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How to find the best pre-rolled smoking paper

Once considered a poor alternative to rolling papers, pre-rolled cones have grown to become a very popular choice for experienced smokers over recent years. The industry is now packed with cones and pre-rolled papers for customers to purchase, but these vary in quality, so how do you find the best cones?

What are pre-rolled smoking papers?

JWare Reefer pre-rolled rolling paperAs the name suggests, pre-rolled smoking papers are smoking papers that come already rolled, which makes them incredibly convenient and quick to enjoy. They are also a great solution for smokers who either cannot roll their own joints or are unable to due to suffering illnesses such as arthritis. 

While there can be no replicating the pleasure of rolling your own joints, there are many benefits to using pre-rolled cones, and they are fast becoming a popular choice. There are many benefits to using pre-rolled cones, including:

The perfect joint every time

No matter how experienced at rolling joints you are, everyone will face the occasional paper tear, a joint that falls apart, or burns unevenly. A pre-rolled smoking paper will ensure that you can enjoy the perfect joint every time that provides a better taste and a smoother burn. 

Quicker

JWare B52 size pre-rolled rolling paperPre-rolled cones are also a much quicker solution to enjoying a joint. By being pre-rolled, you can quickly fill your cones or make a large batch to enjoy over the week. This makes them a lot more efficient and can help to save significant amounts of time. 

Can be fun

Another popular benefit of using a pre-rolled smoking paper is that they can be a lot of fun. While the vast majority are created as a single joint, some providers offer novelty solutions such as jumbo cones or options which can be smoked by more than one person. 

How to find the perfect cone

The market is packed with different pre-rolled cone manufacturers, which means the quality varies drastically between brands. If you are looking for the perfect cone, then it is worth trying a few different varieties first to ensure that you are able to understand the various burn rates, flavors, and styles available. 

When looking for the perfect cone, there are a number of factors that you should consider:

The brand

JWare Kind Size pre-rolled rolling paper hempWhen looking at the many various pre-rolled smoking paper available on the market, one of the most important factors to consider is the brand that you are purchasing. There are many different companies producing pre-rolled cones and rolling papers, so do your research and take a look at various reviews available. 

The best cones on the market are from reputable brands, and buying high-quality cones is essential. Manufacturers use a range of different materials to make their cones, but the most superior smoke comes from those pre-rolled cones that are made from 100% natural ingredients and do not feature any additives. 

Flavor 

Another important consideration to remember when trying to find the best pre-rolled cone is the flavor that you are seeking. There is no right answer to the perfect taste, and every 420 enthusiast is different. 

Some smokers seek a natural flavor from their pre-rolled cones, while others want something a little more flavorful than can help to enhance the overall taste of the bud. When choosing the right pre-rolled cone, it is important that you choose the right flavor for your smoke, as you do not want the cone to overpower your smoke. 

Every smoker is different, so when trying to find the best pre-rolled cone for your needs, you should buy a few different flavors from several brands to give you an insight into what is available. Some smoking enthusiasts like to keep certain flavored options for special occasions rather than using them every day. 

Filter

The next step to consider when trying to find the perfect pre-rolled cone is whether you want it to include a filter or not. This again comes down to personal preference, and lots of the best on the market do not come with a filter, which is actually standard practice for marijuana smoking. 

If you do opt for a cone that comes with a filter, then you should ensure that it has a paper filter. This will help to ensure that you do not waste any weed that might all out, but you will still be able to improve the airflow, making for a cleaner burn and better flavor. 

Additives

When finding the very best pre-rolled cones on the market, you want to ensure that the paper has not had any additives used in the production. The very best manufacturers will only use completely natural materials, and this is something that you want to ensure when buying a pre-rolled cone. 

A high-quality cone should be made using organic and unrefined materials. This will ensure that they are completely safe to smoke, and there are no chemicals interacting with the flavor of your weed. Alongside confirming the papers have no additives, you should also check the ingredients used in the filter. 

Glue

Another important consideration when choosing a cone is the glue that has been used in the construction. You want to ensure that your cone has been built using a natural water-based glue rather than chemical glue such as Ethyl Vinyl Acetate as this ensures a cleaner burn and your weed will not have any unwanted flavors. 

Burn Rate

A sign of a high-quality pre-rolled cone is that it provides you with a long and slow burn. Organic cones, such as those made using rice paper, are a popular choice, and they are also able to provide you with a number of additional health benefits. 

Size

Paper cones sizesThe final thing to consider when finding the best pre-rolled cones is the sizes that are on offer. There is a wide range of options available on the market, so the best choice for you will depend on your smoking habits. If you are not sure which is the best for you, then try a range of options until you find the perfect size for you. 

So what is the best pre-rolled cone?

The demand for pre-rolled cones has significantly increased in recent years, and there are now some fantastic and high-quality options on the market. However, there are also some lower quality cones, so when it comes to finding the best pre-rolled cone, you should conduct your research thoroughly and try various options out. 

Here at Eurocones, we pride ourselves on providing consumers with the very best pre-rolled cones possible. Our young and innovative team strive to give 420 enthusiasts the best cones on the market, and all of ours 100% vegan and made from completely natural products, ensuring you are able to enjoy the cleanest smoke possible. 

We do not just supply enthusiasts, either. Eurocones also works with many of the leading coffee shops in the Netherlands, with our filling devices designed to help them fill up to 100 cones in under three minutes! 

You can view our full range of cones here, while our growing range of weed accessories can be found here.  

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A Closer Look at the Coffeeshop Culture of the Netherlands

When you hear the term coffee shop, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Chances are, if you live anywhere in the world outside of the Netherlands, then you are picturing a café selling espressos and snacks. 

 

However, in the Netherlands, a coffee shop is an establishment where it is legal to sell and smoke cannabis products. Since the first shop opened in the 1970s, the country, and in particular Amsterdam, has grown to become synonymous with cannabis. The liberal views highlight the progressive approach the region has to topics that are otherwise considered unsavory elsewhere. 

 

A brief history of Coffee Shops in the Netherlands

During the 1960s, the hippie culture made drug use an increasingly more common occurrence around the world, and the Netherlands was certainly no different. With the use of marijuana on the rise, policymakers decided to intervene, and while some countries introduced a strict no-tolerance policy, the Netherlands introduced a more relaxed solution. 

 

During this period, soft drugs were being flagrantly sold across the country, and the government was fearful that these scenarios would lead users into trying harder drugs. That is why they implemented new laws that were designed to allow people to smoke cannabis in a safe and controlled environment, removing the possibility of patrons coming into contact with hard drugs. 

