The 2019 White Widow Marijuana Strain Review

Medical benefits, Facts and more…
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on January 7, 2019

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If there is any one marijuana strain whose name has been thrown around for two decades all over the world, and people still aren’t tired of hearing about it, that would be White Widow.

In fact, it’s pretty obvious why the White Widow strain is the one that ‘cannaisseurs,’ beginning cannabis enthusiasts, MMJ patients, and stoners just can’t stop buzzing about. Really, if it wasn’t for our worthy and trusted White Widow, other out-of-this-world flowers such as White Russian, Blue Widow, and Black Widow would not even exist.

| White Widow is a euphoric, downright stimulating strain, making any reality you might be living in totally and completely enhanced — in a positive way.


In our humble opinion, the trichome-laden White Widow cannabis strain is one we should all be thanking for making the pot-smoking world a better place – a place filled with good vibes, good times, and potent medicinal highs.

To learn more about this international cannabis icon, keep reading our updated 2019 White Widow marijuana strain review

White Widow Strain Review: The Basics

Winning the High Times Cup in 1995 when it was first released, as well as being generally recognized as one of the most popular marijuana strains in the world, White Widow cannabis is classified genetically as a hybrid with a slight indica dominance. Realistically, the strain mostly it emits a fine balance between sativa and indica, with a roughly 60% indica and 40% sativa profile.

Even if indica genetics might technically dominate White Widow’s makeup, however, its effects surely don’t represent your typical indica characteristics, with a high that does anything but make you tired, couch-locked, or lethargic.

| The unique high from White Widow is typically upbeat and mesmerizing, and will relax your body without causing your mind to want to fall asleep.

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This beautiful girl was originally bred by Green House Seeds in the Netherlands during the 1990s, and soon after developed into a European favorite – highlighting almost every menu across the countless number of Amsterdam coffeeshops.

White Widow’s parent plants give a clear explanation of why this strain has such a balanced energy, originally descending from heirloom breeds of South American (sativa) and South Indian (indica) heritage.

With both parents being categorized as landrace strains, it’s probably pretty obvious that White Widow turned out to become a highly potent and genetically-desirable strain, with understandably hard-hitting effects in terms of strength and therapeutic effectiveness.

And of course, the White Widow cannabis strain has become legendary for its immense resin production, as it routinely clocks in with THC leves in the 20-25% range — all adding up to produce a vibrant flower that offers a host of legitimate medicinal benefits.

In every sense of the word, White Widow weed might just be qualified to assume the status of a “perfect” marijuana strain — or at least as close to perfect as earthly possible. In the pothead’s eyes, it doesn’t really get much better than WW.

White Widow Review: Aroma, Flavor, and Appearance

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Those who regularly consume White Widow marijuana have described its aroma as ‘skunkily pungent,’ with a sophisticated hint of hempy spice and exotic equatorial berry. In fact, the aroma of White Widow marijuana is so dynamic that most any stoner could probably sense its presence within a range of about 300 square yards. And rumor has it that Michael Phelps can even smell it underwater if someone cracks open a jar within about 200 ft of him.

With this in mind, if you are planning on consuming White Widow with discretion, this is probably not the strain to experiment with – unless you take extra preventative measures to keep the stinky scent under wraps (smoke outside, eat an edible, use air filters, or spritz a scented air spray to help kill the smell).

| White Widow’s skunky bouquet of odor is so vigorous, we wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Phelps could detect its presence while underwater.


Sometimes, certain batches of White Widow express a particularly fruity or spicy taste, feeling as if you have just bitten into a ripe peach or juicy apple, mixed in with spice like nutmeg or cinnamon.

Appearance-wise, White Widow weed is laden with frosty, bright crystals that glisten and gleam the minute any source of light hits the nuggets. Underneath that snow-covered first blanketed layer, however, glimpses can be seen of fat sage-green buds stacked up together in tall colas, ready to be cut apart and trimmed down for the world’s best smoke.

Additionally, the presence of long bright orange pistil hairs reach straight up to the heavens, curling on their way and joining the lengthy dark green water leaves that express an ombre-like color gradient in their appearance, making them rather delightful aesthetically. In our opinion, there really is not a more attractive or visually appealing marijuana strain than White Widow.

White Widow Strain Review: Grow Info

White Widow is a hearty ‘survivor strain,’ which makes it a suitable option for any individual who has at least some experience with growing cannabis — even if this experience is sparse.

White Widow weed is fairly resistant to molds, bugs, and even colder climates, which is why – when cultivated properly – it can grow successfully without too much fuss (as long as the basic conditions and needs of the strain are being met).

| White Widow was originally bred to be grown indoors, but those who are blessed with sunny climates may successfully cultivate the frosty strain outdoors.


