The dude abides. No longer just a novelty cocktail, White Russian is a potent hybrid strain that leans on some famous genetics. Originally produced by Dutch seed bank Serious Seeds, White Russian is a cross between sativa-dominant AK-47 and the notoriously potent sativa White Widow. These building blocks give White Russian a powerful and introspective head high. This strain won 1st place in the best overall category at the 1996 High Time Cannabis Cup, and it’s not hard to see why. With consistently high THC composition between 20 and 25%, White Russian is sure to make an impact on any who try it.
Buds of White Russian tend to be small to medium in size. Their bud structure is more typical of sativa strains, with loosely-clustered, fluffy leaves. The leaves are pale green and, depending on the individual plant phenotype, may be moderately to thoroughly covered in frosty trichomes like parent strain White Widow. Cured properly, the flowers have an earthy, dank smell (imparted from White Widow, which is known more for its extreme stickiness than its taste profile) mixed with some sweet citrus fruit (passed on from AK-47, which has a sweet and floral aftertaste from the various Asian and South American landrace strains in its genetics). When combusted, flowers smell more skunky and slightly spicy. Some have described the smoke from White Russian as harsh and lung-expanding. Smoke tastes slightly spicy when exhaled.
The high from this strain takes hold almost immediately in the form of some initial disorientation and tightening around the temples. Users report feeling quickly energized and motivated, and being able to function with more clarity than confusion. As is characteristic of parent strain White Widow, White Russian has an intensely cerebral high that can lend itself to introspection, lateral thinking for problem solving, and creative inspiration. A sense of euphoria and emotional well-being can accompany this mental stimulation. Despite some indica in its genetics, this strain carries very little physical effects — although, as with any variety of cannabis, heavy consumption can lead to couchlock and drowsiness. White Russian’s powerful head high makes it effective in treating anxiety and depression. It is also particularly beneficial for users with attention deficit disorders. Red, dry eyes are a common side effect, a result of the high THC in this strain dilating blood vessels and capillaries controlling blood flow to the eyes. Because of its cerebral intensity, White Russian also has the potential to veer into paranoid or anxious territory; users should consider their individual tolerance as well as their mindset and setting before enjoying this strain. More likely to leave you wired than lazy, White Russian is definitely a strain to be enjoyed during the daytime.
Hailed by Amsterdam seed bank Serious Seeds as its “most typically Indica strain,” White Russian is an F1 hybrid of the seed bank’s AK-47 and a White Widow clone.
The winner of several awards — including 1st Bio at High Times’ Cannabis Cup in 1996, 2nd Hydro at High Times’ Cannabis Cup in 1997 and 2nd Hash Extract at Highlife Cup in 2013 — White Russian’s effects are reported to be strong, cerebral and long-lasting.