Back when I was a kid, I used to be a member of a ski club that would meet up in a shopping centre parking lot where four Greyhound buses would be idling away (hey, it was the early 80s, Climate Change wasn’t a thing yet) ready to transport a group of bleary-eyed youngsters up to Banff National Park for a day of skiing, french fries and hot chocolate. It’s funny how the sense of smell can transport you anywhere.
That’s what happened when I ripped open the pouch of Sour Diesel I recently received from the Licensed producer, Tilray. I was instantly transported back to that mall parking lot as the smell filled my olfactory nodes. If I close my eyes, I could be that 11-year-old standing behind that idling bus.
Some say that a good batch of Sour D is akin to a strong cup of coffee. There’s definitely a strong buzz that I would associate with the Sativa dominant, Sour D. This is not for beginners, as it’s generally above the 20% THC level.
Aside from that gassy, diesel smell there’s hints of citrus as well as a skunky-ness hanging out in the background. One thing I notice is that it will tickle my nose almost to the point of making me sneeze if it’s a good batch that has been grown well.
I decided to use some Sour Diesel on a random Wednesday morning to help me kick things into gear. I generally wake with some minor knee pain from an old skiing injury, but one of my issues in the morning always tends to be focus. My mind tends to wander in the mornings as I begin to think of the day and what lies ahead.
I pop a few of the healthy lime green buds with pronounced orange hairs into my Lift Innovations grinder, close the lid and give it a spin. Four seconds later, it’s like the bus is right in front of me. The smell is so strong that if I didn’t know any better I would almost think there was some sort of gas leak in my house.
When reviewing cannabis, I like to test it a few ways. First I like to use a vaporizer to fully experience the terpene profile and really taste the cannabis. I find that vaping at lower temperature is perfect for getting the full flavor profile. It’s rare that a strain share the same flavor and smell profile, but in this case that’s exactly what’s happening. That Diesel taste is dancing on my tongue with a hint of lemon on the exhale. I love it! I wish they made Life Savers in Sour Diesel flavor. Hmmm, that would be hole lot of fun! (pardon the pun).
I’m already starting to feel the effects as I load up a small snap bowl into Pipi Bongstocking. I light my hemp wick and lower it to the bowl. One inhalation and the ash in the bowl (That’s as white as the pure driven snow) gets sucked through. As soon as I exhale, the medicine really starts to take hold, and I want to get on with my busy day.
Before i know it, the dishes are magically done, the house is tidy and I have caught up on a bunch of work that I had been falling behind on. Sour Diesel is definitely great for providing focus and energy, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for minor pain relief and major focus. There’s a reason it’s one of the world’s most popular strains of cannabis, and this reviewer couldn’t agree more.
Hart has been a cannabis aficionado for the better part of a quarter century. He remembers a time before herb grinders and all the buzz about THC levels and Terpenes. It was a simpler time when all anyone really wanted to know was, "is it good sh#t?" He spends his days running the education programs at a prominent legal cannabis clinic in western Canada.