By LeeWEpstein

August 24, 2020


Diesel, for the neophytes, is above all a type of gasoline. For the enlightened amateur, the word evokes a set of cannabis strains among the most famous and, very often, the strongest. The development of the cannabis industry is now making it possible for CBD-rich Diesel cannabis strains to enter the legal market. They now combine soothing effects with the typical aromas of cult strains.

Cannabis Diesel: where does it come from? 

Every cult cannabis variety has a great story to tell. Depending on the times and strains, they take us on a trip to the American West Coast in the 1970s (ideally under the California sun), meet legendary breeders (Sam the Skunkman, the Haze brothers) or travel to the other side of the world (and often to the Himalayan mountains). It is not the case for the Diesel.

Indeed, there are as many stories about the origins of the Diesel as there are storytellers. Its origin, geographical and chronological, remain blurred. However, by crossing the sources, it is possible to pick up here, and there some elements that overlap.

It seems that the original Diesel appeared in the early 1990s on the East Coast of the United States after a young farmer named Chemdog (or Chemdawg) happened to buy some flowers of a surprising variety at a Grateful Dead concert. The first Diesel would then appeared from various hybridization tests carried out from the seeds found at the bottom of the packet.

The result is a sativa-dominant hybrid, drawing its energy from the scents of lemon, Diesel, and tropical fruits. On the genetic side, it seems that the offspring finally descend from a Mexican sativa and an Afghani.

Diesel CBD: legal varieties inspired by historical strains

In the 1990s, Diesel was mainly bought on the black market, sometimes in the parking lot of a rock concert hall, as was the case with Chemdog. The interests of consumers are very different from those of today: they are looking for the purest, and, if possible, most potent variety with the highest THC content, even if this is often impossible to dose precisely, except for the force of the effects it produces.

Today, it is quite the opposite. The legal market is booming, and another cannabinoid has stolen the limelight from the psychoactive THC: cannabidiol, better known by the three letters CBD. It is indeed perfectly legal and known for its soothing effects. It also has no known side effects and, most importantly, it is not responsible for any addiction.

By limiting the authorized THC level to 0.2%, European law thus leads to the appearance of legal versions of the cult strains. Diesel is no exception, with CBD versions of the NYC Diesel or the famous Sour D to which we will return in a moment.

Diesel varieties: the queens of attention 

Cannabis Diesel has an almost sativa/indica balance, of the order of 60% for sativa, compared to 40% for indica. Depending on its sub-varieties, the ratio can vary, there is a clear tendency to favor the attention of its users, relaxing them just enough while providing the necessary dose of energy for a job well done.

A conventional diesel, therefore, activates neurons sustainably, boosting creativity and activity along the way. In addition to its significant gasoline smell, it also smells like fresh fruit, with bitterness notes typical of a terpene bouquet reminiscent of citrus fruit. This acidic side is double-edged because it makes many consumers come back, whereas it can, on the contrary, surprise others, at least at the beginning. Yet Diesel’s worldwide success, repeated over the decades, proves that its aromas are one of its greatest strengths.

From a purely botanical point of view, it is also interesting to note that Diesel flowers faster than the average cannabis variety. Robust and stable, it can be grown both indoors and outdoors, with heights reaching three meters in the ground.

Sour Diesel: focus on the Diesel queen 

We could not approach the history of Diesel without putting its flagship variety in the spotlight. We are talking about Sour Diesel. Sour D or Sour Deez for short. Let’s not be afraid to say it, if the Diesel family is so well known and recognized today as Sour D is far from having played a passive role in its ever-growing reputation.

To understand its origins, we have to go back to the original Diesel. Now that we know the dark side of its history, it seems logical that the exact genetics of the Sour D is equally uncertain. Some say that she descends from a clever mix of Chemdawg, Super Skunk, Northern Lights and Skunk #1. Others prefer a simpler version, consisting of a hybrid between a 91 Chemdawg and a Super Skunk. In all cases, his creation is mainly attributed to an East Coast breeder by the nickname of AJ.

Essentially sativa, Sour D imposes its heady essence scent on those around it, reinforced by no less assertive lemon aromas that cheerfully perfume the air around it. Once the first impressions are over, it is possible to appreciate discrete, but very present notes of pine and musk. This powerful yet intricate perfume is due to a particularly good bouquet of terpenes, mainly composed of limonene (for the lemon side) and myrcene. The latter is present in many plants. In addition to hemp, it can also come from essential oils of pine, juniper, mint, or hop.


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