8 of the best Haze strains
Haze is no rare commodity. The heritage is parent to some of the most popular contemporary hybrids in shops today. Many of today’s haze phenotypes are genetically similar to the landrace strains our hippy grandparents smoked, but modern cultivation has presented a far wider range of complex effects.
Below, check out some of the most notable examples of Haze genetics, making them the best Haze strains.
Haze (aka Original Haze) originated in Santa Cruz, CA sometime in the early 70s by a pair of storied cultivators named “the Haze Brothers” along with their partner “Sam the Skunkman.” The cultivation involved a number of imported landrace sativa strains — landrace referring to cannabis strains that, while not necessarily wild, have not been formally selected, developed, or genetically manipulated by breeders.
Haze is not a pure sativa, but it is a genetic pillar of contemporary cannabis for its expression of sativa effects, including, energy, euphoria, and wild creativity. Expect notes of berry and lemon and an earthy exhale.
Super Lemon Haze
Varsity stoners often refer to Super Lemon Haze as a daytime strain for its energizing head high. For the majority of users, this strain delivers the kind of bright, euphoric mental and elastic body highs that can make a person positively enthusiastic about housework, errands, and all manner of daily minutia.
Super Lemon Haze’s genetics combine Lemon Skunk with Super Silver Haze for an 80:20 sativa/indica genetic split. The resulting flowers are heavily sugared, sharply fragranced, and dense with resin. Expect a citrusy nose and a crisp, lemony exhale.
Fans of peppy, energetic highs may find their perfect match in Strawberry Haze (aka Arjan’s Strawberry Haze), another strain almost universally approved for “daytime use.” Consumers report a clear, cerebral head high and languid, effervescent body high that is manageable, yet powerful.
Strawberry Haze, has a complex lineage that reportedly involves a mix of Swiss Sativa, Northern Lights #5, Haze, and Kali Mist. The resulting hybrid is also a popular therapeutic strain for treating depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Expect a hint of strawberry in the nose and a sheer, herbaceous exhale.
Cannalope Haze is a popular strain for those looking to extinguish fatigue with a volcanic eruption of creativity, but fans of this cultivar also extoll it as a panacea with a wide swath of potential effects, including anxiety and pain relief.
Bred from the heritage Haze Brothers strain and a Mexican sativa landrace from Michoacan, Cannalope Haze’s terpene profile presents as a fruity mashup of caryophyllene, terpinolene, and linalool that reportedly tastes remarkably like fresh cantaloupe melon. That unique flavor plus the ultra-resinous flowers of this cultivar make it popular for extractions and concentrates.
Unlike the rest of the haze strains on this list, Blue Haze, or Blueberry Haze, is an indica-dominant hybrid, with fans widely reporting relaxing, tranquilizing, and deeply psychotropic effects. This cultivar’s complexity can also present an energetic euphoria for a slim margin of consumers. Go figure.
Blue Haze’s genetics are similar to a sordid love triangle. It’s a hybrid of Blueberry, a classic indica, and either Amnesia Haze or Super Silver Haze, depending on the cultivator. Either way, the resulting flowers are snowy, dense, and richly threaded with orange hairs. Expect a berry sweet nose and an exhale that’s peppery at the finish.
Amnesia Haze, not to be confused with Amnesia, is a euphoric and sociable strain that is the perfect choice for creative collaboration or long, animated chats.
Overall, fans of Amnesia Haze find it to be the perfect strain for social activities, but also find it useful in therapeutic applications; the strain has reported high efficacy in relieving anxiety and depression, fatigue, and chronic pain.
Amnesia Haze is another complex hybrid, a cross of Haze, Southeast Asian, Afghani, and Hawaiian landrace strains that’s resulted in a fruity, earthy, and brightly herbal terpene profile in a dense, deep green flower. Expect a woody, herbal perfume and a faintly sweet exhale.
Purple Haze is one of the original Haze phenotypes to descend from the stabilized seeds cultivated by the Haze Brothers. And the effects can be inferred by the phenotype’s title: consumers report a technicolor euphoria supported by a weightless body high that compounds into effects that flirt with psychedelia.
Purple Haze flowers are typically deep violet in hue, and sparkling with a rich blanket of crystalline trichomes. Expect a sweet, earthy perfume and a dense, velvety exhale.
Super Silver Haze
Perennial party favorite Super Silver Haze has a unique balance of giddy euphoria, softened cognition, and remarkable staying power which has given it not only legendary top-shelf status, but also the distinction of three first prizes at the High Times Cannabis Cup.
Prized for its therapeutic values as a chronic pain/fatigue reliever, Super Silver Haze fans also laud the strain for its calm body buzz which can appeal to sativa-hesitant, indica-loving cannabis smokers.
Super Silver Haze is bred from a cross of Shiva and Northern Lights #5, resulting in fluffy, bright green buds dusted in trichomes. Expect a peppery nose and sharp, tangy exhale.
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Many of today's haze phenotypes have a wide range of complex effects.