Strain of the Month – December
Whatever you celebrate, Happy Holidays! We hope your days are full of friends, family, warmth, and weed. For December’s Strain of the Month, we chose something that’s as bright and beautiful as a lit up Christmas tree – as peaceful and as tranquil as the first snowfall of the season. Northern Lights is the perfect strain for sitting by the fireplace or relaxing after shoveling the driveway.
One of the most famous strains of all time, Northern Lights is a descendant of Afghani and Thai landrace strains. This pure indica is a multi-award winning strain that is loved across the globe. Popular hybrids such as Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze descend from Northern Lights, so this strain is basically one of the Founding Fathers of weed. It’s rumored to have been created near Seattle, but most believe it was made in Holland shortly after 1985.
This strong indica has resinous buds that emit a deliciously pungent sweet and spicy aroma. It’s beloved by growers for its fast flowering time and overall resilience in chilly weather. Northern Lights is abundant in the terpene mycrene – terpenes are the chemical compounds in weed that are responsible for the scent, taste, and effects of the bud. Mycrene is also found many places in nature, like in mangos, thyme, and bay leaves. As its name implies, Northern Lights is a natural phenomena, with all the healing medical benefits packed in it. THC contents typically range from 15 to 22%.
You’ll feel the psychoactive effects of Northern Lights throughout your entire body as it relaxes your muscles and gives you an overall euphoric feeling. Fans of Northern Lights appreciate the “comfortable laziness” they feel after a smoke sesh. Like most indicas, it’s a great strain for relieving pain and helping with insomnia. It mellows you out, making it effective for those suffering from depression or having a stressful day. One bowl of the earthy and sweet tasting Northern Lights will have you feeling relaxed, happy, and hungry, and it has such a powerful body high that it numbs chronic pain – a great alternative treatment for anybody suffering from anxiety, anorexia, headaches, and arthritis. We suggest steering away from Northern Lights if you have anything on the agenda besides total relaxation, as this strain will leave you couch locked with little inhibition to worry about anything besides what to watch on TV.
Like the magical, colorful, real Northern Lights, this strain has crystal coated buds that appear in hues of purple – a typical color for many indicas, as it can happen when buds are harvested in cooler climates (like many indicas are). Like we said, it’s surprisingly easy to grow. Plants stay short – less than three feet – making them a great choice for indoor growing. Those who opt to grow outdoors will appreciate Northern Lights’ disease-resistant and mold-resistant properties. Though plants are small, they produce high yields of three to six ounces of bud in just two months.
December is the best time of the month to enjoy Northern Lights. Heat up that hot cocoa, curl up by the fire, and spark a joint for the most wonderful time of the year.