Northern Lights Strain Genetics
One of the most famed indica strains, where does the classic Northern Lights marijuana seed come from? Parented by heritage landrace cannabis strain(s) Afghani and Thai, the Northern Lights strain has gone on to contribute its genetics to the equally famous Super Silver Haze, as well as new indica strains like Bloo’s Kloos and Leonidas.
Believed to have been initially cultivated in North America’s Pacific Northwest, Northern Lights seeds have been propagated by Sensi Seeds in Amsterdam since the mid-1980s.
Lab testing shows that Northern Lights produces anywhere from 14 to 19% THC and as with many indica strains that have been cultivated for high THC content, Northern Lights indica cannabis seeds will produce virtually no CBD.
Northern Lights Strain Terpene Profile
Northern Lights’ primary terpenes are myrcene, caryophyllene and limonene. While its dominant terpene myrcene is associated with a variety of aromas like mango, it presents as a herbal note in Northern Lights. The caryophyllene terpene gives spicy, woody and peppery notes.
Along with myrcene, these terpenes together create Northern Lights’ relaxing and sedative effects. Limonene, just like lemon, is a bright and citrusy aroma and is said to be responsible for Northern Lights’ uplighting and euphoric sensations.
Northern Lights Strain Effects
Staying true to its indica heritage, the effects of Northern Lights are generated by the myrcene terpene which creates a heavy body-stoned sensation. Although relaxed and a bit sleepy, Northern Lights’ limonene terpenes create a happy, uplifted and even euphoric cerebral experience.
Caryophyllene terpenes are shown to moderate other compounds, such as THC, and help create a balance between the indica and sativa effects of Northern Lights. As such, Northern Lights is a perfect strain to relieve the day’s worries and lead to a peaceful night’s rest.
Northern Lights Strain Medical Benefits
The limonene and caryophyllene terpenes in Northern Lights are both understood to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects that make Northern Lights an interesting form of medical marijuana. Caryophyllene is also shown to aid in relieving digestive problems and chronic pain.
By relaxing the body with myrcene and uplifting the mind with limonene, the Northern Lights marijuana seed can also be used as medical marijuana that may help with chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
How to Grow Northern Lights Strain
The Northern Lights cannabis strain is great for the new cannabis cultivator. Even as a descendant of classic landrace strains, Northern Lights cannabis seeds evolved into one of the most popular and easy to grow seeds available today.
Northern Lights is fast flowering, at just 6-7 weeks into the growth, possibly thanks to its short growing height of less than 75 cm and does well in both hydroponics and soil.
Northern Lights cannabis generates a tremendously heavy yield, providing up to a kilogram or more per square metre. In terms of cultivation, Northern Lights cannabis seeds certainly pack a punch, primarily when grown in a SOG setup.
How to Grow Northern Lights Autoflowering Strain
Popular with consumers and growers alike, Northern Lights Autoflowering seeds are an excellent choice for new cultivators thanks to its quick, easy and short growing cycle. As the name indicates, auto flowering seeds will progress through their lifecycle and transition to bloom on their own schedule, regardless of a 12-12 hour light cycle.
Autoflowering seeds are so timely you can start the clock from the moment the shell of the seed splits open. Northern Lights flowerIng time occurs quickly after just 6-7 weeks. Add in a week or two for germination, and the total cycle nears nine weeks from seed to harvest.
Once you see her pistils emerging from the first flowers, be ready for a complete bloom cycle in 45-60 days. Be sure to keep this beautiful indica cannabis healthy by topping and defoliation. Try low stress training your plants by tying branches outwards and upwards to increase the number of bud sites and generate that wonderfully heavy yield.
With a fast flowering period of 7 to 9 weeks and heavy yield, the Northern Lights auto flowering strain is considered to be one of the most reliable and easy to grow seeds available on the market today.