Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D, is an all-star favorite in the cannabis world. This legendary sativa-dominant strain, named after its pungent, diesel-like aroma, delivers energizing, dreamy, uplifting effects. A go-to daytime strain, Sour Diesel is a potent top choice for medical cannabis patients, offering relief from stress, pain and depression. Sour D’s fast-hitting effects and high levels of THC can perk you up and make your day a little brighter, with just a little going a long way.
The Origins of Sour Diesel
The legend of Sour Diesel begins in New York City the 1990s, with a grower known only as “AJ.” Its genetic history is murky, but many growers believe its lineage is a cross between Chemdawg 91 and Super Skunk. The East Coast favorite became highly sought after during the early ’90s, and is one of the best-known cannabis strains in the world, making it to Number 3 in High Times’ “Greatest Strains of All Time.”
Sour Diesel is a sativa-dominant hybrid, with 90% sativa and 10% indica genetics. THC levels tend to be high, ranging anywhere from 18%-26%.
Smell, Taste and Appearance
Sour Diesel has a distinct, pungent aroma. Once you get a whiff of the gasoline-like smell, you’ll understand the name perfectly. When you break up the bud, you’ll notice a lemony top note of terpenes, along with a whiff of pine.
The flavor of Sour D is super skunky, with strong gassy notes. Its smoke has a potent, lingering aroma.
Sour Diesel buds are generally on the pale end of the green spectrum, sometimes with yellow undertones, and fine red hairs. As with most sativa-dominant strains, Sour Diesel buds are usually medium-sized. While Sour Diesel may not always be as heavily frosted with trichomes as other strains, you should look for plenty of resin heads on your flower.
Effects of Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel is prized for its fast-hitting, heady effects. It’s a great daytime strain that can energize and uplift you, often with a creative burst, which makes it beloved by artists like Run the Jewels, Action Bronson, Redman, and Broad City’s Ilana Glazer, who finds some in her hair in this awesome clip.
Sour Diesel’s headiness is an enjoyable experience that goes well with being social, or just making your day a little more fun.
With its traditionally high levels of THC, Sour Diesel can sometimes lead to anxiety and paranoia if over-consumed. New users should start low and go slow with this potent strain.
Sour Diesel’s fast-acting, mood-boosting effects make it an excellent choice for those seeking relief from general stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD. Its energizing effects can also be useful for patients suffering from chronic fatigue. Some users also report that Sour D is great to combat nausea and stimulate the appetite.
Sour Diesel is a legendary strain for good reason. For the full story behind how Sour Diesel came to be, watch the interview below with AJ, the grower who calls himself the “servant and keeper” of the cultivar.
And pick up some Sour Diesel for yourself next time you’re at the dispensary!