White Widow’s flowering period is around 8 weeks, but it can usually be grown for two more weeks in order to obtain the snow-capped frosty look that is so often attached to this strain.

If you are choosing to extend the flowering process to 10 weeks instead of 8, however, it is vital to induce a bit of stress into your girls by shortening your light cycle from 12 hours daily down to 8 hours. This will keep anything drastic from happening to your plants during the two extra weeks, and will generate plenty of accumulated frost so you can get the appearance you desire from your crops.

You can look forward to your White Widow growing to about two feet tall indoors, with much greater (yet varying) heights for outside production.

Also, it’s worth pointing out that when grown indoors, it is possible to successfully use the Sea of Green method alongside your usual cultivation process. And be advised that White Widow typically flourishes in a hydroponics system, soil growth, or any other indoor technique.

A typical indoor yield is around 20-24 ounces per meter squared, which is pretty average in relation to other marijuana strains. If you are brave enough to take on the challenge of cultivating your White Widow outdoors, make sure to attempt to provide your strain with as warm of weather as possible, typically in the 65-80 degree Fahrenheit range, with more than enough direct sunlight.

Although White Widow weed is known for being somewhat resistant to colder climates, you don’t want to keep the plants in the cold too long, as you may risk your hard work going to waste. An outdoor grown White Widow weed plant typically yields around 21-25 ounces of flower per plant, with the crop itself growing up to 6 feet in height – occasionally even taller. Harvest is usually in the end of October for White Widow, unless you are choosing the extended method of flowering.

Overall, growing White Widow marijuana is fairly easy, and even suitable for complete beginners if they are experimenting with the cultivation of just one plant in a closet or backyard. As long as you treat your White Widow well and give it the proper care, you should have some decent-tasting cannabis in the end.

White Widow Cannabis Effects

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THC percentage wise, White Widow tops out at a stunning 20-25% level, making it one of the strongest and most potent cannabis strains in the world alongside heavy hitters like Afghan Kush and AK-47.

The White Widow strain leaves you feeling energized yet relaxed, in a state of complete euphoria that will allow you to function regularly – just with a slightly more positive overall energy.

| Due to high levels of resin and trichome production (and therefore THC), the effects of White Widow are just as stunning as the cannabinoid profile suggests.


Expect your mind to become stimulated by these refreshing and invigorating buds, which often enhance creative energy and cause conversation and communication to flow naturally and with a simplicity that you may not experience in your normal day-to-day life.

White Widow weed is an ideal choice for those seeking pot that will not cause them tiredness, lethargy, or lack of energy (like indicas so often can), but rather a quintessentially happy, balanced medium that exists somewhere between relaxed and hyper-aware.

Medical Benefits of White Widow Cannabis

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Although White Widow marijuana has been explored for use with numerous medicinal conditions in the past, the most notorious relief this healing strain seems to provide is for individuals that suffer from:

For those handling psychological conditions (depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD), a small to average-sized dose of this cannabis strain is probably best, as over-consuming marijuana when dealing with a mental condition can sometimes lead to greater paranoia and anxiety.

It’s vital in this circumstance to understand and know your limits well with cannabis, and stick by those levels so you don’t end up in a worse position. For those dealing with the menaces of chronic pain, a larger, more potent dose is usually in order. This is why consuming edibles, concentrates, live resin, candies, or fatter-than-usual bowls are the go-to methods for people who use WW as a daily medicine.

Possible Side Effects of White Widow Marijuana

The most frequently-documented side effects by those who consume White Widow weed is – surprise, surprise – dry mouth. Of course, this can be resolved by drinking plenty of hydrating fluids, and always having an extra supply nearby you before, during, and after your high.

Occasionally WW users will report dry eyes as well, but this is less regular than dry mouth. For dry eyes, affordably-priced moisturizing eye drops can be purchased beforehand from any local drugstore, and applied whenever you feel they are necessary (or when somebody says you look like you got shot in the face with an entire bottle of bear spray.

White Widow Strain Review: Final Thoughts

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We hope you have enjoyed reading this White Widow strain review, and that you not only found it to be thoroughly entertaining, but also educational and informative. This is truly one of the most iconic indicas of all time, and if you’re passionate about marijuana use (either recreationally or medically), it is absolutely, positively, a must-try.

And fortunately, due to increased demand you can usually find high-quality genetic strains of White Widow cannabis in just about any top-shelf marijuana dispensary in the U.S. – particularly those in West Coast states like California, Washington, and Oregon.

Thanks for tuning in to our White Widow marijuana strain review, and as always, stay healthy — and stay green!

  1. Joe Cocks

    I remember in 95 when this came out – I was 19 and had never tried cannabis before. What a great experience this was, and still is to this day. My favorite bud.

  2. James Delgado

    White widow and northern lights are my two all time favorite strains when it comes to smoking. White widow has a great aroma, a little earthy and if smoked at the right temperature, it can give you a high, which you would never have experienced before. I will definitely recommend this strain.

  3. Dr Bloom

    Very forgiving plant for first time or rookie growers. Fantastic for PTSD and chronic pain.

  4. Yankeetransplant
    White Widow Rules

    White Widow is INDEED one of thhe best…WAY ahead of times for the mid 90ies….My 1st hydro crop was 1979…Now 40 yrs later, I cant begin to compare ANY strain to this amazing hybrid….I grew it from 96-2000, again 2013-2016, and just cracked 5 more the last week of Jan 2019….when I DONT HAVE IT, I want it….There should be some type of lifetime award for this strain, to honor the DECADES of good this strain has brought to millions…..ANYONE who smokes recognizes, and respects the name…YT

  5. Agent047
    White Widow

    Love this hybrid! Amazing buzz. Have a few growing strong right now and can’t wait till harvest. The Widow is easy to grow and very resilient. Take care of her and she will take care of you.

  6. Will
    Strain names

    I also agree re the strain names lol. At least from the brick and mortar stores, some of which just change the label on the bottles. WIll be getting some seeds of White Window and grow a couple at home. Used to grow back in the 90’s, cheaper then buying if you get the right seends

    1. Jburg
      White Widow grows like a weed!

      I am growing three right now and they are hearty growers. I almost killed them after transplant from seedlings. I didn’t water them in and put them back it the tent under 1000 watt led. Most of the leaves turned brown dried out. I was soo sick. I told my wife I f-ed up! They were in there for probably 15 mins because I was transplanting clones. I set them out side for a few days in the sun. They started growing new leaves. They know are five weeks in and I have to transplant this weekend. Huge leaves now eight tight tiers of leaves. I got three feminized seeds of White Widow from seedsman. Man I can’t wait to see these babies bud out! Get your seeds now. Don’t wait. Just get them from a reputable seed bank. You will be happy you did! Happy smoking!

  7. docnoahbody
    Uhhh No!

    If the Netherlands made white widow in the 90’s..then what white widow was I smoking in the 80’s..all of these sites have their facts ass backwards..Green Crack was not by snoop dog either..another one we had and called in the 80’s..but it goes even farther maybe when you get should check someone whom was there

    1. Dave
      Great growing and investing

      Then what strain is KIND BUD ? LIKE THE NICE TASTING STUFF WE USED YO GET ON TOUR WITH GRATEFUL DEAD ? BEEN TRY TO FIND THAT FLAVOR FOR YRS NOW ! BASICALLY SINCE JERRY PASSED ! 🙁 BOBBY AND THE REST OF THE BOYS ARE STILL PLAYING . Thank god ! Have you checked out stock market inregards to legalization US market about to go crazy up on 11/6/18 , invest now and make unbelievably profits ! Same THING as alcohol being legal

    2. Alex

      lol and what ‘facts’ do you have documenting you were smoking white widow in the 80s? strains and genetics are all mostly just word of mouth… people who actually research gene expressions are showing you can have 50 different genotypes from 50 examples of the same “strain”… honestly, strain names are all a bunch of bullshit

      1. docnoahbody

        I know cuz’ I am not 15 and I was there. Wilno is full of draft dodgers to this day :)..people did do things before the Internet (way more things actually). Myself and others grew OW original weed…but like ya said its all hybridized now unless you have OW seed…some strains even go back to 60’s and 70’s..we grew all sorts of great stuff you don’t see anymore..My favorite was/is Northern Light No.5 and lambs breath

        1. Louis plecas

          Original weed …lambs breath…it’s good to hear because myself and a few others grew some amazing medicine and did it before all this new shit and names and hybridization..just more ways to make rich people richer that have no business in the medical game they only give a shit for profits..keep on growing !!

        2. romy
          80's OW

          hi, im in oz and still growing 80’s OW, Mullumbimbi madness and coffs creeper, and yeh still hits as hard as a base ball bat

  8. stoners

    im enjoying the comments more than the article – this weed makes it funny high 🙂

  9. Unknown

    I snorted the crystals from this plant, it’s the best THC

  10. Wandering
    Pain relief white widow

    Suffer with chronic endometriosis and trigeminal neuralgia was given some white widow to try and had a great nights sleep for once, anxiety levels went down, face pain minimal, endometriosis pain still chronic although able to eat now.

  11. Francis Alvarado

    This strain is awesome for stress.

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