NYC Diesel Marijuana Strain Review

NYC Diesel Marijuana Strain Review

The NYC Diesel strain originates from none other than the Big Apple itself. It is an indica-leaning hybrid and boasts THC levels of around 20%. NYC Diesel is a great strain for social anxiety, stress, energy, and enthusiasm - so it couldn’t be any more perfect of a strain for the city that never sleeps.

Dominant Terpene:
Body high/numbing, Social, Uplifting
Common Usage
AnxietyChronic painCramping
Body high/numbingSocialUplifting
Growing Info
Flowering period is approximately 9-11 weeks, best grown indoors

Sativa lovers, play close attention because today we are bringing you a full review of one of the most successful contemporary cannabis strains on the market: NYC Diesel! Pot enthusiasts will find it hard to resist the draw of citrus and pine that these delectable nuggets offer, especially when considering the unique, long-lasting high that they offer.

In other words, if you haven’t tried NYC Diesel weed, you are completely blowing it. But fear not! We are going to give you the complete rundown on this energizing, upbeat strain that’s been created from two top-quality landrace strains, and that boasts nine different awards over its 13-year existence. So stick around if you want to find out why NYC Diesel should be your next sativa strain to fire up!

What is NYC Diesel Weed?

Bred by the talented folks at Soma Sacred Seeds (who are known mostly for their Amnesia Haze and Lavender phenotypes), the NYC diesel strain comes to you straight from the Big Apple itself! This tasty sativa-dominant strain packs a host of medicinal properties, and provides one kick-ass wake and bake high that any cannabis lover will adore.

Think about it – what exactly do you think you’d get if you combined the legendary Sour Diesel strain with Mexican and Afghani landraces? Well, you’d get a nine-time Cannabis Cup winner that not only boasts a powerful high, but can also help provide relief for a host of medical conditions.

Rumor has it that Soma Seeds was first approached by a friend in the Big Apple, claiming that he beheld a seed that was the best he had ever grown. Intrigued by the bold claims, Soma Seeds germinated a couple, and low and behold, their pal wasn’t exaggerating!

Like any excellent sativa bud, the NYC Diesel strain offers an effective boost of energy, focus, and overall positivity. For these reasons, the strain can serve as an excellent option for getting things done, as well as combating a range of mental health-related conditions.

Also, with a THC level between 15-20%, this is a pretty powerful contender in terms of potency and should be approached with care — especially for those who are new to weed! Oh, and did we mention that NYC Diesel won first place in the IC 420 Growers Cup (in both 2008 and 2014), as well as a variety of silver and bronze medals over the years? Well, it did.

Anyway, let’s continue exploring the properties of the delightfully unique NYC diesel strain – including its effects, cannabinoid profile, aesthetic appearance, and why it’s not exactly the easiest marijuana plant in the world to grow.

NYC Diesel Flavor, Aroma, Appearance

It’s all about the citrus with NYC Diesel weed, as the plant boasts a pungent array of spicy and zesty notes that will undoubtedly fill any space within minutes. Aside from the pungent smell, NYC Diesel is also a show-stopping bud in terms of looks with its vibrant hues.

In fact, enter the room with a good NYC Diesel strain, and you’ll be hit with a strong chemical smell underlined with a sharp citrus note that lingers for a while after smoking. Upon lighting your bud, you will pick up on delicious hints of lime and grapefruit which fill the air and make it a real sensory treat.


NYC Diesel has a wonderful appearance, with the buds containing hues of purple, blue and yellow — all in one! The olive green flowers are usually coated in vibrant orange trichomes, which make for a beautiful crystal coating of stickiness.

Upon inhalation, users report a hit of sweet citrus mixed with a discreet diesel taste, and upon exhaling, you can expect notes of grapefruit, pine and a subtle spice – this is a seriously moreish taste! Also, in decent light you can see the generous arrangement of orange hairs that make the nugs look like they’ve been dusted with a bit of flour or snow. It has a vibrant orange and tightly-curled array of pistils that make it look warm and inviting, but really, it’s the scent that makes this strain stand out from the crowd.

Simply open a bag or jar containing authentic NYC Diesel, and you’ll feel like you stuck your head in a tank of jet fuel. Even for cannabis it’s an unusually pungent smell, and it can be hard to experience anything like it outside of Sour Diesel – it’s closely related cousin. However, the initial musky smell is gradually overwhelmed by sweet grapefruit and lime, turning your home into a citrus paradise.

And in terms of taste, NYC Diesel is perhaps unsurprisingly not as intense as its scent – which might be a good thing! Just a few tokes, and smokers might begin to taste a mild spice and herbal flavor with an aftertaste that brings back the familiar, trademark scent of diesel.


In terms of cannabinoid profile, NYC Diesel is a sativa-dominant strain that typically boasts a 60% to 40% THC-to-CBD ratio. The strain’s heritage is also an impressive one; as a genetic cross between Mexican and Afghani, it’s not surprising that the buds have become loved for their tasty flavor and uplifting high.

It’s also unique in that both parent strains are landraces, meaning they once grew wild in a native geographical location. For example, the Mexican strain is the name for the variety of marijuana found in this area of this world — Mexico. Although this type of marijuana can include a variety of flavors and textures, most Mexican marijuana tends to be sativa-dominant because of the warm and humid conditions in the area.

And of course, Afghani is a legend in the world of marijuana. Not only does it come from Afghanistan, where it’s believed the oldest varieties of cannabis grew, but it has an abundance of resin production which gives the nugs a beautiful, sweet, and earthy flavor.

