Amsterdam is the center of the European marijuana industry, with a constant flow of tourists flocking to the city to experience a true Amsterdam coffee house for themselves and the full range of strains that cannot be found anywhere else. Being one of the biggest industries in the city, it is not surprising that some of the best strains were created there, whether you are looking to experience an intensely powerful high or a rich complexly flavored strain, you are sure to find what you are looking for in Amsterdam.
One of the many award-winning strains to call Amsterdam home is Red Diesel, a strain that not only packs a powerful high but also has a rich and diverse flavor profile. This is a strain that is sure to be enjoyed by both tourist smokers and experts alike. Before you pack your bags and head to Amsterdam, let’s take a look at what you can expect from Red Diesel and why it should be top of every tourist’s ‘must try’ list.
What is the Red Diesel Cannabis Strain?
Red Diesel a well-balanced hybrid strain, with an almost perfect 50% indica / 50% sativa split. Originally created by Barney’s Farm, a breeder based in The Netherlands, this strain is a cross of NYC Diesel and California Orange, giving it its unique blend of flavors. The strain was an instant success and quickly became one of the most popular strains in Amsterdam, going on to win the Cannabis Cup 5 times.
Red Diesel is not a strain that likes to mess around, getting straight to the point after just a few short puffs. You will initially feel a rush of energy flow through you, similar to the effects of downing a double shot of espresso in a rush. This burst of energy is quickly accompanied by a wave of happiness and a sense of freedom, causing you to feel as though anything is possible. This sudden mood boost is perfect for summer days when the sun is shining, and you have the whole day ahead of you to enjoy.
The effects of Red Diesel last longer than the average high, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the sense of clarity and the buzz that fills your entire body. Red Diesel can be enjoyed both in social situations and on solo days when you are feeling productive and cannot wait to whizz your way through tasks. When smoking with friends, it is a good idea to keep your plans flexible so that you have the freedom to act on a whim and see where the day takes you, whether that be heading to the park or having an action-filled day at the beach.
The physical effects that are felt with Red Diesel tend to be on the milder side and sneak up on you gradually. Your limbs have a certain lightness to them, adding to the energetic feeling from the mind high and making it easier to stay active for longer. One of the reasons for Red Diesel’s popularity is that despite its high THC content and overall intensity, it does not leave you feeling heavy and lethargic; in fact, it has the exact opposite effect.
Red Diesel is very much a day time strain due to its intense energetic boost, although it could prove to be an extremely helpful strain when you have to pull the last minute all-nighter in order to meet a deadline. However, if you decide to enjoy Red Diesel make sure that you have some of your favorite snacks on hand because it is a known appetite enhancer.
Does Red Diesel live up to its name and actually taste of smell and taste of diesel?
At first, Red Diesel has a sour, citrus aroma that grabs your attention, causing you to take another much slower sniff and unpick exactly what you are smelling. You quickly start to distinguish between the two main smells that are fighting for attention, with a sour diesel aroma on one side and spicy citrus on the other. Breaking apart the buds fills the air with a sense of warmth that comes from the spiciness of Red Diesel.
Burning Red Diesel brings out spicy notes that remind you of helping out at Thanksgiving, adding all of the spices to the pie mix and allowing each smell to fill your nostrils with its warmth. As Red Diesel’s smoke hangs in the air, diesel and citrus mix together, causing an interesting aroma that you find yourself repeatedly breathing in with deep concentration in order to experience all of the different smells that are fighting for your attention.
Does the complex mix of smells carry over to Red Diesel’s flavor profile?
Red Diesel has a diverse terpene profile which creates an interesting mix of flavors. Just as you would expect from its name, there is a clear and powerful diesel flavor that hangs in the background throughout the whole smoking experience, while all of the other flavors fight their way through.
The first puff of Red Diesel can feel difficult to pick apart, trying to work out exactly what you are tasting. As you breathe out, you are left with a clear spicy, orange flavor, which is warming and reminds you of the holiday season and the smell of freshly baked pies and other spiced treats. With each puff it becomes much easier to distinguish between all of the different flavors that are having a party on your tongue, there are notes of wood and earth, which work exceptionally well with the sweet orange flavor. One thing is for sure, with each flavor that you manage to pick out of the diverse mix of tastes, there is a continuous lingering diesel flavor in the background.
At first, Red Diesel’s smoke can feel harsh on your throat, causing you to cough your way through the first few puffs. Your throat quickly adjusts, and the intensity of the smoke becomes much more enjoyable.
What can you expect from Red Diesel in terms of its appearance?
It is rumored that Red Diesel partly got its name from the rusty, red-colored pistils that grow throughout the plant’s buds. These thin strands weave throughout the buds and cover part of the surface, giving the entire plant a reddish appearance. The buds themselves are a deep and vibrant shade of green, which stands in contrast to the red pistils. A closer look at Red Diesel buds reveal thinly scattered white trichomes which make the plant look as though it has been covered in a light dusting of snow.
