Northern Lights: Quick Overview

If you’ve ever talked cannabis with anyone at all, you’ve probably heard of Northern Lights. It’s one of the most famous strains of all time, and it’s known for being one of the purest indica experiences out there. Looking for that dank, stony experience at your next dispensary stop? This is it.

Here in this post we have everything you need to know about the Northern Lights strain and about buying Northern Lights auto-flowering seeds, Northern Lights feminized seeds, and Northern Lights regular seeds online.

Type 90:10 indica-dominant hybrid
THC LevelUp to 24%, 18% average
Effects Relaxed, sleepy, euphoric, happy, uplifted
Smell and Flavor ProfileBlueberry, peppery, citrus, earthy, spicy, piney
Grow Difficulty Easy

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Northern Lights Benefits/Effects

Ah, Northern Lights! So good, it can send me in search of a transcript of Caddyshack, and then cause me to forget what I was looking for. (The scene where Carl Spackler is describing his hybrid grow. He didn’t use NL, I couldn’t remember. I had hope, though, because I did remember talk of a Northern California sinsemilla.)

Anyway, if you are looking for a plant that’s ridiculously easy to grow and will generate you some gorgeous, frosty trichomes time after time, Northern Lights seeds are for you. Of course you’ve heard of it—because everyone has. It’s an old school famous strain, because everyone’s buddy has some amazing story about it.

My first story was from my brother, who went to a rave in 1991 with some Northern Lights in his shoe and forgot it was there. He discovered it hours later, and smoked it anyway. Maybe it was the trippy sweat, maybe it was the weed—but let’s just say it was an experience like no other, and it made me want some, too.

You probably heard about Northern Lights seeds in a similar way, so now you’re hoping to grow a plant with a short flowering phase, nugs dripping with resin, and a bomb body high yourself.

Among the most famous cannabis strains ever, Northern Lights is often considered to be a pure indica marijuana strain. (This is so even though it technically has some sativa heritage in there as well.)

Northern Lights gets its name from its distinctive looks as a plant, sought after not just for its fast flowering time and resilience during growth, but for its resinous, crystal-coated buds which may feature greens, purples, and other hues, just like the aurora borealis.

Northern Lights seeds produce 90%/10% indica-dominant effects, including deep, full-body relaxation, a mellow, warm stone, and sedation. With high THC levels of 18% on average and up to 24%, and CBD levels usually around 1% or less, Northern Lights seeds are almost certain to produce the uplifted euphoria you expect from potent marijuana whether feminized, autoflowering, or regular.

Northern Lights Medical Benefits

It’s a big day, and you have to jam out a huge project, so you turn to Northern Lights, right? LOL, no. (Although if you love Northern Lights terpenes and the experience and you need to work, we recommend White Widow!) You know what you are looking for when you’re shopping for Northern Lights seeds, and you’re going to find it.

At around 90% Indica, you know just what you’re in for when you feel that first hit of high quality Northern Lights weed or concentrate. Let’s just say that if you do burn a nice, fat bowl of Northern Lights on project morning like I just described, it won’t be project morning anymore.

You won’t really be concentrating—and you won’t care. That’s because Northern Lights is famous for creating deep body relaxation, and distracting, euphoric highs. This is why Northern Lights fans feel a little dreamy, a lot calm, and even more happily relaxed.

If you feel like sleeping, no problem! Take it a little further, and you’ll drift off into sleep eventually, no question.

The body focused high that Northern Lights gives you allows your mind to take a break. That’s why you can sleep, and why you feel euphoria, and why your headache doesn’t bother you as much anymore, probably. It’s why even though this strain is sedating, in smaller doses it’s still fine for a night of (very!) mild socializing (with couchlock!), thanks to the euphoric feelings, happiness, and even laughter it can produce—that is, until sleepiness sets in.

Although you will feel that deep body stone immediately, you’re not done. It will keep coming after a few minutes, too, to your delight. The end result is ongoing tranquility and contentment—and yes, possibly the munchies.

As the psychoactive and physical effects of Northern Lights settle in throughout your body, you may notice it relieves some of these problems: anxiety, arthritis, depression, headaches or migraines, chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia, loss of appetite, muscle spasms, nausea, PMS, and stress.

Northern Lights is well-known as a sedative strain for evening use, and this has mainly to do with its terpene composition. The bottom line: it’s a great medical strain, even though you may need to limit it to evening or nighttime use.

Northern Lights Taste and Smell

Northern Lights is known for a pungent, earthy, spicy, sweet aroma and taste. It also offers skunky, citrusy, and piney notes. This makes sense, because the main terpenes in Northern Lights are myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene.

