Barcelona Cannabis Club Review: LaMente

Feature image for LaMente Cannabis Club in Barcelona

One look inside La Mente cannabis club of Barcelona is all it takes to realize it is not your average stoner den. The room is bathed in light and happy smokers chat loudly to each other over the house music. Truthfully, this is the kind of spot I have been looking for in Barcelona; an upbeat place to hang out for an hour or two to do some writing away from my apartment; a happy contrast from the heavily wood-paneled cafés of the city. The fact that the LaMente cannabis social club hosts a good variety of marijuana strains and plenty of electrical sockets is a major added bonus.

Barcelona Cannabis Club Review Rating for LaMente: 5 of 5 Stars!


IMPORTANT: The cannabis club described in this review is a private association adhering to all laws and regulations governing such associations, most specifically but not limited to the following requirements:

*All new members must be sponsored by existing members. This is in keeping with the “Closed Circle” doctrine of law and the natural private state of cannabis clubs.

*All rules and guidelines in a cannabis club’s “Articles of Association” must be obeyed and enforced under Spanish law.

*All new members must be habitual or current cannabis users.

*All new members must be age 18 or 21 at a minimum, based on the Articles of Association established by each club.

*All members are advised that cannabis in public places is illegal in Spain. Outside of the private environments of cannabis associations and private homes, consumption or possession is prohibited.


LaMente: EnvironmentBench Combo Seating at LaMente Club BCN

La Mente is located in the Raval neighborhood, just a short walk from La Rambla, tucked into Plaça de Castella along the busy pedestrian road, Carrer de Tallers. I was surprised to hear that most of the patrons are locals and students from the University given its proximity to touristic areas. You’ll find Spanish guitar shops and independent clothing shops mixed intermittently with the ever-present Barcelona tapas bars and cafés in the surrounding area. The club stands out from its neighbors with a modern exterior, with frosted glass and light wood paneling that continues inside. Stepping into the reception area is like walking into a boutique hotel.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP NOW

(This is a preliminary application process; not all who apply will qualify for membership based on Spanish law and club policy. Application for membership is general and is not necessarily applied to any particular club unless the applicant fully qualifies.)

At first glance, it would be easy to mistake La Mente for a trendy coffee shop. A Dutch architect designed the space to be light and airy, playing up the high ceilings. A bench seat runs the length of a long wall and half the distance of another, with plug points spaced every meter or so under the bench. Several tables for two are placed evenly along the walls with red acrylic chairs opposite the bench seating; perfect for pushing together for a group hangout or to keep apart for a mid-afternoon study session. The walls are white with a black swirly pattern, enough to keep the room light while adding some interest. A bright yellow bar holds the goodies and a cash register. Behind the bar, colorful boxes are inlaid into the wall with recessed lighting featuring paraphernalia or knick-knacks.

Looking toward the door at LaMente Social Club in BarcelonaOne thing is clear about the founders of La Mente; they are definitely making a conscious effort to contribute to the community. Beverages are purchased from the corner Supermercat and sandwiches are available from the café next door to be delivered to your table. Besides the controversial issue of serving alcohol and marijuana together, Richie wants to keep the bars surrounding him happy by not providing any alcohol, which he says the members are just fine with.

That feeling of community plays on inside the club; members can advertise their businesses and rental properties in one corner and board games, cards, and magazines are available to maintain a social environment. I came to the club mid-afternoon, and there were already a variety of patrons, including a mix of men and women, groups, couples and individuals. As members came in and out throughout our interview, founding members Richie and Emily stopped to chat and they were sure to check that everyone was happy during their stay.

LaMente: Marijuana Selection

***Photograph removed at the request of LaMente administrators as a result of the severe police crackdown on Barcelona’s cannabis clubs***

Richie explained to me that the marijuana strains they carry are based on availability and member preferences. Depending on what his local sources have, the menu can change twice a week. An isolator was recently added to the menu by member request for the more serious smoker. Each strain has a little genetic information available, like the percentage of Sativa or Indica and which parent strains the weed was derived from. What I really appreciate was the description of the type of high expected, as I have a tendency of turning into a bag of potatoes with really strong marijuana. I came home with Cheese-SoMango, and was very happy to see the effect description was spot on!  LaMente also carried:

LA Cheese
Pineapple Chunk
Great White Shark
Master Kush
Black Water
NLX Special
Cheese-SoMango
Cheese-SoMango Isolator

Interesting walls at LaMente Cannabis Social Club in SpainLaMente: Events & Extras

Football matches and other sporting events are broadcast from two flat-screen TVs mounted along the back wall. This was in response to member request and vote to install TVs. When not in use they are turned to colorful graphics instead of remaining on as a distraction. Events are advertised on a chalkboard sign as you walk into the club.

