Sour Diesel Strain

May 7, 2021

Known as a “Top Cash Crop Strain”, Sour Diesel is an extra-dank breed of weed. For those seeking a psychedelic, energetic high, it doesn’t get better than this. It is famous for it’s pungent presence, reeking strongly of fuel.

It has earned itself loyal fans from all over the world – for its ability to produce a “no-couch-lock” high that will guarantee good vibrations and a great time all-around.

Sativa/Indica % Indoor Yield Outdoor Yield Flowering Period
70% / 30% 18 ounces per square meter25 ounces or more per plant 9 to 10 weeks indoors, early November outdoors.

Sour Diesel, also commonly nicknamed “Sour D”, is a notoriously fast-acting sativa-dominant strain, it comes in both autoflowering and feminized seed variations. It is said to be a descendant of Chemdawg 91, mixed with Super Skunk, and was created in the 90’s in sunny California.

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Even with all the information available about its background and roots, the origins of Sour D remain shrouded in mystery, which adds a mystical appeal to it. Touted as one of the finest genetics available in the current market, Sour D is the perfect all-day long pal.

Information About Sour Diesel Strain

ORIGIN Believed to have descended from Chemdawg 91 and Super Skunk
EFFECTS Happy – 10
Uplifted – 9
Euphoric – 8
Energetic – 8
Relaxed – 7
FRAGRANCE Sour lemon, diesel, herbal
FLAVORS Diesel, sour, pungent, earthy
Dry eyes – 6
Paranoid – 4
Dizzy – 3
Anxious – 2
MEDICAL Stress – 10
Depression – 8
Pain – 7
Fatigue – 5
Lack of appetite – 4
CBD % 0.20%
INDICA/SATIVA % 30% / 70%
INDOOR YIELD 18 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD 25 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATE Warm and sunny weather
RESISTANCE TO DISEASE May be prone to powdery mildew

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest


A popular choice for recreational users who are looking for something to give them a boost in mood and energy, Sour Diesel is known for creating a sense of unabashed euphoria.

Sour Diesel

It is the perfect “upper”, a no-fail mood-booster with a general uplifting quality. Sour D’s are also said to be a purely cerebral experience, with the sativa being prominent and the indica barely noticeable.

Tickling one’s psychedelic senses, Sour Diesel is known for having a long-lasting high, lasting for sometimes up to five hours.



Sour Diesel got its name from its famously pungent, almost borderline “stinky” fuel smell. It is also said to have hints of citrus and sour lemon, with a mix or herbal notes. Despite the strong words used to describe what Sour Diesel smells like, in real life this actually has a very pleasant presence, loved by many for exactly that reason.


A slightly bitter citrus taste can be observed in Sour Diesel, which makes it a savory experience for many. Its pungent notes are prominent even in the flavors, delivering an invigorating note when smoked. Its tropical fruitiness makes it a suitable choice for those who simply want to enjoy a smooth, and flavorful high that is complimented by its after-taste.

There are many popular strains that are direct descendants of the Sour Diesel. Read our full review on Yogi Diesel that is a pungent hybrid mix of two fan favorites – Sour Diesel and northern lights number five

Adverse reactions

Among some of the most prevalent adverse effects of Sour Diesel, is the dry-mouth it gives you. The consumption of liquids is highly recommended to avert from the sense of dehydration, which can also cause the sensation of dry eyes.

Paranoia in some, is also a negative effect it may have on some, usually fueled by consuming more than needed. This can also lead to dizzy spells and anxiety, and especially for those who are not accustomed to the sativa varieties, the upbeat high may be confusing and difficult to understand. Often that can be mistaken for nervousness itself.

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With what conditions does it work?
Due to its longevity in effects, Sour Diesel has become a popular choice for those in need of a successful way to treat pain. Because it creates a high without the heaviness, Sour D makes for great daytime relief, often lasting for hours, for maximum effectivity.

Sour Diesel Strain

Sour Diesel is most predominantly used for the treatment of stress and depression. Its light-head high creates a very impactful feeling of elation. For those suffering from heavy-body lethargy due to their depressive lows, Sour D makes for the perfect companion.