This isn’t a skunky knock-out that leaves you wondering why an animal or cheese or something isn’t in the name, but the smells and flavors of the Northern Lights strain are deep and notable. They also linger on the palate and you can expect that even a mellow bowl will stick around for a while in your nostrils and mouth, in a pleasant way.

For me, it’s always the citrus and pine especially that last with Northern Lights. It smells and tastes like camping and being outside—except I’m not trying to hike anywhere.

Northern Lights Cannabinoid/Terpene Profile

Typical THC content of Northern Lights ranges from 16 to 24%, with 18% being about average. Some strains have moderate CBD levels of up to 1%, and some strains have notable levels of the other minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC, and CBN. Northern Lights may give you some of the classic high THC side effects such as dry eyes and dry mouth/cottonmouth, but it is not famous for those issues.

Northern Lights is rich in the terpenes Myrcene and Caryophyllene, with smaller amounts of Humulene and Limonene. Myrcene has pain-relieving effects, as well as antibiotic, sedative, and anti-inflammatory benefits. It also has anti-cancer and herbal benefits that are calming.

Caryophyllene binds with the CB2 receptors. It is a known anti-inflammatory that also helps relieve anxiety, pain, and stress. It is also an antioxidant that boosts the immune system.

Humulene shares many of these same pain relieving benefits, and may also soothe an overactive appetite. Limonene is famous for its uplifting, energizing effects, enhancing the mood and offering relief from stress and anxiety. It also improves digestion, and acts as an antifungal and antibacterial agent.

Northern Lights History and Genetics

Northern Lights was bred from two indigenous landrace strains: Afghani and Thai. Obviously its indica parent, Afghani, has the major influence over it, but Northern Lights also has some Thai qualities.

Since it was bred, many iterations of the Northern Lights strain have come and gone. Northern Lights #5 is probably the most well-known. All of them that are still around today grow well, and Northern Lights has gone on to parent many famous strains that are heavyweights in their own rights: Super Silver Haze, Blue Lights, Shiva Skunk, and Northern Trainwreck, and Hash Plant, for example.

Internet rumor says that Northern Lights was first grown in Seattle, Washington, but it really became more famous around 1985 when it made its way to the Netherlands and what is today Sensi Seeds.

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With a similar relaxing, sedating experience you might get from Granddaddy Purple, Northern Lights leaves you a bit less hungry than GDP. Northern Lights is slightly less sedating than Blackberry Kush, allowing for more happy relaxation and less instant sleep—although it does make many users sleepy at a higher dose!

Northern Lights is similar experience-wise to Blueberry, but offers slightly less in the way of pure pain relief than the Blue family. Speaking of colors, if you like purple strains like GDP, Grape Ape, or Purple Kush, you’ll almost certainly love the effects of Northern Lights, although it’s less sweet and fruity.

Growing the Northern Lights Strain

Northern Lights cannabis seeds are easy for even first time growers as well as experts. These seeds have a relatively short flowering time of 9 weeks and a growing cycle that is easy. The yield of 12 to 16 ounces per three by three square feet of growing space is great, especially considering the high quality, high THC levels, smaller plant size, and short photoperiod. These Northern Lights seeds are easy and reliable, not to mention that they grow a plant that’s amazing to consume.

It’s fun to grow Northern Lights seeds, actually. It is a compact plant, yet it should be classified as high-yielding, which means less work all around. Known for resin-encrusted buds with a large main cola, Northern Lights nugs often seem to “glow” thanks to their crystals and green and purple hues. It’s an exciting result as a grower!

The best climate for Northern Lights if you’re growing outside is a West Coast or Mediterranean type region, lots of sun. A mid-October harvest will be the latest you can go outdoors. Of course inside you have lots of options.

Northern Lights seed yield depends on growth medium, light-hours, nutrients, and pruning, of course, like with all plants. However, under good conditions you can expect up to 16 ounces per square meter growing space indoors—outside, sometimes even more.

If you do grow outside, though, remember to monitor and reduce humidity levels. Particularly in this type of squat, compact plant, mold and mildew infestation are a risk due to the problem of moisture being trapped by the dense canopy structure and heavy, resinous buds. Northern Lights seeds are resistant to these threats, and they handle less space well.

Northern Lights really benefits from the the Sea Of Green method, which helps keep things organized, although smaller indoor spaces also work well. Ensuring temperatures between 70° F and 85° F, high air quality, and well-monitored humidity levels provides the consistent, Mediterranean-style conditions this strain needs to thrive.

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You can’t really call yourself a cannabis fan if you haven’t tried a great bowl of Northern Lights. This is one of the greatest strains of all time for a reason.

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