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What are seeds

A seed is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food.

It is the product of the ripened ovule of gymnosperm and angiosperm plants which occurs after fertilization and some growth with in the motherplant.

The formation of the seed completes the process of reproduction in plants (started with the development of flowers and pollination), with the embryo developed from the zygote and the seed coat from the integuments of the ovule.

This process starts with double fertilization in angiosperms and it involves the fusion of the egg and sperm nuclei into a zygote.

The second part of this process is the fusion of the polar nuclei with a second sperm cell nucleus, thus forming a primary endosperm.

Right after fertilization the zygote is mostly inactive but the primary endosperm divides rapidly to form the endosperm tissue.

This tissue becomes the food that the young plant will consume until the roots have developed after germination, or it develops into a hard seed coat.

The seed, which is an embryo with two points of growth (one of which forms the stems the other the roots) is enclosed in a seed coat with some food reserves.

In gymnosperms the two sperm cells transferred from the pollen do not develop seed by double fertilization but instead only one sperm fertilizes the egg while the other is not used.

The seed is composed of the embryo (the result of fertilization) and tissue from the mother plant, which also form a cone around the seed in coniferous plants like Pine and Spruce.

The new seed is formed in plant structures called fruits.

Plants have evolved many ways to disperse and spread the population through their seeds.

A seed is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food. It is the product of the ripened ovule of gymnosperm and angiosperm plants which occurs after fertilization and some growth with in the motherplant. The formation of the seed completes the process of reproduction in plants (started with the development of flowers and pollination), with the embryo developed from the zygote and the seed coat from the integuments of the ovule. This process starts with double fertilization in angiosperms and it involves the fusion of the egg and sperm nuclei into a zygote. The second part of this process is the fusion of the polar nuclei with a second sperm cell nucleus, thus forming a primary endosperm. Right after fertilization the zygote is mostly inactive but the primary endosperm divides rapidly to form the endosperm tissue. This tissue becomes the food that the young plant will consume until the roots have developed after germination, or it develops into a hard seed coat. The seed, which is an embryo with two points of growth (one of which forms the stems the other the roots) is enclosed in a seed coat with some food reserves. In gymnosperms the two sperm cells transferred from the pollen do not develop seed by double fertilization but instead only one sperm fertilizes the egg while the other is not used. The seed is composed of the embryo (the result of fertilization) and tissue from the mother plant, which also form a cone around the seed in coniferous plants like Pine and Spruce. The new seed is formed in plant structures called fruits. Plants have evolved many ways to disperse and spread the population through their seeds.

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Flax, Chia, or Hemp? A Nutrition Showdown

We all know that eating flax, chia, and hemp seed is good for our health (even if we aren’t entirely sure why). In a nutshell – or should I say, a “seed” shell – flax, chia, and hemp all contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA for short); the parent fat of the omega 3 family. Susan Macfarlene here to discuss these important omega 3 sources.

Omega 3 is an essential fat because our body is unable to make it (although we can convert small amounts of ALA into DHA and EPA, the type of omega 3 found in algae and animals that eat algae). The heart healthy benefits of consuming omega 3 have been well-established, although most of these benefits have been attributed to EPA and DHA. In a recent review (1), ALA was found to have a modest benefit in the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, and demonstrated the following health-promoting properties (1):

  • Reduced hardening of plaque
  • Lowered blood cholesterol
  • Promoted healthy artery walls
  • Prevented clots from forming
  • Prevented arrhythmia
  • Lowered inflammation

However, what research on ALA does not answer is what the best source is between the popular choices of chia, flax, and hemp seed.

One of the first crops domesticated by humans, flax has been commercially produced in the United States since 1753 and is used today for both its oil and seed (2). By weight, flax is 41% fat, 20% protein, and 28% fibre (containing both soluble and insoluble fibre), with a highly desirable omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of approximately 0.3:1 (3). In addition to being a good source of vitamin E (3), flax seeds also contain calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. The nutritional composition of 100 g and 1 tbsp of ground flaxseeds seeds can be viewed below (USDA database):

Nutr. Info 100 g 1 tbsp (7 g)
Calories 534 38
Protein (g) 18.3 1.3
Fat (g) 42.2 3.0
Omega 3 (g) 22.8 1.6
Omega 6 (g) 5.9 0.4
Carbs (g) 28.9 2.0
Fibre (g) 27.3 1.9
Sugar (g) 1.6 0.1
Calcium (%) 26 2
Copper (%) 136 9
Iron (%) 32 2
Magnesium (%) 126 9
Manganese (%) 138 10
Phosphorus (%) 92 6
Selenium (%) 46 3
Zinc (%) 54 4

Flax seeds are also rich in bioactive substances, most notably lignans, which exert health-promoting properties as a phytoestrogen and antioxidant (3). For example, lignans from flax seed have been shown to decrease biomarkers of breast cancer in premenopausal women (4), as well as supress the growth of tumours (5). Furthermore, the bioactive substances in flax may lower cholesterol (especially in post-menopausal women), reduce the risk of comorbidities associated with obesity, and mitigate inflammation (3).

Chia seeds are a relative of the mint family and were traditionally used in Central and South America as a medicinal and staple food (6). In North America, chia seeds gained popularity in the 1980s as “Chia Pets”; terracotta figurines that sprouted chia seeds to resemble an animal’s fur or hair. Nowadays, people are more likely to consume, rather than grow, chia seeds, thanks in part to their impressive nutritional profile.

By weight, chia seeds are 53% fat, 35% carbohydrate, and 12% protein (containing all nine essential amino acids) and are a good source of both insoluble and soluble fibre (6). In addition, chia seeds are high in antioxidants and contain the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium. Unlike flax seeds, which in their whole form will pass through digestion unabsorbed, chia seeds can be digested and absorbed in their whole form (6). The nutritional composition of 100 g and 1 tbsp of chia seeds can be viewed below (USDA database):

Nutr. Info 100 g 1 tbsp (11 g)
Calories 486 53.5
Protein (g) 16.5 1.8
Fat (g) 30.7 3.4
Omega 3 (g) 17.8 2.0
Omega 6 (g) 5.8 0.6
Carbs (g) 42.1 4.6
Fibre (g) 34.4 3.8
Sugar (g) 0 0
Calcium (%) 63 7
Copper (%) 102 11
Iron (%) 43 5
Magnesium (%) 108 12
Manganese (%) 151 17
Phosphorus (%) 123 14
Selenium (%) 100 11
Zinc (%) 57 6

There is a lack of high-quality evidence to support the use of chia seeds in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Nonetheless, a few studies have suggested that chia seeds may help prolong satiety (7), reduce blood pressure and inflammation, and keep post-meal blood sugars stable (8).

Hemp seed has seen its fair share of controversy since it hails from the same plant as marijuana. Because of this, both Canada and the United States had regulations that limited, or outright banned, the growing of hemp seed, despite its very low content of THC (

0.2%), which is effectively removed by processing and cleaning (9,10). Thankfully, these bans have been lifted, allowing North Americans to reap the nutritional benefits of these hearty seeds.

By weight, hemp seeds are 20% to 25% protein, 20% to 30% carbohydrate, 25% to 35% fat, and 10% to 15% insoluble fiber (11). In addition, they are a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and manganese, and contain incredibly high levels of antioxidants (11). The nutritional composition of 100 g and 1 tbsp of chia seeds can be viewed below (USDA database):

Nutr. Info 100 g 1 tbsp (10 g)
Calories 553 55
Protein (g) 31.6 3.2
Fat (g) 48.8 4.9
Omega 3 (g) 8.7 0.9
Omega 6 (g) 28.7 2.9
Carbs (g) 8.7 0.9
Fibre (g) 4 0.4
Sugar (g) 1.5 0.2
Calcium (%) 7 1
Copper (%) 178 18
Iron (%) 44 4
Magnesium (%) 226 23
Manganese (%) 422 42
Phosphorus (%) 236 24
Selenium (%) 0 0
Zinc (%) 124 12

Hemp seeds are unique in that they contain stearidonic acid (SDA); an intermediary in the pathway that converts ALA into the longer-chain EPA and DHA (11). Because of the presence of SDA, it is possible that an increased amount of EPA and DHA could be made from hemp seeds (compared to other plant sources of omega 3), but this has yet to be proven through research.

Similar to flax and chia, the fatty acid profile of hemp seeds exerts a favourable effect on lipid profile and markers of cardiovascular health (11). Furthermore, hemp seeds and oil contain phytosterols, which are plant-derived compounds that resemble cholesterol but have an LDL-lowering effect (12, 13).

Which to Choose – Hemp, Flax, or Chia Seed?

What’s clear is that flax, hemp, and chia seeds are all an excellent choice and provide a good source of plant-derived ALA, along with an array of nutrients and antioxidants. Of the three, flax provides the highest source of ALA and most ideal ratio of omega 6 to 3. On the other hand, hemp is the highest in protein and provides an excellent source of zinc, while chia seeds are the highest in calcium and fibre. To me, there is no clear winner among the 3, which is why I recommend including all of them in your diet. Just keep in mind that because of the high antioxidant and polyunsaturated content of these fats, it’s best to store them in your fridge or freezer and be mindful of cooking practices that could introduce free-radicals, such as high-temperature cooking.

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Chia Seeds Vs. Hemp Seeds: SPICEography Showdown

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Chia seeds and hemp seeds are often listed alongside flax seeds as superfoods. If you are trying to choose between them, you will need to consider what each has to offer. Our chia seeds vs. hemp seeds SPICEography Showdown will show you how the two seeds compare to each other. Let’s break things down.

How are chia seeds and hemp seeds different?

The obvious difference between chia and hemp seeds is the fact that they come from two unrelated plants. They have different appearances and are used differently. Hemp seeds are larger, golden brown, and have an oval shape while chia seeds are small and speckled but mostly black. You also use them differently. To get the most from chia seeds, you will need to soak them. Chia seeds are mucilaginous, which means that they contain a soluble fiber that becomes gelatinous when it comes into contact with water. Mucilage is great for improving the speed at which food passes through the bowels as well as for reducing cholesterol in the blood. Chia seeds are rich in several minerals including calcium and phosphorus.

Hemp seeds contain more than twice the amount of chia seeds’ protein in the same serving size; however, you will not get as much fiber. Hemp seeds are not mucilaginous. They also have iron, which you won’t find in chia seeds but they lack the chia seeds’ calcium. Both seeds provide zinc, but hemp seeds provide much more of it.

Both types of seeds are good sources of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, but chia seeds contain a lot more of the omega 3 acids while hemp seeds contain more of the omega 6 fatty acids.

Chia seeds have a mildly nutty flavor that is similar to the extremely mild flavor of poppy seeds. When used in small amounts, the flavor is almost undetectable; however, they are dense with an intense crunch like poppy seeds. Note that the crunch only lasts as long as it takes for the seeds to absorb water. When they are placed in contact with water, they quickly become soft. Hemp seeds have a nutty taste with earthy notes that makes their taste similar to that of sunflower seeds.

Can you use chia seeds as substitutes for hemp seeds and vice versa?

From a nutritional standpoint, both seeds are good for you even though they each have their own distinct nutritional profile. The fact that they differ in terms of size, appearance and texture means that may not work well in all the same dishes. For example, chia seeds are often used as vegan egg substitutes. They are soaked in water so that they release their mucilage. They can then be added to any baked goods that require a binder. Because hemp seeds are not mucilaginous, they cannot replace chia seeds in vegan recipes since they will not help to bind ingredients.

Hemp seeds are often added to dishes to provide a crunchy texture. They can be sprinkled over oatmeal or salads like sunflower seeds or pine nuts. While chia seeds can be used in salads, they should be consumed quickly as they will soften as soon as they absorb moisture. That ability to soak up moisture and to get soft makes them unsuitable for providing a crunchy texture to wet foods like oatmeal.

When should you use chia seeds and when should you use hemp seeds?

Use chia seeds if you need to replace eggs in baked goods or if you need a poppy seed substitute. You can use them to top bread and other baked goods as you would use poppy seeds. Use hemp seeds in the same way that you would use sunflower seeds or pine nuts. Sprinkle them over vegetables or use them to top casseroles.

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Chocolate Thai Seeds – Feminized

$ 44.99 – $ 79.99 20% VAT

Chocolate Thai seeds are a pure Sativa strain. The breeder of the strain is Dutch flowers. The strain was discovered in Thailand and gained immense popularity in its early days. Gradually the noise started settling down as a result of its low THC content. Original Chocolate Thai seeds are dark blackish, tiny, and spherical. The plant has long and slim leaves with a growth that is pretty dense. The outdoor growth is known to be scanty and so it is best grown indoors.

