What alternatives are there to smoking cannabis?

A short guide to everything you wanted to know about cannabis, and maybe some things you didn’t know!

What alternatives are there to smoking cannabis?

A short guide to everything you wanted to know about cannabis, and maybe some things you didn’t know!

 

 

What alternatives are there to smoking cannabis?

Most people who consume cannabis smoke it. But there are other ways of using it

Edibles

Edibles are another popular way to bypass some of the issues associated with smoking cannabis.

Edibles are any kind of food made with cannabis or cannabis products. Some of the most common types of edibles include brownies, cookies, and cupcakes, but you can essentially infuse almost any meal with cannabis.

Most edibles are made with either oil or butter which extracts the essential cannabinoids and terpenes from dried cannabis flowers. A basic cannabutter recipe, for example, involves dissolving butter in water before adding cannabis flower buds to the mixture and simmering everything for a couple of hours.

Once you’ve made butter or oil, you can use it to infuse all of your favorite home cooked meals, including everything from pastas and risottos to desserts.

Whereas smoking or vaporizing allows you to experience the effects of cannabis almost instantly, cannabis edibles can take a while to take effect. This is because they essentially have to pass through your entire digestive tract, being absorbed mainly in the intestines.

This effect can take time, (up to an hour if not more) to begin feeling the effects of a cannabis edible. It is however a completely smoke-free way to enjoy cannabis, which is great for anyone looking to avoid the risks of inhaling smoke.

One major downside to edibles is that it can be difficult to calculate your dosage, especially when they are homemade.

Tinctures

Cannabis tinctures are usually made by soaking cannabis plant matter in alcohol for a period of time to create a concentrated mixture high in cannabinoids. That mixture is then filtered and sometimes heated in order to remove some of the alcohol.

Tinctures are usually administered sublingually (under the tongue) or ingested. Dosage with tinctures is simple as they are usually administered with a dropper. The general consensus is to use 1ml of tincture, wait to feel it’s effects, and then increase dosage as necessary.

When administered under the tongue, the effects of a tincture will usually kick in in about 15 minutes. When ingested, they can take anywhere up to an hour because, just like edibles, the tincture needs to pass through the entire digestive tract before being absorbed into the bloodstream.

There are many benefits to using cannabis tinctures. First of all, like edibles, they are completely smoke free, making them a great alternative to traditional ways of consuming cannabis.

Secondly, they’re low in calories unlike brownies or cookies

Lastly, tinctures are extremely discreet.

TOPICALS

Topicals are creams, oils, and balms made using cannabis extracts. They are applied to the skin and are popular among medical marijuana patients looking to treat pain, soreness, or inflammation.

Cannabis topicals usually contain cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and THCA as well as terpenes. They may also include other essential oils and ingredients.

Topicals generally do not penetrate the bloodstream and therefore do not produce any psychoactive effects, even if they contain psychoactive compounds like THC.

Instead, topicals work by activating CB2 receptors around the body. Trans-dermal cannabis patches, however, are able to reach the bloodstream and may produce psychoactive effects if they contain enough THC.

The market for topicals is relatively new and new products arriving everyday. Whether you simply want some relief after a workout or need to treat a condition like arthritis, there is bound to be a cannabis topical out there for you.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF CANNABIS?

The effects of cannabis on the brain and overall health, plus treatment options for misuse

