In the history of cannabis breeding, a turning point was reached in the late 1970s when a dedicated and passionate grower named DJ Short began introducing Indica genetics to the Sativa-dominated gene pool. This stroke of genius gave rise to the legendary Blueberry family of cannabis strains, which became the inspiration for a new age of hybrid cultivars.
History of Blueberry Cannabis: Beginnings
Originally from Canada, DJ Short spent much of the 70s mixing and matching Sativa landrace strains on the west coast of the US. Constantly on the hunt for new and exciting phenotypes, he eventually fell in love with two unique specimens that would go on to spawn the Blueberry dynasty.
The first of these was a Highland Thai named Juicy Fruit, which delivered an intense, long-lasting high packaged in sweet tropical flavours. A second plant was also created by crossing a Highland Oaxaca Gold with a Chocolate Thai. This colourful individual went by the name of Purple Thai, in reference to her tendency to express a deep purple hue when exposed to cold temperatures.
However, things got interesting when DJ Short got his hands on an Afghani Indica in 1979. Indica strains were somewhat uncommon and unfashionable at the time, yet this particular male showed potential.o
DJ Short began by breeding his Afghani male with a Purple Thai female, producing the famous Flo strain. A Sativa dominant hybrid, Flo was then bred with a Juicy Fruit/Afghani cross to create the Original Blueberry.
Consisting of 80 per cent Indica genetics, Blueberry became a hit for its unique effects, which can be described as a relaxing body high tinged with an energised euphoria. Retaining the purple propensities and fruity flavour of its forebears, Blueberry introduced growers to the benefits of Indica traits like shorter grow cycles and more compact plants.
A Cannabis Cup winner in 2000, Blueberry completely changed the breeding game and sparked a new trend for Indica-Sativa hybrids that took over the industry in the 80s and 90s.
The Blueberry Family Expands
DJ Short moved to Europe in the mid-1990s, striking up partnerships with top seed banks like Dutch Passion and Spice of Life. These collaborations spawned an extensive line of new hybrids, including a now extinct Sativa-dominant Blueberry.
Among the most famous additions to the Blueberry lineage are cultivars like Blue Dream, which fuses Blueberry and Haze genetics to give a super potent high that balances the sedative effects of Indica with the cerebral rush of Sativa. Blue Cheese, meanwhile, is a big hitter that blends Blueberry with the Skunk-like properties of UK Cheese. You’d really have to go some to beat that combination for strength and potency.
New members of the Blue family have hit the market periodically over the past few decades, with hybrids like Blue Kush, Blue Satellite and Blue Moonshine among the most notable. To this day, novel combinations continue to emerge, each of which is a testament to the vision and foresight of DJ Short.
After all, none of these wonderfully balanced creations would ever have existed if he hadn’t made the inspired decision to mix Indica with Sativa all those years ago.
Top 5 Strains With Blueberry Genetics
With the 5 strains below you can trace the entire history of blueberry cannabis:
Blueberry – Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple and just stick to the original. Our feminised Blueberry seeds give rise to beautifully colourful plants featuring red, blue and hues, with excellent yields.
Blueberry Kush – A cross between Blueberry, OG Kush and Blue Mystic, this compact plant is perfect for growers who want a lot of bud but are short on space and pays homage to the history of blueberry cannabis and kush.
Blue Dream – Featuring Blueberry and Haze genetics, this Sativa-dominant hybrid is popular worldwide for its long-lasting, cerebral high.
Blueberry Cheese – This is created by crossing Original Cheese with Blueberry. This mostly Indica strain offers dense yields, a short grow cycle, and a potent body high.
Blueberry Cookies – One of the easiest cultivars for beginner growers, this sweet-tasting Indica-dominant strain is known for its high THC levels.