Northern Lights - Strain Guide

A classic piney indica from the Pacific Northwest enjoyed by many for evening relaxation.

Type: Indica-dominant

Best For: Night, relaxation, daily unwinding

Flavor: Piney, Peppery, Earthy

Parent Strains: Afghani landrace indica, Thai landrace sativa

Primary Terpenes:  Myrcene, Pinene, Caryophyllene

Origin: Seattle, WA

Other Names: NL, Northern Lights #5

Products: Live Rosin Gummies


  • First-hand Experiences
  • Primary Terpenes
  • Origin & History
  • Related Strains

Northern Lights Strain First-hand Reviews

The effects of products containing hemp-derived cannabinoids vary from person to person, but here is some feedback from customers who've enjoyed our Live Rosin Northern Lights Gummies.

"Perfect for a relaxing evening followed by sweet dreams." - JD (Florida)

"The lemon-peppery taste is great, and it takes the edge off and helps me relax." - Robin (Texas)

"I have to say they definitely help to mellow out the evening." - Michael B. (Iowa)

"When the effects kick in, it was like I was sitting in a massage chair that melted my stress away. I definitely recommend this for people wanting an extra calm evening or some heavy sleep." - Eshe (Virginia)

"When I started taking them at night with dinner, I noticed that I slept better and found myself jumping out of bed the next morning." - Mike (Alabama)

Northern Lights Strain Terpenes

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants, including cannabis. They can offer a synergistic quality with hemp-derived cannabinoids.

Below are the top three terpenes of the Northern Lights strain in order of prominence.

Myrcene (Primary Terpene)

This musky, earthy terpene is in such plants as hops, bay, verbena, and lemongrass. One study published in Frontiers in Nutrition found that myrcene can lower the resistance across the blood-brain barrier, thus increasing the transportation of cannabinoids into the brain.


Also known as Beta-Caryophyllene or "BCP," this spicy, peppery terpene is unique because it can bind to CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. BCP is in other plants such as black pepper, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, oregano, and lavender. In vivo and in vitro studies suggest that BCP may have anti-inflammatory properties.


Limonene is in the peels of citrus plants, chamomile, ginger, and red pepper and offers a citrusy flavor. Historically, people have used citrus as a "cure" for feeling overwhelmed by cannabis. Limonene may help "lighten" the effects of THC.

Origin & History 

Northern Lights is one of the most widely recognized and loved strains of cannabis. But much like other classic strains, the exact details surrounding its origin are a mystery due to prohibition.

Most origin stories say that Northern Lights originated near Seattle, Washington. But it is a solid fact that the strain had made its way to the Netherlands by 1985.

The leading theory behind the lineage of Northern Lights is that the strain came from crossing landrace Afghani indicas along with a landrace Thai sativa. Landraces are indigenous cannabis strains. They are the oldest known strains, either pure indica or pure sativa.

For our products, we use Northern Lights hemp. That means the plants we use are authentic Northern Lights, but they have been bred to have a Delta-9 THC concentration of no greater than 0.3% by dry weight.

Related Strains

The origin of Northern Lights is in a bit of a fog. However, many cannabis strains decided from this indica classic. Here are just a few of them:

  • Jack Herer  - A cross between Northern Lights and Haze.
  • Super Silver Haze  - Northern Lights is first crossed with Haze, then that offspring is crossed with Haze again.