If you haven’t tried (or at least heard of) legendary strain, Sour Diesel, chances are you’ve been in a time capsule for the last 25 years. The ubiquity of Sour Diesel is profound. Not only can you find this tasty strain at virtually every dispensary in North America, but a ridiculously high percentage of strains out there also trace an overlapping lineage with Sour Diesel.
Cannabis icon and legendary breeder, AJ, is responsible for introducing us to this great strain. Although, AJ (humbly) claims he wouldn’t call himself the “creator of Sour Diesel,” but rather the “servant and keeper” of it.
One of the most widely smoked Sativa strains of all time, Sour Diesel — also often called, Sour D — originated back in the early 90s in, of all places, New York City. As AJ notes, it wasn’t hard to score ganja in NYC, but scoring quality cannabis was another story. Reports of Sour Diesel’s lineage are conflicting, but it likely traces its lineage to Chemdawg 91 and Super Skunk. Why is it “sour?” AJ explains “sour” made it into the name — apparently, people would become bitter when they couldn’t find this highly sought after strain. “Diesel” comes into play because of its signature pungent, lemon-citrusy, diesel fuel-like aroma. The taste is sweet, with a sour citrus finish.
Denver-based comedian and lead cannabis critic for The Cannabist, Jake Browne calls Sour Diesel the Campbell’s Soup of pot, because “it’s one of the chunkier strains out there.” Browne waxes poetic on the virtues of Sour Diesel:
Recommending Sour Diesel as a weed critic is like a music writer extolling the virtues of The Beatles or a historian making a case for George Washington as a great president. In fact, Sour Diesel probably belongs on a Mount Rushmore of marijuana — a fake monument that I desperately want my picture taken in front of. You’d be hard-pressed to walk into a Colorado dispensary and leave without seeing some form of Diesel on the shelf, so I’d be remiss if you didn’t know how to spot it.
Sour Diesel Effects
Sour Diesel enthusiasts often describe the high of this Sativa-dominant strain as “energizing, dreamy, and cerebral.” Its quick action in alleviating pain, depression, and stress make it hugely popular for medical MJ patients. Although given its consistent Sativa-dominant properties, Browne notes, it “isn’t the best at knocking out heavy pain, but it will provide a focused energy.” If you want to neutralize heavy pain, look to other strains, like OG Kush.
Boasting average THC levels over 20%, it can provide a potent high. However, as Smell the Truth’s Oscar Pascual notes, Sour D produces an “energetic punch of euphoria, making for a perfect daytime strain that encourages creativity, awareness, and concentration.”
What Are Consumers Saying About Sour Diesel?
Sour Diesel boasts over 4000 reviews on Leafly, with most reviewers rating it “exceptional” or “outstanding,” and most commonly describe the effects as “happy,” “uplifted,” “energetic” or “euphoric.”
One reviewer, Dr. Zimbardo, offers up:
“Another of my personal favorites. Extremely cerebral whenever I consumed it, and, as many others have pointed out, there really is no “couch-lock.” It makes your frontal lobe act in ways you could never have imagined. It’s almost like Sour Diesel is a key, a key that opens up whole realms of your mind that you were once ignorant of. A++ ”
Another enthusiast, SexMetalBarbie420, credits Sour Diesel for helping her get off of antidepressants, lose weight, while giving her a big boost to her sex drive:
“This is my IDEAL strain. My god. I got off my antidepressants when I found this strain. It’s all I smoke and I couldn’t be happier. I feel sexier, I’m happy, I’m horny, I don’t mind eating and yet somehow I’m losing weight. I love moving and doing this. Don’t mind doing housework. it’s absolute bliss.”
SexMetalBarbie420 is not alone in ascribing seemingly magical psychiatric powers to Sour D. Enthusiast, EMM says:
“If you are looking for a strain to help you with anxiety, being antisocial, high strung, quick to snap, depressed or unmotivated…this is the strain you should medicate [with]. It’s tried and proven by many, and I keep going back to it because it’s the one that gets your mind right. If you want to go from hateful to peaceful, then roll up and smoke a blunt of sour D.”
Want to learn more about the origins of Sour Diesel from its creator (and master grower), the legendary, AJ? Check out AJ’s video on YouTube: