What’s in a name?

Kushes, Hazes, Skunks, and Purps. What do they all mean? Are these names legitimate or are they just haphazardly given by some 14 year old punk with a dime bag and a creative imagination?

The truth is: both. If you happen to be buying your weed from a 14 year old punk then chances are he is making up names and bullshiting you. However, if you are buying from dispensers, growers, or a classy dealer then chances are the names you are hearing are from the original breeders genetic lineage.

So lets go over these common names and identify and explain qualities specific to them.


Kushes have recently exploded to prominence in the marijuana community. With rappers like Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa marketing Kush like Jordan did Nikes it has become the most talked about variety of marijuana. However Kushes may just be one of the oldest varieties of cannabis.

Kushes can be found naturally growing in the Hindu-Kush region of India/Pakistan. They are dominant indica’s (a minimum off 60% Indica to 40% Sativa). They can be recognized by their very wide leaves and dark green color (usually 5 points). They usually have a very strong earthy, musky and dank taste and smell.

They are rigorous, hearty, fast growing plants with a 8-10 week flowering period. They have a characteristically dense nug structure with a lot of frost covering. The high can be described as very sedative, relaxing, and conversational.

Kushes are great for patients with severe pain and a need for appetite stimulation.

Most Famous Kush’s:

OG Kush

Master Kush

Hindu Kush


Hazes are the old school of marijuana, the shit your parents probably smoked. However, as Kushes took off- hazes declined. Due to their longer flowering times and fluffier structure they are not as viable for commercial growers. Although, some of the best tasting and most unique varieties of marijuana are Hazes.

Hazes grow naturally around the equator in the jungle regions of South and Central America, Vietnam, Laos, and Africa. They are dominant sativa (a minimum of 60% sativa to 40% indica). They can be recognized by their long slender leaves (usually 7 points). They have a lighter smell than their indica counterparts; usually of a flowery, sweet, fruity smell and taste.

They are more challenging to grow, grow very tall (able to reach over 10ft!), and have a very long flowering period- 10-16 weeks. Their buds are noticeably fluffier and lighter in color. The high can be described as cerebral, social/talkative, creative, and inspiring.

Hazes are great for patients with anxiety, depression, and seizures.

Most Famous Haze’s:

Super Silver Haze

Strawberry Haze

Amnesia Haze


Skunks were incredibly popular in the mid to late 80’s and throughout the 90’s. They are named for their incredibly pungent skunk like smell. They are among some of the top commerical strains due to their fast flowering times, short indica stature, and a smell that screams, “buy me”.

They are nearly pure indica with a wide 5 point fan leave and a skunk smell that can be recognized even when at the beginning stages of growing.

They are some of the easiest plants to grow. Great for beginners. They stay very short (usually under 4 ft) and have a short 8 week flowering period. Their buds not only smell like a skunk, but are also very dense, bright orange hairs, and a lighter color green than the kushes. The high can be described as a narcotic, heavy, and fast hitting.

Skunks are great for patients with Aids, MS, Cancer, Severe Pain, and Insomnia.

Most Famous:

Super Skunk

Skunk No. 2

White Skunk


Purps have always been popular for their unique color and taste. In recent years Purple varities have exploded with Purple Hazes, Purple Kushes, Purple skunks, etc. However, purple colored buds do not mean that they are purple genetics- in fact, many indica strains can be shocked purple. Plants can be shocked to turn purple by dramatically lowering the temperatures in the grow room during the flowering phase. In fact many commercial growers lower their temperatures on purpose in order to turn the plants purple to increase their street value.

Purples are most commonly indica, but sativa purples do exist. Because purples can be genetic or shocked there is no definitive way to determine whether a purple bud is indeed truly purps or if it was shocked to change color.

True purps can usually be recognized by their fruity pebbles/ hash incense smell and taste. The purple may be very strong in some varieties, but I have also seen purple genetics that never turned purple.

In other words, purple is just a color- not necessarily a reflection of quality or genetics. But it does look and taste damn good.

Most Famous:

Grand Daddy Purps

Purple Haze

Purple Urkel

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Author: OB Cron Kenobi

I am a 22 year old grad student. As a young kid I gardened and did odd jobs for an elder neighbor, upon moving to college she was diagnosed with MS and I was invited to start a new job: Caregiver and Medical marijuana provider. I have been off and growing ever since. I have grown organic, and non organic, sativa and indica, hydroponic and soil, in a dresser and in a basement in about every way using every method. I have built multiple grow rooms for friends and patients. Made numerous types of Hash, Oils, and Ganja Food. Harvested record shattering yields of some of the greatest cannabis strains available. HailMaryJane is the best online community for us upcoming young growers. So sit back light one up, kick up your feet after some hard work in the garden, and learn the tips and tricks of the trade between the 4:20 flick and the Daily Toke. I consider myself an encyclepedia for all things Ganja, and if I don't have an answer- I'll research it and get back to you. I love the endless knowledge behind the plant. I am constantly learning new things, old tricks handed down to young masters. My hope is to create a section on this website dedicated to the cultivation of marijuana and the science behind it. Feel free to email me your questions and tips. I plan to publish the good ones on the site for others to learn from.

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