Cake and cannabis, or cake-inspired cannabis? We’ll have both, please! Photo credit: Shutterstock.
This August, Emerald is celebrating its ninth birthday. In celebration, we’re having our cake and smoking it too!
There is no shortage of strains named after cakes or baked goods. Those include everything from Lava Cake, to Ice Cream Cake, Cherry Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and more mouthwatering selections. Without further ado, here are four celebratory cake strains we’re smoking this August, all of which are currently available in California.
74% THC (774 mg), .27% (2.76 mg) CBD
$50 for 1 g
First up in Emerald’s birthday strain lineup is Wedding Cake. This is a classic strain, which user’s know for being sweet and producing relaxing effects.
The California-based cannabis company, AbsoluteXtracts (ABX) offers Wedding Cake vape cartridges as part of the company’s LIVE product line. The LIVE line “features carefully curated, strain-specific live resin cannabis oil that highlights the flavor of fresh flower while preserving the concentrated essence of each harvest,” explains ABX.
It tasted semi-sweet, and had a balanced plant-like or piney taste. When smoked, it smells like something baking, which really wets the palette. And it tastes buttery too, almost creamy, which stimulates the appetite even more. Overall, this delivered on its promise to calm users, but in a more upbeat versus sedative manner.
Test results offer consumers the opportunity to confirm whether the products they are consuming are free of harmful residuals (like mold), and are accurately labeled or not. For example, if a label says there are 5 mg of THC in a product, test results should confirm that the product contains 5 mg of THC. However, experts explain that a plus or minus 10% range is acceptable. If it falls within +/-10%, it earns an A; 20% a B; 30% a C; 31% or more gets an F.
Third-party test results from Sonoma Lab Works show that ABX’s Wedding Cake cartridge is free of harmful residuals like mold, pesticides, heavy metals and more. It also confirms it has 74.4% THC or 774 mg of THC, and 2.76 mg of CBD. Overall, Wedding Cake would earn an A for accuracy.
rating: 4.9/5 emeralds
24.75% THC, .07% CBD
$40-$50 for 3.5 g
Described as sweet and sedative, this strain is a seasonal selection from Wyllow, an L.A.-based “bi-cultural, woman-owned cannabis brand that offers a premium selection of rare cultivars,” the company’s website explains.
This indica-dominant strain comes in a 3.5 g (one-eight) jar of flower. It is high in terpenes including limonene (citrus), linalool (lavender), and caryophyllene (black pepper). I picked up on the lavender and citrus.
This strain is incredibly smooth when smoked out of a pipe or bong (i.e. no coughing or harsh-ness). Similar to Wedding Cake, Cream Cake had a smooth, buttery-like flavor with a sweet aftertaste. Additionally, it produced potent, but upbeat and euphoric effects.
Third-party test results conducted by BelCosta Labs confirm that Cream Cake contains 24.74% (247 mg) of THC, and .069% or .69 mg of CBD. The flower is also free of harmful contaminants.
According to these results, the product earns an A for accuracy.
83% THC (830 mg), .32% (3.2 mg) of CBD
$40 for 1 g
AbsoluteXtracts’ (ABX) Lemon Cake vape cartridge is from the company’s Loud + Clear line of extracts. The lineup, according to the company, features “features 100% cannabis oil cartridges made with a blend of high-THC distillate cannabis oil and strain-specific live resin sauce. Ethanol extraction produces the highest-potency THC base for this amped-up product line.”
When smoked, Lemon Cake was slightly harsh, almost dry. It had a mild citrus aftertaste, but mostly, it had a diesel and eucalyptus-like flavor. It offered a stark contrast to the Wedding Cake and Cream Cake strains. However, it did not take long to figure out where the strain got its name. It tingles the taste buds, like after drinking a lemonade. Additionally, I tasted a sweet flavor when I licked my lips after puffing on the oil.
Overall, it delivers a moderate blissful high.
The product’s third-party test results, conducted by Sonoma Lab Works, reveal that 83% of the oil in the cartridge contained THC, and .32% had CBD. It is also free of residuals. Those results would earn ABX’s Lemon Cake cartridge an A for accuracy.
39% THC, .06% CBD
$10-$12 for .5 g or 2 mini pre-rolls
Wyllow’s mini pre-rolls come in pocket-sized grab and go packs, which contain two small joints each. The joints are rolled with .25 grams of flower each. However this variety — Short Cake — comes infused with diamonds, a cannabis concentrate.
This pre-roll was impressively smooth; it was easy to pull a hit through. It tasted sweet, creamy and mildly earthy. The pre-rolls offer a quick smoke, and are just the right size for a personal sesh. However, because the joint is so short, the resin at the tip that touches the lips builds up quickly.
Overall, the effects took a few minutes to kick in. When they did, there was a bit of a couch-locking feeling, accompanied by slight eyelid heaviness and relaxation.
Third-party test results from BelCosta Labs reveal that Short Cake is free of harmful residuals and contains 39.9% THC or 399.14 mg, and .06% or .60 mg of CBD. That lines up with the product’s label, which earns Wyllow’s Short Cake Mini Pre-Rolls an A for accuracy.
Overall, each cake-inspired strain was a real treat. Each has a distinct taste, but they also share some common characteristics like their sweet flavors. Additionally, the cannabinoid content of both Wyllow and ABX products were accurate, and each strain delivered similar effects as promised.
It’s important to note that cannabis affects everyone differently. Personally, I found the Cream Cake and Lemon Cake suitable day time strains, with Wedding Cake and Short Cake great for mid-afternoons or evenings to fight anxiety or to promote calm.
At $10-$12, the price point for diamond-infused mini-pre-rolls seems like a bargain. The cost for the Lemon Cake vape cartridge is average, while the Wedding Cake was a bit steep for regular consumers or those on a budget. I also found the $40-$50 price tag for one eighth of Cream Cake flower was a bit steep, even for top shelf flower. But when compared to average cannabis prices in the U.S. ($12 per gram), it does fall within average at $11.40 to $12.80 per gram. It is after all a seasonal selection – and the tastiest of the batch — making it a great cake day treat!