Kush, Haze, and Skunk the genetic base for modern cannabis

Published Mar 13, 2019 10:31 a.m. ET

There are literally thousands of strains available to choose from today with the majority of them having some sort of effect or lineage that goes back to one or more strains of Kush, Haze, or Skunk. These iconic weed strains have profoundly influenced the way most people have cultivated and enjoyed cannabis throughout the years. They were some of the most substantial yielding most potent strains once upon a time and were selectively bred for their unique attributes creating many of the most popular kinds of weed we now enjoy. Here we will delve into the heritage of each strain including their origins, individual effects, and lineage.

What is skunk weed? The Skunk strain originally made it to market in the early 1970’s and has since been used as a base for some of the most widely loved strains on the market. Skunk was initially bred by Sacred Seed Co based out of California in the United States. David Watson AKA “Skunkman” used several varieties of marijuana including Acapulco Gold, Columbian Gold, and Afghani to create the very first #1 strain of Skunk. #1 Skunk was able to produce some of their highest yields ever witnessed and had the ability to flourish in a wide range of environments. This made it perfect for both indoor and outdoor growers alike. The plants themselves had almost no leaves and produced dense buds with a strong smell.

Skunk Strains- Some of the most popular Skunk strains today are Skunk XL, Critical Kush, Sweet Skunk Automatic, Super Skunk, Cheese, Amnesia-Kannabia, Amnesia Lemon, Cinderella Jack, Auto Orange, Auto Wappa, Dutch Passion Euphoria, Biddy Early, Big Band, Big Bang, Big Buddha Cheese, and Bi Kush.

Skunk high- Using Skunk bud to get high will produce an intense, uplifting, cerebral based buzz that allows for the user to remain active while enjoying the effects.

What is Kush weed? The Kush strain consists of several types of cannabis which include a subgroup of various Indica Strains. These strains come from landrace plants that originated in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. One of Kush’s unique features in its ability to thrive in high altitude environments. This is because they originally grew on the Hindu Kush Mountain Range where they adapted accordingly. Many kinds of Kush strains were introduced to the market after being imported to The United States in 1970. There, they were cultivated and crossed with other marijuana strains producing some of the most famous hybrids you know of today.  

Kush strains- Some of the most famous Kush strains you will find on the market now are Bubble Kush, Critical Kush, OG Kush, Grandaddy Purple, Purple Kush, Skywalker OG, Master Kush, Kashmir Kush, Glueberry, OG Reek’n , Devil's Harvest, 707, 8 Ball Kush, AK Choco Kush, Blackberry Kush, Blueberry Kush, Colorado Cookies, and Xtreme Dutch Passion.

Kush high- Kush bud, edibles, or concentrate produces a strong full body high that is almost guaranteed to slow you down and make you feel sleepy, calm, and relaxed. Often used by those who suffer from anxiety due to its potent high THC content.

What is haze weed? Haze weed strains came about in the early 1970’s as well and were originally known as either Original Haze or Neville’s Haze. It was first created by two brothers with a passion for cultivating cannabis called the Haze Brothers who were based in Northern California where they grew and selectively bred several potent Sativa strains including Columbian Gold, Acapulco Gold, alongside several Landrace strains from Thailand and India. Haze wasn’t nearly as successful as its counterparts in its earliest days on the market mainly because of its lengthy grow period requiring a full 16 weeks to be ready for harvest. It almost went completely extinct during the early 1980’s when growers began searching for faster alternatives. While we don’t know how it seems a package of the original Haze seeds were purchased by The Seed Bank located in Holland who produced their own for sale. This is how the seeds were obtained by Nevil Schoenmakers and his brother who began cross-breeding it with other shorter flowering strains creating what is now known as Original Haze which is a Sativa dominant hybrid.

Haze strains- Some of the most common haze weed strains are Shining Silver Haze, Amnesia Haze, Lemon Shining Silver, Nevilles Haze, 2046, Ace Silver Haze, Afgooey, Amazing Haze, Amnesia Kannabia, Arjan’s Haze, #1, Arjan’s Haze #2, Arjan's Strawberry Haze, and Ultra Haze.

Haze high- The effects produced by a Haze weed strain are used frequently by those as a medicine. They produce some of the most potent, couch locking, body tingling sensations which for some can be overwhelming enough to induce anxiety or paranoia.

While the exact origins of each strain of marijuana are often highly debated, what isn’t is the fact that these three strains and their makers were essential pioneers in the creation of some of the best cannabis strains available on the market today.

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