Strain Review: Northern Lights
The original Northern Lights was bred by a man called "The Indian" on an Island near Seattle, Washington. In 1985, Northern Lights arrived in the possession of Neville Schoenmaker, the owner of "The Seed Bank.“ He received the strain in the form of eleven female clones that were labeled Northern Lights #1 through Northern Lights #11, with Northern Lights #5 being said to have been the best specimen in the batch.
The original Northern Lights plants were described to be pure Afghan plants with extremely distinct Indica characteristics - dark green in color and very stable, with a high flower to leaf ratio, an earthy and piney flavor and purple hues during the flowering time. They were also known to be very resinous, boasting a THC level of 15% or higher. It didn't take long before several different Northern Lights strains appeared in The Seed Bank's catalog. How exactly these new varieties were created is unclear, but seemingly Neville used the plants that he obtained from "The Indian" to breed new hybrids by further crossing them to some male Afghani plants. Possibly the best guess is that Neville created the new varieties by further inbreeding and hybridizing the plants that he acquired from "The Indian" to his old stock.
The closest-to-the-original versions of Northern Lights available today
The feminized Northern Lights by Sensi Seeds is a milestone of cannabis breeding for over three decades now and it still has a strong influence on the grower, breeder and stoner communities to date. It is a 90% Indica that has won cup after cup and set new standards. Sensi Seeds selected the healthiest and most potent specimen of the three original Northern Lights varieties and spent years crossing them back and forth until they had created a plant with the perfect Afghani genotype appearance. It is a fast-growing, stocky, compact and sturdy plant, with resin-laden buds and a delicate aroma of musk and honey, topped off with an earthy undertone and a pinch of juniper.
NL5 x Afghan by Mr. Nice is based on the famous Northern Lights #5 and an Afghan strain and was created by Neville and Shantibaba. This is a compact plant with a relatively short flowering period of 7 to 9 weeks, strong flavors and an end-product with a strong Indica punch. By using only Afghan land races, the guys at Mr. Nice came very close to the original Northern Lights - this plant exhibits a tremendous hybrid vigor, produces high yields and lots of resin, has an excellent flower to leaf ratio and boasts with a top-shelf potency. It is highly sought after by medicinal users because of its strong body-centered effects and pain-relieving power in particular.
NL5 x Skunk is another masterpiece from the Mr. Nice seed bank - this is the impressive result of pairing two of the most productive strains of the past three decades. Both the famed Northern Lights #5 and Skunk #1 are true success stories in regards to bountiful yields and this mix of old school genetics is bound to follow in their footsteps. This strain shows a very strong hybrid vigor, has a short flowering time of around 8 weeks and produces high yields of resin-laden buds and is a top choice for patients suffering from muscular or lumbar pain.