What is a Cannabis Social Club?

A Cannabis Social Club in Barcelona is a dispensary of marijuana accessible only by its members

Many people mistakenly relate Amsterdam’s Coffee Shops with a Cannabis Social Club in Barcelona. The main difference between the two systems is that a Cannabis Club is based on a non-profit organization, and it is only accessible by registered members. Amsterdam’s Coffee Shops, instead, openly sell cannabis to the public.

In the next section we will talk about the features of these two concepts.

Cannabis Social Club

Cannabis Clubs are able to provide cannabis products to their members thanks to the same member’s monetary donations. In the same way are covered the facility’s maintenance and premises costs. Each club differs in terms of dispensary availability and quality, some of them may have a long list of marijuana strains, hashish, edibles and extracts available to their members, when others may not have much choice.

Many clubs have entertainment centers, live music and organize music events or informative meetings exclusively for their members.
It is common to have access to a little bar with coffee, water and drinks, and sometimes snacks.

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The Atmosphere of a CSC is after all what members appreciate the most. Either if someone is in a club for therapeutic purposes or recreational purposes, they will find a easy-going environment, where it is a pleasure to socialize with other members. Usually people over 21 or 18 years of age, depending on the club, are allowed to access the Cannabis Social Club in Barcelona if provided with an invitation from a member already registered in the club. The registration process requires the new member to show personal information with a valid identity document. Additionally, some social clubs require you to have a photograph taken and stored.

Coffee Shop Vs Social Cannabis Club

Many people mistakenly refer to Barcelona CSCs as “Coffee Shops” for the analogy with the well-known Amsterdam Recreational Marijuana Coffee Shops. These realities are two of the few existent in Europe and, nonetheless, the most known in the world beside the American medical and recreational dispensary system.

Here we are going to list objective considerations on the general features of Coffee Shops and Cannabis Social Clubs.

Notice that is impossible to define an absolute evaluation of the two. The following is only a general overview and we want to underline that every entity’s activity differs from each other.

Marijuana Quality and Availability


Due to the fact that access to Amsterdam Coffee Shops is easy and quick, it is common for someone who is looking for a particular strain or product, to go and find it in a particular shop. Amsterdam’s cannabis quality is top level, even if the strong commercialization can end up sometimes with high top-shelf prices and in a not very fresh product or, worse, over-dried.

Even though, generally, Coffee Shop Customers are satisfied because of the easy-availability and the possibility to discover every coffee-shop without having to become a member, just walking in.


The Cannabis designated to the distribution among the members of a private club is made by the hands of the member themselves.

This is why Cannabis Social Clubs offer a product that from a romantic point of view can be considered “grown with love”.

The fact that Barcelona Cannabic World is not comercialized as the well-known Dutch model, enable CSCs members to find fresh products.

Ambience and Atmosphere


Everyone who visited a Coffee Shop in the city center can certainly say that it looks like a normal shop, where everyone can enter and buy something.

The fact that these places are a strong touristic attraction leads to high affluence at any time of the day.

Sometimes they can be really packed and trafficked, but still, a great way to consume cannabis and meet people in a characteristic site.


Cannabis Social Clubs have a more privacy-oriented approach with members, who are not customers, but associates.

Nobody can just walk in and become a member, there is a procedure to follow to be accepted, and clubs not always have the possibility to accept new members, for several different reasons. Members of the same club are more likely to socialize and talk with each others than the customers of a Amsterdam Coffee Shop. CSC can turn out to be a perfect friends where “make friends”.


The new norm, also positively welcomed by the Federation of Cannabis Social Clubs in Catalonia, envisages a number of rules to be respected for clubs with the aim of avoiding social problems, providing substance information to members and limiting the phenomenon of cannabis tourism , which in recent years had reached remarkable proportions in Catalan territory. The rule consists of various recommendations that each cannabis dispensary will have to respect. Briefly:

A Cannabis Social Club is a non-profit organization which main objective is to reduce the health and social risks inherent within the black market, by producing different varieties of high quality cannabis without contaminants, and exclusively distribute among their members within the Association.

Cannabis Social Club Legislation

If you wish to join a cannabis social club you need an invitation, according to the Code of European Cannabis Social Club. There are requirements to be satisfied to obtain an invitation and join a cannabis club in Barcelona.