The strain is very useful for medical purposes in patients with depression, insomnia, muscle spasms, etc. It induces a sense of creativity and you begin doing a lot of new things. The high that you get with this smoke is upbeat and heavy. The buds have a distinct chocolate flavor and deep dark coffee color. When crushed, the aroma is multiplied and spreads everywhere, and entices you. Some mild side effects known with the use of this strain are dryness of eyes and mouth.

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Description

Indoor Yield 1.1 oz/ft 2 (350 g/m 2 )
Outdoor Yield 10 – 12 oz (300 – 350 gr) per plant
Flowering Time 63 – 70 days
Height High
THC level 10 – 15 %
CBD level Low
Climate Warm
Grow Difficulty Moderate
Flavors Hints of Chocolate and Coffee
Effect Euphoric / Creative
Type 0% Indica / 100% Sativa
Parents OG Chocolate Thai x Big Sur Holy Weed
Cultivate Indoors & Outdoors

Landrace Sativa Strain for Beginners & Experienced Alike With Amazing Effects

The Chocolate Thai seeds are one of the few landrace Sativa strains in the market since the 1960s. These seeds come from the warm & humid climate of Thailand. They have hints of coffee & chocolate that give you a euphoric high for all day. You can grow Chocolate Thai marijuana seeds in a small space & get moderate yields. Those who are familiar with local varieties know everything about these seeds.

The locals smoked it in Thai sticks like a bamboo skewer made from cannabis buds. For those unfamiliar with local varieties, Chocolate Thai is essentially purebred equivalents of cannabis varieties that have not changed or improved over the years.

The Genotype of Chocolate Thai Seeds

Chocolate Thai seeds have the potential to remain popular for so many years. They are a phenotype of Thai landraces, which means they have been grown rapidly without human intervention. It’s believed that they are the result of the crossing of OG Chocolate Thai & Big Sur Holy Weed. While most of the varieties on the market have been bred by repeatedly crossing several strains to achieve the desired characteristics, the Thai weed remained intact. The result we have got for you is a pure Sativa Strain, which is difficult to find in this hybrid seeds dominant Marijuana industry. With a slight mutation, we have Chocolate Thai seeds for sale, which will grow into plants with chocolate-colored buds with pure Sativa effects.

The Phenotype of Chocolate Thai Seeds

Buds of the plants that grow from Chocolate Thai strain seeds will be dark green with glistering orange hairy pistils and a thin layer of trichomes. Back in the ’60s, Chocolate Thai cannabis seeds were producing plants with unappealing dark brown buds. Some buds may have dark-colored spots on them. Being a Sativa Strain, these high-quality seeds will grow into tall & thin plants that you may need to tie to prevent their stems from breaking.

Flowering Time

Chocolate Thai strain seeds will have a long flowering time of 9 to 10 weeks. This strain is a true classic and will keep you motivated for the whole day. Those with creative minds love to grow chocolate that seeds. In contrast to the high demand for this strain, these seeds are sold out quickly in the market, making them difficult to find & grow yourself.

With an average THC level of just 10 – 15%, Chocolate Thai is one of the strains that many experienced smokers recommend to new patients and enthusiasts. That does not mean that the effectiveness of this strain is low as most reviews of this strain indicate its high effectiveness. Even though the level of THC is one of the determining elements, it is the THC content that leads to the effects of this strain. Instead of suppressing your senses, a moderate amount of THC stimulates you while keeping you grounded. As a result, Chocolate Thai seeds are perfect to grow & smoke for beginners.

When it comes to CBD, Chocolate Thai has about 0.1%. This is true for Sativa strains that are high in THC, so it’s not too surprising. However, just because there is no CBD in this strain, doesn’t mean that medical Cannabis users cannot benefit from growing Chocolate Thai Seeds.

Effects of Chocolate Thai

Recreational Effects

As a pure Sativa, Chocolate Thai weed seeds will grow into plants with a fairly predictable set of effects. Ecstasy is primarily cerebral and affects the mind, not the body. In true Sativa style, you will feel refreshed and alive. Many users enjoy using Chocolate Thai early in the morning right after getting up due to its suitable effects. Perhaps the aroma of her coffee contributes to this, making her an ideal alternative to your cup of coffee. Soon after you smoke, you will feel refreshed, energized, and ready to go.

It’s relatively low in THC, so the high content isn’t loud or overwhelming. On the contrary, you will feel focused and productive. It’s perfect when you have a long to-do list, especially if you are busy with many creative tasks. This variety has a delicious sweet flavor of the original Thai Sativa. The strain has so much to give to you besides its taste that you should definitely grow Chocolate Thai Cannabis seeds & taste famous marijuana buds.

Medical Effects

Many patients enjoy using this strain because it makes them feel fresh, lively, and creative without being overly strong. Chocolate Thai seeds for sale are ideal to grow for medical marijuana users because the bud of the plants will help them manage conditions like depression, insomnia, and PTSD. it will help them to focus on what is happening in front of them rather than worrying about alternatives. Sativa is known for its effect to enhanced mood and Thai chocolate is no exception. Fatigue is another reason people use Chocolate Thai strain. Finally, Chocolate Thai can help users deal with mild pain. THC is anti-inflammatory, and this strain contains enough THC to reduce inflammation and relieve chronic pain.

Aroma & Taste of Chocolate Thai

Buds of the plants that grow from Chocolate Thai marijuana seeds are not pungent on smell. The aroma of Chocolate Thai is spicy, sweet, and earthy. The aftertaste has the same notes of coffee and chocolate. Overall, chocolate Thai is a delicious weed variety & full of flavor.

The Yield of Chocolate Thai Seeds

The outdoor growing of Chocolate Thai seeds will likely yield around 10 – 12 ounces (300 – 350 g) per plant. Compared to most other varieties, this number is rather low. Growing Chocolate Thai weed seeds indoors will yield approximately 1.1 oz/ft 2 (350 g/m 2 ).

The Chocolate Thai seeds are one of the few landrace Sativa strains in the market since the 1960s and originate from warm & humid Thailand.

Wild Thailand Cannabis Seeds

Wild Thailand Cannabis Seeds from World of Seeds

A pure strain from the Ko Chang archipelago in Thailand, her THC levels are among the highest in the world. She’s highly prized by Thai growers who smuggle her into Bangkok despite the severity of the country’s penal system. This strain’s value derives from it being the result of continual interbreeding using the best examples of this Thai Ko Chang lineage undertaken over many years by the area’s expert growers; local inhabitants who have been cultivating it for generations. She’s one of Thailand’s most productive strains and has a relatively short flowering cycle for a pure Thai Sativa. Very vigorous, sometimes uncontrollable growth. If grown in a pot, leave plenty of room for the root zone to develop for optimum yields. Like the authentic Thai she is, her taste and smell will bring Asia to your palate while her effect will spirit you away to the indescribable temples of Bangkok.

  • GENOTYPE 100% SATIVA
  • THC 22,3%
  • MATURATION(INTERIOR) FROM 75 TO 90 DAYS
  • MATURATION(EXTERIOR) MID-OCTOBER
  • FLAVOR CITRIC FRUIT
  • WAY OF CROPPING IND/OUT
  • PRODUCTION 300 GR INDOOR / 450-500 GR OUTDOOR
  • ODOR HIGH
  • EFFECT EUPHORIC
  • RESISTANCE TO MOLD MEDIUM
  • PEST RESISTANCE MEDIUM
  • SEX REGULAR
  • LINEAGE KO CHANG (THAILAND)
  • IRRIGATION TOLERANCE MEDIUM
  • MEDICINAL VALUE MEDIUM

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The 10 Best Online Seed Banks That Ship to the US (2021 Update)

There are many cannabis seed banks today, but if you live in the United States you need to find a legitimate company to deliver to you. This is because federal legal guidelines prohibit the purchase of cannabis seeds for growing your plants, and cannabis seeds also cannot be shipped across state borders.

If you are looking for a quality online seed bank, you’re in luck. There are many reliable sperm banks out there that will ship the seeds to you in a discreet package and will offer extra coverage and replacements if your seeds are stopped at customs. In this list, we have included both the most respected seed bank in the US and internationally .

Here’s everything you need to know about buying cannabis seeds online in the US and the top quality seed banks to find them at.

Editor’s Choice

  • Germination guarantee on all of the 100+ strains available
  • Free and fast shipping
  • Seeds are very high quality and guaranteed to germinate
  • Loads of free resources available directly from the website
  • Stealth delivery is available

10 Best Cannabis Seed Banks That Ship to the USA

  • I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM) – Editor’s Choice
  • Crop King Seeds
  • MSNL Seedbank
  • Seedsman
  • Quebec Cannabis Seeds
  • Gorilla Seeds
  • Herbies Seeds
  • Seed Supreme
  • Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds
  • Attitude seeds

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  • Germination guarantee on all of the 100+ strains available
  • Free and fast shipping
  • Seeds are very high quality and guaranteed to germinate
  • Loads of free resources available directly from the website
  • Stealth delivery is available

Cons

  • A limited selection of strains
  • Poor customer service
  • Tracked shipments are not free; you got to pay an extra $25.
  • Selling unbranded seeds

ILoveGrowingMarijuana (or ILGM for short) is one of the most popular best online seed banks for several reasons. ILGM offers incredible customer service, a wide variety of seeds to choose from, excellent sales and discounts, and an extensive collection of free growing resources for the brand new and professional grower online.

ILGM is based in the Netherlands and is run by Robert Bergman, an incredibly skilled professional marijuana grower who has been developing marijuana and growing strains for ten years. They offer cheap prices, very high-quality marijuana seeds, and deliver to so many different countries. This high-quality seed bank provides a wide range of marijuana seeds. No matter what your tastes, you will find something you will love in this quality place to buy marijuana seeds.

If you want cannabis seeds ship to the USA, this company is the way to go, which offers tons of marijuana seeds and offers advertisements to find what you like. If you’re not sure what to try, the breeder has a variety of professional and amateur starter and value packs. That way you can try them out by size to see what you like.

The company accepts a variety of pricing options, including using bitcoin, credit card, bank transfers, or cash as payment. The seeds are delivered free of charge and all seed products come with a germination guarantee. If your seeds fail to germinate, we will send another one for free. Over 100 different varieties are available and the website is well worth a visit.

  • Extensive growth and plant knowledge base
  • High-quality CBD strain for medicated patients
  • 80% germination guarantee
  • Global shipping including USA and Canada
  • Multiple payment methods

Cons

  • Not offer free shipping
  • Limited stock selection of strain compared to other seed banks
  • Poor customer support

Crop King Seeds is one of the best seed banks in North America, which has been providing superb seeds for nearly 15 years located in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 2005, Crop King Seeds has perfected the genetics of the cannabis plant for clinical and industrial growers looking for the ultimate in THC levels and crop size.

This company is slowly starting to make its mark – and build its reputation – as a top-notch seed bank shipping to the United States. Their seeds are perfect for novice and advanced growers who want an excellent yield. The company allows you to choose various filters to find the variety that best suits your needs and also provides a section of the website that tells you all about how you germinate your new seeds.

The company does not have a free shipping policy, the least expensive delivery choice is around ten dollars However, there are 31 unique varieties to choose from, all with an excellent germination rate of 80% or more. If your seeds fail to germinate, the company will resend you new seeds.

They supply cannabis seeds both in the US and worldwide. All global orders are guaranteed to be delivered, and if not, resend them yourself, even adding random things like pens and flashlights to their orders to keep them discreet and easy. You can pay them with Bitcoin, Credit Card Visa, or Mastercard.

  • Low-price cost packs available that will help you save money
  • Best for commercial buyers
  • High-quality cannabis strains
  • Offers Stealth shipping
  • Different Payment Methods available

Cons

  • No free shipping unless shopping for in bulk
  • Average consumer service

MSNL Seed Bank is outstanding among other online seed banks shipping to the United States region. A Netherlands based company that has been in business since 1999. The company offers top-quality seeds that the cannabis community likes and values. Also, they are one of the BEST ONLINE SEED BANKS with an online platform that is appropriately structured, contains all the important information, and is easy to use.

In the company, the experts develop marijuana seeds to obtain a germination percentage higher than 90%, and they go through exhaustive tests with manual tests, along with quality control elements.

Most packages offer exceptionally fast shipping and take less than 3 weeks to be delivered. MSNL Seeds has received a ton of awards for its marijuana genetics. They offer excellent seeds that are guaranteed to be top-notch. The seeds are handled and developed by first-class specialists in their company. So you don’t have to worry about damaged seeds or other problems. The professional inspector checks all normal seeds manually before sending them to you.

The package contains a random product in which the seeds are placed. The company is committed to ensuring that you receive the seeds in every possible way. With every purchase, you make sure you get free seeds. A good example is for anyone who orders from you regularly and receives 5 free seeds. There are wholesale packages available that contain twice the amount of seeds added and are great for commercial buyers.

