As more states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use, growers are developing new strains to satisfy the demand. Some of the variations are taking root in dispensaries, including one called Sour Diesel CBD.
When researchers first started studying what led to marijuana’s distinctive high, they assumed it was THC. But over time, scientists identified more and more chemicals—like CBD, CBG, and CBC—that contribute to pot’s psychoactive effects. Now, a team of European scientists has identified an additional chemical that could be responsible for one of its most iconic effects: Sour Diesel has been credited with giving marijuana its sedative punch. And according to new research published today, it appears this quality is due to a terpene called myrcene. Myrcene is also found in hops. When you drink beer, the presence of myrcene contributes to that feeling of drowsiness and even plays a role in the minimum legal drunk driving threshold. (That’s why big breweries like Coors and Budweiser add it to their beers.)
Delta 8 sour diesel flower is a Sativa-dominant variety with an earthy citrus smell and taste that has become popular at Scottsdale’s Arizona Organix dispensary. Although this strain doesn’t have much THC, it’s rich in cannabidiol (CBD). Medical research suggests that CBD can help treat conditions without producing disconcerting effects — including lethargy or dysphoria — that can come from excessive doses of THC.
Users describe the sour diesel CBD high as having an immediate onset of an uplifting cerebral head high that leaves you completely motivated and focused with waves of creative energy that hit rapidly and hard. This is accompanied by a mellow relaxing body high that leaves you warmed, numb, and completely pain-free. As your mind races, your body will become slightly sedated and your appetite will be stimulated for hours on end. Due to these potent combination effects, sour diesel CBD is said to be an ideal strain for treating patients suffering from conditions such as multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Sour diesel CBD has a taste that is best described as pungent with hints of fuel mixed with citrus.
Jodrey started breeding sour diesel CBDin 2011 when he noticed a variation in his crop of an East Coast Sour Diesel plant that produced CBD-rich leaves and extracts — with little to no psychoactive effect from the THC. He began growing out this trait before registering it last spring with Clean Green Certified, a certification program for organically grown cannabis.