The Blackwater Cannabis Strain (Origins, Benefits, Potency)

The Blackwater Strain Overview
Blackwater is a very fragrant and sweet-smelling bud. Many users have likened its aroma to a fruity and earthy grape smell. Despite the fruity aroma though, this bud tastes like lemons and pine. It can really relax the senses and put you in a deep sleep too, so it’s great for insomniacs.
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Growing info
Flowering period is approximately 9 weeks, can be grown both indoors and outdoors

The Blackwater strain was initially renowned for its medicinal qualities but is now widely used recreationally. There is a possibility that the strain is named after the infamous security firm, Blackwater Security Consulting (which changed its name to Academi), best known for the Nisour Square Massacre in Baghdad in September 2007.

Four employees of the firm were convicted in U.S. Federal Court seven years later. If Blackwater is named after this company, it is certainly a sarcastic homage because this strain is relaxing and wonderful.

What Is the Blackwater Strain?

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Blackwater weed is a heavily indica-dominant hybrid that’s a cross of San Fernando Valley Kush and Mendocino Purps. Back in 2014, the strain won third place at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in L.A. in the indica category. It was bred by the Cali Connection, and both parent strains are known for being reliable and potent indicas.


Blackwater is an extremely fragrant marijuana strain, which means it isn’t easy to hide it! You should get an earthy scent with a sweet grape smell that almost envelops the user as soon as the weed gets lit up. You may also get hints of pine and lemon.


If the aroma is tantalizing, the taste is mouthwatering. As well as the hints of pine and lemon, Blackwater offers earthy berry flavors that startle the taste buds. When exhaling, you may also get sweet and sour notes. Overall, you should experience a smoother smoke than you would on average from an Indica.


When you grow Blackwater in the right conditions, its buds have a delightful hint of purple. The buds themselves are fairly small, but the fresh and intense green color is a joy to behold. You will quickly know when you have low-quality Blackwater marijuana. The buds will be dry, lifeless with no hint of stickiness.

Blackwater Strain Grow Info

Once you have your Blackwater seeds, you will find that it’s an easy marijuana strain to grow, even if you are a novice. If you decide to grow it outdoors, Blackwater can yield around 19 ounces per plant and is ready for harvest by the end of September, as long as you grow it in a sheltered location that is well lit.

Indoor growers will find that Blackwater takes around 9 weeks to flower and it provides up to 16 ounces per square meter planted. If you have seen images of this strain and like the specks of purple on the buds, it is easy to grow your own aesthetically pleasing version of Blackwater.

Strains that are high in the pigment anthocyanin are easier to make purple. It is the pigment that causes the purple coloring in blueberries and eggplants. Anthocyanin is normally hidden by stronger pigments in chlorophyll. During fall, the green pigments break down; an action that enables the anthocyanin to come out.

When growing Blackwater, reduce the temperature during the night cycle so that it is slightly below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Be careful not to reduce the temperature any further or else you risk causing your crop to go into ‘shock.’

THC Content – Highest Test

To date, tests on Blackwater reveal that its THC content is 19%. Although this is well below the potency of many new hybrids, it is still strong enough to cause side effects if you use too much of it.

CBD Content – Highest Test

Blackwater is relatively high in CBD and can contain up to 1%.

What Can I Expect When I Use Blackwater Weed?

There is no question that Blackwater is a potent indica which provides you with a very strong high; although it shouldn’t prove too much unless you overindulge or are a newbie with a low tolerance. After a couple of hits, you may experience a mild high above the eyebrows which works its way upwards and eventually settles at the top of your head. Users say the high makes you feel spaced out once you have several hits.

Some users complain that the high peaks after a few minutes and doesn’t last long enough for their liking. If this happens to you, consider upping your dosage (responsibly) until you get a longer lasting body and cerebral high. Overall, most users said the high lasts for approximately two hours in total, although it tails off sharply within a few minutes.

If you consume a high dose, you will probably feel sleepy. As a result, while Blackwater can be used to make your day seem more fun, you may find that it is more satisfying to use it at the end of a day when looking to unwind.

Medical Benefits of Blackwater Marijuana

Blackwater has been used as medicinal marijuana for years because of its sedative qualities. It is potentially capable of soothing symptoms of chronic pain, and it may help you wean yourself off opioid painkillers. Blackwater is also known to have helped individuals with chronic stress, and mental health issues such as depression.

If you have an inflammation-related complaint such as arthritis, this marijuana strain could provide you with relief. Patients with joint pain and muscle spasms have also spoken of how Blackwater has aided their cause.

Possible Side Effects of Blackwater Weed

These days, it seems as if any strain that has a THC content of below 20% is automatically dismissed as a potent type of marijuana. You will quickly come to regret that decision if you fail to show Blackwater due respect. Potential side effects include dry and itchy eyes, along with dehydration.

In higher doses, this strain could also make you feel dizzy, or cause a headache. In rare instances, Blackwater could heighten your level of paranoia or anxiety. It is a highly sedative strain, so it is best used before going to bed.

Final Thoughts on Blackwater Cannabis

In the end, while Blackwater might not be the most potent marijuana strain you will find in your local dispensary, it is a good option if you need to alleviate chronic pain, anxiety, stress, or depression, or else you are in dire need of a good night’s sleep.

Novice growers should find this strain easy to grow and will be happy with what is a reasonable yield. It has reasonable resistance to mildew and common molds, and as long as you keep the plants away from inclement weather conditions, a Blackwater weed crop is pretty straightforward to grow. While the high might not last long enough for experienced users seeking an intense buzz, it is more than good enough for the vast majority of users.