Pros

  • A wide selection of strains
  • Discreet packaging
  • Highly rated, with reviews of individual strains
  • Easy navigation on the website
  • Loyalty program and good promotions

Cons

  • Limited germination guarantee
  • Expensive seeds
  • Poor customer service

Seedsman, a UK-based seed bank, is widely recognized as the most trusted seed bank founded in 2003. Since then she has been a well-known supplier in the high-quality seeds market. These are some of the best seeds on the internet banks that deliver seeds to the United States.

The good thing about them is that they have a group of over 3,000 specialty cannabis seeds. The company collects from 65 sperm banks around the world. So when you shop with Seedsman you cannot only buy their seeds but also buy those from different growers.

Seedsman offers a range of the most affordable seeds but still manages to offer a top-quality product. You’re sure to find something that suits you, the right cannabis seed for yourself.

You can even buy medicinal seeds that offer cures for many different aches and pains. Some of these are depression, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia and a lot more check out their medicinal seeds page to see more facts about them.

The company also offers customers a guaranteed shipping option where you are guaranteed delivery of the seeds no matter what. Also, offer regular discounts and they even offer loyalty points so you can save money on your subsequent buying trip.

Pros

  • 20% Bitcoin Payment Discount
  • 80% germination rates
  • Various strain selections options
  • Fast and discreet shipping
  • Good customer service

Cons

  • Only one option for $10 regular shipping
  • Minimum order amount of $70
  • Website is slightly less sophisticated than some others

Quebec Cannabis Seed Bank is one of the largest producers and carriers of cannabis strains. Quebec Cannabis Seeds was founded in 2012 and is operated out of Montreal. This Canadian seed bank carries only the best of the best strains and also offers great customer service.

Not Quebec Cannabis Seeds only has fifty of the world’s best strains of marijuana seeds, but you can find 50 exclusive species of the world’s largest cannabis seeds, including auto-flowering, regular, and feminized marijuana seeds.

The seed bank has been in operation for more than 15 years and mainly focuses on the quality of the marijuana they offer. When looking for recreational or medicinal cannabis, you can be sure that you have quality strains with the stated amounts of CBD and THC.

Some of the best-selling brands of their product are Jack Herer feminized, Quebec gold 2.zero feminized, AK47, and QC black gold marijuana seeds. Although the seed bank is located in Canada, it delivers the weed seeds all over the world via fast and secure courier service.

You can buy marijuana seeds online with no concern about their stealth service program. They will cleverly hide the seeds in things like very ordinary CDs, birthday cards, and the like. It will be tracked along with your order so you know exactly when it will arrive too. You will experience high-quality strains ideal for recreational and medicinal uses.

Pros

  • The different option of payment methods
  • Excellent customer services
  • Worldwide shipping
  • Discreet shipping
  • A wide selection of strains

Cons

  • No Germination guarantee
  • No loyalty program

This seed bank is located in the UK and has made a name for itself in the marijuana market in a very short time. Gorilla Seed’s bank was established in 2011 and the owners of the company have incorporated their cannabis experience, which adds to more than 40 years of serve the public.

Gorilla Seed Bank offers a variety of strains that are among the most popular worldwide and from exclusive growers, has more than 2500 marijuana lines from over 60 seed growers. At the moment the company does not grow its strains and sell seeds from companies including Barney’s Farm, Greenhouse Seeds, Bomb seeds, DinaFem, Psalm, and Big Buddha.

There are many different strains and varieties of seeds, such as auto-flowering seeds, feminized seeds, and medicinal strains. Pineapple Chunk, Cash Crop, AK49, Super Cheese, OG Kush, and the Widow are their bestselling marijuana strains.

The costs for Gorilla seeds are excellent, even without taking into account the free seeds you get as part of each order and the free delivery they offer. They sell high quality and most popular seeds at costs that are up to 30% lower than that of authentic growers. Pay them with bitcoin, debit or credit, cash or wire transfers, and you’ll be ready to have your marijuana seeds right at home.

Pros

  • Worldwide shipping
  • Fast shipping to the US
  • Stealth option available
  • Various choices for payment method
  • Offer in Discreet Package

Cons

  • No cash payments

Established 20 years ago, Herbies Seeds is dedicated to imparting clients with top-notch hashish seeds for longer than maximum companies.

Herbies ensure first-rate readability by providing you with a particular product description and all the records you need about your weed seeds. Herbies Seeds prides itself on a choice of top-notch cannabis seeds online. Herbies seeds come from at a minimum 70% contained for your germinate properly and make a great product.

This cannabis seed company has over 2,000 distinct marijuana strains to select from, each with specific marijuana strains. Herbies Seeds offer feminized seeds, automatic flowering, high THC, even strain for beginners. In short, regardless of what you’re looking for, Herbies’ excellent choice of strains will help you find the quality seeds that appeal to you. You can buy your preferred seeds in the manner you feel most comfortable with even transfer.

Herbies Seeds offer international shipping services from across the world. Shipping to the USA will take about 5-8 days. All orders come with free cannabis seeds. The seeds are hidden in the product. Choose the stealth shipping option for maximum security. In stealth bags, seeds are removed from their original packaging and placed in nothing special Ziplock bags, disguised as a regular buy that will help you avoid undesirable attention.

In addition to the anonymity option, anonymous bills through Bitcoin help ensure safe, invaluable purchases. Herbies Seeds prides itself on reliability and prompt service. No, matter where you are global, Herbie guarantees that you will receive your seeds in less than weeks. Visit Herbies customer service team for help.

Pros

  • Stores seeds from reputable seed banks
  • A large variety of strains
  • Big rewards and discounts
  • Guarantee delivery offers free seeds
  • Descriptive blog information

Cons

  • A separate charge for guaranteed delivery and stealth packaging delivery
  • Poor Customer Service
  • Limited payment options

Seed Supreme offers all marijuana seeds to many well-known breeders around the world, offering their seeds at very low prices and reasonable prices. This seed bank that ships to the United States are relatively new, established in 2013 in England and has since provided the world the first best marijuana seed in the business.

One of the best things about SeedSupreme Seed Banks is that they have a very good loyalty program. If you shop on their website, you will get free kush cashpoints. These kush currency points can be used as real money to buy most of their items. They have a total value of 4000+ one of a kind of collection collected from more than 100 breeders worldwide. So you have a wide variety to choose from.

When ordering, they will cover your marijuana seeds inside things like pens, T-shirts, toys, etc. If you are an order from the United States, it will take between 15 and 30 days for the seeds to reach you. You will need to pay $ 15 for delivery. If the order does not reach you, they will happily send someone else. One of the latest marijuana varieties they promote is Somango, White Widow, Sticky Zkittle Glue, Gorilla Glue, and Purple haze.

Pros

  • Free shipping
  • Guaranteed Shipping
  • Large strains of high-quality products
  • Excellent team of customer service
  • A lot of payment options

Cons

  • Not offers any discount codes

AMS Seed Bank is an Amsterdam based company founded in 2002. One of the excellent seed banks that ship high-quality cannabis seeds worldwide. They have gathered several experiences in germination and strain genetics; you could get lots of exclusive kinds of strains on their website.

They are strain experts and only bring hand-selected strains. They only promote the best strains, resulting in a handful of strains available on their website. AMS sells around 135+ strains specific to cannabis. Although they have a smaller quantity of strains, the available strains are the best of the best.

As with all the top quality online seed banks that ship to the USA, this AMS seed bank also gives various payment methods like bank transfer, cash, credit and debit cards, western union, bitcoin, etc.

They have free shipping worldwide which is stealthy and discreet. Plus, they’ll always provide you with free seeds in case you buy more than 10 seeds from them, and they also have a detailed grow guide available for anyone new to growing marijuana on their own and with a guarantee. 21-day shipping or they will resend the seeds for free.

Pros

  • Trusted Brand Company
  • Wide range strain selection
  • Inexpensive seeds
  • Worldwide shipping
  • Lots of discounts and promotion

Cons

  • No Germination guarantee

Attitude Seed Bank is the UK-based retail distributor of cannabis seeds and goods. According to its website, it is the largest hemp seed bank globally. There are over two hundred brands of cannabis seeds on the market on their websites. Whatever you like, we are sure that you will find it on their website.

Ordering in the USA will take approximately one to three weeks and they allow you to select individual seeds of different types and order them that way. In one order, you can have as many individual seeds of different brands and types as you want.

They have 9 special cannabis brands selling things like bags and other cannabis-related apparel. You can pay with cash, debit card, credit card, money order, or prepaid Visa cards. They also have different shipping alternatives that are discreet and stealthy. Several different types of stealth packages are offered.

Is It Legal to Buy Cannabis Seeds?

There are some key exceptions to the legality of cannabis seeds in the United States. Specifically, you can legally buy or own seeds to use as bait for fish or birdseed. The caveat here is that the seeds that fit this description generally tend to be commercial hemp seeds with fairly low percentages of THC. In other words, you can’t use the seeds to grow plants that will give you the high associated with cannabis.

Interpretations of legal guidelines have also changed over the years. Interpret legal guidelines to indicate that cannabis seeds are legal, provided they are not sprouted. This lack of germination is key.

To further complicate the whole question of the legality of cannabis seeds, some states allow you to legally possess the seeds but not grow them. Only fewer than 20 states allow you to grow cannabis plants legally, so even if you can legally own the seeds in other states, you can’t do anything with them.

How to Know Your Cannabis Seeds are Real

As with any harvest, a successful cannabis harvest starts with quality seeds, but even for long-time growers, it can be difficult to choose the best. To give you a concept of what to look for when preparing your seeds for your Marijuana Garden, here we are talking about the ability to identify high-quality cannabis seeds by sight.

  • Appearance and Color: Viable seeds are brown, brown, or even black, their immature seeds are lighter colors such as white, yellow, and light green
  • Size and shape: Round or teardrop is the best quality.
  • Hardness and durability: smooth outer shells and non-cracked surface
  • Age: Store seeds in a cool, dark place (even in a freezer) to keep them from rot or getting moldy.
  • Float Test: Just enough distilled water to see if it has enough bulk to sink in an hour or two, and if it does, it generally has a better chance of germinating than Seeds that float.

Seed Bank Payment Options

Payments over the internet are very common these days. People pay almost everything through online payment systems. Hence, marijuana seeds are no exception.

Seed banks have different ways of paying for your order. The various methods are available to you here:

  • Online Bank Transfers
  • PayPal
  • Payment through cash
  • Seed banks that Accept Visa
  • Cryptocurrency
  • A debit card or Credit card

Conclusion

Whether you need to improve the genetics of what you are already growing or you are hoping to grow from the very best fine cannabis seeds, it is essential to realize where to start. Many online cannabis seed banks may disappoint you, but not the ones on this list. The top-notch seed banks of 2020 can cover almost any grower today.

Although we love all of the high-quality seed banks listed online that ship to the US, we tend to lean more towards I Love Growing Marijuana, because they have a huge variety of stress of very high quality and we’ve heard all the positives about them everywhere. They offer a lot of information to new marijuana growers on their website.

Make sure you are certainly buying seeds from a reputable legitimate seed bank. This will help ease any fears you may have and will not only make the purchasing system less stressful but will also make it completely enjoyable.

Overall, all of the online seed banks from a standard that lists delivery to the United States in this post, and all of them are good at the quality of seed and germination success ratios. If you love a few other seed banks from this list, then worry-free and order the seeds today.

F.A.Q

Q: Are there any seed banks in the United States?

A: In parts of the United States, there is a huge thriving cannabis market, and American breeders are growing world-famous cannabis strains. The issue has to do with the US federal government and the current legal status of cannabis. Marijuana and its derivatives (including seeds) are counted as a Schedule 1 drug with little or no legal use, making it difficult, if not impossible, for a seed bank to operate in the United States, as it does in the United States, the Netherlands, Spain or Canada (which have legal loopholes or full legalization).

Q: What seed bank has the best genetics?

A: When it comes to buying cannabis seeds, making sure you get the best possible genetics is essential if you want to get the most out of your plant. A great way to make sure of this is to look at the reputation of the seed bank you are buying from because if anything is an indication of quality, it will satisfy customers. With this in mind, we have put together a list of the 10 best selling seed banks here chosen by growers for growers.

The 10 Best Online Seed Banks That Ship to the US (2021 Update)

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Trusted cannabis seed banks

Marijuana seeds have a complicated relationship with the law. Finding reliable seed banks that ship to the USA can be daunting because of this murky legal area.

Illegal states (which criminalize marijuana) generally do allow the sale of seeds. Click Here to check your state’s stance on seeds. Though the general legality of purchasing cannabis seeds tends to differ from one state to another.

