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Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel

Sativa - 80% Leaning
Recommended time of use: Morning
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About Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel’s energized and positive high makes it easy to see why the strain enjoys popularity across the United States. It has spawned popular and flavorful strains like Sour Tsunami and Sour Jack and inspired strains like NYC Diesel, which imitates its unique taste. It’s as enjoyable in lively social situations as it is when used alone, and its combination of physical and mental effects makes it versatile enough to suit the user’s purpose.

Sour Diesel, sometimes abbreviated as Sour D, is an extremely popular strain, distinguished by the fuel-like chemical smell of its flowers. It has a mostly sativa head high with some subtle physical indica relaxation, making it popular among recreational and medical users alike. This is a potent strain, with a THC content that had been measured at between 20% and 25%.

Because the underground cannabis market of the 1980s and 90s operated without any kind of lasting documentation, the exact origins of Sour Diesel are not known. Although a definitive agreement on its original genetic makeup doesn't exist, Sour Diesel’s popularity has made it the subject of much speculation. Some believe that true Sour Diesel was derived as a distinct phenotype of an original strain simply named Diesel. Others say that it was a phenotype of Chemdawg that leaned more sativa than indica. Still others claim that it was a cross of Chemdawg and Northern Lights, or perhaps Chemdawg, Northern Lights and Skunk #1.

Sour Diesel has round, medium-sized buds with leaves that appear yellowish-green. Red hairs called pistils, structures that operate to catch pollen from male plants, contrast with the densely-packed leaves. When properly cured, the flowers are somewhat sticky -- the dusting of trichomes is not as immediately obvious as it is on more resinous strains like White Widow. Nevertheless, breaking open buds reveals trichomes coating the insides of the dense flowers. The buds have an overpowering smell that, true to this strain’s name, is very similar to gasoline. The odor also has some hints of orange. Breaking open or grinding the buds intensifies this scent, and adds components of musk and pine sap. Sour Diesel has a notoriously harsh, acrid smoke that can cause users to cough or make their sinuses water. The smoke has a sour and vaguely skunky taste that may describe as unpleasant; on the exhale, the diesel and almost ammonia-like tang stings the palate and may linger for a long time afterward. Smokers trying to remain discreet should be warned that this is a very pungent strain whose odor can carry for quite a distance.

The high from Sour Diesel comes on users quickly in the form of a warm and pleasant head rush. An uplift in mood may be noticeable as well. Although Sour Diesel stimulates synaptic activity in the brain, the character of this head high is more spacey than intensely cerebral. Users may feel chatty if surrounded by others or somewhat introspective if enjoying the strain alone. For many, this soaring high is partially anchored by a slight feeling of physical relaxation. That said, a body stone that leads to full-on couchlock is rare. The sense of euphoria that comes with this variety may be helpful in treating some symptoms of mild stress, anxiety, or depression. Its tendency to lead to associative thinking may provoke a bit of creative inspiration. Fans of the strain also describe relief from troublesome aches and pains. Sour Diesel’s combination of mental and somatic effects may also make it a potent aphrodisiac in certain situations. As is common with many strong sativas, the altered mental state brought about by Sour Diesel may prove overwhelming for some, leading to paranoid, recursive thinking or a feeling of being generally “out of control” of one’s thoughts or body. As such, users -- especially those with a lower THC tolerance -- should adjust their intake accordingly. Sour Diesel has an average-length high that lasts about 2 to 3 hours.

Seeds of Sour Diesel are packaged and available for sale from several seed bank retailers. Growers can also raise plants as clones, taking clippings taken from fully grown plants of the same strain. Sour Diesel can be grown indoors or outdoors, although outdoor cultivation requires semi-humid, Mediterranean-like climates with daytime temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants are more characteristically sativa than indica, with a tall, spindly appearance and large spaces between flowering nodes. Plants can grow to be over four feet tall, with their height increasing exponentially during the flowering stage. For those growing indoors, bending and pruning branches early in the vegetative stage may help train the plants to fit within limited vertical space. Sour Diesel flowers within 10 weeks when grown indoors and around early November when grown outdoors. It has a moderately high yield: growers can expect between 42 and 56 grams (or between 1.5 and 2 ounces) per square foot of plant.

THC Content - 24.9% Highest Test

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November 26, 2018
To be honest sd is an all time classic for me from the first time i ever smoked it at 13 to today at 28 going on 29 in a very short time ive always loved it and i still do to this day i enjoy the high it helps my depression anxiety my bipolar altho that could just be me being to happy to mood flip as well as many other things such as insomnia and my eating dissorder (im not anerexic or balianerbut i do unfortionatly have mental physical problems ranging from not being able to sleep for days upon end (which yes i do recive medication for that i also pair with mmj as well as "forgetting" or the absolute distain for food at times that does infact last days at a time my longest time "forgetting to eat was a week and a half very unhealthy) sd as well as a few other strains make my life very much so more managable and id be lieing if i said i didnt enjoy how it makes me more normal and able to function around others

