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White Widow

In the arachnid world, black widow spiders are revered for their fatal venom and easily identified by a red hourglass marking on their ventral surface. In cannabis, White Widow is amongst the most internationally famed strains, easily identifiable by its milky white-grey trichomes. The White Widow strain has spun a global web and become a household name in cannabis. Its sativa dominant nature known best for energizing and euphoric effects. This strain has an average THC content of 20-25% and an ammonia-like aroma, with hints of earthy pine trees. White widow buds are conical and tapered with a flowing and fluffy texture. 

White Widow Overview

White Widow has been an incumbent in the cannabis world since the early 1990s. It was first bred as a balanced hybrid in the Netherlands by the company Green House Seeds. Garnering immediate popularity, this strain won the High Times Cup in 1995 when it was first released. Its ancestry derives from a cross between a Brazilian sativa landrace and a South Indian indica landrace. Landrace is the name for a perennial cannabis strain that originated around India. Often, sativa landraces move across the globe, while indica landraces are isolated in the arid, mountainous regions around Afghanistan and Pakistan. The White Widow strain is well-known for its rapid onset and brainy effects.

Users have reported increased perception of their immediate surroundings, the elevation of mood, and increased energy and focus. Thus, White Widow can bode well for people who are hoping to batten down and complete a task, or just get outside and enjoy nature. Medicinally, this strain may attenuate symptoms of attention deficit disorders, and reduce lethargy in those suffering from fatigue or depression. White Widow has also been implicated in migraine relief. Similar to other potent cannabis strains, its effects can sometimes verge on paranoia and users should begin with small doses. The aroma associated with White Widow has been described as pungent and skunky with hints of hempy spice and berries. 

White Widow Strain IconWhite Widow bud imageHybrid

THC: 20% – 25%

CBG: 1%

Parent strains: Brazilian Sativa

× South Indian Indica

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Jump So High

On April 20th, 2018 acclaimed American illustrator Todd Bratrud, in collaboration with Nike, released a skateboard shoe called White Widow. This shoe design was inspired by the renowned strain and cannabis culture movement. The shoes even boast a stash pocket in the tongue so wearers can keep special treats hidden and safe. 

Got the Munchies?

Cheba Hut, a Colorado-based marijuana-themed sandwich shop offers many tongue-in-cheek menu items for hungry stoners. Among the sandwiches is the flagship “White Widow” sub. If you have just indulged in a few puffs of this famous bud and are feeling a little peckish, look no further than this chicken sandwich smothered in Cheba Hut’s signature home-grown ranch dressing. 

Gentle Mary-Jane

Guy Ritchie’s 2020 film The Gentlemen features Matthew McConaughey as self-made millionaire Mickey Pearson. Mickey’s cannabis empire was built on the back of some premium “skunk-a-mola white widow super cheese”. 

System Of A Up

Bassist of the iconic 2000’s metal band System Of A Down, Shavo Odadjian, is something of a cannabis connoisseur. He founded his own cannabis brand called 22Red and fondly remembers smoking White Widow with the creator of the strain Arjan Roskam. He credits Roskam and the White Widow strain engineers for taking him under their wing and helping him formulate his enthusiasm and taste for a variety of marijuana strains. 

White Widow Effects

White Widow is a staple in the cannabis world. It ranks amongst the most potent breeds with a THC percentage of 20-25%. This hybrid strain will leave users feeling stimulated and energetic, often augmenting creative energy and allowing conversations and thought processes to flow with ease. Unlike some other cannabis strains, particularly indicas, White Widow weed does not promote lethargy but rather a balanced high accompanied by notes of euphoria and a middle ground between relaxation and hyper-awareness. These attributes make White Widow an appropriate strain for consumption at any time of day. Medicinally, its uplifting effects make it a strong candidate for anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.

Due to its high THC content, it has also been reported as a viable medicine for pain associated with conditions such as Chron’s Disease, fibromyalgia, and migraines. Many people also report using White Widow to promote appetite and reduce nausea. There are some negative side effects associated with White Widow marijuana use, the most common of these being dry mouth. Therefore, it is pertinent to remain hydrated when using this powerful strain. In large doses, this strain may promote anxiety and paranoia. It is advisable to start with small doses with this and any other strain of cannabis with a high THC content. 

Growing White Widow

White Widow is known as a “survivor strain” which makes it a viable option for people who have some experience growing cannabis. However, these plants can be finicky and sometimes pose difficulties even for experienced cultivators. This strain is naturally resistant to mold, bugs, and cold climates and can be grown both indoors and out successfully. Growing White Widow seeds indoors will allow for a more optimal environment and provide growers a better opportunity of obtaining the notorious white trichomes the plant is famous for.

The original breeders of the strain recommend using the “screen of green” method, a technique that utilizes a screen to create an even canopy during growth. The plants prefer a temperate environment ranging from 20 to 27 degrees Celsius. Flowering typically occurs at the 8-week mark, but to obtain the snow-capped frosty appearance associated with this strain it is recommended to extend flowering to 10 weeks.

“Very potent hybrids such as white widow, are generally produced by optimized indoor cultivation methods.“

World Health Organization (WHO)

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