Robert Bergman

September 21, 2020

Ortega had been winning users’ hearts since Madonna’s heyday in the 1980s. Being a potent 100% pure Indica strain, it carries all the essentials commonly associated such as relaxing full-body effects, heavy sedation, and hazy cerebral buzz.

Sativa/Indica %Indoor YieldOutdoor YieldFlowering Period
0% / 100%18-26 oz/ m220 ounces per plant6-8 weeks indoors, Mid October outdoors.

It was almost 40 years ago when Ortega first came to be. The original strain, boasting of pure Afghan heritage, was a cross between Nos. 1 and 5 phenotypes of Northern Lights.

In the 90s, Shantibaba did a series of experiments. One of them was backcrossing the original Ortega to Northern Lights No. 1. The offspring was named Ortega No. 3. Work did not stop here, though. In the subsequent years, other people worked on improving the strain. In particular, a fundamental improvement was to remove its morning-after effect.

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The modern-day iteration of this classic marijuana produces a profound mind-body buzz that first manifests as a clear-headed high before leaving users in a couch-lock and heavily stoned.

Information about Ortega:

ORIGINNorthern Lights No. 1 and Northern Lights No. 5
EFFECTSRelaxed – 10
Giggly – 8
Uplifted – 7
Euphoric – 7
Sleepy – 5
Dry mouth – 10
FRAGRANCEFruity, berry, spicy, dank
FLAVORSBerry, spicy, dank
MEDICALDepression – 10
Pain – 10
Cramps – 7
Eye pressure – 7
Headache – 7
THC CONTENT %15% to 17%
INDICA / SATIVA %100%/0%
INDOOR YIELD18 to 26 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD20 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATEwarm and dry mediterranean outdoor climate
GROWTH LEVELSome experience needed

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest


Ortega has between 15% to 17% THC. In some tests though, a batch was tested to have as much as 28%. At any rate, this is one very potent marijuana.

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As mentioned earlier, it promotes a clear head at its onset and possibly even inspire creative thinking. As its effects become more pronounced, users may start feeling spacey. Gradually, a warm buzz begins to ebb down to the body.

Ortega Effects
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During this time, as the calming sensation envelops the body, Ortega promotes a sense of well-being. Feeling uplifted and pleased, most users also tend to be giggly.

Meanwhile, the Indica traits start being assertive. With a sedating property that soothes muscles, the immensely relaxing buzz is more than potent enough to put people on a couch-lock.

Ortega does not cause a mind-bending mental high even as it leaves users utterly in bliss. The chances are high, too, that most will end up sleeping.

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Ortega emits a sharp fruity, spicy berry scent that is indeed a delight to the senses. Upon breaking or grinding the buds, it releases a distinct dank smell.


The same berry fragrance is evident in its flavors. Upon drawing in the smoke, its fruity blend comes with a spicy pepper note with an herbal quality.

Adverse Reaction

While it’s true that all marijuana strains give users the much needed or craved high, its use does come with some adverse effects.

Ortega Adverse Reaction
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Even in moderate doses, using Ortega causes “cottonmouth” or, in layman’s term, dry mouth. Furthermore, it can also make the eyes feel dry. Especially for beginners, these symptoms can be a little annoying. But for experienced marijuana users, these conditions are nothing new.


With its powerful Indica traits that comes with analgesic properties, Ortega provides a range of pharmacological values to medical marijuana users.

We don’t currently sell Ortega seeds. Check out other indica dominant seeds in our marijuana seed bank.

Kicking off a blissful high, Ortega is very effective at melting away mild to moderate cases of stress and depression. A few tokes of Ortega can relieve a range of pain-related ailments from mild to severe. Some users have reported that using it can significantly reduce inflammation, muscle cramps, and headache. It can also reduce eye pressure that is mostly associated with glaucoma. Depending on the users’ physiology, the strain can also be a helpful remedy for neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia.


Cultivating Ortega isn’t as easy as other strains. But by following plant growing best practices, even beginners are likely to nurture it with considerable success. Like many others, it can be planted indoors or outdoors. Under expert care, it rewards the tender loving care with a bountiful harvest.

Ortega Growing
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Because of its rich Afghan origins, Ortega reaches maturity around the first week to the third week of October, when grown in the northern hemisphere.

Ortega has slender forest green buds, accentuated by vivid purple tones and fiery-orange pistils, and a thin coating of crystal trichomes.

Flowering Time


Inside the house, Ortega has a flowering period of only 6 to 8 weeks when grown with the Sea of Green training method. Per square meter, growers should look forward to an above-average yield of 18 to 26 ounces.


This marijuana strain reaches full maturity in the first to third week of October. Hardworking growers will be able to harvest 20 ounces or more each plant.


  1. Northern Lights

FAQ About Ortega Strain

What is the Ortega strain yield?

Ortega yields 18-26 oz/ m2 indoors and 20 ounces per plant outdoors.

How much THC does Ortega have?

From 15% up to 17% THC.

What are the origins of the Ortega strain?

Ortega was created from a mix between Northern Lights No. 1 and Northern Lights No. 5

Have you ever smoked or grown your own Ortega? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]

Ortega Strain Review

It's a groovy strain, man.

4.0 rating
26 September 2020

It’s fun to grow fun to smoke. If you grow in the sun and soil look for the early girls. My favorite are the ones that finish at the beginning of October in the PNW. They seem to be fairly resistant but not impervious to botrytis.The flowers aren’t real big, so if on your first grow and you you think your doing something wrong don’t sweat it. The smoke is perfect for evening wind down time. A mild smoke not overwhelming when inhaled the effect comes on like wading into water, steadily but gently enveloping your body. A general sense of well being comes over you and your face is graced with a cheshire like grin. Grown in healthy living organic soil the flavors and smells are at their best. Subtle hints of berry, sweet with hints of earth and fall leaves. It is absolutely worth having in the garden it is also good for breeding projects. Give it a try.


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