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Our Reviews

Paradox Coffeeshop
4.6
Based on 1278 reviews
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Shireen Gorgin Botura
Shireen Gorgin Botura
12:32 24 Nov 22
Their spacecakes are a hit or miss. I’ve eaten them before where it was strong and really great, but this last time I... felt nothing after eating the whole cake… rather disappointing. Based on the reviews it seems others are also getting ones without the effects. If I get another one that doesn’t work then I’m finding another place for my spacecakes… which is sad because I really like the effects of these when it works!read more
Miklós Tix
Miklós Tix
20:01 11 Nov 22
The best coffeeshop and weed in town. Always kind staff, good prices, very good strains. Nothing has changed since... 2004. Highly recommended!read more
Anna
Anna
15:41 16 Oct 22
The space cakes were good. We shared one cake for 2 people. Ate one half and then another half in 2 hours. The impact... was just good. Not too strong, not too light.read more
Dávid Friedrich
Dávid Friedrich
12:02 27 Sep 22
Place is well hidden, it took me some time to find it 🙂 . It looked pretty cosy, only a few tables, and chairs are in... it, and a bench just outside the shop. The staff were chilled, kind people.I came for the famous cake, a lot of people said it is the best in the city. Also I ordered a tea, they have some variety for that too, not just for the weed.I am not a experienced smoker or weed consumer, but I took some before. So I tried the 1/3 of the cake, just to be sure I don't eat too much. But unfortunately I did not feel any effects, even after 2-4 hors later. A few days later I ate again 1/3 of the remaining cake, but again nothing. The 1/3 leftover is given to my brother who is even less into marijuana consumption, but even he did not feel anything.The cake was delicious, but unfortunately the awaited high was missing. Inspecting the cake closer it looked like it had weed in it.I am not saying I am disappointed, but next time when I visit The Netherlands I have to eat almost the whole cake, to know if they have any effect.read more
Cooler Dude
Cooler Dude
13:48 30 Aug 22
The Staff is really friendly and the Price is good. The Location is also a bonus and perfect to smoke and chill. The... latte tasted also good overall good.read more
Barry Connolly
Barry Connolly
07:08 27 Jul 22
A must visit coffee shop. No nonsense and friendly staff. Not like some cafes which seem gimmicky. Superb products with... variety and would recommend adding to any itinerary. I'd definitely return.Paradox you have set a bench mark. Keep it up.read more
Orfhlaith King
Orfhlaith King
19:20 25 Jul 22
I had read a lot of reviews before going. I didn't eat a lot of the spacecake as per the instructions and on the... servers recommendation, didn't really feel the effects. cake was still really good and staff were lovelyread more
Chris Brown
Chris Brown
19:27 05 Jul 22
This is our go-to for space cakes. They are 1 gr and 7€ per wrapped slice. Very friendly staff.
Jaison Joseph
Jaison Joseph
16:12 02 Jul 22
Amazing space cake and options for weed.Definitely recommend and will go again.
Ryan Gulfa Wijaya
Ryan Gulfa Wijaya
15:12 28 Jun 22
Best Space Cake in Amsterdam. Follow the instruction for my wife did not and paid the price 🙂
Serena Delli Noci
Serena Delli Noci
15:39 14 Jun 22
The place is small (due to some renovations I think) but very cosy, the atmosphere is nice and the two ladies super... kind, recommended!read more
Artz Marques
Artz Marques
08:04 11 Jun 22
I came here by recommendation of a friend and I’m happy he recommended it. The cake is delicious and has 1g of grass.... The prices apparently went up (I paid €7.5 per slice and it was €7 not long ago), but it’s still worth it.read more
Miss Vaga
Miss Vaga
21:38 31 May 22
Cute little shop good smoke. I'm a heavy smoker from Canada and the strongest one was great for me, really hit the... spot after a long trip. And not a busy place if you're looking for somewhere chill. And they're very friendly!read more
Sophia Hatton
Sophia Hatton
14:36 17 May 22
Skip everywhere else in Dam and just come here. Their space cakes are second to none. Really strong and effective.... Staff are helpful and friendly, highly recommend!read more
Sophia Hatton
Sophia Hatton
14:36 17 May 22
Skip everywhere else in Dam and just come here. Their space cakes are second to none. Really strong and effective.... Staff are helpful and friendly, highly recommend!read more
R S
R S
18:14 01 May 22
biggest upside: the best prices in the surroundings, very nice hash and outdoor-grown for a small price, can definitely... recommend - yet small place, don't chill inside and there is only small variety of strains, most of them well-known -read more
Nick Bowden
Nick Bowden
17:19 09 Apr 22
Great locals coffee shop l, smaller weights for those wanting to try a variety.
