Wouldn’t it be great to have your own plantation of cannabis that you can reach at any time? It probably would, but as the experts from Cannabis Growing Canada say: “Growing your own weed might seem like a cakewalk at first, but it doesn’t come without challenges.” The first challenge that you will encounter as a grower is buying cannabis seeds, which can get more confusing than one might think.
So, to help you and other people who want to grow their own weed, here is everything you need to know about cannabis seeds – starting from what they are, and ending on where to buy them. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
What are the cannabis seeds?
As you probably already know, the cannabis plant can be either female or male. However, only the female plants produce the buds that so many people love. However, for reproduction to happen, the flower of the female plant has to be pollinated by a male plant as it’s only after that that it starts to produce the seeds.
After the seeds become mature, the female plant starts dying, and the seeds are either dropped to the ground to become the next cannabis plants in a year or are harvested and processed into, for example, food products or seed oil.
To produce the buds that are sold in recreational and medical stores, the female plants are grown without the male plants around, or the male plants are removed before they release the pollen. That way, the producers make sure that the females don’t create seeds. This type of marijuana is known as ‘sinsemilla,’ which literally means ‘seedless.’
In some cases, cannabis can produce both female flowers and male parts within the same plant. Those are known as hermaphrodites, and sometimes can self-pollinate to create seeds.
What makes a cannabis seed high quality?
The most important thing that determines whether the seed is of good quality or not really are its genetics. The breeders who do not care for the quality of the seeds they sell would cross a nice female plant with a random male plant and sell the obtained seeds.
On the other hand, those breeders who actually want the seeds they sell to be good quality would spend a considerable amount of time crossing and backcrossing plants to make sure that they would stabilize the most desirable traits, while still producing a bunch of different phenotypes.
Another thing is that the seeds need to be allowed to become fully mature before being harvested as well as properly stored. If they are not, they might acquire, for example, mold or other pathogens that can spoil them. To be appropriately stored, the seeds need to be placed in a cool, dark place and used within 16 months or frozen if you do not want to use them right now but in the future.
The breeders who are really dedicated to obtaining the best seeds, work years to create inbred lines or IBLs that produce plants with an almost unnoticeable difference. IBLs are just a small portion of the seeds available on the market, as they are usually used by the breeders, and not by the producers.
Where can I buy cannabis seeds?
The cannabis seeds are considered a cannabis product as much as flowers, edibles, or concentrates. The answer to the question of whether they are legal or not will change depending on where you live.
Adults living in the area where cannabis is legal can produce, buy, and sell the seeds within their state, but the seeds cannot cross the state borders. On the other hand, people living in places where only medical marijuana is legal can buy the seeds only if they have a medical card. When it comes to where you can purchase the seeds, you can ding them either at one of the dispensaries or through a specific seed company’s website.
One of the advantages of buying the seeds online is definitely the fact that you have a broader range to choose from. On the other hand, if you are buying them at a dispensary, you are able to talk to the staff working there, who can give you specific information about the seeds you are interested in and how to grow them.
The first thing you need if you are thinking about becoming a marijuana grower are the seeds, as, without them, there is no way that you will be able to grow anything. Choosing the right ones might seem hard at the beginning. However, you will see that all you need to do it is a little preparation.
Also, remember that their legality changes depending on the place you live in, so make sure that buying the seeds is legal in your area. After all, you don’t want any trouble – do you?