Developed in 1994 by Green House Seeds/Coffeeshop in Amsterdam, the 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.
Cerebral and uplifting, this strain is powerful and consistent. Though it 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.
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.