A whole lot of strains have been used and perfected over the years. Even so, none can compare to the majestic White Widow by Green House Seeds. Since its debut, it has been a perennial favorite among the patrons of the infamous coffee shops in Amsterdam. It also grew in prominence soon after winning the Bio category of the 1995 High Times Cannabis Cup.
For a long time, the origin of White Widow has remained controversial. For instance, many people believe that it traces its lineage to a South American and a South Indian pure strain. This version of White Widow is Sativa-dominant.
Considering that the original breeder of this strain is Green House Seeds, there really is no mystery. White Widow is an offspring of a Brazilian Sativa and a South Indian Indica.
Because both these strains share the same name, it is best for buyers to verify which one they are receiving before making any purchase.
At any rate, the White Widow featured in this article is the one from Green House Seeds.
|White Widow Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Brazilian x South Indian|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||40% / 60%|
|Flowering Period||8 weeks / End of September|
|Average Yield||800 g/m2, 900 g/plant outdoor|
Odor and Flavors
White Widow gets its name from the sugar like crystals covering its buds. But not only do the resins look like crystals, but it also has a sugary sweet scent blended in its pungent dank earthy odor. While its aroma is less pronounced in its taste, it does have a spicy aftertaste that is soothing to the throat.
The White Widow leans a little towards its Indica side, but that is not to say that its cerebral effects are not intense.
As soon as one starts using it, an energizing buzz surges in and in no time at all, users feel not only uplifted but also euphoric. It also frees the mind and heightens focus. These are, in more ways than one, typical Sativa traits.
As the strain continues to sustain the intense cerebral high, it also kicks into the body. Feeling relaxed, most people at this point are likely to be sociable and even talkative. But the White Widow is not yet done. Soon, the uplifting sensation turns to a numbing buzz. As a result, users stay where they are, entirely at peace and refusing to move even an inch.
Enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike describe White Widow as a strain that is close to perfect, but that does not mean that it doesn’t have flaws. Immediately, what comes to mind is dry mouth and eyes. Both are expected especially when users happen to smoke too much.
Overindulgence not only heightens dry mouth and eyes. It can also lead to other unwanted effects. For instance, it can cause some people to feel paranoid and anxious. It means that people who already have anxiety disorder must not use this strain.
The intense cerebral and body effects can also cause some people to feel dizzy. Hence, it is best to take it easy when using it for the first time. As for beginners, there are other gentler strains, to begin with.
Medical Use and Benefits
Given the fact that White Widow induces relaxation and alters the mood positively, medical cannabis users have also found useful uses. In particular, the strain has an uncanny ability to wipe away stress. As such, it is also used by people with depression, ADD/ADHD, and PTSD.
It also has other uses such as for pain relief. No other people than those with chronic illnesses can understand the craving for comfort. These are the people who have to endure pain each minute of the day. The sedative-like property of the White Widow helps patients in two ways. One is that it helps ease the tensions in the body. Another is that it helps them fall asleep.
Although the strain does provide a temporary boost in energy, that is also soon negated once the Indica side overwhelms the body.
Growing White Widow
Generally, the White Widow is easy to cultivate. Like any plants, though, it does require some tending. It thrives in the outdoor environment well, but not everyone has that luxury. The good news is that it grows quite well indoors too.
If planted in the garden, it can use the sunshine but too much. After all, the White Widow prefers a temperate climate. Hence, it is also able to tolerate a colder environment. Aside from that, it is also resistant to many plant diseases.
Flowering time outdoor can come as early as the last week of September. Once it is ready for harvest, she can be generous rewarding growers with up to 900 grams of buds.
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