Northern Lights Strain Review:
Nearly everybody has heard of the marijuana strain known as Northern Lights. It is quite possibly one of the most famous cannabis strains of all time, and for good reason. Winner of the most cannabis awards world-wide, this pure Indica is sure to produce an almost instant body-high.
“Northern Lights originates from Holland and can be found in the genetics of many of the most popular hybrids smoked today.”
Being one of the most potent Indica known to mankind, it provides great medicinal attributes to help combat stress, anxiety, nervousness, nausea, depression, chronic pain, back pain, arthritis and other body-related illnesses. We encourage you to re-read that list if you want too, because we just listed a lot of medicinal benefits. That’s because Northern Lights is full-bodied and extremely potent medication that is world-renowned as a natural pain reliever.
The buds in this batch of Northern Lights are beautifully grown, sticky, dense, and extremely delicate. The smell is nothing to brag about but the buds have a lemon-zest scent. The smoke produced by Northern Lights is smooth, earthy, with an after-taste of pine. A winner in our book; this strain deserves the reputation it has built over the years. Our only wish is that it wasn’t such a rare strain to get a hold of in California.
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Northern Lights stands among the most famous strains of all time, a pure indica cherished for its resinous buds, fast flowering, and resilience during growth. Itself a descendant of indigenous Afghani and Thai landrace strains, Northern Lights has given rise to famous hybrids like Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze. Rumor has it that Northern Lights first sprouted near Seattle, Washington, but was propagated out of Holland after 1985 at what is now Sensi Seeds.
Pungently sweet, spicy aromas radiate from the crystal-coated buds, which sometimes reveal themselves in hues of purple. Northern Lights’ psychoactive effects settle in firmly throughout the body, relaxing muscles and pacifying the mind in dreamy euphoria. Comfortable laziness allows patients to relieve pain and sleeplessness, while its mellow contentment roots out depression and stress. Several different Northern Lights phenotypes circulate the market, but Sensi Seeds recommends a general indoor flowering time of 45 to 50 days.
Northern Lights Strain Information
THC: 16% – 21%
Few strains come with as much widespread renown as Northern Lights, inarguably one of the most popular strains of all time. An inbred descendant of original Afghani landrace strains, Northern Lights is a pure indica. THC levels can reach 16-21%, making this one of the most potent strains available on any market. A couple hits is all it takes for most patient’s seeking this strain’s powerful body effects, an upbeat mix of euphoria and physical relaxation. CBD levels are less clear, but they certainly aren’t high enough to recommend this as a treatment for seizures or other conditions that respond to CBD. Even so, Northern Lights is a highly useful medical strain, effective at treating anxiety, pain, and insomnia, as well as lack of appetite. Cottonmouth is common, as are red eyes, while other negative effects are much more limited. This strain has a sweet, earthy flavor with hints of citrus. Northern Lights is most popular on the West Coast and in Colorado, but it’s a favorite pretty much everywhere else marijuana can be found.
About Northern Lights strain
Northern Lights, formerly known as CI #5 F1, is an award winning Indica dominant strain. This strain is well received by growers, medical patients, and recreational consumers and may be one of the most popular Indica strains of all time. The strain is readily available in dispensaries throughout the West Coast and Colorado.
Northern Lights is one of the most famous and sought-after “Indica” strains of all time. Considered a descendant of Afghani and Thai landrace strains, the exact origin of Northern Lights remains a bit of a mystery. It may have originated in Washington in the 1970s, prior to reaching the Netherlands, where breeder Neville Schoenmaker pioneered several Northern Lights phenotypes in the ’80s for The Seed Bank, an early iteration of Sensi Seeds.
Since 1985, when Sensi Seeds first commercialized this strain, Northern Lights has been a landmark Indica strain in cannabis culture. Northern Lights #5 — arguably the most popular Northern Lights phenotype — won the Cannabis Cup in 1989, 1990, and 1992. Sensi Seeds currently offers feminized, non-feminized, and autoflowering Northern Lights seeds.
Northern Lights is relatively easy to grow both indoors and outdoors. It grows to a relatively average height with dense, resinous flowers and dark green leaves, with a flowering time of 45-50 days. When growing outdoors, a sunny, pleasantly warm climate will produce the highest yields from this strain. Northern Lights is frequently reported to exhibit effects such as full-body relaxation and sedative euphoria. Northern Lights is also known for its sweet-and-spicy scent and its skunky, earthy flavor.
NORTHERN LIGHTS: ONE OF THE OLDEST INDICA LEGENDS
Northern Lights is one of the premiere almost pure indica cannabis strains of the modern age and its reputation was legendary even before the new millenium. This exceptional Afghani plant now enjoys mythic status amongst growers, medicinal and recreational users alike.
The dense, thick, resinous buds are easy to grow, are a first class medicine and is probably the main indica amongst indicas. The indica by which all indicas are still judged to this day.
