Hybrid – 50% Sativa /50% Indica
THC: 15% – 22%
Aurora Borealis is an evenly split hybrid (50% sativa/50% indica) strain created as a potent cross of the hugely popular Northern Lights X Skunk #1 strains that could grow indoors. This dank bud boasts a THC level that ranges from 15-20% and a myriad of surprisingly well-balanced indica and sativa effects. Users describe the Aurora Borealis high as leaning slightly towards indica effects, with a strong cerebral onset of a euphoric head high immediately accompanied by a strong physical onset of a warming body buzz. This buzz starts in your forehead behind your eyes and quickly spreads throughout your body, leaving you completely stoned in both mind and body and helplessly couch-locked. Surprisingly, the Aurora Borealis high ends gently, easing you back into functional movement and thought. Due to these potent effects, Aurora Borealis is ideal for treating conditions such as chronic pain, muscle spasms, and insomnia. These buds have an aroma of sweet skunky earth and a surprisingly pleasant taste reminiscent of Coca-Cola with a pungent hint of skunk upon exhale. Aurora Borealis buds have medium-sized dense dark forest green leafy nugs with deeply rich purple undertones, light purple hairs and a fine layer of crystal white trichomes.
Sweet and fruity flavors give the high THC levels of Aurora Borealis an approachable feel, if nothing else its enticing palate. The strong hash and skunk aromas are what gained this strain its popularity in both the Netherlands and overseas, but it’s the uniqueness of the Coca-Cola like flavor and scent that keep it in a league of its own. The buds are deep green and purple with rich purple hairs and frosty white trichomes, giving it a glow unlike any other. Some might even say it’s reminiscent of a natural phenomenon.
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Aurora Borealis leans more toward indica in its effects, but being that it is a solid hybrid, the sativa of the strain is acutely apparent. Though the high begins relatively subtly, it builds to be quite talkative and uplifting. After a short while you’ll start to feel utterly relaxed in your body. A rush of tingles bring in a wave of ease that overtakes your mind and leaves you feeling euphoric and happy. This phase comes with a complete lack of motivation and will have you couch locked and lazy. Surprisingly, though, this high is one that ends on an uplifting note and will leave you without any deeply weighted or sleepy feelings.
There are endless uses for this strain and some of the most popular are due to its sedative properties. Because of these strong effects, it is great for the treatment of pain, muscle tightness, muscle spasms, headaches, and the occasional case of nausea. For mental health disorders such as depression, stress, and bipolar, the uplifting and leveling effects of the strain are perfect for soothing your symptoms.
Super high yields make this a grower’s dream plant. This is an ideal cash-cropper both indoors and out for its quick harvest and big yields. As this is a northern growing strain, it typically does well in cooler weather and for that reason is hugely popular in its homeland of The Netherlands as well as in Canada where temperatures tend to stay mild year round. You can expect a flowering time of around 7 to 8 weeks and a relatively easy cultivation.
If making it to the Northern Territories to see the phenomena in person isn’t in the stars for you, taking a ride through the Milky Way with this bud is a solid substitute. The subtle onset and long-lasting high will leave you satisfied and utterly blissful.
Odors and Flavors
Taking a whiff of Aurora Borealis is like treading through a lush forest just after rainfall. Its strong yet gentle woody pine scent is wonderfully complemented by the fragrance of wet soil. In the palate, its flavors are followed up by the addition of an enticing skunk and a floral aftertaste.
Typical of Indica, Aurora Borealis has a creeping onset that does not start until 15 minutes after the first few puffs. However, once it does begin, a single bowl eventually skyrockets beginners and veterans alike into cerebral euphoria. Like an erupting supernova, the overpowering bliss engulfs the psyche almost instantly while brushing away any gloomy thoughts and emotions to free the mind of burdens.
The uplifting buzz also makes for a great recreational companion. It not only leaves users feeling upbeat but it also inspires an innate happiness that makes one feel like dancing with joy. Moreover, it removes social inhibition and nurtures self-confidence that users turn a little more talkative than usual.
After a good hour or two, a soothing pressure lightens the body of its heavy load. It washes away all the amassed stress with a heavenly high and soothing calm. A body free from its physical plights allows one to enjoy the rest of the day in full comfort. Perfect to use during an evening under a blanket of stars, enthusiasts can zone out of the routine called life.
As with any other strain, Aurora Borealis may bring about dry, bloodshot eyes and cottonmouth. Thankfully, it is easy to remedy the discomfort by hydrating with plenty of water so long as users ensure to drink ample amounts before, during, and after a smoke out.
A moderate dosage of up to two bowls, depending on tolerance, will not knock users out. However, going beyond may result in fans seeing stars as it greens users out with its heavy-hitting high. To avoid the dizziness, mild headache, and anxiety that come with the condition, it is best to stay within limits.
Medical Use and Benefits
Aurora Borealis is of great value to medical cannabis users. It contains a generous amount of THC which, with the help of other cannabinoids like CBD and terpenes, has the capacity to easily relieve the pulsing frustrations of chronic pain resulting from migraines, arthritis, and cramps.
Apart than that, the bud also invites the mind to wander off and space out in euphoria. Its uplifting high comforts people battling mental and mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Its mood-enhancing buzz also works well against stress.
Enthusiasts also experience an inescapable churning hunger as a result of the subtle mental stimulation. Through it, patients with cachexia or eating disorders such as anorexia temporarily experience a hearty appetite. For this reason, having some food prepared is best. Stretching the hand to grab a nearby snack and chowing down are one of the things one can do to relish the fun-filled tone of the high.
Sleepless drifters also benefit from its calming effects. As the eyes droop with a heaviness, it leads to a deep slumber that reinvigorates users for the next day.
Growing Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis, as impressive as it is, is not the type to demand great attention. A true hybrid, its genetics allow it to grow even in less than ideal conditions. For example, it will fit in areas with limited vertical space as it peaks at only 140 cm. Meanwhile, its stalks are sturdy enough to withstand strong gusts of wind.
It is quite branchy and bushy, though, so giving it plenty of lateral room is a necessity. In an indoor setting, using soil or hydroponics with a Sea of Green setup is most ideal. Also feed it well with high-intensity lighting and it should flower handsomely for 9 to 10 weeks. Come harvest-time, stars align to reward growers up to 700 grams of fresh buds per square meter.
An outdoor beauty that cannot resist the warmth of the Mediterranean, it loves to bathe under the sun. Because of its predisposed hardiness against severe conditions, though, it can also flourish in the cooler temperatures of the north. Simply place it somewhere with the most access to sunshine. By late October, growers can harvest up to 800 beautiful, multi-colored buds per plant.
The plant grows into a sight that can rival even the Northern Lights. Vulnerable to cold conditions, it blushes in deep plum when feeling a bit chilly. Meanwhile, its massive colas flash their buds of blue, purple, orange, and green hues. Its displays its wide array of colors against its fluffy vivid emerald foliage. Glazed in the celestial dust of trichomes with spiky calyxes and amber pistils, its blinding beauty shines the brightest as though it were heavily adorned with crystals.
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