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The Northern Lights strain is the most sought-after and potent cannabis strain. A true legend of the cannabis world with 95% indica and 5% Sativa. It is a cross between two landrace building block strains, Afghani and Thai. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels are high, ranging between 16% and 21%, thus leaving users pleasantly high after a few puffs. It grows both indoors and outdoors and has a flowering period of 45-50 days. 

In maturity, Northern Lights nugs are typically medium to dark green, featuring purple and a thick crystal coating. This pure indica is cherished for its resinous buds, fast flowering, and resilience during growth. Northern Lights grows in dense, cone-shaped nugs that smell of sweet pine and citrus, with a hint of skunk.

Northern Lights Strain with Black Background

Genetics and Growth

This well known and sought-after Indica strain is considered a descendant of Afghani and Thai landrace strains. It may have originated in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s by an individual known only as “The Indian”, prior to reaching the Holland region of the Netherlands after 1985 at what is now Sensi Seeds. However, it was perfected in Holland before returning to the United States. In the 80s, seed breeder, and the so-called “King of Cannabis” Neville Schoenmaker pioneered several Northern Lights phenotypes for The Seed Bank. 

Northern Lights #5- arguably the most popular Northern Lights phenotype– won the Cannabis Cup in 1989, 1990, and 1992. Northern Lights has given rise to famous hybrids like Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze. In the mid 1980s and 1990s, Northern Lights made its way back to the United States.

Flowering after six to eight weeks, the Northern Light strain yields up to 125 grams per square meter. The average greenhouse setup Northern Lights produces roughly 100 grams per plant. This is a strain that is for those who prefer quality and ease over quantity. Ever since it has entered the medical cannabis market, there have been many imitations as well as growers that have crossed it with other strains, but it is still sold under the name of Northern Lights even when genetically crossed with something else.


Northern Lights is a cannabis strain known for its medicinal benefits with the help of its component terpenes and THC. Terpenes are a large, naturally occurring compound that brings relief from chronic illnesses. Northern Lights is known to help with depression, stress, anxiety, and pain. It is an anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antitumor, antibiotic, antidiabetic agent. Additionally, it is a natural appetite inducing effect, thus helping people with eating disorders or other medical reasons for not eating by increasing hunger. 

Some users will experience some dry mouth, dry eye, and dizziness. Northern Lights cannabis has also been used by many for recreational use. Its high level of THC can be too intense for some and is better used in moderation. As the name suggests, Northern Lights gives an overwhelming sense of lightness.


Terpenes, a component of the Northern Lights strain, give earthy, spicy, and pine smells. Due to the strong flavor and effects of Northern Lights strain, it is commonly used in edibles. THC, another component, affects the brain when absorbed into the bloodstream. Users may feel euphoric and happy, with a creative mindset that lends itself to artistic pursuits.

The earthy notes mixed with a bit of sweetness is one of the reasons many cannabis users that look for a top-shelf flavor profile will reach for this.


The main terpenes in Northern Lights are Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Limonene. 

Myrcene (hoppy) is commonly associated with the peppery, spicy, balsam fragrance in beer as well as lemongrass, thyme, and mango. These tastes and aroma properties are the same ones that give cannabis its unique scent.  With the sedative and muscle relaxant within Myrcene, this makes strains with Myrcene feel similar to Granddaddy Purple, OG Kush, and Cherry Pie because of this terpene.

Caryophyllene (peppery) may help reduce pain, anxiety, depression, and substance addiction. This terpene also helps antioxidant, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. This is a flavor you will recognize from many herbs and spices, such as black pepper, basil, and oregano. It also gives a spicy, funky warmth to the nose, similar to cinnamon and cloves. Other well known strains that have caryophyllene are Original Glue, Purple Punch, and Chemdog.

Limonene (citrus) is believed to provide anxiety and stress relief. You may know it from objects in your home like lemon rind, orange rind, or juniper. But other cannabis strains you may recognize from it are White Fire OG, Do-Si-Dos, and Wedding Cake. This terpene helps elevate mood, provide stress relief, may help relieve heartburn and gastric reflux and more.


Northern Lights strain is known by a lot of people as “two-hit and quit” strain because of the impact of the THC components. It is one of the strains that will help the user’s body into a wonderfully numbing, lazy mode. It is a great way to unwind after a long day. The sense of well-being, happiness, and all-around,feel-good state is normally accompanied by a call for munchies.

The Northern Lights strain is highly recommended for evening use and insomnia. As one of the purest indica strains at 95% indica, it is such a highly sedative strain. Typically, users will have effects such as mind-body relaxation, a euphoric body high, heightened appetite, and sedation. 

Some experienced users are reportedly instilled with increased creativity and focus as well, there is also a chance of paranoia and anxiety in higher doses. There are also sometimes negative effects such as dry mouth, dry eyes, dizziness, and, of course, paranoia and anxiety. However the Northern Lights strain has an array of benefits. It all relies upon what you are looking for or why you are using cannabis in the first place.

The Best Las Vegas Dispensary Near Me

Northern Lights is readily available in dispensaries throughout the West Coast and Colorado. Now you can buy your favorite strains like Northern Lights online at the best Las Vegas dispensary – Medizin.

Having a well-earned reputation as one of the most potent strains in existence can be costly. So, users mustn’t waste their money by growing poorly formed buds or purchasing lesser buds. Medizin Dispensary is the best place to pick up the highest quality Northern Lights for everyone from the newest of cannabis users to those that know exactly what they like from their cannabis. 

Medizin is an award-winning Vegas dispensary that offers a wide range of premium cannabis strains and products in-store and online. Place your order now for delivery or curbside pickup!

Now you can buy your favorite strains like Northern Lights online at the best Las Vegas dispensary – Medizin.

Medizin Dispensary
4850 W Sunset Rd Ste #130

T: 702-248-0346