The Northern Lights marijuana strain is one of the most famous in the world. Even if you don’t know many – or indeed any other – names of cannabis strains, you will probably have come across it mentioned somewhere in popular culture.
It’s an enduringly popular choice with marijuana users and newer experimenters with the cannabis experience around the world. Known for its potency and full-body, couch-sinking effects, it’s also a go-to choice for anyone who enjoys using marijuana to get some serious relaxation.
But what is the Northern Lights cannabis strain really? Where did it come from? Is it for you? In this article, we’ll explore and see if we can find out.
Northern Lights strain – history
Northern Lights is believed to have originated in the heyday of the Netherlands cannabis scene – perhaps in the 1980s or even earlier.
It isn’t known exactly what ingredients went into making it or who owns the honor of having created it in the first place. But it’s suspected that it was made by crossing the famous Thai and Afghani strains.
Since its first creation, the strain’s popularity and many excellent qualities have seen it spread throughout the world.
What strain is Northern Lights?
Northern Lights is a heavily Indica-dominant strain of cannabis, as you might expect of a strain created from its suspected Thai and Afghani parents. It’s roughly estimated to be around 95% Indica and 5% Sativa. This means it commonly produces a powerfully sedative effect even on experienced users.
By growers, it is known for being easy to cultivate as well as for regularly producing a very high quality crop. On the flip side, it isn’t known for producing particularly large quantities.
Because of its potency and ease of cultivation, Northern Lights is a frequent choice for growers who want to build those qualities into their own strains. The creators of some of these new strains choose to keep the same name – Northern Lights. This is part of the reason why it is possible to come across “Northern Lights” strains that seem to have different effects.
Northern Lights strain – effects and experience
“Two hits and quit”. That’s the phrase used by many people to describe the potency of Northern Lights.
If you don’t have much experience using cannabis – or with Northern Lights in particular – even a small dose can be plenty for your first time. Certainly, it’s worth starting small and building up your dose if you have any doubts to your tolerance whatsoever.
Northern Lights is known to create a full-body high that leaves most users desiring nothing more than to sit down on the nearest sofa. Yet the effect is a positive one, leaving most users gently buoyed up but thoroughly relaxed.
Those who have a greater tolerance or experience with the strain report that it’s possible to be more creative and more focused than normal when using it. At least, once the strong desire to relax becomes slightly reduced.
The strain is also well-known for its ability to stimulate the appetite. Colloquially known as “the munchies”, this effect is welcomed by many people who might struggle to eat otherwise.
Northern Lights strain – THC level and potency
Northern Lights is famous for its quality and potency. Only the occasional weaker cross created by enterprising growers – often looking to create a gentler effect but keeping the name of the new resultant strain the same – are responsible for any diluting in the famed power of the famous name.
As mentioned, any newcomer to the cannabis experience should be wary of anything but starting with a small dose of Northern Lights. It tends to be very heavy when it comes to THC levels, meaning that side-effects like a very dry mouth (commonly called “cotton mouth”) are also common.
Where to buy Northern Lights strain
The Northern Lights strain is commonly available at many dispensaries and comes in various forms. Of course, there’s the traditional straight-up plant material – buds straight from this strain of cannabis.
You can also get strain-specific cartridges loaded with premium THC oil extracted from Northern Lights plants. A good example of this is K.I.N.D. Resin, where each vape cartridge or disposable vaporizer is loaded with a specific strain of cannabis. This allows you to tailor your experience to your particular preferences when it comes to taste and the effects you want to create.
Disposable vaporizers like this are one of the newest ways to enjoy the marijuana experience. They have a whole range of benefits. Chiefly, they’re convenient and discreet.
They’re also great for almost any event or activity you might have on – camping, a night out, a concert. Plus, if they’re from the world of K.I.N.D., they’re also highly reliable and durable. That’s because they’re based on CCELL Hardware by Jupiter – a constant innovator carrying out research and development in this field.
But an often-overlooked advantage is that they’re a great way to try out a new strain of cannabis without committing to the cost of something like a reusable vaporizer, which can be expensive. A Northern Lights disposable – like one of those in the world of K.I.N.D. – is much cheaper than a reusable option and it lets you experiment with a new strain comparatively cheaply and easily.
Major Northern Lights takeaways
- A potent, Indica-dominant strain
- Known to produce a powerful, full-body high
- Gently uplifting and very relaxing
- Can stimulate appetite – as well as creativity and focus if you have a higher tolerance
- Commonly available in many different formats, including modern disposable vape pens – great for experimenting with this exciting strain