Cannabis College Museum

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Cannabis College Museum Dedicated to educating the world on the myriad wonders – as well as the possible dangers – of weed, The Cannabis College Foundation has been operating in the same little 17th-century canal house since the late 90s. Amsterdam Holland 52.3721399 4.8974037
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Party Earth Review Dedicated to educating the world on the myriad wonders – as well as the possible dangers – of weed, The Cannabis College Foundation has been operating in the same little 17th-century canal house since the late 90s. Located... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–7pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

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Dedicated to educating the world on the myriad wonders – as well as the possible dangers – of weed, The Cannabis College Foundation has been operating in the same little 17th-century canal house since the late 90s.

Dedicated to educating the world on the myriad wonders – as well as the possible dangers – of weed, The Cannabis College Foundation has been operating in the same little 17th-century canal house since the late 90s.

Located in the heart of the Red Light District, the CCF is staffed mostly by volunteers who, despite the occasional infantile kids that make up some of the clientele, take the goal of the organization very seriously.

Recreational smokers can learn the best ways to avoid smoking tainted or otherwise dangerous product, while medical patients can watch educational videos on the miraculous health benefits of weed. Displays include books about hemp uses and culture, hemp cosmetics, clothing, shoes, and even a hemp snowboard, as well detailed information on the drug policies of many countries around the word.

Not surprisingly, a good bit of attention is paid to studies that detail how the Netherlands' leniency on soft drugs has helped the country win the war on hard drugs.

For those who are still curious for more, a small fee pays for a tour of the downstairs garden, where a roomful of rather magnificent organically grown plants bask in the artificial sun.

It may not be an actual college, but The Cannabis College Foundation is an ideal place in Amsterdam to obtain an objective (mostly) education about this controversial plant.

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Tip from Jonah:

Want your very own Cannabis College degree? Take the quiz on their website. If you score 90% or higher, you'll be able to print an official, personalized Cannabis College diploma. They recommend you use hemp or recycled paper!

  • Crowd

    Open-minded tourists, supporters of legalized marijuana, people looking to be informed, all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Everything you ever wanted to know about marijuana but forgot to ask, including a TV with marijuana-themed educational DVDs for viewing and a small library of marijuana-related books and magazines. Gift shop packed with cool t-shirts and souvenirs.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Space available to rent for private functions.

  • Prices

    Free admission. Garden access €3, which includes access for one week.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day to spend a few hours learning about weed. The museum occasionally holds events, information sessions, and educational seminars after hours. Check the website for dates/times.

Cannabis College Museum User Reviews

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An interesting day out
Emma L. Apr 22, 2013
Most European cities offer sight-seers a chance to explore a classical art gallery or a renowned brewery, but few serve up the chance to enter a Cannabis College Museum. . It's Amsterdam's liberal approach to drugs and sex that has won it such a globally famous reputation, so where better to learn the reasoning behind these decisions than in the capital itself. Slap bang in the heart of the red light district, I took a tour around the self-proclaimed college. It offers tourists a rare opportunity to learn about this controversial drug, by presenting the pros and cons in an unbiased and quite refreshing manner. While there, I was able to witness dangerous substances added to cannabis and hear arguments for why Holland's government has such lax rules towards drugs. A huge library packed with facts revealed some telling statistics. Such as Holland having one of the lowest crime rates for drugs misuse. This attraction has just reached its ten-year anniversary, which is testimony to its workers passion for the project. I was so pleased I took a morning out, away from all the hedonistic pleasure to learn some facts behind all the fun. It has left me with a new insight into the fascinating country.
For the weed nerds
Amster M. Dec 4, 2012
I think this is probably the best thing that Amsterdam has to offer as far as the weed industry goes. They explain everything, they have a library full of information that cover anything you want to know. Binders full of laws and country specifics, rowing, strains, you name it. There's just something in the atmosphere that makes you want to know more about the possibilities of hemp and the future of the cannabis industry... oh wait I know what's in the air... Just kidding. Ask to check out the box that shows bags from coffeeshops around the city that are tainted with chemicals, bad bud, and even buds laced with GLASS in an effort to cheat their customers. You really need to be careful about where you consume in Amsterdam, PLEASE visit this place.
Just eh
Jody P. Dec 3, 2012
I don't think this museum is really worth visiting. I felt like I "had" to check it out while I was in Amsterdam and was pretty disappointed. They have a whole lot of reading materials and you can tour their "garden" (I didn't so maybe that is the fun part of this attraction) but other than that, this is a glorified pot head's dorm room. They have a few exhibits and fun facts but that is about it. There are some really good museums in Amsterdam so if this doesn't fit into your museum timeframe, don't worry too much about it. You could probably get something out of it if you sat down to peruse some of their reading materials, but who wants to do that while visiting Amsterdam? Plus, this day and age you can probably get most of that info on the internet. It is not a terrible attraction, but not worth squeezing in if you don't have a lot of time.
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