Sour Diesel - Sativa
Sour Diesel is a popular sativa strain and is named after its extremely strong diesel-like aroma. Patients often describe the effect as an energizing and dreamy head rush that helps with stress, pain, and depression. The average THC % for this strain is 16-20%, but the THC only tells a small portion of this strain’s story.
Terpene Profile and Effects
Cannabis has a notably strong unique aroma, and each individual strain has a different smell as well. The part of the cannabis plant that causes these different smells are the terpenes, aromatic molecules secreted inside the resin glands of the cannabis flowers. Terpenes not only provide a wide range of smells but can also accentuate the cannabinoid profile resulting in stronger and more focused physical and mental effects than the THC % would lead you to believe.
The primary terpenes found in Sour Diesel include caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene.
Caryophyllene, also found in black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and other spices like oregano, is best known for its spicy and peppery notes. Beta-caryophyllene binds to CB2 receptors, hence its use in anti-inflammatory topicals and creams. Caryophyllene is the only terpene that binds to cannabinoid receptors.
Limonene is the second most abundant terpene in all cannabis strains. This is the terpene that gives cannabis a citrusy smell resembling that of lemons, which is no surprise as all citrus fruits contain large amounts of this compound. Limonene is known to improve mood and reduce stress. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. In addition, research has shown it has a role in reducing tumor size.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis. The aroma is often described as earthy with musky notes, resembling cloves, and sometimes even has a fruity, red grape-like smell. It has also been reported that it is useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain.