Two different strains are known as called Lemon Cake.
One is a cross of Lemon Skunk and Cheese, and it’s also known as Lemon Cheese, Lemon Cheesecake, or Lemon Pound Cake. We’ll be calling it Lemon Cake #1. The other is a cross of Lemon OG and Jesus OG, and it’s harder to find. We’ll call it Lemon Cake #2. We’ll be discussing both versions in this article.
Lemon Cake #1 is strongly sativa-dominant (70% sativa/30% indica), and it’s a dank weed with lots of lemons, pine, and skunk in its aroma; the flavor is sweet, creamy, and nutty. It delivers a creative, focused, and euphoric head high with a relaxing body buzz that may lead to couch lock.
Lemon Cake #2 is also strongly sativa-dominant, with a sweet, lemony smell and taste that features earthy and spicy accents. Its head high is similar to the one we’ve just described, with a body stone that’s calm but doesn’t prevent users from being active.
Lemon Cake #1 delivers a quick surge of cerebral energy and euphoria that can get you moving. It’s a motivating, creative, and focused high, which helps many users concentrate on difficult (or not-so-difficult) tasks. Others may experience thoughts rapidly flashing through their heads, which can be either enjoyable or disorienting.
A relaxing body stone follows, and it may take the edge off of the strong head high. Users who hit the pipe hard will find themselves locked to the couch and relatively lethargic. In moderate doses, this Lemon Cake is good for daytime use. In heavier doses, it’s better suited to evening use.
Lemon Cake #2 has similar effects but doesn’t hit quite as hard. The cerebral euphoria is more uplifting and a little less energetic and creative; it won’t lead to an explosion of rapid thoughts. The body high is relaxing but not as strong, so this version of the strain is better suited to use as a daytime strain or a wake-and-bake choice.
Bottom Line: Both versions of Lemon Cake provide stronger cerebral effects than body buzzes, with head highs that can be energetic and creative and body stones that are relaxing but not usually incapacitating. Lemon Cake #2’s effects aren’t as pronounced, though.
Positive Effects (Lemon Cake #1):
- Energy: 4/5
- Creative: 4/5
- Pain: 3/5
- Stress: 4/5
- Sleep: 3/5
- Mood: 4/5
Positive Effects (Lemon Cake #2):
- Energy: 3/5
- Creative: 3/5
- Pain: 3/5
- Stress: 3/5
- Sleep: 2/5
- Mood: 3/5
Some people may experience cottonmouth or dry eyes when smoking either version of Lemon Cake. They each have relatively high THC levels, so there’s the occasional risk of worsened anxiety for users who are already dealing with clinical anxiety issues or those who aren’t used to high-THC strains. Those folks may want to take things slowly at first.
Negative Effects (Lemon Cake #1):
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 3/5
- Cough: 4/5
Negative Effects (Lemon Cake #2):
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 3/5
- Dry Eyes: 3/5
- Lethargy: 2/5
- Cough: 2/5
Patients use both types of the Lemon Cake strain to help them cope with mental stress, anxiety, and depression, but the more powerful euphoria of the Lemon Skunk-Cheese version (Lemon Cake #1) appears to deliver stronger relief. On the other hand, MMJ users say the Lemon OG-Jesus OG version (#2) is more effective for chronic fatigue because of its less powerful body buzz.
Neither type of Lemon Cake is the best choice for chronic or serious pain, although patients say the stronger body stone that Lemon Cake #1 provides at higher doses can eliminate some issues with joint and muscle pain. Neither version is strongly recommended for insomnia patients.
Flavor and Aroma
Lemon Cake #1 is an extremely pungent weed. Its aroma is dank, with its namesake lemon tempered by lots of skunky cheese and pine. The taste isn’t as harsh as the smell, but there’s still skunk, pine, and earth underlying the creamy sweetness of the lemon-flavored smoke. Some compare the flavor to savory lemon cheesecake.
Lemon Cake #2 smells more pleasant and is tastier. The aroma is mostly sweet and lemony with notes of spice and earth, while the flavor is a delicious burst of lemon and spice with a bit of earthiness mixed in.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings (Lemon Cake #1):
- Earthy: 4/5
- Citrus: 4/5
- Fruity: 2/5
- Spice: 2/5
- Wood: 4/5
Flavor and Aroma Ratings (Lemon Cake #2):
- Earthy: 2/5
- Citrus: 5/5
- Fruity: 4/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 2/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Lemon Cake #1 (the Lemon Skunk-Cheese hybrid) is slightly more potent than Lemon Cake #2 (Lemon OG-Jesus OG). The first version has an average THC content of around 20% and can hit 23%-25%, while the second comes in at an average of 19% and usually tops out around 21%. Neither contains high levels of CBD or any other cannabinoid.
Each version has good amounts of terpenes limonene, myrcene, caryophyllene, and phellandrene. But Lemon Cake #2 has higher levels of limonene and lower levels of myrcene, explaining its stronger lemon aroma and flavor.
Heavyweight Seeds created the more popular Lemon Cake #1 by crossing the potent Lemon Skunk and Cheese strains. Moxie Seeds brought the second version of Lemon Cake to market after crossing its own Lemon OG with Jesus OG. Jesus OG has its own refreshing lemon taste, which explains why Lemon Cake 2 is a lot more lemon and a lot less skunk.
Where to Buy Lemon Cake Seeds
Seedsman and Seed City sell both Lemon Cake #1 and #2 feminized seeds (you’ll have to search for “Lemon Cake Moxie” to find Lemon Cake #2 seeds). Most other vendors like Seed Supreme and Marijuana Grow Shop sell only the more popular Lemon Cake #1 seeds.
Strains delivering the same type of effects as Lemon Cake #1 from Heavyweight Seeds include Shangri-La, Purple Thai, and Sugar Plum. The best choice for a “backup” to Lemon Cake #2 from Moxie Seeds is its own Lemon OG strain.
Lemon Cake Strain Review: FAQ
Q: What is dominant in Lemon Cake weed, sativa, or indica?
A: Both versions of Lemon Cake are sativa dominant. They each have about 70% sativa genetics, and only 30% indica genetics.
Q: How long does Lemon Cake take to flower?
A: Both versions have a flowering period of about nine weeks, although Lemon Cake #1 may take an extra week.