White Widow: Quick Overview
If you’re shopping for a calming strain that still gives you the energy of Green Crack but less focus—more in the way of creativity and a happy social vibe? Or maybe you need some daytime pain relief, like for cramps or headache? White Widow is exactly the strain you want.
One of our AG team favorite cannabis strains, White Widow stays popular for several reasons. This balanced hybrid strain is one of the best available today—plenty of stellar head effects but a nice, creeper body high, too. In other words, it’s more of a classic “good times” experience.
It has a high THC content that you won’t miss even as an experienced smoker (up to 19%), but it won’t couchlock you. Finally, White Widow is a great starter plant, because it’s easy to grow.
|Type||60:40 sativa-dominant hybrid|
|THC Level||Up to 25%, 22% average|
|Effects||Happy, euphoric, uplifting, relaxed, creative|
|Smell and Flavor Profile||Herbal, peppery, spicy, piney, ammonia, earthy|
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White Widow Benefits/Effects
White Widow produces nice, even 60%/40% sativa-dominant effects, including a gentle swell of happy, creative energy from its Brazilian sativa parent balanced by relaxation from its South Indian indica ancestor. White Widow works as a medical marijuana strain, soothing physical ills and things like stress and anxiety with high THC levels of at least 21% and up to 24% and CBD levels of around 1%.
Known by cannabis fans worldwide for resin production that is, frankly, off-the-charts, White Widow is known for powerful head effects, and has become a classic sativa-dominant hybrid.
In the Dutch tradition of breeding quality cannabis comes White Widow, the end result of years of careful cultivation and study in the Netherlands. The strain of cannabis yields super-sticky nugs that produce a delightful and functional cerebral high. Ideal for social use and getting the conversation going, White Widow is a perennial all-purpose favorite.
White Widow delivers quick-acting cerebral effects, increased focus into both mundane and complex tasks, and a boost of energy. Not the most flavorful strain in the world, the sensory experience to be had here is in the enhanced perception of your surroundings you’ll experience while using White Widow.
The Psychedelic effects White Widow produces can also be valuable, especially creatively, freeing up brainstorming sessions and enhancing the impact of art and music. But remember, this is a potent strain in terms of cerebral effect! Plan your dosage carefully to avoid paranoia and mind-race.
White Widow Medical Benefits
White Widow is popular, in part due to its high THC content and overall balanced effects. Many users swear by White Widow for: ADHD, anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, insomnia, menstrual cramps/premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and PTSD.
In fact, this strain is typically more psychologically than physically helpful because of its deeply cerebral effects—again, those sativa landrace genetics coming through. ADHD patient users report White Widow helping them sustain focus on one topic. Other medical marijuana patients suffering from depression or fatigue use this strain for the boost energy it delivers. Still others treat migraines with White Widow.
Among the most popular White Widow uses? Cramps and pain. Plus, thanks to the balanced effects of this strain, you can treat pain, anxiety, and other issues during the day and stay functional.
White Widow Taste and Smell
Named in part for its harvest time beauty, White Widow flowers typically signal they are ready for use when their buds are coated in crystal sugar resin. This speaks to potency, not flavor—White Widow is not sweet, and instead has a pungent, richer, herbal peppery aroma. Undertones of pine and earth also shine through, as well as a sharp, ammonia-like odor.
Yet despite this strong smell, White Widow has a relatively light flavor, and fruity flavor chasers might be slightly disappointed by this strain unless they know what they’re getting. Even so, White Widow cannabis is popular in vape form because it’s such an effective treatment for anxiety.
White Widow Cannabinoid/Terpene Profile
White Widow is bred specifically for its high trichome count and potency, making it of special value in hash production. This strain has an average THC composition of 20%, with phenotypes ranging from 18 to 24%.
CBD levels of around 1.0% are present in some strains, and some samples also have usable levels of the other minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC, and CBN. For this reason, despite its high THC levels, White Widow is less likely to produce some of the classic high THC side effects such as dry mouth and dry eyes.
White Widow is rich in the terpene Myrcene and Caryophyllene, with smaller amounts of Linalool, Pinene, and Humulene.
Myrcene relieves pain and is known for herbal, soothing benefits. Caryophyllene, an immune system-boosting antioxidant, also relieves pain as an anti-inflammatory. It also binds with the body’s CB2 receptors and has been proven to soothe anxiety and stress.
Linalool improves the mood and can soothe stress. Like caryophyllene, pinene relieves pain as an anti-inflammatory. It also opens the airways as a bronchodilator, creating that fresh pine air effect you get in a forest.
Humulene may reduce an overactive appetite and shares many of the pain relieving effects of other terpenes.
White Widow History and Genetics
White Widow has been a staple in Dutch coffee shops—not to mention American homes—since Green House Seeds first bred it in the 1990s in the Netherlands. The Dutch veteran growers at the seed bank crossed a resinous South Indian sativa and Brazilian indica landraces to produce a 60% indica/40% sativa cross called White Widow.
Back then, early hybrids such as Haze and Northern Lights formed the backbone of the underground cannabis scene in the United States, and White Widow joined those legendary strains almost right away. After winning the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995, White Widow went on to win other awards and maintain a fan base—not least due to its success as a breeder itself.
White Widow has produced strains like White Rhino, Malakoff, White Russian, The White, Drizella, Wipeout Express, and Blue Widow.
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If you love the energizing effects of Apollo 13 or Rainbow but maybe need to focus a bit more, White Widow is perfect. If you like Kosher Tangie or Juicy Fruit but you’d like something a shade less motormouth/laughing at nothing and more mellow, White Widow is a great strain for you.
And if you enjoy the excellent balance of a hybrid like OG Kush or Lemon Skunk but are wanting something with more head effects, White Widow is perfect.
Growing the White Widow Strain
White Widow nugs are somewhat tapered and conical, yet chunky—resembling the thinner, taller sativa flower bud structure more than indica, these are very sticky buds, but their fluffy, loose texture allows you to break them up anyway. The spring green leaves are covered in long-stalked trichomes with few visible pistils, and these trichomes lend the buds their famous glossy, white appearance.
On the other hand, White Widow is so easy to grow, it’s fine for first time growers, more like you’d expect from an indica-dominant strain. This is even truer if you use autoflowering seeds, of course, although White Widow seeds of any kind remain among the best strains for new growers.
For best results, read our germination instructions carefully. Many growers prefer cultivating White Widow seeds to other strains, because it flowers easily in about eight to nine weeks and produces both high-quality bud and generous yields.
The best climate for White Widow plants is easy—inside! White Widow seeds make for a perfect indoor grow. It will still grow outdoors though and is disease-resistant. White Widow also both thrives with direct sunlight and copes well during drops in temperature. The plants grow to two to four feet in height.
In a 3×3 foot growing space under good growing conditions, White Widow seeds may yield up to 18 ounces of usable flower.
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White Widow is easy to grow, and a great strain for anyone starting out. If you want to get through the day and treat symptoms but stay focused, creative, and relax and have fun, White Widow is ideal. It offers strong medical benefits, but won’t knock you out.
This is a lovely, balanced sativa-dominant hybrid with a serious range of cerebral effects that will keep you flying just as effectively as decades of Amsterdam coffee shops.