White Widow is well-known for its powerful sativa high — and White Rhino is its 80/20 indica counterpart, the child of White Widow and landrace indica strains. It got its name because the top of the plant looks something like a rhinoceros horn, but those who say this weed “hits like a rhino” definitely aren’t wrong.
White Rhino delivers a calm and euphoric head high that’s enjoyable, but its real power is felt in an extraordinarily relaxing, lazy body stone that forces users onto the couch and keeps them there. Some may feel enough motivation from the brain buzz to try to get something done, but they simply won’t be able to move and may just think for a while before falling asleep.
This strain delights the senses as well, with an unusual aroma and flavor mixing wood, earth, sweetness, and spice.
Effects and Side Effects
White Rhino is a notoriously slow hitter. It can take several minutes after your first hit before you feel anything at all, but just as you’re starting to wonder if you bought some bad weed, the brain effects begin.
The head high is euphoric and stress-relieving, and the happy feelings and mood boost remain throughout the White Rhino experience. Some people initially feel motivated or creative, while others find the high to be more soothing and contemplative. Either way, everyday concerns, and problems vanish while the effects of this strain are being felt.
Meanwhile, a wash of relaxation spreads throughout the body, loosening muscles and completely easing tension. Only rare smokers can fight off the body buzz; most plant themselves firmly on the couch to enjoy the waves of relief. They may want to take advantage of the head rush, but they just aren’t able to.
At best, White Rhino produces a strong feeling of lethargy. More often, it brings on drowsiness and a long nap. This is clearly a strain meant for use at night, not during the day.
Common side effects include dry eyes and a dry throat, but most users won’t experience any other negatives after smoking White Rhino. It can occasionally bring on brief periods of dizziness, but that’s usually only felt by those who already have balance or orientation issues. Similarly, the strain occasionally induces anxiety or paranoia in those predisposed to anxiety.
- Energy: 2/5
- Creative: 3/5
- Pain: 5/5
- Stress: 5/5
- Sleep: 4/5
- Mood: 5/5
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 4/5
- Cough: 3/5
Bottom Line: White Rhino is a powerful indica-dominant strain that delivers euphoria and stress relief, but it’s better known for its sledgehammer dose of full-body relaxation that inevitably ends in serious couch lock.
This is a strain that MMJ users look to for relief of insomnia because of the couch-locking and often-somnambulant effects it provides. Its associated deep body relaxation is also praised by patients who use it to relieve chronic and serious pain; they say they barely notice issues like fibromyalgia, arthritis pain, and even cancer pain while they’re enjoying White Rhino’s effects.
The euphoric head high is also reported to help patients suffering from conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression because it eases their mental stress and replaces negative thoughts with more positive, happy ones. White Rhino isn’t right for all of those patients, though, because of the possibility that the high THC content might worsen anxiety. Caution is definitely advised.
Flavor and Aroma
You’ll feel you’re taking a walk in a remote forest when you break open this bud. That’s not an exaggeration; the pungent earthy, and woodsy scents are overpowering and extremely pleasant, with maple, oak, and pine among the aromas you’ll notice. There’s some sweetness in there as well, tempering the Kush-like pungency.
Pine becomes more obvious in the flavor of White Rhino’s smoke, but all of the wood, earth, and sweet notes remain, along with spices like pepper. They create a fascinating and unique taste that’s unlike most of the weed you’ve tasted. In fact, it’s quite different from its parent White Widow.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 5/5
- Citrus: 2/5
- Fruity: 2/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 5/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
White Rhino is a potent strain, but its 19% average THC content means that it’s not strong enough to be “too much” for novice smokers. THC levels in the weed you purchase may be a little higher or a bit lower, but it won’t approach the 25%+ found in some White Widow strains. CBD and CBN levels are usually between 0.5% and 1%.
Myrcene (known for producing lethargy, among its other effects) is the dominant terpene found in White Rhino, but there’s a large assortment of other terps that contribute to the strain’s fascinating flavor and aroma. They include pinene, phellandrene, limonene, carene, caryophyllene, terpinolene, and ocimene.
The Dutch cultivators Green House Seeds created White Rhino by crossing White Widow with one or more indica landrace strains that have never been identified. Most experts believe the other parent was an American landrace, but there are also reports that Afghan, Indian and Brazilian landraces were involved in the crossbreeding.
It’s not surprising that landrace indicas were a part of the mix since White Rhino’s powerful body stone could be considered a trademark effect of 100% indica cannabis. White Widow is partially known for the relaxation it produces, but the added cerebral euphoria of White Rhino is probably due to the sativa heritage of its parent strain.
Where to Buy White Rhino Seeds
Both feminized and standard seeds of this strain are easy to purchase online. For feminized White Rhino seeds, check out Growers Choice Seeds, Seedsman, or ILGM (I Love Growing Marijuana). For the standard ones, consider Royal Seedbank or Marijuana Seeds NL.
Some of the strains you might want to try if you can’t find White Rhino are The White, Frosty OG, Heavy Duty Fruity, and Papaya.
White Rhino Strain Review: FAQ
Q: Is White Rhino better than White Widow?
A: They’re both great, but White Rhino is a better weed for a fully-relaxing experience that may cause you to drowse or fall completely asleep. White Widow is a more active strain with a somewhat motivating head high and is more suitable for daytime use.
Q: Can you force White Rhino to flower early?
A: If you’re using a small grow room, it’s a very good idea. The strain is ideal for the SOG (Sea of Green) technique, which lets you force your crop out of the vegetative stage and into the flowering stage after just two weeks.