 

As legislation relaxed during the late 1970s and 1980s, it saw a rapid rise in the opening of coffee shops, and an entire industry was established. However, while the country is known for its liberal approach, coffee shops still have to adhere to a number of rules:

  1. Coffee shops much not advertise the sale of cannabis or drugs. 
  2. No hard drugs to be on the premises
  3. No more than 500g of stock to be kept on site
  4. No minors allowed on site
  5. Customers can not purchase more than 5g a day
  6. Customers must not cause any public disturbances 

 

Alongside these rules, coffee shops must also not sell any alcohol and cannot be within 250m of a school. Failure to adhere to these rules can see the shops being temporarily closed for up to six months or, in the case of major breaches, closed permanently. 

Three most popular coffee shops in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is arguably the most famous place in the Netherlands for coffee shops, and thousands of people visit the city every year to visit the legendary stores and take in the sights. Coffee shops can be found all over the city, but a large majority are located within the De Wallen district. 

There are dozens of great shops to choose from, but three of the most popular based on the review and how well know these Coffeshops amongst locals and tourists,  include:

Coffeeshop Amsterdam

Harlemmestraat 44, 1013 ES Amsterdam
  0031 0204276739
 Sun – Thurs : 10am – 1 am, Fri – Sat : 10 am – 2 am

Formally known as Dampkring 2, Coffeeshop Amsterdam is popular for residents and visitors alike, thanks to its friendly atmosphere and great music. The shop also has a wide and diverse menu to choose from, giving guests the ability to sample various strains to suit every taste. 

Famed for providing high-quality products, their cakes are one of the star attractions and a must-buy for visitors. 

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De Dampkring 

Handboogstraat 29, 1012 XM Amsterdam
 0031 20 6380705
 www.dampkring.nl
 Daily 10am – 1am

 

 

The original Danmpkring store is one of Amsterdam’s most iconic coffee shops and is the venue of choice for visiting celebrities. Film fans will also recognize the shop from the Hollywood blockbuster Oceans 12. 

The shop has an extensive menu to choose from, featuring a wide range of strains, while the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. With some great music and an incredibly relaxed vibe, it is a great spot to spend a few hours unwinding. There’s even a house cat lounging around to give it that true living room feel. 

The Bulldog

The Bulldog Palace, Leidseplein 15, 1017 PS Amsterdam
 0031 20 625 9864
 www.thebulldog.com
 Thu: 10am – 1am | Fri & Sat: 10am – 3am | Sun: 10am – 2am

When people think of coffeeshops in Amsterdam, Bulldog is often the first shop that comes to mind. One of the first to open in the city, it has branched out to feature several stores around the town, but it is the original shop, located near the Red Light District that is most popular. 

Spread over two floors, it provides visitors with a vibrant atmosphere, and despite its popularity, it still features fair prices and high-quality products. The shop also has a great food menu if you are looking for something to eat while smoking. 

Popular Cofeeshops in Amsterdam

Three most popular coffee shops in Utrecht

Although Amsterdam is renowned for its coffee shops, various cities around the country feature stores, and Utrecht has some of the best in the Netherlands. 

Culture Boat

Wittevrouwensingel 206, 3572 CE, Utrecht
 www.cultureboat.nl
 Daily 12pm – 8 pm

Culture Boat is a unique coffee shop as in fact, as the name suggests, it is situated on a boat! With plenty of tables and chairs, a great Moroccan theme, it is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. 

The beautiful surroundings, coupled with friendly and knowledgeable staff, ensures Culture Boat is a must-visit location for 420 enthusiasts. 

De Vipshop

1e Daalsedijk 294, 3513 TL, Utrecht
Daily 12pm – 8 pm

The cozy atmosphere of De Vipshop makes it one of the most popular destinations for locals, and the store caters primarily to locals, although tourists are, of course, welcome. With a Caribbean décor, it makes for a great spot to while away an afternoon. 

Although small, the store does not feel packed, and it is a great location to start a conversation with strangers. 

‘t Grasje

Oberchstraat 1, 3572 EA, Utrecht
 0302733842
 Daily 2pm – 8 pm, Sunday and Monday Closed

With one of the most extensive choices of weed in Utrecht, experienced smokers and newcomers will always be able to find the right joint at ‘t Grasje. With incredibly friendly staff and a warm and welcoming environment, it is one of the most popular coffee shops in the city.

Popular Cofeeshops in Amsterdam

Three most popular coffee shops in Groningen

With a younger population, Groningen is a lively and vibrant city, and there are some fantastic coffee shops for visitors to sample. 

Dees

Papengang 3, 9711 PA, Groningen
 www.cafedees.nl
 Mon-Wed : 11am-12am; Thu : 11am – 01 am; Fri-Sat : 12pm – 3 am; Sun : 3pm – 12am

 

 

Dees is the biggest shop in the city and is packed with amenities. Alongside a huge choice for customers to choose from, the shop also has a big outdoor area as well as games such as pool, darts and table football. 

Situated over two floors, it’s a very popular attraction, but it focuses on providing visitors with an affordable and high-quality product range. 

De Vliegende Hollander

Gedempte Zuiderdiep 63, 9711 HC, Grongingen
 www.de-vliengende-hollander.nl
 Daily 10am – 12am

 

 

The oldest coffee shop in the city, it has been serving customers since 1983 and is popular for locals and visitors alike. The shop has made headlines numerous times (most notably for sending the King a package of joints for his 18th birthday!) and offers a wide choice of products to choose from. 

Regulars will also recommend that visitors sample the cakes and brownies, which are amongst the best in the city. 

Metamorphose

Oude Boteringestraat 53, 9712 GE, Gronignen
0503144460
 Daily 11 am – 12 am; Sun 12pm-12am

A very small coffee shop, Metamorphose features modern furniture alongside a host of great games, tasty coffee, and a wide selection of snacks. Being based near the university, it has a young crowd and has become somewhat of an icon in recent years with branded t-shirts and merchandise available. 

Popular Cofeeshops in Amsterdam

Supplying the best coffee shops

At Eurocones, we focus on providing coffee shops across the Netherlands with high-quality pre-rolled cones. Our mission is to bring 420 enthusiasts together, while our young and passionate team are here to help shop owners reduce the time and costs involved in making their joints. 

With a wide range of products on sale, we offer cones in all sizes while we also have two commercial filling devices to choose from. The Fill Block will let coffee shops fill 34 cones in one go while the Knockbox 100 will fill a hundred cones in less than three minutes! 

Want to find out more? Get in touch today and find out how we can help you. 

Smoking during the coronavirus pandemic: Who’s making your pre-rolled cones?

The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us. Around the world, people are having to adapt to the new normal, and social distancing and additional hygiene measures are becoming second nature. 

When it comes to smoking cannabis, pre-rolled cones are fast becoming a popular choice for experienced and new smokers alike. Traditionally, when rolling a joint yourself at home, it will involve rolling the papers by hand, before licking it to seal it shut. However, in the current situation, many smokers are wondering how their pre-rolled cones are made, and if they are safe to smoke. 

