Netherlands

Fri
05
Apr

A bunch of Dutch people smoked fake weed for science

Synthetic cannabinoids go by many names: fake weed, K2, spice, but no matter what you call it, there’s no hiding the fact that the name is woefully inaccurate, writes Jericho Knopp.

The drug, which is just a mix of chemicals sprayed on plant matter and then smoked, is similar to cannabis only in looks. In terms of the actual effects, the drug is much more dangerous than actual cannabis, and can lead to seizures and dissociation from reality.

However, there have been very few scientific studies to actually find out what the drug does to the body until now. A new study out of the Netherlands tested the effects of smoking the substance on 17 healthy volunteers.

Tue
02
Apr

Brits to be banned from Amsterdam's cannabis coffee shops post-Brexit

British nationals are set to be banned from Amsterdam’s cannabis cafés when Brexit is complete, according to city officials.

Europeans are permitted to purchase small quantities of cannabis at coffee shops in the Dutch city thanks to the EU’s freedom of movement laws. But now that Britain is leaving the EU that privilege is about to go up in smoke.

Wed
27
Mar

10 things you'll want to know about Europe's fast-growing marijuana market

You've probably heard plenty about the launch of the Canadian recreational marijuana market. And you are likely up to speed on the rapid expansion of legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana in the U.S. But how much do you know about marijuana markets in Europe?

Cannabis market research company Brightfield Group released its European CBD and Cannabis Market 2019 Report on Tuesday. This report analyzed the cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabis markets in Europe and in key individual European countries. Here are 10 things you'll want to know about Europe's fast-growing marijuana market from Brightfield Group's new report. 

Thu
14
Mar

Medicinal cannabis users left high and dry by Dutch tolerance policy

‘I wish I could tell you that this was conventional – it isn’t,’ says Dutch-Israeli multiple sclerosis (MS) patient Anat Avissar Koren. Inhaling cannabis is one of the few things that helps relieve her chronic pain but socially, even in the Netherlands, it is not fully accepted.

‘The stigma is the horrible part for a patient,’ she says. But the low-percentage CBD oils she was offered on prescription were useless. ‘I have low absorption problems,’ she explains. ‘The oil doesn’t affect me at all.’

Figures from the National Drugs Monitor (2017) estimate that Anat is one of around half a million people in the Netherlands who use cannabis medicinally – the vast majority without a prescription – yet Dutch law-makers and prevailing attitudes have been slow to catch up.

Fri
15
Feb

The U.K. just got its first bulk medical cannabis shipment

The first bulk batch of medical cannabis imported into the U.K. since it was legalized for prescription last year has arrived from the Netherlands.

Tue
15
Jan

If legal marijuana leads to murder, what’s up in the Netherlands?

In 1971’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a mescaline-infused Hunter S. Thompson and his Benzedrine-addicted attorney infiltrate a police conference, where they are amused and appalled by the naïveté of the people charged with enforcing drug laws.
Thompson captures the tone with a fictionalized bulletin, “Know Your Dope Fiend,” that warns officers: 

Fri
23
Nov

The Netherlands’ master cannabis growers are flocking to Canada

It’s a rare Dutch traveller who hasn’t heard some version of “Amsterdam? I’ve smoked a doob or two there.”

Forty years of coffeeshops in the Netherlands have created Europe’s best known stoner haven. The most famous of those coffeeshops is arguably Green House, which has counted Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and Eminem among its patrons.

Fri
23
Nov

Dutch municipalities dissatisfied with regulated cannabis experiment

Many Dutch municipalities are dissatisfied with the current preliminary design of the government's experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. Where municipalities queued to participate in the experiment when it was announced, the government will now have difficulty in finding 10 municipalities to participate, the association of Dutch municipalities VNG said to Trouw. 

Fri
09
Nov

What the Dutch can teach the world about cannabis

When the Financial Times told me to go and smoke pot in Amsterdam, I asked a friend there to recommend a good "coffee shop" (Dutch-English for cannabis cafe). Her reply was very Dutch: "I've never been to one." She chose the Paradox, the one nearest her son's school, so she could collect him afterwards.

Now we're sitting in what feels like a cosy, cushion-strewn living room, surrounded by well-behaved, well-dressed, quiet 20-somethings from around the world. The cafe's owner, Ludo Bossaert, who opened the Paradox 27 years ago, recommends a €5 ($8) joint of "Pure Special Haze Mix". According to the shop's extensive menu, it will provide a "super high". I become possibly the first person in the Paradox's history to ask for a receipt.

Wed
05
Sep

How to talk cannabis in seven different countries

Traveling to the Netherlands? Russia? This weed slang guide will make sure you’re never dry.

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