Northern Lights, which used to be known by the less catchy CI #5 F1, is an award winning indica strain. The strain is hugely popular with growers, medical marijuana users, and recreational users, and is probably one of the most popular indica strains of all time. As a result, it is very easy to find in dispensaries and shops.
Many people refer to Northern Lights as a two hit and quit strain, as it is extremely fast acting and puts the body straight into a numbing, lazy mode. First time users are virtually guaranteed to give into the desire to sit on the couch and indulge in plenty of munchies, even if they are just using a very small dose. Together with the body high comes a sense of well-being and happiness. Some users claim that after multiple uses they also find that they have increased creativity and focus.
The negative side effects are fairly average, a dry mouth and eyes, possible slight dizziness, and in higher doses paranoia and anxiety are possible.
As with most of its indica based ancestors and descendants, Northern Lights is generally recommended for evening use and insomnia. It is one of the purest indica strains around, with 95% indica, 5% sativa, and as a result, it is a highly sedative strain. Many also say that it is a good choice to help relieve the effects of stress and anxiety. It is chosen by many for the heavy body high in order to help with chronic pain. Furthermore, thanks to the strong appetite inducing effects, those with eating disorders have also used it.
The exact lineage and history of Northern Lights has been kept a secret, but it is generally thought that it is a mix of two landrace building block strains, Thai and Afghani. It is known that the strain was perfected in Holland and only made its way further afield, including to North America, in recent years.
The strain takes about six to eight weeks to flower and it will yield up to 125 grams per square meter. In the most average greenhouse setups Northern Lights will produce about 100 grams per plant. It is an excellent choice for those looking for quality and ease over quantity. Ever since it was first used for medicinal purposes there have been numerous imitations produced, and many growers have crossed it with something else and kept the name the same. Therefore, it is very hard to be absolutely sure that you are getting pure Northern Lights.