Imagine yourself wrapped in the comfiest blankets under a sky pebbled with stars while green, blue, and purple ribbons dance electric miles above you. Picture the lull of the wind and the song of the universe carrying you to the best dreams. That, and maybe a bit more, is a hit of Northern Lights. If the Northern Lights hemp strain were a person, we would be asking for their autograph. This strain was one of the first ones developed by Netherlands growers during the 1980s by crossing the famed landrace Afghani with a small percentage of the well-known Thai. The result of this experimentation is an almost pure Indica breed with a high CBD content that can range from 16% to 21%, making it one of the most potent strains around while keeping its delta-9 THC below 0.1%. The original crops of Northern Lights had a very dim CBD content, thus making them unusable for medical treatments. Nowadays, farmers try to develop plants with a higher CBD content while keeping the original properties of the strain. As a result, recent crops have achieved up to 21% CBD, making them suitable to aid in neurological conditions such as epilepsy and seizures.
AppearanceWhen they are still on the plant, the multicolored nuggets of the Northern Lights hemp strain flash with the colors that earned it its astronomical name. Bright green, pink, purple, and blue hues swirl in the dense buds, like fairies waiting to play in arabesques of smoke. The dried Northern Lights hemp strain flowers tone down most of their colors while still being a multicolored wonder where soft blues and purples streak across the lime-green leaves. Orange hairs crisscross the flowers in a tender hug, almost covered by a crystal shrine. The sticky trichomes coat the nuggets as if they were sugar, whispering a promise of dense and powerful resin. Breaking the buds will give you a surprise, so you better brace for the aggressive, sweet, and spicy aroma that will break out. A delightful nectarine smell will team up with robust cinnamon and soothing citrus to attack your nostrils and possibly clear your sinuses. Take a moment to revel in the sprites that will circle you while you grind the Northern Lights hemp strain and prepare your experience.
TerpenesMost of the goodness in medicinal plants comes from the terpenes, the aromatic molecules that plants secrete to defend themselves from pests, attract pollinators and even communicate with each other. Cannabis plants are particularly bountiful in terpenes, whose wide variety is responsible for each strain’s distinctive smell and taste and their specific effects and benefits on the body. The primary terpenes in the Northern Lights hemp strain are myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, and alpha-pinene.
- Myrcene. The most abundant terpene in cannabis is also the dominant terpene in Northern Lights. It gives a sweet and slightly funky aroma with earthy undertones. Get comfortable when smoking this strain because } myrcene will relax you to the point of not letting you stand up. This quality makes the myrcene also part of stress and anxiety cannabis treatment.
- Caryophyllene. The spicy cinnamon you will smell and taste in the Northern Lights hemp strain comes from its caryophyllene. This terpene also binds to the cannabinoid receptors in your brain and body, increasing the effect of cannabinoids and acting as an analgesic and gastric protector.
- Pinene. The sweet, floral undertones that greet you when you open a Northern Lights nugget come from pinene. This terpene is the most abundant in nature, and it has a lot of medicinal uses. Just to mention a few of them, pinene helps patients suffering from memory loss, asthma, arthritis, or Crohn’s disease.