Welcome to our epic Amsterdam food guide for 2022 (and yes, we also let you know where to get the best space cake stress-free!)
You have arrived in Amsterdam and want to have the full Dutch experience. So you put on clogs, buy a balance bikeCheese, cycle to the nearest canal and rent a boat.
butInstead of blowing clouds of smoke across the canal, why not leave a trail of crumbs?
Swap that joint for an edible in Amsterdam!
But first you might be wondering:
- what is edible
- How Much Food Should You Consume?
- will you get too high
- a And where to buy the best groceries in Amsterdam?
Food can seem a little intimidating at times, so this is all you need to know about food in Amsterdam.
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- What are edibles?
- Edibles and types: the different types of edibles in Amsterdam
- Why should you eat to get to the top?
- Where to buy the best groceries in Amsterdam
- Shopping in Amsterdam: what you need to know
- Would you like to do your shopping yourself? Here are the pros and cons
- that follow?
- Grocery store in Amsterdam: frequently asked questions
What are edibles?
Edibles are foods infused with cannabis to get you high.
These are usually sweet things like brownies or jelly beans, but almost any food can be turned into an edible treat. We've seen weed crackers, weed shakes, and even weed pasta to name a few.
So why not eat straight weed (vegetarian, right?)? Well, the part of marijuana that gets you high is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and it has to bewarmthto start it.
For this reason, if you only eat pure cannabis, you won't feel its intoxicating effects, but you will eat a rather strange salad.
Edibles and types: the different types of edibles in Amsterdam
Not all edibles are the same. In fact, like thatDifferent types of weed in Amsterdam, Edibles vary depending on the voltage used.
Marijuana-based edibles vs hash
The herb is the dried cannabis plant that is mainly grown from flower buds. Hashish, on the other hand, is a paste made from the resin and sap of the plant.
Hash produces stronger effects as it has a higher concentration of THC than the dried plant, so an edible hash can give you a stronger high (depending on how much is used and consumed).
Indica-based edibles vs. sativa
There are two subspecies of cannabis. Indica based weed will give you more body stone and sativa based cannabis will produce more head stone.
You can also get hybrid cannabis, and many stores sell a mix of both.
THC vs. CBD in Esswaren
Finally, there are thousands of possible cannabinoids that weed can contain, but the most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD (cannabidiol).
THC produces psychoactive effects, while CBD does not induce a mental high. However, CBD iscelebrated as a miracle workerto relieve pain, relieve mental stress and aid sleep.
Why should you eat to get to the top?
Have you ever heard that smoking is bad for you? As well as not exercising, drinking too much, eating junk food and...well, the list goes on.
Smoking a joint will get you high almost instantly, but it will wear off quickly. In comparison, an edible may take a few hours to feel the effects, but you'll feel high for much longer.
Edibles are also a more discreet way to consume marijuana. If you go to the cinema and don't want to smell like smoke, eating something to eat is enough.
Or if you're at home and don't want the neighbors to complain about the smell of marijuana, edibles are a great alternative.
Where to buy the best groceries in Amsterdam
While you can buy groceries from almost any cafe you can find, not all groceries are created equal in Amsterdam.
HimtitleFortunately, Boerejongens was awarded the Jack Herer Cup for the best edible in the Netherlands at the inaugural Cannabis Awards 2019There are many opportunities for Boerejongens in Amsterdam.
We especially like these places because they're not a dark musty cafe. Instead, the buildings are new, modern, and ridiculously clean. They also welcome everyone: tourists, locals, beginners, grandparents, neighbors, whoever! And look at these cakes. 😍
Amsterdam Genetics, the parent company of Boerejongens, has spent time perfecting the edibles: now they are ready to be served with a cup of tea for the queen. No kidding - these edibles are next level.
Spacetrys (like a cake, you know?) are delicious on their own, but the high you get from them is top notch. The range is available in the coffee shops Boerejongens, Coffeeshop Amsterdam, Tweede Kamer and Het Ballonnetje.
Shopping in Amsterdam: what you need to know
Ready to stock up on the best food in Amsterdam? Here are some quick tips first.
Edibles are absorbed differently in your body
Some people don't notice the difference, but others say they do. Even the best weed connoisseurs have been surprised by edibles.
