Have you ever had the pleasure of experiencing the wonder known as the Northern Lights and its vast array of cascading colors flowing from side to side? If so, then you will have some familiarity with the effects experienced when it comes to the hybrid strain of the same name. The strain Northern Lights is far and beyond one of the most famous strains available. From the name to the earthy tones of the appearance Northern Lights impresses with little flair that does not go unrealized once experienced. A pure 95% indica strain that leaves the user in a whimsical state of uninterrupted euphoria. After the first and second dose of the material the consumer becomes lazily happy and stress free. The effect that Northern Lights produces puts it a step ahead of the rest as it does not overdue the experience. This psychoactive effect produced lets the user relieve themselves from the day and slip into a content state of being that aids in stress related anxieties and socially created ones.
Though only rumored, Northern Lights was first established near Seattle, Washington having spread during 1985 through Holland. From what is reported, what is now known as Sensi Seeds first cultivated and distributed Northern Lights. Northern Lights captivated consumers with its sweet spicy aroma and its crystalized buds that hide a surprise of purple underneath. Popular itself, Norther Lights is also responsible for other top hybrids such as Shiva, Skunk, and Super Silver Haze. Northern Lights is one of the greats that has solidified itself as a legendary true indica hybrid.
Northern Lights is constructed through the genetics of its parents the Afghani and Thai strains. Northern Lights takes much more from the indica genetics of Afghani rather than the sativa counterpart; making it an indica dominant hybrid. There are apparently multiple strains of Northern Lights ranging from one to nine with nine being the most rare and popular. The differences between the cuts are minute in that they seem to primarily effect the smell and taste rather than the psychoactive elements. The THC potency smoothly averages between 16% and 21% leaving Northern Lights in the medium of present-day strain strength. CBD count is expectedly low at 0.1% as well.
Patients who consume the Northern Lights strain of medicinal marijuana have reported both negative and positive effects when using the product. Some common and some rare.
Most Northern Lights consuming patients have reported the following common positive effects:
- Light Pain Relief
- Strong Relaxation
Commonly reported side effects of consuming Northern Lights as reported by patients include the following:
- Dry Mouth
- Dry Eyes
Rare side effects reported by patients include:
- Mild Paranoia
Medical Benefits of Northern Lights
Northern Lights is one of the strongest indicas with a ratio split of 95% indica to 5% sativa. Due to this ratio the strain becomes a strong reliever of stress and social anxiety disorders. The effect of utilizing Northern Lights for general anxiety has seen to not only improve overall mood stability, but also increases the want to socialize. Despite it being perfectly useful for anxiety Northern Lights also aids in insomnia, lack of appetite, and chronic pain. The medicinal uses for Northern Lights indeed vary on what is trying to be accomplished, however, the amount of benefits the hybrid potential has is significant. The usefulness of the strain has been known to increase based on the dose.
The strain Northern Lights consist of a large amount of both Myrcene and Beta-Caryophyllene. Myrcene is present in many strains and is a foundation for other terpenes to develop, while Beta-Caryophyllene has many beneficial components that add an extra layer of complexity to the strain.
The common Myrcene terpene is responsible for any fruit aromas that are present in Northern Lights as well as much of the cerebral effects. With these cerebral elements Myrcene is also a great anti-inflammatory and acts as an effective pain reliever. This terpene, in its abundancy, works with the THC pathways which positively influences cannabinoids to act with more potency.
Beta-Caryophyllene is where Northern Lights gets its spicy scent and the additional anxiety relief. This terpene is primarily beneficial in the stability of moods and in treatment of general mood disorders. Uniquely, this terpene, through testing, has been shown to reduce voluntary alcohol intake. Though this has only been shown through the experimentation on rodents, the results show the potential in further research.