Durban Poison vs Sour Diesel strain comparison
Durban Poison and Sour Diesel are two hard-hitting and supremely enjoyable sativa strains with legendary reputations among both professional and home growers. Sativa connoisseurs often find it hard to choose between these proven heavyweight cannabis cup winners.
Both have their own attributes, both strains boast their own following of repeat growers. But if you’re struggling to decide which of these fine cannabis seeds best suits your next grow, read on to find out more about the differences between these two epic sativa strains.
Durban Poison vs Sour Diesel cannabis seed genetics
Durban Poison is a Dutch Passion classic and a real customer favourite. She is an original sativa dominant strain with a unique aroma. She is also known for her spicy/hazy flavour. You may also notice hints of aniseed, liquorice, lemon and cloves. This complex aroma is one of the reasons why Durban Poison has such a large following of repeat growers.
The connoisseur Durban Poison terpene profile combines with a famously powerful and enjoyable high. Many find the high energising. This stimulates creativity and allows powerful recreational and medical effects. Durban Poison genetics originate from South Africa, specifically from the Durban area.
They deliver consistently high-quality results with only a hint of indica genes present. Durban Poison seeds are unusual in that they are often cultivated indoors yet are robust and tough enough to grow outside in reasonable conditions. As such, they are part of the Dutch Outdoor cannabis seed collection.
Sour Diesel, sometimes known simply as ‘Sour-D’, is a sativa strain created from Chemdawg crossed with Super Skunk. Like Durban Poison, Sour Diesel seeds are popular with sativa lovers that favour high THC levels and a particularly satisfying strong vape/smoke. Sour Diesel also has a curiously attractive ‘chemical’ terpene profile with strong gassy-diesel notes. This has created a loyal Sour Diesel fan base.
Although Dutch Passion don't yet have a classic pure Sour Diesel, fans of fuel scented buds should definitely check out Auto Daiquiri Lime seeds which are made from a cross of Sour Diesel genetics and Californian Orange. Expect loud fuel/citrus flavours, heavy yields and very high THC levels, all with the speed and convenience of autoflower cannabis seeds!
Sour Diesel fans that love deep/rich fuel scents should also check out the multiple cannabis cup winner Kerosene Krash. As the name indicates, this strain reeks of Kerosene and has an insane diesel/kush terpene profile which hardcore Sour Diesel fans will love! Kerosene Krash is also a member of Dutch Passion’s exclusive Extremely High THC cannabis seed collection. This is reserved for the dozen or so highest THC strains in the entire Dutch Passion seed collection.
Durban Poison vs Sour Diesel cannabinoids and terpenes profile
Both Durban Poison and Sour Diesel deliver top-shelf sativa dominant vape/smoke results, but they do it in slightly different ways.
You can expect anti-anxiety effects, relaxation and (thanks to the sativa genetics) and energising effect which may boost creativity or enjoyment of music, TV etc. Sour Diesel has the more pronounced fuel scents, whereas the terpene profile of Durban Poison leans more towards the spicy, herbal aromas.
Both are equally pleasant with great bag appeal in terms of aroma, though some might declare the unusual aniseed/clove/liquorice notes of Durban Poison to be perhaps the more unusual and rarer. But either strain, when well grown/cured are equally desirable and satisfying.
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In terms of cannabinoids, both strains can deliver high THC levels with trace amounts of other cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG etc. Neither strain is CBD rich nor are they particularly rich in the minor cannabinoids.
The cannabinoid profile of both strains results in a genuinely stress-busting sativa effect with a strong initial euphoric high. That’s one of the main reasons that these two classic sativa dominant strains remain so popular and can both still be found in Dutch coffeeshops as well as plenty of Dispensaries.
It’s difficult to compare two such fine strains and declare one to be superior to the other. Much depends on the way the genetics are grown/cured along with your own personal preference and endocannabinoid system. Both Durban Poison and Sour Diesel have been around long enough to have built up their own fan base of repeat growers.
Both strains are cultivated by serious home growers as well as professional licensed growers. Due to the stability and quality of the genetics, cannabis seed suppliers have made extensive use of both cannabis lines during the development of other high-quality strains.
For example, the highly acclaimed THC-rich Girl Scout Cookies came from crossing Durban Poison with OG Kush. Sour Diesel has also been used extensively by cannabis breeders, so both Sour Diesel and Durban Poison can claim to be valuable foundation genetics for more recent strains.
Is Durban Poison sour?
No, Durban Poison isn't typically sour, but then again it isn't classically sweet either. Instead, the taste/aroma is quite complexed and multi-layered. The aniseed, liquorice, lemon and cloves give Durban Poison a unique taste - one that has made her genuinely world famous.
The two main reasons that Durban Poison has remained so popular with growers (and breeders!) are the mind-numbingly attractive THC levels accompanied by the one-of-a-kind terpene profile. Partly due to the popularity of Durban Poison with old school growers and with amateur/professional breeders, Dutch Passion still offer Durban Poison as either feminised cannabis seeds or regular seeds.
Growers should note that any sativa (or sativa dominant) cannabis strain can show a little more stretch during bloom than indica strains. If you’re growing indoors you may wish to consider growing cannabis with the SCROG (Screen Of Green) method to allow you to control the plant growth.
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Durban Poison vs Sour Diesel potency and effects
Both Durban Poison and Sour Diesel deliver great effects for the recreational or medical user. The sativa dominant results tend to be less physically pronounced than those you might get from an indica. Instead, you will experience a blissfully enjoyable sativa ‘up’ high.
Smoke/vape a little more and you will be aware of the powerful cerebral/psychedelic effects that are favoured by the more hard-core sativa fans. These are not strains for the faint-hearted or less experienced cannabis user.
Both strains pack a long-lasting effect and an enjoyable experience. Many find the high potency levels useful for artistic or creative pursuits, where they can enhance your appreciation and enjoyment significantly.
One of the more obvious differences between these two Grade-A sativa strains is the terpene profile. Both are equally adorable and enjoyable, but it can be challenging for some connoisseurs to choose a firm favourite between them. Perhaps that’s the reason that both strains remain as popular now (or even more popular) than they were when first released.
Best daytime / energetic cannabis strains
Both Durban Poison and Sour Diesel are established classics with fully proven reputations in the cannabis community. The sativa genetics deliver a powerful, energised high. It’s great for the artistic and creative types, but not really suited as an evening smoke to enjoy just before bed. That’s due to the energising and stimulating effects which you can feel for quite a few hours afterwards.
If you are keen to find some more strains with similar ‘up’ highs then you should check out the top-10 Dutch Passion strains with uplifting/euphoric effects:
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How to choose the best Sativa cannabis seeds
The full collection of Dutch Passion cannabis sativa seeds is a great place to browse a comprehensive collection of cannabis cup winning seeds. You will find everything from regular seeds, autoflower seeds and feminised seeds.
Remember, most growers don't buy that many cannabis seeds each year. So choose your seeds carefully, select a seed company with plenty of cannabis cups, great customer support, a serious track record and perhaps a decade or two of experience and you should be OK!