Some strains ease the user into their unique experience, taking some time to unveil their layers. However, that isn’t the case here. Birthday Cake’s high doesn’t give you any sort of head start to collect your bearings. Instead, the effects begin to manifest almost immediately. Strap on your seat belt and make sure your helmet is on tight because you’re in for a wild, tasty ride.
The initial wave of sensations is energetic, euphoric and mostly felt in the mind. The body buzz will only activate later on. At this point, it’s normal to feel as though your thoughts are quickening in pace. You’ll experience a more intimate connection with your surroundings — suddenly, you’ll find yourself noticing acute details that you haven’t picked up on before. This onset of clarity makes Birthday Cake ideal in a number of scenarios, whether watching a movie you’ve been looking forward to or kicking back with some friends over the weekend.
Of course, since the strain is slightly Indica dominant, let’s not forget the second part of its effects. After an hour or so, you’ll be in the Indica phase of the Birthday Cake high. Experienced smokers will enjoy the smooth sense of relaxation here. It’s a heavy corporal feeling, but extremely pleasant, affecting the body from the top of the head down to the extremities of the limbs.
Every strain is unique, and Birthday Cake is no exception. What’s noteworthy in this case is that, even in its low energy second phase, the Birthday Cake high still retains its mental stimulation. While the body is slumped over and melted into the furniture, the mind is still busy making connections. If you’re willing to give your body a bit of a push off the couch, you’ll find it easy to transition to more productive activities like creating art or cooking a birthday cake.
A sweeping sense of hunger will soon follow, as it usually does. The “munchies” aspect might be enhanced in this strain compared to others since the unique taste that comes with smoking it will likely leave you craving actual birthday cake. Thankfully, there’s no shame in stopping by your local supermarket to end the night off with some actual birthday cake, even if it isn’t your birthday. We won’t judge.
Overall, the effects of Birthday Cake come off quite strong and linger for a while. That’s why we won’t recommend it to those without a decent amount of experience using cannabis. While it has a lot to offer a veteran, the package of sensations might be too much for beginners to process. The initial onset of the effects might overload the senses, and the sedative progression will make a novice one with the sofa. So, if you’re a beginner, it’s best to save this strain for one of your birthday parties a few years down the line. Instead, opt for one of the countless other, more modest strains that inexperienced users can get their feet wet with.
That said, there are plenty of potential benefits for medical cannabis patients that come with Birthday Cake’s inherent strength. Improved levels of clarity associated with its use can be applied to try and help patients with attention deficit disorders who need help focusing on their tasks. In the same vein, those suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression may notice a greater connection to the present moment by experiencing the increased perceptive abilities the strain offers. Patients suffering from physical pain may feel a gradual sense of relief as the waves of sedative effects activate throughout the experience. If the dose is high enough, insomnia patients can expect some relief from their sleep deprivation. Last but not least, those suffering from the loss of appetite due to disease or medical treatment may benefit from the strain’s powerful appetite-stimulating properties.