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Sour Diesel Feminized Cannabis strain

Sour Diesel has been deemed one of the 25 greatest strains of all time. Her unique aroma and undeniable sativa high are responsible for her esteemed status within the world of weed.

Sour Diesel is a strain familiar to cannabis lovers all around the world. It could easily be called one of the most beloved and well-known strains in existence, and it has the _High Times_ approval to back it! Listed as one of the magazine’s 25 Greatest Strains of All Time, the publication went so far as to claim that Sour Diesel would have a spot on this list for eternity.


Despite its widespread recognition, the precise origins of Sour Diesel remain a topic of debate. It has roots on the East Coast of the United States, but there is little certainty regarding the parent strains used to create this legend. Some breeders argue that Sour Diesel is simply a distinct phenotype of the strain Diesel, whereas others claim it was born out of a cross between Chemdawg and Northern Lights. Others refute both of these statements, instead believing that Sour Diesel inherited genetics from Original Diesel and the progeny of Northern Light, Shiva, and Hawaiian.

The exact lineage of Sour Diesel may always remain a mystery, but its genetic makeup has remained more or less consistent. The cultivar is sativa-dominant, and RQS’ classic version of Sour Diesel contains 70% sativa genetics and 30% indica.


The sativa dominance of Sour Diesel gives rise to a stimulating and clear-headed high, powered by 19% THC. This high THC value, in combination with her sativa leanings, makes for a fast-acting and long-lasting experience, which can still be enjoyed without losing the ability to function. This is mood-boosting cannabis for sure, and many users report euphoria and temporary relief from low mood and stress.

These cerebral effects boost cognition and plunge the user into a social and talkative mood—traits that make Sour Diesel a great strain to smoke during social gatherings and parties. Her effects can help break the ice and melt away formerly awkward social barriers. She’s also a great smoke to partake in with your closest crew to philosophise and dive into some deep conversation.

The stimulating effects are capable of increasing productivity, and go hand-in-hand with a cup of coffee in the morning. An increase in alertness makes the high almost performance-enhancing when it comes to completing daily tasks and creative projects. Many users also speak of an aphrodisiac quality that sparks libido. This makes her a superb strain for couples that like to smoke together among the sheets.

Sour Diesel is notorious for inducing cases of cottonmouth. This occurs when THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the salivary glands and signals a decrease in saliva. Although this sensation can be a bit annoying at times, it’s the perfect excuse to prepare a large pitcher of ice-cold fruit juice before a smoking session.

After an hour or two, depending on how much you choose to smoke, the sativa effects begin to subside, and the less powerful, but still very apparent, indica effects take hold. The medium level of CBD also makes itself known at this point, as the high gently tapers off into a soothing after-glow. If you’re in the middle of a busy work day, then it’s time to smoke or vape a little more. If you’re at home, maybe it’s time for a restorative power nap.

Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel
Original Diesel x (Northern light x Shiva x Hawaiian)
475 – 525 gr/m2
90 – 160 cm
10 – 11 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 70% Indica 30%
550 – 600 gr/plant
150 – 200 cm
Late October
Physical, clear high


As mentioned, Sour Diesel earned her place among the 25 Greatest Strains of All Time. _High Times_ even raves that there is no better flavour than Sour D in the cannabis world—and they aren’t wrong! Pressing your nose against a bud will send a distinct scent of diesel rushing into the olfactory system. This same sensation also takes hold of the taste buds when these flowers are smoked, vaped, or infused into edibles. Although the smell and taste of diesel might seem unappealing to the uninitiated, additional terpenes combine to create something truly spectacular and undeniably unique.

Laboratory analysis has revealed a complex terpene profile within the flowers of Sour Diesel. One of the most prominent is myrcene, a molecule that endows the strain with earthy and musky scents and encourages a stoning and joyful effect. Another one is limonene, which adds a hint of citrus to the mix. Caryophyllene is another major terpene within the strain that generates scents of black pepper and rosemary. All of these herbaceous, earthy, and fruity notes combine to create something that’s not sweet, but not altogether savoury either.


Sour Diesel is a pleasure to grow—especially for a sativa. She has a relatively short flowering time, produces compact, spherical buds, and offers substantial harvests. Indoors, plants can reach up to 160cm in height, although training techniques like ScrOG can keep her closer to one metre. On the other hand, if you have enough space to let her flourish, go right ahead! Indoor plants produce a satisfying yield of up to 525g/m² after a reasonable flowering period of 9–11 weeks.

