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Robert Bergman

September 22, 2020

Diesel is one of the most common flavors in weed, and for a good reason. Diesel genetics tend to have high levels of THC and powerfully energetic highs. The gassy citrus smell that comes from a good diesel strain is unmistakable; however, there’s more to different sour diesel strains than that, though. 

You can find a wide variety of traits in the diesel family. Many are sativa-dominant, but not all. There are therapeutic strains, fruity options, and savory flavors. From sour cannabis strains to sweet options with just a hint of diesel, one of these strains will be right for you. 

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Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel strain

Sour Diesel is one of the most sought-after strains and a popular strain to grow. The 60/40 sativa-dominant strain offers a psychedelic, energetic high that will keep you going all day. It’s one of the most intense sour weed strains available. With THC levels up to 20% and a high that just keeps on trucking, Sour Diesel is the perfect strain for diesel lovers everywhere. It’s also the parent of many other diesel strains; in fact, some of the best sour diesel hybrids are descended from it. 

Sour Diesel isn’t the easiest strain to grow, but if you start with feminized Sour Diesel seeds, you can make the process a lot easier. This sativa dominant thrives in hot, dry environments. The dryer, the better, because it’s also prone to powdery mildew in humid conditions. If you’re able to provide it a safe and dry indoor space, your plants should be ready for harvest in about 9 to 10 weeks. Look for yields up to 16 ounces per square meter. 

Now, if you’re willing to give up some of your yield, there is another option. Sour Diesel Autoflowers are an easy to grow version of the same potent strain.  Autoflowers stay small and can be grown indoors, making them suitable for beginners. 

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NYC Diesel

NYC Diesel

If you prefer something a little sweeter, NYC Diesel is for you. It provides a serious kick of diesel with sweet chocolate and berry notes. The high is long-lasting and peppy, stemming from the THC levels that regularly reach 20%. Plus, there’s no worry of couchlock from this 60/40 sativa-dominant hybrid. The combination of Afghani and Mexican strains will keep you up and moving.  

If you choose to grow the NYC diesel strain, it’s absolutely worth it. Just be prepared to put in a little work. Start with feminized NYC Diesel seeds, a stable, warm environment with low humidity and lots of space.  They get quite tall, so be prepared for a flowering stretch. On average, NYC Diesel weed takes about ten weeks to flower and produce a solid 14 ounces per square yard indoors. 

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Chiesel

Chiesel_Effects

Savory strains can be an acquired taste, but Chiesel makes savory cool. This pungent plant is a mix of Big Buddha Cheese and NYC diesel, leading to a high-production 50/50 hybrid. With THC levels that frequently exceed 20%, Chiesel isn’t for new users. It offers an intense but relaxing high that’s perfect for creativity. 

 

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Some growers really adore Chiesel. As long as you can provide stable conditions, Chiesel will produce. In ideal conditions, growers have seen yields as high as 32 ounces per square yard. Even a standard grow can see 24 ounces in the same space. Plants are ready for harvest in 9 to 10 weeks. 

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Jack Diesel

Jack Herer Strain Effects

Another NYC Diesel descendent, this is one of the best diesel strains available. The woody, floral notes combine with diesel to produce a pungent effect that is sweet and smokey, with just a hint of fuel. It’s easy to get stuff done with this strain because it provides an energetic, euphoric high from the 70/30 sativa-dominant genetics. THC levels average 22%, so users are in for an all-afternoon buzz. 

Jack Diesel stands up to humidity a little better than some other diesel plants. Growers should expect medium-tall plants that you should prune if you’re growing inside. Indoors, the plants are ready to harvest after 9 to 10 weeks. You can expect 16-18 ounces per square yard inside. It can also be grown outside if you’re prepared to watch for pests.

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Strawberry Sour Diesel

Strawberry Diesel Effects

Introducing: a fruity sour cannabis strain. Strawberry Sour Diesel is a 75/25 sativa-dominant hybrid that comes from a cross between Sour Diesel weed and Strawberry Cough. The result is a motivating, energetic high that sends tingles throughout your body. Expect a powerful high fueled by 22% THC levels. The intense berry flavors are complemented by citrusy sour flavors and an undercurrent of fuel. It’s a tasty, pungent combination. 

Growing Strawberry Sour Diesel is impressively simple. It’s a forgiving strain that gets big, fast. Expect plants that reach six feet tall when grown indoors. Harvests are ready in just 8 to 9 weeks, and they’re solid producers. Look for 14 ounces per square yard, or even more. Just keep humidity low, and you’ll see impressive, tasty results.

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Cannatonic

Cannatonic

Getting high isn’t the only reason people use weed, of course. If you’d like a diesel strain with therapeutic benefits, look no further than Cannatonic. This is one of the only diesel weed strains that’s been grown for high CBD content. In fact, it has a 1/1 CBD/THC ratio. This strain is the offspring of NYC Diesel and Reina Madre. Overall, it’s a heavily piney strain, with just a hint of diesel and citrus. Expect THC and CBD levels of about 4%. 


Indoor grows are most successful with this strain. Unlike most CBD-dominant strains, Cannatonic can provide serious yields, up to and beyond 16 ounces per square yard. It’s also a compact plant that’s perfect for small spaces. As long as you’re keeping the pests out and the humidity low, you’re in for a lovely harvest. 

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Original Glue

Amnesia Haze

This strain, formerly known as “Gorilla Glue,” will stick with you for a long time. Original Glue is a strain for experienced users who want serious THC. Plants can reach THC levels as high as 30%, causing effects that could knock out a gorilla. This surprisingly diesel strain is an indica-dominant blend of Chocolate Diesel, Chems Sister, and Sour Dubb. The result is a knockout punch in a plant. Original Glue isn’t for beginners, but it is for anyone who wants an intense experience. 

This is a big, space-hungry plant. You can grow Original Glue indoors or out, but make sure you have lots of room for it to spread. Using the Screen of Green growing method is the perfect way to maximize your harvest. Keeping humidity down and potassium levels up will keep your plants strong and healthy. It should be ready for harvest in 8 to 9 weeks and can yield up to 18 ounces per square yard. 


Diesel strains include a wide variety of options. From intense highs to mild therapeutic strains, there’s something for everyone. One thing most of them share, however, is being somewhat difficult to grow. That’s why it’s a good idea to know what you are doing before attempting to grow any type of diesel weed. 

One of the easiest ways to get started growing marijuana is by downloading and reading my free Marijuana Grow Bible.  It can help you learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes. Whether you want to grow fruity diesel weed strains or savory, sour weed strains, the results depend on the you.  You won’t be smoking anything if your plant doesn’t survive until harvest. 

Top Sour Diesel Strains FAQ

Is Diesel an Indica?

Diesel is a sativa dominant hybrid and is know to have high levels of THC.

How Does Sour Diesel Make You Feel?

The 60/40 sativa-dominant strain offers a psychedelic, energetic high that will keep you going all day.

What Is The best Diesel Strain?

Sour Diesel tops are list as the best Diesel strain on the market, this sativa dominate strain is loved among many cannabis lovers.

The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]

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