Those suffering from arthritic conditions may also benefit from the use of Sour Diesel, due to its anti-inflammatory effects on the body. The de-stressing properties also reduce an overall feeling of stress over the condition, which adds to the progress of healing.

Patients with ADD and ADHD issues love Sour D for it’s ability to help them focus on the task at hand, without the heavy-bodied sensations. Cancer patients may also enjoy this strain for it can help boost appetite that may have been lost due to the chemical radiation treatments and medications.

Sour Diesel Strain

Flowering Time


Sour Diesel takes a little longer to flower than other strains but it is well worth the wait. An indoor-grown plant can yield up to an estimated 18 ounces per m2 on average per harvest.

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For a Sour D plant grown outdoors, the ideal time for a harvest is around early November. An outdoor grown plant can be very generous in its yield, with an expected average of 25 ounces plant available for plucking during harvest.


Chemdawg 91
Super Skunk

FAQ About Sour Diesel Strain

What is the Sour Diesel strain yield?

Sour Diesel yields 18 ounces per square meter indoors and 25 ounces or more per plant outdoors.

How much THC does Sour Diesel strain have?

Around 22%

What are the origins of the Sour Diesel strain?

It was created in the 90s in California, and it is believed to have came from Chemdawg 91, mixed with Super Skunk.

Have you ever smoked or grown your own Sour Diesel? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


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  1. By Rob Kim ,06 Dec 2017
    got some seeds from you guys ,it will be my next grow , hows the stretch and the smell when switch to 12 12 . How does sour d work if grown 12 12 from seed ,thanks
  2. By hydro hank ,25 Jan 2018
    harvested 5 days ago. purchased 1 clone in sept. Grew hydro indoors.With "waterfarm" by general Hydroponics. Its a simple system that can be left alone for several days at a time. beautiful flowers. 2 more in the vegetive stage now. […]Read More
  3. By robert ,09 Mar 2018
    i did a indoor soil grow fox farm ocean forest and a clone i got from a grower i no and 2 led pannels 32 watts a peace and a cheap ducting fan and it was some of the best […]Read More
  4. By Emer ,23 Aug 2019
    Sour D is a first choice wake and bake or early evening weed. Love its thin, dry fuel flavored smoke and the mental clarity it provides. And yes, PWM and bud rot are a constant battle in the couple of […]Read More
  5. By VTSativas ,23 Sep 2019
    New England Outdoor Sour Diesel Grow (2019) I’m growing 2 SDs (different seeds from ILG) outdoors under enclosures right now. One is 6′ the other is 4’7″. Very different plants structure-wise. 4-5 weeks into flowering now. Looking to harvest in […]Read More
    1. By John ,04 Oct 2019
      First time grower. I have a Skywalker and Sour Deisel. Skywalker is almost ready but Deisel seems it needs more time. I'm in Massachusetts so temperature is a concern. Any ideas on how to get to the end? I have […]Read More
      1. By VTSativas ,21 Oct 2019
        It's a bit late in the game, but if you can layer together something like a furniture quilt ($20 at HD) and a heavy tarp you can hopefully get into November. I have space heaters inside my enclosures in VT. […]Read More
  6. By David ,18 Jul 2020
    Im currently growing amhearst sour diesel. Theyre all tall. One of them is nearly 10 ft tall. My shortest one is over 7ft. . ive got one growing indoors also its only e ft. But theyre all beutiful
  7. By Best Cannabis Strains to Mix ,18 Aug 2020
    […] a full-body buzz. On its own, you should prepare for a nice couch lock sensation. However, the Sour Diesel helps counteract that while adding a potent kick of grape […]
  8. By Sour Diesel Mind Blowing Facts – canabisonlineshop Smoking Sour Diesel ,18 Aug 2020
    […] I Heart Growing Marijuana calls it a top cash crop strain, but banking on Sour D isn’t simple. It’s a taller cultivar that requires intense light and absolutely sterile environments to avoid mildew, plus expect to trim it constantly […]Read More
  9. By El ,11 Oct 2020
    Love this strain....all around top of the line...yield, potency and my favorite flavor
  10. By Josh ,14 Feb 2021
    Hey I’m trying to grow sour D and I have the seeds but I’m not sure when to start the germination process and I can’t find it anywhere. Anyone able to tell me when a good time to do that […]Read More

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