Growing indoors is a rewarding and empowering experience that results in your high by giving you maximum control over your growing environment. And with many types of cannabis strains come just as many different highs you can achieve. When choosing a strain to start your indoor grow, you will have to consider the size of your space, the size of your desired yield, and the speed in which it will grow. The latter two factors are negatively correlated, meaning the faster a strain flowers, the fewer flowers it will produce. Your ideal strain as a beginner occupies a middle ground, taking 7-12 weeks to flower but producing fairly large buds. So what strain fits this bill?
If you are a beginner and have trouble deciding on a strain to start with, we recommend Northern Lights. Crossing Afghani and Thai together, this strain relaxes muscles, calms the mind, is smooth to smoke, and most importantly very easy to grow.
Because the Northern Lights plant has a shorter stalk, you will not have to worry about it overgrowing your grow tent’s height. The Northern Lights strain best fits indoor grow systems since most beginners start with a short 2x2 growing tent. It is also one of the more forgiving cannabis plants to grow because of its higher tolerance to temperature and humidity changes. Grow tent ventilation can be tricky to get right, so growing a strain that can withstand a wide breadth of climate conditions will accelerate your learning process as a beginner grower.
In addition to its physical advantages, the Northern Lights strain has one of the shortest flowering time at 45-50 days while producing denser buds. It has the added bonus of being resilient to mold and mildew while also emitting fainter odors than others.
The Northern Lights strain is an indica characterized by its larger amounts of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, compared to sativa. It produces a body high that produces a sedative effect many prefer for nighttime use. This body high can be further described as a calming and soothing experience that can be used to relax or relieve ailments such as:
When it comes to cultivation, indica plants have short growth cycles and thick buds. As a result, they produce greater yields than sativa which have longer growth cycles and yield buds that are not as dense. Indica plants are physically identifiable by their short stalks and dark, board leaves.
Mastering the Northern Lights grow will equip you with the experience you need to grow other strains. Other easy and forgiving strains you can attempt include the hybrid White Widow and the sativa heavy Jack Herer.