you’re caught with drugs in the Netherlands

The possession of small quantities of drugs in the Netherlands won’t be prosecuted. The police are not looking for users, they are looking for producers and large dealers. Below you can find a useful table, provided by the Dutch drug information provider Jellinek.

  • Cannabis: Max 5 gram
  • Cocaine and speed: Max 0.5 gram
  • Heroin: Max 0.5 gram
  • Ecstasy (XTC): Max 1 pill

If you’re carrying 5 grams or less of cannabis, the police will never confiscate it. However, if you’re carrying hard drugs and the police catch you, they will confiscate it. Don’t argue if this happens, or you’ll risk getting a fine as well.

If you cooperate, the police will just confiscate your drugs and send you on your way with a warning. If you’re carrying more than the allowed amount, the police will consider it a commercial quantity, and you’d better lawyer up.

There you have it: a quick overview of the most important things you need to know about drugs in the Netherlands. Have fun, but don’t forget to stay safe, too! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. (No, we can not actually get you drugs. Please stop asking.)


Amsterdam and the Netherlands are a drug wonderland. Weed is basically legal, and the best ecstasy in the world is produced there. Many a traveler tries drugs in Amsterdam while on holiday, but are they doing it safely? Here's everything you need to know about drugs in the Netherlands, so you can use drugs safely and responsibly during your Dutch adventure.


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Alex Reynolds

American by birth, British by passport, Filipina by appearance. Addicted to ice cream. Enjoys climbing trees, dislikes falling out. Has great fondness for goats which is usually not reciprocated.

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35 thoughts on “So you want to do drugs in the Netherlands?

    Jordan says:

    Super interesting article – love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Roni says:

    This is a fucking outstanding post. have a small layover there coming up and wanted to know how much i could get done in a few hours, looks like if i know where to go i can have some serious fun in amsterdam!! Thank you and hope to read more.

    I have no name says:

    Thanks, now I know what drugs I can do or can’t do. I’m going to Netherlands one day. I hope you will make more of these blogs. Bye!

    Sebastiaan says:

    Glad it was useful 😉

    Sebastiaan says:

    A we say in the post, we can’t help you with that.

    J free bird says:

    On my way to the Netherlands just want to have a good time and to find the Spirit molecule

    Alex says:

    Making the Spirit Molecule is easier than you’d think 😉 Just sayin’.

    Alex says:

    Where can i buy DMT in Amsterdam?

    Sebastiaan says:

    As we state in the article, we can’t help with procuring any kind of drugs.

    Augustbav says:

    Can you buy xanax without prescription in Holland?

    Sebastiaan says:


    Dangeroether says:

    What are the most common places to actually buy XTC pills? I am going to Amsterdam soon and I think of ingesting some MDMA. What I’ve heard, street dealers are a BIG NO. Is it true that to have a higher chance to find good pills, are clubs? Like to go ask to buy a pill from a person who seems to have a lots of fun? I am really keen to have MDMA in Amsterdam and I would like to know the ‘highest chance’ of getting ‘quality’ pills.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Sorry, I can’t help you with that. The only thing I can say is that you shouldn’t get stuff from a random street dealer. Also, the internet (dark web) is your friend.

    Paul Green says:

    Where are the best places to go when on truffles are there any bars of some sort of places to go to get the best buzz on these thanks

    Roger Hart says:

    I’m English and going to Breda next month for up to 8 months, and what with the Dutch not selling weed to tourists, in the south of the Netherlands, how would I go about getting it? Would my employment contract be enough proof of my stay? As my employer is fronting the accommodation and therefore I don’t have a actual tenancy contract to prove I’m living there. Can you advise me please as to how to get some weed?

    Sebastiaan says:

    I honestly didn’t know about the policy of Breda to disallow foreigners to buy weed there. Such a bummer. I looked into it a bit, at it seems its mostly focused on people from Belgium, but can’t figure out what their official policy is with regards to expats.

    Normally, you would register in the Netherlands at the municipality, and you’ll get a stamp in your passport from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. This should proof you’re a resident. Your employer will probably help you with this.

    If I were you I would just go to the coffeeshop and try your luck. If the person behind the counter gives you any trouble, explain your situation and it’s likely they’ll be lenient. If not, ask them what they need from so you can buy your weed. You might need to show them you’ve registered at the municipality, or you might need to show the INS stamp in your passport, although it would surprise me if they actually make you jump through all these hoops just to buy some weed.

    Marijuana Legalization says:

    I can’t help you with that. The only thing I can say is that you shouldn’t get stuff from a random street dealer. Also, the internet (dark web) is your friend. yes you can find any type of marijuana or weed on dark web.

    Harper says:

    Great article! Do you have any recommendations for shops with great edibles?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    Sheleigh says:

    Glad i read .more info than most.but is there any towns ,villages with coffee shops,i prefer solids. I can chill from amsretdam,that you know by name to bus out there?..☮️ xxxx

    Alex says:

    Most towns have coffee shops, and are accessible by bus, bike, or train from Amsterdam. Which town is best depends on your interests—do you like forests, beaches, or cute towns? Whatever you choose, try not to go too close to any border, as there have been issues with border town coffee shops and foreign tourists.

    Nicole says:

    What if me n my friend wanted to try some heroin?,always heard it’s legal there????I know not to go to tourists,but there isn’t any head shops that sell some real stuff,along with weed,or ecxtasy?

    jay says:

    I would like to go to the Netherlands for some marijuana and mushrooms vacations.
    But Amsterdam is too crowded in summer.
    Do you have any tips of some other nice cities that I could go and just have a good time?

    Alex says:

    Maastricht in the south is very chill and has a youthful population because of the university. Otherwise, during summer I’d check out towns along the beach (I used to frequent Bloemendaal aan Zee and the nearby Zuid Kennemerland National Park during summer). Much chiller and a good place for some psychedelic exploration 😉

    Jonh says:

    dont trust this guy wechat: tplug-weedman tplug05atgmaildotcom. He’s a scammer

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    Jill says:


    Nicole says:

    How hard is it to get decent coke in Amsterdam? and are their legitimate sources? I DO NOT want to accidentally get Heroine

    Paul M says:

    Where is a good place for research chemicals whilst over there, and what about the law on them if your caught in possession.

    Dood says:

    Great article buddy, very helpful. Thanks!

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    Jenny says:


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