Original Haze: Quick Overview
A Santa Cruz classic that’s emblematic of the 1960s, the Haze strain, often called Original Haze, has parented an entire family of cannabis like no other. Giving rise to a vast number of hybrid strains worldwide, Haze is one of the most powerful parent strains in existence, yet it’s a unique, delicious, and exciting option of its own.
Type: 80:20 sativa-dominant hybrid
THC Level: Can be over 23%, 16% average
Effects: Happy, energetic, euphoric, uplifted, creative
Smell and Flavor Profile: Citrus, earthy, orange, sweet, fruity, spicy, herbal, woody
Grow Difficulty: Hard
Original Haze Strain Benefits/Effects
Dating back to the time of the Beach Boys and the cannabis-fueled California surf scene, Haze is a strain with a rich history. The ample flowering times and growing seasons of the “endless summer” was the perfect setting for this sativa-dominant strain, which soon outgrew its roots due to sheer popularity.
In fact, if you are even a little bit of a cannabis fan, or if you have visited a medical marijuana dispensary, you have heard of some Haze strain. And while you may not have run across the original Haze, it is a staple in breeding circles and remains sought after in its own right for its exciting, uplifting effects.
The Original Haze strain is a 80%/20% sativa-dominant hybrid that generates an energizing, happy euphoria and a cerebral high with a push of mental activity. The Haze strain also has practical medical marijuana applications, with high THC levels between 14 and 23%, and THC content of 16% on average and a notable presence of CBD for a strong sativa.
One of the factors behind the Haze strain’s unique staying power is its one-of-a-kind genetics. The diversity of the Original Haze parent strains is unparalleled, bringing the strong survivor genes of landrace sativa strains from four different regions together.
A suite of amazing, uplifting effects that last prompted growers to try and get the same results from other strains—without success. Almost replicated but never duplicated, breeders always come back to Haze genetics to create new hybrids.
However, despite all of this, it can be exceedingly difficult to find the Haze strain in American dispensaries. The main reason is that quality takes time and effort—these are not easy plants to grow! In the European markets Original Haze and other Haze strains remain among the more popular varieties, in part because there is less focus on mass growing and selling.
The Haze strain is perfect for really getting some things done, offering an improved ability to focus, plus relaxing, soothing effects and a light uplifting sensation in the brain that’s not at all jarring. No nervousness, no anxiety, and none of those caffeine jitters. Original Haze is the better way to get that task done.
This is a clear-headed, potent high, but it has a unique feeling to it, even if you’re experienced with cannabis. You may find just looking at nature or listening to music much more enjoyable while using the Haze strain.
At times you might find yourself slightly overcome by thoughts as the euphoria really hits—but you won’t mind. And if you consume enough, you may find this cerebral high clouds your mind somewhat. But again, through the years, no one has complained about it yet, and the creative energy you get in exchange is unmatched.
This isn’t a pure sativa, of course, so the indica traits of the Haze strain also have something to offer, including a tingly, relaxed body buzz that provides a lovely counter to that high energy. It’s a certain stress-buster, both lifting the mood and allowing you to forget about problems for awhile.
Don’t be surprised if you tick off most of your to-do list while you’re smoking a bowl of Original Haze—and if you get the munchies afterwards, we also warned you about that, too. As a wake-and-bake strain, the Original Haze is a perfect choice. Enjoy your day!
Original Haze Medical Benefits
As a medical marijuana strain, Original Haze is well-loved. Particularly among patients who are newer to medical cannabis, the Haze strain is popular for being uplifting without inducing that feeling of couch-lock.
In terms of mental health applications, many Haze strain users report that it is ideal for treating chronic fatigue and chronic stress, because it offers a boost of energy and a more positive attitude all day long. The added creativity and happiness from this strain is just as helpful. Many medical marijuana patients also use Original Haze to treat mood disorders and other issues such as bipolar, PTSD, depression, and anxiety due to its uplifting yet mellow effects.
The Haze strain has stimulative benefits for the GI system, making it helpful for increasing the appetite of medical marijuana patients those who suffer from nausea, lack of appetite, anorexia, and other digestive issues. For those with any sort of inflammation, Original Haze can relieve minor aches and pain throughout the body. Cancer patients in particular, who may cope with everything from pain to depression to nausea and lack of appetite thanks to chemical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy, will find the Haze strain a useful medicine.
Many users report that Original Haze can produce a hard come down that leads to sleep. This is great news for many patients, because that means it can also treat restless leg syndrome (RLS) or insomnia for some.
As with any other cannabis strains—particularly sativa-dominant strains with higher levels of THC—too much of a good thing is just too much. And too much Original Haze can cause feelings of paranoia or anxiety, so check your limits and realize this can be a creeping high.
Original Haze Taste and Smell
The aroma of the Haze strain is light, smooth, and subtle—this is not the heavy, skunky, diesel-y type of fragrance you get from some strains. That’s not to say that it isn’t potent smelling; Original Haze is a cannabis plant that has a strong, powerful smell that fills a room with that cannabis vibe.
