Northern Lights Strain

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If you know anything about strains, you would know about this one. A renowned and respected near-pure indica strain, Northern Lights strain has become a famed relaxant.

This strain is big among indica-lovers, and with good reason – it is notoriously happy-go-lucky and perfect for putting a troubled mind to sleep.

By mixing an Afghani indica with a Thai sativa, Northern Lights was created. Hailing from the outskirts of Seattle, Washington, it was propagated out of the Netherlands in 1985 and has since become a legend in its own right.

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Its reputation for being fast-acting and an instant hit is everything Northern Lights is about. For this reason, it has gained traction in California, and has quickly climbed up the ranks for one of the most in demand strains.

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Northern Lights weed strain attributes:
ORIGINAfghani Indica crossed with a Thai Sativa
EFFECTSRelaxed – 10
Happy – 8
Euphoric – 7
Sleepy – 7
Uplifted – 5
FRAGRANCESweet, bitter, spicy, citrus
FLAVORSEarthy, sweet, pine, lemon, skunk
Dry eyes – 7
Dizzy – 2
Paranoid – 1
Headache – 1
MEDICALStress – 10
Pain – 8
Insomnia – 7
Depression -7
Lack of appetite – 3
CBD %0.10%
INDICA/SATIVA %90% / 10%
INDOOR YIELD18 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD22 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATESunny mediterranean climate

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest

Northern Lights Strain

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  • 90% indica 10% sativa
  • THC levels up to 18%
  • Best indoors and in sunny climates
  • Comfortable and easygoing high
  • Feminized seeds for guaranteed results


As is expected from a clear indica, the feminized autoflowering Northern Lights marijuana indica strain is a soothing-smooth friend who will ensure you some real relaxation. It induces a powerful heavy-body high that makes you want to sink into your couch and stay in there, nestled and tucked in.

The flow that Northern Lights pulls you into, is one guaranteed to conjure all your happy thoughts. If you want to experience that flow, then make sure to check Northern Lights #1 in our Marijuana seed shop.

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Northern Lights

Whatever it is that has been bothering you until that first puff, is guaranteed to go up in smoke. If you need an extra hand at falling asleep, then this is the afghani landrace strain for you. Its gentle effects will uplift you while gently rocking you into a restful slumber.

There is a certain euphoric high that comes with Northern Lights and the smiles and laughter is guaranteed to be instantly infectious.


Northern Lights has a very distinct scent to it. Its sweet and spicy notes follow you around, and are broken up with a hint of bitter lime. Some have reported noticing a bit of an ammonia smell to this strain, but with the hint of citrus, it makes for a pretty invigorating smelling strain.


The flavor of Northern Lights is quite skunky and full-bodied, without being overpowering. It hints at fresh pines and earth mixed with a bit of sweetness. A trace of lemon can also be observed when smoked, and it can leave a sweet dank taste inside your mouth afterwards.

There are many popular strains that are direct descendants of the Northern Lights #5. Read our full review on White Smurf Strain that was created by crossing Northern Lights, Skunk No.1. and Dutch Sativa

Adverse Reactions

One of the reasons why this strain has become so popular among indica-lovers, is because of the minimal adverse effects. Northern Lights strain can occasionally cause a feeling of not being able to move from the spot, which can often be confused with paranoia. You can purchase this at virtually any dispensary.

As a whole, it is rare for users or growers of Northern Lights to feel dizzy or have a headache, but it can occur sometimes. The most commonly reported adverse effects are the usual cottonmouth, combined with a dry eyes sensation and a feeling of being dehydrated.

Northern Lights Strain Medical
Northern Lights Strain Medical

Northern Lights Medical Information

Widely recommended for its supreme medical abilities, Northern Lights is a favorite among those seeking to treat physical pain as well as mental instabilities. Mood swings and depression are easily relieved by this strain’s uplifting personality.

Because of Northern Lights’ generous CBD content and high indica content, it has also proven to be effective in treating pain. Its potency guarantees the easing of pains and cramps from conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, PMS, arthritis, muscle spasms and many more.

Patients who have been diagnosed with mental conditions have also benefited from the use of this strain.

Northern Lights strain can ease symptoms and side effects from the treatment of OCD, social anxiety disorder, general anxiety and PTSD. It is a powerful relaxant, that can induce sleep in those who suffer from insomnia and restlessness, but does cause dry mouth.

In cases where cancer patients were treated for a lack of appetite due to radiology and chemotherapy, Northern Lights phenotype has also proven to be a suitable choice. It can help ease the feeling of nausea, and successfully curb hunger.

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Growing Northern Lights Strain

Northern Lights is a strain that is known for being seriously easy to grow. It is a relatively small to average growing plant, with distinctive amount of resinous buds. This strain cannabis can be grown indoors and also outdoors for all experienced growers.

Northern Lights Strain Growing
Northern Lights Strain Growing

If grown outdoors, Northern Lights weed prefers a warm and sunny environment, thriving in balmy Mediterranean, Californian or North African settings.

This plant can flourish into a tree when kept in full sunlight and tended to carefully, but is generally not a fussy plant to care for, and is great for beginner growers looking for indica landrace seeds.

Northern Lights Flowering Time

IndoorFlowering Time

This indica strain reportedly takes an average of 7 to 9 weeks to flower, although there are times when it is ready for harvest after only 7 weeks.

Northern Lights cannabis strain can yield an average of 18 ounces per square meter in a healthy indoor environment.