Red Diesel plants take up very little space, seeming to grow inwards rather than out and being much shorter than average. Even the leaves stay close to the center, curling in on themselves rather than growing out towards the light. Just like the buds, the leaves are vibrant and deep green in color, blending in among the rest of the plant.
Let’s take a look at how you can start growing your own Red Diesel plant.
Red Diesel Cannabis Strain Grow Info
Red Diesel is described as being a moderate to easy strain to grow and one that beginners should not be afraid to attempt as long as they are prepared to commit the time and effort needed to grow a healthy Red Diesel plant. Red Diesel is worth the extra attention that it requires, providing a larger than average size yield in as little as 7 weeks.
Red Diesel can be grown outside in warm climates and will grow to around 3 feet tall, but is also happy to be grown indoors assuming that a similar temperature is replicated. If you opt to grow outside, you can expect plants to be ready for harvesting around mid-October.
While Red Diesel plants tend to be on the shorter side and very rarely grow above 3 ½ feet, they are a little over-enthusiastic when it comes to sideways growth, causing them to require a little extra attention. As the branches grow sideways than can become unstable and often need some form of support to stay upright, this can be as simple as propping them up just as you would a typical garden plant. It is recommended that you do not trim the branches, as you will reduce your final harvest and upset the plant’s growth.
Before you start growing, it is always a good idea to get a rough idea of the THC and CBD content of a strain, in order to determine whether it is right for you. What can you expect from Red Diesel?
THC Content – Highest Test
Red Diesel has a higher than average THC content, with an average of 19% and highs of 22%. The high THC content of the strain is probably responsible for the fast-acting effects that are experienced with Red Diesel and the powerful energetic rush that is felt. As with any strain that has more than the 12.5% average THC level, it is important to be aware that the intensity of the strain’s effects can feel overwhelming for novice smokers and that it is a good idea to start out with low doses.
How does the CBD content of Red Diesel compare?
CBD Content – Highest Test
Red Diesel has been found to contain just below 1% CBD, with an average of 0.9%. While still being extremely low, this is higher than you would expect from a strain with such a high level of THC. CBD is responsible for the majority of the physical health benefits that we associate with marijuana, and so it is not surprising that it is rarely used to treat physical ailments. It does, however, have a number of mental health benefits, which make it a powerful medicinal strain.
Why might you want to consider Red Diesel as a medicinal strain?
Medical Benefits of the Red Diesel Cannabis Strain
The most common reason to consider Red Diesel for medicinal purposes is as a form of Stress management. The euphoric feeling clears your mind and makes everything appear more natural and less stressful; you are able to face stress-inducing situations with a sense of positivity and tackle issues with a calm mindset. It can also be used long-term to prevent minor daily stresses, which can have more long-term effects on your health.
Red Diesel increases your appetite, causing most people to reach for the nearest bag of chips or order their favorite take out. While this adds an enjoyable element to a recreational high, it can also be used to counter medication that leaves you lacking any desire to eat and left with no option but to force food into your system. It can also be used to treat eating disorders, making it easier to fight through food-related anxiety.
The mental high and the burst of physical energy makes Red Diesel the perfect strain for combating the effects of depression and even fatigue. It is almost impossible not to want to jump out of bed after a few puffs of Red Diesel and seize the day.
While Red Diesel is very much about the mind high, with the physical effects seeming to hang in the background, it can still be a useful strain for handling minor pains and muscle spasms. The combination of physical lightness and the burst of energy numbs painful areas and gives you that much-needed boost to work through the pain and carry on with your day.
Possible Side Effects of the Red Diesel Cannabis Strain
There are very few negative side effects with Red Diesel other than the common cottonmouth and dry eyes that are experienced with almost every strain. The effects of both are more likely to be felt when smoking larger doses but should only last a few hours and have no long term effects on your health.
As a result of the higher than average THC content found in Red Diesel, some people report feeling paranoid shortly after smoking. This usually is only a temporary effect and should not have any long-lasting effects, but if it is something that you are concerned about it might be a good idea to start with smaller doses.
A small number of people experience dizziness after smoking Red Diesel, feeling as though the world is moving around them and that they are unable to focus on their surroundings. It is important to remember that a small percentage of people only feel effects such of these and that this is often when a more massive than recommended dose is smoked.
Final Thoughts on the Red Diesel Cannabis Strain
It is clear to see how Red Diesel has managed to win so many awards, from its complex flavor profile to its cheerful mind high; there is very little to dislike about this strain. Red Diesel is the perfect strain for action-filled days, giving you an extra burst of energy and helping to clear your mind from negative and weighing thoughts so that all you have to worry about it enjoying yourself. Red Diesel is more than just a recreational stain, though, having a number of health benefits that focus on mental clarity and peace.
Red Diesel is one of those strains that should be on everyone’s must-try list, so the next time you are in Amsterdam, make sure to head to a coffee shop and try it out for yourself.