A Review of the Black Widow Weed

A Review of the Black Widow Weed

Despite what the name suggests, the Black Widow weed is non-toxic, unlike the deadly spider. The truth is, it is helpful and beneficial.

The Black Widow has been a famous strain since 1994. Mr. Nice Seeds created it by crossing a hybrid from South India Indica and a Brazilian Sativa, which are also the parents of the White Widow. This strain won the High Times Cannabis Cup Award in 1995.

According to Mr. Nice Seeds, turning the strain’s name from the white color to black signifies the creator’s change of company.

If you are new in the world of cannabis, the chances are you are less aware of the controversy of the White and Black Widow Strains. Aside from Mr. Nice Seed, the Greenhouse Seeds claims to be the original creator too.

There are two versions of stories that revolve around the White Widow. However, this article focuses on how Mr. Nice Seed came up with the Black Widow.

According to Mr. Nice Seed’s version of the story, Shantibaba, co-founder of Mr. Nice Seed, created the White Widow. This strain is the result of the crossbred between the seed he received from a farmer from the Kerala region in India with the Manga Rosa from Brazil.

At the time of this creation, he and Arjan co-owned the Greenhouse Seed. The strain became known as the White Widow and won a High Times Cannabis Cup.

However, Shantibaba sold his ownership of the Greenhouse Seeds to Arjan to establish the Mr. Nice Seeds. Because of this change of company, Mr. Nice Seeds prefer to call their version of the White Widow as the Black Widow.

The Black Widow weed is 70 percent Indica-dominant, while other strains are 65 percent Sativa-dominant.

The name Black Widow looks fitting to the dark purple color of the buds covered with orange hairs. Other strains’ buds are green, and trichomes cover them.

The taste of this strain is skunky and fruity. When smoked, it tastes nutty on the exhale.

Its scent is almost the same as its taste and has a piney overtone.

Effects of the Strain

The Black Widow weed gives a cerebral high that works almost immediately. It causes users to feel happy and euphoric.

Sativa-dominant strains provide uplifting effects. They also make users feel talkative.

For this reason, this strain is one of the best options for combating depression and stress.

Aside from these benefits, the strain can also enhance one’s creativity. It also provides relaxation. Sativa-dominant strains give energy. Therefore, the Black Widow is also effective against fatigue, chronic pain, and muscle spasms.

Moreover, it helps people with eating disorders, because the strain can boost the appetite, whether it is Indica or Sativa-dominant.

Yet, like any other cannabis strains, using the Black Widow can lead to mild side effects like having dry mouth and dry eyes. These are mild because you can quickly mitigate the symptoms by using eye drops and by drinking lots of water.

However, when overconsumed, the Indica-dominant Black Widow strain can lead to the couchlock effect.

Terpene Profile

The Black Widow weed contains 15 to 28 percent THC and 0.1 to 0.7 percent CBD. Aside from these compounds, this strain contains terpenes that give its distinctive flavors and therapeutic effects.

Here is the summary of the Black Widow major terpene components:

  • Pinene
  • Myrcene
  • Humulene
  • Linalool
  • Caryophyllene
  • Limonene


The Black Widow weed presumably came from the Brazilian Mango Rosa and a South Indian Sativa. Meanwhile, its child is the Clockwork Orange.


If you are a new breeder, and you came here to do your research to learn, which is the best strain to start to grow, you found the perfect strain for you. The Black Widow weed is easy to cultivate. It can flourish, whether indoors or outdoors and soil or hydro. The SCROG method works well on this strain too.

You are lucky because this strain is resistant to pests, molds, and mildews. It requires a mild temperature.

The Black Widow grows up to 3 to 6 feet tall, which can flourish to its maximum height when grown outdoors.

The yield is 450 grams per square meter indoors. For outdoors, the yield is 400 grams per plant. Take note that rain can reduce the expected return.

The flowering time is between 8 to 10 weeks indoors.  For outdoors, it is the end of September or beginning of October in the Northern Hemisphere or March to April in the Southern Hemisphere. By this time, you will see that the strain produces a high amount of resin.


The Black Widow weed is advisable for evening use, especially for the Indica-dominant strain. However, some users with high THC tolerance can use it in the daytime.

Users can take a small amount and feel the body high that may last for long hours. Most users use the Indica-dominant strain to relax and to prepare to sleep.

The Black Widow weed is not for novice users who never use cannabis regularly.

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