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Haze vs Kush: What is the difference?

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Weed, pot, ganja — marijuana is basically known under an infinite amount of names. Aside from its general designations, the cannabis plant is also loved for its huge number of various strains. As a cannabis enthusiast, you most probably heard of the two most important strains of current cannabis genetics: haze and kush. Today, I’ll walk you through a significant part of hemp history, that has heavily influenced the weed we smoke today.


Where the Haze comes from

If you have visited a coffee shop in the Netherlands at least one time, you probably recognized that it had a number of different haze strains on its menu. This strain has originally been created by the Haze Brothers in Northern California, according to several reports. These two brothers have been known in the cannabis industry for quite a long time, as they have supposedly been experimenting with cannabis sativa strains since the 1960s.


Originally, there wasn’t that much demand for the Haze strain, as it was considerably hard to grow and required much more time to flourish than other strains. In the 1980s, Haze somehow ended up in the Netherlands, where Neville Schoenmakers discovered the huge potential of the strain. The Australian-born cannabis breeder, who is an iconic figure in the cannabis space to say the least, subsequently developed a strain called Neville’s Haze, which ultimately gave birth to the strong popularity that Haze is experiencing today.


Now it’s time to take a look at the classic characteristics of Haze. The sativa strain is generally known for strong uplifting and euphoric effects. According to the strain rating platform Leafly, Haze is often connected to relaxation, happiness, energy and the ability to focus on something. In regard to its medical potential, Haze is mostly used to treat depression, pain, stress, lack of appetite and fatigue. 


However, the original Haze strain is actually just the tip of the iceberg. After a quick search on Leafly, one can clearly see that there are about 1,000 strains that make use of the Haze genetic, many of which have way more and way better ratings. Some of the most popular Haze-based strains include Amnesia Haze, Super Silver Haze, Super Lemon Haze and Purple Haze.

The rise of the Kush

In contrast to Haze, Kush does not have such a transparent history. In general, the indica strain originated in the near east, around the geographic territories of India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This strain has not been originally created by professional breeders, but it is instead believed to be a true native cannabis strain.


Most Kush-based strains are loved for their strong and buzzing effects. As stated on Leafly, users may be content with increased relaxation and sleepiness, which can help to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Moreover, most Kush strains seem to have a high THC content of close to 20 percent or even more.


Similar to Haze, there is a huge number of Kush-based strains on the market. In fact, there are over 2,500 strains listed on Leafly that have Kush genetics. Among the most popular Kush strains are undoubtedly OG Kush, Master Kush, Hindu Kush, Bubba Kush and Kosher Kush.

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