Oh what a wonky weed web we weave. If you’ve ever spent more than a few minutes perusing a genetic tree for any strain of cannabis, chances are you’ve gotten a headache. Good thing you can find a strain that helps with headaches, right? While I’m not one to deny that the subtlest of nuances can have the most drastic outcomes on how a strain affects the smoker, there does come a point when the genetic makeup of a strain is overshadowed by its effects. There are indicas out there that will have you outside playing games, and there are sativas that will have mightiest insomniacs sleeping like a babe. In an attempt to unravel this tangled skein, I’ll start with a simple caveat that can be turned into words to live by; don’t trust everything you read online. Genetics are what you make of them, and a name is a name. With a tasty strain like Lemon Sour Diesel, there have been literally dozens if not hundreds of interpretations of what genetic parents make this child. One location will tell you it’s Headband mixed with OG Kush and another will state that it’s always California Sour and Lost Coast OG. To put it plainly, there are no regulations on naming your strains. This review is written on possibly the most straightforward and most obvious parents for Lemon Sour Diesel, Super Lemon Haze and the classic Sour Diesel. Super Lemon Haze has a rather mundane background and most growers will tell you it’s the combination of Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk. These two strains come together to create a hybrid strain leaning heavily to the sativa side of the spectrum. While the genetic make-up of Sour D is in the records, the who, how, and when are to remain a mystery despite many claims throughout the years. Sour Diesel is the combination of two strains, DNL and Original Diesel, which come together to form a skunky masterpiece. With skunk on both sides of the family tree, it’s easy to see why Lemon Sour Diesel has a delightful skunky aroma.
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Lemon Sour Diesel :: Appearance | Smell:
All it took was one look and I was in love with Lemon Sour Diesel. Although the strain itself is a hybrid, the bud structure had an uncanny look of a sativa and, as I would soon find out, many of the effects as well. Eachlittle bud has a gorgeous visual contrast, with pale green centers kissed on the edges by a few bits of rich verdant leaf. This is all complimented brilliantly by loads of little trichomes along the surface, making the nuggets glisten in the sunlight. To top off the haphazard mélange of color, dainty little pale orange hairs dabble the surface, creating weed that could double as art. Already impressed by the looks, my next step was to bring my nose in for a flyby attack. Lemon Sour Diesel is one of the sweetest and fruitiest strains I’ve ever gotten to take a whiff of. An overlying hint of skunkiness balances out the extreme sweetness, adding a little bit of a tartness that seems to be right in place with the lemon motif. Unlike many Diesels I’ve smelled in the past that pull a heavy chemical scent from their Chem Dawg ancestry, Lemon Sour Diesel is all fruit and sweetness, with just a hint of tart.
Lemon Sour Diesel:: Smoke | Effect:
I packed a rather large bowl of Lemon Sour Diesel, and situated myself on the couch with reruns on the television and a whole afternoon of doing nothing ahead of me. I took a big old puff, and was shocked right off the bat by how smooth and delightful the flavor was. The initial taste for me was minty and sweet, with just a hint of earthiness. The smoke was extremely mild and when I exhaled I was really able to taste it since there was no coughing involved in the process. The exhaled flavors were even sweeter and really packed in a fruit essence that came off as its namesake taste, lemon. I was surprised too when I picked up a little bit of a spice to it as well that, along with the earth notes, turned into a mild chocolate flavor. Lemon Sour Diesel has an extremely complex flavor profile, that starts light and minty-sweet and finished dark and rich. It took a little time for it to hit me, and after about ten minutes or so I was feeling the full effect. I first felt the high in my extremities before I felt it in my mind, alluding to me that it’s indica effects were going to shine through, but after a few more minutes a cerebral high kicked in as well and within twenty minutes or so of smoking, I was feeling like an overly aware slab of jelly. While I’ve had strains that kick harder, I was impressed at how well Lemon Sour Diesel’s sativa effects courted its indica sensations to create a wonderful marriage in the middle. The effects were fairly long lasting. At the end of my session, I did feel the indica side of the strain take hold in a valiant attempt to lull me to sleep.
Lemon Sour Diesel is a hybrid strain in the truest sense. Sometimes a strains genetics will act as false advertising and you’ll inadvertently buy a sativa that puts you to sleep. In this case, the old family tree tells no lies. The effects of Lemon Sour Diesel translate perfectly from paper to pipe. The one thing that can’t be conveyed however is the phenomenal taste profile on this fresh new concoction of an old classic. While the indica effect did lull me into a daze near the end of the session, I was never accosted by the mu