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.

SKUNK

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.

Most sources agree, that the seeds ended up in the hands of Neville Schoenmakers, who preserved the strain and began crossing it.

One source claims, that the Haze Brothers made a trip to The Netherlands in the early 80s prior to retiring. Other sources claim, that the brothers were friends/acquaintances of Sam The Skunkman, who brought the seeds over to Holland along with his Skunk seeds after being released from prison in 1982.

Regardless of how Neville managed to secure the seeds, he is now considered the father of the original Haze, that sativa lovers across the world cherish. The Haze that he first got his hands on in Holland is still being enjoyed all over the world today and has since given birth to numerous other hybrids.

Here are some of the most popular Haze variations currently available at Royal Queen Seeds:

SHINING SILVER HAZE

A cross between Northern Lights, Original Haze, and Skunk, this is a mind-blowing strain enjoyed by users everywhere.

Our Shining Silver Haze has gone on to win multiple cannabis cups. It produces good yields of up to 650g/m² and can flourish both indoors and outdoors. Flowering time is 9 to 11 weeks, but the quality of the bud is well worth the wait.

When smoked, Shining Silver Haze provides an uplifting, long-lasting high, that any sativa lover will cherish. It also boasts a deliciously sweet flavor and super smooth draws.

Shining Silver Haze

Shining Silver Haze

Shining Silver Haze Feminized

Genetic background Haze x (Skunk x Northern Light)
Yield indoor 600 - 650 g/m2
Height indoor 80 - 120 cm
Flowering time 9 - 11 weeks
THC strength THC: 21% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 75% Sativa, 25% Indica
Yield outdoor 600 - 650 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 180 - 220 cm
Harvest time Late October
Effect Very high
 

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AMNESIA HAZE

Another award-winning strain, Amnesia Haze won multiple cannabis cups in both 2004 and 2012. It boasts high yields, a strong concentration of THC, and a powerful sativa high, that any lover of Haze will definitely appreciate.

While these plants only grow to between 1 to 1.2 metres, they can produce awe-inspiring yields of over 650g/m² in indoor environments. When grown outdoors, one plant can produce a harvest of over 700g of the highest quality weed around.

Flowering time takes roughly 12 weeks, which may not make this an ideal strain for novice growers. These plants can grow well outdoors, but require hot climates such as those of Australia, North Africa, or California. They can be grown in both hydroponic and soil systems.

Amnesia Haze

Amnesia Haze

Amnesia Haze

Genetic background Original Amnesia Haze
Yield indoor 600 - 650 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 140 cm
Flowering time 10 - 11 weeks
THC strength THC: 22% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 70% Sativa, 30% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 650 - 700 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 175 - 210 cm
Harvest time Late October
Effect Extremely high, long-lasting, body relaxing
 

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LEMON SHINING SILVER HAZE

This is a sativa-dominant strain, that produces super potent buds with THC concentrations of over 21%. Its genetics come from a cross between our Amnesia Haze and a Lemon Skunk, making it a powerful strain with an instantly recognisable lemon aroma.

Our Lemon Shining Haze generally flowers between 8 to 9 weeks, depending on the individual growth conditions of each plant. In an indoor environment, each plant can produce between 425 to 475g/m². In an outdoor setup, you can expect your plants to reach maturity around October and produce yields of of up to 500g/m².

The plant produces large, often elongated buds. As with most sativas, the buds will be loose and fluffy, coated with generous amounts of red pistils and a frosty, sticky layer of THC-rich trichomes. They may also be speckled with tinges of lime green and golden yellow.

Lemon Shining Silver Haze

Lemon Shining Silver Haze

LEMON SHINING SILVER HAZE

Genetic background Lemon Skunk x Amnesia Haze
Yield indoor 425 - 475 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 140 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 21% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 75% Sativa, 25% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 450 - 500 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 130 - 170 cm
Harvest time Middle of October
Effect A combination of stoned + high
 

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KUSH

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.

Here are few of the most popular Kush strains available at Royal Queen Seeds:

CRITICAL KUSH

If you’re looking for a potent Kush blend, that can be grown in limited spaces, but still produces good yields, look no further. Our Critical Kush is cherished by our customers for producing solid yields of A-grade weed without requiring a large grow space.

This is an indica-dominant hybrid cross between Critical and OG Kush. It can grow from as small as 60cm, reaching maximum heights of only 1.4 metres. However, its harvests consistently weighs in at around 550g/m². Best of all, you can expect to harvest in as little as 7 weeks.

With THC levels of over 20%, this is a potent strain that produces a long lasting, physical stone. However, it isn’t so strong as to render a smoker completely useless, meaning you can still enjoy this strain and expect to be social and maybe even a little productive.

Critical Kush can be grown both indoors and out.

Critical Kush

Critical Kush

Critical Kush

Genetic background Critical x OG Kush
Yield indoor 500 - 550 gr/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 20% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 20% Sativa, 80% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 100 - 140 cm
Harvest time Late September
Effect Extremely stoned long-lasting & body relaxing
 

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BUBBLE KUSH

Our Bubble Kush is a 80% indica and 20% sativa blend, boasting THC levels of roughly 19%. It is probably one of our biggest yielders currently available.

The plants can be grown both indoors and outdoors, and should be treated with special care in either environment. Indoors, expect harvest of about 550 to 600g/m², while outdoor harvests will tip the scale to over 650g/m². Flowering time is just 7-8 weeks.

As the name suggests, the buds from our Bubble Kush boast a distinct bubblegum aroma and flavor. Being an indica-dominant strain, expect to harvest thick, dense buds, that produce a strong physical high. If you plan to smoke Bubble Kush, expect to be glued to your seat in a deep state of relaxation.

Bubble Kush

Bubble Kush

Bubble Kush Feminized

Genetic background Afghan x Northern Light x Skunk
Yield indoor 400 - 450 g/m2
Height indoor 80 - 120 cm
Flowering time 8 - 10 weeks
THC strength THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 10% Sativa, 90% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 150 - 200 cm
Harvest time September
Effect Physically stoned
 

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OG KUSH

This is without a doubt one of the most popular strains of all time. If you don’t believe us, High Times even ranked OG Kush as number 1 on their list of the 25 greatest strains of all time. And those guys know their weed.

There has been a lot of debate about the exact origins of this strain, but many believe it to be an offspring of Chemdawg. Regardless, this strain has gone on to win multiple international cannabis cups and is loved by smokers all over the world.

Our OG Kush buds are usually very compact and covered in a thick layer of frosty crystals. They are also very dense and, once harvested and cured, can be quite hard to break up. OG Kush has a pungent, yet fresh aroma, that can easily take over the area where it is being grown or stored.

In outdoor environments, OG Kush plants can grow over 2 metres tall. They produce good yields, generally reaching about 500g/m². Flowering time is roughly 7-9 weeks.

Are you ready to grow some of these strains for yourself? Place your order on Royal Queen Seeds today to get fast, discreet delivery of cannabis seeds, and remember to regularly check out our blog for more articles like this. 

OG Kush

O.G. Kush

O.G. Kush

Genetic background Afghan x Northern Light x Skunk
Yield indoor 400 - 450 g/m2
Height indoor 80 - 120 cm
Flowering time 8 - 10 weeks
THC strength THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 10% Sativa, 90% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 150 - 200 cm
Harvest time September
Effect Physically stoned
 

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