This is a particularly relevant issue, especially after 3,000 pre-rolled joints had to be recalled in America in August due to them being manually sealed by employees during construction. If you smoke pre-rolled cones, or are wondering how they are made, we have taken a closer look… 

JWare B52 paper cones whiteHow are pre-rolled joints made?

In recent years, the use of pre-rolled joints has increased, and there can be no denying their popularity amongst seasoned smokers and newcomers alike. If you are out of practice, or new to smoking, then rolling a joint can be difficult, while those suffering from arthritis or forms of chronic hand pain are often unable to build their own joints either. 

Pre-rolled joints are a great alternative for those unable to roll their own, providing a fast and simple solution. Although they originally had a reputation as being a lower quality product, they are now a very high-quality alternative to rolling papers, but how are they made?

There is no one right answer, and there are many different methods of making pre-rolled cones. Some people will roll a large batch of their own in one go, allowing them to quickly use them while on the go, whereas many companies are able to mass-produce cones which are then sold in various cafes and dispensaries. 

Pre-rolled cones differ between companies, depending on two key factors:

  • Grade of paper

Pre-rolled papers are available in a wide range of paper grades and sizes. Customers can also usually choose from a range of filters.

The papers are usually available in a range of quality, with the cheaper pre-rolled cones usually featuring lower quality paper. 

  • Shape and size

Although they can be created in almost an unlimited range of shapes and sizes, typically pre-rolled joints come in a uniform cone shape. This ensures that customers are able to enjoy the same joint every time they purchase the product, helping to create a clear brand identity and marker of quality.

But how are the cones closed and stuck together? In the post-coronavirus world, this is one of the most frequent questions that smokers are asking. In the past, it was common for coffee shop staff to make a large batch of joints every day or week, which would typically be rolled by hand and sold to customers. 

This way would see the worker seal the joint manually. Although this was not normally seen as a problem, as technology and machinery approved, this fell out of fashion, and now most retailers in Europe use an edible glue to secure the paper together. This means that there is almost no risk of transmitting coronavirus through the production of pre-rolled cones. 

Many customers wonder if the glue is safe for use, and this is one of the most important aspects of pre-rolled cones. It is essential that the right amount of adhesive is used for the dimension of the cone. Too little glue, and the paper will not stick together and can become loose at the end, whereas too much glue will stain the paper and potentially affect how it burns. 

Of course, it is not just the cones themselves that need to be coronavirus safe. The entire production has had to significantly change as businesses adapt to the new measures, with staff having to utilize additional equipment such as gloves and masks. At the same time, tools will also need to be regularly sanitized. This is to ensure that consumers can have complete peace of mind that their cones are safe and secure. 

How do coffee shops fill pre-rolled cones?

Pre-rolled cones are highly efficient and can not only save significant time, but they also ensure that each joint is the same quality and standard. When it comes to filling these cones, there are a number of different methods that can be utilized.

Traditionally, they can be filled by hand. To do this, the cone needs to first be placed onto a flat surface, such as a rolling tray.

From there, the handler can scoop or fill the cone with their fingers or utilizing a tool known as a loader. This can be a time-consuming process, and in the post-coronavirus world, some customers are uncomfortable with their joints being handled by hands. 

That is why filling devices are becoming increasingly popular. They are able to quickly and efficiently fill multiple cones in one go while also adhering to COVID-19 hygiene measures. 

How we can help 

Here at Eurocones, we understand the importance of ensuring your business is COVID-19 secure. As a young and innovative company, our passionate team is here to bring people together and provide unique solutions to 420 enthusiasts. 

We focus on providing the very best quality products possible. All of our pre-rolled cones are 100% vegan and are carefully handmade following strict coronavirus protocols, ensuring our customers have complete peace of mind that their products are safe to enjoy. Our cones are available in a wide range of sizes, including King, Reefer, and Party, and we have always used edible glue to seal our cones. 

Of course, we do not just provide pre-rolled cones for consumers. We also provide a range of commercial filling devices for coffee shops to quickly fill multiple cones. Our unique Fill Block device will let you quickly fill up to 34 cones in one go. Simply add the cones to the device, and fill it with your favorite strain of cannabis. 

Knockbox cone filling device set

We also provide an even larger filling device, with our Knockbox 100 machine capable of saving coffee shops hours of work by filling 100 cones in under three minutes. This ensures your business can follow strict COVID-19 measures and provide your customers are able to enjoy the very best quality joints possible. 

Our team has been working throughout the coronavirus pandemic, following strict social distancing measures to ensure our customers and staff are safe. Want to find out how we can help your business? Get in touch today! 

Cannabis Usage in the Netherlands: Everything You Need To Know

When you think of the Netherlands, what is the first thing that you think of? Chances are, cannabis is one of the first things that comes to mind. Thanks to the prominence of places such as the Amsterdam coffee shops in popular culture, the country is regularly seen as a very popular destination for marijuana enthusiasts. 

However, did you know that cannabis is still technically illegal? Thankfully, it has been decriminalised for personal usage in designated areas, and current estimates suggest there are 570 coffee shops operating across the country. So whilst you cannot smoke cannabis on public streets, utilising any of the coffee shops is fine. 

A short history of cannabis in the Netherlands

History shows that cannabis was widely smoked across the country in the 17th century, when locals would mix marijuana and tobacco together to smoke in their pipes. Usage remained very popular until it was banned by the government and various religious organisations. 

The modern history of marijuana begins back in the 1970s, when the Netherlands started to adopt a more tolerant approach to soft drug use. It was during this time the infamous coffee shops began to open, with Amsterdam’s first shop, The Bulldog, opening in 1975. 

Since then, the country has continued its lenient approach to softer drugs, giving rise to the many coffee shops found across the region today.

Cannabis and the law

Although you are not legally allowed to smoke cannabis in public, if caught in city centres, the police will often issue a warning for the first offence and confiscate any amount over five grams. Selling cannabis, however, is enforced far more strictly, and you will be more likely to be prosecuted if caught. 

This law only applies to private sellers, and coffee shops are allowed to sell to customers as long as they follow a strict set of rules, which include:

  • Selling no more than five grams of cannabis per person, per day
  • Not selling marijuana to anyone underage
  • No minors allowed to enter the shop
  • No alcohol to be sold 
  • Keeping stock levels below 500 grams
  • Restricting access and sales to people who live outside the Netherlands

Some of these laws are enforced more strictly than others. For example, selling to a minor will see their licence revoked immediately, whereas selling to non-residents is often tolerated. 

