Atomic Northern Lights is an indica-dominant hybrid cannabis that is known for its psychedelic effects. It is the product of Northern Lights backcrossed with its own Thai Haze and Afghani landrace ancestors. This results in average THC levels of 14% to 24%.
The strain is very modest looking. It has small to medium sized flowers that are mossy green and have many orange pistils. The buds are covered with cloudy white trichomes, which makes them both sticky and potent. They give off a musky aroma and when ground, there are hints of hash and incense. The smoke when burnt is harsh and it can taste of pepper on the exhale.
The high from Atomic Northern Lights comes on slowly. It often begins with tingling in the neck together with sensory distortion. Soon afterwards comes full-body relaxation that will melt stresses away. Often there is some mild mental stimulation, which can also serve as a social lubricant. As such, it is a very balanced high between mind and body, making it a favorite of recreational users.
These effects can also have some medical benefits. It may help with attention deficit disorders and at the same time can aid moderate cases of stress, depression and anxiety. Furthermore, its physical effects may also help ease aches and pains, headaches, nausea, and so on. However, due to its cerebral effects, those prone to panic or paranoia should look elsewhere.
Atomic Northern Lights can be grown both indoors and out. The plants tend to be short and bushy, making them ideal for indoor settings. The strain normally flowers within 8 weeks when grown indoors.