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The Classic Cannabis Strains We Miss

Super Lemon Haze, a strain from Green House Seeds that is still easily available, unlike its predecessors, Arjan's Ultra Haze #2. Photo Yoshi Taima for Cannabis Now


The Classic Cannabis Strains We Miss

Here at Cannabis Now we’ve combed the globe over many years in search of the best cultivators had to offer, but sadly not all of the amazing cuts we’ve seen are still with us, due to various circumstances.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on some of the great strains that are not or are barely with us anymore.

Some of these strains we consider to have been among the best in the world during their heyday. But, as with most things in life, it’s tough to stay at the top of the mountain. Issues such as a lack of genetic preservation of the best phenotypes, shifts in consumer tastes and — of course — law enforcement interference can derail a strain’s dominance.

Here are a few of our favorites from the history books.

Green Crack

One of the more popular sativas of the late 2000s, Green Crack had the honor of being one of the least politically correct names out there. Hence it fell off its surfboard early as the corporate wave hit the industry. What Green Crack lacked in mainstream branding appeal it made up for in kick and easily ranked not too far behind the ultra-elite sativas like AJ’s Sour Diesel and the Arcata Trainwreck cut.

Arjan’s Ultra Haze #2

While the Green House Seeds team are not the originators of Haze in Amsterdam, they definitely helped take its fame and pedigree to new levels. While you can still get your hands on the multiple-time cup winner Super Lemon Haze, Green House Seeds early crushers like Arjan’s Haze line and Super Silver Haze seem a lot harder to come by nowadays. We lucked out on scoring some Super Silver Haze recently, so now we’re hoping to see Arjan’s Ultra Haze #2 pop up again soon.

Blueberry Hashplant

While Canada’s western provinces are a bit more synonymous with cannabis, the Montreal dispensary scene has been crushing for a long time. Back in the day, Blueberry Hashplant was the crown jewel of French-speaking rotations. Believed to be a cross of DJ Short’s Blueberry and G13, this strain was a bit scratchy on the throat, but it was a small price to pay while enjoying the trichome-soaked buds.

Pine Tar Kush

Pine Tar Kush is an inbred Pakistani landrace indica. When put in the right hands, this strain turns into pure magic. At the turn of the decade, one of California’s top indoor cultivators got his hands on it. Not long after, Pine Tar Kush made its way to the top shelf of some of the biggest dispensaries in the world, where it served as best-in-show for the better part of a year. Sadly, Pine Tar’s toe-numbing high was gone as fast as it arrived.

Purple Kush

The fall of Purple Kush may be the most directly tied to law enforcement. When Oaksterdam University was raided by the DEA in 2012, the mother plants that many cultivators in California were getting their cuts from died. Some impersonators have popped up since, but nothing compares. Sometimes people forget that kind of thing happened in the cannabis world during the Obama administration.


Romulan’s lineage is a bit of a mystery, but it definitely got preserved in Western Canada for a while. For many, Romulan was the quintessential medical cannabis indica hybrid. We’re clueless as to why it didn’t hold up to the test of time with the market, but you can still grab seeds of it at reputable places online.

Northern Lights #5 x Haze

Legend says the Northern Lights #5 was the end result of a massive propagation project in Canada quite some time ago. After it was paired with an old school Haze, the rest was history. Northern Lights #5 x Haze would find its way into many crosses over the years, but has faded into the lore of cannabis genetics of the past.

Mendocino Purps

When it comes to straight purple, Mendo Purps was a part of the purple trifecta completed by Granddaddy Purps and Purple Erkel. While GDP was easier to grow Erkel, the Mendo Purps stood out in the pack. While purple hype may have left the masses, it still runs strong in plenty of urban centers.

TELL US, what cannabis strains do you miss?



  1. Melefarmer

    March 5, 2020 at 4:10 am

    All your picks can be purchased easily from the internet
    Kauai electric and crippy og would be my picc

  2. PaPa J

    March 3, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Missing Ginger Ale (Untouched Old School “Cindy88).
    Peace & Blessing Everyone!

  3. Tony G.

    November 26, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’ll just say that anytime I’ve had “green crack” the bud in its entire profile was delectable. The smell was pungent, piney, and somewhat sweet so you can imagine the taste was no less than addictive. Bright green and hella crystals. Of course who doesn’t like purps and now I have an urge to smoke 0:)

  4. Murray Kester

    November 25, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I miss good old Columbian Red Bud. Wish I could find some.


    October 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I miss Slimmy plain old “Skunk”.

  6. Victor Hernandez

    January 1, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Green crack is plentiful it just goes by the name dream queen in Cali. Romulan is alive and well just highly guarded, but runout is it will be available through dark heart this year. Purple kush is still plentiful and men do purps too, csi Humboldt has done a great job preserving the line in seed form too. The blueberry hashplant was a cross of pnw blueberry with the “biker” hashplant from bc, this strain was an epic candy flavored indica but haven’t seen her since 02.whatbi miss is the oily hashplant, g-13, and old skunks of yesteryear. As for recent things missing, somas nycd that tastes like ruby red grapefruit would be nice to see again.

  7. Joe

    November 7, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Other than a Santa Marta rainbow Colombian from the late 1970’s, the one strain I would have always had in rotation is the late 90’s version of Kali Mist. Always a good producer with few issues, a very hearty plant with complex terpene profile and hella high. Worked back when the Dutch were growing out thousands of plants and picking the cream of the crop to develop. Simon at Serious Seeds really did due diligence breeding of this classic strain.

  8. Steve Magdelinic

    October 24, 2018 at 9:58 am

    White Rhino! God I miss it..

  9. Lotus bud

    June 20, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Green crack and northern lights are still available on the west coast… so is romulen but only seasonal… this article made me laugh!

  10. Common Man

    March 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    The author of this article states that “Northern Lights #5 x Haze would find its way into many crosses over the years, but has faded into the lore of cannabis genetics of the past.” WRONG!! So annoying to see individuals do no research before writing about what they think they know. Sensi Seeds has never stopped offering this strain over the past several decades.

    • Victor Hernandez

      January 1, 2019 at 3:06 am

      Sensi lost the parents to the original release and nothing has been the same since, just marketing I suppose

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