La Mente does not bring in DJs because of its small space, but you really wouldn’t miss it here. The music playing only adds to the environment of this cheerful club. When I went in, a hip selection of songs you might hear at an all-day concert blended easily from one to the other to gradually melt into the background.

LaMente: StaffArtwork at LaMente Cannabis Social Club in Barcelona Spain

I met with the President Richie and Secretary/Treasurer Emily Rose. They were extremely warm, welcoming, and multi-lingual. Richie is the kind of guy with whom everyone can be friends, while Emily is the woman every girl wants to be and every guy wants to be with. [Sorry fellas, these two are making the club an official family operation with their upcoming wedding!] I spoke briefly in Spanish with the only other staff member working that day and he was also very knowledgeable and courteous.

It’s evident that the founding members thought about the kind of environment they wanted to create, and they continue to work hard to maintain it. Most impressive is their willingness to accept and integrate member feedback and opinions.

Conclusion

La Mente cannabis club in Barcelona is the perfect place to go to for socializing, studying, or relaxing during the day. The brilliant light and edgy music provides an upbeat environment to keep your thoughts and mood positive. The only thing I would say is missing is a lounge area but they made the most of the small space available.

LaMente does require new members to be photographed as a condition of registration, so if that is something that you are concerned about, this may not be the club for you.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP NOW

(This is a preliminary application process; not all who apply will qualify for membership based on Spanish law and club policy. Application for membership is general and is not necessarily applied to any particular club unless the applicant fully qualifies.)

Have you been to LaMente in Barcelona? Leave your thoughts and comments below.

Barcelona Cannabis Club Review Rating for LaMente: 5 of 5 Stars!


View of LaMente Club looking out the window in Black and White

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Author: Ellie Robichaud View all posts by
Ellie is a professional nutritionist and blogger covering topics related to travel, dining, beer-making, personal nutrition and cannabis-related news. Currently living in Barceloneta, Ellie is from the Southwest United States but has written about travel in numerous countries. Joining the MarijuanaGames.org writing and research team in early 2014, Ellie provides an unbiased viewpoint as an occasional but research-oriented cannabis user.

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25 Comments on "Barcelona Cannabis Club Review: LaMente"

  1. Paul June 22, 2016 at 07:19 - Reply

    Sent one. Thank you for the fast response!

  2. Paul June 22, 2016 at 00:10 - Reply

    Im correcting my first entry, because i think i could’ve explainedy situation better.
    My name is paul and i am currently on a 2 weeks vacation in sitges. Me and friends were desperately looking for something on the beach, but the ones we askes just ran off with 30€ :/ so we asked locals (a very friendly gay guy answered politely) and he said the best possibility for us is to go to the “plaza castella” (i couldnt understand very well, im austrian) and ask for “la mente”. He said they have awesome things to share. Tomorrow we are going to visit barcelona the whole day and i probably try a visit.
    It would be very cool if i could sign in. Passport/current adress in spain is no problem i guess.

    I would be very glad if you could responde and give me some more information.
    Have a nice evening,
    Paul

  3. luc January 22, 2016 at 12:55 - Reply

    Hi im luc
    Im french, 21 i travel a lot
    Im here for 5 days during this trip
    i would like become member

  4. stephane h March 28, 2015 at 20:13 - Reply

    Hi Russ.
    I will be in barcelona in august and I will contact you
    Before my travel to see if I can be member
    Thanks

  5. Javier Romero Garcia October 16, 2014 at 14:34 - Reply

    Hola, solicito ser socio de “la mente”, respondiendo que soy mayor de edad, uso la marihuana con fines terapéuticos “antiestres” y vivo en Barcelona centro,
    solicitaria que me dieran contavto o manera de afiliación, saludos
    A pertir de ya mismo!
    Javi.

  6. Massimo Azzariti July 23, 2014 at 13:42 - Reply

    Hi good day, im fron italy and i want to be meber of diferent clubs in barcelona, i am in sevilla right now, i travel to barcelona in august and i hear you offer a very good deal with different clubs!

    Thanks

    • Russ Hudson July 23, 2014 at 23:33 - Reply

      Hi Massimo; I don’t offer any deals at all, and I do not charge anything for my help. I am just a guy who owns a blog. If you are asking if I can use my personal membership to sponsor you at a club, that’s completely different and is not a “deal” or transaction at all. Best to talk about it via email: russ@marijuanagames.org

  7. David June 9, 2014 at 01:43 - Reply

    Hello Ellie/Russ,
    Love your blog! I’ll be in Barcelona between the 10th to the 17th of June and I would really like to become a member of one of the cannabis clubs around the city. I’m staying close to the metro liceu stop. Is there any clubs you guys could recommend for me close to this area? Really enjoyed this review in particular. Look forward to hearing from ye! Thanks!

