Northern Lights, formerly known as CI #5 F1, is a well-loved indica-dominant strain that has won over the hearts of growers, medical patients, and recreational consumers. This popular strain can be found in dispensaries across the West Coast and Colorado. Despite its shrouded history, it is believed to be a hybrid of the Thai and Afghani landrace strains, perfected in Holland before making its way to America.
Northern Lights is characterized by its dense, cone-shaped nugs that emit a sweet pine and citrus aroma with a hint of skunk. The nugs are usually medium to dark green and covered in trichomes.
Nicknamed "two-hit and quit," Northern Lights has a reputation for inducing a lazy and numb body high, often accompanied by feelings of well-being and happiness. Some users even report an increase in creativity and focus. However, it also comes with the common negative effects such as dry mouth and eyes, dizziness, paranoia, and anxiety in higher doses.
Best used in the evenings, Northern Lights is a highly sedative strain (95% indica, 5% sativa) that is often chosen to relieve stress, anxiety, and pain. Its powerful appetite-inducing effects are also helpful for those struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia.
This strain has a flowering time of 6 to 8 weeks and yields up to 125 grams per square meter indoors, or roughly 100 grams per plant in a greenhouse setup. Northern Lights is a great choice for those who prioritize quality and ease over quantity. However, since its emergence on the medical scene, many imitations have appeared, with some growers even crossing it with other strains while keeping the same name.