Diesel flavored weed strains
Anyone leave their car running? The pungent fumes of diesel strains have revved up buzz in the cannabis world since the early ’90s, when Chemdog was first passed around the parking lot at a Grateful Dead concert. The inaugural gassy notes of diesel may have come just before that thanks to Skunk strains and the acrid characteristics they share. Since then, the nose-crinkling of diesel strains has ignited some of the biggest trends in cannabis genetics and influenced the modern landscape of cannabis flavors as much as any other.
From New York’s affinity for Sours to California’s obsession with OG Kush and the eventual rise of GSC, diesel strains, and those with sharp gassy terpene profiles, have left their mark on the cannabis we enjoy today.
Diesel strains have a reputation for hard-hitting effects that tingle all of your senses the same way their sharp aroma singes your nose. Some might find them off-putting or overpowering compared to sweeter terpene profiles, but most seasoned smokers have their own nostalgic story to share about a diesel strain they love, because it gets them high like the first time they smoked.
Frequently asked questions
Selecting the best of anything always comes heavily-debated, but when it comes to diesel-flavored cannabis strains, we must always consider the hierarchy. The strains’ individual legacy and impact on the other diesel strains along with their cultural importance and the longevity of each strain’s popularity weigh heavily on the 10 we’ve chosen as the “Best Diesel Strains.”
We can debate the specific order of the best diesel strains for decades but the strains listed below undoubtedly deserve to represent the top of their flavor profile.
- Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel puts the “DIESEL” in all of these glorious gassy strains. If you ask a purist, Sour D may be the only true diesel. Its acrid gas fumes and pungent skunkyness have a legacy of smelling loud, drawing attention, and even souring relationships over its scarcity and authenticity. Sour Diesel has been one of the most popular and sought-after strains since the ’90s thanks to its sharp diesel flavors and soaring effects; we went deep on its enduring legacy in our December Leafly HighLight. A quick puff of Sour provides a nice spark and is all you’ll need to understand what diesel strains can be.
Headbandbrings a pungent lemony haze to the diesel strain family by crossing Sour Diesel with the piney and equally-lauded OG Kush. Its combination of strong diesel flavors and sour citrus notes lead the way to a unique heady buzz that wraps itself around the crown of your head like a sweatband dripping with euphoria.
GG4, also known as Gorilla Glue, has fierce diesel flavors that come from a combination of Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel genetics. The result is a sticky flower that’s as strong as commercial adhesives and will leave you stuck to your couch with mind-numbing relaxation—you may even feel inclined to beat your chest. Gorilla Glue’s diesel profile leans into fresh pine and dank earthy flavors that finish with an acrid chemical note.
GMO’s profile of savory diesel flavors come from crossing the classic chemical fumes of Chemdog with the doughy, sweet diesel flavors of GSC. The result is an extremely potent and pungent hybrid that wreaks like diesel, garlic, and burnt rubber. Its heavy-hitting effects and complex palette of sharp gassy terps make GMO one of the most popular recent expressions of diesel strains.
- Grease Monkey
Greasy Monkey combines the piney diesel terps of GG4 with Cookies & Cream’s sweet gassy flavors for a double punch of diesel power. Its sharp skunky musk is softened by a creamy smooth finish which can be misleading once its deep mellow stoneyness takes hold.
Motorbreath’s diesel fumes smog you out like sitting behind a big rig in LA traffic—the classic chemy-diesel of Chemdog strikes again, with SFV OG adding an extra splash of octane. Its sharp odor, like grandpa with a mouth full of garlic, punches with forceful euphoria and levels out into a kushy bliss.
- Jet Fuel Gelato
Jet Fuel Gelato gives the diesel flavor profile a sweet sugary twist, with plenty of gas in the tank to reach higher elevations. Jet Fuel, a sharp blend of OG and Diesel genetics named for its gassy aroma and soaring effects, crashes into Gelato’s array of sweet, minty, and subtle fruit terps. The result is Jet Fuel Gelato’s flowery, sweet diesel flavors that power its uplifting burst of euphoric effects.
- Animal Face
Animal Face blends the piney pungent gas of Face Off OG with Animal Mints’ sweet menthol and fruity diesel flavors. The potent blend, bred by Seed Junky Genetics, gets respect for its smooth gassy flavors and balanced blissful effects. Animal Face is a great way to gas up your next adventure or power you through a busy afternoon.
Fatso’s sharp diesel profile is the gluttonous combination of GMO’s savory garlic terps with the piney diesel of Legend OG. The two parent strains combine for a hybrid with a hefty serving of gassy flavors. Fatso produces pungent flowers that sweat with an ammonia-heavy perfume and dank diesel flavors that wrap you in a comfortable sleepy haze, keeping you locked to the couch like a food coma.