A mix of both US and international seed banks appear below. Bear in mind, however, that orders originating from any international sellers (Appearing in Section “International Seed Banks” could take longer to be delivered to you no matter what state you reside in.

We have verified that the following seed banks provide:

  • Discreet and reliable delivery
  • Top shelf seeds
  • Notorious strains like gorilla glue, and purple haze
  • And excellent customer service, essential for a responsible company in this business.

5 Best Seed Banks that Ship to the USA

Here are the top 5 seed banks that ship to America.

1. I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM) – Top Seed Bank Overall

Pros:

  • A reputable company with a 9.4/10 Trustpilot rating
  • No Dud Seeds, Money Back Guarantee
  • Discreet stealth packaging
  • Free shipping to Europe and the United States
  • Major well-known name strains
  • Options for beginner, autoflower, feminized, and much more
  • 24/7 support and excellent growing guidebook

Cons:

  • Spams you a bit with offers if you give them your email
  • Delivery tracking is pricey at $25

Sketchy Companies do not last 25 years, people who really love growing marijuana do. Clever name aside, this site catches the eye for its packaging, free shipping, and high Trustpilot rating.

Founder Robert Bergman, has been growing weed for more than 25 years, and has learned plenty of tips and tricks during that time. He started I Love Growing Marijuana in 2012 and turned it into one of the world’s most trusted sites for buying cannabis seeds for both Europeans and Americans. The website is also offering free shipping to everywhere in the US states and Europe and your order will usually arrive in ten days or less.

The thing about this site is the amazing number of available categories and options for all types of growers and specialization. On their main menu tabs, you get the option of choosing beginner seeds, feminized seeds, auto flowers, mixed packs, medical marijuana seeds, grow kits, seed-growing nutrients, and even some special deals. Every one of their seed choices is the authentic strain stated and comes with a germination guarantee, so there’s no chance of getting stuck with seeds that are duds.

They also offer seeds for cool climates or warm climates, indoor or outdoor growing, high yielding, high CBD or high THC, and so much more. Since everybody’s situation is different, it’s good to have so many available options. And, some of the top strains include choices like Bergman’s Gold Leaf, Blueberry Autoflower, Girl Scout Cookies Extreme, Gorilla Glue, and White Widow.

On the checkout page, there are multiple payment options, from bank transfers or deposits, credit/debit cards, and even Bitcoin, which can help with being as discreet as possible. And, standard shipping is free, or you also have the option of paying $25 if you prefer a tracked shipping method.

2. Crop King Seeds – A Reliable Canadian Seed Bank that Ships to the US

Pros:

  • Free delivery on $300+ orders
  • 80 percent germination rate
  • “Five crown” ranking system
  • Germination guide for new growers
  • Simple e-commerce layout
  • Useful infographics regarding genetics and THC-CBD ratios.

Cons:

  • $10 regular delivery fee on orders under $300
  • Regular shipping is slow (7 to 14 business days)
  • Website seems aimed at beginners

This US seller’s site offers a nice simple layout with many large sections featuring choices like auto flower, feminized, and high-CBD, as well as regular weed seed types, which gives you a fair amount of choices. One thing that’s especially helpful is their “Germination” section. It provides step-by-step directions on how you can guarantee that 80 percent of the seeds from them will end up reaching germination. That seems a bit low when you compare it to some other seed banks, but perhaps Crop King is just being realistic.

One of the best things about this company is the “five-crown” rating system. It’s quite similar to a “five-star” rating system and is controlled by a variety of user reviews that are unbiased, making it an excellent way for trying new strains with recommendations from other Crop King customers.

The Crop King website offers a rather generic e-commerce layout but you have the ability of filtering through all of their seeds by genetics and type, as well as CBD and THC percentages. Shipping’s also free when you order $300 worth of seeds or more. Regular shipping runs $10 and arrival takes 7 to 14 business days. Express shipping runs $30, which is a bit expensive but let’s move on to the pros and cons of Crop King Seeds:

3. Marijuana Seeds NL (MSNL) – Best for Discreet Shipping

Pros:

  • Offers Stealth Shipping – a very discreet shipping method where the weed seeds are hidden within some other objects, like DVD cases, prior to shipping.
  • 15 percent off bitcoin orders
  • Long Standing since 1999
  • Fun quiz for helping you pick the best seeds
  • Award winners of High Times Cup and Cannabis Cup
  • Variety of shipping options (includes stealth shipping)
  • FREE seeds with all orders for trying new strains
  • Wide range of seeds

Cons:

  • International shipping may take weeks
  • No free delivery unless buying in bulk
  • US delivery costs more
  • Confusing charts for describing seed strains

This is a cannabis seed bank that is based in the Netherlands and has been in business since 1999. With more than 20 years of experience in the sale of high-quality seeds, they have numerous options for auto flowering, feminized, indoor and outdoor, regular, high-CBD seeds, and much more.

One fun thing about their website is the quiz that asks “What marijuana strain are you?”. It helps customers to discover the MSNL seeds based upon specific growing conditions, weed preference, and what you’re expecting from the finished buds. At the end, you’ll have four weed seed options chosen for fitting with your climate, growing skills, and personality. This feature is nice for newbie growers.

MSNL states that their seeds have a 90 percent germination rate, which is more refreshing and honest than promising a 100 percent germination rate like some other seed banks may do. And, all of the seeds are hand-checked by their expert staff with plenty of experience in marijuana seeds from Amsterdam, therefore you’re assured a top product. And, they stock some major named strains, including some High Times Cup and Cannabis Cup and award-winners, like Buddha, Grandaddy Purps, Northern Lights, and White Widow. You also get FREE seeds with each order, which is a great way for you to try some new seeds while also helping the new seed strains with acquiring the much-needed attention in an extremely busy market.

Standard delivery is currently around $6.25 but if you buy in bulk, you get free delivery. Their deliveries generally arrive in the US in approximately 6 to 12 days, but sometimes end up taking a few weeks. Multiple payment methods are available, including cash, credit/debit cards, checks, bank wires, or bitcoin. Buying with bitcoin gets you a 15 percent discount. Here are the basic pros and cons:

4. Seedsman – Best Breeders’ Seed Bank

Pros:

  • 15 percent bitcoin discount
  • A regular customers’ loyalty points system
  • A-Z breeders’ list
  • Free seeds included in every order
  • Plenty of seed types in-stock
  • Tons of accessories from hemp bags and informational books to storage jars
  • User reviews for helping you decide

Cons:

  • Cheesy-feeling ads on their website’s front page
  • Steep insurance and delivery charges
  • User reviews that feel a bit biased

This is one of the most widely trusted cannabis seed banks shipping to the US. It’s also seriously geared toward growers with considerable experience. In fact, the company hosts an annual “Photo Cup” competition aimed at encouraging growers to submit photos of their own weed crops, preferably complete with a creative, fun, or just plain impressive twist of some kind.

The best thing about this cannabis seed seller is its massive variety of licensed breeders. In fact, they even provide a very long alphabetical list of all the seeds they stock and their breeders. If you’re searching for a specific big-name or even a niche breeder, you’re likely to find them and their weed seeds stocked by Seedsman.

In addition, you can also find all of the usual selections of feminized/autoflowering/ seeds along with entire sections containing popular strain variations, including Northern Lights, Sour Diesel, Skunk, Cheese, and the ever-popular White Widow.

Seedsman proudly stocks plenty of award-winning seeds plus some very specific categories tailored to specific growing locations. For example, you can purchase fast-flowering strains, mold-resistant strains, and even seeds suitable for growing at high altitudes, like in Colorado.

Every product listing contains a review at the bottom of the page and, with each purchase, you’ll be receiving some free seeds along with loyalty points for buying. And, when you’re buying and paying with bitcoin, you’ll also be getting 15 percent off. If that isn’t enough, you’ll also receive 25 percent more off for your first time paying with bitcoin! There’s only one downside and that is rather pricey delivery add-on charges, like the delivery insurance fee ($9.04) and the delivery charge ($8.98). At this point, let me give you the basic pros and cons of Seedsman:

5. Quebec Cannabis Seeds (QCS) – Fastest Shipping

Pros:

  • Credit card charges are under a non-obvious company name
  • 20 percent Bitcoin payment discount
  • More than 15 years of seed bank experience,-Stealth shipping
  • A variety of autoflower, regular, CBD, feminized, and mixed seeds
  • US customers can pay in USD

Cons:

  • 3.8 percent credit card payment fee
  • Minimum $70 order amount
  • Only one $10 standard shipping option
  • Website is a bit less sophisticated than some others

QCS has a website that was specially designed for people with prior experience in cannabis seed growing, (at least that’s the impression you get). Their website has been up-and-running for 15 years or more now, however, the fact is that QCS has been supplying all of Canada (and even the rest of the world) with some pretty high-quality seeds for almost 20 years. There are a number of different types and strains available, including high-CBD, autoflowers, mixed packs, and feminized, as well as outdoor, regular, and even some limited edition seeds. You can also submit a request for in-depth info about any other strains that you’re interested in. You’ll receive it in a format much like eBay product descriptions complete with bullet points. This may not be the world’s most sophisticated online cannabis seed bank but it’ll do the job if you know what you’re actually looking for. And, for all deliveries, they use very discreet stealth shipping. The only problem is that but they only offer a vague delivery window for the ETA of the product shipment.

US customers are charged in USD, so you don’t have to deal with Canadian dollar conversion. You can also pay in a number of ways, however, it’s important to know that any credit card payment accrues a 3.8 percent fee. And, if you pay with Bitcoin, you’ll get a 20 percent discount on your entire order. So, let’s move on to the pros and cons to give you a quick picture of this seller:

Is buying marijuana seeds online and having them shipped to the US safe?

Although you might think that it’s risky to order cannabis seeds online and receive them in the mail, the truth is that there’s minimal risk involved even when placing an order with a seed bank overseas. Don’t worry about customs laws either. Some people think that, if their seeds are intercepted, they’ll end up on a list and somebody will come knocking on their door (kind of like in the movies).

The more likely scenario would be that your seeds wouldn’t even be found. If they were, customs would probably just throw them out and then proceed by sending you a very official-looking letter that simply says that they were confiscated. And, that would be that.

“Stealth Shipping”

However, if you’re having seeds shipped from a foreign country to the US and worry about the possibility of interception, many of the best seed banks online are offering what is called “stealth shipping”. This is basically just a very discreet shipping method where the weed seeds are hidden within some other objects, like DVD cases, prior to shipping. This can help keep your package from being flagged as suspicious.

While we’re on the subject of shipping, don’t request expedited delivery or any delivery requiring a signature. Why? Well, you don’t want to intentionally draw attention to the package or have to sign for a cannabis seeds delivery. That’s a bit of a no-brainer. Also, when ordering in large amounts, multiple smaller orders from a variety of vendors will spread your risk along the lines of that old saying “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”.

Seed Bank Payment Options

Another consideration is the payment option you choose and how it’ll be charged. If your goal is to stay way under the radar, you might find that bitcoin is the most encrypted currency form plus it’s virtually untraceable. Numerous top cannabis seed banks are actually offering a discount if you’re paying in bitcoin. Alternatively, you can pay via credit card since credit card purchases are insured and better protected in case something goes awry.

Final Thoughts

If you want the best seed bank possible I’d definitely recommend ILGM. However all sites on this list have been thoroughly vetted and will deliver a good seed shopping experience.

I’m hoping that this buying guide gives you a little guidance and helps you with finding the seed seller that’s just right for you and your needs. And, last but not least, happy growing!

Trusted cannabis seed banks Marijuana seeds have a complicated relationship with the law. Finding reliable seed banks that ship to the USA can be daunting because of this murky legal area.

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My New Favorite Snack: Toasted Hemp Seeds

Just like lunch or dinner ruts, snack ruts can be a pretty real thing around here. Cheese and crackers are a go-to around 4pm and if I’m really feeling like something special, I’ll make homemade popcorn (do you remember this super easy way to make it?). Apples and cheddar are a good, healthy choice and sometimes a handful of granola or a spoonful of peanut butter is all there is time for.

But for now at least, snack ruts are a thing of the past as I’ve become mildly obsessed with this new discovery: toasted hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds aren’t necessarily new to me. I’ve been buying raw hemp seeds in the refrigerated case at our local co-op and sprinkling them on top of my yogurt. If you’re not familiar with them, hemp seeds come from the same plant that hemp cloth is made from; the seeds are edible and are enjoyed raw or roasted and boast some impressive nutritional benefits (they contain all of the essential amino acids, so they’re a great choice for vegetarians and other folks seeking out more protein in their diets).

