Sundae Driver is a terrific weed to take for a spin on a lazy Sunday afternoon, as long as you’re not the one doing the driving. This strain, also known as Sunday Driver, is a well-balanced hybrid that delivers both creative euphoria and a mellow body high that can be enjoyed virtually any time of day — as long as you have somewhere to crash when the experience wears off.
Sundae Driver is well-named. It’s a delicious dessert strain whose creamy smoke tastes of chocolate and fruit, with a little earthy flavor mixed in just so you know it’s weed and not an actual ice cream sundae. The THC content is potent, and the buds are a beautiful green and purple, with lots of shiny trichomes covering them.
Effects and Side Effects
The effects of many 50/50 hybrids still lean one way or the other. Sundae Driver doesn’t; it’s a perfect example of a balanced strain that makes both the brain and body happy.
Things begin rather gently, with a euphoric and giggly high that builds to a peak rather than taking you by surprise. It’s energetic and creative, enhancing focus and enticing the user into taking on chores, tasks, or fun conversations with friends. Some eventually get distracted by the giddiness that Sundae Driver can produce, but others find the head high motivating throughout.
After 15-20 minutes, the strain’s body stone hits. It’s not incapacitating, just relaxing and stress-relieving. It can either bolster the resolve to put the cerebral energy to good use or trigger a desire to just chill and enjoy the happy and calm experience. Don’t stray far from home, though. When the high begins to wear off, many people find that they’re ready to drop off for a long nap.
The primary side effects of Sundae Driver are dry eyes and cottonmouth. Those who hit the pipe hard, or newer users who are already dealing with anxiety issues, may find that greater levels of anxiety, panic, or paranoia may set in after using this strain, but those effects are quite rare.
- Energy: 4/5
- Creative: 4/5
- Pain: 3/5
- Stress: 4/5
- Sleep: 2/5
- Mood: 5/5
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 2/5
- Cough: 3/5
Bottom Line: Sundae Driver is a good strain for daytime or evening use, delivering energetic and motivating cerebral effects and a relaxing body high, with drowsiness usually only rearing its head when the weed is wearing off.
Patients say that the euphoria and relaxation produced by Sundae Driver are useful when dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues like PTSD. Medical marijuana users with anxiety should go slowly with this strain, however, until they know how it affects them.
Other conditions that patients use Sundae Driver to help relieve include headaches and chronic inflammatory and muscle pain. Those with sleep difficulties find that using the strain in mid-evening can help them fall into a restful night’s sleep when Sundae Driver’s effects wear off.
Flavor and Aroma
Lots of strains are identified as “dessert strains,” but if you look that phrase up in a weed dictionary, you may see a picture of Sundae Driver’s colorful flower.
The enjoyment starts when smelling the bud, which has the scent of fruit, sweet grape candy, and chocolate, along with hints of earthiness. After lighting up, some people say the first thing they notice is chocolate, while others say that fruit is what hits their taste buds immediately. Either way, Sundae Driver tastes much like an ice cream sundae with fruit toppings.
There’s also some pungent earth and a bit of diesel mixed in, but they accent the sweet and delicious taste of this strain rather than overwhelming it.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 3/5
- Citrus: 2/5
- Fruity: 5/5
- Spice: 1/5
- Wood: 2/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Sundae Driver averages 21% THC content when a range of samples are tested. Unlike many strains, though, the weed you find at your dispensary is more likely to have a lower THC level rather than a higher one. It’s not uncommon for the Sundae Driver sold at retail outlets to max out around 15-17% or so. CBD levels are low, rarely topping 0.5% and often much lower.
Limonene is the dominant terpene in this strain, largely explaining both its fruity flavor (ocimene helps with that as well) and euphoric/stress-relieving effects. Other terps in the mix include caryophyllene, pinene, linalool, and humulene.
The highly-regarded breeders at Cannarado Genetics developed Sundae Driver in 2018 by crossing Grape Pie with Fruity Pebbles OG (FPOG).
Both of those strains have the flavors you’d expect from their names, explaining the delicious taste of their offspring. FPOG is a descendent of Granddaddy Purple and probably where much of Sundae Driver’s potency, flavor, and color originated.
Grape Soda and Black Dog are good places to start if you’re looking for weed that tastes much like Sundae Driver. If the effects of this strain are more important, good comparisons might be Cereal Milk, Limoncello, and Orange Crush.
Sundae Driver Strain Review: FAQ
Q: You’ve mentioned similar strains that have a fruity taste. Are there any others that taste more like chocolate?
A: There are quite a few. You might want to give White Choco Haze, Chocolate Thai, Choco Bud, or Chocolate Mint OG. Bear in mind, though, that a chocolate or cocoa flavor in weed is almost always mixed with other flavors; the best way to appreciate the chocolate notes is to vape the flower rather than smoking it. That way, the herb is heated rather than burned, and it’s easier to appreciate the flavors it contains.
Q: Is Sundae Driver easy to grow at home?
A: It should be, based on its genetics. But the ease of growing it all depends on where you get your seeds from — and Cannarado Genetics has not released Sundae Driver seeds or clones for sale. Other growers offer their own versions of this strain, some of which are as satisfying as the original cultivar, but it’s impossible to know how the seeds you get from a seed bank will perform until you try growing them on your own.