The laws around growing cannabis are also less enforced. While cultivation is illegal, growing a few plants at home is decriminalized, and if caught with less than five plants, they will likely just be confiscated without prosecution. Personal usage is the key term here, and regardless of the number of plants, if police find signs that the grower is cultivating cannabis for commercial reasons, then they will be prosecuted and could face community service or even imprisonment. 

It is legal to buy and sell cannabis seeds across the Netherlands, and they are also able to be legally sent into the country via the national postal service. The use of CBD is also decriminalised for personal use. 

What about medicinal cannabis?

It is probably no surprise that The Netherlands was amongst the first countries worldwide to legalise medicinal cannabis. The process began in 1999 when the then Health Minister Els Borst began to advocate for its use before production and prescription use began in 2001. 

 

How to buy cannabis in the Netherlands

When it comes to buying marijuana in the Netherlands, coffee shops remain the most popular place for tourists and residents. Although only small quantities are allowed to be sold per person per day, locals of all ages tend to stop by for a daily smoke. 

Many coffee shops sell pre-rolled joints, but vaporisers and bongs are also available. Rules within each shop are strictly enforced, which means no hard drugs can be sold, no normal cigarettes or alcohol to be consumed indoors, and all visitors must be able to produce an ID when asked to prove they are over the age of 18. 

Each shop will usually provide customers with a wide variety of marijuana to choose from, and the expert staff will be happy to discuss options with visitors. There will also be a wide choice of quality and price, ensuring there is something for every budget and customer. 

If smoking is not something that you fancy, then the Netherlands also allows the sale and consumption of cannabis edibles and concentrates such as space cakes and brownies. 

Coffee shops are the leading way to purchase cannabis products, not only thanks to the ease of use but also for the high-quality marijuana consumers can enjoy. However, whilst illegal, for residents, it is possible to grow your own plants for personal use, and growshops have become a popular choice since the 1980s. These shops are allowed to sell all of the equipment to grow cannabis, but they are not allowed to cultivate or grow the plant themselves.

Top tips for buying from a coffee shop 

If you are heading into a coffee shop for the first time, it can be a little daunting, but here are some top tips for first-timers:

  • Bring your ID:

You will need to prove to shop owners you are over the age of 18

  • Consult the menu

Don’t rush in and buy the first joint you spot. Browse through the menu and chat with the staff, they will be able to help you find the right product for you. You should also talk to the staff about the right strain, the last thing you want is to order a product that is too strong for you. 

  • Buy pre-rolled

If you are not used to smoking joints, then opt for a pre-rolled option as these will likely contain a mix of tobacco and marijuana, or fill those cones directly by yourself at home.

  • Double-check your product

The Netherlands is renowned for its high-quality product, but occasionally bad product can find its way through. To check yours is fresh, look for well-trimmed buds, a strong aroma and good moisture content. 

  • Stay away from the tourist traps

Thousands of tourists flock to the Netherlands every year, which has led to some shops opening up to meet the demand, resulting in low quality but high prices. Speaking with some locals will help you find the shops that they visit, which can lead you to a much better product! 

  • Ask before lighting

Although most shops will let you light up inside, some will not allow any smoking on-site, so before you light your joint, double-check it is OK to smoke there. 

Final thoughts

The Netherlands and cannabis have long been entwined, and here at Eurocones, we are passionate about providing 420 enthusiasts with the very highest quality cones possible. Our innovative solutions have been designed to transform the smoking experience by improving the ease and convenience, helping to save time and money through our pre-rolled cones. 

We are not only here for the enthusiasts though, Eurocones also provides a host of innovative solutions for dispensaries and retailers. Our filling machines are able to fill up to 300 cones in just a matter of minutes, saving businesses countless hours of having to roll joints themselves. 

So whatever you are thinking, if you are seeking pre-rolled cones, or you want to discover the benefits of our filling machines, check out the full range here

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Pre-rolled or roll your own? What is the best solution?

Ask anyone who regularly smokes what they prefer, pre-rolled cones, or rolling papers, and you will likely hear plenty of different reasons why they prefer one over the other. Pre-rolled cones are a popular choice thanks to their ease of use, often being the preferred option for beginners, however many purists love the old school style of rolling their own… so which is the best solution?

When it comes to choosing between the two, it is primarily down to personal choice. However, to help you make your decision, we thought we would take a closer look at both options…

What’s the difference?

Before you can decide which to use, it is important to understand the differences between using a pre-rolled cone and rolling a joint yourself.

Pre-rolled Cone

A pre-rolled cone is exactly as it sounds. It allows users to enjoy their smoking experience almost immediately by purchasing a product that is ready-made and can be smoked without any preparation.

This makes them incredibly accessible for those who cannot roll their own papers or do not have the time to go through the rolling process every time they want a smoke. They are also a beneficial product for those suffering from an illness like arthritis and who might not be physically capable of rolling their own.

Pre-rolled cones also help to provide a more even burn when compared to hand-rolled options, helping to give a cleaner and more pleasant smoking experience. Many pre-rolled cone retailers, such as Eurocones, provide customers with a wide choice of style to choose from too, with multiple sizes readily available alongside cones made from different materials.

Rolling papers

Rolling papers, on the other hand, are specifically designed to let you roll your own joints and are typically made from a range of materials with hemp, wood pulp, and rice straw amongst the most popular. For many users, they like the traditional aspects of rolling their own joints, and the process of doing so can actually be as therapeutic as the process of smoking it.

Not only do rolling papers offer a more old-school method of smoking, but it can also be a cheaper solution, as well as giving the user complete control over customisation. By using rolling papers, users can easily decide the strength and quality of their joint.

What are the pros and cons?

Whichever option you choose, you always want to ensure that you are able to enjoy the very best smoke possible. Both options have their benefits when compared to the other, and it is important to remember that every smoker will have their own preferred method. We thought we would take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of pre-rolled cones and rolling papers.

Pre-rolled Cones – the pros

  • Great for beginners

One of the most useful benefits of pre-rolled cones is just how convenient they are. Users do not need to spend time rolling their own joint and instead can simply light up and smoke whenever they want. This is particularly useful for beginners who might not know how to correctly roll their own, or for those regular smokers who are just not able to roll consistent joints. With a pre-rolled cone, you are always guaranteed the perfect smoke.

  • More efficient

Thanks to them being ready-made, they are a much more efficient solution, and you can quickly create your daily or weekly supply in a matter of minutes compared to having to roll each one individually.

  • Can be more fun

Although the vast majority of pre-rolled cones are designed as a single joint, it is also possible to purchase a novelty, fun option. There are lots of different sizes out there, such as jumbo 12” cones or ones designed to smoke with friends.

Pre-rolled Cones – the cons

  • Predetermined

If you like to personalise your smoking experience, then pre-rolled cones are not the best choice for you. They are designed to offer the user the same shape and size every time, which means you can’t change to suit your style.

