What do people think of whenever they hear about Northern Lights? For many, they will probably have fleeting images of the dancing lights in the northern hemisphere. Not for the cannabis community, though.
In the mid-80s, a strain from Seattle in Washington made its way to Netherlands. Initially, it was called CI #5 F1. Sensi Seeds then picked three of its best phenotypes and started back-breeding. It took many years, but the result is what is tantamount to the perfect strain.
Since Sensi Seeds released Northern Lights, it has become the standard by which others are measured. To say that the strain is multi-awarded is an understatement. It is one of the three lineages that have redefined the cannabis landscape with the others being Skunk and Haze. Between the three, they have an influence on nearly all modern hybrids created.
|Northern Lights Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Afghani Indica x Thai Sativa|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||10% / 90%|
|THC %||16% to 26%|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Mid October|
|Average Yield||400 to 500 g/m2 / 400 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Northern Lights has a pungent aroma that is reminiscent of early morning scent of fresh earth. People who are familiar with the smell of hash may detect it as well. It is accompanied by a spicy and sweet note. Upon using, its fragrance which carries over to its flavors has an added blend of herbs and pine.
On average, the THC content of Northern Lights hovers between 16% to 19%. But there are also tests showing it can reach as high as 26%. As such, it is a very potent strain. It also means that users should not underestimate the intensity of its effects as using too much can be overwhelming.
Used in moderation, the strain delivers a euphoric high to the mind and the body. During the onset when its effects are still considered as mild, the calming sensation works with the mental high to cause a change in the mood. Users tend to feel uplifted and happiness set in.
With each passing minute, the intensity of Northern Lights continues to increase. It is now manifested by the numbing buzz that sends people into a state of utter bliss. Completely relaxed, most users will soon find themselves in a dreamy state. Not that it causes mental confusion or disorientation, but it is more like being locked in an ebbing tide of relaxing calm. At this point, laziness sets in and most people are not likely to get up from the couch or the bed.
When it comes to the ultimate relaxation, not a lot of strains can come close to the Indica effects of Northern Lights. In fact, it was the first ever winner of the High Time Cannabis Cup Best Indica. Since then, it has gone on to win several more times.
Under the influence of Northern Lights, who cares about the side effects? But they do occur with dry mouth and eyes being the most common. Of course, that is to be expected with the use of marijuana.
Because of its high potency, there are also other adverse effects that some people may experience. In most cases, it is because of overindulging or merely having a low tolerance. For instance, feeling dizzy especially during the height of its intense mental and body high. In other cases, it may be having a slight headache. Some individuals are also more predisposed to anxiety. Consequently, they may experience a higher level of anxiousness.
Medical Use and Benefits
The heavy hitting Indica properties of Northern Lights has excellent medicinal values. Because it delivers sedative-like properties, it helps calm the muscles. Combining that with the euphoric mental high, it can wipe out stress. As such, it becomes useful as an aid in controlling emotion. People with depression and other psychiatric disorders including PTSD can now rest and focus on positive thoughts, for example.
A secondary benefit of the same traits that helps with behavioral issues is pain relief. Anecdotal reports from users show its usefulness in giving comfort to people with muscle pain, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders. It can even help women suffering from dysmenorrhea or PMS.
As users fall into a deep state of relaxation, it is but natural to fall asleep. Hence, it becomes an invaluable tool for insomniacs and their quest for the elusive quality sleep.
Growing Northern Lights
It is but natural for people to consider cannabis plants that are not only easy to grow but also more tolerant of mistakes. As it is, Northern Lights is one such strain that even beginners can cultivate successfully.
When cultivating this strain indoors, it has a short flowering time that falls between 7 to 9 weeks. Growers have a choice of using soil as a medium or hydroponics. It is also adaptable to the Sea of Green training method. Potentially, it can produce between 400 to 500 grams of buds per square meter.
For growers who have the luxury of cultivating Northern Plants in both environments, the better choice would be to do it indoors where it can produce more buds. One of the traits that were developed by Sensi Seeds during its breeding was to make it thrive exceptionally well indoors.
Have you grown or used Northern Lights? If not, would you like to get your hands on this strain? Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. We want to hear from you.