While I’d long enjoyed the raw seeds for breakfast, I’d never tried them toasted and salted until quite recently. And I’m sold! They satisfy that ‘need a little something salty’ without the fat of a potato or tortilla chip and pack a nutritional punch: Five tablespoons have 15 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

The best part though? They have this addictive crunchiness and wonderful earthy flavor that makes them like no other snack. I’ve been eating them straight by the handful or using them as a topping for salads or soups —we even used them as part of a breading for grilled chicken the other night.

Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this post was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.

Megan is a freelance writer, recipe developer and cookbook writer. Her first book, Whole-Grain Mornings, (Ten Speed Press) is available in bookstores nationwide.

Just like lunch or dinner ruts, snack ruts can be a pretty real thing around here. Cheese and crackers are a go-to around 4pm and if I’m really feeling like something special, I’ll make homemade popcorn (do you remember this super easy way to make it?). Apples and cheddar are a good, healthy choice and sometimes a handful of granola or a spoonful of peanut butter is all there is time for.

From the White Lotus Kitchen

Hemp is one of the world’s oldest plants — possibly one of its most misrepresented and misunderstood. The plant is a great fiber source used to make numerous products including clothing, paper, and as we probably all know, even the first American flag. Hemp seeds are one of the highest sources of the Omegas 3, 6, and 9. The seeds are a strong source of available protein and can be eaten raw or toasted as in the recipe below. Hemp seeds make an amazing milk or cream and can be added to smoothies both for a protein source and to provide a nutty flavor and creamy texture. For many people, hemp as a protein is far more digestible than soy. The following simple recipe uses hulled hemp seeds, also known as “hemp hearts” which taste very similar to pine nuts. They make an easy, incredible snack or addition to salads, soups or grains when sprinkled on top. What a great way to get your EFA’s.

Hulled hemp seeds can be bought at your health food store or online through any number of companies. Look for sources that have fewer hulls, more hearts. That is the key to tasty hemp. Some which we have enjoyed are Rocky Mountain Grain Products ordered through healing-source.com; other sources are nutiva.com or naturesperfectfood.com.

Recipe:
Large dry skillet
2 cups hemp hearts
Tamari, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Sea Salt

In a large cast iron or any other dry skillet, toast approximately 2 cups of hemp hearts over a gentle, low heat. Stir or shake pan consistently. When the seeds begin to pop or darken slightly, remove from heat and lightly spray with Tamari or Braggs or sprinkle sea salt to taste. Continue to toss or shake seeds in the pan until the salt source has dried and pour onto cookie sheet or wooden plate to cool.

Hemp is one of the world's oldest plants — possibly one of its most misrepresented and misunderstood. The plant is a great fiber source used to make numerous products including clothing, paper, and as we probably all know, even the first American flag. Hemp seeds are one of the highest sources of the Omegas 3, 6, and 9. The seeds are a strong source of available protein and

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High THC Seeds

Tetrahydrocannabidiol or THC is essentially one of the compounds/cannabinoids which makes up the cannabis plant and is known to be the primary intoxicant found within the plant. Certain cannabis plants have been known to provide high THC content however with the growing aid of technology, breeders have been able to identify ways to increase THC content in plants, via cross-breeding. Breeders have opted for cross-breeding in order to combine the genetics from high THC plants in order to produce the resultant strains, which have the highest THC ratio. Since strains with a high THC content generally provide the user with an intense and stronger cerebral ‘high’ in comparison to any other strain, therefore regular uses tend to opt for the aforementioned to incur the said cerebral ‘high’, which may not be possible with its counterparts.

In order to enable users to further understand the types of seeds which can provide them with a high level of THC content, the following highlights the top three types of high THC seeds which are popular with regular users, a few amongst the masses, whose characteristics have been outlined below.

Types of High THC Seeds

The types of seeds available, all with a high level of THC content, include but are not limited to Gorilla Glue # 4, Black Widow, Afghan Kush, Brazil Amazonia, Colombian Gold, Ketama, Kilimanjaro, Pakistan Valley and other such varieties. To familiarize users with

the characteristics of a few, the first three namely Gorilla Glue # 4, Black Widow and Afghan Kush have been elaborated upon.

Gorilla Glue # 4 Feminised Seeds

An Indica / Sativa hybrid variety, the Gorilla Glue # 4 was bred via the cross breeding of Chem Sis, Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel and contains THC content between 15-20%. Known to a high yielding strain, the Gorilla Glue # 4 can be grown indoors and outdoors, depending upon requirement and can grow up to 200 cm, within 63 – 70 days if cultivated outdoors; indoor flowering takes 9 – 10 weeks.

Black Widow Regular Seeds

The product of cross-breeding between a Brazilian Sativa and a hybrid from South India, the Black Widow, also known as the White Widow, can be grown indoors, outdoors and in greenhouses depending upon the conditions of the environment. The production of THC within this category often reaches 20%, with a flowering time of 8-10 Weeks. It is often used for therapeutic purposes, including pain relief and muscle spasms since it provides an overall relaxed and cerebral feeling.

Afghan Kush Regular Seeds

A pure indica hybrid land-race cannabis strain from the Armu Darya river valley near to the border with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the Afghan Kush can be grown both indoors and outdoors, with a flowering time of 6-8 weeks. Further to this, the plant has a good resistance to mould along with a high water tolerance enabling it to with stand harsher climates. It is further recommended as a medical strain for the symptoms of insomnia, stress and pain.

Check out our blog post on how to get THC out of your system if you have a drug test at work.

High THC cannabis seeds offer yield with THC content typically above 20%. Discover the High THC strains, including Sativa, available at Seedsman.

High THC Seeds

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OG Kush Seeds – Feminized

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If you want to consume high THC cannabis that will send you to dreamland on the first toke, then plant high THC seeds in your home garden. It’s hard to pinpoint the highest THC seeds by just looking, so we have made for you a selection of high THC seeds that give buds with a high THC percentage. Therefore, you don’t have to look for the most reputable supplier of THC seeds for sale, just take a look at our category for high THC seeds, choose seeds that suit you best, and start planting.

What Are High THC Seeds?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the cannabinoids found in marijuana. It is the psychoactive compound that offers people the high. In the past few years, breeders worldwide have focused on developing new marijuana strains with the highest THC level because of the high demand for high THC strains.

Due to technological advancements, breeders have enhanced their knowledge by coming up with new and improved ways of growing marijuana. So, it’s not a wonder to find some marijuana strains whose THC levels rise to 30%, although rare, you can also find cannabis strains having 35% THC seeds for sale.

Why Should You Grow High THC Seeds?

We’ve witnessed a rise in the demand for the highest THC strains, which have pushed people to grow some of the highest THC seeds in the market to meet customers’ needs. People suffering from chronic pain and other debilitating illnesses prefer to use the highest THC strain to numb the pain longer. Similarly, recreational users love using cannabis for the high. You can also find that growers are willing to pay top dollar for high grade seeds for their personal growth.

An increase in demand for high THC cannabis is the reason why growers are opting to go above and beyond to get top-shelf THC seeds for sale to meet medical and recreational customers’ needs.

How Do You Increase the Level of THC in Your Plants?

Different growers cultivate marijuana for various reasons. The majority are growing for medical purposes; others grow the highest THC seeds for commercial and recreational purposes. And most of them, their goal is to maximize the amount of THC and other useful cannabinoids in the buds. Some factors that will influence the levels in your cannabis plant and potency include:

Strain Genetics

Your seeds play a huge role in determining THC’s level in plants, so choose highest THC seeds in the market, such as Do-Si-Dos to get potent buds. For instance, if you select a plant whose genetics only produce 17 % THC at most, this means that you may get less THC and no matter what you do, your THC will never go beyond 17 %. Make sure to buy the THC seeds for sale from reputable breeders.

Plant Care

If you want your highest THC strains to give you the most potent buds and healthy marijuana plants you must provide your plants with optimal care and enough sunlight during the flowering stage. Therefore, avoid making common mistakes such as heat stress, irregular light cycles, overfeeding, overwatering. Just try to avoid extreme climatic conditions and treat your plant like a celebrity, such that it gets everything it wants.

Decreasing Levels of CO2

Cannabis growers are familiar with the ripening process, which occurs during the final phase of the flowering stage. This is the phase where your cannabis plant is producing trichomes, terpenoids, and flavonoids. If you want to elevate THC levels in your cannabis plants, you should decrease the levels of CO2 during the last weeks of the flowering period to encourage the production of ethylene. This is a natural gas that stimulates the ripening process.

Reducing CO2 forces the cannabis plants to direct the remaining ethylene and ripening of cannabis buds, which leads to increased production of trichomes. And this translates to elevated levels of THC content.

Harvesting Time

When you cultivate highest THC strains, your harvesting time plays a crucial role in determining the level of THC. If you harvest your buds too early, you run the risk of having lower yields, and the THC concentration will also be affected.

If you want to harvest your buds when they are at their highest level of THC, harvest them from the field when their resin covering the buds turns milky white, and the pistils have darkened and curled inwards. This happens 2 to 3 weeks after your plants are mature. Earlier than this, your buds have not reached their full potential.

Light

Although marijuana requires low light to grow, it will not develop potent buds if it’s not exposed to bright light during the flowering phase. Light helps in boosting bud’s growth, together with THC and other cannabinoids. That’s why you need the brightest grow lights for your highest THC strains.

Curing Process

Although it is not clear that the curing process increases THC levels, it is known that it can enhance the potency of the buds and intensify the effects of THC and other cannabinoids.

Decreasing Levels of Humidity

This leads to thirsty and stressed plants, impairing your plants’ progress and increasing your plant’s defense mechanisms. Cannabis buds are covered with a resinous layer that protects them against cold and wet weather. Therefore, when you decrease humidity levels, your buds are forced to produce more resin, thus increasing THC levels in your growing buds.

Benefits of Increasing THC Levels in Your Highest THC Strains

  • You get more significant mental and psychoactive effects
  • Medical marijuana users desire to use high THC levels, which helps relieve chronic nausea, chronic pain, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • When you stress your high grade seeds to increase THC levels, you also increase your overall yields.

Choosing High THC Seeds

There are many THC seeds for sale; therefore, growers need to select quality high grade seeds. The list below consists of the 10 best cannabis seeds:

Hellfire OG

Hellfire OG is a potent California hybrid strain. It was created by crossing Rascal’s OG Kush with SFV OG Kush. It is among the highest THC strains as its content ranges between 28 and 30 %, making it perfect for cannabis veterans and those looking for chronic pain relief.

Hellfire OG Kush’s highest THC seeds give rise to plants sensitive to climate changes; therefore, they must be cultivated in an indoor setting where the climate is controlled. The plant needs constant pruning, as it can get very tall. The strain flowering time lasts from 55 – 65 days and produces a bountiful harvest.

Do-Si-Dos

Do-Si-Dos is a beauty with dark purple buds that are covered with frosty resin. It is among the highest THC strains, and cannabis lovers are taken because of the potent high. The THC content in this marijuana strain averages between 26 – 30 %. You can also find some Do-Si-Dos seeds phenotypes having 35 % THC seeds.

This Indica dominant hybrid strain is cultivated indoors and outdoor, and its flowering period lasts from 8 to 10 weeks. This strain is perfect for beginner growers, as it is easy and grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall. It is a high-yielding strain as each plant produces an outdoor yield of about 14 – 18 oz (400 – 500 gr) per plant.

Mazar x Blueberry

Mazar x Blueberry is an Indica dominant highest THC strain created by mixing Mazar and Blueberry. The THC content in these hybrid seeds ranges between 23 – 29 %. Patients love this strain because of its potency, which helps knock out pain and send them into dreamland.

Mazar x Blueberry high THC weed seeds grow into a short and bushy plant with thick, dense buds attributed with high yields. It is perfect for beginner growers, as it is mold-resistant and easy to look after. Dutch seeds shop always has these high THC seeds for sale in our offer.

Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue strain, also known as Original Glue, has won several awards in the cannabic industry. Gorilla Glue high grade seeds are a well-balanced hybrid strain that delivers a heavy-headed high with a THC content ranging between 26 – 28 %. It was created by crossing Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel.

This strain requires regular trimming to control its height and to maximize yield. It is affected by excess rain and frost, making it ideal for indoor cultivation, and you will have ready to harvest buds after a flowering period of 8 to 9 weeks. They are easy to grow for an average grower and will give you a nice yield.

Grandaddy x Bruce Banner

Grandaddy x Bruce Banner is a potent hybrid strain that delivers a mild head buzz with pronounced body relaxation. This Indica leaning cannabis strain is a cross between Granddaddy Purple and Bruce Banner. This delectable strain boasts a THC content averaging 26 – 28 %. It is easy to grow and has a flowering period that lasts from 56 to 63 days.

Grandaddy x Bruce Banner high THC weed seeds grow into a tall plant with high yields as each produces about 18 oz (500 gr) per plant of cannabis when they are cultivated outdoor and indoor yield of 2 oz/ft² (600 g/m²). This high THC strain can treat chronic pain, migraines, and nausea.

