The Northern Lights strain of marijuana is one of the most famous (if not the most famous) strain of marijuana in the world. It is renowned for its excellence as a growing plant, given the fact that it flowers quickly, is highly resilient, and has buds absolutely covered in resin.
Northern Lights is an Indica marijuana plant, deriving from Indicas in Afghanistan and Thailand. It has led to the development of some other highly popular hybrid strains of marijuana, including Super Silver Haze and Shiva Skunk.
Northern Lights’ popularity also comes from the fact that it is just so pleasant to smoke. It smells great, with a sweet and spicy aroma, it tastes excellent, and its effects are relaxing and euphoric.
Autoflowering Marijuana Plants
It is important to note that the particular strain described in this article is actually the autoflowering version of Northern Lights. That makes a difference for growers only. Autoflowering marijuana plants differ from regular marijuana plants because they are not photosensitive. A plant that is photosensitive responds to the changes in the sunlight, which naturally changes as the seasons change.
The flowering period usually begins once marijuana plants have a certain duration of uninterrupted darkness during the nighttime hours. Once this duration surpasses a certain amount consistently for days in a row, the plants will enter the flowering phase because they “know” that the cold weather is coming soon.
Autoflowering plants don’t respond to these changes in sunlight and hours of darkness. Instead, they simply enter the flowering phase after they have been growing for a certain amount of time. For that reason, they could enter their flowering phase during the middle of summer, or for indoor growers when the lamps are still kept on for 18 hours or more per day.
This means faster growth as well as multiple harvests for outdoor growers since they could plant an entire second batch of marijuana plants during the middle of summer, after harvesting their first batch. Since they have a shorter lifespan, autoflowering plants are smaller than regular plants, which can also be advantageous to some growers.
Growing Northern Lights Autoflower Strain Of Medical Marijuana
The Northern Lights autoflower strain of marijuana is quite easy to grow, although of course making sure its climate and environment are ideal will help increase the yield to being as high as possible. It is highly resistant to diseases, making for an excellent strain for beginners to try growing.
Northern Lights prefers a sunny Mediterranean climate. The plant itself is somewhat small and compact (like many autoflowering strains), measuring in at between 24 and 32 inches tall. The flowering period is around 56 days on average, and the yield is fairly high — you can expect somewhere around 4 ounces of marijuana per 3 square feet of plant.
Origin Of Northern Lights Autoflower Strain
Northern Lights Autoflower came about from the breeding of an Afghani Indica mixed with a Thai Sativa, although Northern Lights is about 80% Indica dominant. The parent strains were indigenous, landrace strains, making Northern Lights especially prized.
It has been said that the first Northern Lights plants to sprout were actually in Washington state, but officially Sensi Seeds brought the strain out of the Netherlands during the 1980s. It is an older strain that is well established and well loved in the marijuana community.
Effects Of Northern Lights Autoflower Strain
Northern Lights tends to give users a very relaxed, euphoric high that puts the user in a dreamy state of contentedness. The muscles will relax, the pain will be relieved, and any stress or sleeplessness will melt away.
“Soothing” is probably the best way to describe Northern Lights’ effects. Its effects are bodily, allowing the user to comfortably sit and relax just about anywhere. Euphoria is always associated with this high, giving users a steady flow of positive thoughts and feelings. Laughter and smiles are common, and will likely spread to those people around you!
Positive effects of Northern Lights include:
The possible negative effects of Northern Lights may include:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
Medical Uses For Northern Lights Autoflower Strain
Northern Lights does wonders for people suffering from stress and pain, especially when that pain is caused or worsened by stress. There are a variety of mood disorders and psychological ailments that Northern Lights can help with, especially because of its euphoric and relaxing effects.
Northern Lights is considered a top choice for patients with physical pain or mental or emotional imbalances. Patients suffering from depression often prefer Northern Lights over any pharmaceutical option, since the side effects are less common and far more mild.
Northern Lights has quite a high level of THC, measuring in at about 18%. This, in combination with medium levels of CBD, gives the plant its effective medical effects.
Medical Uses for Physical Ailments
The following physical ailments and symptoms can be treated with Northern Lights:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of appetite
Medical Uses for Psychological Ailments
The following psychological ailments and symptoms can be treated with Northern Lights:
- Mood swings
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- General anxiety
Taste And Aroma Of Northern Lights Autoflower Strain
In addition to it being a beneficial plant for medical patients, Northern Lights is also a very pleasant strain of marijuana to consume and smoke. The aroma of Northern Lights is distinct and easily recognized. It has hints of sweet and spicy, along with some more bitter lime. Some mention noticing a skunk-like ammonia combined with a citrus scent.
The taste of Northern Lights is the typical skunk taste without being overly powerful. Lemon is often detected in the taste, and a sweet dankness tends to linger after you take a puff. Earthy, pine undertones are also often described in the taste of Northern Lights.
Northern Lights Autoflower Strain Taste & Aroma At-A-Glance
- Bitter lime