Sometimes the most successful crossbred strains are ones that build on the popularity and success of their parents. Balanced hybrid Blue Haze is an excellent example — it’s the product of fruity favorite Blueberry and sativa hybrid Amnesia Haze. Blue Haze offers a wonderfully rich, fruity flavor and a potent, long-lasting high to boot. Cannabis testing laboratory Analytical 360 has found flowers of Blue Haze to have a THC content of between 16% and a whopping 26%. Blue Haze has medium to large flowers that hold an elongated, spade-like shape. The yellowish-green leaves stick together in the dense, sticky bud structure so characteristic of indica varieties. Some phenotypes of this strain also boast bold shades of blue and purple in their flowers; these vibrant hues appear when high concentrations of anthocyanin pigments (inherited from parent strain Blueberry) are agitated by colder than average weather during the growing process. Dewy, translucent trichomes coat the colorful flowers inside and out, making Blue Haze difficult to break up for pipes or joints without the use of a grinder. The unmistakable scent of blueberries jumps off of the cured buds, cloyingly sweet without any tart or skunky notes. Also present is a musky, herbal profile that may be familiar to fans of Haze. When combusted, Blue Haze gives off smoke that is thick and lung-expanding but smooth and unlikely to trigger a coughing fit. It tastes fruity and slightly spicy on the exhale, making it potentially appealing to smokers with a distaste for the dank, Kushy flavors of many other strains. Blue Haze delivers a quick headrush, manifesting as some initial dizziness or disorientation. Smokers may detect a full relaxation of their facial muscles — and may not be able to resist a slow, creeping smile. The sativa in this strain’s lineage makes itself known upfront, with frenetic mental stimulation. Users may find themselves jumping gleefully from one thought to another. In social settings, such cerebral effects can stoke absorbing conversation among friends or strangers. As the high wears on, users inevitably feel a weightiness spread throughout the body. But while a newly heavy head and limbs may provoke the desire to lounge on the nearest couch, users will still feel functional enough to process their surroundings. Blue Haze’s balance between mental acuity and physical relaxation makes it an ideal choice for menial tasks like cleaning or running errands, as well as more intense, creative work like writing or drawing. It can also be great for unwinding with a movie and a nightcap after a long day. Blue Haze’s far-reaching effects can also be of value to medical cannabis patients. Its mellow sensation of being present or “in the moment” can be an affirming treatment for those suffering from slight to moderate stress, anxiety, or depression. Because it allows users to be simultaneously lucid and relaxed, it can also aid focus for patients with attention deficit disorders. Blue Haze’s somatic relaxation may soothe chronic aches and pains that come about from conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. In large enough doses, it can also function as a sleep aid, banishing trenchant insomnia. Blue Haze is appropriate for daytime through early evening use; because it can make users especially thoughtful, those enjoying it at night may want to moderate their consumption. Several companies have made seeds of Blue Haze available for sale online. Despite strong landrace roots — grandparent strain Haze is descended from sativas indigenous to Thailand, India, Mexico, and South America — it can be a finicky, sensitive strain and may not be the best choice for novice growers. It plants are short and bushy, typical of indicas, and can easily be grown indoors. Blue Haze has a favorable bud-to-leaf ratio, meaning that growers may not need to trim away fan leaves as often as they might with some other strains. Growers looking to bring out this strain’s full visual potential should also shock the plants with occasional cold nighttime temperatures in order to stimulate the aforementioned anthocyanin pigments and bring about shades of blue and purple in the leaves. Blue Haze flowers within 8 to 9 weeks when grown indoors and offers a moderate yield of about 32 grams (or just over 1 ounce) of flower per square foot of plant. Fans of Blue Dream will be won over by Blue Haze — the two have a very similar genetic profile. Potent and versatile, Blue Haze can be enjoyed in many different contexts. Its fruity, agreeable flavor may be especially welcome as a treat to be shared at parties.