Skunk, Kush, and Haze, the Holy Trinity of Cannabis
So where did today’s love of cannabis all begin?
Where was the first recreational cannabis grown and what plants were involved?
And above all else, why are the terms Skunk, Haze and Kush important in the world of cannabis and marijuana.
Skunk, unsurprisingly, got its name from the pungent smell given off from the burn plant, which was often described as being similar to that defensive odour given off by a small black and white animal, and no, we don’t mean a badger!
Skunk reached the United States in the 1970s, at the time of flower power, and its ability to elevates the mood, relax the body, and create a relaxing and peaceful state of mind fitted well with the mood of the time.
It’s average THC level and ability to grow easily in the North American climate made it very popular, almost overnight.
The exact history of the strain is not known, but many attest that Sam the Skunkman created the first generation of this variety by crossing Colombian Gold, Acapulco Gold, and Afghani #1.
He then took it over to Holland where he teamed up with breeders over there to create Skunk #1.
If you want a reliable Skunk plant, then think Afghan Skunk, Super Skunk, or even Purple Skunk mass.
Kush’s lineage is easier to trace to the Hindu Kush region of the Himalayan mountains and is renowned the world over for the cultivar’s deeply relaxing and euphoric effects.
Because of the harsh climate they originated from, Kush plants tend to be stockier with more foliage, and with an average 18% THC level is responsible for producing some serious hits, but without overwhelming the user.
Kush is also well known for it rich flavours, which can be put down to the abundance of terpenes in the cultivar.
If you fancy a trip to the foothills of the Himalayas without leaving the comfort of your couch, then consider growing OG Kush, Afghan Kush, Critical Kush, and so many more. We have a whole video on the worlds best skunk strains, so be sure to check that out!
Now Haze is an interesting name for a type of cannabis that seems to have the opposite effect to what the name suggests. Unlike the previous two types of cannabis plant, Haze tends to light up the mind, fill the body with energy, and make sitting on the couch almost unappealing.
Haze is also not for the fainthearted when it comes to growing as it can easily reach a height of three metres when grown indoors!
When it comes to the effects of the average 16% THC level, think happy, euphoric and clear-headed.
And as for why it was given such an inappropriate name, well what other name should brothers R and J Haze have given the hybrid they created in the 1970s in California by crossing Mexican and Colombian landraces?
for the type of high associated with Haze varieties, why not consider growing Amnesia Haze, Lemon Haze, or Heavens Haze.