  • Easily damaged

Unlike rolling papers, which are flat and secured in their package, pre-rolled cones can be easily damaged if not kept in a protective tube. This means that you could go to smoke your joint only to find it has been crushed or destroyed in your bag or pocket if it has not been stored properly.

Rolling papers – the pros

  • Cost-effective

For rolling papers, one of the most significant benefits that users will always state is that they are more cost-effective. Because the user is having to do all of the work, rolling papers are very cheap – although the wastage can be high if you are not experienced at rolling.

  • Easy to find

Rolling papers are also very easy to find, available in almost every convenience store you walk past. This means that no matter where you are, if you are in need of some papers, you will be able to find some quickly.

  • Customisable

Unlike pre-rolled cones that are uniform in shape and size, rolling papers provide the user with a fully customisable solution. This means that they can determine the length, width and strength of each roll. Rolling your own also lets you decide the paper that you use, helping you to determine the burn rate of the joint.

Rolling papers – the cons

  • Can be difficult to roll

This is the biggest negative for rolling papers, with them requiring a real skill to roll the perfect joint every single time. This does not make them very user friendly, and it often requires a lot of trial and error before they are able to roll a good enough joint to enjoy every single time.

  • Time-consuming

Although some of the most experienced rollers will be able to put together a joint in a matter of minutes, it is a time-consuming process for the vast majority of smokers. Rolling a proper joint is a slow movement, and if you are planning to roll several in one sitting, you might be there for a few hours!

Final thoughts

There is no right or wrong decision when it comes to choosing between pre-rolled cones and rolling papers. However, for many people, the ease, convenience, and time-saving benefits that using pre-rolled cones offer makes them a popular choice.

Here at Eurocones, we are passionate about bringing the very highest quality pre-rolled cones to all 420 enthusiasts. We believe in offering innovative solutions to the market, which is why we offer users 100% vegan, pre-rolled cones that have been designed to help elevate the smoking experience. Our pre-rolled cones are available in a range of sizes, starting from 98mm all the way up to 280mm, ensuring that you will always be able to find the perfect joint for your needs.

Alongside providing our customers with the very best quality cones, we also strive to help dispensaries and retailers. Our unique filling machines are amongst the best on the market and help these businesses to fill up to 300 cones in a matter of minutes, saving them countless hours of production.

Are you thinking of trying some pre-rolled cones? Check out our full range here

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Medicinal Cannabis: Myths and Truths

Medicinal cannabis is on the rise across the globe and slowly countries are beginning to update laws and legislations that surround the drug. However, with decades of negative press surrounding the consumption of cannabis, it has meant that misunderstandings and myths around medicinal cannabis have become widespread – leaving many confused about just what the truths are.

No matter whether you are an experienced smoker or are completely new to medicinal cannabis and are simply wondering about the benefits that it offers, we have put collated some of the most common myths in circulation.

What is medicinal cannabis?

Before looking at the myths that surround it, it is important to understand exactly what medicinal cannabis is and how it is used. The cannabis plant contains over 100 different chemicals, which are referred to as cannabinoids and each one has a different effect on our bodies.

Medicinal cannabis is said to help treat various disease and conditions, with some of the most common including:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Spasms

These cannabinoids are similar to natural chemicals found in our body and research has shown that they can help to reduce anxiety and inflammation as well as reduce pain and relax tense muscles commonly associated with MS.

How is medicinal cannabis consumed?

There are many different ways to consume medical cannabis, with patients able to choose from inhaling it through a vaporizer, eating it, applying it to the skin via a lotion, or placing a few drops of a cannabis liquid under the tongue. For many though, the primary way of consuming it is to smoke it in a joint.

As the acceptance of cannabis grows, patients can take advantage of a huge range of pre-rolled papers and smoking cones, helping to make smoking cannabis much easier.

So what are some of the most common myths?

Myth #1: All medicinal cannabis products make you ‘high’

This is arguably one of the most common myths that surround medicinal marijuana. Medicinal cannabis features two main ingredients, THC and CBD, the former is associated with the sensation of feeling ‘high’ and the latter is associated with bodily effects.

When prescribed for medicinal reasons, the doctor will prescribe how much cannabis in a joint is required and how often you should smoke it. Sticking to these recommendations will prevent you from feeling high.

Myth #2: Cannabis is addictive

Another very common misconception that many people believe is that cannabis is addictive. However, this is not true and a recent study in America by the National Library of Medicine and National Center for Biotechnology Information found that when compared to other common drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, and coffee, cannabis actually had the lowest dependency risk of them all.

Myth #3: Eating and smoking marijuana provides the same effects

Many people believe that regardless of how they ingest the drug, the effects will be the same, however, this is not true and they have considerable differences. Smoking cannabis is usually able to produce the effects far quicker, usually within 30 minutes, while eating it is much slower, taking up to two hours to start taking effect.

Smoking also sees the effects wear off within two hours whereas eating marijuana products can see it take up to eight hours for the effects to be fully negated. Many people resort to eating cannabis-based products as they are not sure about how much cannabis in a joint is required, or they are not confident in rolling a joint themselves. However, there are many pre-rolled paper products and smoking cones available on the market today to cover everyone’s requirements.

Myth #4: Smoking medicinal cannabis can damage your lungs

Although the dangerous effects of smoking tobacco cigarettes are well known, with them leading to multiple respiratory illnesses throughout the lungs, windpipe, and voice box, cannabis does not have the same effect.

Marijuana does not contain any nicotine or toxins typically found in cigarettes, which means the major chemicals responsible for respiratory damage are not present. Equally, cannabis smokers do not chain smoke like cigarette users do, meaning they are inhaling far less.

There have been countless studies conducted, such as one by the University of California San Francisco which has proven that using cannabis smoking cones is far less damaging to the human body than cigarettes are.

Myth #5: Medicinal Cannabis cures everything or provides no benefit

There are two major groups of people in the world, those who believe that smoking cannabis is a cure-all miracle and those who believe that it provides no benefits at all. The truth however, lies in the middle of these beliefs.

A quick Google search can reveal that medicinal cannabis can cure any disease you can imagine, and while this is not true it has been proven to significantly reduce symptoms such as nausea after chemotherapy, help to make intense pain from multiple sclerosis more manageable, and even reduce the number of seizures people have from epilepsy. It is important to remember though that smoking cannabis does not cure these illnesses.

Myth #6: Using medicinal cannabis will leave me tired

Despite cannabis usage become more widespread and accepted, many people have grown up with the notion that all smokers must be lazy stoners, and smoking weed leaves you lethargic and tired. This could not be further from the truth.