    • Ellie Robichaud June 9, 2014 at 01:52 - Reply

      Thanks, David! 😀 Your best bet is to email Russ directly; he will have some questions and information to give you. You can reach him at russ@marijuanagames.org, however, due to the high volume of emails that he gets, he asks that you wait to email him until 1 day before you arrive in the city.

  8. Robin May 15, 2014 at 04:29 - Reply

    Hello Ellie and/or Russ,
    I enjoyed reading this review and believe that LaMente is close to the hotel where I’ll be staying later this month. Does the staff speak English? If not, can you recommend a club where they do? I understand that you have to be recommended to join these private clubs and wonder if you could help me with that.
    Thanks.

    • Ellie Robichaud May 15, 2014 at 12:55 - Reply

      Hi Robin! Actually, LaMente staff speak excellent English. However, they are generally not accepting new members who are foreigners without a review and approval process by the board. Additionally, we don’t have any arrangements to sponsor people at LaMente right now, but that may change in the future. Thankfully we can still help you – I will have Russ send you an email, so stay tuned and thanks for checking us out! <3Ellie

  9. harrrr April 12, 2014 at 15:53 - Reply

    Do you need to know a member of that club to join this club?

    • Russ Hudson April 12, 2014 at 16:33 - Reply

      Yes. Because cannabis clubs in Barcelona are private, in order to exist under the law referral from a current member is required. I recommend reading this post, which will tell you everything you need to know about Barcelona social clubs:

      http://marijuanagames.org/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-barcelona-cannabis-clubs/

      • harrrr April 13, 2014 at 08:17 -

        In may i’ll be going to spain/barca for the first time. Don’t know anybody there, so where can i found a friend who is member of that club? :/

      • Russ Hudson April 13, 2014 at 13:54 -

        We usually don’t respond to emails or comments that are devoid of common courtesies like “hello” and “thank you,” so you are welcome to try again.

      • harrrr April 13, 2014 at 14:21 -

        I’m sorry but thank You for Your earlier response. I got 10x smarter. 🙂

  10. Tim April 8, 2014 at 20:36 - Reply

    Hi Ellie,

    I will be in Barcelona in mid-June and I am researching which club I want to seek membership with.

    LaMente sounds like my cup of tea. I am a resident of Spain (Madrid) but the lease for the apartment is under my roommate’s. Do you think it would sufficient to present my NIE document to gain membership?

    What is the membership fee for LaMente? Thank you very much!

    • Ellie Robichaud April 9, 2014 at 00:46 - Reply

      Hi Tim; an NIE card is sufficient identification for acquiring membership at a cannabis club, and any address where you live or regularly stay is fine. LaMente requires an online application process for membership, so you may want to visit their website and apply in advance of your trip to Barcelona. At this stage LeMente is not charging a fee to new members. 😉

  11. JEREMY April 2, 2014 at 06:37 - Reply

    BONJOUR VOILA J AIMERAIS BEAUCOUP DE FAIRE PARTIE DE LA MENTE J AIMERAIS SAVOIR EST CE QUE C POSSIBLE D AVOIR UNE ADHESION . ET EST CE QUE VOUS POUVEZ ME PARRAINER Ellie Robichaud ? GRACIAS

    • Ellie Robichaud April 2, 2014 at 12:41 - Reply

      Salut Jeremy, désolé, mais en ce moment on ne peut pas parrainer de nouveaux membres à LaMente. LaMente est principalement pour les résidents espagnols et n’accepte généralement pas les étrangers sans une longue processus d’examen et d’application. Si vous voulez essayer de les contacter vous-même, libre de le faire frais s’il vous plaît. Sinon, nous pouvons vous parrainer à un autre club. Merci!

  12. Jakob March 31, 2014 at 13:15 - Reply

    Hi Ellie,

    Great review!

    I was wondering if you could tell me what the mebership fee is at lamente?

    • Ellie Robichaud March 31, 2014 at 13:22 - Reply

      Hi Jakob; During its first year, LaMente is not charging a membership fee. However, membership is generally reserved for Spanish Nationals and residents. For tourists, visitors and others, LaMente requires an application and review process and allows membership this way based on personal merit alone. Not sure which category you fall into, but these are their general membership processes. Thanks for stopping by!