Spinach – Diesel (Sour Diesel) Strain


This strain was a part of our 420 Legends 🏆

For 420 Month in 2021, we celebrated the greatest cannabis strains of all time. We narrowed down the list to 8 pillars of pot culture, each selected for their incredible genetics, numerous awards, and amazing contributions to the world of weed. Then we asked YOU to decide: which 420 Legend was the greatest strain of all time?

You voted, we tallied them up, and the results are in. The winner is …


Want to see which other kings of cannabis made our list? Check out our full breakdown here!


Also known as Sour D or Sour Deez, no legendary list is complete without this pillar of pot culture. Birthed in the underground cannabis scene, Sour Diesel is one of the strains that put weed in the minds of the mainstream world. It’s synonymous with graffiti on brick, hidden pot lounges, and punk, grunge, and hip-hop countercultures. This strain appears in novels, gives its name to rap albums and songs, is a favourite of celebrity smokers, and even pops up in TV shows.

This bud’s genetics are hotly debated. Very different to today, where seedbanks and creators fight to claim the invention of popular strains, the underground cannabis scene of the 80s and 90s wasn’t exactly known for its record-keeping. Speculation remains around both where this strain originated, and what its parent strains even are.

Most likely from the East Coast, some claim Sour Diesel was first bred by a man named “Weasel” in Staten Island, but it’s also been credited to an NYC grower known only as “AJ.” Some believe that Sour Diesel is a phenotype of an original strain named Diesel, while others believe that it’s a cross of Chemdawg, Northern Lights, and Skunk #1. A fun bit of cannabis lore is that the original Sour Diesel was also mixed with “RFK Skunk,” a strain known for being passed around at Washington DC’s Grateful Dead shows in the early 90s.

One of the most pungent strains on the market, Sour Diesel is infamous for escaping any stash bag or tightly sealed container. This isn’t a smoke you can’t hide: with its stink of citrus, skunk, kerosene, and of course, diesel, you can smell Sour Diesel burning from a mile away. Sour Diesel passes on its trademark aroma to several well-known “sour” strains, like Headband, Ultra Sour, Sour Cookies, Sage N’ Sour and Gas Berries.

Despite its smell, Sour Diesel’s citrusy and herbal smoke is actually super pleasant. As High Times puts it: “If there’s a tastier bud on the planet, we haven’t smoked it.”

Spinach’s Diesel is a nod to a new kind of cannabis, a non-irradiated and hand-trimmed hybrid with a special focus on explosively flavourful terpenes. Earthy, sweet, and with a lovely herbal flavour, it’s a welcome offering of a true legend.

THC Content   High
Indica / Sativa    10 / 90%
CBD Content    0 – 1 %




The Effects

Sour Diesel is known for its warm, powerful head rush. One part physically relaxing, one part uplifting, this sativa-dominant hybrid is famous for provoking inspiration, introspection, and intense chats.

Try this bud out for your next hangout, or for a painting date. Sour Diesel loves to bring out your inner Bob Ross—time to paint some happy little trees.

The Grower

Peace Naturals Project Inc. (Cronos Group)

Strain Name

Sour Diesel, Sour Deez, Sour D, (sometimes) Diesel


Sativa-dominant Hybrid

Terpene Profile

  • Myrcene
  • Limonene
  • Caryophyllene

Spinach Diesel Reviews


Top Sour Diesel review on Leafly:

“Oh Sour Diesel. It has been over 5 years that I didn’t have the chance to get my hands on SD. My all time favorite strain hands down. Description of this strain by Leafly is spot on. It’s fast acting cerebral effect is amazing because it’s always the sweet spot. I use it Day and/or Night and I have no problem doing activities. Don’t judge by the High THC low CBD ratio. This strain is fantastic if you want to relax. Uplifted, happy, talkative. No negative effects for me. I recommend for regular and beginners. Enjoy …”

j……6, 5 stars

Top Spinach Sour Diesel review on Lift.co:

Comfortable strain, helps manage my mood and focus

This strain was discovered by my husband and I can see why, it is a comfortable Hybrid but with a more energic feeling. Great for housework, organizing or outside with the family.”

Katmarigold, 5 stars