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Strain Review: Sour Diesel

Sour Disel Strain Review by Cannabis Now Magazine
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Strain Review: Sour Diesel

Our intrepid ganja chronnoisseur, Dragonfly, travels the world in search of the best cannabis and evaluates strains ranging from the popular and plentiful to the rare and exotic. She samples each strain in joints, glass bongs, vaporizers and bubblers, whenever available, taking careful notes of the smell, taste, and nuanced effects of each one. 

One of the most popular strains in the country, Sour Diesel packs quite a punch. In all my years of cannabis chronnoisseurship, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t have a strong affinity for this strain.

More directly, this mostly-sativa variety was born to Chem ’91 and Massachusetts Super Skunk. But its lineage is about as infamous as the strain itself.

The parents of Sour Diesel came from a mystery strain that a fellow named Chem Dawg purchased at a 1991 Grateful Dead show in Colorado and later had shipped out to the East Coast. Those nugs contained a sweet surprise: Seeds. 13 of them. Some of them were grown out and unintentionally fathered by a Chem Dawg male or hermaphrodite. Several of those seeds were subsequently taken to Massachusetts where they were sprouted. Seeds from that batch were then given to a NYC grower who re-named the strain Diesel. A few years later, a hermaphroditic Massachusetts Super Skunk pollinated the room – causing Diesel to sprout seeds – and Sour Diesel, as well as her sister, OG Kush, were born.

The smell: Sour Diesel’s name is no accident. This strain smells uncannily like diesel fuel. It is pungent, dank, and quite devastatingly delicious.

The dry hit: Pre-flame, not only will you inhale the powerful funk of straight-up diesel fuel, you’ll also be titilated with a faint lemony pine that gently adds to its compexity.

The flavor: Sour Diesel tastes just the way it smells: classic, funky fuel. Its much sought-after flavor is one that many growers breed for, and it makes Sour Diesel famoulsy easy to sniff out of a line-up. Upon smell and taste, no one who knows Sour Diesel can be fooled into believing a strain is Sour Diesel if it is not.

The high: Sour Diesel is so popular because the high really is quite incredible. Being sativa-dominant, it imbibes your body with the uplifting, motivating energy. It’s a definite mood-enhancer and depression destroyer. Being in a good mood is effortless and natural with a little Sour D in your system.

It is a very reliably excellent choice for brainstorming ideas and stimulating creativity. When I have writer’s block, I request Sour Diesel and get back to work.

The word: Its stunning popularity is not by accident. Sour Diesel truly is one of the most fascinating strains in cannabis. It makes laughter sweeter; it makes good food taste to-die-for; it makes the comical much more comedic; it simply makes fun things that much more fun. The most ordinary of nights out quickly becomes hilariously memorable when Sour Diesel is on the scene. Worthy of its fame, Sour Diesel remains one of the greatest strains on the planet.

Tell us in the comments below, do you agree?



  1. Bud

    December 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Anyone see my keys?

  2. Jessica Ghiradeli

    December 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I had this last night for the first time. This is the best high I’ve ever felt! I had so much energy! No paranoia AT ALL and I was instantly happy. It really does put you in an amazing mood! I don’t think I will ever smoke anything else…haha

  3. Tony

    December 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I know this is old, but I wanted to comment anyways. I keep hearing that Sour Diesel is the strain of choice in New York. I’m a weed snob from California, and I just don’t care for Sativa dominant strains, such as Sour D. Give me Herojuana OG and some Shatter any day of the week. I’ll be going to NY for 3 weeks and am not looking forward to finding some crappy NY gutter bud or their finest Sour Diesel for that matter.

    • Gargamel

      January 22, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Dude all your west coast OG kush and others come from chemdog and lots of others can back to a chem but ogk is sis of sour d parent and the skunk pheno is the best ever

      • Keith

        May 4, 2017 at 7:28 pm

        On everything I love , I am the man who accidentally pollinated my super skunks and called the progeny mass super skunk. I’m a Boston guy. Super skunk was a complete accident. I mailed seeds out to a whole bunch of friends and it looks like someone going a fire pheno.

    • Gargamel

      January 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Herojuana !!!! Haaaaaa over ecsd or chem…..the real phenos…..ea coast kills west And ive lived cali 12 years

  4. Dave

    June 6, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Dave IS here, man! We’re gonna go smoke now. Catch ya later, brah.

    Dave’s Friend,

    • Dave you have a message

      June 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      xxmartha7 here n ice to meet you dave can we be friends because i like to be friends

  5. Rod Koehler

    May 27, 2014 at 2:10 am

    I really appreciate sour diesel prior to intimacy with my lady. Makes all my senses on high alert. I prefer to keep the particulars to myself…

  6. steven

    March 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Very smooth and tasty..very cerebral..energetic, good paranoia or negative funtion at a good feeling i take 1 hit every 3 to 4 problem working..will try again…very , very sweet, sour skunky where to hide this withhout being discovered..hahs

  7. smokie

    January 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    sour d is by far the best! always available here in colorful colorado ! GO SOUR

  8. Rachal Mercante

    December 28, 2013 at 10:16 am


  9. Mike

    December 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Just wanted to point out her story of sour d is a little off. The herb that chemdog bought was purchased at a 1991 grateful dead show at deer creek music center. The original strain was grown in Colorado. He purchased 1 ounce and had arranged for two more to be sent to east coast. 1 ounce contained no seeds the other 13 beans. The original 91 chem dog was I believe bean 3 of the first four that were germenated. Great story just wanted to throw this in.

  10. cannabis1951

    November 20, 2013 at 12:59 am

    mmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmmm, good
    mmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmmm, good
    Sour Diesel is mmmmmmm, mmmmmmmm, Good

  11. dschrooooo77

    November 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    thank God for whoever brings this strain to my area, always available.
    the first Medical strain that I ever tried,
    and still is the last that I seek out.
    SourD 4 Ever. right on

  12. neda wright

    November 13, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I want some too……I just came to Colorado….I’m waiting on my card

  13. Dillon

    November 13, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Best strain i’ve had so far. Cerebral. Taste like gods vagina.

  14. Ken C.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I grew this strain this season and harvested it and is curing as I type this I did sample this and yes very enjoyable high. I was pleasantly surprised. So my S. Diesel is my private smoke. I smoked some of my diesel and tried my Son in laws white widow grown in doors and well pretty even as far as high goes, the widow tasted and smelled more pleasant then the Sour Diesel.

  15. Neil Johnson

    November 13, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I wanna try it….it sounds exactly like what I want

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