Black Widow is a highly venomous spider. Worse, it is known for eating its partner. Aside from that, these two words mean a lot of different things and often, they are not so good. An exemption is the cannabis strain, though. It may have a deadly name, but the only thing it kills is stress.
Not all strains have a fascinating behind-the-scenes story, but the Black Widow certainly has one. The story that circulated in the cannabis scene goes like this.
Back when the legendary Shantibaba was with Green House Seeds, they developed a hybrid called White Widow. The name should be familiar to cannabis users. After all, it is one of the most famous strains worldwide for a good reason, its exceptional energizing buzz.
When Shatibaba decided to leave, he not only founded Mr. Nice Seeds. He also took with him the original Brazilian Sativa and South Indian Indica used to breed White Widow with him. Using these strains, he then developed a new hybrid which he named Black Widow.
In a sense, one can say that the Black Widow and the White Widow are siblings.
Like the White Widow which took the world by storm back when it was released, the Black Widow has also become a highly-acclaimed strain. In 1995, it was named the winner of the prestigious High Times Cannabis Cup.
From an irresistible mouth-watering aroma to dazzling mental high, the Black Widow soon captured the hearts of both recreational and medical cannabis users.
|Black Widow Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Brazilian Sativa x South Indian Indica|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||65 / 35|
|THC %||15% to 28%|
|CBD %||0.1% to 0.73%|
|Flowering Period||9 to 10 weeks / Late September to early October|
|Average Yield||350 to 450 g/m2 / 300 to 400 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Black Widow has an aroma that most people find irresistible. It has a fragrant sweet fruity scent that also comes with a piney note and woody undertone. Its odor, carrying over to its taste, a nutty aftertaste lingers long after users exhale its creamy and smooth smoke.
The White Widow was famous for its insane potency. Hence, it should not come as a surprise that the Black Widow comes packing up to 28% THC. At that level, beginners should consider using another strain as it can be overwhelming. Indeed, both these hybrids are among the most potent in the world.
At its onset, the hybrid slams users with an energizing and euphoric cerebral buzz. Used conservatively, the Black Widow uplifts the mood and induces an overwhelming sense of happiness. Not only that, but it also helps clear the head and sharpen focus. Furthermore, most people experience a heightened or amplified senses.
In some instances, some people may end up using a tad bit too much. Once that happens, the intense buzzing may be overbearing. It may even cause some to feel panicky.
While its most pronounced effects are mental and behavioral, never forget that the Black Widow also comes with Indica traits. It will take a while before it creeps into the body. Once it does, it provides a soothing body relaxation. It also serves as an anchor so that the psychoactive properties do not take users on a psychedelic or narcotic-like trip.
Using the Black Widow, like any cannabis, comes with a few adverse effects. Of course, there is the usual dryness of mouth and eyes. Aside from that, other possible conditions may be uncomfortable and are the result often of using too much.
One is having a headache. But more of a concern especially for people who are predisposed or currently going through anxiety issues is that the Black Widow can cause anxiousness and paranoia. While mild, inexperienced users may be caught off-guard. Nonetheless, these conditions do not cause long-term harm and vanish in a few hours. Needless to say, most people who do end up experiencing these conditions typically ignore as they drown in its euphoric effects.
Medical Use and Benefits
Black Widow provides a mental high like no other. Its uplifting high helps people suffering from mental illness such as depression, stress, and the like. Users, feeling happy and elated, are better able to manage their emotions and thoughts.
Despite having a smaller Indica side, it is potent enough to aid in pain relief. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help provide comfort to patients with chronic pain, muscle spasms, and even nausea.
During its come down, two things happen. One is that many people feel the urge to eat. In this manner, one can use it to stimulate the appetite. Another is that most people feel tired and sleepy. Hence, it can help insomniacs sleep.
Growing Black Widow
The Black Widow may be a beast when it comes to its intense effects, but it is a baby when cultivating it. In other words, it is an easy-to-grow hybrid that even beginners can handle. To make it easier, it is also resistant to molds and pests. Grown indoors or outdoors, take care of it, and the reward comes later during harvest.
It takes between 9 to 10 weeks for the Black Widow to be ready for flowering. During harvest, it can produce anywhere from 350 to 450 grams of buds per square meter. Outdoors, it starts flowering between September and October. Each plant can produce between 300 to 400 grams.
Generally, beginners may have lower yields. However, with practice and experience, reaching the optimal yield is just around the corner.
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