Weed edibles such as space cakes and weed cookies have been growing in popularity in Barcelona.
Despite their harmless appearance, weed edibles pose significant dangers for unwary smokers. Moreover, cannabis edibles are technically illegal in Barcelona, despite being available over the counter in certain cannabis clubs.
The information in this guide does not promote the use of any substances but only intends to inform people who are already interested in the topic of weed edibles in Barcelona.
In this article:
- What are cannabis edibles?
- Are cannabis edibles legal in Barcelona?
- What are the 3 dangers of weed edibles in Barcelona?
What are cannabis edibles?
Cannabis edibles are food or drink products infused with cannabis. They are a popular alternative to smoking or vaping cannabis and offer a discreet and convenient way to consume it.
Edibles come in various forms, such as gummies, chocolates, baked goods, and infused drinks. A popular way to refer to cannabis cakes and cookies is ‘space cookies’ and ‘space cakes’.
How are weed edibles made?
To understand how it’s even possible to infuse foods and drinks with cannabis, you need to understand two things. First, the marijuana plant is made up of hundreds of chemical compounds, including THC which has psychoactive properties.
Secondly, THC is fat-soluble. This means that if someone cooks weed in oil, butter, or any fat, they will extract the THC from the plant into the oil. Then they can follow their grandma’s cake recipe and use that cannabis-infused oil instead.
Why are cannabis edibles popular?
When consuming weed edibles the cannabis effects are heavier and longer lasting. Moreover, some people enjoy the taste of edibles compared to smoking joints as there is no stress on their lungs.
Transportation also becomes more discreet as there is no way to visually tell apart a space cookie from a normal cookie.
Also, the fact that the effect of edibles can take up to an hour to kick in allows for some flexible consumption. While these effects may sound appealing, they come with seroius drawbacks.
Are cannabis edibles legal in Barcelona?
Weed edibles have the same legal status as weed – complicated
In Barcelona, the laws and regulations regarding the consumption of edibles are similar to those for smoking. It is illegal to consume edibles in public places, including parks, beaches, and streets.
Consumption is only permitted in private spaces or designated areas, such as cannabis clubs. Violating this law can result in a fine of up to 300 euros. Check our guide for more information about Barcelona’s weed regulations.
Social Clubs are not allowed to sell edibles in Barcelona
Another twist to the legality of edibles is that social clubs are officially not allowed to offer their members any edibles. The reason for this is primarily due to the impossibility to regulate the production process and to ensure consistent quality. We’ll delve deeper into this in the next section.
What are the 3 biggest dangers of weed edibles in Barcelona?
As mentioned above, weed edibles are illegal to sell in cannabis clubs because it is almost impossible to guarantee the quality and the dosage of the edibles. This is an issue because unpredictable edibles create unpredictable effects which can be extremely unpleasant.
Quality is impossible to guarantee
Every club that sells weed edibles under the counter would try to convince you that their edible products are from some super high-quality bio vegan strain. However, the reality is often different.
One of the oldest tricks for coffee shops and cannabis clubs is to make edibles with leftover weed that is often lower quality and may include sticks and seeds as well.
The reason is that some of the weed’s more aesthetic qualities such as scent or flavour are somewhat lost in the cooking process as they mix with the other ingredients.
So what’s the big deal with low-quality weed if you can’t smell or taste it anyway? Well, just as there are differences between Indica & Sativa weed there are differences in the effects that low-quality and high-quality weed products create.
Instead of getting that creativity-boosting mellow high that you might hope for, you can get blood-clot eyes, cold sweats, and be completely stupified for the better part of a day.
Dosage for weed edibles is extremely hard to get right
After quality, dosage is the other elephant in the room. Most edibles in Barcelona are homemade without any high-tech processes. Only the cooks know how much and what kind of weed they put inside. However, it’s impossible even for them to know if each cookie from the batch got an equal amount of THC in it.
Sure, they can use a mixer and try to make a homogenous mixture but it wouldn’t be enough. Even the tiniest errors of 0.1 grams can produce noticeable effects, which can be overwhelming for inexperienced users.
Another reason why people have problems with the dosage of edibles all the time is because the effects of edibles take around an hour or longer to kick in.
Many cannabis smokers mistakenly believe that their edible isn’t strong enough and take a second piece only to discover minutes later that the first piece works as a charm, and the second one will floor them like a hook from Mike Tyson.
Side Effects of weed edibles
Even if all the stars have aligned, and you have good quality edibles and the right dosage, there is still an element of unpredictability as to how your body and mind will react to the weed.
Especially inexperienced users might be prone to experience anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, and heart beating extraordinarily fast.
The likelihood of experiencing negative side effects from weed edibles in Barcelona shouldn’t be ignored. You don’t want to have a bad trip that lasts the better part of a day. The hot weather can also add to your list of troubles.
If you’re dead set on trying edibles, it’s good street wisdom to plan in advance, have water, food, especially sweets, and good company around you. Moreover, don’t take another bite before you’re sure you can handle it.
It would be better to have too little and smoke a joint than to have too much and have a bad time with cold sweats and anxiety.
None of this is medical or legal advice, just tips from the streets and hearsay. You are ultimately responsible for your actions. We hope you stay safe and enjoy your holiday in Barcelona responsibly. For any informational inquiries about weed in Barcelona, you can contact us via email.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not legal or health advice, nor does it promote or condone the consumption of cannabis.