White Fire OG

These high THC seeds are also referred to as WiFi OG or Simply WiFi. It is a Sativa-dominant hybrid cannabis strain that is popular among users because of its unique aroma and cerebral high. White Fire OG high THC seeds are made by crossing Fire OG with The White. It has dense buds that are barrel-shaped with THC content ranging between 24 and 28%. It is a medium-sized plant whose flowering period lasts 56 ± days.

Alien OG

Alien OG is a popular hybrid strain that delivers psychedelic effects combined with heavy body effects. It is got by crossing Tahoe OG and Alien Kush. Alien OG Seeds are high grade seeds with THC content ranging from 22 to 28%. This amazing strain comes from California and this high THC seeds for sale are always available on our website. This Sativa-leaning strain is ideal for average growers, and the plants are short, bushy, and flowers within 63 days.

Moby Dick

Moby Dick is a Sativa dominant strain made by crossing White Widow and Haze. It is among the highest THC strain with THC content ranging between 24 – 27 % with a sweet citrus taste that is perfect for a smooth smoke. Cannabis growers love these high grade seeds because they are mold-resistant and produce high yields. Moby Dick high THC seeds for sale are not recommended for beginner breeders, but will reward growers who provide them with adequate conditions with buds that are above-average THC levels.

True OG

True OG strain, also known as Kobe OG, is an Indica dominant strain. This award-winning highest THC strain is from the OG Kush family. These seeds grow into medium-sized plants with a flowering period of 63 – 70 days. True OG high THC weed seeds are ideal for beginners and offer high yields. True OG marijuana highest THC strain is suitable for relieving symptoms related to chronic pain.

Girl Scout Cookies x Chemdog #4

Girl Scout Cookies x Chemdog #4 high THC seeds offer users the best features of the two highest THC strains. These high grade seeds grow into medium-sized plants with a flowering time of 56 to 63 days. It’s an Indica-dominant strain best for average growers and offers high yield with each plant producing about 17 oz (500 gr) and 1.3 – 1.6 oz/ft² (400 – 500 g/m²) when you grow them indoors.

FAQ About High THC Seeds

Is it legal to grow high THC seeds?

Although cannabis is legal in many countries, there are still some countries where it is restricted. For instance, in the United States, high CBD strains or Hemp are federally legal, but high THC strains are legal in some parts of the country. So, before growing marijuana highest THC strain, you need to familiarize yourself with your state laws.

What is the difference between high THC seeds and high CBD seeds?

You may be wondering whether growing High THC seeds is the same as cultivating high CBD seeds. Although the processes are almost similar, they have some small differences. THC and CBD concentration is the most significant difference variation between high CBD seeds and high THC seeds.

CBD is also federally legal in the United States, while THC is only legal in some states. When growing high CBD seeds, you have to be careful to make sure that the level of THC does not exceed the stipulated amounts. But with high THC seeds, growers try their best to maximize the level of CBD.

Final Thoughts on High THC Seeds

Although the methods used in cultivating high THC seeds and high CBD are the same, the results are totally different. Therefore, ensure that you choose the right seed genetics to achieve the desired results.

Cannabis seeds are sold to customers over the age of 18 and are sold strictly for souvenirs or storage purposes only. The cultivation and germination of cannabis seeds is illegal in most countries. We advise customers to check the laws in their country before ordering.

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How to Grow Roses from Seed

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Growing roses from seed can be challenging since the majority of seeds you collect often won’t germinate regardless of your efforts. Fortunately, most rose plants produce a large number of seeds inside their rose hips, so it usually isn’t necessary to achieve a high success rate. Keep in mind that the plants that grow may be different in appearance or other characteristics from the mother plant, especially if that plant is a hybrid of two varieties grafted together.

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When you grow roses from seed, you are essentially developing new varieties of roses. If the rose fruit – called a hip – was produced by bee pollination, you don’t know what varieties were crossed to get the seeds. Rose breeders hybridize chosen varieties and select for particular traits in resultant seedlings. However, each seedling will be a surprise. Rose seeds have to be collected in the fall, cleaned, and cold-treated before they are planted. Even though the cleaned seeds may look dry, they are not dry inside. If rose seeds are allowed to sit around in the open air and dry up completely, they will not grow.

Warning

Don’t allow seeds or soil to dry out completely at any point in the process.

Flower Preparation

Things You Will Need

Small sharp scissors

Small capped vials

Rely on honeybees, bumblebees and native bees to pollinate rose flowers. Alternatively, pollinate rose flowers selectively. Choose favorite varieties you admire for color, form, fragrance, disease resistance or other traits.

Choose the pod – or female – flower that will produce the seed pod. Remove the petals, according to Love of Roses. Identify the fringe of yellow pollen-producing structures called stamens that surround the central style. Cut the stamens off with small scissors so they will not accidentally pollinate that flower and so that the pollen will be available for planned pollination of other flowers.

Put the stamens in a small, clean vial such as a film canister or a washed prescription vial. Label the vial with the rose’s name using a permanent marking pen, and store it, uncovered, in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep the vial upright so as pollen matures and becomes light and fluffy, it will remain in the vial.

Select the pollen parent flower. Remove the petals and harvest the stamens – the male flower part that has the pollen – as in the previous two steps. Check the stamens immediately to see if they are producing fluffy, mature, yellow pollen. If so, proceed to pollination. If not, look at stamens in the vials daily. Use them for pollination when mature pollen is coming loose from the stamens.

Pollination

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Cotton swabs (optional)

Use a small paintbrush to collect pollen from the vial of harvested stamens. Transfer the pollen by touching the paintbrush to the sticky surface of the central style left on the pod parent flower. Clean the paint brush by dipping it in alcohol. Let the brush dry. Or use a new cotton swab and discard it after use.

Repeat the pollen transfer from the same stamens to the same flower after four hours have passed and again after eight hours. Shake the vial to loosen more pollen grains if necessary.

Tie a tag around the stem of the pollinated flower labeled with the parents’ names. Put the pod parent first, followed by an “x” and then the pollen parent. Example: Angel Face X Fragrant Cloud.

Seed Collection

Things You Will Need

Bottled drinking water

Large coin envelopes

Allow the rose hips to develop on the plant for at least four months. Cut them off after this ripening period, keeping the tag with the seed pod. Either remove and further treat seeds immediately or store each seed pod in a separate coin envelope in a refrigerator crisper drawer up to several weeks.

Put a ripened rose hip on a clean cutting board and slice it in half with a sharp, clean knife. Use the knife tip to remove the seeds from the fruit. Put the seeds in a clean cup.

Add a diluted bleach solution to the seeds to get rid of fungus spores and bacteria. As the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society describes, make the bleach solution by adding 2 teaspoons of household bleach to a cup of bottled drinking water. Stir the seeds with a plastic spoon.

Rinse the seeds by pouring them and the bleach solution into a small strainer. Use enough bottled water to remove all the bleach solution.

Put the seeds back in a clean cup and add hydrogen peroxide to amply cover the seeds. Soak the seeds for 24 hours to further clean and disinfect them. Pour the seeds and hydrogen peroxide into the strainer and rinse with clean water.

Warning

Don’t combine bleach with hydrogen peroxide.

When soaking fresh seeds, some will float and some will sink. Some rose growers discard the floaters. Coat seeds with a fungicide such as Captan or with rooting hormone which contains a fungicide when sowing seeds.

Cold Treatment

Things You Will Need

Bottled drinking water

Thick paper towels

Resealable plastic bags

Mix half bottled water, half hydrogen peroxide in a shallow bowl. Moisten a thick paper towel with the mixture to help prevent mold growth after you wrap the seeds in the paper towel.

Place the cleaned rose seeds in the paper towel and fold the towel around the seeds. Put the folded towel in a resealable plastic bag and put it in a refrigerator crisper drawer for 45 to 60 days. Check occasionally to see if the towel needs to be remoistened.

Remove seeds from the refrigerator. Fill 2-inch pots with a mixture of half peat and half perlite. Don’t remove seeds from the plastic bag until immediately before planting.

Planting

Things You Will Need

Plant seeds about 1/4 inch below the soil surface. Water thoroughly. Make labels with the name of the cross on them for each pot.

Put pots where they receive bright indirect light all day. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Watch for germination. First, two seed leaves – or cotyledons – will emerge, and then true leaves. When the seedlings have three to four true leaves, transplant each to a 4-inch pot.

Put seedlings in larger pots as roots fill smaller container sizes. Evaluate the seedling as it grows, not only for flower color and form but also for branching, bush size and disease resistance. Discard plants with weak or unhealthy growth or with unattractive flowers. Prepare to wait one or two years to see the first flower. When it is time to transplant your roses outside, Garden Design recommends planting in the spring, after the last frost in your area, or in the fall, at least 6 weeks before the average first frost in your region.

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  • Potential Health Benefits of Hemp Oil
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Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is made from hemp, a cannabis plant like the drug marijuana but containing little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that gets people “high.” Instead of THC, hemp contains cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that has been used to treat everything from epilepsy to anxiety.

Hemp is increasingly popular as a remedy for a range of conditions including skin issues and stress. It may contain properties that contribute to reduced risks of illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease, though additional research is necessary. Hemp oil may also reduce inflammation in the body.

In addition to CBD, Hemp oil contains large amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fats, which are two types of unsaturated fat s, or “good fats,” and all nine essential amino acids, the materials your body uses to make protein. Here’s more information about nutrients in hemp seed oil and how they may benefit your health.

Nutrition Information

Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds. In one serving of hemp seeds (3 tablespoons), you’ll find the following:

  • Calories: 170
  • Calories from fat: 108
  • Total fat: 12 grams
  • Saturated fat: 1 grams
  • Trans fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 0 grams
  • Total carbohydrates: 5 grams
  • Sugars: 1 grams
  • Protein: 10 grams

Hemp seeds also contain these minerals and hemp nutrients:

  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Gamma linolenic acid
  • Arginine
  • Magnesium
  • B vitamins

Many of these nutrients provide the body necessary minerals and also contribute to overall health. Note that hemp seeds contain a significant amount of iron (20 % of your recommended daily diet). This helps prevent iron deficiency, or anemia.

Potential Health Benefits of Hemp Oil

Hemp seed oil is used as a remedy for a range of conditions. Some studies show that its nutrients and minerals can contribute to better skin and heart health as well as reduced inflammation. Here’s a deeper look at what the research says about the potential health benefits of hemp oil:

Improved Cardiovascular Health

The amino acid arginine is present in hempseed oil. Studies have shown that this ingredient contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system. Consuming foods with high arginine levels can help decrease the risk of heart disease.

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In studies, the CBD in hemp oil has been shown to reduce seizures in rare types of childhood epilepsy that are resistant to other treatments, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Regularly taking CBD can also reduce the number of seizures brought on by tuberous sclerosis complex, a condition that causes tumors to form throughout the body.

Reduced Inflammation

Over time, excess inflammation in your body can contribute to a variety of diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and asthma. It has been suggested that gamma linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid found in hemp, acts as an anti-inflammatory. Studies have also linked the omega-3 fatty acids in hemp with reductions in inflammation.

Healthier Skin

Spreading hemp oil on your skin as a topical application can also reduce symptoms and provide relief for several types of skin disorders. One study showed that hemp oil can act as an effective acne treatment, though more research is needed in this area. In addition, consuming hemp seed oil was found to improve symptoms of atopic dermatitis, or eczema, due to the presence of the “good” polyunsaturated fats in the oil.

Potential Risks of Hemp Oil

Although hemp and marijuana come from the same species of cannabis plant, hemp has little to no THC. This means that consuming hemp is legal in the U.S. and will not cause you to become intoxicated or impaired.

In general, hemp seed oil is safe to ingest or use topically, but there are a few things to note if you decide to start taking hemp oil. Pay attention to the following potential risks of hemp oil:

Some people experience skin irritation when using topical oils containing CBD, possibly due to an allergy. Start with using a small amount to see how your skin reacts to it, and keep an eye on any changes.

Digestive Issues

It’s possible that ingesting CBD-containing oils like hemp oil can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea. Again, when you’re first introducing hemp oil into your diet, start small to see how it impacts you. Reactions may be different from person to person.

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Journal of Dermatological Treatment: “Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis.”

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Find out what the research says about hemp oil, who should avoid it, and how it may affect your health.

Hemp oil benefits list

Hemp oil can refer to a full-spectrum oil from the Cannabis sativa plant or hemp seed oil, which is oil that comes from just the seeds of the hemp plant.

There is very little risk of intoxication from hemp oil as all forms of hemp oil come from food-grain strains of hemp. The authors of a study in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research note that food-grain strains of hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound that causes the so-called “high” of marijuana.