Medicinal cannabis comes in two distinct strains, Indica which has higher CBD and lower THC and Sativa, which has a lower CBD and higher THC count. CBD helps to relax your muscles and mind, so it is typically recommended for use in the evening as it can make you feel tired. Sativa, on the other hand, helps with chronic pain and can increase your focus and serotonin levels, meaning it is non-drowsy and is typically recommended for use throughout the day.

Myth #7: Cannabis damages brain cells

Another myth that seems to have followed cannabis around for decades is that regularly using the drug will kill your brain cells. In reality, however, this is not true and research by the University of Louisville revealed that long term use plays no role in the killing of brain cells.

Further research has supported this, going further to suggest that antioxidants found in the plant can actually encourage the growth of new brain cells!

Final thoughts…

Although governments around the world are slowly beginning to decriminalise the use of cannabis and the use of medicinal cannabis is on the rise, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the drug.

At Eurocones, we focus on providing customers with the very best pre-rolled paper and smoking cones. We also work with dispensaries and retailers, providing them with unique filling machines, such as our Knockbox 100 Filling Device, to help them save time and quickly fill cones in a matter of minutes.

The cannabis industry is on the rise and the more people become aware of the benefits of medicinal cannabis, the more these myths will be busted!

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Where is the Use of Cannabis Legal in Europe?

Cannabis is known by many for its medicinal properties as well as its health benefits, but many European countries still restrict or ban the use of the drug. The differing rules and regulations around cannabis use from country to country can cause confusion for travellers who suddenly find themselves getting fined for carrying marijuana.

 

Below is a list of European countries and their current rules and regulations around the use of cannabis. Being aware of the varying cannabis restrictions can save you a lot of money and hassle the next time you decide to travel.

Cannabis-friendly countries

Czech Republic

Overall, the Czech Republic has a very lenient cannabis policy. Use and possession of cannabis have been decriminalised, medical marijuana is legal, and cannabis plants can be grown for personal or private use. The law states quantities for personal use are up to 15 grams of herbal cannabis, 5 grams of hash, and up to five marijuana plants.

Possession of small amounts of cannabis is generally considered a misdemeanour but not publishable by law, although you’ll likely get a fine. If you possess a large amount of marijuana, it could lead to a year or more in prison.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands has the most relaxed stance on cannabis use but it’s still illegal, for the time being. That being said, while marijuana use isn’t legal, it has been decriminalised, and the country has a toleration policy around soft drugs such as marijuana.

In fact, the country is so tolerant that coffeeshops actually sell weed in small amounts to their customers. This doesn’t mean you can buy however much marijuana you want at a coffeeshop, though. The shops have to follow strict rules if they want to sell marijuana, and the government is very careful about regulating who can buy from the coffeeshops. A few of the regulations include:

  • No selling cannabis to minors
  • No advertising the drug
  • No quantities over 5 grams

 

In an effort to cut down on cannabis tourism, the government also restricted sales to residents of the Netherlands.

Overall, the Netherlands is very tolerant of cannabis as long as its in small quantities (no more than 5 grams). Even if you’re in possession of this much marijuana, you will not be prosecuted for it.

Portugal

Like the Netherlands, Portugal has also decriminalised the use of cannabis. In 2018, the country even legalised the use of medical marijuana. It’s only meant to be prescribed once all other forms of conventional treatment fail. It’s often prescribed to treat ailments such as chronic pain, cancer therapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, and others.

While Portugal may be lenient with the medical use of the drug and have it decriminalised otherwise, it is still illegal to sell and cultivate cannabis. Offenders of this law can be given anywhere from a one to a five-year prison sentence.

Complicated cannabis laws

Spain

Cannabis use in Spain is a bit more complicated than the Netherlands and Portugal. Weed has been decriminalised, but public use is still considered a serious offense and could result in a very hefty fine. Private use, however, is another matter entirely. For the most part, private use and even the cultivation of marijuana are considered legal. As long as you’re in the privacy of your own home, you can smoke and grow cannabis for your personal use.

Cannabis clubs are another way people get around marijuana restrictions in the country. If you belong to a cannabis club, you pay a membership fee and then the club can grow and distribute marijuana to you, as a member.

Switzerland

Switzerland is another country with complicated cannabis laws. Legal strains of cannabis in Switzerland must contain less than 1.0 percent of THC. If you’re caught with marijuana, you’ll likely be charged a fine of around 100 Swiss Francs but it’s unlikely you’ll face prosecution if you possess less than 10 grams.

Since 2011, doctors have been allowed to prescribe medical marijuana to patients. This cannabis prescription can have a THC content of more than 1.0 percent.

Unfriendly to cannabis users

France

Ironically, France has some of the strictest marijuana laws in Europe, and yet it’s still one of the biggest cannabis consumers. It is illegal to possess or consume cannabis whether or personal use or not. If you’re caught with marijuana on your person, the severity of your punishment is based on the amount of cannabis you have. Depending on the circumstances, you may get lucky and be released without punishment. In other cases, you may have to take a drug awareness course, at your own expense, or serve up to a year in prison.

Medical marijuana is not yet legal, although in 2014 France did authorise the use of Sativex as a prescription. Sativex is derived from cannabis, but although it was authorized in 2014, it has been inaccessible to patients and doctors due to a lack of agreement on price.

Marijuana in Europe

Based on the above, it’s clear marijuana laws in Europe can be quite confusing. Cannabis use is still largely illegal even though many countries have legalised medical marijuana.

If you’re going to smoke, make sure you’re either in a private location or in an authorized coffeeshop or cannabis club to reduce your risk of getting fined. It can also be helpful to have your own pre-rolled cones on hand so you don’t have to worry about finding papers while you’re out. If you’re not an expert joint roller, these handy pre-rolled cones also make it easier to enjoy yourself when you find a promising coffeeshop to stop in. Just remember, check the laws before lighting up so you know where it’s safe to partake and what areas should potentially be avoided.

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How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Affecting the European Cannabis Industry

Since it first appeared in December 2019, the COVID-19 outbreak has affected countless of lives and businesses around the world. As the deadly virus spread at breath-taking pace across the globe, infecting almost every country on earth within 100 days, it forced governments to close borders, reduce movement, and enforce strict social distancing measures.

These strict measures are designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the number of people infected by the outbreak. However, whilst this is working and many countries across Europe are taking control of the disease, it has also had a huge economic impact that will likely be felt for years to come.

These lockdown measures have forced businesses, restaurants, and cafes to close and there is not a single industry that has not been negatively impacted by their results in some form – and the cannabis business is no different.

The impact of lockdowns on businesses

Due to these strict lockdown measures being implemented, the world is almost certainly going to be facing a global recession. However, as the 2008 financial crisis showed, this is not always a negative impact for some businesses and industries and signs are encouraging the cannabis trade will be able to remain in a positive stage.

