The origins of Haze

What's the story of Haze?

Haze is, probably, the most grown and renowned 100% sativa hybrid throughout the world. Its origins date back to the early 1970's in the region of Santa Cruz, California (USA).During this time, two brothers known as the "Haze Brothers" (R. Haze and J. Haze) cultivated and crossed different cannabis lines using seeds of the best imported sativa strains, most times offered by their friend and neighbor Sam "The Skunkman".It all began with a hybrid between a landrace sativa from Mexico and another landrace from Colombia. One year later, the best females selected from this hybrid were crossed with a landrace strain from southern India. Finally, the female offspring of this new hybrid was crossed again with a landrace male from Thailand.

Super Silver Haze Indoor
Super Silver Haze Indoor

Super Silver Haze Extra
Super Silver Haze Extra

Thus, Haze is a 100% Sativa hybrid of cannabis plants from Mexico, Colombia, India and Thailand. At first, the Haze wasn?t very stable and showed many different phenotypes. The most known was the famous "Purple Haze", a pheno with Colombian dominance. Purple Haze became the most powerful and beautiful Haze strain on the market, but at the same time it also became the most expensive one.Sam ?The Skunkman? took some of the seeds from the Haze Brothers to the Netherlands in 1976, being among them the Original Haze. At the beginning of the 80?s he crossed the Atlantic and finally moved to the Netherlands, where he sold his seeds under the label of Cultivator's Choice.

Original Haze
Original Haze

Original Haze
Original Haze

Colours of Haze
Colours of Haze

The Haze has a strong aroma of spices with light incensed and sandalwood undertones and a citric aftertaste provided by the genetics from Thailand. It induces a powerful, uplifting and psychedelic effect, incredibly clear, energizing and very long lasting.Being a 100% Sativa strain, it was difficult to grow indoors. The flowering period was very long (more than 16 weeks) and plants grew too vigorously, soon reaching a considerable size difficult to handle in indoor grow rooms. The Haze was then crossed with Indica strains to adapt it to indoor environments. Sam The Skunkman developed several hybrids, as for example Haze/Skunk or Indian Haze,  which can be found in SeedsMan's catalogue.A young Australian-dutch called Neville Schoenmakers (at that time owner of the shop "The Seed Bank", today known as Sensi Seeds Bank) recovered some seeds of a pure Haze. He selected two excellent male plants and called them "A" and "C", and also a female named "B". Then, he also developed several crosses with some Indica strains, thus creating new Haze hybrids that had an immediate success on the market.

Haze strains

Within all these new Haze hybrids, the most remarkable one was the Northern Lights 5 x Haze, which won the first edition of the High Times Cannabis Cup back in 1988. NL#5 was probably at that time the best Indica female plant of the market. Thus, this 50% Indica - 50% Sativa hybrid is still today a very appreciated strain.Next, Neville created other strains based on the Haze, such as the legendary Silver Haze for Sensi Seeds. Soon after, along with his friend Shantibaba, he left Sensi Seeds to join Greenhouse Seeds. Sensi Seeds bred  several Haze hybrids, as for example the famous variety Jack Herer, which was developed in tribute to the famous American activist (RIP).Neville and Shantibaba also made a wide outdoor selection of 1.000 NL#5/Haze plants. They chose 2 superb females and crossed them with the same Skunk/Haze male, thus creating the multi-awarded Super Silver Haze and Mango Haze. As Jack Herer, Super Silver Haze and Mango Haze are hybrids of Haze, Skunk#1 and NL#5 genetics, perhaps the three best hybrids available on the market.The Super Silver Haze had a huge success and won the High Time Cannabis Cup in 1998 and 1999. Neville then decided to create a new hybrid with more Haze traits: he then crossed his best female plant, the NL#5 x Haze "A", with his "C" Haze male, and created the famous "Neville's Haze", a 75% Haze hybrid not recommended for novice smokers due to its extreme psychedelic power.

Neville's Haze
Neville's Haze

Neville?s Haze
Neville?s Haze

Amnesia Haze is another famous cannabis strain based on Haze genetics, which probably came from a selection of Super Silver Haze. The breeder Soma - from Holland - kept a G13/Haze male which was found in a pack of seeds received from Neville. Only one seed sprouted, so he was lucky to get such a quality male.Neville and Shantibaba left GreenHouse Seeds in 1998 to sign up for Mr Nice Seeds, where they continued developing new Haze hybrids. For their part, GreenHouse continued breeding new Haze lines such as Arjan Haze #1,  #2 and #3, Arjan Ultra Haze, NL5/Haze Mist, Strawberry Haze or the famous Super Lemon Haze.

Arjan's Haze#2 crop
Arjan's Haze#2

Arjan's Haze#3 crop
Arjan's Haze#3

By that time, the breeder at Ace Seeds proposed the creation of a very pure Haze strain called Old Timer?s Haze . Since this strain has never been crossed with an Indica plant it keeps a pure Sativa genepool, something highly appreciated by Sativa connoisseurs. Purple Haze by Positronics is also worth mentioning on this article, a spectacular plant with Haze dominance.