Hemp oil is not the same as cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The production of CBD oil uses the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant, which contain a higher concentration of CBD, another potentially beneficial compound in the plant.

Hemp seed oil comes from the small seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. The seeds do not contain the same levels of compounds as the plant itself, but they still have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds.

Full-spectrum hemp oil that also contains plant matter may add other effective compounds, which may help with certain health issues, such as inflammation.

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The oil from the hemp seed is highly nutritious and may be especially helpful for the skin.

The vitamins and fatty acids in this oil may help keep the skin healthy and prevent breakouts.

A 2014 study looking at the lipid profile of hemp seed oil found that it is rich in healthful oils and fatty acids.

The abundance of fatty acids may make the oil an excellent choice for nourishing the skin and protecting it from inflammation, oxidation, and other causes of aging.

The authors of a 2014 review note that the topical application of hemp seed oil strengthens the skin and makes it better able to resist infection. The authors also suggest that hemp seed oil may be a helpful treatment for a range of skin issues, including:

  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • psoriasis
  • varicose eczema
  • lichen planus, an inflammatory skin condition
  • acne rosacea

These benefits are likely to be due to the high quantity of beneficial fats and other helpful compounds in the oil.

The fatty acid content of hemp seed oil may also be good for the brain, which requires plenty of healthful fats to operate properly. Hemp seed oil is also rich in other compounds that may help protect the brain.

A recent study in mice found that a hemp seed extract containing these active compounds was able to help protect the brain against inflammation. The authors note that hemp seed oil contains polyphenols, which may play a role in protecting the brain.

Although these initial results look promising, scientists need to carry out studies in humans to confirm the benefits of this oil.

The comprehensive nutrient profile of hemp seed oil means that it may also be good for the heart. However, much of the information that is currently available comes from older studies or research that uses animal models.

An older study in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism highlights the nutrient profile of hemp seeds and notes that they might have a positive effect on various health issues, such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and cholesterol levels.

A 2014 review concludes that an increase in alpha-linolenic acid, one of the fatty acids in hemp oil, appears to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This fatty acid, which doctors call linolenic acid, is also present in fish oils and flaxseed oil. However, the researchers call for more clinical trials to confirm these results.

Full-spectrum hemp oil also includes plant matter, which adds additional compounds, such as CBD.

Although hemp seeds contain small amounts of these compounds, a higher concentration may bring some additional benefits to the body.

Natural pain relief

Many people use hemp or CBD oil as a form of natural pain relief, especially if the pain is a result of inflammation.

Those who do not want to take over-the-counter or prescription pain medications may turn to a high-quality hemp oil for relief.

A 2018 review notes that CBD, one of the main compounds in full-spectrum hemp oil, and other cannabinoids show promise for the treatment of many types of pain.

However, most of the research to date is on mice.

While the current research suggests that CBD may be a helpful natural treatment for pain, more human studies could give these results more credibility.

The fatty acids in hemp seed oil may help balance the skin and prevent inflammation that can result in acne. The addition of CBD from the plant matter may also help clear acne.

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD may affect the sebum glands in people with chronic acne, leading to reduced sebum production and potentially helping clear or prevent acne breakouts.

Muscle tension

Full-spectrum hemp oil that contains CBD may also help with general stress and tension in the muscles.

Like fatty acids, CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, which may help relieve the tension that many people carry from stress and promote recovery from exercise.

Rubbing a bit of hemp seed oil or full-spectrum hemp oil into tight muscles may help release tension and relax them.

The research on hemp oil is still relatively new, particularly in the United States and other places where restrictive laws have prevented researchers from fully exploring the potential of cannabis plants until recently.

As CBD comes into more common use in an increasing number of areas, research into the potential benefits of full-spectrum hemp oil may expand. As a result, scientists may find more evidence to support the potential benefits of the plant or even reveal new benefits. In any case, the future of research on hemp oil looks promising.

There is also still a small risk of THC getting into the system, even from hemp seeds, which normally contain no THC. The THC could be present as a result of contamination with other plant matter. The results of a 2017 study show that some commercial brands of food-grade hemp seeds can have a THC concentration that is as much as 1,250 percent higher than the legal limit.

It is essential to ensure that hemp seed oil comes from a reliable manufacturer. The seeds and oil should be free of plant matter that may add additional compounds, such as THC.

Last medically reviewed on February 14, 2019

The potential benefits of hemp oil include improved heart, skin, and brain health. Research is ongoing, and it might uncover additional benefits. Learn more about the benefits of hemp oil here.

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How to Make Cannabis Tea: Best Recipes

by Vanya Sharma last updated – August 30, 2020 ✓ Evidence Based

Cannabis tea, also known by other names, such as weed tea, ganja tea, and marijuana tea, is a simple and soothing way to consume weed. However, it is not as simple as just throwing in the buds of weed into hot water and then bringing it to a boil. It requires precision and the right recipe for the required effect. This tea, when prepared correctly, is known to have a longer-lasting effect when compared to smoking weed – and it takes around 30 to 40 minutes to kick in. Given patience and time, weed tea can provide you with a simple and relaxed experience. [1]

How to Make Cannabis Tea?

You can make weed tea in two different ways — either with the buds of the cannabis plant or with the leaves and stems of the marijuana plant. The former is stronger and slightly more intensive, while the latter is a milder tea that is particularly beneficial in getting good sleep. While marijuana or weed remains illegal in many states, its extensive list of health benefits including its inhibitory effects on the body makes it popular worldwide. It is advised that you check your country’s laws regarding marijuana usage before making this tea. [2]

It is also important to note that oftentimes people confuse cannabis tisane with its tea. What is categorized as tea is only something that contains Camellia sinensis /assamica, essentially green tea, in it. An infusion prepared without it and only with the cannabis leaves or flowers will instead be classified as a tisane. Now, let’s take a look at how to prepare it – tea and tisane, both. [3]

You can make weed tea or cannabis tea in two different ways, either with the buds of the cannabis plant or with the leaves and stems of the marijuana plant. Read more!

How To Put Your Cannabis Stems To Good Use

It’s common to hear people associate cannabis stems with low-quality bud, and you might think they’re nothing but a headache. Try saving them next time you find them, though. Whether you want some THC-kissed tea, cannabutter, hash, or even some twine or yarn, the possibilities are nearly endless if you save them and know what to do.

Repurpose your cannabis stems to make the most of your crop!

  • 1. What to do with your marijuana stems?
  • 1.a. Smoking
  • 1.b. Charas
  • 1.c. Kief
  • 1.d. Bubble Hash
  • 2. Don’t forget decarboxylation
  • 2.a. Tea and chai
  • 2.b. Marijuana liqueur
  • 2.c. THC butter and other edibles
  • 3. Topicals
  • 4. Arts and crafts
  • 4.a. Paper
  • 4.b. Weaving small
  • 4.c. Weaving big
  • 4.d. Mulch
  • 5. Put your humble weed stems to good use
  • 1. What to do with your marijuana stems?
  • 1.a. Smoking
  • 1.b. Charas
  • 1.c. Kief
  • 1.d. Bubble Hash
  • 2. Don’t forget decarboxylation
  • 2.a. Tea and chai
  • 2.b. Marijuana liqueur
  • 2.c. THC butter and other edibles
  • 3. Topicals
  • 4. Arts and crafts
  • 4.a. Paper
  • 4.b. Weaving small
  • 4.c. Weaving big
  • 4.d. Mulch
  • 5. Put your humble weed stems to good use

If you’re not the type to grind up your stems with your bud, you’ve either got a garbage bag full of them or an impressive collection. If you’re in the former group, we’ve got some information that might make you reconsider. If you’re in the latter, though, today just might be your lucky day.

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR MARIJUANA STEMS?

You see, those stems are a lot more than scraps to throw out when grinding your cannabis flower. In fact, if you store up enough, you can get plenty lifted off those alone. And, if you don’t want to get high, you can even give them a second life as arts and crafts items, or even mulch! How? We’ll cover the details as we go along.

SMOKING

The simplest solution, although it’s the least recommended, is to grind your stems up and smoke them. This is always a harsh experience, and the smoke contains many unwanted compounds from the cellulose in the stems. The cellulose also makes stems burn extremely hot—more than enough to burn your throat and lungs. Again, it is not recommended, so please be careful. Very few people do this, but for some reason, some decide to light them up.

SMOKING

CHARAS

Hash doesn’t get much more hands-on than this. To obtain charas, start by rubbing your stems between your hands. After that, rub your hands together over a container to get a whisker of hash. It won’t be much in that moment. However, work through 100 grams of stems with average THC content, and you may be impressed at what you’ve managed to gather. The end result is a multi-flavoured pile of hash that’s as old-school as it gets.

If you want to get this process started, just take your stems, break them down, and throw them into a resealable plastic bag. Place this bag in your freezer, and let it sit until you’ve got more to add. When you add to the collection, give the bag a healthy shake. Each time you shake, the now-frozen resin crystals will begin to detach from the stem fragments. Slowly but surely, you’ll build up an impressive pile at the bottom of the bag. Once you sift out the stems, you’ll have a whole bunch of kief ready to smoke!

BUBBLE HASH

Similarly, if you want some quality bubble hash, the first step is freezing the stems. Rather than shaking, though, you’ll be throwing these in a blender. Use the blender method recipe from our full guide to making hash—just replace “flowers” with “stems”. If you follow all the right instructions, repeating the process about 4–5 times, quality bubble hash will be in your future.

DON’T FORGET DECARBOXYLATION

Before anything, if you want to make use of the THC content of your stems, decarboxylation is key. It might seem like a confusing process based off the name, but it really just means you’re heating them up to a certain point. This process creates the easily absorbable and immediately psychoactive THC from its precursor chemical, THCA. This, in turn, makes the stems perfect for tinctures, hash, extracts, and edibles.

To decarboxylate, evenly spread your stems on an oven tray and place in the oven at 110°C (or 100°C for a fan-assisted oven) for 60 minutes. Once decarboxylated, your stems are ready to go!

TEA AND CHAI

To get started, you’ll need a healthy handful of stems that have not been rubbed for hash. Start off by putting 450ml of water and a tablespoon of coconut oil into a small saucepan. Chop and add your stems and slowly bring to a gentle, but not rolling, boil, stirring continuously. Let them boil like this for 7 or 8 minutes, as the fluid needs to reduce. Strain out your stems, let the mixture cool for a bit, and enjoy!

Plain cannabis tea can taste a bit rough, though, so you might consider adding herbs and sweeteners to your beverage. For tea, mints, lemon, honey, sugar, or any flavoured tea bag can mask the taste. If you’re making chai, adding cardamom pods, pepper, and ginger for that traditional zing makes it a tasty and tingly delight.

TEA AND CHAI

MARIJUANA LIQUEUR

Whiskeys, vodkas, or tequilas that are 40% alcohol or more can all dissolve the resin of cannabis. We’ve got a great recipe for cannabis-infused vodka here, but it’s quite a simple process overall.

Decant your chosen alcohol into a mason jar to allow for easier access. Let the stems sit in there for a week or so at a time. By the time you’ve got another handful of stems ready to add, the old ones will have released their treasures into the mix.

For potency to build, this little project may take a few months and a few handfuls of stems. By the end of the process, though, you’ll have a strong cross-fade in one convenient, potent drink.

THC BUTTER AND OTHER EDIBLES

If you have enough broken-down stems to fill up half a saucepan, then THC-infused butter is on the menu! Replacing stems for buds in this cannabutter recipe will produce a similar product, but with a much milder effect. Where the recipe suggests “28g of flowers”, replace with “as many chopped stems as possible”. Using your butter in culinary creations will add a nice buzz to any course.

TOPICALS

Perhaps one of the most unconventional ways to enjoy cannabis are weed-infused topicals, which have become quite popular over the past couple of years. Along with moisturising your skin, cannabis-infused lotions and creams can help care for your muscles in a new way. They’re also a wonder for supple joints, along with tackling sensitive, red skin especially well. Thankfully, we’ve already got a recipe for cannabis lotion! Note, however, that you’ll be replacing “15–30g of flowers” with 2–3x the amount of stems, or the closest you can get.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

You might not think about it often, but there’s a good bit more you can do with cannabis outside of enjoying its effects. It’s a natural plant material like any other, and that means it can see a lot of use in arts and crafts!

ARTS AND CRAFTS

PAPER

It might sound unconventional at first, but remember that hemp is one of the main alternatives to wood-based paper. Considering that, stem-based paper is far from odd, albeit a bit coarse.

The most challenging part of making paper is first making a vat. This can be pantyhose stretched over a wire armature, or old fly-wire screen stapled to a wooden frame. The idea is to have a flat, permeable surface that will let the water in the pulp drain away.

