Amsterdam Stoner Bucket List: What To Know

Amsterdam Stoner Bucket List: What To Know

So you want to head to Amsterdam? I try to get there myself every couple of years just to take in the vibe because it’s definitely a chill place to be. So, if you’re headed out that way, here are a few of my tips from one tourist to another.


1. If you can, find accommodations that are cannabis smoking friendly.

If you can find somewhere to stay that lets you smoke weed in your room, you’ll be off to a great start. In 2008, Amsterdam banned the smoking of tobacco in many indoor places (which include hotels), but sometimes weed can be a different story. Many of the places that allow you to smoke in the facility are hostels like the Flying Pig. There’s a smoking area connected to the bar, but rooms and hallways are still non-smoking. If you can’t find one, don’t fret. Edibles are always available if you want to be stoned in the comfort of your hotel.


2. Head directly to a Coffeeshop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200

Coffeeshops, not to be confused with coffee houses or cafes, are where you can (semi) legally buy weed in Amsterdam and they are EVERYWHERE. It may be more efficient to Google where they are because it’s actually illegal to have too much signage advertising marijuana in front of the establishments.


3. Bring Cash

After you find a coffeeshop that piques your interest, you walk in and buy weed. It’s that simple. Some places, however, don’t accept cards. If you’re like me, you think everyone should take Apple Pay, but we’re not there yet. So, if you want to make sure you can get that good herb.


4. Know Your Stuff

I know it can be intimidating to go into a coffee shop for the first time, but there are a few thing that you need to know going into it. In Amsterdam, joints are different. They include tobacco, much like a spliff in the United States. If you want a pre-roll of straight weed, you need to ask for a “pure joint”. That’ll be closer to what you’re expecting when you ask for a joint. Also, take a good look at your weed. You can check it out and smell it before you buy it. If it doesn’t look good, don’t get it, but make sure you check it!

5. Be Comfortable Not Knowing Your Stuff

If you really don’t know what you want after looking at the menu (which may not be all the descriptive), don’t be “that guy”. It’s okay to ask for recommendations from the person behind the counter. They get asked questions all the time, so they’re used to answering them. Just ask.

6. Make sure it’s okay for you to smoke

Even though a majority of coffeeshops in Amsterdam have smoking sections, you should still check to see if you are allowed to smoke in the venue. One experienced I encountered was that certain coffeeshops only let you smoke what you bought from them. In retrospect, it seems like common sense to not be able to just walk in and smoke weed, but still, check!

7. You can buy snacks, but the coffee is kind of garbage

To be a place called a “coffeeshop”, the actual coffee is not that great. If you’re picturing walking into like a Starbucks of marijuana, it’s not like that at all. It’s closer to walking into a dispensary that also has food for you inevitable munchies. On the upside though, there are a few coffeeshops that do have free wi-fi!


8. About Getting Crossfaded….

You can’t buy weed at bars, but you can smoke in a lot of bars. It’s fairly easy to go pick up some of that sweet, sweet, Amsterdam Mary Jane, then head to a bar and toke up while you have a drink. You can also get edibles and liquor at some liquor stores. This will also be convenient for those in hotels that do not allow smoking.


This, of course, isn’t everything you need to know for a trip to Amsterdam, but it’s a start. There’s a lot of things to explore and do in Amsterdam. Let me know your favorite and your tips for a fun trip to Amsterdam!

How to Grow Autoflowering Cannabis Plants

How to Grow Autoflowering Cannabis Plants

There are many types of seed used to grow cannabis. One type that many growers are fond of are autoflowering marijuana plants. But what are they, how are they grown, and what exactly is the point?

Autoflowering strains are designed to grow indoors during seasons when a normal outdoor garden can’t produce a quality harvest. When marijuana is cultivated outdoors, its growth depends on the quality and quantity of daylight. Plants do better in the tropics because sunlight there is intense and consistent year-round.

In cooler zones, outdoor farmers are constrained to summer; by autumn there is no longer enough light in the day and in some regions, it can simply be too cold. This is what makes indoor autoflower grows so popular in the United States and other northern climes.

Instead of blooming mid-summer, when outdoor sunlight is ideal, autoflowering plants bloom automatically, usually two to four weeks after sprouting. This allows greater control over the cultivation process and makes it possible to grow more weed.

But how do you grow autoflowering seeds? Here’s a brief explanation:

First, here’s what you’ll need: “feminized” autoflowering seeds; a germinating kit; a bucket or pail that holds 5-15 gallons (with holes in the bottom); enough cannabis-friendly soil to fill your bucket to 3/4; and lights adequate for a standard indoor grow.

Once you have your supplies, follow these steps to cultivate your seeds:

(Optional) Germinate your autoflowering seeds. This can be an easy process. People use paper towel, glasses of water, and even full blown germination kits. Personally, I just stick my seed in the dirt and let it to its thing.

2. Put soil in the bucket until it’s 75 percent full. More soil is better, but only up to about 95 percent full. Of course, your choice of bucket will determine how much pot you’ll be able to grow. That goes for non-autoflowering plants as well.

