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White Widow: The Potent Pride Of The Netherlands

White Widow won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995, and it’s stuck around in the lives of weed smokers everywhere ever since. It’s not just branding, either; these 19% THC nugs will slump you as well as any new strain. In a rush? Then the autoflowering version is one of the quickest ways to take your grow room and stash to the next level.

White Widow, a child of the Netherlands and Green House Seeds, first came on on the scene during the 1990s. From the very beginning, people knew it was something special. Perhaps the biggest sign of this was the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995, which White Widow won with ease.

It was a big deal, but you might be thinking: “That was more than two decades ago! Cannabis science has been advancing quicker than ever. How does it stack up today?”. We’re happy to tell you that even with the exciting strains out today, it still goes toe to toe with the best of them.


While we don’t know the exact names of the strains that came together to make White Widow, we know where they came from. Specifically, White Widow is a genetic blend of Brazilian sativa and South Indian indica landraces, with the latter known to be especially resin-heavy. From those corners of the world, they came together in the Netherlands. From there, White Widow was born.


Even though it’s a high-profile strain, White Widow’s flavour keeps things low-key. It’s not flavourless, though. There are subtle but noticeable hints of citrus, herbs, and even pepper that’ll race across the tongue. Those notes will hit the air in the same way, gracing your nose without stinking up the place.

If you’re trying to judge potency by taste and smell, though, you’ll be in for a surprise. These nugs hit the user with 19% THC, and even though it’s an evenly balanced hybrid, it’ll hit you with the sort of cerebral, lifted high that comes from sativa-dominant titans.

Holding a place in the hearts of stoners since the mid-90s, White Widow and its autoflowering progeny continue to impress. Learn more about White Widow inside!

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Called “white” due to its heavy resin gland content as well as its tendency to not fully color up when ready to harvest, White Widow is known for being extremely potent. A solid producer of connoisseur-quality nugs, it has been popular in Amsterdam coffee shops for many years and has been used in many breeding projects to increase the potency and vigor of other strains. While not an outstanding yielder, it stays relatively short and compact, making it a good choice for home grows. The males are said to be best for breeding because the females are not known for their smell and taste… the male will often lend the potency and trichomes of the strain while retaining the flavor terpenes of the chosen mother plant.


Brazilian sativa combined with a South Indian hybrid


Developed in 1994 by Green House Seeds/Coffeeshop in Amsterdam, White Widow has gone on to win prizes and become one of the most popular and notorious strains in the world. After the split of Shantibaba (and later, Neville Schoenmaker and Howard Marks) from Green House Seeds, they formed Mr. Nice Seedbank and re-created the strain from the original parent genetics, re-naming it “Black Widow,” as they lost the rights to the original name. Many people prefer the Black Widow to the current Green House version.


A blend of fruit and musky, putrid qualities — it hints at its potency with the smell, which has more of a bite to it than many fruity-smelling strains. At times, it’s all lemons and hashiness, depends a bit on the phenotype.


Often times neutral or even hashy due to the high trichome count, the strain sometimes has a citrusy, flowery finish, but is not known for being all that flavorful in general.


Cerebral and uplifting, this strain is powerful and consistent. Though White Widow keeps you mentally active and positive, it often comes with a strong couchlock tendency, especially later in the duration. If harvested late, this strain can be especially narcotic for a sativa and can make a mid-day nap a necessity.

Grow Medium

Indoor is best for this strain and it flowers more quickly than when grown outdoors — Shantibaba recommends to keep the moisture level low to prevent mildew and to keep the fertilization schedule fairly light as well to let the flavors come out.

Called "white" due to its heavy resin gland content as well as its tendency to not fully color up when ready to harvest, White Widow is known for being extremely potent.  A solid producer of connoisseur-quality nugs