Jan 07 , 2019
Here's a question for the masses: do you get to call yourself a stoner if you don't know what the White Widow strain is? Famous ever since the white weed craze that happened in the '90's, White Widow is one that finds its way to shelves of nearly every Amsterdam coffeeshop. As one of the easier strains to grow, White Widow is a staple strain that won't cost you an arm and a leg. So while others are chasing Dankenstein tale, sit back and take a puff of the ever trusty White Widow.
This strain should not be confused with Black Widow, White Rhino, White Recluse OG, White Kush strain, Purple Widow Weed, Albino White Widow, White Girl Weed, White Diesel weed, Green Widow Strain, White Willow weed, Platinum Widow, or Blue Widow Weed. A lot of these strains were bred from White Widow, but they are not the same strains.
Why do you think it’s called White Widow? We have our guesses… Photo: @sardinia_weed
White Widow: Sativa or indica?White Widow is a 60/40 sativa-dominant hybrid first created by Green House Seeds. You are probably familiar with Green House Seeds if you've watched the Vice documentary, The Kings of Cannabis; they're the guys in that! The buds of White Widow are completely covered in trichomes, hence the name. The silvery trichomes give the appearance of cobwebs that lay around the beautifully formed buds. It has a very fluffy texture, and can be broken up very nicely inside a grinder. White Widow isn’t overly potent, making it a fantastic choice for newer stoners and medium level stoners, especially those who want to treat stress and maybe depression.
White Widow geneticsWhite Widow, as previously mentioned, was first created by the master breeders Green House Seeds, a Dutch seed company. They crossed two landrace strains together, as is their custom, to create White Widow. Green House Seeds were innovators at the time in the 1990s when they searched for rare landrace strains to breed. This process has since evolved; now breeders prefer to cross dank strains together, resulting in incredibly dank strains. However, White Widow was among the first of its kind, and it was considered to be very potent when it was first created. It has been in coffeeshops in the Netherlands since it was first created in the 1990s. The two landrace strains that were bred together to create White Widow are:
- Brazilian Sativa
- South Indian Indica
White Widow does has a CBD phenotype that has proven to be very popular among medicinal users. However, the particular White Widow that we’re discussing is much heavier in THC than CBD (although it does have traces of CBD inside it still, which helps balance the high). The average sativa-dominant strain contains around 13% THC; White Widow’s average is actually a little bit lower than this, sitting at about 12% THC. The strongest phenotypes, however, test at around 20%. These higher percentages can be achieved with correct growing techniques such as letting the growth cycle fully complete itself.
White Widow THC and CBD Levels
White Widow priceWhite Widow is very cheap. It’s about $8 a gram in Amsterdam, and even cheaper in California if you can even find it there. Although it’s not that popular right now, White Widow and other landraces will definitely experience a comeback, when people realise that 35% THC dankenstein strains aren’t as good for you.
White Widow tasteWhite Widow has a pleasant taste that is often associated with landrace strains. Their taste isn't always everyone's favorite; they’re just not quite as sweet as dankenstein strains. If you want to really enjoy the taste of a landrace cross like White Widow, then you should definitely grind it up first. Once you’ve ground up your buds, you should also vape them inside a flower vaporiser, which will give you a much purer taste. The full taste profile of White Widow is:
White Widow oil, wax, shatter, edibles, etc.You can make oils, waxes, shatters, and edibles out of any strain. Strains whose seeds are available online or are considered to be cheap are normally the best options. That is because you need a large amount of plant material in order to make a decent amount of concentrates. Also, for concentrates, their creators normally look for plants covered in trichomes, which White Widow is. Hence, White Widow is a great candidate for making into Butane Hash Oil.
Making edibles is very easy. Simply decarboxylate your weed first, then mix it with a fat or an oil. You can also use your leftover buds from your vaporiser, known as already vaped bud. This is actually perfectly decarbed weed.
Glistening trichomes on this White Widow flower. Photo: @christoffegardens
About to light up some White Widow dabs. Photo: @prof_budz
|White Widow General|
|Happy 100%||Stress Relief 100%|
|Euphoric 90%||Depression 90%|
|Relaxed 85%||Pain Relief 70%||Anxiety 30%|
|Uplifted 80%||Fatigue 50%||Dizziness 25%|
|Creative 75%||Insomnia 45%|
As a sativa-dominant hybrid, White Widow is fantastic for when you want to enter a state of deep relaxation. It’s a great strain for newer users, as it’s not overly potent. White Widow can also be used to treat depression, although in more seasoned stoners it may not have enough potency to break through. In some cases, more seasoned stoners may not really feel stoned from White Widow. This is mainly because more modern strains have a consistently higher THC percentage, therefore increasing many stoner's tolerance and their need for stronger strains.
White Widow flowering timeWhite Widow’s flowering time is 9-10 weeks when grown indoors, and will be ready for harvesting in early October when grown outdoors. If you leave it for the full 10 weeks, it will have higher potency and a better flavour.
White Widow grow guideGrowing White Widow is fairly easy, and it’s very resistant to mould. It can be grown in lower temperatues, and, although it’s a sativa-dominant hybrid, it grows like an indica. You should top this plant by trimming the upper levels of the grow. This allows light to get to the bottom of the flower and increases yield, as the leaves at the top of the plant, unless trimmed, will take much-needed nutrients from the buds.
White Widow feminized cannabis seedsWhite Widow is sold by many different seed suppliers. The best people to buy it from are Green House Seeds co. Of course, everyone has their own preferences, so it’s worth checking out all of the Dutch seedbanks and buying a few seeds from each to try to find one which best suits you.
White Widow yieldThe yield of White Widow is around 1.3 to 2 ounces per foot squared. This is a pretty good yield.
Two weeks in on this White Widow grow. Photo: @420growking
What is the White Widow strain?White Widow is a sticky, resinous strain that has given rise to many newer strains after it (for example, White Russian, White Rhino, and Blue Widow). All of these strains are legendary in their own right, which gives testament to their parent strain. White Widow is very popular still, especially in the coffeeshops of Amsterdam. This is because the seeds are available online and it’s a pretty high yielder that is also fairly easy to grow.
- Originally bred by Green House Seeds
- 2 landrace strains brought together to create White Widow
- Very heavy resin production and a large number of trichomes
- Sativa-dominant hybrid
- Great for cultivation
- Globally famous
- Found in most Dutch coffeeshops
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Written by Hamish | Cover photo by: ig @mother.puffer
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