Some strains are simply famous; Northern Lights, however, has reached legendary status.
If you are a regular cannabis user, there is a very high probability that you have tried either Northern Lights or one of the strain’s sister varieties, such as: Super Silver Haze, Sour Diesel and Shiva Skunk, just to name a few. Northern Lights’ exact lineage and history are shrouded in mystery and might be forever lost. The most dominant theory is that the strain originated in the Pacific Northwest with little fan fare, then made its way to Holland where the two best phenotypes were crossed (Northern Lights #5 x Northern Lights #2). The NL #5 has taken over the most important roll in the cross because NL #5 adds potency and reduces flowering time. NL #2 gives the strain the awsome taste and smell, and contributes to the overall vigor and strength of the high. Also NL #2 is a hardier plant with better resistance to mold and pests than other phenotypes.
Northern Lights presents itself with compact, dense buds coated with a silvery-white frosting of trichromes often separated by a few centimeters of stalk, making trimming a breeze and producing an excellent yield. While the buds are tight and thick (typical indica structure), they are not so impenetrable that bud rot is a major problem–as this can be a big problem for a lot of indica strains–making Northern Lights a nice indica to grow in even humid environments.
The aroma is a fresh, vegetal, and lightly skunky smell from a distance, which turns into a complex, sweet citrus-pine with notes of eucalyptus when the flowres are squeezed. When ground up, the aroma gets even sharper, taking on a musky citrus quality that was reminiscent of burned orange peels mixed with a bit of pine.