In this series, Leafly explores what makes each family of strains unique based on their terpene profiles. A strain “family” refers to a line of hybrids branching from one genetic matriarch that expresses unique and desirable characteristics that breeders seek to build upon. This introductory primer will help you learn a little more about cannabis breeding and strain variability.
In the first installment of this series, we took a look at four strains from the Cookies family. By comparing terpene data of GSC and its offspring, we’re able to explore some of the outcomes hybridization has on aroma, flavors, and the effects of strains of the same genetic pedigree.
Now let’s dive into another family of cannabis genetics that is appreciated for its uplifting effects and forceful euphoria: the Haze family. Haze genetics have served a foundational role in cannabis’ evolution from landrace varieties into the modern hybrids we appreciate today.
While it’s less common to find original Haze genetics populating dispensary menus there are a number of prevalent strains with Haze influence, such as the three fan favorites Super Silver Haze, Ghost Train Haze, and Neville’s Haze.
The Terpenes of Haze Strains at a Glance
To demonstrate the differences and similarities between members of the Haze family, let’s take a look at four popular Haze strains and their terpene profiles. For those unfamiliar with terpenes, these are fragrant compounds that lend strains their unique aromas. They also work together with cannabinoids like THC and CBD to shape the perceived effects of a strain, making them an important point of comparison.
When we overlay the terpene profiles for Super Lemon Haze, Amnesia Haze, Cannalope Haze, and Liberty Haze, it’s clear that although these four strains share some commonalities, the nuances build distinctive, unique flavor profiles. Super Lemon Haze stands out for its disproportionate abundance of terpinolene, while Liberty Haze and Cannalope Haze show significant influences from linalool and ocimene respectively.
Super Lemon Haze
One of my personal favorites from the Haze family tree, Super Lemon Haze is an award-winning cross of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze. As its name suggests, SLH carries a fresh lemon aroma and an earthy, citrus flavor.
With terpinolene as its dominant terpene, the chemical profile for Super Lemon Haze looks wildly different from those of its family members. A noticeable ocimene spike helps to explain some of the earthy flavors that make Super Lemon Haze stand out. Working alongside its hearty THC content, these terpenes build effects that most consumers describe as happy, social, and creative.
If you like the sweet lemon flavors and uplifting vibes of Super Lemon Haze, you might consider a strain like Sour Tangie—it’s also a terpinolene-dominant strain supported by secondary terpenes myrcene and beta-caryophyllene.
This coffeeshop favorite and Cup-winning strain combines landrace genetics from South Asia and Jamaica to bring you blissful euphoria with an energetic buzz.
A mix of terpenes beta-caryophyllene, humulene, limonene, and myrcene lead to a palate of earthy, citrus flavors highlighted by a zesty lemon note. Amnesia Haze is widely cherished for its happy high, though its cerebral energy can sometimes be distracting in tasks requiring sharp focus.
If you like the sound of Amnesia Haze but can’t find it in your area, try Laughing Buddha, another uplifting strain with a one-two punch of myrcene and beta-caryophyllene.
The tropical melon vibes of Cannalope Haze are the result of DNA Genetics crossing Haze Brothers Original Haze with a Mexican landrace.
This myrcene-dominant strain comes with secondary terpenes like beta-caryophyllene, ocimene, and humulene along with a light influence of pinene, limonene, and linalool. Its sweet citrus flavors have a compelling floral note and, true to Haze form, lead up to a euphoric blast of uplifting and creative energy.
When I can’t find Cannalope Haze, Green Crack is a similar chemotype that makes for a great alternative. It’s an energetic and uplifting strain that leans on terpenes myrcene and caryophyllene.
Surprisingly enough, Liberty Haze does not show Haze genes in its lineage. While some claim Liberty Haze to be a hybrid of Chemdawg and G13 Haze genetics, Barney’s Farm—its original breeder—notes it as a cross of Chemdawg 91 with G13. So while it’s not a true Haze, its Haze-like qualities make it a worthwhile talking point.
The result of Liberty Haze’s limonene-dominant terpene profile is an earthy mix of flavors highlighted by woody and citrus notes. You’ll also notice a relative abundance of caryophyllene, myrcene, and linalool in the mix. This blend of terpenes leads to focused, cerebral euphoria that tapers into restful relaxation.
If Liberty Haze’s terpene profile piques your interest but you’re having trouble finding it nearby, try the more ubiquitous God’s Gift or the storied Lemon G. Both strains feature terpene profiles similar to Liberty Haze.