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White & Purple Widows Strain

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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 '90s, White Widow strain is one that finds its way to shelves of nearly every Amsterdam coffeeshop. As one of the easier cannabis 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 tail, sit back and take a puff of the ever trusty White Widow.

White Widows plant should not be confused with Black Widow, White Rhino, White Recluse OG, White Kush strain, Purple Widow Weed, Albino White Widow, White Willow weed, White Diesel weed, Green Widow Strain, White Willow weed, Platinum Widow, or Blue Widow Weed. A lot of these strains were bred from the White Widow cannabis strain, but they are not the same strains and will offer their own, unique smoke experience.

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Seen enough? Great. Go ahead and head over to Seedsman now to get your White Widow strain seeds so you can grow your own little Brazilian Sativa at home!

Thank you to the pro photogs and their high-resolution photos for this shot of White Widow.


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Why do you think it’s called White Widow? We have our guesses… Photo: @sardinia_weed

White Widow: Sativa or Indica?

White Widow sativa or indica 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 Widows plant 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 genetics

White Widows Plant, as previously mentioned, was first created by the master breeders Green House Seeds, a Dutch seed company. Green House Seeds 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 coffee shops 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


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Thank you, Green House Seed Company, for making this widow white... Thank you, other breeders, for turning White Widow into other great strains like Black Widow and Blue Widow!

Keep your strains separate so you know what you\'re taking on with their own special Evak airtight stash jars.

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White Widow THC and CBD Levels

White Widow does have 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), so if you're looking for a strain to fight your chronic pain there may have more beneficial side effects for you than this white widow.

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. This allows the bud structure to develop fully, letting trichome production reach its peak.


White Widow price

White Widows Plant 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 landrace strains will definitely experience a comeback, when people realize that 35% of THC dankenstein strains may not be that great for you.

travel bag discreet 

Taking your White Widow out for a spin? Rivalry's Confident bag is the perfect, smell-proof, and discreet pouch that will tuck your precious bud or other toking accessories away safely.

Another shout out to whoever took this stock image that's on Dank Geek!


White Widow taste

White Widows Plant 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:

  • Earthy
  • Woody
  • Floral


dry flower vaporizer

Marijuana strains with resin production like what White Widow puts out deserve the slow burn of a quality dry herb vaporizer.

The FOUR dry herb vaporizer by Mig Vapor is a great option if you're looking for a flower vape with a large chamber, lots of temp range to control, and ease of use.

Mig Vapor capturing each color option here in this stock image from their website.


White Widow oil, wax, shatter, edibles, etc.

You can make oils, waxes, shatters, and edibles out of any Purple Widow strain. Strains whose seeds are available online from a nice seedbank 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 oil. You can also use your leftover buds from your vaporizer, known as already vaped bud or AVP. This is actually perfectly decarbed weed and is ready to go for your edible adventure.

white widow cannabis trichromeGlistening trichomes on this White Widow flower. Photo: @christoffegardens

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About to light up some White Widow dabs. Photo: @prof_budz

White Widow General
White Widow Medical
White Widow Negative
Happy 100% Stress Relief 100%
Cottonmouth 100%
Euphoric 90%
Depression 90%
Paranoia 45%
Relaxed 85%
Pain Relief 70%
Anxiety 30%
Uplifted 80% Fatigue 50% Dizziness 25%
Creative 75%  Insomnia 45%
Dry Eyes 25%

As a Sativa-dominant hybrid, White Widow is fantastic for when you want to enter a state of focused relaxation. It’s a great strain for newer users looking for a little bit of a high, but not to go crazy, as it’s not overly potent. Now, if you're looking for something to put you to sleep, try Northern Lights or another Indica-dominant strain. White Widow can also be used to treat depression, although in more seasoned stoners it may not have enough potency to breakthrough. 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.

travel concentrates dabs

Prefer to vape concentrates? You really can enjoy White Widow either way, especially with a quality vaporizer.

The Herb-E 7 Micro Wax Concentrate Vaporizer will ensure you enjoy everything your White Widow or any other concentrate has to offer. Hit one of the multiple heating settings on this sturdy and portable vape and let the effects set in like a wave washing over you!

Another stock photo from the Mig Vapor site, but hey, sometimes it's okay to keep it simple!


White Widow flowering time

White Widows Plant 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 flavor.

White Widow grow guide

Growing White Widow is fairly easy, and it’s very resistant to mold. It can be grown in lower temperatures, 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, like the leaves at the top of the plant, unless trimmed, will take much-needed nutrients from the buds. Give White Widow her needed flowering time and you'll enjoy the progress you see unfolding before you!

White Widow feminized cannabis seeds 

White Widow is sold by many different seed suppliers. Green House Seeds co. were the original seed bank to offer White Widow, but you can find it elsewhere nowadays. 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 yield

The yield of White Widow is around 1.3 to 2 ounces per foot squared. This is a pretty good yield.

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Two weeks in on this White Widow grow. Photo: @420growking

What is the White Widow strain?

Plan C Design's describe White Widow as a sticky, resinous strain that has been parent plants 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, the lovely, widow white mother plant. White Widow is still very popular among cannabis consumers, from zip codes across the United States to 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, a Brazilian Sativa and a South Indian Indica brought together to create White Widow
  • Very heavy crystal resin production and a large trichome count
  • A Sativa-dominant hybrid, well worth the dry mouth
  • Great for cultivation
  • Globally famous
  • Found in most Dutch coffeeshops


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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