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Haze and Kush strains differ mainly in their origin, flavor profiles, aroma and physical characteristics.

Haze vs. Kush: Origin and Genetics

Kush strains originated in the Hindu Kush Mountain range which is in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India. Kush strains have a resilience in harsh climates. They also have a shorter flowering time compared to Haze strains. Kush strains are indica-dominant.

Haze strains originated from California in the 1960's-1970's. They are sativa-dominant with genetics that are Mexican, Southern Indian, Thai and Colombian. They have longer flowering times.

Flavor and Aroma of Kush and Haze Strains

Kush strains tend to have a pungent smell with earthy and piney aroma. They taste woody, earthy and sweet.

Haze strains aroma is spicy, herbal and sometimes citrusy. They taste sweet, citrusy and earthy.


Kush strains carry indica-dominant effects such as sedative, body-high and relaxing. They are more suitable for night time use and are used for stress relief, sleep aid and pain management.

Haze strains give off more sativa-dominant effects like uplifting, energetic and a cerebral-high. Haze strains are better suitable for day time use and are used for creativity, socialization and focus.

The Appearance

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When you look at the appearance of Haze and Kush cannabis strains as they lay side by side you can easily spot the differences.

The Kush strains have broader leaves and are naturally stout in appearance. Because of its compact size, Kush can be easily grown indoors and outdoors.

Haze is the opposite. It grows to be thinner and taller and is one of the best cannabis strains to grow outdoors. The leaves are long and skinny and the buds are hairy, covering the flower on the outside.

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Each strain group offers unique benefits and experiences, making them suitable for different preferences and needs.

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Gavin Kushman

Gavin is a worldly adventurer and cannabis connoisseur, embarking on journeys that take him to the far corners of the globe to explore and document the varied effects, flavors, and histories of both renowned and lesser-known strains. From the misty high-altitude farms of the Hindu Kush highlands to the vibrant cannabis cafes of Amsterdam, Gavin's quest for knowledge spans continents. A recognized authority in the cannabis industry, he frequently lends his expertise to leading publications such as Cannabis Training University, where his captivating blog articles chronicle his unique experiences with different cannabis strains.

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