sour diesel kush
Sour Diesel, sometimes abbreviated as Sour D, is an extremely popular strain, distinguished by the fuel-like chemical smell of its flowers. It has a mostly sativa head high with some subtle physical indica relaxation, making it popular among recreational and medical users alike. This is a potent strain, with a THC content that had been measured at between 20% and 25%.
Because the underground cannabis market of the 1980s and 90s operated without any kind of lasting documentation, the exact origins of Sour Diesel are not known. Although a definitive agreement on its original genetic makeup doesn’t exist, Sour Diesel’s popularity has made it the subject of much speculation. Some believe that true Sour Diesel Kush was derived as a distinct phenotype of an original strain simply named Diesel. Others say that it was a phenotype of Chemdawg that leaned more sativa than indica. Still others claim that it was a cross of Chemdawg and Northern Lights, or perhaps Chemdawg, Northern Lights, and Skunk #1.
Sour Diesel has round, medium-sized buds with leaves that appear yellowish-green. Red hairs called pistils, structures that operate to catch pollen from male plants, contrast with the densely-packed leaves. When properly cured, the flowers are somewhat sticky — the dusting of trichomes is not as immediately obvious as it is on more resinous strains like White Widow. Nevertheless, breaking open buds reveals trichomes coating the insides of the dense flowers. The buds have an overpowering smell that, true to this strain’s name, is very similar to gasoline. The odor also has some hints of orange. Breaking open or grinding the buds intensifies this scent, and adds components of musk and pine sap. Sour Diesel has a notoriously harsh, acrid smoke that can cause users to cough or make their sinuses water. The smoke has a sour and vaguely skunky taste that many describe as unpleasant; on the exhale, the diesel’s almost ammonia-like tang stings the palate and may linger for a long time afterward. Smokers trying to remain discreet should be warned that this is a very pungent strain whose odor can carry for quite a distance.
The high from Sour Diesel comes on users quickly in the form of a warm and pleasant head rush. An uplift in mood may be noticeable as well. Although Sour Diesel stimulates synaptic activity in the brain, the character of this head high is more spacey than intensely cerebral. Users may feel chatty if surrounded by others or somewhat introspective if enjoying the strain alone. For many, this soaring high is partially anchored by a slight feeling of physical relaxation. That said, a body stone that leads to full-on couchlock is rare. The sense of euphoria that comes with this variety may be helpful in treating some symptoms of mild stress, anxiety, or depression. Its tendency to lead to associative thinking may provoke a bit of creative inspiration. Fans of the strain also describe relief from troublesome aches and pains. Sour Diesel’s combination of mental and somatic effects may also make it a potent aphrodisiac in certain situations. As is common with many strong sativas, the altered mental state brought about by Sour Diesel may prove overwhelming for some, leading to paranoid, recursive thinking or a feeling of being generally “out of control” of one’s thoughts or body. Users, especially those with a lower THC tolerance, should adjust their intake accordingly. Sour Diesel has an average-length high that lasts about 2 to 3 hours.
Seeds of Sour Diesel are packaged and available for sale from several seed bank retailers. Growers can also raise plants as clones, taking clippings taken from fully grown plants of the same strain. Sour Diesel can be grown indoors or outdoors, although outdoor cultivation requires semi-humid, Mediterranean-like climates with daytime temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants are more characteristically sativa than indica, with a tall, spindly appearance and large spaces between flowering nodes. Plants can grow to be over four feet tall, with their height increasing exponentially during the flowering stage. For those growing indoors, bending and pruning branches early in the vegetative stage may help train the plants to fit within limited vertical space. Sour Diesel flowers within 10 weeks when grown indoors and around early November when grown outdoors. It has a moderately high yield: growers can expect between 42 and 56 grams (or between 1.5 and 2 ounces) per square foot of plant.
Sour Diesel Effects
Sour-Deez is known to cause a creative and mind-altering high, that has little effect on the body and won’t drag your energy levels down- this is partially what has caused it to become such a favorite among medical marijuana patients, stoners, and 420-lovers alike.
With THC percentages from tests resulting within the 18-26 percentile, you can expect just a little of this marijuana strain to go a long way, especially if you are getting your hands on a top-shelf, supreme quality batch.
It is often a challenge for many marijuana-lovers to find a strain that doesn’t over relax them, but Sour Diesel weed really has the energizing factor covered, bringing positive energy and immediate mood-boosting to the table.
Expect to become effervescent after consuming some Sour D, for this marijuana strain isn’t just an amazing pick-me-up, but it also leaves your body and mind feeling calm, light and airy, while still making it possible to get things done during your day. Sour Diesel is versatile and multi-purpose.
Medical Benefits of Sour Diesel
Those who regularly enjoy Sour Diesel weed most often report mental disorders as their medical condition. Sour-D is very well known for assisting those struggling with mental conditions, for it has an incredibly powerful effect on the mind and emotions.
It is a wonderful marijuana strain for bringing positive energy back into life, ideally suited for those dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress. If you are consuming Sour Diesel for this reason, it is best to smoke a balanced amount of the strain and not over-do your consumption.
Over consuming any strain of marijuana while dealing with a mental condition can cause any symptoms to become worse and possibly increase paranoia, anxiety, stress, etc. It is vital to know your limits with cannabis and stick to them if you want to have the best experience possible.
Additionally, Sour Diesel is a replenishing marijuana strain, so if you are an individual that often experiences fatigue, you can count on Sour-Deez to pick you right back up, set you down on your feet, and get your day going once again. Even where coffee just can’t seem to do the trick, the Sour Diesel strain is there to help. If experiencing fatigue, consume a slightly larger dose than usual of Sour Diesel weed, in order to really make sure your day gets going.
Furthermore, headaches and chronic pain are immensely affected in an upwards manner with the consumption of Sour Diesel weed. If you are handling pain throughout your body or in a targeted region, the best and longest-lasting method of consumption would be through an edible, concentrate, live resin, hash or shatter. All of these forms are extra potent, and therefore will be the most ideal for healing your body from any pain for an extended period of time.
Possible Side Effects of the Sour Diesel Marijuana Strain
As with all strains of cannabis, when dealing with a mental disorder, there is a risk of over-consumption leading to greater anxiety, stress, sadness, or paranoia. It is so important to know your limits and take it easy at first, especially if you are new to consuming marijuana.
If you begin feeling more anxious than usual, try and take deep breaths or meditate to relax, and always remember that the high eventually will pass if you are feeling especially worried. Aside from this known risk, the most commonly reported side effects from consuming Sour Diesel are dry mouth and dry eyes.
Thankfully, this is easily treatable by drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated, especially in the moments while you are high and not just the before and after.
If your eyes are feeling in dire need of moisture, some eye drops can help to bring back the hydration and are often an inexpensive purchase at your local drug store. Most of all, be sure to keep these resources readily on hand if you know that you tend to experience these side effects; eye drops and a tall, cold glass of water are a must.