What does Kush look like

Hybrid, Kush, Haze or Standard - what do we smoke?

A guest post by Master Bob, the editor-in-chief of Cannabis Tips & Tricks.

"Is Kush n Standard?" "I prefer Haze instead of Standard!" "Standard hits zero, Kush should be ..." "Sativa is Haze, Indica is Skunk" ... All statements where you can tell that the person asking the question is not very knows a lot about genetics. So that this doesn't happen to you in the future, I've written an article on the topic here ...

To the basic understanding

There are a total of 3 “pure” types of hemp, which look different and definitely have different effects. These are, on the one hand, Cannabis Sativa (the "sown" hemp) and Cannabis Indica (the "Indian" hemp), and on the other hand the somewhat lesser known Cannabis Ruderalis, now better known as "Automatic".

The differences: Indicas grow small and bushy, rarely exceed 1.5 m in nature and have comparatively small but firm flowers. The effect can be described GROB as calming and relaxing, later also tiring, but depends extremely on the smoker himself!

Sativas grow tall and elongated, and in nature they also like to grow to be 3-4 m tall. The fiber hemp used by farmers is also simply Cannabis Sativa, but with almost no THC production. The effect is described as "brightening" and stimulating, but, as always, depends on the smoker himself.

Ruderalis / Automatics

Main difference: Automatics also begin to bloom and form flowers under growing conditions. Ruderalis grows small, has narrow leaves and occurs naturally only in cold regions. In order to achieve decent results you should have the Ruderalis PERMANENTLY under 20 hours of light.

There are also countless hybdrids, which are not an independent variety, but just a cross of the above. For example, let's take a look at the well-known hybrid "Lemon Haze": The parents of these genetics are Lemon Skunk (Skunk # 1 phenotype) and Silver Haze (Norhtern Lights + Haze).


But what does haze mean? The first true Haze plant was probably invented in the USA in the 1970s and was initially a mixture of Thai (Sativa), Mexican (Sativa) and South Indian Sativa (Sativa).
In one of the emerging plants, the growers noticed an extremely strong smell, the potency of the flowers was extremely strong, and a new “strain” was born. Today the old Haze genetics can be found in many well-known strains: Amnezia Haze, Lemon Haze, Arjan's Ultra Haze, etc.: Wherever Haze is in the name, Haze can also be found in the genetics.

The problem: Anyone who is familiar with genetics also knows the little words “phenotype” and “genotype”, i.e. the difference between “what is in the gene code” and “what do I really see / smell of it”? It happens very often that you buy Lemon Haze seeds, for example, but the plant smells ZERO of real Haze. Here you have received a bad “phenotype”: the genetics are the same, but the expression of the present characteristics is not. Incidentally, this is one of the reasons why professionals rarely work with seed plants and prefer to make reliable clones of the plant.


  • Not everything that says "Haze" is ONLY Sativa. Read through which strains were crossed. A 100% sativa is relatively difficult to find today.
  • Unfortunately, the name says nothing about the real quality. There are also very potent sativas that do not contain any Haze.


Whether Kosher Kush or Blueberry Kush: The original OG Kush genetics have been one of the most famous in the world for years. Nevertheless, almost nothing is known about the origin of this wonderful cross: the parents are unknown, ChemDawg (hybrid, origin unknown) and HinduKush (100% Indica) are rumored. The result: fast-blooming, dense, resin-covered buds and a smell / taste as if you were chewing on forest soil. The effect is very euphoric, towards the end extremely relaxing and stress-relieving. The first OG-Kush cross was made in the early 90s, and since then countless plants have been “grafted” with the Kush genetics. Most crosses with “Kush” in their name are indica-dominant, but there are exceptions such as the sativa-dominant “Quantum Kush”.


  • Kush isn't always 100% indica, it's "just" a name.
  • Here, too, it depends on the crossing: Pay attention to which varieties have been mixed (Kush with Kush, Kush with Skunk, etc.) in order to be able to better assess the variety.

A guest post by Master Bob, the editor-in-chief of Cannabis Tips & Tricks.