"Cannabis genetics are displayed to indicate the parents of that particular strain. The healthiest, most robust plants are chosen for breeding and are referred to as the mother and father. The mother plant produces the cannabis flowers, which are then pollinated by the male plants. The format for genetic lineage is:
Sometimes the lineage of a particular strain can get confusing. For instance, the strain Jack Herer is a result of some very potent breeding. Jack Herer genetics read: (Northern Lights #5 x Skunk #1) x Haze. The parenthesis indicate that the mother used to create Jack Herer was the result of a cross between the world-class strains Northern Lights #5 and Skunk #1. Haze was the male plant used to pollinate the NL #5 x Skunk #1 mother, resulting in a unique lineage extending to with origins in Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Colombia, and Mexico."