Outdoor plants can easily soar to a greater height of 200cm. This requires more maintenance in terms of pruning, but the yield makes the additional work worthwhile. She’ll pump out up to 600g/plant, ready for the chop in late October. Sour Diesel prefers a mild climate, so keep this in mind if you’re aiming to push production to its limit.


Diesel Automatic condenses the best traits of Sour Diesel into a smaller, faster, and easier to grow specimen. Royal Queen Seeds’ breeders brought this stimulating strain to life by crossing the legendary Diesel with Cannabis ruderalis. The progeny emerged with a genetic profile of 40% sativa, 30% indica, and 30% ruderalis.

Diesel Automatic produces tall and dense flowers decorated with solid orange pistils and plenty of glittering trichomes. These glands work hard during the flowering phase to produce a THC content of 14%. Although this quantity won’t blast your mind to the moon, it delivers a moderate high that hits the sweet spot between sobriety and overwhelm. Enjoy this functional high during the day to give your creativity and cognitive function an edge.

Diesel Automatic remains small and easy to manage in all settings. Indoor plants produce 325–375g/m² and peak at a height of 70cm. Outdoor plants grow to a slightly taller height of 110cm and offer a rewarding 60–110g/plant. Expect to harvest your bounty a mere 8–9 weeks after germination.

Sour Diesel is one of the most-famous Cannabis strains, and it is an incredibly sought after seed that can reward growers with outstanding profits and finished buds of the highest quality.

Sour Diesel Strain Guide

Take one whiff of a Sour Diesel spliff and you’ll know straight away how it got its name. Its strong aroma of gasoline with a refreshing hint of lemon will scintillate your senses as your mind gets taken on a euphoric, energizing high.

90% sativa, 10% indica; Sour Diesel is one of the most popular sativa strains out there. You’ll know straight up you’re in for a thrilling buzz by the appearance of the leaves and buds. Sour Diesel is endowed with chunkier, rounder calyxes, it has light green coloring with darker sugar leaves and its pistils, shooting out like flames, range in color from a light peach right through to a toasty hot orange. This little beauty is proof that Mother Nature can be one hot mamma.

The hallmark of Sour Diesel is its pungent petrol-like smell that clings to the buds and lingers in the air after you’ve lit one up. Where the “sour” part comes into play is open to interpretation and will depend on your own unique sense of smell. The stronger the aroma when opening up a bag of Sour Diesel, the better. If you enjoy hanging around gas stations, catching the mild high that comes with filling up your tank, then you’re in for a real treat. And if your olfactories aren’t such fans of the fresh scent of diesel – no stress – Sour Diesel has a taste much sweeter than its smell, and the mood-elevating buzz you’ll get will be well worth it.

A Brief History Of Sour Diesel

The exact origin of Sour Diesel is clouded in over a decade of well-smoked haze. Some believe breeder Chem Dog to be the founding father of this particular strain, having introduced it in the early 90’s from a hybrid of ChemDawg, Northern Lights and Skunk phenotype.

Others believe it to be a mind-bending mix of Original Diesel (ChemDawg + Super Skunk + Northern Lights) and an unknown Skunk phenotype (Skunk + Hawaiian + Northern Lights).

Bastard child of the marijuana world or not, its foggy beginnings are no deterrent for the determined pot smoker.

Energizing Effects

There’s no need to wait until 4:20 to enjoy the invigorating effects of this popular strain. The best recommended time to light one up is first thing in the morning. A fervent wake and bake session will get you pumped up and ready to tackle your day.

Livingroom in a state of emergency? Backyard buried beneath a tirade of leaves from this year’s fall and the last? Pack a bowl of Sour Diesel, please the senses (and the Missus or Mister) and get to work ripping through those chores.

Whereas indica strains are known for inducing a calm, zoned out mental and bodily climate, at times inconducive to coherent social interaction, sativa strains top in at the other end of the energy scale. At 90% sativa, Sour Diesel kicks in fast, producing a cerebral high that is as ecstatic as can be. If affects only the head, leaving the body to do as it pleases, so there’s no risk of day-long couchlock with this particular breed.

