Northern Lights #1 (Urban Dispensary)

Written by KindReviews on May 2nd, 2011. Posted in A, Blog, Grades, Indica, Indica-Dominant Hybrid, MMCs, Reviews, Urban Dispensary

Northern Lights #1 Medical Marijuana Strain Review

From: Urban Dispensary

Grade: A

Type: Indica-dominant hybrid

Lineage: This cut is thought to be Northern Lights #1, and NL originated in the Pacific Northwest but has Afghani lineage originally

Price: $45/8th

Appearance: (9/10)  This was a beautiful sample to look at, both up-close and from afar.  The sample we received was in the form of one large nug that had an artful trim, showcasing all the “inner-workings” of the nug but still leaving a perfect amount of leaf matter behind to look natural.  The coloration was very light overall, with crispy greens and almost golden-colored pistils in places.  While the light pistils had us suspicious that this one could’ve gone a while longer, the ambers developing all over the sample showed that the timing was pretty spot-on, especially if they wanted to reduce the heaviness this strain is known for.  No real flaws to this sample, it was a simply beautiful and well cared-for example of an Indica structured strain.

Aroma: (9/10)  A fresh, vegetal, and lightly skunky smell from a distance turns into a complex sweet citrus-pine with notes of eucalyptus when the flowers are disturbed.  When actually ground up, it gets sharper, taking on a musky citrus quality that reminded us of smoked orange peels mixed with pine cleaner.  This sample was pungent both pre and post-grind, but in different ways — complex and engaging, it had elements of several smell qualities that we love.

Taste: (8.25/10)  Lightly sweet and citrusy on the inhale, more piney and musky on the exhale, this strain definitely tasted much like it smelled, though less pungent overall.  The smoke and flavor had a smooth quality that one reviewer described as “buttery”, but it also had elements of expansion that could cause some coughing on larger hits.  The smooth experience with solid flavor preservation (4-5 hits) finished out with a very light gray and white ash, showing a very good flush.

Effects: This med seemed to hit the eyes first, giving us lazy, low eyelids (at least they felt that way, it actually didn’t seem to have much effect on the eyes visually) and a light buzzing pressure throughout the head.  It was definitely a delayed effect, coming on most strongly between 30 and 45 minutes after medicating, when the warm and relaxed body and the dopey, happy, relaxed mindstate combined forces.  While it was nicely sedative, the mind was clear enough for the first 1.5 hours or so, but it took a heavier turn at about 2 hours, to the point where one reviewer was ready for a midday nap.  One common theme was the almost 100% stationary nature of this effect, some of us were immobile for 2+ hours, at times forgetting what position our bodies were in, having legs fall asleep, awkward slouching head angles, etc. — definitely what would be described as “couchlock” here.

Duration: 2-2.5 hours medicinal-level potency, 3+ hours overall, with some reviewers reporting effects lingering out to nearly 4 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Mood elevation, ocular effects, muscle relaxation, moderate pain relief, heavily sedative, easily leading to sleep towards the end of the duration.

Overall: This was a great example of old-school genetics being invigorated with modern growing techniques.  The stout Indica-dominant bud structure with fat-headed trichomes and array of light colors was wonderful to admire through the camera lens, while the smell and flavor both exceeded expectations.  The “creeper” effect and long duration screamed “Indica” to our review staff, as did the lingering drowsiness that carried out for an hour or two following the end of primary effects.  This minor downside could probably be alleviated by re-medicating, but in general, would make this one a little heavy for a day of functionality.  We recommend this one for moderate to experienced patients, primarily as an evening or day-off type of Indica when strong relaxation is desired.

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Comments (3)

  • May 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm |

    Northernlights is an old strain which I’ve smoked long time ago and it is still one my favorite mj out there.

  • Shane
    August 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm |

    NL is actually a strain first bred by Dutch growers in the early 1990′s. It was then brought to North America for Cannabis Competitions in BC. Smell should be somewhat musky w a touch of sweet and citrus. The taste is slightly hashy w some sweet undertones.

  • August 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm |

    There are pictures of a “The Seed Bank”(precursor to Sensi Seeds) from 1987 which has Northern Lights and a variety of hybrids using the NL line all over the cannabis forums. The strain originated on the West Coast of the US (most say in the Pacific Northwest, some like Sam the Skunkman say California) and was then taken to Amsterdam. If you have definitive information otherwise, we’d like to know about it.

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