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Sour Diesel

Sometimes called Sour D, Sour Diesel is an invigorating sativa-dominant strain named after its pungent, diesel-like aroma. “AJ”, a grower in New York City created this strain during the early 1990s. At the time, top shelf bud was a rarity and Mayor Rudy Guiliani’s “broken window” policing strategy made smoking cannabis in public a very risky proposition.

It is a cross between Original Diesel (Chemdawg x Super Skunk x Northern Lights) and an unknown Skunk phenotype containing Hawaiian strain Skunk #1 and Northern Lights.

Flavour, aroma and appearance

This strain has a distinct and pungent aroma, heavy on a gasoline-like odour (hence “diesel”) with a nice punch of lemon. When you break up the bud, you’ll uncover subtle undertones of pine and musk. The flavour will be sour and skunky, with strong gassy notes, too. Sour Diesel also produces a harsh smoke that often induces coughing. The potent aroma of the smoke will linger in the air, and the flavour will linger on the palate.

The buds themselves tend to be medium sized, and medium to high density. They’re generally on the pale green end of the spectrum, and occasionally have yellow undertones. Pistils can range from muted amber to brighter shades of orange. While Sour Diesel may not be as heavily frosted as other strains (like White Widow for example), you should expect a nice healthy coat of trichomes on Sour Diesel bud.

Sour Diesel has spawned popular and flavorful strains like Sour Tsunami (a high CBD strain) and Sour Jack (Sour Diesel x Jack Herer).


Sour Diesel has fast-hitting and cerebral effects. It is a great daytime strain that will energize and uplift.

While Sour Diesel will definitely perk you up, its cerebral flavour is a little dreamier than other strains like Jack Herer or Green Crack, which can make it difficult to focus. That said, the effects of Sour Diesel often include creative bursts of energy and ideas. It’s an enjoyable experience that pairs well with lively social situations or just making your day a little brighter.

With its high levels of THC, a little Sour Diesel can go a long way. New users should start low and go slow with this potent strain to avoid over-consumption, which can lead to anxiety and paranoia.

As with any cannabis strain and those with high levels of THC like Sour Diesel, over consumption can lead to anxiety and paranoia. Start low and go slow to find the ideal dose.

Other common side effects include coughing, dry mouth and dry/red eyes.

Medical benefits

The fast-acting, mood-boosting and positive cerebral effects of Sour Diesel make it a go-to strain for those suffering from general stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders. It is often used by those suffering from mild bouts of or chronic fatigue due to its energizing effects.

While not known for typical indica body effects, Sour Diesel will leave you feeling relaxed and contented, making it useful for distraction from minor aches and pains. Several Lift users also report it being great for nausea.

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Ounze, 1 Pound, 1/2 Pound, 1/4 Pound


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