The Differences Between Cannabis Clubs and Coffeeshops

Coffeeshops in Amsterdam are more popular than ever with over 250 options throughout the area. Also getting attention are Cannabis Clubs throughout Barcelona. But what are the differences between the two and which is a better option?

The Legalities

First, it is important to fully understand the laws surrounding cannabis in both Barcelona and Amsterdam. It is much easier to smoke cannabis in Amsterdam than cannabis in Barcelona. Remember to always speak to locals about their thoughts on cannabis as well.


In Barcelona, you are allowed to smoke cannabis in the privacy of your own home. You are also allowed to grow up to two plants, but selling is illegal. However, through a loop hole in the system, Cannabis Clubs are allowed in Barcelona. Members only are allowed to enjoy cannabis in these clubs. But to become a member, you must be referred by someone that is already a member.


Cannabis is tolerated in Spain, making Coffeeshops a little different than Cannabis Clubs. Coffeeshops in Amsterdam are allowed to sell cannabis to anyone and you are allowed to smoke it in public.

Amsterdam Coffeeshops

One great thing about the Coffeeshops in Amsterdam is that the quality of their cannabis is always consistent. Everyone that works at these shops are knowledgeable and also very friendly, so feel free to ask any questions you have about the menu. Most of these places have pretty lengthy menus and if you don’t quite understand, always ask!

Barcelona Cannabis Clubs

Cannabis Clubs in Barcelona tend to have high quality cannabis and the prices are pretty fair. Since you must be a member to get into these clubs, they are very secluded and offer a relaxing environment. The locals will be sure to tell you that they prefer the ambience of these clubs over Coffeeshops in Amsterdam.



By Sam

Sam Lowy is a writer, actor, comedian, musician, and everything in between. A true jack of all trades, Sam is constantly striving to learn and grow. Whether it's for a festival or just a once-in-a-lifetime club show, Sam loves to travel across the country to catch the best artists around. When he's at home in Tempe, AZ, Sam enjoys reading, playing guitar, and watching Frasier, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.