Black Widow: Possibly the original White Widow?
The story of Black Widow is quite an interesting one. Some believe this indica/sativa hybrid is the original White Widow; the strain that blew the competition away at the 1995 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam and still one of the most famous and popular strains around.
But Shantibaba is also one of the founders of Greenhouse Seeds from Amsterdam. In 1994 he joined Arjan Roskam to start this new line of cannabis seeds. In 1995 their company introduced White Widow at the Cannabis Cup to the rest of the world and went home with the first prize.
According to Shantibaba he was the one who created White Widow. When Shantibaba left Greenhouse Seeds in 1998 he was able to take the genetics he created with him, but he couldn’t claim the White Widow™ name.
When Shantibaba opened his own seed bank 'Mr Nice Seeds' shortly after, together with the famous ex-smuggler Howard Marks (aka Mr. Nice - RIP), one of the most interesting strains in their catalog was 'Black Widow'. Indeed, the White Widow from Amsterdam but with a new name.
Important detail worth mentioning: Arjan Roskam disputes Shantibaba's version of the history behind the famous White Widow. According to Arjan White Widow is a creation by Ingmar, a breeder from The Netherlands who gave the genetics to Arjan/Greenhouse Seeds including the right to use the name White Widow. Genetics from Ingmar, including his version of White Widow, are sold these days under the name of 'De Sjamaan Seeds'.
But enough gossip. Let's talk about the strain itself.
Black Widow derives from a South Indian indica and a Brazilian sativa. This genetic makeup makes this strain a slightly indica-dominant (60%) cannabis hybrid. The most eye-catching feature of Black Widow are the buds which are covered in a massive amount of white trichomes which give them a mouthwatering frosty look.
Most people describe the effects as an incredible uplifting, energetic, euphoric and talkative high. But be aware, this strain can be devastating for some. Cross the line by smoking too much and you will be rewarded with a classic all-destructive couch-lock.
It’s a very aromatic strain, which possesses an interesting cannabinoid and terpene profile. Sweet, fruity, pine and spices. All in one package.
Black Widow is an easy strain to grow, so it's highly recommended to beginning growers. It thrives well in indoor- outdoor and greenhouse settings as well as in soil and hydroponic setups. In all cases Black Widow won't disappoint for sure.
The flowering period of Black Widow takes around 8-10 weeks indoors. Outdoors the plants can be harvested at the end of September to the beginning of October. The plants and the yields are medium sized. Growers can expect around 350-450g/m² from this variety.
Grow your own Black Widow
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- 8-10 weeks
- Harvest time (outdoor)
- End of September/October
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