This indica-dominant hybrid, with a 35:65 sativa/indica ratio, is a three-time Cannabis Cup winner that delivers a smooth, creeping body effect perfect for washing away pain and stress. Atomic Northern Lights is often used to treat anxiety disorders and chronic aches and pains, along with ADHD, bipolar disorder, and hypertension. It’s an inbred descendant of the original Northern Lights, a world-famous strain that combined an Afghan indica with a Thai Haze. Atomic Northern Lights has modest THC levels, less than 14% in published tests, while CBD levels are also low, much less than 1%. Like Northern Lights, this strain has a strong, sweet earthy flavor, but also has hints of pine. The high is deeply relaxed and happy, with enhanced creativity and a shot of euphoria. Dry mouth is possible, as is paranoia, though other side effects are less common. Atomic Northern Lights, like the original, is most popular in California, though it can also be found in dispensaries in Washington State. It has likely made its way to the black market but is still rare there. While its parent strain has reached pretty much every corner of the known universe, Atomic Northern Lights has yet to catch up.
Visually, all shatters may appear to have the same consistency, but the physical texture of individual products can vary from extremely brittle to a taffy-like snap-and-pull quality. This inconsistency gives some insight into an individual product’s cannabinoid profile.
Specifically, shatter that’s higher in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) will tend to be sappier than a product with a higher level of tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA), which will be much more brittle by comparison. At room temperature, THC is a sappy oil, giving shatter with a high THC content a more viscous consistency, whereas THCA is solid at room temperature, yielding a fragile concentrate that’s easier to break apart.