Strain Spotlight: Sour Diesel

Strain Spotlight: Sour Diesel

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Since its rise to prominence in the early 1990s, the Sour Diesel strain has become a household name among cannabis connoisseurs, with much fondness and enthusiasm continuing into the modern day. 

Whether you're a newcomer to cannabis or an avid fan seeking to learn more about this Sativa-dominant strain, you've come to the right place. From its origins to its effects, this spotlight will cover everything you need to know about Sour Diesel.

Let's begin. 

Origins of Sour Diesel

New York City skyline

Like other strains that came from the days before cannabis legalization in the U.S., you will encounter mixed origin stories behind Sour Diesel. Some claim that it's from New York City, where the term "diesel" is slang for high-quality cannabis. Others argue that it originates from California (like a lot of other strains). 

There isn't a clear consensus in terms of its lineage, either. For example, High Times insist that Sour Diesel is a cross between Chemdawg 91 and either Super Skunk, Skunk #1, or Northern Lights.  Leafly experts double down on Chemdawg and Super Skunk as this strain's distinctive parents.

We may never know this strain's true origins, but for many cannabis enthusiasts, legends and their debates are part of the fun.  

Is Sour Diesel Indica or Sativa?

Cannabis strains are often categorized as indica, sativa, or hybrid. You will find that most people consider Sour Diesel to be a sativa or, at least, a sativa-leaning hybrid

Whether the terms "indica" and "sativa" are still relevant in the industry is another rabbit hole to go down. But, regarding effects, Sour Diesel tends to be better for uplifting versus unwinding, offering an "energizing" experience.

Sour Diesel Effects

When discussing Sour Diesel strain effects, you should always take it with a grain of salt because everyone’s experience with cannabis will vary. The best way (and most fun) to find out what a strain like Sour Diesel offers is to try it yourself. But generally, here are some of the effects associated with Sour Diesel:
  • Uplifted
  • Energetic
  • Talkative
With this in mind, Sour Diesel might be a prime choice for get-togethers, hikes outdoors, or even concerts. 

Sour Diesel Terpenes

citrus flavor cues

Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that give plants their aroma and flavor profile. They may also modulate how THC interacts with the body. Each strain has its own set of dominant terpenes, which is just one factor besides phenotype (look) and cannabinoid content that differentiates strains from each other. 

Below are the most prevalent Sour Diesel terpenes and their associated aromas:
  • Caryophyllene - "peppery"
  • Myrcene - "herbal"
  • Limonene - "citrusy" 

Sour Diesel Products

sour diesel peak gummy

Our current selection includes two Sour Diesel-based products with a living terpene profile derived from live rosin or live resin concentrates.

Sour Diesel - 2g Blue Lotus Disposable

Featuring a proprietary blend of HHC, Delta-8 THC, and Blue Lotus extract, our Sour Diesel 2g Blue Lotus Disposable offers a potent, inhalable form of Sour Diesel.
  • Cannabinoid Content: ~2,000mg per disposable
  • Best For: All levels of experience
  • Effects: Faster onset, lower strength, lower duration
  • Concentrate: Live Resin

Mandarin Sour Diesel - Peak Delta-9 Gummy

For those who prefer an edible, our Mandarin Sour Diesel - Peak Delta-9 Gummy complements this strain's natural aroma with the sweet, citrus flavor of mandarins and hemp-derived Delta-9 THC.
  • Cannabinoid Content: 100mg Delta-9 THC per gummy
  • Best For: Experienced enthusiasts
  • Effects: Slow onset, higher strength, longer duration
  • Concentrate: Live Rosin

"Sour Diesel hemp?"

Hemp and marijuana are the same species, with the only difference being the dry-weight concentration of Delta-9 THC. The hemp version of Sour Diesel is the same plant and same terpene profile that has been bred to produce a Farm Bill-compliant concentration of THC. From there, we extract either live rosin or live resin from the harvested plant matter.


In short, although Sour Diesel's origins are up for debate, this sativa-forward strain has remained a favorite among connoisseurs for decades. Generally, it's considered an uplifting strain, but the best way to know its effects is to try it yourself. And if you're curious about trying Sour Diesel in an edible or inhalable format, we've got you covered with two fantastic products. 

Until next time, happy exploring and Mind Your Mind. 

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