Yo, what up? It’s your boy Dan and if you’re anything like me, your local dispensary is stocked AF with some variation of Diesel: Sour Diesel, NY Sour Diesel, East Coast Diesel, East Coast Sour Diesel … you feel me? There’s so much Diesel on these shelves it’s hard to keep up. Even if you’re a fan of the strain, the naming conventions can get repetitive and confusing.
So what’s the difference between them all? Forget genetics, homie, stoner lore is where it’s at.
The origin of Diesel strains
Legend has it that Diesel was born at a Grateful Dead concert where two cannabis breeders, Chemdog and Joe, had a moment of smoking each other’s buds and creating something magical. They bred the original buds again and created Diesel, which quickly became slang for god-tier bud. Then it was crossed to Sour Diesel, then NYC Sour Diesel, and so on.
The “Sour” in Sour Diesel supposedly comes from only “sour” people smoking it – whatever that means. But no matter what you call it – Diesel, Sour Diesel, NYC Diesel – they’re all parents to many contemporary uplifting strains.
So let’s dive into the effects of eight different Diesel crosses and curate some favorites for both veteran fans and newbies alike.
For those looking for a Diesel expression that produces balanced effects, check out Bio Diesel – a cross of Sour Diesel and Sensi Star. It reportedly delivers a swoon-worthy onset that unravels into a deeply euphoric stone.
The responsive vibes can keep uplifted consumers peppy while soothing those already edging up against couchlock.
Expect an earthy, funky, and gassy nose and a peppery, chemical exhale.
Also known as Dieselrella, this cross of NYC Diesel and Cinderella 99 reportedly delivers a potent euphoria in both the head and body. Consumers describe high-flying cerebral effects and peppy body buzzes that work well for socializing. It’s said to help with depression, migraines, and stress.
Expect a gassy, sour nose and a lemony-diesel exhale.
This heady cross of NYC Diesel and Grandaddy Purple reportedly delivers a potentially uplifting head high and relaxation in the body. It also has a complex flavor profile that features a chaotic assemblage of terpenes.
Though its genetics appear balanced, the effects allegedly skew sedative. Medicinal consumers describe potential relief from chronic pain, arthritis, and stress.
Expect a gassy, sweet, cheesy perfume and an ammonia and cheese exhale.
This berry-forward cross of NYC Diesel and Berry Ryder boasts the best qualities of both parents: a cushy physical detachment from Berry genetics and energetic physical vibes from NYC Diesel.
Recreational consumers report chatty, social head highs and tingly, effervescent body effects, lending the cultivar to daytime activities or social nights out.
Expect a gassy, berry-sweet nose and a citrus, gassy exhale.
Varsity stoners who rely on heavy effects are likely already fans of Blue Diesel – a cross of Blueberry and NYC Diesel. It delivers a deep, sleep-supporting body buzz as well as a blissful, meditative head high.
Newer consumers note that this Blue Diesel delivers a classic, heavy stone. Therapeutic consumers celebrate it for its efficacy in treating anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia.
Expect a gassy, blueberry nose and commensurate exhale.
This cross of NYC Diesel and Cannatonic is a balanced cultivar suited to the needs of both recreational and therapeutic consumers exploring 1:1 THC:CBD strains.
Dieseltonic rarely crests 10% cannabinoids, making it an excellent intro strain for low-tolerance consumers and a potentially effective therapeutic strain across the board, with reports describing relief from MS, eye pressure, spasms, and chronic pain.
Expect a chemical berry aroma and a gassy citrus exhale.
This superbly balanced hybrid of Big Buddha Cheese and NYC Diesel is a potent psychotropic cultivar prized for its technicolor head effects and bright body buzz. Consumers report highs that are both chatty and introspective, alongside body effects that vibrate with blissful energy. Therapeutic consumers report relief from appetite loss, chronic pain, and depression.
Expect a funky cheese nose and a spicy diesel exhale.
Active stoners hunting for cultivars delivering energetic body highs alongside soothing, placating head highs might enjoy a few tokes of Diesel Train. This cross of Ghost Train Haze and East Coast Sour Diesel is a powerhouse of pep, with consumers reporting highs that are physically invigorating and mentally creative and focused. For those whose wake n’ bake precedes an AM workout, Diesel Train may become a stash box staple.
Expect a buttery, gassy perfume and a brisk, ammonia and citrus exhale.
So there you have it – the best Diesel strains to try out for yourself. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these different strains and find your own favorites. Happy smoking!