Northern Lights strain is not just popular, you can call it legendary. It is one of the highest-yielding and most potent indica-dominant strains. You can find it at almost every dispensary, and if you are not a newbie to marijuana consumption, you have probably already tried it. There are some varieties of this strain, such as Shiva Skunk, Sour Diesel, or Super Silver Haze, and all of them are also popular, but not like Northern Lights.
This strain is a hybrid, and it took a long time to create the beautiful plant we know now. Unfortunately, like most of the breeding history in the previous thirty years, the exact lineage of Northern Lights is lost. However, one of the theories, which looks the most possible and believable to us, tells that the original Northern Lights appeared in the Pacific Northwest as a result of cross-breeding an indica strain Afghani and a sativa Thai. Eleven plants (from NL#1 to NL#11) of the heavily indica-dominant hybrid were brought to Holland, where the local growers managed to take out the best components of the new phenotype.
According to this theory, the modern Northern Lights strain is a result of crossing Northern Lights #5 and Northern Lights #2. The NL#5 brought the powerful potency and the short flowering period (45-50 days). NL#2 added a sweet and piny smell to the new strain and made the plant stronger and more resistant to pests and mold.
Just like its ancestor Northern Lights #2, the modern Northern Lights is a beautiful plant, between 4 and 5 feet tall, with resin-rich flowers and crystal-coated dense buds (like those of most indica strains). While still on the plant, the buds have a light, fresh, vegetal aroma, but when the flowers are squeezed, the smell becomes more complex, and sweet pine and eucalyptus notes appear. When dried, the weed gets an even more distinct aroma, and you can also smell some musky citrus hues.
The flavor of Northern Lights is pretty much the same as its aroma. First, you taste the smooth notes of sweetness and citrus, then comes the musky and piny aftertaste. If you choose a joint, then you will probably describe the taste as “buttery.” It can sometimes make you cough, especially if you inhale a big amount of smoke. At the same time, in vaping, this effect almost disappears.
You can feel the effect of Northern Lights right after the first inhale. Your body gets filled with energy, your mind is overwhelmed by a total euphoria―these are quite usual effects for indica strains. This is actually why most consider Northern Lights an indica strain, while technically it is a hybrid. In fact, it is not too far from the truth, as with 95 percent of indica and only 5 percent of sativa, this strain is definitely more on the energetic side.
With every further toke, the effects get more intense but also more comfortable. Generally, you may feel happy, healthy, and energetic, but from our point of view, it is a bit heavy for morning or daytime consuming. With such a strong relaxing effect, Northern Lights would better fit the evening or day-off time. It is twice as good in the evening, as it can help you with insomnia issues.
Apart from this, Northern Lights has shown itself as a good remedy for stress, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, arthritis, and lots of other health problems. The strain helps your muscles relax and your mind immerse into a dreamy euphoria. This effect can last up to three hours.
When it comes to the Northern Lights strain, there are just a couple of flies in the ointment. One is that you may have side effects in the form of dry mouth or dry eyes if you smoke the joint for too long. And another is that it is not so easy to find a pure Northern Lights seed nowadays. If you want to grow the plants by yourself, you really need to ask people where you can find the little treasure seeds, otherwise you may risk buying any of the strain hybrids, which are also good but not as good as Northern Lights itself.