Sour Joker is a mostly sativa strain that provides long-lasting stimulation. A cross between two other sativas -- pungent East Coast Sour Diesel and award-winning Amnesia Haze -- this strain has a potency sure to impress cannabis newcomers and veterans alike. In addition to a complex and surprisingly fruity flavor profile, Sour Joker offers consumers THC level of between 18% and 23%.
This strain is marked by small to medium-sized flowers that maintain chunky, irregular shapes. Despite their sativa properties, the buds have a seemingly indica-influenced structure, with small leaves that curl tightly inward. These dense nuggets come in a dappled mix of green and dark purple, the latter of which come about when anthocyanin pigments are activated by cold weather during the growing process. Finally, Sour Joker's buds are shot through with curly orange pistils and dotted with sticky, icy-looking trichomes.
When properly cured, Sour Joker's buds burst with a fruity aroma that has a funky, almost fermented edge. A second whiff might detect some distinct notes of fresh orange as well. Meanwhile, grinding up the dense flowers yields some fumes of gasoline, passed on from Sour Diesel. When Sour Joker is combusted in a pipe or a joint, it burns with a harsh, sour smoke that's liable to leave smokers coughing or teary-eyed. On the exhale, tropical fruity flavors mingle with some diesel base notes.
Unsurprisingly, given its mostly sativa background, Sour Joker takes effect rather quickly. Before users have even had a chance to exhale its heavy smoke, the strain exerts a constricted feeling around the temples and lower forehead. This sensation may come alongside some dry mouth or slight flushing in the cheeks. As smokers become accustomed to these odd tics, though, they tend to find themselves immersed in an elevated headspace. Certain concepts (or even inanimate objects) may seem to take on a new significance, a quality that can facilitate work on detailed, analytical tasks. Sour Joker can also inspire a kind of manic free association in users' thoughts, allowing for creative inspiration or open-ended brainstorming sessions. For smokers who aren't feeling as productive, the strain's heady effects can simply provide some background entertainment for an otherwise boring daily agenda.
Even as Sour Joker's high wears on, users tend not to be bogged down by physical effects. While some may experience a slight heaviness in the limbs and eyelids, this body high tends to be more stimulating and may help consumers feel more in touch with themselves -- a mindset that may just enhance activities like exercise or (given the right kind of company) sex. If dosage is increased, though, Sour Joker can indeed experience disorientation or couch-lock. Because of its mostly wide-awake vibes, this strain is recommended for daytime use.
Sour Joker's energetic properties can have several uses for medical cannabis patients as well. Its cerebral activation can help those with attention deficit disorder to focus on one task at a time. Its general euphoria may also temporarily counteract the difficult symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression. Physical benefits include a relief from inflammation-related discomfort like cramps and headaches, as well as potential appetite enhancement. Because this strong sativa comes with some risk of obsessive, recursive thinking, though, Sour Joker is not recommended for those who are prone to panic or paranoia.
Unfortunately for those looking to grow the strain at home, seeds of Sour Joker are not available for sale online. Instead, intrepid gardeners should obtain clippings of the plant from a trusted breeding source. Sour Joker can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor cultivation typically calls for a humid, Mediterranean-like climate. Although there's little information circulating about best practices for growing this specific strain, its indica-influenced flowers imply that plants grow short and bushy and can easily be accommodated indoors. Those looking to bring out the strain's eye-catching purple hues should expose their crops to nighttime temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees below average, just before flowering begins. Sour Joker flowers within 9 to 10 weeks.
Vibrating with energy and focus, Sour Joker is a must-try for sativa fans. Its unique mix of citrus and diesel flavors may also make it of interest to terpene connoisseurs.