Following the 2008 recession, there was a clear shift in consumer attitudes as they shifted away from luxury brands and huge corporations and instead focused on supporting local and small businesses. Although it is impossible to predict how consumer attitudes will change following the COVID-19 pandemic, early signs are encouraging that this trend will be similar on this occasion too.

However, before we can begin to look at the effects that the recession might have on the industry, it is important to look at the current problems that the lockdown is causing. One of the most obvious, and most pressing issues, is the immediate closure of all non-essential shops. Almost overnight, businesses found themselves without a regular stream of consumers and sales. In the Netherlands, the day before the lockdown began smokers queued up outside coffee shops to stockpile up on cannabis supplies before they were forced to close.

The lockdown has had a wider impact on the industry too. Some of the biggest hemp, cannabis, and CBD events and conferences have been cancelled or postponed, including the International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin and the CBD Show in London. However, it is not all negative and many businesses and organisers have used the lockdown to get creative.

In London, The High Club (THC) teamed up with Volteface and the London Canna Group to create the UK’s first virtual legalisation rally on 4/20. The usual rally which takes place at Hyde Park wasn’t able to go ahead this year, so the trio created the livestream event across Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Changing consumer habits

Whilst this sudden panic buying of cannabis before the lockdown would certainly have had a positive impact on year-on-year sales, as the lockdown continues this would have pushed to a negative standpoint, and businesses will have had to adapt to changing consumer habits. One of the initial trends that experts are noticing is there appears to be an increase in cannabis consumers’ bulk buying their product in a single transaction.

Alongside the bulk buying from regular customers, there has also been a huge surge in demand for cannabis products in general. This surge has meant that demand for e-commerce cannabis providers has increased and many business owners and entrepreneurs are now launching their own online stores in response; helping them to combat the loss of profits from the lack of physical selling at traditional retail outlets.

This downturn in the economy has led to many people suddenly losing their jobs and facing anxiety about how they will be able to pay for their necessities such as rent, utilities, and groceries. You might, therefore, think that this would see people reduce non-essential items such as cannabis products, however, that is not necessarily the case and retailers are actually benefiting from what is commonly referred to as the ‘lipstick effect’.

This is an effect whereby consumers will still spend their money on small indulgences during difficult periods. When they are unable to buy the big, luxury items these small treats help to maintain some enjoyment during the darker periods and is the primary reason why many leisure venues are able to remain somewhat recession-proof.

As the lockdown continues, recreational cannabis users are combating the growing sense of isolation and anxiety that comes with it but indulging themselves. With consumer demand showing no signs of abating, retailers are adapting to these changing habits to take advantage. Alongside launching e-commerce abilities, cannabis retailers are getting increasingly inventive with their delivery options; offering direct delivery to houses or curbside pickup – ensuring they are able to maintain with the strict social distancing implementations.

What does the future have in store?

As the world slowly begins to adapt to what is being dubbed ‘the new normal’, it will mean the world will look vastly different to what it did just four months ago. It looks increasingly likely that some form of social distancing will, unfortunately, have to remain in place for many more months, until a vaccine is found, so the cannabis industry will have to adapt.

As cannabis consumers continue to adjust to this ‘new normal’, many are actually discovering the benefits and ease that purchasing cannabis products online can bring. Being able to shop for high-quality products from the comfort of your own home is likely going to become the go-to solution for many consumers.

Those brands which are providing innovative and creative solutions during these difficult times will likely be the ones that will thrive in the post-COVID-19 world. Here at Eurocones, our focus is on providing consumers with the very best in pre-rolled cones and cannabis accessories. Our young and passionate team are working to ensure our customers are able to enjoy our full product range throughout the coronavirus outbreak, and we are following strict social distancing measures to ensure that our staff and customers are safe.

Alongside consumers, we are helping retailers and professionals too. Our unique Knockbox 100 Filling Device is helping them to save hours of their time by filling 100 cones in under three minutes; allowing them to focus on growing their business and adapt to this new world.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a generation-defining moment in human history and is undoubtedly going to change the face of the earth as we know it. However, change is not necessarily a bad thing and after a period of decline in recent years, this could be the stimulus to reinvigorate the cannabis industry.

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The Netherlands’ Smoking Ban

Following in the footsteps of countries like Ireland, the UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Malta, Spain and Hungary, the Netherlands government banned the smoking of tobacco in public places. This move was in compliance with European Union laws promoting smoke-free public spaces. In 2002 the Tobacco Act was implemented which prohibited the smoking of tobacco in all places of public access, government buildings and institutions, the advertising of tobacco products, and the sale of cigarettes to persons below the age of 18. By 2004 the ban had been extended to all public transport and enclosed communal spaces serving public transport. Regulations on tobacco smoking in all places of work soon followed. In 2008, restaurants and hotels were added to the list of public spaces envisioned by the Act.

These regulations are part of the government’s initiative to promote and achieve healthier living in the Netherlands. The National Prevention Agreement adopted in 2018, sets out to realize a smoke-free Dutch populace by the year 2040—“In 2040, children won’t know what tobacco smoke smells like anymore. They will be the children of a smoke-free generation, who will live in an environment free of tobacco. What a fantastic prospect: in twenty years’ time, no child will start smoking. And there’ll be far fewer adults who smoke too. They will rarely encounter smokers: not at work, not at the sports club, not in the street they live in, and not in the school playground where they pick up their healthy children.” As noble as these aspirations may be, not everyone was excited about the new laws. At the top of that list was coffee shop owners and their clientele.

The effect on coffee shops

Although coffee shops fell within the purview of the legislation—being places of public access—they worked their way around by having specially designated rooms where the smoking of joints containing tobacco could continue undeterred, provided they complied with certain rules such as installing ventilation systems. Now the government has made it clear that as of April 1st, 2020 it is going to crackdown on these private rooms too, following new regulations announced in November 2019 regarding efforts to combat tobacco exposure in indoor public places.

In 2015, Clean Air Nederland (CAN), an organization that stands up for the interests of non-smokers, took the Dutch State to court for permitting bars and restaurants to have smoking areas. After the Dutch State appealed to the High Council, the court ruled in favor of CAN. The Supreme Court’s verdict confirmed that the smoking areas were in conflict with the agreements made with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Tobacco infused cannabis has long been the preference of many coffee shop patrons—due to its mild effects as compared to potent unadulterated cannabis—a client base that is now threatened by the implementation of the ban. In anticipation of this, coffee shop owners have been hard at work innovating ways to transition their customers into this new reality, while staying on the law’s good side.

Some coffee shops have introduced vaporizers, popularly referred to as vapes, which are devices that heat cannabis until it turns into a steam, which is then directed into balloons from which smokers can inhale. Lauded as the less toxic alternative to smoking, coffee shop owners are banking on vaporizers to take the place of tobacco as the mildest mean of consuming cannabis.

