If you’ve never spent time with the Lilac Diesel strain, you’re in for a treat. Powerfully aromatic and boasting a complex blend of terpenes, it’s descended from not two but four highly regarded strains of cannabis. Designed for a potent and energizing experience, the Lilac Diesel strain effects make for one of the best-loved “afternoon strains” on the market.
The Lilac Diesel Strain: Indica or Sativa?
If you know anything about the world of cannabis, you’re probably aware that strains are often characterized by botanical names such as “indica” or “sativa.” Is Lilac Diesel indica or sativa? As it turns out, it’s a bit of both!
As we’ve written before, the names indica and sativa have a long history in the world of cannabis, even though they’re not strictly accurate on a technical level. Still, here at Vireo Health we continue to use them as we feel they offer real value to our customers when they’re making purchasing decisions about cannabis.
And in one sense, those labels are very useful when it comes to Lilac Diesel strain effects. Why? Because this potent hybrid strain combines many of the best qualities of both!
In general, indica plants are described as exerting a powerfully relaxing “body high” that helps soothe achy or tired muscles and joints. Sativa strains, on the other hand, are associated with a cerebrally stimulating “head high” that can help spur creativity as well as lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression.
If we take a look at the Lilac Diesel strain lineage, it’s easy to see why it combines elements of both. Its “parent strains” include:
Silver Lemon Haze: Sativa-dominant hybrid, energizing and lively
Forbidden Fruit: Indica-dominant with ~1% CBD content
NYC Cherry Pie: Indica-dominant cross of Grandaddy Purple and Durban Poison
Citral Glue: A sativa-dominant cross of Citral Skunk with the ever-popular Original Glue
Taken together, these four potent strains create a uniquely potent “grandchild” in the form of Lilac Diesel, often cited as one of the best-balanced strains available on the market.
Lilac Diesel Strain Effects, Flavors and Aromas
With its rich and complex aromatic profile, Lilac Diesel is nothing if not memorable. That should come as little surprise considering its terpene profile, which includes:
These natural compounds lend the strain a potent mix of flavors and scents, often described as being reminiscent of citrus, sweet berries, earthy pine, and diesel fuel.
Terpenes, of course, are the “essential oils” that lend different strains of cannabis their distinctive flavors and aromas. Produced and secreted by the same glands that produce cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, terpenes aren’t just exclusive to cannabis. They’re also found in many plants, and even some insects and animals! We invite you to learn more about them here.
One thing you won’t see in the list of Lilac Diesel scents is the “dank” or “earthy” aromas commonly associated with strains carrying the “OG” lineage. This gives Lilac Diesel a much less “marijuana-like” smell than some other strains, and its fans often report they enjoy its unique flavors and aromas.
Growing the Lilac Diesel Strain
If you’re interested in growing your own cannabis, Lilac Diesel is a great place to start, especially indoors. While the yield is relatively small compared with other strains, its potent flower comes to fruition in roughly 50 days, which is considered lightning-fast in the cannabis growing world. Another upside is that Lilac Diesel strain seeds are relatively easy to find.
Especially for beginner growers, Lilac Diesel is a forgiving strain to start with. This cultivar is somewhat tolerant of temperature fluctuations, and it requires only moderate light and watering.
Lilac Diesel: A Beloved “Afternoon Strain”
If you can’t tell, here at Vireo Health we’re excited about the Lilac Diesel strain and its unique blend of characteristics and effects.
Given this strain’s relatively balanced effects, Lilac Diesel can be enjoyed anytime of day! Without the more sleepy effects you’ll find in other cannabis strains, Lilal Diesel could become your next go-to afternoon strain.
If you’re interested in learning about other strains of cannabis we feature, visit our Cannabis Library to explore our database of sativa, indica, and hybrid strains. New York state dispensary shoppers can purchase online or visit us in person any day of the week. We look forward to seeing you!