Sweet and Sour Widow Strain

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
August 29, 2020
Weed Review Sweet and Sour Widow
Weed Review Sweet and Sour Widow

Sweet and Sour Widow is something of a specialty strain, bred for CBD lovers who want to enjoy THC at the same time.  Given its unusual chemical composition, we want to shed better light on it as you may find it’s exactly what you’ve been searching for all along.

What is Sweet and Sour Widow?

The Sweet and Sour Widow cannabis strain was developed in response to the desire to increase the CBD content of a popular marijuana strain, White Widow.  Breeders did this by crossing the White Widow strain with another unknown cultivar, resulting in a 1:1 CBD:THC strain that is useful and effective for both medical and recreational users.  With the balanced CBD and THC, which aren’t overly heavy, this is a good strain to use if you’re a beginner, or just looking to take the edge off.  It’s about 70% indica, 30% sativa, with about 5-15% (average 8%) THC and 8% CBD.

The Sweet & Sour Widow flower is consistent with other cannabis flowers.  It’s fluffy and round, with the distinct orange pistils and crystal-like flecks of the trichomes.

What Does Sweet and Sour Widow Taste and Smell Like?

The Sweet and Sour Widow strain is, well, sweet and sour.  As with any cannabis cultivar, it has the strong earthy and musky scent that’s quite familiar, but it also has a lingering sweet onion flavor and a hint of spicy pepper.  When broken or crushed, the scent diffuses a bit to become grassier, with a hint of wet dirt.  The sour taste is more noticeable when exhaled.

Sweet and Sour Widow Cannabis Strain Uses

This strain is a balanced strain of CBD and THC, but not an overbearing load of either. That makes it of interest to all varieties of users, from beginners in medicinal and recreational use, to regular users.

What are Sweet and Sour Widow’s Effects?

This strain offers a unique balanced ratio of CBD and THC, but not an overbearing load of either.  That makes it of interest to all varieties of users, from beginners in medicinal and recreational use, to regular users.  People love it for fatigue as well as insomnia, depending on what time of day it’s taken, as well as headaches, aches and pains, stress and mood disorders.  Its high is nice and subtle.

The lower levels of THC in the strain serve as a gentle guide to relaxation, especially noticeable to beginners and light users.  The initial effect is slow, and may take a few hits to get started, offering a potentially light high depending on your experience and exposure to THC.  But once it starts, you’ll have a sense of ease, peace, and happiness, as the stress and pains of the day ease, making you feel like you’re living the relaxing sensation of waves ebbing and flowing on the shoreline, bringing peace and gently taking away the tension.

As the tension does melt away, you may notice a keener interest in the world around you, thanks to clearer thinking, and increased motivation that allows you to stay more focused.  If taken in a more intimate environment, it can stoke additional interests and attention as well, so you may want to share this with a loved one.

Possible Side Effects of the Sweet and Sour Widow Cannabis Strain

The standard side effects apply, cottonmouth (dry mouth) and dry eyes, which isn’t always noticeable, but more commonly reported with new cannabis users.  This is easily managed through staying hydrated.  Since the Sweet and Sour Widow strain is a 1:1 strain, it’s not unheard of for users to “green out”, which means you might feel some minor dizziness, a headache, or even a slight sense of paranoia.  Hence, why it’s important to use this particular strain in moderation.

We’re including this note because it is a popular strain for medicinal and therapeutic uses because of its effectiveness.  This very effectiveness may make users want to use more of it.  So be forewarned, increasing the dosage can result in these side effects.

Growing the Sweet and Sour Widow Strain

CBD intensive cannabis growing isn’t easy, and many have reported that roughly half of the initial seeds end up producing.  This is why breeders have been including a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC, to help increase the effectiveness and reliability of the seeds for these strains.

The Sweet and Sour strain is a well-bred strain that’s sturdy.  It grows to about six feet, so consider the height when deciding on the growing environment.  The buds are light and airy and are stable against high humidity.  You will need to trim and top them early to help with light and air exposure, and even manage the growth height.  This also increases the yield.

The strain will require more attention in the form of presoaking and germination if not planting, to keep the female plant from turning into a hermaphrodite.

  • Indoor Flowering: 8 weeks, can be shortened to 7 using “Sea of Green” method
  • Outdoor flowering: end of September, early October
  • Yield – Moderate, 14 ounces of buds
  • Requires topping
  • Requires germination

Sweet and Sour Widow: Be Totally One with the Present Moment

With its balanced THC and CBD levels, and the combined interest from medicinal and recreational users alike, Sweet and Sour Widow is a good choice for general and beginner users.  It’s a gentle strain that can give relief and relaxation at the same time, with effects that are mild enough to be encouraging and motivating, but not distracting.