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Haze is a strain with interesting origins. Its still somewhat a mystery as to how the strain came to be and has many stories of legends and rumors. What the cannabis community is fairly sure of is that Haze originated in California in the 1960-1970’s and eventually made its way into Europe where its genetics were further honed in. Many strains that carry Haze genetics still have identifiable traits of the original Haze. The original Haze is a very potent 90%+ sativa.
The Haze strain seems to be a cornerstone of the cannabis genetics pool. At one point Haze nearly went extinct because no grower wanted to wait the long flowering time of 16 weeks, so no one grew it. Today its given the world dozens of Haze varieties because a few growers and breeders had an idea and took a chance.
Genetic Lineage & Appearance
Because this strain is wrapped up in mystery, also is it’s genetic origin. Many seed suppliers and growers suspect the original genetics are Thai and Colombian landrace strains. Certain traits of the Haze strain have similarities to Acapulco Gold, Colombian Gold and Indian landrace strains.
Its rare to come across an original Haze strain since there are so many varieties of it now. Strains with genetics closer to the original are bright green with dark green shades, grow up to and have lots of orange hairs (flowering pistils) on the buds and like most sativas will need plenty of overhead space since they grow to be tall.
List of Haze strain Names
- Amnesia Haze
- Cannalope Haze
- Azure Haze
- Haze Berry
- Mako Haze
- Neville’s Haze
- Dutch Haze
- Purple Haze
- Royal Haze
- Northern Lights Haze
- Sunset Haze
- Lemon Haze
- Titan’s Haze
- Super Silver Haze (also a High CBD version of this)
- Ghost Train Haze
- Blue Haze
- Cambodian Haze
- Chocolate Haze
- Pineapple Haze
- Blueberry Haze
- Mango Haze
- Tangerine Haze
- Grapefruit Haze
- Liberty Haze
- Cherry Lime Haze
- Strawberry Haze
Most of these strains are 18%+ in THC levels which goes to show how strong the original genetics were and the selection of strains they are bred with. There are dozens of other strains that carry it’s genetics but don’t have “Haze” in their name like Moby Dick, Jack Herer and Amnesia.
Flavors and Aroma
The haze strain has a spicy aroma with sweet and earthy tones which are common scent characteristics of strong sativas.
Its flavors are rich in pine and earth combined with citrus and a light sweetness. The sweet flavor most likely comes from the Thai genetics while the earthy flavors come from the Indian and South American genetics.
For beginner smokers or those more sensitive to levels of high THC, its best not to start with Haze as your first strain or trying a new one. If you do, keep it light. Haze is known for having very potent levels of THC (higher than most strains) and having potent cerebral effects. Because newcomers go in too hard, too fast with strains like Haze and other potent sativas, they may have a negative association and assume this is what cannabis is.
When used with moderation, Haze can have positive effects like increased energy, creativity, focus, happiness and euphoria. They type of strain you only need 1-2 hits of to achieve this effect. Its perfect for morning, daytime recreation and daytime medical use.
Some negative effects are dry eyes, dry mouth, paranoia and increased heart rate.
Haze Strain THC and CBD Levels
Most cannabis strains containing Haze genetics will usually test anywhere between 18%-27%. The original Haze strain tested toward the 27% THC range and its not uncommon for strains with genetics closer to the original to also test closer to the high end.
CBD levels in haze are very low. There is a version called “Haze CBD” which can test up to 3mg of CBD in 3/4 of a gram capsule. Source is: Analytical 360 test data.
Medical benefits of the Haze strain include:
- Pain management
- Stress management
- Helps counter fatigue
- Helps with nausea
- May help with ADD and ADHD
- Helps ease migraines
- Depression management
Due to its stimulant like effects, it may also help with digestive issues and lack of appetite.
Haze could be used in both medical and recreational daytime products. Finding strains that are good for daytime use (having stimulant effects) but also have medicinal benefits is one of the common challenges with the medical cannabis which Haze could be great for.
On the recreational side, there’s a large range of products that could be made from the Haze strain. One hitters, waxes, shatters, drinks like teas, juices and cannabis fruit flavored waters. Commercially, its a recognizable strain name like many from the 1960’s and can help with product branding.
How to Grow Haze Strain
Haze is a strain that requires a lot of patience but the patience is well rewarded. It can take up to 12-16 weeks for Haze to produce flowers. This is what caused the strain to nearly vanish in it’s first decade. What you get at the end of that growing time is a potent sativa unlike any other where a small amount can go a long way.
This cannabis plant can grow up to 7-8 feet (2-2.5 meters) and can produce around 30-40 grams per square foot. So a fully grown Haze cannabis plant could produce between 200-350 grams of flower. While it isn’t that much compared to other cannabis plants, its a quality over quantity in this case. Strains that have been bred with Haze genetics could produce considerably more depending on the strain and still have very similar effects with shorter growing times.
It goes to show that sometimes to get potent, high quality cannabis flowers all it takes is a little more time, patience and effort compared to others to see it through.