The aroma and taste are somewhat citrusy and sweet, reminiscent of earthy herbs and warm spice. The growing process is long and lengthy, yet these fragrant buds are absolutely worth the wait the moment that smell hits your nose.
And while the Haze strain’s lemony spiciness is what first lures you in, you stay for the sugary sweet, earthiness and taste of the strain that linger on the palate. Original Haze tastes much like it smells, and this is one of those tokes that is full of flavor. On the inhale, the Haze strain hits you with a spicy, earthy, creamy sensation that gives way to a citrus-y, woody aftertaste on the exhale.
Original Haze Cannabinoid/Terpene Profile
The Haze strain has an average THC content on average of 16%, with phenotypes ranging from 14% to 23%. Original Haze also offers up minor cannabinoids, with significant levels of CBD in most samples, and other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and CBC in some plants. The presence of CBD can help reduce dry eyes, dry mouth, and other classic high THC side effects.
The Haze strain is rich in the terpenes Myrcene and Caryophyllene, with smaller amounts of Limonene and Linalool, and trace amounts of Pinene and Ocimene in many samples.
Myrcene has antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving benefits, as do many other terpenes, as well as sedative qualities and relaxing, herbal mood effects. Myrcene is also known for its antimutagenic or anti-cancer benefits.
Caryophyllene is a pain-relieving anti-inflammatory agent. It is also an antioxidant and can treat stress and anxiety.
Limonene has antifungal and antibacterial qualities, and also improves digestion. However, it is better known for its uplifting, energizing effects that boost the mood, helping patients treat stress and anxiety.
Linalool has anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and stress-relieving benefits. It is among the first substances in the world used as a sleep aid.
Like many other terpenes, pinene has anti-anxiety effects. But unlike other terpenes, Pinene may help prevent short-term memory impairment, a common THC side effect. Pinene also has bronchodilator benefits, helping to ease breathing difficulties.
Ocimene has a host of benefits, such as antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and decongestant effects.
Original Haze History and Haze Genetics
The Original Haze strain traces its roots back to the 1970s in California. The Haze Brothers in Santa Cruz cultivated sativa seeds from Sam the Skunkman, a fellow grower and friend.
Ultimately, the Haze Brothers bred a landrace Colombian strain with a landrace Mexican Sativa. After choosing the best of the bunch, they crossed those with a landrace strain from the southern Indian region. The last piece of the genetic puzzle was a Thai landrace strain.
Haze seeds made it to the Netherlands thanks to Sam the Skunkman, where they quickly gained popularity. Ultimately, Original Haze provided the genetic backbone for Super Lemon Haze, Amnesia Haze, Super Silver Haze, Purple Haze, Blue Haze, Neville’s Haze, Cannalope Haze, Hawaiian Haze, and many other popular strains and Cannabis Cup winners.
If You Love Original Haze Marijuana, Try These Strains
If you love the happy feeling and energized mood you get from Jack Herer, Lemon Skunk, or Purple Haze, but you want a more creative vibe, Original Haze is your strain. Or if you love that super happy buzz plus motivating energy you get from White Widow or Alaskan Thunder Fuck, but you want more subtle, tasty flavor and creativity? The Haze strain is for you.
And if Northern Lights, Blueberry, or Blackberry Kush is your nighttime jam but you’re looking to try a wake-and-bake classic for a productive, happy mood, get there the best way with Original Haze.
Growing the Original Haze Strain
Original Haze plants on the brink of harvest are beautiful, bursting with buds in all shades of green, threaded with bright orange pistils. These nugs look fairly classic in terms of what you would expect from cannabis—but that doesn’t mean you should see Haze as your standard exercise in growing.
Tropical and desert climates such as the one you enjoy in Santa Cruz are best for the Haze strain, which loves temperate, warm weather and demands ten to twelve weeks to flower. (Remember, its ancestor strains are from Thailand, Mexico, India, and Colombia.)
Disclaimer: Growing the Original Haze strain is no biggie—for seriously expert cultivators with limitless patience. If that isn’t you, though, be honest going in and realize that this Haze strain may be a challenge.
That said, Original Haze produces an above average yield and is resistant to most mildews and molds. And we don’t have to mention the goldmine that is Haze genetics.
However, this is a very difficult to cultivate, temperamental strain, not to mention a long grow period. If you’re an intermediate grower, we don’t recommend it, and the Haze strain is not for beginners.
The Original Haze flower does best indoors in most cases, because it absolutely needs a specific temperate Mediterranean climate. It does thrive well in California, Mexico, and some parts of the American Southwest. Because the plant is sensitive, you don’t want bad weather interrupting that flowering time, so keep it sheltered.
To reach optimal production levels, stay patient and wait for those glistening trichomes, because the Haze strain flowers late. Indoor flowering time is at least 10 weeks. Inside, Original Haze plants can yield about 14 ounces per square meter planted on average.
Outdoor flowering time for the Haze strain takes place all summer long and the plants are ready to harvest around late October to early November. Outside, Original Haze plants yield about 18 ounces per plant on average.