Cannabis strains with at least 50% Haze genes:

Dutch Haze, Super Haze and Brainstorm (Dutch Passion), Mako Haze (Kiwi Seeds), G13/Haze (Barney?s Farm), Cannalope Haze (DNA), La Niña (Mr Nice), DelaHaze (Paradise Seeds), Dhaze (Vulkania seeds), Nevilles Haze Hybrid (Female Seeds), Moby Dick #1, #2 and Super Silver (Dinafem), Y Griega (Medical Seeds), Super Silver Bilbao (Genehtik), Botafumeiros (Sweet Seeds), and finally Amnesika from Philosopher Seeds.The following varieties also contain a great proportion of Haze genetics: Buddha Haze (Big Buddha), Royale Haze, Cloud #9 and Super Critical Haze (Dinafem), Purple Haze #1, Claustrum and Cum Laude (Positronics Seeds), Llimonet Haze (Elite Seeds), Jack The Ripper (Subcool/TGA), Jack Flash (Sensi Seeds), Guanábana, Wombat and Santa Muerte (Blin Burn Seeds), without forgetting Easy Haze from Philosopher Seeds.

Easy Haze
Easy Haze

Easy Haze by Philosopher Seeds
Easy Haze by Philosopher Seeds

Haze genetics

name "Haze" acquired such fame that it has become a generic term to talk about high grade Cannabis Sativa hybrids, even if they don?t actually contain Haze genetics. We are talking about strains like Bangi Haze (Ace Seeds), Tasman Haze (Kiwi Seeds) or Utopia Haze (Barney's Farm).Haze has become the reference for quality Sativa hybrids in the cannabis scene, and today we can find literally tens of hybrids developed from this amazing genetics. Its intense cerebral effect and unmistakable taste have made it a true favorite among Sativa lovers.Have a nice smoke!


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Comments in “The origins of Haze” (3)

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Ben 2021-12-01
This is an interesting article, as are many others on your website. As someone in grad school doing research on medical cannabis, the origin of current cannabis strains and the geographic spread of landraces used is often poorly documented. How do you go about reliably sourcing your information on the origins of strains?

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Tim Alchimia 2021-12-02
Hi Ben, thanks for your comment and question. You're right, there haven't been too many studies into the origin of cannabis, although there are a few notable works by authors such as Robert C Clarke, for example his book Cannabis Ethnobotany and Evolution. With the increasing legalization of cannabis in various countries and states, ore and more research is taking place into the genetic map of cannabis, which should help to identify the geographical origins and distribution of landraces as well as modern hybrids but, unfortunately, the illicit nature of the cannabis world up to this point has meant that much knowledge has been lost to the sands of time, either because it was never written down in the first place (the notebooks and records kept by growers can be used as evidence against them in a trial), or because the stories become twisted in their re-telling, like Chinese whispers. The origins of many of today's most popular plants are still a mystery or at least are subject to debate, and in many cases, the people who do know the truth are unwilling to step forward and draw attention to themselves, as is the nature among veterans of largely illegal activity. Against these challenges, we use all the means at our disposal to help ensure the veracity of the information, not only books but also reading through pages and pages of online forums such as IC Mag, where these things are often discussed in great detail among real experts (most top breeders are members there). As well as all this, we are also very fortunate to have veteran growers and breeders on our team here at Alchimia, people who know the cannabis scene and its history very well indeed. I hope that answers your question. Best wishes and good luck with your research.

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Nicholas Sullivan 2019-07-22
Good day, i am curious if I really want that frankincense musky incense terpene profile like the Washington heights NYC haze which seeds/strain would you most recommend? Really great article and information, thank you!

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Tim Alchimia 2019-07-25
Hi Nicholas, thanks for your question. As far as I can tell, the nearest thing on the market to the legendary NYC Haze would be Band-Aid Haze from Doc D Seeds, although I've got no idea where it's available or how hard it is to find. However, here at Alchimia, we've got a few options that could fit the bill... for high-quality Haze genetics, to start with, I'd consider Mr Nice Seeds with their Super Silver Haze and their Neville's Haze, both of which are absolute classics coming from the same basic genetic stock as the NYC Haze. I'd also take a look at Ace Seeds and their Old Timer's Haze, one of the most authentic original Haze varieties on the market, preserved intact for decades. I've also heard good things about Positronics Seeds' Claustrum, a three-way hybrid of Kali Mist, Super Silver Haze and Jack Herer that can throw up some very strong incense-smelling phenotypes. Good luck in your search, all the best and happy growing!

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Mike McCright 2018-12-01
If you have an email list. Would you add me to it. I really enjoyed this article.

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Tim Alchimia 2018-12-05
Hi Mike, thanks for your request, I've added you to our newsletter mailing list. You'll get an email with a link you can click to confirm your subscription. All the best, happy growing!

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