A small plant was able to do for me what multiple years of phycotherapy counciling and inpacient treatmet wasnt able to do
November 04, 2018
It helps with pain that came from taking a statin drug. It helps my anxiety disorder and depression. It keeps me sane when dealing with the grandkids.
Charles Arnold
October 30, 2018
I'm growing some sour D right now. There about 1 month old and it almost November but they are already starting to flower which I don't know why., they should be alot bigger before budding but they were crowned twice. I hope they get 4 feet. My last plants were strawberry cough another sativa. Love the Sativa way better smoked it since the early 90s and around 2005 I started smoking alot of indica and trying to get the best and wasn't getting that high I got back when I got dirt weed , stepped on stuff from Mexico , well since I started growing sativa I found out that it doesn't matter how it looks I mean dont get me wrong there was alot of good bud up north and here in cali but just grow your own and find out about what it's really about it being 100% free pounds in 4 months just throw it out side and let it do its thing . If you need help and live in sfv or scv hit me up
The Bud Sommeliers Group
September 02, 2018
Had this in Sofia Bulgaria for the first time-strongest sativa I’ve ever had at the time! Kept me awake and the taste was super powerful. Very giggly and nice body high! High drug effect
Lindsey Williams
June 24, 2018
My favorite sativa strain!
Dr Schmenge
June 13, 2018
Sour Diesel is the most depressing, least fun strain I've ever had. I'm surprised that so many people like it so I wonder if it's just body chemistry. But if you're like me, you'll feel detached & depressed. I've scaled down how much I take, down to 1/4 puff or less and it still sucks for me. YMMV.
Brandon Holt
May 26, 2018
What the heck is cottonmouth?
Casey Pokorney
February 19, 2018
I like it. I'm usually more of an Indica guy, but the Sour D is amazing for my anxiety. I got some @ 27% thc from Oregon. First time I tried it was in Colorado. One of my personal top ten for sure. Puffing right now. ;)
Deborah Lindmar
February 19, 2018
One of my favorites, we only have oil concentrates. I personally do it for pain so I have to switch my oils up a lot. It's the same if you take the same pain killer all the time it won't work. But if it was for recreational only then this is my favorite.
February 12, 2018
I really love Sour D. It is great for managing stress and its just really enjoyable. The high for me is about 4 hours. It gets me into deep thought with a new perspective.
October 05, 2017
Wow. Very strong and AWESOME. Makes me cough a lol but it's totally worth it.....wowwwww. I feel all warm and happy..
September 26, 2017
Got it from a kinda dispensary near Barcelona, actually it's kinda cheap and its taste makes you wanna lift trains with your bare hands. It's that acid/sour flavour that gets stuck in the brain giving u a kinda strange energetic feeling. One of the best choices to mix with the morning coffee!
Kevin Allbritton
April 14, 2017
I have to say, one of the best I have had! Truly tasty to smoke, and guaranteed to get you wherever you want to be. Ha Ha

January 24, 2017
#1 in my book.. it's a preference thing. That smell is just so unique and amazing. So skunky and earthy. I like when SD is described as inspirational and spiritual bc I find it to be the most creative of the strains! It will have you thanking God!
January 05, 2017
Your Sour Diesel strain genetics are wrong. Not to be rude or anything, but you can't cross a hybrid with an indica and get a 90% sativa... It's really best listed as unknown genetics, as to not lead people wrong. Chemdawg I do believe is one of the parent strains... but who really knows.
November 28, 2016
i have smoked this strain on various different occasions. very smooth smoke, strong odor to it and very good for a wake and bake session.
wesley roberts
November 27, 2016
wow, this is an amazing strain, extremely fruity, and covered in trichomes.definitley in my top 5 fave strains
Charles Yisrael
November 24, 2016
I love the Sour Diesel strain! It's one of the most potent types of weed i've ever smoked myself. It has a nice fruity flavor in my opinion. It should be called Fruity Diesel instead of Sour!
ant mckoy
November 23, 2016
this strain has a supreme taste n great smell. its the best ive tasted in years.
Alexis Riley
November 22, 2016
my favorite!
maryjanes cuz
November 18, 2016
best way to begin your day gives that extra kick energy for morning
November 16, 2016
preety good stuff
Justin Ford
November 14, 2016
By far the best strain for my neck pain and anxiety
November 14, 2016
Amazing, definitely in my top 5 favorites
Johnny J
November 11, 2016
its so gooooooood
rebba bitner
November 08, 2016
my first high. i was blown away and completely amazed
November 04, 2016
this strain is so dank. i wann cry now
FHP Jewela
November 04, 2016
Sour Diesel is my favorite strain because its potent its a happy type of high. i enjoy every time i cop one and roll up
Victoria Shelton
November 04, 2016
Sour diesel is great for nausea . I have a rare illness that causes me extreme nausea and uncontrollable vomiting that lands me in the hospital for days and on many prescription meds . This strain eliminates the need for need for the hospital and many of the prescription medications . By far the best strain for me .
October 31, 2016
I'm usually an Indica girl and try to stay away from Sativa's, becuase I sometimes catch myself feeling a little paranoid with the "head high". I had a friend suggest Sour Diesel since I sometimes struggle with Anxiety. I smoked some Sour Diesel after work on a Thursday around 7pm at night. I know it's recommended for Day Time use since it's a heavy Sativa, but I was able to go to bed around my normal time (10:30pm) without any struggle.
frank mendez
October 29, 2016
it is ok. heard its one of the most famous strains but I've had better
cody pope
October 18, 2016
My all time favorite strain. Prob one of the most famous around.
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