Like all legends, Northern Lights’ history is steeped in mystery. How it developed and where it originally came from are tales. What is known for sure, is that the Northern Lights we know and love today, made it’s way from the outskirts of Seattle some time around 1985 to Amsterdam, where Neville Schoenmaker and his Seed Bank – later to become Sensi Seeds – developed it further.
There are three phenotypes of the strain, numbered as they were originally numbered from the seeds used in ’85:
Northern Lights #5 is the powerhouse of the family and the queen of indicas. Northern Lights #1 and #2 are often used to make crossings with, because they add great flavour and that special Northern Lights high to the new creation.
The #1 and #2 are outstanding in themselves, but when bred with another strain they spawn a flavour and smoke recognized immediately world wide with the body loading and psychoactive sensations of a true cannabis superstar.
TASTE, SMELL AND EFFECT OF NORTHERN LIGHTS
If you wish to enter the world of northern forests, with Northern Lights’ earthy and pine aromas, you will get there. The taste is pungent with sweet undertones, which shall delight your taste buds. Northern Lights’ aroma and taste are unique and refreshing, it’s like waking up early in the morning in the middle of a coniferous forest.
Northern Lights induces classic indica down-tempo sensations, which are perfect for deep conversations with your friends; tai-chi, yoga and various meditative exercises; chillin’ on your couch, while enjoying your favorite series. Many users consume Northern Lights for medical conditions, such as pain, depression, and stress. Have a toke of this magnificence and Zen-out.
HOW TO GROW NORTHERN LIGHTS
Northern Lights is a pretty easy plant to grow. After a relatively short flowering time of around 7-8 weeks you will get a great harvest for sure. Even the novice grower will be blown away by the amount of buds they will harvest on their first try.
It is an incredibly stable fundamental favourite of breeders noted for its predictability and will always pass on the characteristics of the parent to the F1 strain. Northern Lights is fast, compact and very dense. If it were a human it would definitely be a powerlifter.
Northern Lights is renowned for its easy clonability and general toughness. It is a hardy disease and pest resistant plant that is not prone to bud rot, is resilient to spider mites and very easy to grow with minimal fuss or worry. This makes this strain great for outdoor growing in somewhat colder climates.
Outdoors it is a hardy plant that likes very dry feet and little nutrients added to the soil. It responds well to all pot sizes and will stretch monstrously if given supplemental light at the beginning of the season.
Low odour and easy cultivation combined with big yields and exceptional resin production make Northern Lights the first choice of the Indica gene pool – for both the high quality demanded by the connoisseur and very satisfying yields insisted upon by the commercial grower.
NORTHERN LIGHTS AT THE CUPS
After the introduction of Northern Lights to the public, it starting winning cannabis cups straight away and dominated cannabis cups for a number of years, if not directly then via one of its potent hybrids.
GROW YOUR OWN NORTHERN LIGHTS
- GROW DIFFICULTY
- FLOWERING TYPE
- FLOWERING TIME
- 7-8 WEEKS
- HARVEST TIME (OUTDOOR)
- END OF SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
- YIELD (INDOOR)
- YIELD (OUTDOOR)
- HEIGHT (INDOOR)
- HEIGHT (OUTDOOR)
NORTHERN LIGHTS GENETICS ARE PRESENT IN THE FOLLOWING STRAINS:
A stout, disease and mold-resistant plant with dark green, broad leaves, it seems apparent that Northern Lights is Afghani in origin. There are several varieties of Northern Lights that worked their way into breeding stock for Sensi Seeds. Northern Lights #1 is rare these days and was the taller and frostier selection with a fresh scent; Northern Lights #2 is more stout, piney-smelling, and very mite-resistant; Northern Lights #5 is the most popular, potent, and vigorous one; and Northern Lights #9 is a super-rare cut once held by Nevil Schoenmaker that was used to breed and then disappeared.
With its longstanding history and popularity, Northern Lights is in high-demand in most legal cannabis markets. Since it can be hard to come by at the dispensary, many home growers enjoy cultivating Northern Lights. Selecting the right marijuana seeds is important when cultivating Northern Lights and growers who want consistent results should look for feminized Northern Lights seeds to ensure a reliable harvest.
Thought to be of Afghani lineage, from the “Basic #5? line
See above — originated with the Super Sativa Seed Club, the earliest of the major seed banks. It’s since worked its way into hundreds of hybrids, making it one of the foundations of modern cannabis genetics.
Piney and earthy, at times lightly sweet
Piney, hashy, and earthy
Very relaxing and indica-dominant effect, at times able to induce sleep. A heavy head, heavy eyelids, and a smile are the main effects of this strain, making it a great nighttime selection.
Grows well in hydro or soil, staying rather short and forming a single strong cola. Great for SOG applications, it’s also a low odor plant that’s easy to grow for beginners thanks to its stature and disease/pest-resistance.