Lava Cake is an ultra-rare indica-dominant hybrid and one of the latest strains to come from the Girl Scout Cookies family. This powerful strain promotes a deep sense of calm and relaxation that soothes the body without couch-locking the mind. Named for its extremely chocolatey flavor, the Lava Cake strain can help you stay cool and drift off to sleep with ease. As one of the newest strains on our radar, here’s everything you need to know about Lava Cake, including its lineage, phenotypes, smell, taste, effects, medical uses, and cultivation best practices.
True Lava Cake is actually known as Lava Cake #11. It’s made from a cross between the scrumptious Grape Pie strain crossed with the ever-coveted Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies strain. After 11 different phenotypes were discovered, Lava Cake #11 became “Lava Cake”. After many attempts to perfect the strain, Lava Cake has become one of the most highly sought after indica-dominant strains in the country, despite its ultra-rare status. It earned a quick gain to fame due to its beautifully unique combination of physical relief and mentally stimulating and mood-boosting properties in addition to its incredible one of a kind chocolate-like flavor. Best of all, this one checks in at a medium potency level of 18-22% THC, making it a great option for medical patients and recreational users at all experience levels.
Cultivating the true Lava Cake strain is nearly unheard of. This secret recipe is locked up tight, and is only available as a clone from the original breeders. However, there are several other strains available by the same name with different genetic makeup. Make sure you find the Grape Pie x Thin Mint GSC version if you want to grow true Lava Cake. Lava Cake grows a lot like its GSC parent, with broad water leaves on a medium-sized bushy plant. She tends to be pretty healthy, but she does require training via trellis netting early on to keep her growth manageable. As with many other strains with thick colas, you’ll want to monitor flowers and humidity closely to avoid powdery mildew.
Lava Cake plants grow in standard indica fashion, producing bushy plants with dense dark green foliage and broad water leaves. As the flowers mature, the foliar growth slows down. Lava Cake plants produce big, meaty colas offering massive yields. Each cola can be broken down into smaller, densely-packed popcorn nugs that range in shade from dark to sage green. Each one is coated in a thick layer of of electric orange pistils and lots of frosty trichomes, giving the flowers a glowing sheen.
Lava Cake Scent, Flavor, and Effects
Lava Cake offers scents and flavors as exotic as the name would imply. While the flowers are still on the plant, they can stink up a room with a bright herbaceousness with notes of wood and pine that excites the senses. As the flowers dry, the scent changes into something different, with more pine and fruit notes taking the center stage. When they make their way through a grinder or get chopped up, their full scent profile can be detected. The final impression is of a very creamy nuttiness, similar to vanilla, that is tinged with notes of lemon and pine, that changes into something more herbaceous when burned.
However, the Lava Cake strain was named for its one-of-a-kind flavors. The flavor is a shock to the system, packing a one-two punch of sweet sugary notes and a minty chocolatey taste. The inhale brings the sweet, sugary dough-like notes forward, along with a hint of lemon and an herbal funk. As that sits in the mouth a bit, the smoke itself becomes rather creamy and nutty, making that sugary vanilla-like flavor more intense. With each hit, the flavor becomes more and more chocolate-forward while the smoke gets spicier. The exhale leaves behind a notably chocolate-like aftertaste, with minor hints of mint and a natural herbaceousness that’ll leave you feeling delighted.
During that final exhale, you’ll feel the effects of the Lava Cake strain grip your body. As a THC-forward indica dominant hybrid, Lava Cake offers a very soothing, relaxing high that allows for a more laid-back attitude. At the onset of the high, your mental state will take a light leap into a sensation of blissful euphoria that allows for creative energy. However, this sensation tapers off and settles into your body, allowing you to slip into a deeply relaxed, introspective, at-ease state of mind and body. Many users claim that Lava Cake is one of the best strains out there for peaceful introspection, stress relief, and comfort at the end of a long day.
Medical Uses of Lava Cake
Lava Cake is unique because it offers the best of both worlds in terms of effects. The mix of soothing body effects and peaceful mental effects in combination with its mid-range THC levels of 18-22% make it great afternoon or evening medicine for managing even the harshest conditions. Lava Cake can be used to effectively treat chronic pain, lack of appetite, nausea, migraines, and headaches. However, its peaceful mental effects make it a good choice for de-stressing and letting go of the things that bug you. Many users report its usefulness against anxiety, depression, and insomnia as well as more common ailments, like social anxiety and difficulty focusing.
Lava Cake Strain Review
The Lava Cake strain scores high points in every category. It has superior potency, a unique chocolatey flavor, and a great mix of stimulating mental effects and a physically relaxing body buzz. This indica-dominant hybrid is quickly becoming a favorite for both medical patients and recreational users alike. All in all, if we had to give it a star rating, this one gets a perfect 5 stars. It may be susceptible to powdery mildew during the flower cycle, but it’s medicinal value, appearance, mouth-watering flavors, dazzling aroma, and variety of consistent effects make up for this one little flaw. With that being said, make sure you give it a try the next time you see it at your favorite smoke shop or through any of the other compliant gifting companies in DC. There’s a good chance that Lava Cake will become your new favorite of all time.