Smart shops are quite popular in the Netherlands and Amsterdam is home to a lot of them. They are often frequented by tourists who are either looking to buy “smart drugs” or get information on them.
So what are smart shops and what exactly do they sell?
A smart shop is a shop that specializes in the sale of psychoactive substances, including mostly natural psychedelics, and related literature and accessories. The name comes from the so-called smart drugs, a group of herbs and nutritional supplements whose purpose is to stimulate cognitive abilities.
Smart shops in Amsterdam sell magic truffles, vitamins, weed seeds, grown kits, and various souvenirs and arts.
In the Netherlands, the products that are sold in a smart shop are mainly natural and all legal. Well-known products sold in smart shops are Salvia divinorum, cacti, ayahuasca, and other herbs, seeds and plants. Often all kinds of pipes and bongs are sold in a smart shop.
Since 2004, smart shops in the Netherlands have been related to a department store that gives the customer personalized recommendations and points out interesting offers for individuals who are interested in psychedelics.