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Great White Shark Strain | Shark Weed

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Great White Shark was considered to be very potent in its heyday. Although it’s not considered to be super potent by today’s standards, that doesn’t mean it should be brushed aside as a weak strain. It was created by the legendary breeders Green House Seeds, who are based in Amsterdam. If you’ve seen the Vice documentary on Youtube where the group of growers tries to find some of the rarest landrace strains in existence, then that’s who these guys are. Great White Shark is another classic example of a landrace cross strain, which brings together two or more landrace strains to create one dank strain. It was first bred in 1995 and won the entire 1997 High Times Cannabis Cup competition for best marijuana strain. Needless to say it's a classic that all stoners should get to know!

This strain is sometimes called Blue Shark Strain, Shark Weed, Great White Weed, Shark Flower, or Shark Dab.

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Great White Shark making its presence known! Photo: @emeeraldharvest

Great White Shark strain: Indica or Sativa?

Great White Shark is primarily an Indica strain. Green House Seeds bred 3 very well-known landrace strains to create this amazing strain. The reason for its name is that it is literally covered in crystal trichomes, which give the strain the illusion of appearing white. It’s one of those strains that, despite being predominantly an indica, does have some Sativa qualities. It’s considered to be an Indica-dominant hybrid, with the split being about 80/20.

Great White Shark strain genetics 

The beauty of Green House Seeds is their ability to breed landrace strains together to create danker strains. This has always been their philosophy, and, despite Californian strains rising in popularity because of their ridiculous potency, most stoners in Amsterdam are still smoking these kinds of strains. Although more recently (perhaps in the last year or so) some of the more upmarket Amsterdam coffee shops have started to get some of the danker West Coast strains, in most coffeeshops you’ll still find these landrace crosses. Great White Shark is a cross between:
  • Super Skunk
  • Brazillian landrace
  • South Indian Landrace


A landrace strain is one of the original strains that grow naturally on the earth. It’s like eating an apple straight from the tree instead of making it into apple juice. Which is tastier - the apple or the juice - depends on the user. Some people prefer simpler landrace crosses, others prefer the frankly rather crazy dankenstein strains. Whichever you prefer, you can rest assured that this is a great strain, as it was created by master growers for their clients.

Great White Shark strain THC percentage

Great White Shark normally tests at around 15% THC. It also has a small amount of CBD (0.18%) and CBN (0.25%). This helps balance the strain even more. The average Indica-dominant hybrid tests at around 13% THC and some stronger phenotypes of Great White Shark have tested at up to 24% THC.

Great White Shark strain price

Great White Shark weed isn’t particularly expensive. That is because it’s a strain from the 1990s whose seeds are available from the original breeder. This increases the supply and decreases the boutique nature of the strain. You’re probably going to be charged the standard price in a coffee shop in Amsterdam, which is about $10 a gram. If you do find this strain in a dispensary in North America then it’ll likely be the same price.

Great White Shark strain taste 

Landrace crosses retain much of the original taste of their forebearers. South American and South Indian landrace strains are very earthy strains and Super Skunk has a very pungent, unique flavor of its own. Super Skunk is often used to create other strains (such as Lemon Skunk) because of its pungent flavor. Great White Shark has the following taste profile:
  • Earthy
  • Pungent
  • Woody


Although the taste of this strain isn’t exactly akin to something like Girl Scout Cookies, which was bred for its taste, that does not mean the taste is going to be terrible. If you want to fully experience the taste of any strain then you should get your flower vape out and give it a puff inside this. Even better would be to first grind up the strain, allowing for the flavor and potency to be fully released.

Great White Shark strain oil, wax, shatter, edibles, etc. 

Great White Shark is an excellent choice for those to concentrate connoisseurs out there. That is because it is literally covered head to toe in trichomes and has a very large yield. These two key characteristics are things that every concentrate maker in the world looks for. Not only this, but this strain grows in only 8 weeks, making it a perfect choice. However, making your own Butane Hash Oil is considered to be very dangerous, so please exercise caution.


great white shark cannabis trichomeCheck out the crystals on this Great White Shark nugg, photo: @lutericky
great white shark smoke cannabisA’ight we see you, @sheyblaze!

Great White Shark General Effects
Great White Shark Medical Effects
Great White Shark Effects
Relaxed 100% Stress Relief 100%
Cottonmouth 100%
Happy 95% Pain Relief 85%
Dizziness 95%
Euphoric 80%
Fight Depression 70%
Headaches 55%
Creative 75% Inflammation 50% Anxiety 25%
Energetic 70%  Insomnia 45%
Lethargy 25%

This 80/20 Indica-dominant hybrid is perfect for melting away stress. It will leave you feeling both happy, relaxed, and euphoric. However, as it’s pretty Indica-dominant, if you smoke this as your wake and bake you may begin to feel a little bit lazy. It also has a creeping high, which will leave you feeling very lethargic after the initial burst of energy you may receive.

Great White Shark strain flowering time

The flowering time of Great White Shark according to Green House Seeds is 9 weeks indoors. If you're growing outdoors, the plant should be ready by the first week of October.

Great White Shark strain Grow tips

Great White Shark reacts very well to Sea of Green (SoG) and Screen of Green (SCoG) techniques. Great White Shark also reacts well to hydroponics.

Great White Shark strain seeds 

Green House Seeds has a Great White Shark available on its official website. This is great news, as you know that the seeds are legit. They also have some more information about growing the strain if you’re interested.


Great White Shark strain yield 

Great White Shark indoor will yield 800g a metre squared. Outdoor you can expect to yield about 1000g per metre squared. These are both impressive yields, and you can really start to understand why this strain is such a popular strain for growers.

great white shark strain growThat’s no Christmas tree; that’s the Great White growing up! Photo: @glassman420

What is the Great White Shark strain? 

The Great White Shark strain was created by master growers Green House Seeds for a number of reasons. It was mainly created to be a reasonably easy-to-grow strain, with nice effects that can be used for medicinal purposes. It was first created in 1995, back when strains weren’t as strong as they are now. Back then this strain was considered to be very powerful, and, while its effects are still not something to turn your nose up to, there are definitely many other strains which outstrip this one in terms of potency
  • Indica-dominant hybrid with an 80/20 split
  • Covered in white trichomes which are great for concentrate creators
  • Decent THC percentage
  • Easy to grow
  • Reasonably potent effects
  • Landrace cross between Super Skunk, Brazillian, and South Indian
  • Flowers within 9 weeks with high yield
  • Very good for SoG and ScrOG


Have you tried Great White Shark before? Let us know what you thought about it in the comments below!

Megan Medeiros Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)

Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University. She's the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing, and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.

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