Filipe Montezo
Filipe Montezo
13:54 05 Apr 22
Best space cakes of the city, and probably the world. I'm speachless.But PLEASE follow the instructions. Half a cake... is more than enough. TRUST ME.read more
Cisla Onche
Cisla Onche
15:29 27 Feb 22
the best space cakes in amsterdam! they taste delicious and are VERY strong (1gr per slice) for only 7€. You might want... to consider eating only half if you're not a regular user though. The staff is also really friendly and will help you if you're not sure about how much you should take.read more
Gökhan Şeheri
Gökhan Şeheri
11:59 07 Feb 22
Best spacecake in town. Friendly staff, quality products.
Yevhen Logosha
Yevhen Logosha
22:43 11 Dec 21
Part of it was under renovation yet still friendly stuff, good advice and choice of weed. Spacecakes are the business... tooread more
Adam
Adam
18:06 26 Nov 21
Very nice little shop, definitely recommend the bl*BT’s they’re very strong and very cheap
Bong Fu Fighter
Bong Fu Fighter
18:09 17 Nov 21
Little Shop near the Anne Frank house. Good prices all over nice quality. Also most potent cs space cakes. Always... worth to visitread more
Jordi Clemente Calduch (Linku)
Jordi Clemente Calduch (Linku)
14:19 30 Oct 21
The staff is really kind and the cake is amazing, both in taste and potency
Kev Richardson
Kev Richardson
22:16 26 Oct 21
The best space cake in Amsterdam; very chill & calm with an open and airy atmosphere. Unlike many of the dark and dank... pot-cafés.read more
Sam
Sam
21:54 31 Aug 21
Nice & cozy place with relaxed atmosphere and really good stuff!
Phil Martinez
Phil Martinez
10:40 31 Aug 21
A must-go when you're in Amsterdam.The owner is very nice and will help you make your choice.
Iris Homer
Iris Homer
17:35 18 Aug 21
Cute place with good prices and strong stuff. Highly recommend
john smith
john smith
18:28 04 Jul 21
Awesome little coffeeshop 🙂 very relaxing atmosphere and awesome products 👌
Rob Gilham
Rob Gilham
23:16 03 Jul 21
More friendly than your average coffee shop and great mix of regulars and visitors. Known for the cake which is really... popularread more
Rik Head
Rik Head
20:43 03 Jul 21
Excellent small shop with a nice choice. Staff are the best. We visited Cheeky Monday on our last night and had to wait... 10 hours before our flight back the next day, safe to say we stayed in here for a good few hours that day.read more
Paul Lupton
Paul Lupton
09:13 03 Jul 21
My favourite coffee shop in Amsterdam. Always great service, great tunes and great smoke. What else is needed? Can’t... wait to get back.read more
Esosa Enahoro
Esosa Enahoro
16:40 28 Oct 20
Fair price and really good quality. I can really recommend their space cakes.
nova harmonia
nova harmonia
18:35 16 Sep 20
the space cake is very recommendable
Dániel Hadházi
Dániel Hadházi
14:27 29 Aug 20
One of my favorite coffeeshops in Amsterdam. Good prices, good products, great staff!
mhziwr saeidy
mhziwr saeidy
14:59 23 Aug 20
Best brownies and joints i've seen in a coffee shop in Amsterdam. Good stuff.
Andoni Angel
Andoni Angel
11:43 21 Aug 20
Excellent place un peaceful
benny
benny
12:47 10 Aug 20
If you want a quiet smoke away from all the English/German dudes in white T-shirts and silly bags; come here. Friendly,... good prices and great weed.read more
Piers Dunlop
Piers Dunlop
09:58 06 Aug 20
Lovely little coffeeshop. Nice staff, Well placed, well priced. The misses swears by their spacecakes. Wiljan knows his... stuff!!Edit. He also makes a beautiful latte.read more
Juliette Straet
Juliette Straet
13:36 31 Jul 20
Amazing space cake. Not expensive and super sensationsCareful, don't do like us and have an entire piece at once, too... strong !read more
B.
B.
16:20 29 Jul 20
The space cakes had the effect I expected! 😅
Mattia Scacco
Mattia Scacco
00:58 11 Jul 20
Best tortino ever in this planet. Thank you
Jeff  Doll
Jeff Doll
16:20 25 May 20
This is my 1st stop when arriving from the state's... Quant and relaxing. Not all the glitz and glam which is perfect... for a mellow chill spot. And the music is fantastic along with the menu choices👍👍👍read more
Brooks Quinn
Brooks Quinn
06:37 08 Mar 20
We had a great time here! Met a couple at our table enjoyed some coffee and a smoke. They have a great selection on the... menu as well; as strong or mild as you would like.read more
Gerald Tellez
Gerald Tellez
15:43 01 Mar 20
Am visiting from California and I’ve been to five other coffee shops in the center of Amsterdam and this place is the... absolute best! The Paradox is not pretentious like the other shops this one is chill and pleasant. It goes along way!read more
Ebony Wilson
Ebony Wilson
19:13 02 Jan 20
Absolutely brilliant service and great atmosphere! Their pound cake is fantastic and very strong. Paradox made my time... in Amsterdam so much fun 🙂read more
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