Name: Sour Diesel
Type: Hybrid (sativa dominant)
Genetics: Chemdawg x Skunk x Northern Lights
Sour Diesel is one of the most widely smoked sativa strains of all time. If you haven't heard of this strain, you probably live in a cave in Afghanistan, or someone you know had already tried it (and probably loves it). The specific lineage of Sour Diesel is tricky and very poorly documented, as most of the older strains seem to be.
Some believe the Sour Diesel strain simply comes from a phenotype of Chemdawg that was slightly different and more on the sativa side of the equation. The most popular lineage theory is that the origional Diesel is the result of a cross between (Chemdawg x Super Skunk x Northern Lights). Often referred to as "Sour D", this mostly sativa hybrid (90% sativa, 10% indica) gets its unique name from the almost diesel and citrus oder it emits.
As far as I know, Sour Diesel can only be found in clone form, and it is often quite hard to find. Due to this scarcity of the true Sour Diesel, there are many hybrids that have tried to emulate the true Sour Diesel high. Some come close, but there is nothing like the real thing.
Looks and Smell
Sour Diesel is a tall, thin plant suitable for both indoor and outdoor gardens. Her foliage darkens to an almost purple color when in its final weeks of flowering. The buds commonly display pink to light orange hued pistils, and the formation is loose and spear shaped.
All the Sour D I have ever grown has had one large cola with 6-9 smaller branches. The colas were immense; I remember one cola in particular was a shade under 1/4 pound... Not bad. Only drawback was it took about 2 weeks longer to finish than the other strains I had going at the time.
The scent is very powerful, almost overwhelming, yet somehow magnetic. It is because the Sour Diesel strain has a distinct, pungent, grassy, diesel, lemony stench that is coupled with an exciting burst of energy. Having the dominant sativa lineage, it is correct to assume that Sour Diesel will predominantly affect the mind.
Fans of the strain typically use Sour Diesel as their first source of medication to start a long day--It'll have you feeling awake and ready to go. Being so sativa dominant, Sour Diesel almost exclusively affects cerebral functions. There should be no couch lock or heavy body feelings upon use if you're smoking the real thing.
Sour Diesel tastes just the way it smells: classic funky fuel aroma. It's much sought-after flavor is what attracts many, what growers breed it for, and is why Sour D is so famously easy to sniff out of a lineup. Upon smelling and tasting it, no one who knows Sour Diesel can be fooled into believing a strain is Sour D if it is not.
The strain is so popular because the high is quite incredible with 20%+ THC and a high lasting 2-3 hours. Being so sativa dominant, it fills the body and moreover the mind with motivating, uplifting energy. It is a definite mood enhancer and depression destroyer. Being in a good mood is an effortless and natural feeling while experiencing Sour Diesel.
The stunning popularity of Sour Diesel is not by accident and is no longer just an East Coast phenomenon. The Sour Diesel strain is one of the most facinating strains in cannabis history. It makes funny things that much funnier; it makes good food taste that much better. As a mood enhancer, it simply makes life more fun. The most ordinary of nights out quickly become memorable when Sour Diesel gets involved. More than just a mood enhancer, the strain has also been found to be effective in the treatment of: depression, anxiety, stress, and appetite issues. Worthy of its fame, Sour Diesel remains and always will be one of the best strains on the planet, as well as one of my personal favorites.
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