By Lucas De Vries

February 6, 2020
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Space cakes, more generally known as edibles across the Atlantic, refer to cakes infused with cannabis. Some coffee shops sell them in the form of cookies or pastries, and there are all sorts of them (candy, drinks, etc…).  

Smoking or eating cannabis: What’s the difference?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. It is absorptive differently when you consume it. THC is transformed by the liver into 11-hydroxy-delta-9-THC. This is the metabolite formed after the ingestion of cannabis. Bypassing through the stomach and liver, THC takes longer to reach the brain than when smoking cannabis and thus causes a more intense high.

If smoked, THC and other important cannabinoids circulate in the bloodstream almost immediately than in the lungs. When ingested, the liver will convert THC into 11-hydroxy-delta-9-THC (11-OH-THC), making the high more potent.

Depending on the space-food consumed, the effects of cannabis are generally felt between 30 minutes and 2 hours after ingestion. That is why it is strongly advised not to take several parts of space cake before feeling the first effects. But how long can you be stoned after using it? Several factors can be taken into account.

Important factor: the dosage

The dosage of “homemade” edibles can be tricky. If the weed used is unknown (in particular its THC level), it will be difficult to know the amount of THC present in the space cakes. On the other hand, industrial space bakeries tend more and more to display THC doses. This is an obligation in the American states where they are sold.

So how to find your way around? It is generally considered that 10 mg of THC is equivalent to one dose. If a chocolate bar contains 100mg of THC and 10 squares of chocolate, each square corresponds to one dose. Same for space cookies. If the variety used contains 10% THC, 1g of weed will contain 100mg of THC, the equivalent of 10 doses.

The effect of an edible will then depend on its user: sex, age, morphology … Even a heavy smoker can be flattened by a cake a little too infused. The duration of the effects of a space cake ranges from 1 to 4 hours.

For everything to go well, a few rules are to be respected:


  • Always wait at least 45 minutes before serving yourself. As the effects take time to arrive, it is very easy to overdose thinking that the space cake does nothing. This is where the double kit-Kat effect usually comes in.
  • Never on an empty stomach, at the risk of getting high, that’s a little hard to handle…
  • Never alone if you don’t know the effects
  • Too much space-food-related high can cause anxiety and paranoia and lead to bad trips. In these cases, remember that you don’t die from a cannabis overdose and that the main thing to do in case of a bad trip is to wait, perhaps with a sweet drink or a black peppercorn.

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