Strain: Karat Cake - Hybrid
Contributor: Asia Mayfield
Karat Cake by Tryke recreational prices (taxes NOT included): 1g ($11.50), ⅛ ($40), ¼ ($72), ½ ($136), 1 oz ($240), 1g pre-roll ($13)
Karat Cake is the lovechild of Wedding Cake and Gelato, two of the most sought-after strains on the market. Tryke’s version is sold as one of their top-tier strains. For comparison, the one-gram Karat Cake pre-roll that I ended up with cost $13. The lowest tier pre-roll is $6.25.
What sets Karat Cake apart? Let’s find out.
I have a soft spot for pre-rolls. Given a choice between a fat pre-roll and a regular gram, I’ll almost always go for the pre-roll. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s ultra-portable. You can smoke a joint if you want, or you can tear open the rolling paper, and smoke bowls, instead.
If you decide to go for a pre-roll, you’ll be treating yourself to bright green weed that sparkles like a diamond. Looking at the fluffy emerald pile is enough to make you salivate, if you’re a longtime smoker, like myself.
Karat Cake smoke has an alluring, bready note that swarms your nostrils as you exhale. It’s like standing down the street from a bread store. The smell isn’t pure, it’s mixed with other scents, but it’s still very enjoyable.
Wedding Cake and Gelato, Karat Cake’s parents, are both known for their dessert-like taste. The flavor is diluted in Karat Cake, however. It tastes less like a slice of cake, and more like a piece of lightly sweetened bread. Mixed in with that bakery shop flavor is a dull, earthy note.
Karat Cake tests at 18% THC. That number isn’t high enough to attract people on its own. No, what makes Karat Cake special is the entourage effect, the way its terpenes and cannabinoids interact with each other. If I didn't know any better, I would think that the THC content in this bud was much higher than it actually is.
Karat Cake produces a sweet, happy high that can help you navigate social situations. The indica influences are mild, and come on gradually. People consume cannabis for a range of medical reasons, so if you’re looking for powerful pain relief, Karat Cake isn’t the first strain that I’d pick out.
This is the type of the high that’s better suited for soothing anxiety and dispelling gloom.
Karat Cake by Tryke is a deliciously peppy hybrid, that slowly fades into an indica-acting strain. After the first puff, I felt excited, and ready to take on the world. It wasn’t like eating a Snickers bar, where the rush dissolves so quickly that you plunge into exhaustion. Instead, I drifted peacefully into an ultra-relaxed state.
The strain is almost better than its parents. Almost.
3400 Western Ave,
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone number: (702) 475-6520
Hours: 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily
Reef is a powerhouse. If you’re interested in Las Vegas weed, you’re going to hear about Reef Dispensaries at some point. It’s unavoidable. It’s one of the few vertically-integrated setups in town. All of the strains and products created at their warehouse are sold under the Tryke name.
Most of the space at Reef’s flagship location by The Strip is devoted to growing weed. The dispensary itself is small, given the size of the property. It’s organized into one large room. A security guard podium is situated by the front door. After you scan your ID, you take your place in line. Don’t be put-off if it’s busy. I’ve seen the budtenders work through a line that snaked out the door in less than 15 minutes.
On the particular day that I went, the place was deserted. I was the only customer in the whole dispensary. I could have taken advantage of the situation, if I needed the budtender's advice, or unsure of what I wanted.
Neither was the case this time, as I’ve been eyeing Karat Cake since I first spotted it on the menu.