Bred from the potent Chemdawg 91 and Super Skunk, the origins of the Sour Diesel weed strain speak volumes about its quality. Among its many accolades, it secured 1st place at the Highlife Cup in 2004 and a commendable second place at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1994. Let's take a closer look at this award winning strain and show you why it should be in your grow tent.

Is Sour Diesel marijuana strain indica or sativa?

While it is a hybrid strain, Sour Diesel is 70% indica dominant and clearly shows this through its effects and the way that it grows. With plants often reaching well over 200cm tall Sour Diesel grows like a typical sativa with long gangly branches and fan leaves. It's effects start with a fast acting powerful cerebral high that fuels creativity and an uplifted mood but leave you feeling calm and relaxed as the high fades.

Why Buy Sour Diesel seeds

Sour Diesel is a one of the best strains for growers looking for a potent sativa. With THC levels soaring between 20%-24%, you can expect a powerful, uplifting high and with yields of 500g/sqm you will have plenty of bud! Its diesel and skunky flavour may sound unusual to some, but its one of those tastes that really grows on you and tastes exactly how good cannabis should.

Is the Sour Diesel strain strong?

Sour Diesel is a very potent cannabis strain with THC levels ranging from 20%-24% and CBD levels below 1%. It offers a fast acting high that is characterised by its creative and uplifting effects, smoke too much of this strain and you will still feel sleepy though.

Flowering Time:10-12 Weeks
Outdoor harvest:Early October
Indica/Sativa:Sativa Dominant
Height:Tall: 180cm-220cm
CBD Content:<1%
Climate:Tropical, Sub Tropical, Warm, Mould Resistant
Medical Conditions:Depression, Pain
Seed Type:Regular, Feminized
Genetics:Chemdawg #91 x Super Skunk
Effects:Creative, Uplifting
Taste:Diesel, Pungent, Skunk
Terpene:Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Limonene

What are the effects of Sour Diesel?

Being a sativa-dominant strain, Sour Diesel brings a fast hitting 'head high'. At first you will feel energetic and uplifted and often find yourself in fits of giggles, however, after an hour or so of smoking this strain you will begin to feel the effects throughout the rest of your body as the high begins to lead to a sense of relaxation and euphoria.

What are the side effects of Sour Diesel weed?

While the Sour Diesel is strain known for its incredible high, some users have reported side effects such as dry mouth and occasional paranoia. As with any strain, experiences may vary from person to person but its best avoided for those that suffer with paranoia or anxiety.

Does Sour Diesel have any medical uses?

Sour Diesel is a popular strain among medical users thanks to its reported therapeutic effects. The high THC content, may be the reason that many have claimed it has mood enhancing effects that work well for those suffering with depression. Others have reported a relief from chronic pain and migraines.

Does Sour Diesel make you hungry?

Yes, producing bud with up to 24% THC, Sour Diesel can stimulate the appetite and induce a case of the munchies. Leading users to craving for sugary treats.

Does Sour Diesel make you sleepy?

Sour Diesel's sativa-like high generally promotes energy and alertness, however, as the high sets in it can lead to drowsiness after a couple of hours.

Is Sour Diesel a Beginner Strain?

From a cultivation perspective, Sour Diesel us not the most challenging strain to grow, however it certainly isn't the easiest. It is a tall lanky plant so if you are thinking about growing it indoors be prepared to do a lot of LST training to keep its size under control. For some beginners this could be challenging but if you are a beginner looking to grow a sativa then Sour Diesel is a good choice. If you are looking for an easier to maintain version you could also try Sour Diesel Autoflower, this strain will only reach around 100-120cm tall so its ideal for smaller indoor grow spaces.

From a smoking perspective, with THC levels between 20%-24%, Sour Diesel is a potent strain. Okay it might not be up there with the likes of Gorilla Glue, but it isn't far off. Novice smokers or those with low tolerance might find its effects too intense so beginner smokers may prefer a slightly lower THC cannabis variety.

How to Grow Your Own Sour Diesel cannabis plant

The Vegetative Stage:

Light Cycle: 18 hours of light / 6 hours darkness

Time: 4 - 8 weeks average

Nutrients: NPK ratio 3-1-2

In its vegetative stage you will notice that Sour Diesel plants grow fery fast and begin to show their tall long structure quite quickly. Techniques like the Screen of Green (ScROG), topping, and fimming should be used early on to both control its height and increase yields. For beginners low stress training (LST) is probably the best way to go, gently guiding the plant's growth as it gets taller. High Stress Training (HST) methods can used but make sure you apply them with caution to reduce the amount of stress on the plant. As the plant reaches the end of the veg stage you will have a vibrant green foliage made up on long fan leaves. The veg stage can last as long as you want if you are growing indoors, but bear in mind that the flowering stage for sativa-dominant plants can be 10 -14 weeks. If the plant has grown big enough then switch to flowering after 5-6 weeks, if you feel it needs to pack on a bit more size then keep in in veg (18/6 lights) for another few weeks.

The Flowering Stage:

Light Cycle: 12 hours of light / 12 hours darkness

Time: 10 - 14 weeks average

Outdoor Harvest Time: End of September

Nutrients: NPK ratio 1-3-2

Once you have flipped the lights to 12/12 it will take about a week before you start to see any first signs of preflowers. Once you see these cropping up around the nodes of the plant you are fully in the flowering stage. As your Sour Diesel plant transitions into the flowering stage, its appearance will undergo a striking transformation. Its buds develop a deep green hue, often accompanied by fiery orange pistils. After about the fifth week you will begin to smell the pungent diesel and skunky aromas, so if this is a stealth grow for you get a decent carbon filter in place first. from about the 8th week onwards start to monitor the trichomes, you want to look out for the moment that around 70% of them have turned a milky white color, with some amber. This indicates that the plant is in its ideal window of ripeness and is ready for harvesting.

What does Sour Diesel taste and smell like?

Sour Diesel's flavor profile is as intense as its name suggests. Its taste and aroma resonate with strong diesel notes, complemented by pungent undertones and a hint of skunk.

What are the dominant terpenes in Sour Diesel weed?

The dominant terpenes in Sour Diesel include Caryophyllene, Myrcene, and Limonene. Together these terpenes give the strain its signature diesel aroma but also add spicy, earthy, and citrusy aftertaste.

What strains are similar to Sour Diesel?

Strains similar to Sour Diesel, in terms of effects and flavor profiles, include Chemdog or Chemdawg, Super Skunk, and NYC Diesel. Each of these strains carries distinct diesel or pungent undertones, reminiscent of the iconic Sour Diesel.