An all-time classic and an all-round sensory experience like no other, White Widow is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that produces ridiculous quantities of resin. Most likely engineered for the first time by Green House Seeds in the Netherlands, White Widow combines the genetics of Brazilian Indica and South Indian Sativa landraces. The result of which is an unstoppable powerhouse that’s taken home more prestigious awards than almost any comparable strain.
At the time of its debut in the early 1990s, the market was dominated by the likes of Haze and Northern Lights. White Widow proved there was room at the top for something equally impressive, scooping up its first High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995. Since then, White Widow has gone from strength to strength as one of the world’s most successful and celebrated hybrids. Typical specimens boast around 20% THC, often higher.
White Widow History
The exact origins of White Widow are a subject of heavy dispute. Countless engineers have staked claim to bringing this killer strain into existence over the years. Nevertheless, history and evidence suggest that it was Shantibaba of the Green House Seed Company who first came up with the goods. Combining the genetics of prime Brazilian and South Indian specimens, he produced the mother plants that would give birth to one of the world’s most popular and iconic hybrids. There’s a degree of scepticism as to whether this is really how it went down, but it’s perhaps the most plausible back story for White Widow.
Destined for greatness from day-one, it didn’t take long for White Widow to earn a strong reputation among cannabis connoisseurs worldwide. To such an extent that just a couple of years after its debut, it was already sweeping the table at prestigious cannabis competitions worldwide. Culminating in its receipt of the top prize at the 1995 Cannabis Cup. And the rest, as they say, is history.
White Widow Characteristics
You don’t have to be a cannabis expert to detect a batch of White Widow from a mile away. If you know White Widow, you’ll be familiar with its pungent, skunky and spicy fragrance with just a slight sweet-berry undertone. It may not produce the most intoxicating fragrance, but it’s nonetheless so complex and distinctive you will know what you’re looking at with a single sniff. Even before the buds are broken, White Widow gives off a powerful and pungent fragrance that’s simply unmistakable. Precisely why home growers are advised to exercise caution, if looking to keep their activities under wraps.
The same also applies when setting light to White Widow. Burn the buds and you’re in for a borderline overwhelming explosion of dank spiciness, which often translates to a delightfully fruity flavour with just the right amount of spice. The smoke is as dense and heavy as it gets, leaving behind a lingering fragrance and aftertaste you’ve really no hope of getting rid of. Long story short - White Widow isn’t a strain to hit where discretion is a priority.
White Widow takes its name from its appearance, characterised by an incredibly thick coating of the most beautiful crystalline trichomes. A good batch of White Widow is so stunning to look at it’s almost a shame to harvest the end results. Search beneath the snow-covered surface and you’ll find densely packed buds of a sage-green colour, with a colourful fringe of bright orange pistils and elongated green leaves. Some argue that White Widow is by far the most beautiful cannabis specimen you’ll ever lay eyes on - you’d be hard-pressed to find a counterargument.
White Widow Effects
White Widow is never going to win any prizes for its flavour profile. Nevertheless, what it lacks in deliciousness is more than augmented by its power and potency. Just a single hit of White Widow is enough to feel its unique and near-overwhelming cerebral impact. You instantly find yourself more acutely aware of and receptive to your surroundings, noticing patterns, sounds, smells and sensations you would otherwise have overlooked.
This energy-boost and mood-uplift continues escalating to such an extent that even the most boring chores become a pleasure to tackle. Used strategically, White Widow can also improve problem-solving capacity and the ability to focus on whatever it is you’re doing at the time. If in need of inspiration, White Widow is just the ticket for getting those creative juices flowing.
Hit hard, the high quickly transforms into an all-round psychedelic experience that’s trippy yet tolerable. By which point, focusing on anything important that needs to be done becomes all-but impossible.
White Widow Medical Applications
Strong links have been drawn between White Widow and the treatment of certain attention deficit disorders, when used carefully and in measured doses. The medical cannabis community also highlights the energy-boosting properties of White Widow, along with its capacity to treat mild to moderate cases of depression. There’s also anecdotal evidence to suggest White Widow can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines in sufferers.
The potency of White Widow can sometimes trigger introspective mind-race, meaning those who are prone to paranoia or anxiety must measure their intake carefully.
Growing White Widow
Perhaps the icing on the cake is the fact that White Widow is also surprisingly easy to grow. Even if you have little to no experience with cannabis cultivation, you’ll still be able to produce some pretty impressive results. White Widow is a hardy and vigorous strain, with strong resistance to bugs, mould and unpredictable climatic conditions. Warmer Mediterranean climates are preferred, but White Widow is nonetheless durable enough to perform in more northerly European regions.
Grown indoors under ideal conditions, flowering times average around eight weeks. Give things a little longer if looking to maximise that simply stunning snow-covered coating of trichomes. Adult plants typically reach no more than around 2 feet in height, producing dense buds in generous quantities for exceptional yields. If possible, treat your White Widow plants to a high-quality hydroponics system for the kind of harvest you won’t know what to do with.
40% sativa 60% indica
Indica / Sativa
September - October
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