Northern Lights #5 from GreenHealth Cooperative
April 13, 2011 § 1 Comment
Smell/Taste: Woodsy, cayenne, fuel
Effects: Uplifting, exciting, complete
Positives: Stand-out buzz profile, accessible, task-orientated
Negatives: Occasionally absent-minded
Quality of Life: Anxiety, peripheral stress, invigorating to patients fatigued by condition of opioid regiment.
The DEA did themselves no favor in pushing Cannabis cultivation underground. Instead of squashing an uprising of Cannabis enthusiasts, they helped necessitate one of the world’s most successful breeding programs. As a further result these clandestine cultivators became folk heroes to their community, and their cultivars? The stuff of legend. Northern Lights #5, is one such story. From the Cannabis Cup winning ‘Northern Lights’ varietal came three popular phenotypes, names NL #1, #2, and #5. Dutch breeder Neville, creator of top Amsterdam varietals like Neville’s Haze, eventually sought out this #5. His search ended on an unknown island near Seattle, tended to by a man dubbed only ‘the Indian’. The Indian provided Neville with his Northern Lights #5, which he took back to Holland. There he selected an exemplary pheno, that had ditched the Thai influence in its heritage, keeping very desirable traits from its #1 and #2. And so from the Northwest to Holland, and back again Northern Lights #5 has travelled to become the smoke we all enjoy today.
Those who appreciate a well done Classic can look to GreenHealth for their Northern Lights #5. This representation of the world-famous name is done justice in presentation, cure, and buzz. A fantastic looking bud that can form multiple points, and bunch up into tough outcroppings. Handled well, it will show healthy rows of pearl colored resin. Correctly cured, and this aroma is unique and inviting, a fun challenge for those smell-obsessed readers. Once ingested, it holds the restorative quality of quiet ambition-perfect for those dealing with depression and physical or mental fatigue.
Sporting an array of forest greens along side near-red pistils bursting attractively in clumps, the user can hope for strange and fantastic bud formations in this plant. The scent enthusiasts can get to task picking apart NL#5′s complex aroma, a bold but playful scent. To my palate, it opened on a robust fuel that was kept pleasantly shallow by soft spice. Given time, it can open up to woodsy smell, like camp fire. The spice reveals hints of cayenne, tempered by subtle bouquet of tropical fruits.
Northern Lights #5 reached full effects within 10-15 minutes. Consider this varietal when the mind is adrift due to depression or fatigue. Those feeling overwhelmed in life may also have luck with its uplifting sense of purpose and long-lasting tranquility. Throughout the buzz, the ability able to juggle tasks both social and personal made this a great utilitarian smoke, although at high doses it may leave you intermittently aloof. For those sensitive to varietals that prick the psyche, you may have luck with NL #5′s bolstering effects. Paranoia was never an issue with Northern Lights #5, even after exploring its high ceiling during a time of low tolerance. At conclusion we have an attractive, well-rounded classic that is both medicinal and accessible to all but the most novice user.
April 13th 2011