White Widow Cannabis: Everything You Need To Know

The White Widow cannabis strain is one of the most popular strains not because of its iconic name but due to its potency and contribution to the industry. Cannabis growers prefer this strain over many others as it has way fewer requirements and has a quick flowering period.

The first White Widow strain emerged in the mid-90s, clinching several awards, including the Cannabis Cup. Since then, consumers and breeders have made it a favorite due to its availability and contribution to making other potent strains like the Blue Widow.

This guide explores the White Widow cannabis to help you understand its origin, effects, and readily available progenies.

Key Takeaways

  • The White Widow cannabis strain is a progeny of the Brazilian Sativa strain and a South Indian Indica.
  • Its commonly reported effects include a burst of energy and euphoria, which leave users creative and conversational.
  • Common progenies from the White Widow cannabis strain include the Shark Attack, Moby-D, and White Russian cannabis strains.

What Is the Origin of The White Widow Cannabis?

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White Widow cannabis has some South Indian Indica parentage

The White Widow cannabis strain emerged after a Dutch breeder called Shantibaba visited South India while working for the Greenhouse Seed Company. Shantibaba brought some South Indian Indica seeds back to Amsterdam and crossed them with Brazilian Sativa strains.

The result was a strain that produced an extraordinary amount of resin. The plant is fully covered in white trichomes during flowering. Shantibaba and his company named this new strain the White Widow due to the crystal-covered buds.

It’s worth noting that the White Widow strain is also called the Black Widow. The latest name emerged after Shantibaba moved from The Greenhouse Seed Company to Mr. Nice Seedbank. While his former company let him carry the White Widow genetics, he was denied the rights to the name, so he opted for Black Widow.

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What Is the White Widow Cannabis Flavor?


A man smoking with a Gravity Bong

Smoking on a gravity bong

Other than the white trichomes, another way to easily recognize the White Widow cannabis strain is through its pungent and musky scent. This strain has a distinct flavor and smell mainly due to genetics from its parentage and having Caryophyllene as the dominant terpene.

In general, the taste and smell are what you would get in other herbal strains like Chemdawg, Sour Diesel, and OG Kush cannabis strains. In other words, the ammonia-like and woody scent is not something you’d prefer if you want to keep your smoking discreet.

What Is the White Widow Cannabis Experience?

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A few hits on the White Widow cannabis will leave you with a high that can last about 2 hours. Most of this effect is contributed by the strain’s THC, which ranges between 17% to 23%. While we have other strains with higher THC content, this range is also enough to cause significant psychoactivity.

One reason the White/Black Widow cannabis can be so psychoactive is because it doesn’t have enough CBD to counter the THC. Unlike THC, CBD cannabinoid does not cause psychoactivity and, in fact, helps inhibit the THC impact on the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Unfortunately, the less than 1% CBD concentration in this strain means that novice smokers should approach it with caution to avoid the wrath of side effects. However, with a few doses, you can expect a burst of energy and euphoria that could get you creative and conversational.

Another determinant of the White Widow weed effects is its Sativa-Indica ratio. Most people report Sativa strains to be more energizing and uplifting than Indica strains, which are mostly reported to be calming and soothing.

For the White Widow strain, the ratios seem a bit balanced, with some outlets indicating it as 50% Indica and 50% Sativa.  However, you might come across White Widow with reported 60% Indica genetics, which may not make any notable difference.

Nonetheless, the balanced hybrid strain brings out a perfect combination from both sides, with touches of energy from the Sativa genetics and tranquility from the Indica. While the two may not co-occur, you may start with a euphoric and energetic high, and the effects become heavier with time and lead you to some couch-lock effects.

What Are the Progenies of The White Widow Cannabis?

Some of the White Widow cannabis strain’s progenies include the White Russian, the Blue Widow, and the Moby Dick cannabis strains.

Let’s look at each of these in a more detailed way.

  1. White Russian Cannabis Strain

White Russian cannabis strain is a progeny of White Widow cannabis

White Russian Cannabis

This strain is a progeny of the White Widow and the AK-47 cannabis, another popular powerhouse. It embodies the parent strain’s white trichomes, potency, and earthy flavor. Like White Widow, the White Russian strain has high THC levels, averaging at 21% and less than 1% CBD.

Besides, White Russian cannabis is Indica-dominant, so you expect the effects to lean more toward calming than energizing. The most commonly reported effect is a blissful relaxation with a mentally stimulating head high.

For this reason, the White Russian strain has won several awards, including the High Time cannabis cup, in the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland.

  1. Moby Dick Cannabis Strain

Mobby Dick cannabis strain is a progeny of White Widow

Moby Dick cannabis strain

Moby Dick cannabis strain acquired its intriguing name from the massive smoke it produces, resembling the Moby-Dick Whale featured by American writer Herman Melville.

Also known as Moby-D, this strain is revered among consumers for its potency and true genotype from the parent strains. It’s a progeny of the White Widow and the Jack Herer cannabis strain, another Sativa powerhouse named after a popular cannabis activist and breeder.

Moby-D is 80% Sativa and has an average of 19% THC, meaning that consumers should expect an uplifting cerebral high that may leave them feeling buzzy.

Moby Dick’s flavor profile is somewhat more pleasant than White Widows, but it still inherits woody hints. Nonetheless, this strain adds pine flavor and a flowery scent characterized by a lemon or citrusy after-taste.

  1. Shark Attack Cannabis Strain

Shark Attack cannabis strain

Shark Attack cannabis strain

From the Moby Dick whale to the Shark Attack cannabis strain, the While Widow genetic tree has lots to offer. But the name should not scare you, though. This strain offers some of the best features for casual or beginner smokers.

With a THC level of about 15%, Shark Attack proves ideal for consumers looking for a mellow high that does not go to the extreme. Besides, Shark Attack has about 5% CBD, higher than most strains, meaning that the THC is further countered and therapeutic effects enhanced.

Expert breeders at Dinafem crossbred the White Widow and the popular Super Skunk strain to create a more therapeutic strain with a more pleasant flavor profile. The result was a 70% Indica strain that gives consumers a deep body buzz.

The strain is also revered for its potential therapeutic effects, which may include enhancing mood and alleviating symptoms of depression, insomnia, and pain.

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Befriend the White and Black Widow Cannabis Strains

Despite the scary names associated with the White Widow cannabis strains, its effects are somewhat mellow when compared to other high-THC strains available in the market. Therefore, the AK-47, Shark Attack, and Moby Dick monikers should not scare you away.

Nonetheless, it would be best if you smoked the strain responsibly, adhering to legal and ethical considerations. Most importantly, do not substitute this information for medical advice or an endorsement of any product.

You should always consult a doctor before using cannabis for any purpose.