Take one whiff of a Sour Diesel spliff and you’ll know straight away how it got its name. Its strong aroma of gasoline with a refreshing hint of lemon will scintillate your senses as your mind gets taken on a euphoric, energizing high.
90% sativa, 10% indica; Sour Diesel is one of the most popular sativa strains out there. You’ll know straight up you’re in for a thrilling buzz by the appearance of the leaves and buds. Sour Diesel is endowed with chunkier, rounder calyxes, it has light green coloring with darker sugar leaves and its pistils, shooting out like flames, range in color from a light peach right through to a toasty hot orange. This little beauty is proof that Mother Nature can be one hot mamma.
The hallmark of Sour Diesel is its pungent petrol-like smell that clings to the buds and lingers in the air after you’ve lit one up. Where the “sour” part comes into play is open to interpretation and will depend on your own unique sense of smell. The stronger the aroma when opening up a bag of Sour Diesel, the better. If you enjoy hanging around gas stations, catching the mild high that comes with filling up your tank, then you’re in for a real treat. And if your olfactories aren’t such fans of the fresh scent of diesel – no stress – Sour Diesel has a taste much sweeter than its smell, and the mood-elevating buzz you’ll get will be well worth it.
A Brief History Of Sour Diesel
The exact origin of Sour Diesel is clouded in over a decade of well-smoked haze. Some believe breeder Chem Dog to be the founding father of this particular strain, having introduced it in the early 90’s from a hybrid of ChemDawg, Northern Lights and Skunk phenotype.
Others believe it to be a mind-bending mix of Original Diesel (ChemDawg + Super Skunk + Northern Lights) and an unknown Skunk phenotype (Skunk + Hawaiian + Northern Lights).
Bastard child of the marijuana world or not, its foggy beginnings are no deterrent for the determined pot smoker.
There’s no need to wait until 4:20 to enjoy the invigorating effects of this popular strain. The best recommended time to light one up is first thing in the morning. A fervent wake and bake session will get you pumped up and ready to tackle your day.
Livingroom in a state of emergency? Backyard buried beneath a tirade of leaves from this year’s fall and the last? Pack a bowl of Sour Diesel, please the senses (and the Missus or Mister) and get to work ripping through those chores.
Whereas indica strains are known for inducing a calm, zoned out mental and bodily climate, at times inconducive to coherent social interaction, sativa strains top in at the other end of the energy scale. At 90% sativa, Sour Diesel kicks in fast, producing a cerebral high that is as ecstatic as can be. If affects only the head, leaving the body to do as it pleases, so there’s no risk of day-long couchlock with this particular breed.
As Connor Bland writes on Whaxy, “after consuming, I went on a High Urban Hike throughout downtown Denver, and felt that it was a great strain choice for an activity such as this. It allowed for me to slightly space-out and enjoy the nice weather, while simultaneously being able to converse with others on the hike for small talk. As a person who is not a connoisseur of public art or history, it made small bits of information and the different sights around town more interesting than I feel they would of been without the cerebral euphoria I was experiencing.”
The energy Sour Diesel creates is focussed and laser sharp, stimulating your creativity and flicking your switch on to a heightened mental state. Take one drag and you’ll be turned into a mean, cleaning, idea generating machine in no time.
Sour Diesel is the ultimate pick-me-up with more highs than lows. On the negative side, worst case scenario is you catch a slight case of cottonmouth from eagerly packing a bit too much into your bowl and smoking it all straight up.
A word of advice for the less seasoned smoker though – the cerebral high can be full on, leading to possible paranoia, anxiety and inability to retain attention if you are not used to such strong sensory stimulation. So if you’re a Sour Diesel newbie, don’t max out all at once, rather take it one hit at a time to find your groove.
Sour Diesel has higher than average THC levels, thus contributing to its fast-acting, mood elevating and energizing cerebral buzz. Its CBD levels (the chemical that induces sleep and an all-around chilled out vibe) is comparatively much lower. Sour Diesel is one of the top 3 tested strains in North California with the average THC potency level topping out at 18%. The lowest potency levels come in at 12% while some of the best performing crops can hit a max of 24%!
Now that’s some potent pot!
Sour Diesel is popular with recreational smokers and medicinal marijuana users alike. Its mood uplifting qualities and energy enhancement makes it a great way for medical users to start the day. Take a puff first thing in the morning and feel your anxiety or depression immediately go up in smoke.
Sour Diesel is best used for battling fatigue or stress or for an extra bout of creative stimulation. As the high is located centrally in the cerebral brain, leaving the rest of your body intact for everyday movements like walking around and dipping a hand in the cookie jar, this strain is not suitable for general bodily pain relief.
If you are looking for a physical pain reliever, rather opt for an equally popular strain such as ACD. It’s high levels of both THC and CBD makes it a medical marijuana miracle for relieving generalized pain.
If you’re interested in getting your fingers green, get hold of some Sour Diesel seeds and grow your own baby pot plants. This highly sought after seed prefers a warm, slightly arid environment with temperatures in the 88℉ (31℃) region and with a soil acidity of pH 5.8 – 6.0.
This particular breed of ganga is ideal for sea of green (SOG) or screen of green (SCROG) operations. It stretches tall between the first 3 weeks of flowering and training methods may be required to increase the number of bud sites on the plant during this time.
Sour Diesel is a smoking hot strain, commanding some of the highest prices in the cannabis connoisseur’s market. This is partly to do with the extended flowering time required when grown indoors. After 8-10 weeks of flowering, the buds mature into one of the most potent marijuana breeds available, dripping in golden, glistening trichomes. This elongated flowering times also means bigger yields- half a pound or more per plant for indoor growers and up to five pounds when grown outdoors. This plant thrives on the coast of California and Spain, and the ideal time to reap your reefer rewards through harvesting is October in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Sour Diesel is one of the most sought after strains around. Whether you’re looking to self-medicate your blues away, grow your own, or start your day with a bang (or a bong), you won’t be hard-pressed to find a selection of this fiery specimen. Due to its popularity with the pot smoking population, Sour Diesel is available in most Colorado dispensaries.
This sativa strain is all about the buzz; one drag will have you dancing to your favorite tunes as you rip through your daily to-do list. Just a couple of hits will send you into a humming headspace that’s clear and focused, firing off your creative neurons like a jet rocket.
Once you’ve got those tasks ticked off and you’re keen for a bit of vegging out, I recommend smoking a softer indica strain later in the day. Light up an equally popular variety like Critical Kush or Northern Lights to bring your senses back down to earth as you settle in for some well-deserved couch time.