Spiritleaf Origins | Northern Lights
At Spiritleaf, we take pride in informing consumers about all the exciting cannabis products on the market, but some strains need no introduction. This series is dedicated to the old-school strains, the ultimate classics and the genius genetics of our favourite bud. Over the last few decades, certain cannabis strains have risen head and shoulders above the rest, obtaining legendary status, dedicated fans and infamous reputations along the way.
We tip our hats to the old-time favorites by featuring these important cultivars in a series called Spiritleaf Origins: The Legend Behind the Leaf.
What makes a strain worthy of heroic status? A mysterious origin story, a heavenly aroma, or perhaps a potent level of THC? Amazingly, Northern Lights has all of these qualities, so it’s no surprise that it’s a consistent favourite of consumers around the world. Whether you’re new to the hobby or a seasoned veteran, you’ve likely heard of this iconic indica. Northern Lights has a history of appreciation spanning four decades and is still highly sought after today, making it a true legend in the cannabis community.
Created from pure Afghani and Thai landrace strains, Northern Lights is favoured for its resinous and crystal-coated buds. But despite being one of the most famous strains of all time, the origin of Northern Lights is still somewhat hazy. Transport yourself back to the nineteen-seventies, when bell bottoms, disco and 8-track tapes were still a thing. Tradition has it that a mysterious breeder known only as ‘The Indian’, planted eleven Afghani indica seeds somewhere on an island near the coast of Seattle, WA. Out of the eleven he grew, #1 and #5 were the best phenotypes and displayed the strongest indica features; sturdy, compact, forest-green buds that were coated with resin. According to many sources, these were the source of the first Northern Lights plants, though other theorists claim that it originated in California, long before the seventies.
Regardless of where it began, it eventually made its way to Holland in the early nineteen-eighties in the possession of Nevil Schoenmaker, founder of the first seed bank in the Netherlands. There, he hybridised and inbred the strain with other Afghani males and Thai landrace sativa strains, but like almost all strains cultivated during the prohibition period, its exact genetic history is left undocumented. In 1985, The Seed Bank released “Northern Lights #1”, described as an Afghani inbred indica. The strain immediately rocketed in popularity and became a hot commodity on the market in Europe, for its potential physical effects and hardiness during growth.
Not long after it had been made available to the public in the mid-eighties, Northern Lights went on to dominate competitions across the globe, winning the cannabis cup multiple times and many other titles over the years. During the late eighties and early nineties, Northern Lights was one of the most talked about strains of all time and reigned unopposed as Queen of the indicas. If you’ve not tried this strain yet, you may have still come across its equally potent descendants; Hash Plant, Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze who carry on her legacy. It shares similar genetic building blocks to other famous strains such as Chronic Haze, White Widow and Special Kush.
Perfect for unwinding in the evening, chilling on the couch, or by the fire, Northern Lights has dominated indica smoking circles for years. When consuming this strain, expect a delicately sweet, earthy taste with notes of honey and pine. It’s extremely popular among both medical and recreational users and is sometimes referred to as a ‘two-hit and quit’ strain due to its high potency, so novice smokers should consume with care!
Northern Lights is a pure indica powerhouse and is one of the most highly regarded strains in the world today. Want to taste the legacy? Learn more about the recreational cannabis retail experience by visiting a Spiritleaf location nearest you, https://spiritleaf.ca/locations/. *Must be of legal age. Artist credit: Cabin 7 Originals.
About this author: Jasmine Holmes is a professional writer, editor and content creator from the UK with a penchant for storytelling and a passion for Cannabis. She has written for many publications like Where Rockies, Essential Magazine, The Dining Guide, InStudio, Via Runway and more, as well as various newspapers, art centres and corporations. After living in Australia for a few years, Jasmine moved to the Rocky Mountains to focus on travel and tourism writing. However, following the legalization of cannabis, she decided to put her in-depth knowledge to good use and now specializes in educating readers about the fascinating world of weed.
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