As Connor Bland writes on Whaxy, “after consuming, I went on a High Urban Hike throughout downtown Denver, and felt that it was a great strain choice for an activity such as this. It allowed for me to slightly space-out and enjoy the nice weather, while simultaneously being able to converse with others on the hike for small talk. As a person who is not a connoisseur of public art or history, it made small bits of information and the different sights around town more interesting than I feel they would of been without the cerebral euphoria I was experiencing.”

The energy Sour Diesel creates is focussed and laser sharp, stimulating your creativity and flicking your switch on to a heightened mental state. Take one drag and you’ll be turned into a mean, cleaning, idea generating machine in no time.

Sour Diesel is the ultimate pick-me-up with more highs than lows. On the negative side, worst case scenario is you catch a slight case of cottonmouth from eagerly packing a bit too much into your bowl and smoking it all straight up.

A word of advice for the less seasoned smoker though – the cerebral high can be full on, leading to possible paranoia, anxiety and inability to retain attention if you are not used to such strong sensory stimulation. So if you’re a Sour Diesel newbie, don’t max out all at once, rather take it one hit at a time to find your groove.

Chemical Composition

Sour Diesel has higher than average THC levels, thus contributing to its fast-acting, mood elevating and energizing cerebral buzz. Its CBD levels (the chemical that induces sleep and an all-around chilled out vibe) is comparatively much lower. Sour Diesel is one of the top 3 tested strains in North California with the average THC potency level topping out at 18%. The lowest potency levels come in at 12% while some of the best performing crops can hit a max of 24%!

Now that’s some potent pot!

Medicinal Properties

Sour Diesel is popular with recreational smokers and medicinal marijuana users alike. Its mood uplifting qualities and energy enhancement makes it a great way for medical users to start the day. Take a puff first thing in the morning and feel your anxiety or depression immediately go up in smoke.

Sour Diesel is best used for battling fatigue or stress or for an extra bout of creative stimulation. As the high is located centrally in the cerebral brain, leaving the rest of your body intact for everyday movements like walking around and dipping a hand in the cookie jar, this strain is not suitable for general bodily pain relief.

If you are looking for a physical pain reliever, rather opt for an equally popular strain such as ACD. It’s high levels of both THC and CBD makes it a medical marijuana miracle for relieving generalized pain.

Growing Green

If you’re interested in getting your fingers green, get hold of some Sour Diesel seeds and grow your own baby pot plants. This highly sought after seed prefers a warm, slightly arid environment with temperatures in the 88℉ (31℃) region and with a soil acidity of pH 5.8 – 6.0.

This particular breed of ganga is ideal for sea of green (SOG) or screen of green (SCROG) operations. It stretches tall between the first 3 weeks of flowering and training methods may be required to increase the number of bud sites on the plant during this time.

Sour Diesel is a smoking hot strain, commanding some of the highest prices in the cannabis connoisseur’s market. This is partly to do with the extended flowering time required when grown indoors. After 8-10 weeks of flowering, the buds mature into one of the most potent marijuana breeds available, dripping in golden, glistening trichomes. This elongated flowering times also means bigger yields- half a pound or more per plant for indoor growers and up to five pounds when grown outdoors. This plant thrives on the coast of California and Spain, and the ideal time to reap your reefer rewards through harvesting is October in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Final Puff

Sour Diesel is one of the most sought after strains around. Whether you’re looking to self-medicate your blues away, grow your own, or start your day with a bang (or a bong), you won’t be hard-pressed to find a selection of this fiery specimen. Due to its popularity with the pot smoking population, Sour Diesel is available in most Colorado dispensaries.

This sativa strain is all about the buzz; one drag will have you dancing to your favorite tunes as you rip through your daily to-do list. Just a couple of hits will send you into a humming headspace that’s clear and focused, firing off your creative neurons like a jet rocket.

Once you’ve got those tasks ticked off and you’re keen for a bit of vegging out, I recommend smoking a softer indica strain later in the day. Light up an equally popular variety like Critical Kush or Northern Lights to bring your senses back down to earth as you settle in for some well-deserved couch time.

Take one whiff of a Sour Diesel spliff and you’ll know straight away how it got its name. Sour Diesel is one of the best sellers in the US for a reason.