3. Dig a shallow hole in the middle of the bucket, deep enough to cover the seed (and its sprout if you pre-germinated), and then carefully place the seed in the hole and cover it with soil. Make sure the head of the sprout pokes up from under the dirt.

4. Next, set up your lights. Place them above the plants, leaving 6 to 10 inches between the hot bulbs and the plant tops. Raise the lights as the cannabis plant grows taller.

6. Follow a set lighting schedule during your autoflower grow. This is usually 18 straight hours of light each day and six hours of darkness, or 12 hours of each.

7. Follow recommended steps for a standard marijuana grow. Water the soil as needed (check every day and add water if the soil feels dry). Keep the light consistent throughout the entire cultivation period. Be careful with your nutrients, though. Since autoflowers are already on a tight grow schedule, it can be harder to correct growing mistakes.

8. The final step in producing an autoflowering strain is to harvest the resulting bud after flowering is complete. Once bud start to blossom, you’ll have another 10 to 14 weeks before it’s ready to pick and process. You’ll know the time has come when you see a fine layer of white crystals on the bud.

And that’s how you grow an autoflowering marijuana plant. It’s no harder than growing any other type of cannabis seed, and it could leave you with an even better supply of dope. Give it a try!



4 Things Successful Stoners Do Differently

4 Things Successful Stoners Do Differently

So you want to be a successful stoner? That’s awesome. It’s definitely not an impossible goal. Marijuana is awesome though, so there are a few things to keep in mind that successful stoners do differently than the stereotype:

They realize that moderation is key

Yes, there can be too much of a good thing. Even weed. Smoking too much can be what causes lethargy, especially if you’re one that favors indica strains. Know your limit. You absolutely do not need to smoke until you’re starting at a wall for hours on end and getting nothing done. It can be surprising how little cannabis you need for a recreational high or for medical relief.


They treat it as a reward for a long day

After a long day of dealing with other people’s bullshit, there’s nothing quite like a nice full bowl or vaporizer to relieve stress. While cannabis isn’t physically addictive, it can be mentally addictive to where all you’re thinking about is the next time you get to smoke. Putting your focus on your tasks for the day instead of how often you can hit a joint can significantly increase your productivity. Then, you get to indulge in that sweet, sweet Mary Jane.


They know how different types of cannabis affect them

As a general rule, people know that sativas lift you up while indicas mellow you out. What many people don’t realize however is that the effects of these are not the same across the board for everyone, especially with the amounts of hybrids strains in the world. In addition to that, even hybrids that claim to be the same strain can have varying effects from plant to plant. Be mindful of these things when choosing strains when you have places to go and people to see.


They don’t make cannabis a priority in their life

Have you ever met one of those people that only live for weed? It seems like everything in their life is based on the plant: talking about it, wearing it, and of course, ingesting it. Unless you’re making money from it, successful stoners do not make their entire lives about cannabis. They make their lives about other passions and use pot to enhance their lifestyle. If marijuana is your passion, you should probably find a way to profit from it.

Proper Dab Etiquette: How to not be “that guy” when dabbing

Proper Dab Etiquette: How to not be “that guy” when dabbing

1. Don’t try to kill your friend.

If you’re taking someone’s dab virginity, especially if they’re an experienced smoker, it could be really funny to watch them take more than they can handle. As amusing as it is, don’t do it. Let people know what they’re getting themselves into.


2. Make sure your rig is clean.

I mean, come on. It’s one of the top 5 habits every good stoner should have. No one really wants to use a dirty rig. They will if they have to, but they secretly judge you a little. Will they care about it the first dab? Probably not. But keep the rig clean anyway. It at least enhances the flavor.

3. Come prepared.

If you’re supplying the rig, make sure you have a good amount of butane in your torch (or an extra can). Be sure to have a dabber, alcohol wipes (to clean the dabber between dabs), food for your friends, cold water in the fridge, and – most importantly – enough wax for everyone.

4. Know your limits.

Dabbing is not a race. Dabbing too much is possible, and it’s not fun at all. Make sure you know your limits and if you’re a first-time dabber, only take really small amounts at a time.

5. Be courteous, even if it’s your stuff.

The old adage “Ladies First” still applies here. If there happen to be no ladies present, start with the new guy (if you have one). If there’s no new guy, ask the group who wants to go first. Done. Also, if it’s not your wax, don’t touch it with your hands. If the concentrate isn’t stable, you’ll end up getting it all over your hands and wasting it. This won’t make anyone happy.

6. Match if you have it.

Dabs are expensive, and your friend is being really nice by smoking you out. Don’t take advantage of this, or you’ll find yourself being left out of group dabs. Nobody likes a freeloader, so be sure to contribute every once in a while, whether that be finding your own concentrates or throwing in some cash.

How Hard Is It To Get A California Medical Marijuana Card? Short answer: Not Really.

How Hard Is It To Get A California Medical Marijuana Card? Short answer: Not Really.

There are times when some of us need to travel to California (for business or pleasure) and during those times, you don’t want to be without your medication. Recently, I went to Los Angeles for a convention and I decided to see how hard it would be to get a California Medical Marijuana card and stay medicated while I was out of town. It took me less than five minutes. Here’s how I did it: