High Octane Dispensary
Biker Oz, Gary Payton, Triangle Og
High Plains Strains
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sundae Float, Triangle Og
High Plainz Strains
Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Muffinz, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Snickerz, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, White 99, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Higher Grade
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel
Kanopya Springs
Item 9, Sueno, Tart Pops
Karmaceuticals
Chemmy Jones, Peking Duck, Sage N Sour, White 99, White Runtz
Kind Care Of Colorado
Ice Cream Cake, Island, Lava Breath, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Slurricane
Kinfolk Farms
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Fubar, Gas Tanker, Larry, Layer Cake, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
LOVA co
Apple Fritter, Durban Kush, Ice Milk, Medellin, Sage N Sour
LaConte's Denver
Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush
Lakeshore Cannabis
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cookies Cream, Galleta, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Island, Item 9, Melonz, Peking Duck, Ritas Cherry, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, Wookie Fruit
Lightshade
Apple Fritter, Cereal Milk, Chem 4, Cherry Diesel, Flow, Forza Sans Souci, Gelato 41, Ice Cream Cake, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Lucky Charms, Midnight, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Slap N Tickle, Sour Flower, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Living Rose Wellness
Gas Tanker, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Item 9, Layer Cake, Melons, Milky Weigh
Lova co
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Lemon P, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Purple Marmalade, Sage N Sour, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon
Magnolia Rd.
Cherry Hills, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Shortcake, The Sauce
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co
Bananas, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Gas Tanker, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Sueno, Yuk Mouth
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co.
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel, Grape Oz, Super Sour Lemon
Maikoh Holistics
La Kush Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Runtz, Snickerz
Mana Cannabis
Sueno, White 99, White Runtz
Mana Supply Company
Sueno, White 99
Medicine Man
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Infinity, La Kush Cake, Larry, Lava Breath, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Mile High Dispensary
Sueno
Native Roots
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Island, Item 9, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Pruno, Pudding Pop, Purple Marmalade, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pop, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Native Roots Vail
Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Gg 4, Melonz, Muffinz, Ritas Cherry, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sueno, The Sauce
Natural Alternatives for Health
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Durban Kush, Koko Puffs, Peach Kush, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Strawberry Shortcake
Nature's Herbs & Wellness
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Cake Pop, Cookies N Cream, Dosi, Forza Sans Souci, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Wedding Crasher
Natures Herbs & Wellness Center
Apple Fritter, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Float, Yuk Mouth
Natures Kiss
Muffinz, Project 4510, Snowman
Natures Medicine
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool Aid, Fubar, Garlic Cookies, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Super Sour Lemon, White 99
Oasis Cannabis Superstore
Apple Fritter, Cherry Hills, Collins Ave, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Medellin, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Purple Marmalade, Ritas Cherry, Sour Rado, Sueno, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit
Peak MJ
Cake Pop, Purple Papaya Punch, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Float, Wookie Fruit
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Bubba Berry, Forza Sans Souci, Headband Kush, Island, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White 99
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Peach Kush, Raspberry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Road
Bananaghani, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Item 9, Lava Breath, Melonz, Midnight, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og
Roots RX
Blood Orange, Ice Cream Cake, Orange Zkittlez, Yuk Mouth
Roots Rx
Apple Fritter, Berries N Cream, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Island, Koko Puffs, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
Simply Pure
Blood Orange, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Lava Breath, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Sour Melon, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Smokin Gun Apothecary
Ooh La La, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Island, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Midnight, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz, Noon, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Pineapple Blast, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Spark
Peach Kush, Sundae Float
Star Buds
Apple Fritter, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garanimals, Gelato 41, Georgia Pie, Infinity, Layer Cake, Meow, Peking Duck, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Star buds
Meow, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og
Steel City Meds
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Flow, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Item 9, Papaya Cake, Peach Pie, Sage And Sour, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive, The Sauce
The 404 Dispensary
Meow, Peach Crescendo, Super Sour Lemon, White Runtz
The 64 Store
Cake Pop, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Koko Puffs, Layer Cake, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop
The Dispo
Ice Milk, Island, Peach Crescendo, Pineapple Blast, Runtz, Skywalker, Slap N Tickle
The Green Solution
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Blue Sherbert, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Durban Kush, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Grape Oz, Item 9, Lava Breath, Meow, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snozzberry, Sour Rado, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
The Happy Camper Cannabis Company
Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Gary Payton, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Island, Lucky Charms, Melonz, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White Runtz, Yuck Mouth, Zookies
The Joint Denver
Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Island, Sour Melon
The Kind Castle
Gelato 41, Peach Kush, Sueno
The Spot
Banana Kush, Cherry Hills, Granola Funk, Sueno
The Spot 420
Bananaghani
The Underground Station
Frosted Jack, Galleta, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, The Sauce
Third Day Apothecary
Cherry Diesel, Garlic Breath, Grape Oz
Tumbleweed
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Georgia Pie, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Grenadine, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Lemon Pepper, London Pound Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Ooh La La, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Pruno, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Soda, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Item 9, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Sundae Float, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Yuk Mouth
Unity Rd
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci, Frosted Jack, Gary Payton, Gg 4, Melonz, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Sour Melon, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, Unicorn Poop
Verts Neighborhood Dispensary
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Sueno, Triangle Og
Zengold's
Bubba Berry
1136 Yuma
Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Pie, Raspberry, Yuk Mouth
A Cut Above
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Island, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pruno, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, The Sauce
Backcountry Cannabis Co.
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Fubar, Sour Melon, Yuk Mouth
Berkeley Disensary
Granola Funk, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Peach Kush, Strawberry Milk, Tart Pops
Big Medicine Cannabissary
Garlic Breath
Boulder Wellness Center
Medellin
Breckenridge Organic Therapy
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Triangle Og
Buddy Boy
Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lucky Charms, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Island, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Raspberry, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap And Tickle, Slurricane, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pop, Tart Pops, Thai, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Yuck Mouth, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Cherry Peak Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Blood Orange, Cereal Milk, Chemmy Jones, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Meow, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Runtz, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Chronic Therapy
Strawberries N Cream
Colorado Harvest Company
Biker Oz, Flow, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Sour Melon, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sundae Float, Tart Pops
Cookies
Forza Sans Souci, Miracle Alien Cookies, Ooh La La
Denvers Kush Club
Apple Fritter, Midnight, Muffinz, Noon, Peach Kush
Doctors Orders
Item 9, Peach Crescendo, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Snickerz, Sour Melon
Drift
Gelato 41, Infinity, White 99
Eclipse Cannabis
Ice Cream Cake, Mac
Elevated
Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Melonz, Strawberry Shortcake
EmJ's
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Forza Sans Souci, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sunset Drive, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
Emerald Fields
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gary Payton, Ice Milk, Melonz, Midnight, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Noon, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Euflora
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gg 4, Layer Cake, Peking Duck, Snickerz, Super Sour Lemon
Fountain Organics
Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
Golden Meds
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Melonz, Muffinz, Sherb Crasher, Sunset Drive, Yuk Mouth
Golden Meds
Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Dosi, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Sueno
Green Dragon
Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo
Green Pharm 2
Banana Kush, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Milk, Super Sour Lemon
Greenfields
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno
Herbal Healing
Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Melonz, Pineapple Blast, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
Herbs 4 You
Gas Tanker, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Sour Diesel, Super Sour Lemon, Yuk Mouth

November 1, 2021

As Legal Marijuana Evolves, Does Sour Diesel Still Carry the Same Weight?

THOMAS MITCHELL NOVEMBER 1, 2021 6:35AM

Sour Diesel's place in the strain hall of fame is secure, but how relevant is it today?

Sour Diesel's place in the strain hall of fame is secure, but how relevant is it today? Flickr/Furvert 101I’ll never forget the first time my parents accused me of smoking weed. I thought I’d done everything right: My teeth were brushed, my eyes were clear and my shirt was fresh. The giveaway wasn’t how I looked, though, my old man later told me. It was the gas fumes coming out of my bedroom.

Trying to contain Sour Diesel’s skunky, sour aroma of gas and tennis balls with a few Ziploc bags is like taking on a charging rhino with a slingshot. Every doe-eyed pot smoker discovers this eventually, and it was Sour Diesel that enlightened us.

If you compare strains to beer, Sour Diesel is a Pilsner. Smooth, refined and consistent, and top of the list for our desert island stash. But Sour Diesel is also finicky in the grow, notoriously susceptible to powdery mildew, and it doesn’t yield a lot of weight compared to some of today’s resin-covered heavyweights, which can smell damn good in their own right.

Built on a loose, old-school bud structure and lacking the frosty trichomes of its modern counterparts, Sour Diesel has become harder to find in Denver over the years as users trend toward newer, sexier strains.


Sour Diesel's open bud structure and vibrant colors are easy to recognize. - THOMAS MITCHELL

Nearly every dispensary had an in-house cut when recreational stores first opened in 2014, serving as a standard for judging grower against grower. Since then, though, the go-to defining strain has gone from Sour Diesel to Blue Dream to Gorilla Glue to Girl Scout Cookies to GMO to who gives a hoot, because none of the new kids will bring a smile to a longtime grower’s face like Sour D.

“I still think it’s one of the best strains we have,” says Veritas Fine Cannabis co-founder and longtime cannabis grower Mike Leibowitz. A New England native, Leibowitz remembers his reaction to Sour Diesel’s energetic, clear-minded high in the ’90s.

“We were smoking a lot of Skunks at that point, and I was getting tired of them. But then Sour Diesel comes along,” he recalls. “It was so potent, but in a different kind of way — more uplifting. It wasn’t making you go straight to bed, and that was new back then.”

Sour Diesel’s backstory and genetics are a little hazy, but it’s generally accepted as having a Chemdog influence, and rose to fame on the East Coast over two decades ago before eventually ending up in the hands of California growers. The strain has trademark fluffy lime-green buds and fan leaves that look like bits of dark-green paper, and an even more recognizable smell and taste. The effects, right out of a euphoric cup of coffee, make for a quintessential daytime high. When medical marijuana dispensaries began opening in Colorado in 2008, Sour Diesel was one of the first plants that a grower would choose.
Sour Diesel's open bud structure and vibrant colors are easy to recognize. Thomas MitchellAlthough he says he’s been able to garner a good yield from the strain, Leibowitz says that Sour Diesel takes longer to bloom than most strains and “has a lot of challenges” compared to other cannabis varieties. Despite being one of his favorites at the company, Sour Diesel doesn’t gain as many new fans as it used to, either, he notes. And for all the passion and love they put into the plants, growers still have to run a business.

“There are so many flavors of the week and month that are legitimately awesome. I’ve grown Sour Diesel for a long time, so I get why people would look at Orange Zkittlez or some form of Cookies, but for me it’s one of the top strains in the world,” he says. “No one is bragging about breeding with Sour Diesel, though, because that’s what they did eight years ago. If you’re coming out of the gate as your own flower company right now, you’re probably not leading the news with Sour Diesel at this point.”

New growers trying to make a reputation for themselves have to weigh more than popularity when picking out strains or breeding lines, too. Malek Noueiry, founder of wholesale cultivation Malek’s Premium Cannabis, says he works to balance commercial factors such as yield, potency, pathogen resistance and flowering time when picking out strains to grow, and cannabis breeders have been matching strains to maximize those characteristics. Taking Sour Diesel’s gassy qualities into consideration and matching it with a sturdier strain has been done before and will be done again, but that can dilute the original appeal, Noueiry says.

“That’s why a lot of stuff has been hybridized over the years — to make it grow better in certain conditions. You’ll find easier-growing plants that yield a little better and are more resilient to pathogens and problems than Sour Diesel,” he explains. “A lot of commercial grows need to hit numbers to pay the bills, but that can drown out some of those original qualities you look for.”

A Sour Diesel lover since 2002, Noueiry first bought an eighth of the strain for $75 while living in Texas. He’s been a fan ever since, but waited a few harvests before introducing Sour Diesel into his commercial lineup as his company worked to reach new cannabis customers, many of whom weren’t buying weed twenty years ago (but are still willing to pay the same prices for colorful packaging). According to Noueiry, most new users don’t immediately learn about Sour Diesel like they might have six or seven years ago.

“We’re in this battle of everyone trying to update their menus, keep things fresh and appease the masses. The less educated customer who follows what’s being marketed on Instagram might think Sour Diesel is old or played out, but it’s not,” he says.
Inside the grow at L'Eagle, where old-school strains have a loyal following. Thomas MitchellWith the challenges and time involved with growing Sour Diesel, growers who don’t have a personal connection to the strain might not feel the need to keep it around. Noueiry admits that if it weren’t for his interest and nostalgic connection to Sour Diesel, he’d probably be growing “whatever is hot” right now, while pointing out that other popular strains from decades past, like Grand Daddy Purple, Headband or Orange Kush haven’t held on the way Sour Diesel has.

Some dispensaries have built followings based on their ability to grow older strains, however. L’Eagle, a Denver pot shop founded by John and Amy Andrle in 2010, still sells strains like Hindu Kush, Grape Ape and Strawberry Cough. Never sold on discount and occasionally limited to an eighth per customer, Sour Diesel is the store’s most popular strain, according to John.

“We never take it off the exclusive shelf. We never run it on special. People get it, and they’re willing to pay that premium,” says L’Eagle sales manager Stephen Doran. “For the people who are tried and true, they’re still going to be attracted to that. It’s an awesome strain to smoke. To grow, it’s not so awesome, and that scares some dispensaries away.”

Other growers are trying to keep Sour Diesel’s legacy and genetics intact while taking a new approach. Lama Brand Cannabis founder Tony Karas cuts his Sour Diesel down in two months instead of ten weeks, and says he hasn’t noticed any compromise on yield or flavor. The yield and overall THC content still falls short of more trendy strains like MAC and Papaya, though.

THC potency isn’t always the most important ingredient in good weed, Karas argues. Caryophyllene, myrcene and limonene, the plant terpenes responsible for Sour Diesel’s strong smell and flavor, are just as important in the recipe. Even as cannabis names and flavors shift away from the gas station and toward the bakery, he believes that regular users, new and old, always gravitate to the fumes eventually.

“The OGs who’ve been around forever, they’ll always respect Sour Diesel, and that’s what they want to keep smoking,” Karas says. “That gassy profile is what I love most. Exotics are hot shit right now, but Sour Diesel is a classic.”

Trends come and go, but classics are eternal.

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