White Widow Strain Review
White Widow is a potent, sativa-dominant hybrid strain with a 60:40 ratio that guarantees consistent and powerful cerebral effects. If you’re looking to try a classic powerhouse of a strain that’ll bump your mood, White Widow is likely for you.
History and Makeup
White Widow is considered mid-level when it comes to THC content, with an average percentage of 20% (outliers being 18% and 25%). The CBD content comes in at a low 1%.
White Widow was developed in the 1990s in the Netherlands by Green House Seeds and made popular by Amsterdam coffee shops. The strain is a cross between two landrace strains: Brazilian Sativa landrace and a South Indian Indica. Combining two landrace strains has a whole host of benefits. Landrace strains tend to be heartier and more stable. Because of White Widow’s stability, it’s been used to increase other strains’ consistency. White Widow’s genetics are also sometimes attributed to the rise in other popular strains like White Rhino, Blue Widow and White Russian.
Growing White Widow
Heartiness is the name of the game when it comes to landrace cannabis strains. So, naturally, when one crosses two landrace strains, one can expect a similarly stable plant. The product of this breeding is often called a ‘survivor strain,’ because of its inherited traits. White Widow is no exception.
One of the qualities that make White Widow so popular is its ability to flourish in relatively lower temperatures. The strain prefers a Mediterranean climate but can exist in temperatures as low as 70 degrees. White Widow is also resistant to pest insects and various molds. This is extremely useful, considering White Widow is a bushier plant with a large amount of resin; circumstances that encourage mold growth.
The strain tends to be on the bushier side and would benefit from trimming to allow lower branches to get much-needed sunlight. The plants themselves tend to be under 6-feet in height. This smaller, compact stature makes the strain ideal for home growers with smaller establishments.
White Widow flowers within 9 weeks when grown indoors, and can be harvested in early October when cultivated outdoors. Typically, one can expect around 37 to 55 grams per square foot of plant at harvest. The flowers grow to be very sugary in appearance and produce frosty pistils that maximize resin production.
Aesthetic and Flavor
White Widow is, unsurprisingly, white. What is surprising is how lovely the white trichomes of this plant truly are. Looking at these plants is like walking into a grow room that’d just conjured a brief, but intense snowstorm. Funnily, the scent is also reminiscent of a snowstorm. White Widow while growing has a clear, crisp scent comprised of a stinging, almost ammonia scent with delicate pine overtones.
The buds are chunky, sticky, and release an intense hash smell when broken. Despite the tacky nature of the buds, they can be broken up easily. This is mostly due to their fluffy, cloud-like composition. The actual plant is smaller, with bushy stems.
The strain’s smoke is smooth as smooth can be. There’s no coughing with these ultra-sticky buds. Instead, users get a blast of earth and pine right to the taste buds. Most users report an interesting lack of flavor other than earth and pine. There are no fruity, skunk overtones here—just smooth smoke and sweet pine.
Users should be aware that the smoke for White Widow is especially pungent, and those looking for discretion should be cautious with this strain.
Sometimes one needs a little lubricant with their social situations. This semester, White Widow was that lubricant for me.
One of the most stressful parts of being in grad school is having to talk to other people. Having to talk to other people in a professional event is truly more than my already stressed brain can handle. Unfortunately, these events continue to happen, so I decided to do something about it.
A trip to my local budtender resulted in a bag of White Widow, and a recipe for cannabis-infused butter. Making the butter included simmering the butter, water, and cannabis mixture for about five hours, then the liberal use of a cheesecloth. I enjoyed the whole process, but it’s definitely not for everyone. In the end, I had myself some lovely, green-tinted butter to add to any recipe of my heart to make an edible.
I did this a few times throughout the semester, mostly with that classic edible, the brownie. Each time, it worked like a dream.
White Widow is the master of the uplifting, cerebral, social high. It is the opposite of a couch lock strain and makes the user feel energized, euphoric, and ready to chat. Every time I used it, I went from feeling numb with anxiety about talking to people, to sociable and cheerful. I’ve had experience with other social strains that make one annoyingly chatty. White Widow offered a decent balance of cheerful, but not annoyingly so.
I didn’t experience any of the potential adverse side effects associated with White Widow such as paranoia, nervousness or excessive dry eyes or dry mouth, but other users should still be on the lookout, especially if you’re smoking the strain rather than consuming in edible form.
Medical Benefits of White Widow
White Widow would be ideal for those dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other mood disorders. Some users have also found it beneficial for relieving general aches and pains, as well as a tool to aid in dispelling insomnia.
Wrapping Up White Widow
White Widow is a classic marijuana strain that has been around since the 90s, and with good reason. A cross between two stable landrace strains, the White Widow cannabis strain is reliable in that it promises its user a cerebral, cheerful high.
If you’re looking to make social situations less painful or to bump up your mood, White Widow should definitely be on your list.