Saturday March 14, 2015

By Chad Sivad


Sour Diesel, often called "Sour-D," is among the most popular Sativa strains of Cannabis in the world best known for its potent effects and pungent aroma. The strain is a great pick-me-up if you're looking for a mood-boosting high with a heightened mental state.



Like many strains of marijuana, Sour Diesel has been around for generations making its original whereabouts difficult to confirm. California Cannabis horticulturist, Ed Rosenthal, is known for his research on the subject and believes the strain's lineage stems from a combination of Chemo and Mexican Sativa. While Sour Diesel's origins are unconfirmed, you can easily confirm you have a good batch of Sour Diesel by its citrus, diesel-like smell.


Sour Diesel's buds are housed in green earthy leaves and sometimes include pistols with a pinkish tint. These 'nugs' are usually covered in translucent crystals hinting at the potency of Sour Diesel. The Cannabis plant itself is known for growing quite tall with purple vegetation when grown in the right environment.

You'll really understand how Sour Diesel earned its name the moment you smell the plant's strong, pungent aroma. The scent is very overpowering and does smell a bit like fuel infused with some lemon zest. The scent might stick around for some time -- especially after smoking the plant.

You'll certainly taste this strain on your tongue for a few moments after smoking. Fortunately, Sour Diesel doesn't taste quite as strong as it smells, and leaves your mouth salivating in anticipation of this strain's effects. The citrus flavor can be a bit refreshing for your taste buds and may encourage you to have some more.



Sour Diesel gives you an extremely powerful high. You can expect to experience very strong cerebral effects while still maintaining a certain sense of clarity. If you don't smoke regularly, you may want to take just a few hits to see how you feel as this strain kicks in very fast.

Sour Diesel is a very common strain used to treat medical marijuana patients suffering from anxiety or depression. Sour-D's mood-boosting effects are great for brightening up your day without knocking you out like other Sativa strains.


Sour Diesel is a great companion to help you enjoy a day of hiking in the Rocky Mountains or an afternoon tubing down Clear Creek in Golden. Since this strain is extremely pungent, you may want to use caution when consuming before public gatherings. If you're looking for a well-known strain that's guaranteed to give you a strong high without bringing you down, then you may want to pick up some Sour Diesel at a nearby dispensary.

While Sour Diesel is found all over Colorado, you may want to contact a dispensary to make sure they have the strain in stock before making a special trip. For more information on purchasing marijuana in Colorado, see our Where to Buy Marijuana in Colorado guide.

Photo Credit: Colorado Pot Guide

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