Cornerstone Cannabis Strains – Skunk, Haze and Kush

Skunk, Haze, and Kush changed the way people grew and enjoyed cannabis around the World. In this post we’re going to explore each of these strains in a bit of detail, looking at their origins, lineage, unique effects, and much more.

Whether you’re new to cannabis or somewhat of a veteran, chances are you’ve heard of Skunk, Haze, and Kush. These are the names of three iconic strains, that serve as the building blocks of the genetics of most of the cannabis we know today.

When they first hit the market, these three strains changed the way people grew and enjoyed cannabis around the World. The individual plants boasted exceptional yields, flourished under a variety of conditions, and the bud they produced provided smokers with exceptional highs.

Now they’re being used to create newer strains, each with their own unique effects and growth characteristics, while continuing to be enjoyed by cannabis connoisseurs in all corners of the globe.

In this post we’re going to explore each of these strains in a bit of detail, looking at their origins, lineage, unique effects, and much more.


First on our list of cornerstone cannabis strains is Skunk.

This iconic strain first hit the market in the 1970s and has since gone on to give rise to multiple other strains, that most cannabis connoisseurs are familiar with.

The original Skunk #1 was first bred by Sacred Seed Co., a group of cannabis growers based in California, USA, led by the infamous David Watson, better known as Sam “The Skunkman”. The group apparently used a variety of Afghani, Acapulco Gold, and Colombian Gold varieties to finally come up with the strain that so many of us know and love today.

The strain they had created was groundbreaking. It produced high yields in short periods of time, and could withstand a vast variety of climates, allowing for it to be grown indoors, outdoors, and in greenhouses.

The plant produced dense and super resinous buds with little to no leaves and a potent odor. When smoked, Skunk #1 produced unique effects, characterized by a strong, high-energy cerebral buzz that was hard to find in other strains available at that time.

After being released from prison in 1982, Sam apparently brought the first samples of Skunk #1 to Holland, where he sold a small number of seeds of this powerful new strain.

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From there on out, the strain has been used by cannabis cultivators and breeders across the globe to create new hybrids.


Haze is another renowned strain, that came out of the 1970s. It is sometimes known as Original Haze or Neville’s Haze.

This strain was first created by the “Haze Brothers,” two cannabis cultivators based in Northern California who specialized in growing and manipulating intense sativas. They were playing with a bunch of different varieties of cannabis, including Acapulco Gold, Columbian Gold, and some landrace strains from India and Thailand.

According to numerous online sources, the Haze, that we know today, wasn’t very successful at first, mainly due to its long flowering time. It can take up to 16 weeks to reach maturity, and requires plenty of professional care and attention in order to flourish.

The strain almost went extinct at the beginning of the 80s, as growers were looking for easier varieties to work with.

Luckily, a small sample of Haze seeds made their way to Holland, where they were later sold through The Seed Bank. However, there are a number of rumours circulating on how this happened and none have been verified by any reputable sources.


Last one in our list of cornerstone cannabis strains is Kush. However, unlike the other strains we’ve examined, the word Kush doesn’t refer to just one particular type of cannabis.

Instead, the word Kush is used to refer to a subgroup of indica strains. These strains originate from native landrace plants found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

Many of these strains grow in high altitudes along the Hindu Kush mountain range, which is where they got their name from.

Many varieties of Kush cannabis strains were imported to the United States in the 1970s, where they were preserved and crossed with other strains to create new hybrids. Some of the most famous Kush-based strains include OG Kush, Bubba Kush, among others.

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