All in all, you wouldn’t be far off in asserting that NYC diesel weed is a sativa-dominant strain due to the strong presence of Mexican landrace genetics. However, the fact that it boasts some genes from an Afghani cultivar as well means it’s probably got some decent indica genes lying around in there somewhere as well.

NYC Diesel Strain: Grow Info

NYC Diesel can be grown both indoors and out, but the requirements needed for successful outdoor cultivation are pretty hard to come by, so indoor growing is usually recommended. For those who do wish to try their hand at outdoor cultivating, NYC Diesel plants require a dry and warm climate to get the best results.

Indoor growers can benefit from a 9-11 week flowering time, as well as a pretty high yield for their efforts. This isn’t the easiest plant to grow and maintain, so we would say growers with no experience may want to steer clear of this bud.

In fact, many growers have been put off by NYC Diesel’s reputation for difficult growing. And to be honest, the reputation isn’t entirely ill-founded — its long flowering period can put off even the most experienced growers, and there’s not much room for error if you wanted to be rewarded with a decent return.

In terms of size, NYC Diesel plants typically reach heights of 78 inches and upwards, which make it quite a big strain to grow (space may be an issue for some). With that in mind (and because the plant thrives in a warmer climate as we mentioned earlier), you may have to grow it indoors if you live in an area with a cooler or wet climate.

However, where the plant falls short in some areas, it can more than make up for it in terms of yield. Growers can expect a plant swamped in crystallized buds, just make sure to promote micro-organism diversity in the soil to give the plant as much help as you can for developing –especially if you decide to move the plant from outside to inside at the end of the season.

Potential Medical Benefits of NYC Diesel

The NYC Diesel strain offers many potential medicinal benefits, and combined with its general lack of paranoia or panic-induced side effects, we’d reckon this is a great strain for those who struggle with a range of mental health conditions.

In fact, the uplifting qualities could offer a great remedy for a number of disorders, including depression and other mental illnesses that can leave you feeling underwhelmed and negative. It can also work well for social anxiety, as it relaxes the smoker around other people and encourages interaction.


It takes no time at all to feel the effects of this zesty sativa, and with a thought-provoking and creative surge, it is ideal for clearing those cobwebs and powering through the to-do list. Sufferers of chronic fatigue and ADHD have also benefited from the quality of NYC Diesel.

Furthermore, with super euphoric effects and a stimulating body high, NYC Diesel lends itself well to physical conditions such as chronic pain, cramps, and headaches. Indeed, you will feel the sativa buzz overcome any nagging pain and leave you feeling light and free.


The high associated with NYC Diesel is a strong one, so newbies may want to avoid this one at the start of their weed journey. For those who love a wake and bake strain, however, there is no finer one than this; you can get up and go with energy, enthusiasm and a whole load of pep in your stride!

One last effect to note here is that NYC Diesel has been known to cause some serious munchies, so it could be great for those struggling with eating disorders or who need to boost their natural appetite. However, it can of course be dangerously unhealthy to snack on an array of junk food, which tends to be the easiest thing to get your hands on. Make sure to stock up on some tasty but healthy treats, so you aren’t tempted when you feel the hunger take over.

Finally, some people choose to use this strain because of the lethargic side-effects they experience with other medications – another reason why it’s become so popular to smoke in the morning. NYC Diesel tends to make smokers feel energized, but remember — it’s important to always check with your doctor before smoking any strain along with other medications, just to ensure you are using it in a safe way.

Effects (And Possible Side Effects) of NYC Diesel

Expect immediate effects after puffing on NYC Diesel weed; the strong psychoactive agents will spin off waves of optimism in your brain, making many smokers more productive and active and leading them to smoke the strain in the morning in preparation for a busy day. Equally, the excess energy promotes happiness in those who smoke it, making them feel invigorated.

The NYC Diesel strain is also a great choice for socializing, whether that’s prior to going out for a night on the town or just for relaxing at home with friends. Its uplifting quality has known to make smokers very talkative, making it a great time to think and talk creatively with others. In fact, you may find yourself in a fit of laughter before long — and craving LOTS of food. Although you may experience a relatively strong psychoactive effect, it rarely lapses into disorientation, so you can expect to stay pretty clear-headed overall.

Potential Negative Side Effects of NYC Diesel

In truth, there aren’t many negatives associated with the NYC Diesel strain, as it doesn’t carry the usual paranoia issues that other sativa buds do. However, you may experience dry eyes, cottonmouth, and headaches with heavy use.

Also, because this strain has the ability to energize and increase positivity, many people forget it’s still a strong psychoactive drug — for those inexperienced with marijuana, it can make you feel dizzy and overwhelmed throughout the high. In turn, this can lead to feelings of anxiety, which is of course counter-productive for the overall cannabis experience.

If you are worried about this, however, just be sure to try NYC Diesel in a safe and comfortable environment and remain as relaxed as possible. A good decision would be to try it at night too, so it doesn’t put you off your entire day and you can get to sleep as soon as possible.

Final Thoughts on the NYC Diesel Strain: Is it a YES or a NO?

What else can we say about this strain? NYC Diesel provides the smoker with a wonderful and uplifting journey, and it seems that now we need this more than we ever have. It’s a great smoke to use when the world becomes too heavy and you need to break away from all the bullshit and negativity.

While it may not be the easiest strain to grow, the high yields and delicious grapefruit scent of NYC Diesel still attract many smokers — and there’s no doubt it will continue to do so in the future.

At the end of the day, nobody can refuse a beautiful bud — and the NYC Diesel strain is up there as one of the greats. What we want to know from you in the comments is whether you have ever tried the delicate bud, and if so, how did you like it?

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