Sour Diesel Strain Review

Sour Diesel Strain Review

Sour Diesel is a cerebral and exciting strain with a 90% sativa to 10% indica ratio and a 23% THC content. Most users regard it as both an excellent wake-and-bake and daytime strain that infuses the user with an energetic, full-body high.

History and Makeup

Sour diesel plant genetics

Sour Diesel is an extremely popular sativa-dominant strain. For all its popularity, the origins are highly debated. One theory is that Sour D is a cross of Chemdawg 91 and Northern lights. Another theory is that the strain is a distinct phenotype of an original marijuana strain popular in the 1980s and 1990s called Diesel. Because of this, different dispensaries might  Additionally, some speculate that it’s a cross of Chemdawg, Super Skunk #1, and Northern Lights.

You might have noticed that a good number of cannabis strains (OG Kush, Green Crack, Grape Ape) have hazy origins. Many of the older strains developed in the 80s and early 90s don’t have definite parentage because, at the time, the cannabis scene had to be kept deep, deep under-wraps to avoid criminal implications. Still, there are confusing origin stories for new strains as well. Nowadays, there are more growers, dispensary owners, and developers than ever. They come with their own complicated business plans, legal partnerships, and implications of ownership. Because of this, there are still opportunities to get wires crossed that deeply confuse a strain’s beginnings.

Growing Sour Diesel Marijuana

Sour D is a medium difficulty strain to grow that can be cultivated both indoors and outdoors. Like many other sativas, Sour Diesel requires a semi-tropical outdoor climate with daytime temperatures from 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Though finding the right climate might be difficult for some, growing outdoors does allow the plants to grow to their full height and width. Growing indoors necessitates topping (trimming the upper, more broad leaves so that lower leaves achieve full light), as well as pruning and bending plants in order to train them to a smaller space.

Sour Diesel takes after its sativa heritage and flowers within 10 weeks when grown indoors. When grown outdoors, Sour D typically matures around early November and has a medium-sized yield.


Aesthetic and Flavor

Sour Diesel is a striking strain in both appearance and flavor. The plant itself is tall and lanky, with leaves that err on the thin side. Additionally, the plant tends to foxtail quite a lot when fully mature. The color is classically green with yellow highlights on the leaves and stalks. The pistils are bright orange. Buds on Sour Diesel are generally medium sized. Some sativa strains are so sticky that it’s like they’re coated in maple syrup. Sour Diesel, on the other hand, is only lightly covered in trichomes and not nearly as tacky as other cannabis strains.

Sour Diesel’s flavor is intense, and tends to elicit extreme reactions from users. Some adore the skunky, piney, diesel-like aroma. Others can’t stand the sour musk. Regardless of whether one adores it or abhors it, it definitely packs a punch. Diesel Sour’s smell also tends to travel quite a distance if you’re looking to be undercover with your usage. A subtle strain, it is not.


I’ve been curious about Sour Diesel for a while now. The experiences people have with it tend to vary widely. A few have said that, though it’s a sativa, the high is intensely indica-like. These users have encountered couchlock and a deep spacey feeling that keeps them sedentary. For every person who experienced couchlock, there are three others who had an energetic, uplifting high from Sour D.

All this variety made me curious about my own potential experience. So, on a too-hot Saturday morning, I took a trip to my favorite locally owned budtender to try it out. It’s definitely a popular strain. I was told their stock of Sour Diesel was nearly depleted, and that I’d come just in time. I walked away with the bag in my pocket and excitement in my heart. By the time I’d finished with the farmer’s market, took the dog to the park, and made a run to the pharmacy, it was late in the afternoon.

Most will say that Sour Diesel is a daytime strain ripe with the potential for causing insomnia. I agree, but because I’d designated Saturday evening and night as a time to catch up on a few deadlines, I wasn’t concerned.

It’s a good thing I’d planned to stay up because I was gifted with the Diesel Sour experience that packed a punch of cerebral energy. After a few inhales and a pleasant head rush, my creativity soared. The projects I’d been meaning to do for weeks whizzed by like nothing at all. All the while, I felt relaxed in a way that reminded me of a low-strength indica. I wouldn’t say there was something as intense couchlock with the Sour Diesel I tried. However, I definitely wasn’t inclined to getting out of my office chair for the hours that the strain lasted.

Unfortunately, I did experience one of the more annoying side effects of some high THC sativas: increased anxiety and paranoia. It only lasted for a short fifteen-minute burst. Regardless, I’d be remiss not to mention it. If you’re easily impacted by higher THC content, I recommend proceeding slowly when partaking of Sour Diesel. Much of the negative effects of higher THC strains can be warded off by adjusting your intake and being aware of your bodily responses.

Wrapping up Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is an interesting strain with as much variation in its origin as users’ experience. Most find that they experience a soaring, invigorating high with acute tones of introspection and creative inspiration. A much lower percent report powerful couchlock and a spacey high. Negative side effects of Sour Diesel include drymouth, paranoia, and dry eyes. Users tend to partake in Sour Diesel in order to relieve symptoms of depression, as well as some body aches and pains.

If you’re interested in finding some creative inspiration or wishing to alleviate a depressive slump, put Sour Diesel on your list!

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