- CBD OG Kush
Lemon Diesel has all the gas you’d expect from a diesel strain, but with a citrus twist. Its sharp diesel fumes and sour lemon flavors dance together to create a euphoric energy that will have you charged up and ready to go. Be patient with Lemon Diesel though; it’s known to creep up on you with uplifting effects that take a minute before they settle in.
You can count on diesel strains to deliver a powerful punch of sharp flavors and strong effects, no matter which one you enjoy. Most diesel-flavored strains commonly produce high-THC flowers, regularly tested with over 20% THC.The mix of high-THC and robust terpene content make diesel strains a favorite of experienced smokers looking for a mental and physical charge, potency, and complex flavors.
If you’re looking for diesel-flavored strains with strong effects, try the high-THC gas listed below.
Biscotti is a premier example of the potency and power that diesel strains hold. The combination of Gelato #25 x South Florida OG creates Biscotti’s sweet gassy profile that is accented with vanilla and honey notes. Biscotti tops out at over 21% THC, giving it plenty of gas for hard-hitting relaxation without sacrificing the complexity and nuances its terpene profile expresses.
Chemdog is easily the most acrid and astringent influence on the diesel strain family. Its sharp profile jumps at you with chemical fumes, and a gassy bite that serves as a warning shot for novice smokers who might not be fully aware of Chemdog’s potent legacy. The assailing flavors give notice to Chemdog’s robust cannabinoid profile, which regularly expresses itself between 18-25% THC, and the strain’s forceful euphoric bliss.
- Jet Fuel
Jet Fuel will have you soaring at 30,000 feet thanks to its potent fuel flavors and high-octane effects. Diesel from the East meets Kushy west coast gas as this soaring combination of East Coast Sour Diesel and SFV OG punches in at over 20% THC. Jet Fuel’s high-flying effects leave stress behind in a trail of vapor. Helping you reach a blissful, stress free cruising altitude.
- Duct Tape
They say Duct Tape can fix anything and the same can be said about the GG4 x Dosidos hybrid of the same name. Its skunky diesel aroma and chemical musk has an occasional sweet note sprinkled in. While it’s high THC content, often 25% and above, leads to strong effects that will leave you stuck in one place, relaxed and stress-free.
Zookies has a potent earthy profile dotted with nutty, cookie doughiness and a splash of diesel. The sweet gas of Animal Cookies combines with GG4’s petrol piney musk giving Zookies its fuel flavored force. 21% THC powers Zookies’ punch with terpenes Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Linalool lending their complex range of flavors to the experience.
- Donny Burger
Donny Burger is a diesel strain with a profile as interesting and obscure as its name. The GMO x Han Solo Burger hybrid doubles down on the savory garlic gas of GMO. Donny Burger’s genetic lineage creates a robust skunky strain with sharp cheese and ammonia flavors. Everyone appreciates Donny Burger’s happy, heavy euphoria, and anyone looking for high-THC numbers will love to see 27% THC on the jar.
- Gas Face
The diesel fumes are upfront and in your face with Gas Face. Seed Junky Genetics bred this blend of Face Off OG x Kush Mints with Biscotti x Sherb. The result is a trichome-covered flower that’s fuel tank is filled with over 24% THC powering a volatile concoction of dank chemmy tar flavors that have a sweet diesel finish. This strong hybrid has a surprisingly uplifting effect that’s happy, creative, and will leave you gassed up.
- OG Chem
OG Chem : the name says it all. OG Kush lends its sharp piney gas to Chemdog’s classic offensive diesel fumes. Their lovechild, OG Chem, smacks with a mix of chemical, gasoline, and fresh evergreen flavors. A 24% THC content and an abundance of limonene give OG Chem a social, creative energy and talkative buzz.
- Chem 91
Chem 91Chem 91 is one of Chemdog’s original phenotypes. Its nuanced take on the classic chemmy profile has helped Chem 91 create its own legacy. Though much harder to find these days, the potent heritage of Chemdog continues with Chem 91’s skunky, lemony blend of flavors. Topped off with 21% THC, Chem 91 adds a burst of bubbly energy to any day.
I-95 is a strain that continues down the long road of the diesel strains that came before it. Triangle Kush’s triple threat of gassy flavors meet the fuming combination of Stardawg and Legend OG. The sharp musk of I-95 is like rubber tire tracks emanating from hot asphalt. While its 20% THC pushes you down the highway towards a creative, focused energy.