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What is Smartwhip? Drug-filled cake goes viral for the wrong reasons

Shania Wilson March 22, 2022
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Social media is filled with bizarre and questionable content but a recent photo of a drug-filled birthday cake on TikTok really has people talking – but what actually is Smartwhip?

Originally taken on Snapchat, a picture of a birthday cake that allegedly contains Smartwhip is making the rounds online, raising eyebrows.

We break down how people can use whipped-cream canisters as a drug and why a certain birthday cake is going viral.

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Smartwhip birthday cake goes viral

If you’ve been scrolling through your TikTok FYP lately, you’re likely to have come across that photo of a supposedly Smartwhip-filled birthday cake.

It appears as though the picture was originally posted on Snapchat with the caption: “Only [Snapchat User] can have me putting Smartwhip in a cake. And yes, it’s full.”

The birthday cake has now made the rounds on social media, prompting many to question why the sweet treat contains Smartwhip.

One person wrote: “Ain’t no way you put Smartwhip in a cake.”

Another commented: “Nooo, what is this?”

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What is Smartwhip?

If you work in a kitchen or cafe, you will be familiar with the product Smartwhip. The company Smartwhip, based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, was founded in 2019 with the “express purpose of revolutionising cream chargers in the professional catering industry”. Smartwhip has expanded to become one of the leading companies in the cream-charger industry.

The reason the product has been used in the cake in question, however, is entirely different.

You may have heard of nitrous oxide or know it by its street names ‘whippets’ or ‘hippie crack’ – it can be misused as a recreational drug by users who get high by inhaling gas from aerosol canisters. Gas is usually inhaled straight from the canister or via a balloon that has been inflated using a gas charger.

We must stress, the company Smartwhip has nothing to do with the misuse of products for recreational drug-use.

DrugWise reports nitrous oxide is a depressant that can cause users to feel happy, relaxed and giggly for a short period after inhaling the gas.

The same outlet reports that, as of May 2016 when the Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect, it has been illegal to supply or import nitrous oxide for human consumption in the UK.

However, nitrous oxide, also referred to as “laughing gas” is safe for medical use.

Is nitrous oxide dangerous?

Consuming nitrous oxide can lead to a number of dangerous side-effects. Arch.org reports judgment and muscle control can become impaired while under the influence of the gas, which could lead to an accident.

DrugWise adds inhaling the gas can result in a lack of oxygen to the brain, which could lead to other risks such as suffocation. As with any drug, the side effects are often greater and more dangerous when used more often.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.