The main aspect of edibles to keep in mind is getting up late. You'll get there much slower than smoking a joint or inhaling a pipe.
Once you eat your food, it travels to your gut where it is broken down and the food converted into energy. The compounds in cannabis are metabolized in the liver and then circulated throughout the body and brain.
Because edibles must be absorbed by the digestive system, this results in a delayed onset compared to smoking, where the effects are felt almost immediately.
So you have to put up with your purchases
Lots of people eat half a brownie, wait for it to hit five minutes later, and when it doesn't, they crush the other half. Then an hour later it all happens at once, you get incredibly high and you end up having a bad trip.
As a columnist for the New York TimesMaureen Dowd,I wrote:
“What can go wrong with a bite or two?
Everything as it turned out. Not at first. I felt nothing for an hour. But then I felt a terrible chill run through my body and brain. I barely made it from my desk to my bed, where I was curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours.
Take it easy, find out your tolerance and stay within your limits.
A good practice is to eat a small, manageable amount and wait two to four hours for the full effects to be felt. Trust me, getting a little less stoned is 100% better than having a bad trip.
Know how much of your food you should eat
Each edible product must state on the packaging how many milligrams of herbs it contains. As a rough starting point, 10 mg is considered a single dose for an adult.
But if you've never eaten anything edible before, we recommend starting small. Even though the package says you should eat half of the brownie, you may only need a fraction to feel comfortable.
Always remember: start small and go slow.
Here's what you can do if you get too high
There's nothing worse than feeling high or out of control. When the Heebie-Jeebies attack, here are some quick tips:
- First take a deep breath. Remember, no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose.
- Put on a fun show or podcast to distract yourself.
- Drink a glass of water.
- Snack: Pine nuts, lemon and pepper have been scientifically shown to reduce the effects of highs.
- Call a friend and see for yourself.
- Take a relaxing bath.
- Stroll through some quiet streets, but remember to charge your phone so you don't get lost in Amsterdam.
- Try to put him to sleep.
BRIBE:studieschecked thatTaking CBD oil can counteract the high.
If you're worried about how you're going to react to an edible, reach out to peopleCoffeeshop Amsterdam Information Center. They are the experts and will be happy to help you!
Would you like to do your shopping yourself? Here are the pros and cons
Although weed affects people differently, sativa-based weed gives users a sense of well-being and indica-based weed is a body effect better for relaxing and sleeping. So keep this in mind when choosing the weed strain for your edibles.
You'll have to look online for a recipe (there are plenty out there), but here's a quick rundown of the do's and don'ts:
|Again||do not do it|
|Be sure to stir, this will distribute the herb evenly throughout the dish.||Do not cook raw cannabis. The THC is not activated and you will only consume the leaves of the plant.|
|Start the THC component by heating the mix or you won't get high.||Don't grind the herb too fine. There shouldn't be any lumps, but it shouldn't be powdery either. Find a happy medium.|
|Measure the amount of grass you have placed. About five milligrams is a good starting point.||Do not cook at high temperature. The maximum should be around 130 degrees Celsius.|
Edibles are a fantastic way to experience Amsterdam's weed culture, as long as you take it easy, start small and go with the flow.
Of course, edibles aren't the only way. You can also get advicetruffle,CBD-Sol,Hashish, or equalEcstasy.
And if you'd rather get information on how to smoke weed in Amsterdam, you need oursGuide to the 19 best coffee shops in Amsterdam.
Enjoy your trip to Amsterdam and your other trip too! 😉
Did you eat groceries in Amsterdam? do you have a recommendation? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!
Grocery store in Amsterdam: frequently asked questions
How long does it take to get high from edibles?
It varies based on tolerance and experience, but the time between ingestion and feeling euphoric can range from 30 minutes to two hours.
Why is euphoria more intense with edibles?
When you smoke marijuana, THC travels faster through your lungs and into your bloodstream. THC is not easily broken down in the blood. Instead, THC binds to endocannabinoid receptors in the body. This means that the herb is not metabolized in the stomach.
But when you eat cannabis, the saliva begins to break down the THC, which is then more intensively absorbed by the stomach.
So while it may take a lot longer to kick in, the euphoria will last a lot longer and feel a lot stronger.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2019 and was fully updated in January 2022 for your reading pleasure.