White Widow

Also Known As: Widow

"The Lonely Stoner"

The Scoop

Before White Widow’s Amsterdam emergence (via Brazil and India) in the mid-90s, famous strains barely existed. But once the coffee shops in the ‘Dam and its smokers sampled the White Widow, it quickly became one of the first significantly “famous” strains on the market. Since then, the snow-white coated Indica veering flower has become a strain known and sought all over the world.


More About This Strain

While White Widow is a bit of fool’s gold, even though the Indica-Dominant Hybrid is a solid strain. Like most strains that have been around almost 20 years, White Widow’s lineage can be traced back to landrace strains, reportedly coming from a Brazilian Sativa and a South Indian Indica, making it a truly worldly hybrid. While White Widow (the real kind) can be difficult to find in America and medical marijuana states, it quickly spread through Amsterdam like a virus in the 90s, and hasn’t gone anywhere since then. Almost every Coffee Shop in Amsterdam now has White Widow on their menus, partially because of its solidity, and partially because the strain’s name sells her. It’s (a true) urban legend that White Widow is the first strain any American will ask for when he or she enters a Dutch Coffee Shop. So if you receive a smirk or laughter when you ask for it in the ‘Dam, know that you’re not alone. The reason it’s underwhelming is because, aesthetically, it doesn’t get much prettier than White Widow. White Widow is so rich in trichomes that its resiny tips are, when cured right, always frosted. It may not be the most potent kid on the block, but it’s got a sweet taste to it and with its sexy look, will continue to remain popular.


White Widow’s legacy is ripe with controversy. We know she came from Green House Seeds and believe that the well-known version was bred by Shantibaba after an expedition he took to Brazil. It’s then believed that Shantibaba bred the strain around 1994 back in Amsterdam from these genetics. The strain then became Green House Seeds signature strain and took Amsterdam by storm. However, since Shantibaba split from Green House Seeds and started Mr. Nice, there’s controversy surrounding its origin. Arjan from Green House claims that the strain had been around since 1987, winning a cup in 1989, thanks to breeder Ingemar De Sjamaan. Regardless of the truths of its origin and breeding, the strain struck a nerve and soared in popularity, becoming the subject of rap songs and novels.

  • Crisp, smooth with sweet but light notes of white chocolate and vanilla smoke.
  • A fluctuating proper blend of garlic. bitter pepper with a peachy aftertaste.
  • As the name suggests, White Widow’s most stunning feature is its milky white coat--she looks like an oreo right after you dip it in milk. The nugs have Indica features, with a general density and thick core, coated with trichome leaves. Green and white are the overarching colors, with red and orange scarce. When grown right, a this layercake of a bud will permeate a ray of white light. When done wrong, well, you should be able to see and smell for yourself the signs of an improperly cured nugget.
  • Glue-like and syrupy, dripping with resin that sticks to the fingers, White Widow can be very difficult to break up by hand and smoke in joints. You may have to leave her out to dry her out, as sometimes, the Widow is just too wet.