Strain: Northern Light Indica: X (Listed as Indica) Sativa: Breeder: Nirvana Seeds Reg: Fem: X Phenotype: "3-Fingered Sativa" Pheno Weeks Flowering:~8+ (can be harvested earlier if absolutely necessary, but it's worth the wait.) Inside/Outside: Outside Trichome Coloration: 20% amber, 40% cloudy, 40% Clear Potency (1-10): 8.5 Color: Dark green foliage, dark green buds with darker-orange hairs; buds cure to a medium-dark green with hairs ranging in color from beige, yellow & orange to dark brown. Taste: 60% Skunky, 30% Sugar, 10% Pepper Smell: Northern Light has a very classic skunk scent, with a light peppery background that is all rounded off with the unmistakable sweetness of Northern Light varieties. Growing Description: I really did not expect much from this seed, not only because it was from Nirvana Seeds but because I only had 1 seed and it was feminized. This seed germinated in less than 24 hours and grew up to be a beautiful mother plant who gave birth to nearly 100 clones. This particular phenotype was definitely sativa dominant with very long leaf fingers, yet did not take too awful long to flower (8 weeks, but could have gone for 1 more.) It was rare for this plant to grow any leaf with any more than 3 fingers per leaf, no matter how old she got. These plants stayed quite short and stocky compared to other varieties I grew outside. She grew beautifully with minimal nutrients and just a bit of water throughout the drought. Manicuring was a snap because the 3-fingered-leaf to flower ratio was superb. The most this strain was lacking is yield; the nugs get quite thick & dense but they remain short after being cloned, they would do superb though in a SoG technique type grow- then it would be a pretty good yielder at least. She can handle heavy doses of nutes but can also withstand stress if she goes without food/water for a few days (outside.) Northern Light seems to be MUCH more susceptible to insect attacks than about all other strains I've grown outdoors! (Maybe has something to do with the subtle, sugary smell it excretes while growing?) This was one of the hardiest (next to Critical+ & Ak47) plants I had at the time and was certainly the most unique looking with it's retard-3-fingered sativa leafs are very dark and creepy in appearance, like a bad Tim Burton drawing; a cool plant to see in person. Absolutely no sign of any male flowers on any of the 90+ cuttings I took from her throughout the summer. They began to flower in late July/early August and finished around the end of September/early August. It can be smoked directly after drying with quite a potent buzz but at least 2 weeks curing is recommended. Smoking Description: This variety smokes very well, the high it produces is good enough that I felt like writing a smoke report (my first ever) because I was so surprised. I normally enjoy seeds from the likes of The Cali Connection, OG Raskal, etc. and I always hear people bashing Nirvana seeds... so every once in a while I'll grab a single Nirvana seed (as well as G13 Labs, Dinafem, Greenhouse, etc.) up when I order packs of the regular stuff I get, just to play around with 'em. This time, I took smoke samples all throughout the flowering stage since I had quite a few outside I experimented on these plants specifically because I did not value them as much as my others. The later into flowering the bud was picked, the stronger it was of course but the style of the high remained. It is almost like drinking, it will give you an enjoyable buzz and a bit of energy as long as you're doing something- but if you sit/lay down you will fall asleep. I smoke only to get high so I can't vouch for it's medicinal properties though I can definitely say that it would help anyone who has troubles falling asleep! ..even that was unexpected since it was a sativa dominant phenotype. The quality of these nugs reminded me of the stuff I used to get ripped on as a child when I first started smoking around age 12 or 13. All in all, I am satisfied with the menial 8 or 9 dollars I spent on this seed; I would definitely recommend smoking it if you get the chance. I'm not saying it's better or worse (in potency) than other breeders' strains but it definitely has a unique character and is an "noble" plant (that's the only word that keeps coming to mind.) Seems more like a Skunk X (Skunk X Northern Lights) to me, but Nirvana says it's a variety that has been selectively bred & inbred for over 25 years. Either way- it is pretty frosty, potent weed. If you left it in the dark a few days at the end of flower it would probably become just as white as any other white strain, though I did not use this technique on mine. If worse comes to worse and you have to harvest early for some reason it will still be good herbages. This particular Northern Light and a couple Ak48 plants have convinced me that Nirvana seeds are very underrated, especially considering they have been breeding for like 25 years or more; most of their strains are very potent they just sometimes lack vigor or yield, etc.. I will always give the "cheaper" breeders a try, until they give me a reason not to but so far I've liked all the stuff I've got from Nirvana, G13, Greenhouse, Dinafem, etc. but I like the elite breeders as well (Gage Green and others), so don't bash on me too hard- I like 'em all! +Rep if anyone shares their experiences with this strain (or any version of Northern Lights), or let me know how crappy of a job I did on this here first smoke report ever. Did I leave anything out? I tried to use the template but I couldn't copy/paste without it pulling the graphics from the page and all.