Northern Lights is a strain that has been winning cannabis competitions since the 1990s. This legendary strain has a questionable lineage, but part of its legendary status is thanks to this mystery.
Regardless of where it comes from, this strain has led to hundreds of different hybrid cannabis seeds. There are so many variations of this strain available that it can be difficult to know which one to try. Luckily, we are here to provide you with the strain’s history, where you can buy it, and a list of all the different Northern Lights weed seeds for sale.
Northern Lights Strain Origin
The origins of Northern Lights weed is clouded in mystery. It apparently started in the USA during the 80s. As the story goes, an unknown grower brought Afghani Kush seeds to Seattle, where they started cultivating this legendary strain.
Each Afghani seedling was numbered, but in the end only Northern Lights #5 made the cut. This 100% indica-dominant strain was short but it produced some of the most resinous buds seen up until that point.
The next thing we knew, the strain was in the Netherlands. How the strain reached Holland is unknown, but that is where things actually started taking off. Some people consider the USA-side of the story to be nothing but American sensationalism, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.
Northern Lights in Holland
Northern Lights first appeared on the Holland weed scene in 1985. Shortly after Nevil Schoenmaker opened the Netherlands ’ first seed shop, known as ‘The Seed Bank’.
This is where things start getting more complicated. What was originally a 100% indica plant with various phenotypes, became a wide collection of hybridized strains. The most famous of these hybrids were crosses between the original Northern Lights strain and Thai Sativa landrace strains.
The result was a 90% indica short, fast flowering cannabis plant that started taking the world by storm. Soon after this, Seni Seeds (one of the biggest seed banks in the world) bought over The Seed Bank. Since then they have continued propagating the best northern lights seeds in the world.
Where to buy Northern Lights Seeds in South Africa
There are many different seed banks in South Africa, but not all of them have the same selection of Northern Lights seed strains. Here are the three best seed banks where you can buy pure Northern Lights strains and some popular hybrids.
For the widest variety of Northern Light seeds and hybrids, look no further than Trophy Seeds. This proudly South African seed company offers a wide range of international strains, including 6 different varieties of Northern Lights.
The next best Northern Lights strains can be found at Marijuana SA. They are one of the country’s largest seed banks and have four different versions of Northern Lights and related hybrids available.
Last but not least, Marijuana Seeds is an up-and-coming South African seed bank that has Northern Lights and 3 other hybrids available on their online platform. Most of their genetics are bred by Nirvana Seeds in Amsterdam – the birthplace of Northern Lights.
Top 5 Northern Lights Seeds for Sale
Knowing where to buy your favourite seeds is one thing, but actually knowing which Northern Lights strain to choose is a whole other story. If you need help, we’ve compiled a list of our five favourites.
1. Northern Lights Autoflower by Marijuana Seeds
Flowering time: 6 – 8 Weeks
Yield: 300 – 400g/m2
THC: 14 – 19%
CBD: 0.1 – 1.0%
You can’t have a list of the best Northern Light strains without mentioning the original. The Northern Lights strain autoflower from Marijuana Seeds will be completed from start to finish within 10 – 12 weeks. Despite the short growing time, you can still expect a decent Northern Lights strain yield of between 300 – 400 g/m2.
Throw in the beautiful happy, relaxed, and euphoric effects with delicious earthy pine flavours and you’ve got yourself a winner.Check Price
2. Northern Lights Auto Fem by Marijuana SA
Flowering time: 7 – 8 weeks
Yield: 400 – 500g/m2
This auto strain was bred by the world-renowned Royal Queen Seeds. It is a high yielding strain that is suitable for both indoor tents and Northern Lights outdoor grows. Knowing when to harvest Northern Lights autoflower is all about personal preference. Generally, it will be ready between 7 – 8 weeks but you can leave it a bit longer if you want a more sedative effect or a bit shorter if you want a more psychedelic one.Check Price
Super Silver Haze by Marijuana Seeds South Africa
Flowering time: 9 – 11 Weeks
Yield: 500 – 600g/m2
THC: 20 – 24%
CBD: 0.1 – 1%
Super Silver Haze is by far the most famous Northern Lights hybrid around. It is a cross between three legends: Northern Lights x Haze x Skunk. The aim of this strain was to combine the uplifting effects of Haze strains with the short flowering times of resin-covered Indicas. This strain hit the nail on the head. With up to 24% THC, this is the highest THC producing strain on the list.Check Price
4. Big Bush Auto by Trophy Seeds
Flowering time: 6 – 8 Weeks
Yield: 350 – 400g/m2
THC: Up to 24%
If you’re looking for one of the most popular hybrid strains on the list, you should definitely consider Big Bush Auto. It might not be internationally acclaimed like the others, but this proudly South African strain packs a punch. This strain is a cross between Auto Northern Lights and Auto Maxi Gom.Check Price
5. Shining Silver Haze by Marijuana SA
Flowering time: 9 – 11 Weeks
Yield: 550 – 650 g/m2
THC: Up to 21%
Shining Silver Haze is Royal Queen Seeds take on the famous Super Silver Haze strain. By focusing on the original genetics of Haze x Skunk x Northern Lights, their breeders were able to combine strong sativa effects with a short indica stature.
The resulting strain produces the biggest yields of any Northern Lights strain on this list. Although you might need to wait a few weeks longer to harvest, it’s definitely worth it!Check Price
A Strain Shrouded In Mystery
The origins of Northern Lights is one of the cannabis industry’s most notorious legends. Even though we might not know exactly where it stems from, we know more than enough about this strain to realise its worth growing. Short flowering times, dense buds, delicious taste, and a high THC content – what more could you ask for?