Durban Poison vs Sour Diesel

Durban Poison and Sour Diesel are two Sativa strains known to provide an energetic high.

However the fact Durban Poison is a pure Sativa while Sour Diesel also has Indica genetics
in it make them each unique in effects.

They can both make for a good smoke before getting work done, but Sour Diesel tends to
make users sleepy after a while.

Want to know in what other ways they each make for a memorable smoke? Read on to find

Durban Poison vs Sour Diesel

Characteristic Durban Poison Sour Diesel
Effects This one’s a real mood-booster,
Spacy/cerebral, Uplifting,
Energetic, Focused, Creative
Relaxed, Cerebral, Focused,
Creativity, Energy, Uplifting,
Physical, clear high, crash that can
help with sleep or anxiety
Yield Indoors: 350 to 400 grams/m2
Outdoors: Up to 450 to 500
Indoors: 500 – 550 g/m2
Outdoors: 700+ g/plant
Harvest Time Indoors: 8-9 weeks

Outdoors: Mid September to Mid

Outdoors: Late October
Indoors: 9-10 weeks
THC Content 16 to 25% 19%
CBD content 0.02% 2%
Height Indoors: 90 to 160cm

Outdoors: Up to 350cm

Indoors: 90-160cm

Outdoors: 200-300cm

Flavors sweet, citrus, herbal Citrus, Pine, Herbs, Sour, Diesel
Genetics Original South African Landrace Strain Original Diesel x (Northern light x Shiva x Hawaiian)
Grow difficulty Become extremely tall, making it a strain that requires an excessive amount of space. Can be grown both indoors and outdoors, they need a warm climate, similar to California or Spain


Durban Poison:

Durban Poison is often thought of as the coffee of cannabis because of the extremely active high it produces.

The high is what you might expect from a pure Sativa landrace, speedy and energetic, with a THC content between 16-25%, CBD, however, is very low, rarely exceeding 0.02%.

The high is very cerebral, making it very good to consume when you need to get things done, but you also want to get high.

People with anxiety should watch out for this strain, though, since it can put them in an anxious mood with some paranoia and feelings of being on edge or jitteriness.

Sour Diesel:

Sour Diesel’s effects can be described as a short to medium-length Sativa high, followed by a more Indica-like crush.

 Tokers usually feel the high come on quickly as a warm and pleasant head rush that makes most problems melt away.

 The high THC content of this strain also makes it the right choice for people suffering from stress, chronic pain and depression.

 After the initial Sativa high, most users report a crash that leaves them locked to the couch, and that could prove beneficial for cases of anxiety or insomnia.


Durban Poison:

Durban Poison can produce good yields both indoors as well as outdoors.

Indoors it usually produces around 350 to 400 grams per squared meter, while outdoor yields are about 450 to 500 grams per plant.

 Buds are large, with a compact, Indica-like structure; however, the long, tapered shape of the buds is more characteristic of Sativas.

 Also, if you take a close look of a Durban Poison nug, you’ll find immense resin glands that make this plant a right candidate for making hash or extractions.

Sour Diesel:

Sour Diesel can produce large quantities of Sativa bud both indoors and outside.

 Indoor yields are usually around the 500 to 550 grams per squared meter, outside it can produce up to 700 grams per plant.

 Buds are chunky, with big, round calyxes and lots of trichomes that make the nugs shine and glitter when examined under the sun or bright light.

Grow Difficulty

Durban Poison:

Durban Poison is an easy strain to grow. 

 It is very resistant to mould, bugs and other pests, which makes this strain a real fighter that will grow happily as long as you meet its basic needs.

 It can be grown both indoors and outdoors, however, keep in mind that they tend to grow quite tall under the sun, often reaching and exceeding the three meters, so that passersby will very easily spot it.

 Durban Poison also flowers exceptionally fast for a Sativa, reaching maturity after 8 or 9 weeks of flowering indoors or by late September outdoors.

Sour Diesel:

Sour Diesel is a strain that, when grown outdoors does best in warm weather with low humidity.

 Indoors, it’s not difficult to grow as long as you keep in mind that it tends to stretch, so early topping and pruning usually are necessary.

 This tendency to grow very big might make it not the ideal strain for a newbie who might end up with a colossal plant than he can’t handle.

 Flowering time is on the longer side, which is typical for Sativas, around 10 to 11 weeks indoors or around early November when grown outdoors.

 This strain also benefits from ample feeding during flowering and can reward the grower with a very plentiful harvest.

Plant Height

Durban Poison:

Durban Poison, like a true 100% Sativa landrace, can grow to a massive size of more than three meters outdoors.

 In an indoor setup, keeping tabs on height will be much more comfortable, but it will require early topping and pruning, so size doesn’t get out of hand.

Sour Diesel:

Sour Diesel, like its Sativa heritage suggests, tends to grow tall and spindly, reaching over two meters high outdoors.

 Indoors, it becomes necessary to prune and top the plants to keep them to a reasonable size.


Durban Poison:

Durban Poison has a classic dank weed smell, with hints of liquorice and citrus that comes from the abundance of D-Limonene in this strain.

 Taste is also sweet and of liquorice, especially on the exhale, with a sweet taste that seems to coat your mouth.

When smoked, the smell is sweet and skunky, and it produces a smooth and silky smoke that doesn’t irritate the throat.

Sour Diesel:

Sour Diesel, as its name tells us, emanates a pungent chemical smell of gasoline, with secondary notes of skunk and citrus.

 After grinding the buds, the smell gets even more potent, but you also find more citrus notes of orange and lemon.

 The taste is also of citrus fruits, with notes of menthol and lime that linger in the mouth after the exhale.

 Contrary to the sweet taste, the smoke can be quite acrid and harsh, usually making first-timers cough.


Durban Poison:

One fascinating fact about Durban Poison is that its genetic makeup hasn’t changed in probably thousands of years.

 It is a 100% African Sativa landrace. 

 A landrace strain is a strain that has developed in a particular country or habitat without human hampering or crossbreeding.

 Durban Poison also makes an excellent strain for breeding new strains because of its strong genetics and favourable traits.

 One thing to keep in mind though is that 100% pure Durban Poison is very hard to find, and many things that try to pass as Durban Poison are crossed with other genetics.

Sour Diesel: 

Sour Diesel dates back to the early ’90s although nobody knows who bred it for the first time or its exact genetic makeup.

There are several theories as to what exactly makes up Sour Diesel.

 Some breeders think it is a cross of Original Diesel (ChemDawg ’91 x [Massachusetts Super Skunk x Sensi Seeds Northern Lights] x DNL (Northern Lights/Shiva x Hawaiian).

 While others Most breeders believe it is a cross of Chemdawg and Northern Lights and possibly Skunk #1.

 And even others believe it developed as a distinct phenotype of a strain named Diesel or as a phenotype of Chemdog with more Sativa than Indica properties.

 Although nobody knows for sure what the genetics of Sour Diesel is, one thing is sure, it is a delightful smoke and very fun to grow.

Final thoughts / Conclusions:

Durban Poison and Sour Diesel are two of the most well-known Sativa strains.

 Although they both produce a very energetic high, Durban Poison is known to even more speedy, making some users feel anxious and jittery.

 Sour Diesel also has a short, speedy high, but it is usually followed by a crash marked by a very Indica-like relaxation.

 Both are moderately easy to grow and will provide a fun time and good harvests to growers of different skill levels.

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