Also known as Very Berry Haze, the Berry Haze strain is a popular cannabis strain for people who need a boost of productivity.
This sativa-dominant strain is most famously known for its fruity, berry-like flavor and aroma – hence the name – which is part of the reason why it is commonly used by beginners.
While definitely a hybrid, the ratio of sativa to indica tends to range. In some cases, Berry Haze can be 100% sativa-dominant.
Due to the prevalent presence of sativa, the Berry Haze strain is designed to make the user’s day remarkably better thanks to its uplifting and grounding effects.
Here is everything you need to know about the Berry Haze strain!
Unlike a lot of hybrid strains, the genetic history of Berry Haze is certain. Berry Haze is a hybrid of two incredibly popular and high-quality strains, Strawberry Cough and Super Silver Haze.
Strawberry Cough, as the name suggests, is known for its distinctive sweet smell and mild flavor that reminds the user of fresh strawberries. This strain is highly sativa-dominant and is used for its uplifting, energizing, relaxing, and pain-relieving effects.
Super Silver Haze is possibly the most award-winning strain available, and for good reason.
This sativa-dominant strain is infamous for its highly energetic qualities known to make the user highly productive, often completing random and insignificant tasks until the relaxing effects set in, wherein they can tackle the tasks they should be doing.
The exact origins of Berry Haze are somewhat unclear due to the vast popularity of the hybrid strain. Some growers will say the strain was originally created by Apothecary Genetics, while others argue it was originated by Royal Queen Seeds.
Apothecary Genetics is an award-winning company that has been growing and selling seeds since the 90s in Washington.
With the aim of researching the benefits of cannabis to provide financial and pain-relieving aid for medical reasons, Apothecary Genetics has since become one of the most reputable sellers in the country.
Royal Queen Seeds originally began in the Netherlands (the heart of cannabis) before dominating Europe and parts of the US. This company is known for its premium-quality seeds and germination process along with its vast catalog of strains.
The Berry Haze strain buds are moderately sized and look something like big pieces of popcorn. The coloration of these buds makes up for a purplish hue, thanks to the mixture of brown, orange, and green amongst the leaves and clusters.
Amongst these dense buds are red pistils, and if the strain is exposed to sudden changes in temperature, purple streaks appear throughout the flower and leaves.
Orange hairs cover the bud along with a layer of trichomes, making the frosty buds sticky and hard to open by hand.
Berry Haze is aptly named according to its unique flavor. On the inhale, Berry Haze tastes like most sativa-dominant strains with its earthy and wood-like flavor, with slight hints of sweetness that is compared to the taste of berries.
Once exhaled, the berry-like flavor is most prominent, leaving the user with an aftertaste of fresh, summer berries.
Some users will also detect tones of citrus, vanilla, and herbs.
Berry Haze’s aroma is similar to its flavor, except more pungent. The berry-like tones are far more prominent in the aroma than in the flavor, with most users detecting ripe blueberries.
Once the buds have been crushed, herbal tones will fill the immediate area along with smooth hints of vanilla and berries. The earthy and spice-like aroma will carry throughout as the base smell, as with most cannabis strains.
- Type: Sativa-dominant (ranges between 80:20 to 100% sativa to indica)
- THC: 20-23%
- CBD: 1-15%
Berry Haze features several terpenes, including Pinene, Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool, Humulene, and several others.
Pinene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis strains. This terpene is responsible for the pine-like flavor and aroma. Caryophyllene is a natural food additive known for its herbal flavors.
Myrcene offers citrus-like tones along with Limonene. Linalool provides natural anti-anxiety properties thanks to its gentle floral tones. Humulene is peppery and offers spice-like tones, which is why it’s often found in herbal oils.
Strain Side Effects
The side effects of Berry Haze are undoubtedly the main reason why it is so popular. As with most sativa-dominant strains, Berry Haze features energizing and uplifting properties that brightens the user’s day.
The effects act within the first toke, providing the user with an awakening buzz and a sharp mind. These effects continue to develop and get stronger as the strain continues to be consumed.
As well as the energizing benefits, Berry Haze provides the user with a feeling of relaxation. Once consumed, despite feeling uplifted and ready to tackle the day, users feel grounded with a clear mind.
This is why people with mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression turn to Berry Haze to encourage them to complete tasks, such as cleaning the house, washing the dishes, sorting through bills, and running errands.
Keep in mind that the effects of Berry Haze aren’t like consuming an energy drink. Berry Haze helps to ground the individual, and in some cases, it’s nice to smoke in the evening just to unwind after a long day.
It’s also known as a sociable strain, as it encourages the user to be talkative and enthusiastic in conversation.
However, as with virtually every cannabis strain, there are some negative side effects of Berry Haze to be aware of.
Due to its moderately high THC content, users with a low THC tolerance can experience the following negative side effects, including dry eyes, cottonmouth, paranoia, anxiety, headaches, or nausea.
To avoid these side effects, beginners should only smoke small amounts of the strain and keep a glass of water nearby.
The aforementioned side effects of Berry Haze are the reason why the strain is commonly used as medical marijuana.
The positive side effects are most beneficial for those struggling with mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and ADHD.
Instead of turning the brain and body off as with indica-dominant strains, Berry Haze works to clear the mind and provide the body with an energetic and uplifting buzz to encourage the user to get on with their day.
As productivity is mostly affected by mental disorders, this strain is highly beneficial for getting tasks completed.
While it might seem ironic that people with insomnia benefit from Berry Haze if it energizes the user, the relaxation benefits help to relieve tension from the body.
The energetic effects also prevent the user from napping during the day, thus tiring their mind and body out in time for sleeping.
Berry Haze is also sometimes used to relieve the pain from people with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. While it won’t get rid of the pain entirely, it can help the user to get through their day even with a flare-up.
It makes sense why Berry Haze is such a strain.
This sativa-dominant hybrid is known for its distinctive berry-like flavor and aroma that is uncommon amongst other cannabis strains, allowing for a pleasant smoking experience for all involved.
As well as the flavor and aroma, Berry Haze’s side effects are excellent for those requiring some form of productivity without feeling too energetic.
With the ability to clear the mind and fill the user with a creative buzz, Berry Haze is ideal for people struggling with mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
Strain Grow Info
Due to the popularity of the strain, it’s quite easy to buy Berry Haze seeds. The best places to buy Berry Haze seeds are Apothecary Genetics and Royal Queen Seeds, both of which are debated to be the original creators of the strain.
Strain Flowering Time
The flowering time of Berry Haze is around 9 to 11 weeks, which is a moderately quick for a sativa-dominant strain. As the strain grows so fast and so tall, Berry Haze is an ideal cultivation for beginners and experienced growers alike.
Berry Haze is a high yielding plant that generally produces 20 ounces per square meter when grown indoors, and 23 ounces per plant when grown outdoors. Interestingly, unlike other sativa-dominant strains, Berry Haze grows best in indoor set-ups.
These plants are remarkably resilient and can generally repel pests, mold, and mildew.
The plant’s resilience, high yield, and fast growing time are the main reasons why Berry Haze is so enjoyable and reliable to grow.
However, the best results come from plants that are regularly pruned. This is because Berry Haze plants grow fairly tall (averaging at 6 feet tall), which means that the buds towards the bottom don’t often get enough access to sunlight or other nutrients.
Growers will have to prune away large leaves at the top of the plant (which is known as “topping”) to allow sunlight and humidity to reach the bottom of the plant. Just make sure the pruning is low-stress, otherwise too much pruning can negatively impact the entire plant.