Other coffee shops have opted to focus sales on other cannabis products such as brownies, which are cannabis infused cake-like desserts, and pure cannabis joints. Yet others have adapted by providing alternative to tobacco in the form of herbs such as coltsfoot. Some shops have also adopted a takeaway business model where customers can purchase cannabis and smoke it outside of the premises. This is in line with the expectation that consumers will shift their bases of consumption either to the outsides of the shops or the confines of their homes.

Needless to say, the ban on smoking room will give rise to a bevy of new problems. Smoking outside of shops will result in loitering and public nuisance, which might bring shop owners into conflict with non-smoking members of the public. The ban might also drive away tourists, many of whom flock the country to take advantage of the cannabis tolerance policy, and lead to a considerable loss of revenues. Consequently, many coffee shop owners and smokers are worried that the ban could portend doom for the coffee shop business as a whole.

Looking at history, will the ban work?

The model of the Dutch coffee shop goes back to the 1970s, following the pragmatic policy of tolerance, and non-enforcement of laws on the consumption and possession of cannabis that was introduced in 1976. Since that time, the coffee shops have endured and survived numerous policy changes that have threatened to repress them. That is not to say that the coffee shop system is without flaws.

There have indeed been issues caused by large numbers of tourists traveling to coffee shops, and numerous restrictions have been passed under pressure from neighboring countries. Cannabis tourism increased substantially in the border regions with Germany and Belgium, and with it came complaints about nuisance from local residents. Changes, such as the reduction in the maximum allowable amount for daily individual possession and purchase in coffee shops, were in direct response to the increasing nuisance and aimed at discouraging cannabis tourists. Cities such as Maastricht have altogether banned foreigners from coffee shops since 2005, resulting in a proliferation of street dealers.

In 2004 the Ministries of Health, Justice, and Internal Affairs attempted to further reduce the already dwindling number of coffee shops by taking steps aimed at decreasing street trade, drug tourism, and professional cannabis cultivation. This was to be achieved by moving varieties of cannabis with higher THC content onto List I of the Opium Act. Larger, more professionally organized coffee shops were also accused of promoting the illegal drug trade by acting as conduits for trafficked drugs across the border. Consequently, the shops were forced to scale down and restrict their clientele to local residents.

Coffee shops are as quintessentially Dutch as windmills, cheese markets, wooden shoes, innovative water-management systems and bicycles. The ban on tobacco smoking will probably not be the end of them. It certainly helps that for the most part the new regulations do not concern themselves with policing the use of cannabis, instead attending their focus on tobacco. Although many shop owners have expressed concern that the ban might affect business, they have shown a willingness and ability to adapt, and so too have their clientele.

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Spain’s Cannabis Social Clubs

The sale and importation of any quantity of cannabis in Spain is a criminal offence, punishable by law. Purchasing, possessing and consuming cannabis in a public place in Spain constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and confiscation of the product. Cannabis plants located somewhere within public view also constitute a fineable administrative offence. There is however a caveat that has allowed many a Spaniard to continue to consume their herb of choice without committing a criminal offence. The caveat is in the form of what are locally referred to as Cannabis Social Clubs. Cannabis social clubs, or CSCs, are private, non-profit organizations in which cannabis is collectively grown and distributed at a cost to registered members. The first one was established in 2001. They operate on a no-profit model, seeking only to provide a more public-health-conscious platform for the consumption of cannabis. Although the legal status of CSCs has not yet been set in stone, the consumption of cannabis within them in not penalized by the authorities. A study conducted by a regional Spanish government to determine the viability of cannabis social clubs and the therapeutic consumption of cannabis recommended that such clubs be legal as long as they distribute only to a restricted list of legal adults, provide only the amount of cannabis necessary for immediate consumption, and not earn a profit. Although the regional government never officially implemented the recommendations, they have become the commandments by which CSCs now operate.

There are reported a number of historical cases where members of CSCs, operating within premises, were arrested, fined and detained, but who were later acquitted at trial and the police ordered to return all seized products. Spain has long tried to cultivate a tolerant attitude towards substance consumption, and particularly cannabis, so this treatment of CSCs and their members comes as no huge surprise. In order to ensure compliance with established laws and precedents and keep the authorities looking the other way, CSCs strive to uphold the following principles;

  • Official registration in a regional registry of associations, which subjects the members to background checks ensuring legitimacy, transparency and accountability.
  • Commitment to reducing the risks and harms associated with the supply and consumption of cannabis, which is done primarily by encouraging and overseeing responsible consumption.
  • Restriction of premises to the general public. Access is granted only through registered membership which is reserved only for qualified individuals. Qualification may be through reference by an existing member who vouches for character, or sometimes a qualified doctor’s note in the case of an individual seeking membership for medical consumption.
  • Limitation of the quantities of cannabis consumed on premises, which is achieved through daily personal allowances for each member (on average 3 grams). This is done to reduce the likelihood of the cannabis leaking into the illicit trade market. It is also a great step towards promoting responsible consumption.
  • Distribution for immediate consumption. The CSCs typically grow small quantities of cannabis, usually on site, which is then consumed in premises in order to encourage responsible use and minimize the risk of members sneaking some away to resell in the illegal market.
  • Maintenance of a strictly non-profit business model, which allows them to repurpose their services towards promoting consumer health and wellbeing. The revenue generated from members is funneled back into operations and government tax.

The growth of the CSC model in Spain illustrates that legalizing the consumption of cannabis does not have to go hand in hand with commercialization and its inherent vices. On the contrary, it has proved to be a better functioning alternative to the large scale retail of cannabis. There exist over 400 CSCs in Spain today, many of which are located in the metropolitan Barcelona and Catalonia. This popularity is directly related to the benefits that a non-commercial approach to the consumption of cannabis offers. Whereas a commercial market model initiates production and supply with the singular aim of maximizing profit (usually by encouraging extravagant consumption), the CSC model’s goal is consumer wellbeing. Their noble operation and clandestine nature also means that they attract very little attention from authorities and regulatory institutions, often being treated as part of decriminalization policies.

While the CSC model may be functioning smoothly now, it is not farfetched to predict that some of the clubs may soon veer off the ethical non-profit path that has been laid for them. It is reported that some CSCs have upwards of a thousand registered members and numbers are rapidly growing. The temptation to shift to a money-making operation is inevitable with numbers like that. Following such concerns, some CSCs have called for greater governmental oversight to safeguard against over-commercialization. These calls have received positive response from some local governments who have voted to officially license and regulate CSCs, with said regulation drawing inspiration from the very principles that the clubs have already been operating on.

The CSCs model has also found a home outside of Spain in countries such as Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Belgium, proving that it is entirely possible to restrict the availability and promotion of cannabis while at the same time making its legally available to adult users.

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