Northern Diesel Strain

The Northern Diesel strain often goes unnoticed unless you search for the name “Yogi Diesel.” Yogi Diesel and Northern Diesel were both born from Sour Diesel and Northern Lights, but they were created in different parts of the county.

Northern Diesel Strain

Neither strain has a ton of information around them, as their popularity is still growing. Still, the Euphoric and Creative effect means we cannot ignore this important strain.

Strain History


Northern Lights is a top shelf strain that should only be used by people who have had experience with cannabis. The Number 5 variant has become one of the most influential strains in the community, along with Haze and Skunk.

Mixing this powerful and loved strain with Sour Diesel (also known as Sour D and Sour Deez) meant adding a distinctive petrol taste to an otherwise sweet flavor.

Already we can tell that these strains are going to create a strange flavor when combined, but we will go into more detail about that in a moment. Instead, let us take a brief look at the effects these two strains might create.


Northern Lights is famously an Indica strain, whereas Sour Diesel is a popular Sativa strain. From this information alone, we cannot predict what type of effect Northern Diesel will create.

Sativa is the strain type that creates amazing euphoric feelings and “head high.” It makes you energetic, can increase creativity and focus while at the same time reducing anxiety.

Indicas are more of a relaxing strain, which creates a “body high.” It can help with insomnia, pain, and relaxation.

Looking at their more specific reactions, Northern Lights is known as a happy, euphoric, and relaxing strain that helps against stress and anxiety but often leaves people with a dry mouth.

Sour Diesel also made people feel happy and energetic, which was also great for stress and depression but caused dry mouth.

This suggests that Northern Diesel should also create feelings of happiness and to help people with stress issues. Let us have a look and see if that’s actually the case.

Strain Appearance

Northern Diesel is a bright little nug with fresh and energetic orange hairs that dance with fire red mixtures. The tightness of the nug shows you their direct heritage to Sour Diesel.

With a sprinkling of white dust around the edges, the iconic shape of the Northern Light straight has been softened out, but you can still see the distinct lines of a Christmas Tree like shape in its silhouette.

Strain Flavor

After taking just a couple of tokes from the Northern Diesel, you should be able to detect clear notes of citrus flavors, but with a back burn of pine. These fresh tastes keep you light and energetic, which is perfect for when the deep diesel flavors start to dance onto the scene mid way through your puff.

The diesel flavor is just as strong as the pine but not as delicate and forward as the citrus. It becomes more of an after flavor to marry the evening well.

Strain Aroma

The aroma follows the same pattern as the flavors, starting off with a spice lemon sharpness which is mingled with a more delicate pine smell. Once the nug has been broken down more, the diesel aroma slowly builds until it hits a point that is bold and skunky.

We would not recommend smoking this strain while out in the open or around unsympathetic people as the smell is not subtle, even if the first couple of tokes are more gentle than expected.

Strain Cannabinoids

Although Northern Lights is mostly Indica and Sour Diesel is mostly Sativa, Northern Diesel is not a balanced strain. Instead, it is mostly Sativa dominant. This means that it is an energizing strain, and judging by the effects alone, we can see that it truly lives up to its Sativa heritage.

Strain Terpenes

Northern Diesel’s dominant terpene is Caryophyllene. Caryophyllene is a GRAS status food component which means that the FDA considers it “Generally Recognised as Safe.”

Caryophyllene mostly contributes to the deep and spicier flavors in the Northern Diesel strain and is often found in similar flavors like back pepper and rosemary.

Strain Side Effects

The common side effect found with Northern Diesel is the typical dry mouth feeling. Most people report needing to drink more water during this time, so if you choose to smooth your evenings with Northern Diesel, be sure to have a couple of water bottles nearby.

Other less common side effects are a feeling of anxiousness and dizziness. Being aware that these feelings could occur will allow you to check yourself before becoming overwhelmed.

Considering a small percentage of people who use Sour Diesel report feeling paranoid, these side effects found in Northern Diesel are very mild. Still, you should always bring a bottle of water whenever you smoke marijuana.

Medical Benefits

Medical Benefits

Sour Diesel and Northern Lights both help their users who struggle with stress and anxiety. Sour Diesel also gives a euphoric feeling which reduces symptoms of depression, whereas Northern Lights gives a mellow feeling which disconnects the user from their body, so it is perfect for pain relief.

With this parentage, you’d expect Northern Diesel to be great at reducing stress and anxiety as its main medical benefit, but surprisingly it focuses more on Northern Light’s pain relief benefit.

Northern Diesel’s main medical benefit comes from its ability to reduce pain. One of the ways in which it achieves this is from its ability to reduce inflammation. All of this added together means that those with painful bodily experiences become less stressed about their day to day activities.

Strain Review

Overall this powerful and potent strain will give you a beautiful euphoric feeling, along with a gentle drop off after a couple of hours.

The drop off isn’t so strong that you fall asleep to find yourself locked to the coach, and in fact, the creeping release is very helpful for people who suffer from chronic pain. The slow return to reality will give you time to adjust to your pain without being winded.

However, a number of users who are not used to the strong smell of a diesel strain will get easily overwhelmed by the petrol scent and taste.

The flavor of diesel is either loved or hated, and you don’t know which side of the fence you are on until the puff has been taken. If you are new to diesel strains, we recommend starting with a less potent variant.

The users who found themselves experiencing a creative kick also realized they had a mild case of couch lock. If you know you are likely to get your creative juices rolling when you take a toke, then be wary of this unexpected side effect.

Strain Grow Info

The Northern Diesel variant is a tall growing plant that can be farmed both indoors and outdoors. In general, the plant is easy to grow, which is why it is chosen by most new and inexperienced farmers. The second reason for its popularity comes from its high resistance to common molds and mildews.

Ideally, the best place to grow this variant would be in a Mediterranean style climate with a lot of sun and a lot of humidity.

Strain Seeds

The seeds of this strain are often hard to come by, as although the strain has famous parentage, it still hasn’t managed to grab the most popular crowd yet.

Strain Flowering Time

As we said before, the Northern Diesel strain can be grown indoors or outdoors without any difficulty. While indoors, it should take around 8 to 9 weeks for the flowers to appear, but outdoors the flowers should arrive around mid October.

Strain Yield

The yield size will be massively affected by your choice of growing technique. If you plan to grow your flowers indoors, you should be able to produce a yield of 13 ounces per square meter.

If you grew the Northern Diesel outdoors, you could boost those numbers to 17 ounces per plant.

This is why you should really weigh up your options for indoor or outdoor farming.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we have a couple of commonly asked questions about the Northern Diesel strain and its family.

What Are The Different Diesel Strains?

The number of strains being grown commercially and for personal use is ever increasing, which means we cannot know precisely how many diesel strains there are.

However, the most popular diesel strain is Northern Diesel’s parent, Sour Diesel. Coming quickly after is Chemdawg and Original Diesel Strain. Other popular diesel strains are GG4, Bruce Banner, Original Glue, Cannatonic, and Strawberry Sour Diesel.

What Is The Best Northern Lights Strain?

Northern Diesel is not as popular as its siblings. The most popular Northern Lights strain is by Zamnesia, the second is by Sensi Seeds, and the third has a different name.

Instead of the classic “Northern Light” name, they have changed it to “Northern Lights XL Autoflowering,” which was created by Zambeza Seeds.

The first two were different variations of the original Northern Lights, which is why their name hadn’t changed.

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