Outdoor Flowering Time

When kept in its preferred West Coast sunny climate, this strain can give a generous harvest. T

his indica dominant landrace seed can produce an estimate of up to 22 ounces per plant, and is usually ready for harvest around the middle of October.

Great for an outdoor grow in Colorado right before it gets below 40 degrees for the winter.


  1. Afghani
  2. Thai

FAQ About Northern Lights Strain

What is the Northern Lights strain yield?

Northern Lights yields 18oz/ m2 indoors and 22oz/ plant outdoors.

How much THC does Northern Lights strain have?

Around 18% THC.

What are the origins of the Northern Lights strain?

Northern Lights was first bred in the outskirts of Seattle, Washington, by crossing an Afghani Indica with a Thai Sativa.

Have you ever smoked or grown your own Northern Lights indica kush strain? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below, or check out our seed bank.


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25 comments on “Northern Lights Strain”

  1. Please advise.. I am a almost a 1st time grower… I am 500 miles > North of the 49th parallel. Planted 3 Northern Lights clones > outside <. May 10, 2021. They are healthy. Need to know about "topping". Need to know about "trimming" & "pruning". What is required? What's necessary ? What is not necassary ? I am confused… Thank you in advance… PLease advise ..

  2. First time growing indoor dwc. Growing northern lights. This is the start of week 9 and there is still 85% white hairs. Hoping to pull it after week 10

  3. I have three northern lights “bushes” ten days into flower. Has been a pretty easy grow with no complicated maintenance involvement. I have these and two Early rogues under three one thousand watt LED full spectrums and they’ve done quite nicely. Will come back and post some photos soon

  4. Used to be able to get it back in the 80s but I haven’t smoked northern lights for over 20 30 years but I’m in week number 8 week number 4 of flower can’t wait

  5. […] Crystal strain is a rare but much-loved combination of White Widow and Northern Lights. Do not confuse it with the Crystal ship strain. This bright combo is a 60/40 indica-dominant […]

  6. I have grown this strain in my previous season grow 2019 slovenia -midle europe mediterainian climate it was finished in the start of october with vigirous growth I got the seeds from bulk seed bank genetics it truly is a wonderful strain for my climate

  7. I have both grown and smoked northern lights and would have to say it is amongst my Favorites it definitely is a generous yielding strain and I love the effects of northern lights it is for sure a delightful strain to grow an awesome experience 100%

  8. Hi guys, on week 8 of flower with my northern indoor girls, but curiously my tricones are still filled with milky white and no Amber’s yet… Might take a full 9weeks, can’t hardly wait!!!

  9. I just harvested my first grow of Northern lights. One toke on a pinch hitter let me know It was the right strain for me. I had eight plants and only harvested 9.37 ounces, total. Obviously, I’m very disappointed in my growing skills. So, I need to do some fine tuning. Also, I’m having a trouble time germinating the seeds. I’ve lost more then 70%. they just won’t come up! I’ve got a lot of learning in regard to growing, but I love the strain!`

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  11. Hello i have about 20 Northern light plants on the go, for the past two weeks they have been dying like the leafs are turnjng colour an then just dead. What shoud i di

  12. So far it’s a Hardy plant.very easy to grow as long as you follow standard growing procedures. I have hit it with an echo of 2.4 in weeks 6 and zero nute burn.

  13. Northern lights like potassium and phospherous, I use bergmans nutes and make my own tea from banana peels to extract both of these organically and add bergmnas nutes to the mix on a 1/3 suggested scaling and these babies love it. Good luck with your grow .

  14. I have grown Northern lights on my first grow. they got to approximately 30 inches and budded quite well. Although the buds were airy (due to lighting inadequacies ) the effects were phenomenal. I might add they taste was a little weird due to my lack of flushing properly. I have to admit for my first grow overall potency is top notch. Thank you ILGM, Happy customer here.

  15. It is a truly amazing strain healthy vigorous strong plant loaded with resin tricomes heavy I mean heavy buds always have to tie mine normally 6 to 8 zips a plant

  16. Have two northern light plant growing now as my first grow and am going on week 4 of flowering. Very easy plant to grow and looking beautiful. Growing in a 24 X 24 X 60 grow tent with a 300W LED light. Using Fox Farm trio and the grow has been very low maintenance. Looks like I will have a ton of buds to harvest soon! Second crop in the seedling stage and should be ready for the larger grow tent and flowering stage when the northern lights are harvested.

  17. I grew ILGMs northern lights auto, and it is still some of the best cannabis I have come across. I have a state medical card and I would have to say Robert’s Northerm Lights is up there with the best. Easy to grow and great smelling.

  18. I’m using Advanced Nutrients line of PH Perfect and it’s treating my girls well.

  19. Fox Farms has the best nutrients Ive used on my plants and its done amazing.

  20. […] Northern Lights weed or Cannabis Indica Dominant Hybrid is the most potent form of marijuana known to man. There are different places from which you can purchase its seeds if you are interested in growing it yourself. There are also some places like the California Medical Marijuana center where you may be able to find clones of the seed. […]

  21. Help! First timer and I have two beautiful girls from random seeds one is a sativa and the other looks like a indicated. The sativa is 30in and strong growing outside. Can I start to flower in my closet now and can I continue to use the sun in 12day 12night cycle. P.s nutrients and personal care r religiously given wen needed. Please someone help, scared to mess these gorgeous girls up. I got lucky.