There are thousands of hybrid marijuana strains in seed bank catalogues from around the world. If you were to investigate their true origins, you would probably end up discovering a Haze genetic deep in the background of many of them.
It is the genetic backbone of the world’s best-known sativas, an illustrious marijuana plant with a history so ancient that its origins have not been confirmed with certainty, so it falls into the category of legendary cannabis.
Whether it was because of the moment it was created, the place where it was born or because of its characteristic aroma and flavour that revolutionized the cannabis community, Haze marked a before and after point in the industry, in many aspects.
Santa Cruz, California, with its hazy summer days in the early 1970s, is where this story begins. As with other iconic cannabis names, there is a great mystery surrounding who first created and disseminated this variety, since during the hard years of prohibition, the first breeders had to work in the shadows without leaving records of their creations.
However, the only thing that almost everyone seems to agree on when talking about Haze is that Santa Cruz was its birthplace, thanks to two brothers: R. Haze and J. Haze, better known as the ‘Haze Brothers‘.
At that time, varieties from Colombia, Mexico, Panama or Jamaica dominated the market. However, there were also those who went a little further and managed to get their hands on seeds from the Middle East and Central Asia.
The Haze Brothers decided to innovate by crossing a Mexican landrace with a Colombian one. After selecting the best females, they crossed them with a male from a South Indian landrace. Finally the selected females were crossed with another landrace from Thailand.
The result of this fusion of genetics adapted to the environment of different regions of the globe gave birth to what we know today as Original Haze, a cannabis plant with a complex mixture of earthy, citrus and spicy terpenes that showed a powerful effect that immersed you in a psychedelic state for quite a long time.
After its conception, the Haze Brothers were in contact with David Watson, better known as ‘Sam The Skunkman’, father of the legendary Skunk #1 strain. Sam received some of those OG Haze seeds and finished perfecting the creation, taming and stabilizing the variety that the ‘Haze Brothers’ gave him.
Some years later, and spurred on by the prohibitionist laws that were spreading in the USA, Sam decided to cross the Atlantic and settle in Europe, moving to Amsterdam where he took thousands of seeds, including the Original Haze.
Once in Holland, the Original Haze passed through various breeders and distributors to become the main parent of almost all modern Haze strains, including multiple Cannabis Cup winners such as Amnesia Haze, Super Silver Haze and Super Lemon Haze.
Of course, historical accounts that pass from mouth to mouth are often prone to memory lapses. Be that as it may, today, in addition to the name inherited from the ‘Haze Brothers’ and its Californian origins, and also describing the hazy effect it produces, Haze has become a generic term used to describe strains that share common traits associated with sativa cultivation.
Haze is a hybrid that can sometimes be a temperamental plant and, as a result, can be tricky for novice growers. But growing your own Haze is definitely a labour of love, because in the end it is well worth the time and effort.
Haze strains are known for having a distinctly pungent aroma, although hints of citrus and earthiness can also be a sign that you have some Haze on your hands. Unless you’re using Original Haze or something similar, it’s impossible to say precisely what flavour and aroma to expect without knowing what other strains it was crossed with and, more importantly, the attributes of its terpenes.
You should expect the terpenoid profile to contain components like terpinolene, which can produce a floral aroma with hints of citrus and earth. And that spicy Haze aroma? It is likely the result of betacaryophyllene, which produces a spicy aroma. They may also have high levels of limonene, which provides that delicious lemony flavour. Myrcene is also common in Haze strains.
Haze strains are said to produce a happy and energetic high, which is what most people associate with sativa or sativa dominant plants. Mainly cerebral, which can boost your creativity making music or art more enjoyable, being excellent for social settings.
On the other hand, it can also produce a kind of mental haze (as the name suggests) that not everyone is a big fan of, especially for those users prone to anxiety or nervousness.
The THC content averages 18% and can reach levels above 20%, producing effects that also relieve some mild aches and pains throughout the body, making it an important tool for combating stress, depression and, to some extent, both malaise and fatigue.
Haze buds stand out for their olive green colour combined with fine orange pistils that cover all the flowers. The plants tend to grow long and slender, with leaves that protrude randomly adding volume. It is its slender stature that gives it the famous elegance that makes it stand out when planted alongside other varieties.
However growers find Haze genetics a bit challenging, as it has an unusually long flowering period. Some variants can take around 10-14 weeks (and up to 16) to mature, which can be excruciating when you know how good the end result will be but also difficult for novice growers to keep their plants healthy and happy for that long.
This means that the plant requires a long, warm flowering season, which can be created artificially in an indoor growing area if outdoor conditions are not ideal. Although you have to remember that Haze also tends to get quite big and lanky during the vegetative phase, and stretch to three times its height during flowering. This can be a hindrance if you don’t know how to manage the height with pruning or training techniques.
Today, however, all that has changed. Many of the contemporary hybrid variants with haze ancestry are crosses that incorporate many different genetic lines. On top of that, breeders have been working for years to make Haze cannabis plants faster, sturdier, with better resistance to mold, disease and climatic influences.
As a result, today anyone can grow their own Haze variety marijuana plant with guaranteed success, making it a favourite among growers.
At a high quality seed bank like Seedstockers we have wonderful Haze seeds available to suit any taste and preference. If you are wondering if there is a unique Haze waiting for you to discover, here are some options you should consider:
This is Undoubtedly one of the best Haze varieties of all the Seedstockers catalogue. And as tradition dictates, it comes from the crossing of two Haze varieties from opposite ends of the globe: the Dutch Amnesia Haze crossed with Santa Marta, a Haze from the Colombian jungle.
It is a plant that grows with good height and with space can stretch even up to 3-4 meters with only 11 weeks of flowering, giving a very branched structure and very wide internodal distance, allowing the light to enter all the flowers equally, getting very similar specimens.
Its flavour has a very Haze base, with a final incensed and powerful aftertaste. It is a variety easy to grow indoors or outdoors, but it is also somewhat gluttonous and demands careful nutrient control, but if you take care of it, it will reward you with one of the largest and most powerful harvests you’ve ever seen.
This autoflowering version takes about 75 days from seed to harvest and because of its nonphotoperiodic, it can be grown virtually any time of the year – temperatures permitting. It is a sturdy plant of about one meter in height. Its THC levels above 20% create an intense experience with psychoactive traces of fun and laughter. All accompanied by an exceptionally delicious Haze aroma; very fresh and fruity.
This strain is perfect for beginners: it is uncomplicated to grow and able to withstand small variations in temperature or humidity, to deliver sage green buds that practically glow under the lights. It also has XXL yields, so the vast majority of those who grow it even once, return to grow it again.
Coming from the cross between a CBD Skunk Haze X Amnesia Auto, this CBD-rich autoflowering has a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC (with about 9% each), making it the most popular choice among medical cannabis growers.
It does not need more than 20 hours of light per day and it takes around 85 days before being ready for harvest, with a height that is not too showy, so it will be perfect to go unnoticed.