The Cannabis Strains Behind Your Fave Flowers

Peruse dispensaries’ menus, and chances are you’ll see cannabis strains that share similar names. This is because many strains on the market are a result of crossbreeding or the cultivated mutations of a handful of desirable strains. Below is a rundown of some cannabis strains that have spawned new generations of ganja.


This indica strain has been around since the late 1970s, and in that time has been productive in the breeding department. Blueberry is the baby mama to cannabis strains Blueberry Kush, Blueberry Haze, Blueberry Cheesecake, Blue Haze, Blue Cookies, and more. Its sweet blueberry aromas and taste undoubtedly contribute to its popularity, along with a high THC content producing feelings of relaxation, stress relief, and euphoria.

Chemdawg (aka Chem Dog)

Few know where it came from or its lineage, but its popularity is clear as glass. With pungent aromas and flavors recalling a gas station in the middle of a dusty desert, this hybrid strain tends to pack a punch with THC levels around 15-20%. Effects run the gamut of relaxed, happy, calming, and euphoric. Popularity seems to run in the family since Chemdawg is the daddy of favorites OG Kush and Sour Diesel.

Haze (aka Original Haze)

This famous parent strain was created in Northern California by the Haze Brothers. Its own lineage includes sativa strains from Thailand, Mexico, Columbian, and Southern India. The Haze was brought to Amsterdam in the 1980s and quickly found fame and eager suitors, resulting in a lineup of noteworthy offsprings: Super Lemon Haze, Super Silver Haze, Nevil’s Haze, Amnesia Haze, Ghost Train Haze, and more. As a sativa strain, Haze provides cerebral highs with uplifting, happy, buzzy, and creative effects.

Hindu Kush

This relatively pure indica strain originated in the mountain range between Afghanistan and Pakistan and was brought to the U.S. along with other cannabis strains in the 1960s-1970s. This hearty plant is noted for an abundance of resin and crystal trichomes on its dense flowers, making it prized among hash makers. Its historical significance is clear, and many strains today bear the name Kush regardless of whether or not Hindu Kush is in their genetics (including the one below). Those who do encounter Hindu Kush experience an intense physical and mental relaxation for help with stress relief and insomnia. Master Kush is part of the Hindu Kush family.

OG Kush

OG Kush may be more responsible for spreading the Kush name than Hindu Kush, which may or may not be its own parent. This American hybrid came on the scene in California in the late 1990s and never left the spotlight. Known for aromas and taste recalling a marriage of lemon Pledge and Pinesol with a skunk thrown in, OG Kush produces powerful feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Its progeny includes Bubba Kush, Blueberry Kush, Obama Kush, and many West Coast strains: Tahoe OG, Skywalker OG, Fire OG, Alien OG, etc.

Mendocino Purps (aka Mendo Purps aka The Purps)

Boasting distinctive purple-tinged leaves and a grape-y flavor, Mendocino Purps were bred in Northern California’s Mendocino County. The hybrid Mendo Purps is a parent of indica Purple Urkle, which is in turn a parent of famous indica strain Grandaddy Purple. The Purps family is known for robust body highs and mind-melting effects and also includes Purple Kush, Purple Dream, Grape Ape, God’s Gift, Cherry Pie, and Fruity Pebbles.

Skunk #1

Sacred Seed Co. created Skunk #1 in California in the 1970s, and its variations have formed the backbone of modern cannabis breeding. This sativa-dominant hybrid is thought to made its way into 50% of the cannabis gene pool in the past two decades due to its prevalence in the Dutch scene and high commercial yields. It delivers a potent dose of THC for an euphoric buzz. Popular Skunk crosses include Super Skunk, Island Sweet Skunk, Lemon Sweet Skunk, Critical+, and Grape Ape.