Black Widow Strain Review (Origins, Benefits, Potency)
April 4, 2019
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Black Widow Strain Review (Origins, Benefits, Potency)

Is this strain as scary as it sounds?
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on April 4, 2019

Black Widow Strain

The Black Widow strain probably gets its name from the small spider with the deadly venom. If you ever see one of these creatures, make a run for the nearest exit because its venom contains the neurotoxin latrotoxin which causes a serious illness called latrodectism. Fortunately, the weed strain doesn’t cause side effects such as the vomiting, sweating and muscle rigidity associated with latrodectism!

What is the Black Widow Strain?

Black Widow weed is a sativa-dominant strain, and it has a very interesting history. It was created by a breeder called Shantibaba, better known as Scott Blackey. He is a renowned breeder associated with CBD Crew and Mr. Nice Seeds. Blackey was also a co-founder of the Greenhouse Seeds firm that was created in Amsterdam.

Back in 1994, Blackey teamed up with Arjan Roskam to create a brand-new line of marijuana seeds. The following year, the duo unveiled White Widow at the Cannabis Cup and won first place. Blackey claims that he was the person who created White Widow and when he left Greenhouse Seeds in 1998, he took the genetics with him but was unable to take the name.

Therefore, when he helped found Mr. Nice Seeds, along with Howard Marks, he released Black Widow; which is believed to be White Widow under a different name. Therefore, we can say that the strain is a cross of a Brazilian Sativa and a South Indian Indica.

You won’t be shocked to learn that Roskam disputes Blackey’s version of events. Roskam claims that White Widow was created by a Dutch breeder called Ingmar who gave the genetics to Greenhouse Seeds. Ingmar’s version of White Widow is apparently available these days under the name ‘De Sjamaan Seeds.’

Aroma

Black Widow offers a skunky and sweet odor with a pine overlay. It is a fragrant smelling flower, and you will enjoy inhaling the scent.

Flavor

Black Widow tastes similarly to how it smells. There is a fruity yet skunky taste along with a nutty aftertaste that treats the senses.

Appearance

Perhaps the fact that Black Widow is named after a deadly spider is a coincidence because the purple in its buds looks so dark that it appears black. The strain also has orange hairs, plenty of green in its buds, and is covered in trichomes when ready for harvest.

Black Widow Strain Grow Info

Novices should purchase Black Widow seeds because it is one of the easiest marijuana strains to grow. It is highly resistant to mildew, molds, and pests, and it thrives in a hydroponics setup or in soil. You may also enjoy an increased yield if you opt for the Screen of Green (SCROG) method.

If you decide to grow Black Widow outdoors, bear in mind that it can grow to over six feet tall. It enjoys a warm climate with lots of sunshine and should be ready for harvest by the end of September or early October in the Northern hemisphere. It will yield up to 14 ounces per plant.

Black Widow is ideal for indoor cultivation because it seldom grows taller than three feet. Make sure it is exposed to lots of light during the vegetative stage and consider using the Sea of Green (SOG) method. On average, you can expect anywhere from 11 to 16 ounces per square meter planted, and its flowering time is 8-9 weeks.

THC Content – Highest Test

The THC content of Black Widow can vary significantly. You may find a version with just 15% THC, but we have heard that its THC content can reach 28%!

CBD Content – Highest Test

The CBD content of this plant also varies; you could get anywhere from 0.1% to 0.7% CBD. Therefore, the THC to CBD ratio could be anywhere from 20:1 to 280:1!

What Can I Expect When I Use Black Widow Weed?

Although it depends on the phenotype, it is wise to expect Black Widow to provide an extremely potent high. While it is a great strain to grow for novices, it is not the best option to smoke if you are not a regular weed user. Almost immediately, you will feel a buzzing cerebral high that elevates your mood and generally leads to euphoria.

Users say there is a fine line between using just enough to enjoy an incredible high and overdoing it, which leads to couch lock. Black Widow often provides users with a reasonable level of body relaxation, although you may not notice it due to the intense head high. If you tolerate this strain well, you will feel happy, focused, and potentially creative. Otherwise, you will lounge on the couch and stay put for hours. Ideally, you will use Black Widow in the evening.

Medical Benefits of Black Widow Marijuana

While the black widow spider delivers a potentially deadly substance, the marijuana strain has an array of possibly beneficial medical effects. It is sometimes used to increase focus and enable the user to function at a higher level. The intense cerebral high makes it an ideal option for anyone in need of a mood boost, which includes patients with depression, stress, or an anxiety disorder.

Although it is sativa-dominant, Black Widow retains enough of its indica traits to act as a potentially effective analgesic. As it also has sedative qualities you could use it to treat insomnia. Black Widow contains a variety of terpenes which help create the aroma and also treat certain medical ailments. The terpenes included in abundance are A-Pinene, Caryophyllene, and Humulene.

Possible Side Effects of Black Widow Weed

As is always the case with extremely potent marijuana strains, Black Widow could cause your level of anxiety or paranoia to increase. Common reactions include dizziness, dry eyes, and a dry mouth. If you are a first-time user, there is every chance that the potency of the high causes you to panic.

Final Thoughts on Black Widow Cannabis

Black Widow is an aromatic strain with a complex cannabinoid and terpenoid profile. It is extremely easy to grow, although we recommend doing so indoors because the plants remain short and easy to manage. It has a high resistance to pests and disease, and it is relatively easy to maintain.

When you grow Black Widow, your eyes will widen in anticipation during the blooming phase as the purple and green buds become covered in enormous amounts of trichomes which shine like crystals. Please resist the urge to harvest the crop before it is ready! We don’t recommend Black Widow for new users because it is far too potent; even experienced users are in danger of being overwhelmed if they overestimate their tolerance.

1 comment
  1. Venus
    Amazing strain!

    I actually love this strain way more than Black Widow. A lot of people think both strain are pretty much the same, but in my opinion this is a way more well-rounded strain with more of a kick and more medical properties.

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