Why all the buzz around the Sour Diesel Strain?
Quite possibly the most prolific strain on the planet, the Sour Diesel strain of cannabis makes for an unmistakable high. Sour D’s immediate pungent aroma of petrol/diesel gasoline is one of the most characteristic in the industry. Known for its rapid onset and energetic yet dreamy effect, this classic is one of the few pure Sativa strains still around boasting a 90/10 Sativa/Indica ratio. Its ability to simultaneously alleviate depression and ease pain make it a perfect stress-relieving medicine. While the exact genetics are unknown, some trace back its lineage to the staples Skunk, Chemdawg, and Northern Lights. Others claim that it descended from a Mexican Sativa and a Chemdawg phenotype.
Legend has it that a mystery strain was bought in Colorado by a guy named Chem Dawg at a Grateful Dead show in 1991. This strain was then shipped back to the East Coast, when it was then realized that these nugs were filled with 13 seeds. Some were sprouted in Massachusetts, and others were brought to New York City. It is here where the strain was named Diesel. After a few years had passed, a Massachusetts Super Skunk pollinated the room, giving birth to the now famous Sour Diesel.
When is the best time to smoke Sour Diesel?
Sour Diesel is often recommended for the morning, since it provides an uplifting burst of energy to start your day. Sour D will make you want to jump right out of bed and get started on your day. First-time smokers might find this strain to be a bit anxiety inducing however, due to its cerebral strength. It is this coveted strength that has made the plant essentially become the most publicized Sativa. There is no surprise that Sour Diesel boasts big and round calyxes. Sour Diesel boasts a high THC percentage of about 24-29% in some cases.
As a Sativa, Sour Diesel provides a cerebral high that will combat stress through calming anxiety relief. While the Sour Diesel strain will provide mental energy and stimulation, it has not been known to help much for physical pain relief. Patients looking to relieve depression often prefer the Sour Diesel strain. Your mood will be boosted so much that even cleaning up around the house will seem like a fun task. The mental stimulation will give you a unique sense of attention to detail, making all of the clutter throughout the house noticeable. With absolutely no couch-lock, you will have enough energy to run around all of the house in no time.
Why does the Sour Diesel strain smell like gasoline?
Perhaps the most famous characteristic is its pungent gasoline smell, hence the name Diesel. This signature smell is a great indicator to tell if you have your hands on the true Sour Diesel. The smell should be an intoxicating and overwhelming punch of lemon mixed with fuel. The aroma alone should make your ears perk up. Sour Diesel also has a citrus flavor to match this diesel smell, combining to give a wonderful taste profile.
Apparently, it still remains unknown what exact chemical causes the strong diesel aroma. Michael Backes, author of “Cannabis Pharmacy”, states that the skunk smell of cannabis is most likely due to a metabolic product of a precursor to acetyl coenzyme A. He also states that nobody has found the actual thiols (a type of organic compound) associated with skunk spray.
What gives Sour Diesel its smell may be unknown, but the WoahStork staff’s first initial guess was that Sour Diesel would be full of the terpene beta-caryophyllene. This terpene is known to have a peppery smell, which seems to be the closest to a diesel type of aroma. After perusing through SC Labs’ data, our hypothesis was confirmed. Sour Diesel is rich in beta-caryophyllene.
Sour Diesel also contains high amounts of limonene, myrcene, linalool, and alpha humulene. Many Sativas are rich in limonene, which help provide an elevated mood. Myrcene is common in nearly all strains of cannabis, so it is no surprise that this sedative is contained in Sour Diesel. Did you know that myrcene helps THC get absorbed at a faster rate? Sour Diesel also has beta pinene, which helps contribute to the mental alertness. However, there are other strains with greater amounts of alpha-pinene.
It is no surprise that WoahStork’s Strain Genie has chosen Sour Diesel to belong to the activity group Energize. Providing alertness, this strain is full of mental energy. The Sour Diesel strain can help some concentrate, while it may be mentally distracting for others. The only true way to know how it makes you feel is to try it for yourself. Let WoahStork help you find some Sour Diesel near you.
What should I do after ingesting Sour Diesel?
This week the LA WoahStork team, off of our recent successful launch, was in the mood to go out and have a little bit of fun! We stopped at The Higher Path, and were recommended Sour Diesel, so we began our evening with our usual smoke session.
The bud had a distinct peppery smell of diesel, and after a few exhales we were brought into a cerebral high that made us want to do something that worked our minds.
Riding a mental stimulation, we decided to stop by The Basement Escape room, which was raved about by all of our friends.
The backstory behind the adventure plunges you into the story of Edward R. Tandy, a man whose father died when he was four, and whose mother become insanely obsessed with taxidermy. After his mother passed away, Edward became equally obsessed with taxidermy and also focused mechanical engineering and…..death. You and your team play the role as Tandy’s most recent victims, fighting for your life as you escape his death traps. We picked the first chapter: The Basement. The experience was nothing short of extraordinary. We had to employ keen communication skills, a finely tuned organizational prowess, and a vernal ability to keep our wits together under pressure to survive. Our whole team was pushed to the limit, finding numerous items and clues throughout the room to come together and orchestrate our escape. This whole ordeal went perfectly with the mental stimulation that the Sour Diesel strain blessed us with.
Narrowly escaping The Basement with our lives intact, we took a minute to take a breather. All that mental exhaustion worked up an appetite and we ventured out to went to Scratch | Bar & Kitchen, rated as one of the top restaurants to try in LA. Tucked away on La Cienega’s Restaurant Row, the contemporary space from Top Chef’s Philip Franklin Lee comprises a counter in front of a wood-burning grill, plus a few high-top tables scattered around the room.
The ever-changing menu blurs the line between haute seasonal cuisine and family-friendly fare, from roasted carrots with yogurt and pistachios to a classic burger. The experience is delightfully crafted in a tasting menu of multiple dishes, depending on which level you choose ($40/$80/$120pp). In our evening dining out, we were treated with the wonders of a succulent skirt steak, as a homemade cheese and charcuterie plate. The uni-roe-pork belly deconstructed roll was to die for, and made our taste buds go wild. The experience was even more personal since there is no service staff; all the chefs personally craft and serve guests their respective dishes. Needless to say, we rate Scratch | Bar & Kitchen as one of our own top restaurants to visit in LA.
Sour Diesel is highly rated by WoahStork as the go-to strain when you want to give your brain a workout, but also alleviate some of that pent-up stress from work, etc.
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Scratch | Bar & Kitchen is on 16101 Ventura Blvd. Ste 255, Encino, CA 91436
The Basement Escape Room is on 12909 Foothill Blvd., Selma, CA 91342
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