Strain Review: Northern Lights

Northern Lights Nug

Checking out and reviewing cannabis strains is just something that we do here at Reefer Post. We usually attempt to cover a wide variety of strains, from strains that differ in effects to strains that taste nothing like each other. In addition, we cover many medical strains, for those stoners who aren’t looking to only get high. What about indica and sativa? We have those too, as well as many hybrid strains. In this review, we will be taking a look at a strain known as Northern Lights.


As one of the most popular cannabis strains out there, Northern Lights holds its reputation very well. It is a pure indica strain, and is known for its fast flowering and strong potency. This strain’s parents are not exactly known, however we do know that the parents are of Afghani and Thai strains descent. These descendants are what make up Northern Lights’ strong indica effects. In addition, many popular hybrid strains have been created through Northern Lights. Some of these hybrid strains are Super Silver Haze and Shiva Skunk.

While Northern Lights is especially popular in the West Coast of the U.S. and in Colorado, its exact origins are unknown. The most accepted answer is that Northern Lights originated in Seattle, Washington and was propagated out of Holland sometime after 1985 by Sensi Seeds. The bright colors on each nug may have helped Northern Lights get its name (know what those lights are?)


Award-winning strains are not to be underestimated, just like Northern Lights. Some call it a two hit and quit strain, meaning after two hits you’re done with it. Its popularity derives from its high potency, and ability to deliver quick effects. But it is one of those strains that you should enjoy at night, due to its heavy indica effects. After smoking some Northern Lights, all you may want to do is sit on the couch, watch your favorite show and eat your favorite munchies. Or, in some cases, you’ll want to go straight to bed. Check out the effects caused by Northern Lights:

  • Euphoric
  • Relaxed
  • Sleepy
  • Sedated
  • Happy
  • Hungry

Now you know why this strain is best used at night. This is not necessarily the best wake and bake strain out there, as it could cause you to go back to sleep and wake later on. Instead, try smoking some after a long day of work. Sit back, relax, smoke some Northern Lights and do whatever you like to do after work.

Of course, as most other strains, Northern Lights does come with some negative effects. For one, it is known to give off a mean case of cottonmouth, which no stoner enjoys. You can also expect other symptoms such as dry eyes, dizziness (if you smoke too much), and even anxiety in those who suffer from high cases of it.

Medical Benefits

While Northern Lights is very common among recreational users, it also holds much value in the medical field. In fact, many stoners who use cannabis medicinally prefer to use Northern Lights, due to what it can achieve. Here is a list of possible conditions that can be treated by consuming some Northern Lights:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

Many medical marijuana patients enjoy Northern Lights due to its ability to deliver effects quickly. The fact that it gives off a comfortable laziness allows for smooth healing from pain and stress. Notice how it treats a lack of appetite? This is why I stated above that you may want some munchies after you smoke this strain.

Flavors and Scents

Of course, flavors and scents play a role in deciding which strain to use, right? Northern Lights may not contain the best flavors, but is quite known for its aromas. It gives off a pungent smell of sweet and spicy, instantly filling any room with its scent. As for flavors, expect some earthy, pine tastes. It can also taste sweet, which is a nice addition.

That’s all for Northern Lights. What did you think about it? Drop a comment below! Overall, we give Northern Lights a great review. It can be used recreationally or medically. Just not during the day or in the morning (nighttime only). Thanks for reading!

Evan Weston

Evan Weston is a contributor to Reefer Posts, a growing community for exploring the developing market of Cannabis and CBD-related products. He spends a lot of time researching the development of health-related products that utilize Cannabis and CBD oils. He also keeps tabs on the developing legal environment regarding medical, recreational cannabis use, and production.

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