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Northern Lights
Northern Lights in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Cannabaceae
Genus: Cannabis

A hybrid of:
Cannabis sativa
Cannabis indica

Northern Lights is a strain of cannabis. It is one of the first successful hybrids of Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa.[1]



Northern Lights was first developed in the 1970s in Wolverine, MI and since the initial hybridization has developed numerous sub-strains with varying qualities and features.[2] A notable sub-strain is Northern Lights #1, which was the original strain developed. It is composed of one quarter C. indica ssp. indica (from Thailand) and three quarters C. indica ssp. afghanica. It was considered remarkably potent at the time, but since then other more potent sub-strains have emerged. Northern Lights is considered to be among the easiest strains to grow, being quite hardy and forgiving to the novice indoor grower with a typical flowering time of 6–7 weeks, often described as growing like "weeds".[3 ][4] Northern Lights #5 in particular is renowned for this trait of growing very easily. The strain's reputation as a compact, high-yield plant, with a high potency also makes it popular among marijuana growers.[3 ] Along with Haze and Skunk #1, Northern Lights is among the most influential strains of all time; one of the first strains to be successfully hybridized for indoor cultivation. The Northern Lights #5 strain has been critically acclaimed by many cannabis enthusiasts and has been a winner in competitions such as the Cannabis Cup.


Northern Lights along with other hybrid strains have received much attention in the scientific community, as it is often the subject of experiments testing the viability of medicinal marijuana.[5] The hybridization of cannabis is also notable in the botany community as Northern Lights in particular has been studied for its female and male genetic characteristics.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Marijuana". CESAR: Center for Substance Abuse Research. Retrieved 2008-02-07.  
  2. ^ Advances in Hemp Research By Paolo Ranalli Pg. 147
  3. ^ a b Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible By Jorge Cervantes Pg. 129
  4. ^ The Medicinal Uses of Cannabis and Cannabinoids By Geoffrey Guy, Brian Whittle, Philip Robson Pg. 76
  5. ^ Press: Cannabis the wonder drug?
  6. ^ Microsoft Word - Lang_Carboni_pdf.doc
  7. ^ Blackwell Synergy - Botan J Linn Soc, Volume 147 Issue 4 Page 387-397, April 2005 (Article Abstract)


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