Then, in a blender, combine an equal amount of stems and regular paper. Add enough water for the mixture to move and blend freely. When the mix is a slurry with minimal bits left intact, pour it out evenly onto the vat. Gently shake the vat until the pulp is evenly spread. If you’re making a larger piece of paper, you’ll need a squeegee to get things even. Leave this to drain and dry. After 24 hours, gently peel your paper away and hang it out to dry. Trim to your needs, and enjoy!

WEAVING SMALL

Even on the small scale, stems and small stalks can be stripped of their outer fibre. This process, called decorticating, involves one of the most sophisticated tools out there: your hands. Held together by a cellulose matrix, these fibres need to be rubbed between the fingers to be separated into individual strands. These individual lengths of fibres can be twisted into tough lengths of raw twine. If you save up enough, you’ve got tons of creative possibilities! Might we suggest a tasteful homemade bracelet?

WEAVING BIGGER

The possibilities get even wider, though, if you’re a home grower with even more stems lying around. When you strip trunks and main branches of their much longer fibres, you can start making decorations, baskets, and even yarn if you work at it long enough!

MULCH

Capping things off, you can even use your stems to grow yourself some more cannabis! Specifically, you can use a wood chipper (or another processing method) to turn the stems into a reliable mulch. This will protect the soil under it, making sure plants keep as much of their rainwater as possible. There’s a lot more information to cover when it comes to properly applying mulch in the growing process, but we hope to have sparked your interest in the idea!

PUT YOUR HUMBLE WEED STEMS TO GOOD USE

See? There’s no need to get mad at the humble stem! There’s a world of use to be found if you’ve got the right supplies, and you can even get high on them if you play your cards right! We hope this has helped you appreciate just how versatile the cannabis plant can be!

You might think cannabis stems are a waste. On the contrary, there are quite a few ways to put them to good use! Find out how inside.

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Preserving Cannabis Genetics: How to Collect and Store Seeds and Pollen

Sometimes a grower has to move on from a certain strain. Maybe you’ve been growing the same strain for a long time and it no longer makes as much money as it used to, or maybe you just want to mix it up and start growing something else and don’t have the space for it.

It can be bittersweet saying goodbye to old genetics, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. You can take clones or keep a mother plant, but those aren’t ideal because they require a lot of care and maintenance, especially if they aren’t producing flower.

Fortunately, preserving genetics for long-term storage is easy and will save time, money, and space in the long run. Through seed and pollen collection, you can hang onto those genetics that you can’t fully get rid of and safely store them for future use.

The Benefits of Long-Term Storage

Cannabis genetics are often sourced from external companies and organizations such as nurseries and seed banks. For the individual grower, saving seeds and pollen removes this reliance on external companies. This is especially true with pollen, as very few (if any) companies offer pollen to the public.

Saving space is a big reason to consider long-term storage of seeds and pollen. Mother plants lay dormant in a vegetative state and take up lots of space. Maintaining this extra space is time-consuming and takes extra resources like water, soil, nutrients, light, and other costly elements, all for something that doesn’t produce flower. Even keeping clones of an old strain around will take up space and resources.

A grower or breeder can also freeze the progress of a breeding project for months or years without losing any of the long, hard work. Endeavors such as phenotype hunting and maintaining desired mothers for breeding and cloning can all be saved for later through genetic preservation. This process is like backing up work on a hard drive.

How to Collect Seeds

Cannabis is for the most part dioecious, meaning that the male and female reproductive organs exist on two separate plants (although hermaphroditic plants do occur). It is also a wind-pollinated plant, so pollen must be transferred from a male stamen to a female pistil via the air in order for pollination to occur and seeds to form.

A female cannabis plant that has received pollen from a male will produce many seeds over the course of its maturation cycle. Upon senescence, when the female plant is fully mature and ready for harvest, its seeds will be ready for stratification and collection.

To collect seeds, it’s important to wait until they are fully mature and ready for harvest. Cannabis with seeds takes longer to mature than cannabis that only produces flower.

To tell if a seed is mature, take a look at its shape and color. Premature seeds will be small and light in color, taking on a beige hue. Fully mature cannabis seeds are more full in shape and size and have a much darker brown hue, sometimes accented by black tiger stripes.

Deseeding cannabis can be done by hand or machine. This process typically takes place after the plant has been dried for one to two weeks after harvest. This way, seeds will have reached their maximum maturity and plant material will be brittle enough to break apart with minimal effort.

When collecting seed by hand, use a fine screen to help catch trichomes that will break off during the process. This material is valuable and it would be a shame to waste.

To release the seeds, simply break up the dried buds over a screen and they will fall out. You can release the seeds en masse by rubbing the flower between your fingers and lightly breaking it apart.

Separate or sift seeds over the screen to remove any unwanted plant matter from the seeds themselves. Brush off the seeds—they should be completely free of any remaining plant material such as leaves, stem, or trichomes, as these elements put seeds at a higher risk for contamination and spoilage during long-term storage.

Collecting Pollen

Male cannabis plants will produce pollen several weeks into their flowering cycle. Once their pollen sacs have opened up and released, the plant will begin to senesce and eventually die. It is important to collect pollen right as the sacs are beginning to open up, as this is the time pollen is most viable.

The best way to harvest pollen for storage is to remove an entire male flower cluster and place it in a sealed storage container for several days. After the cluster has dried, place it over a micron screen with parchment or wax paper underneath, and give it a light shake. This will allow the pollen to separate from any remaining plant matter and fall through the screen and onto the wax paper.

Moisture is a death sentence for pollen viability. Because of this, many breeders opt to mix flour into their pollen at a ratio of 4:1 (flour to pollen) when storing it long-term. This additional step will help keep pollen dry for a longer period of time.

Seed and Pollen Storage

Long-term storage requirements for seeds and pollen are similar. Both require cool, dark, dry, and oxygen-deprived environments for optimal preservation.

When storing seeds, place them in an air-sealed container that doesn’t have any light leaks. Film canisters, medicine bottles (non-translucent), and any sealable storage jar will work fine. The idea is to reduce the amount of oxygen present in the storage space as much as possible. You can also add uncooked rice to the storage container, which acts as an absorbent, to reduce moisture content.

For a cool environment, store seeds in either the refrigerator or freezer. Seeds need a consistent temperature without fluctuation to remain dormant long-term.

As mentioned above, the best way to reduce moisture in pollen is to mix it with flour. For long-term storage, it can be kept in a sealed vial or freezer bag. You can keep it in the refrigerator or freezer, though for optimal long-term storage, the colder the better.

The Shelf Life of Seeds and Pollen

You can expect cannabis seeds that have been sealed and properly stored to last for several years, and in many cases, longer. Seeds may be dormant, but they are still alive. Over enough time, they will lose their viability.

It’s important to continually practice germination testing to be sure your stored seeds haven’t lost all viability. To test this, periodically plant a seed and document its ability to germinate.

Fresh seeds should have a germination rate close to a 100%, whereas older seeds will see a significant drop off over time in their ability to germinate.

Out in the open, pollen may be viable for one or two weeks under normal conditions. However, when frozen and sealed, it can last up to a year and even longer. Pollen is more unstable than seed and even under the most optimal conditions, it isn’t expected to have as long of a shelf life.

For both seeds and pollen that have been frozen long-term, it’s important to avoid defrosting until they are ready to be used. Fluctuations in temperature and moisture content will quickly destroy their viability, so maintain a steady temperature for as long as possible. Warming and freezing multiple times isn’t good.

When it comes time to use frozen seeds, remove them from their container and let them sit out on a dry surface for several hours. Letting the seeds reach room temperature will help ensure a successful germination.

Pollen should also be placed at room temperature before using. Since pollen can be much messier to handle, it’s best to carefully transfer a sample from its long-term storage container to a fresh container before using it to pollinate a plant. This way, you don’t have to use all of the pollen and saved pollen can go back in the freezer with minimal exposure to warm air.

Can’t fully get rid of that cannabis strain you grew for so long? Learn how to store seeds and pollen to clear space in your garden and hang onto those favorite genetics for another day.

Cannabis seeds 101: How to grow marijuana from seed

Cannabis is grown from one of two sources: a seed or a clone. Seeds carry genetic information from two parent plants and can express many different combinations of traits: some from the mother, some from the father, and some traits from both.

In commercial cannabis production, generally, growers will plant many seeds of one strain and choose the best plant. They will then take clones from that individual plant, which allows for consistent genetics for mass production.

If cannabis is legal in your state, you can buy seeds or clones from a local dispensary, or online through various seed banks.

Cannabis seeds vs. clones

For the typical homegrower, it may be easier to obtain cannabis seeds rather than clones. Growing from seed can produce a stronger plant with more solid genetics.

Plants grown from seed can be more hearty as young plants when compared to clones, mainly because seeds have a strong taproot. You can plant seeds directly into an outdoor garden in early spring, even in cool, wet climates.

If growing outside, some growers prefer to germinate seeds inside because they are delicate in the beginning stages of growth. Indoors, you can give weed seedlings supplemental light to help them along, and then transplant them outside when big enough.

Most seeds that you will buy are regular seeds as described above, but here are a couple more types.

How weed seeds work

Cannabis can be either male or female—also called “dioecious”—but only females produce the buds we all know and love. For reproduction, males have pollen sacs and pollinate females, causing female flowers to produce seeds.

Once cannabis seeds are mature, the female plant begins to die, and seeds are either dropped to the ground where they grow into new cannabis plants next spring, or the seeds are harvested for processing into seed oil or food products, or stored so they can be sown in the ground later and become the next generation of plants.

To get the buds found in medical and recreational stores, female cannabis plants are grown in an environment without males—or the males are removed from the area before they release pollen—so the females don’t create seeds. Females can then focus their energies on producing buds and not seeds—this high-potency marijuana is traditionally known as “sinsemilla,” meaning “seedless.”

Some varieties of cannabis can produce male parts alongside female flowers on the same plant, especially if exposed to environmental stressors. These plants are known as hermaphrodites, and sometimes they can self-pollinate to create seeds.

Pros and cons of using cannabis seeds

Check out Johanna’s full video series on how to grow weed on Leafly’s YouTube .

If buying from a reputable breeder or seed bank, growing from seed is the best way to ensure your plants will have solid genetics and start clean, meaning they won’t come with diseases or pests.

Also, buying from a reputable breeder or seed bank will give you a sense of what a particular strain will look and smell like, how it will grow, and how much it will yield at harvest.

The main drawback to growing from seed is there is no guarantee as to what you’ll end up with—if you buy a regular pack of cannabis seeds, it will be a mix of males and females. You’ll need to sex them out (more below) to identify the males and get rid of them, because you don’t want your females producing seeds.

Sexing marijuana plants can be a time-consuming process, and if you don’t catch males, there is a risk that even one males can pollinate your entire crop, causing all of your female weed plants to produce seeds.

One way to avoid sexing plants is to buy feminized seeds (more below), which ensures every seed you plant will be a bud-producing female.

You can also minimize headaches and avoid the hassle of seed germination and sexing plants by starting with clones.

How weed clones work

Aside from producing cannabis through seeds, or sexual reproduction, you can also reproduce the plant through cloning, or asexual reproduction. A clone is a cutting that is genetically identical to the plant it was taken from—that plant is known as the “mother.”

Pros and cons of using cannabis clones

Through cloning, you can create a new harvest with exact replicas of your favorite plant. Because genetics are identical, a clone will give you a plant with the same characteristics as the mother, such as flavor, cannabinoid profile, yield, grow time, etc. So if you come across a specific strain or phenotype you really like, you might want to clone it to reproduce more buds that have the same effects and characteristics.

With cloning, you don’t have to get new seeds every time you want to grow another plant—you just take a cutting of the old plant—and you don’t have to germinate seeds or sex them out and get rid of the males.

One drawback of clones is they need to be taken during the vegetative stage of a plant—flower is too late—so if you have a small setup with only one light, it can be hard to keep clones alive while flowering other plants, because the two need different amounts of light.

Another drawback to clones is they can take on negative traits from the mother plant as well. If the mother has a disease, attracts pests, or grows weak branches, its clones will probably have the same issues.

Additionally, every long-time grower will tell you that clones degrade over time.

What are feminized cannabis seeds?

Feminized cannabis seeds will produce only female plants for getting buds, so there is no need to remove males or worry about female plants getting pollinated. Feminized seeds are produced by causing the monoecious condition in a female cannabis plant—the resulting seeds are nearly identical to the self-pollinated female parent, as only one set of genes is present.

This is sometimes referred to as “cloning by seed” and will not produce any male plants. This is achieved through several methods:

  • By spraying the plant with a solution of colloidal silver, a liquid containing tiny particles of silver
  • Through a method known as rodelization, in which a female plant pushed past maturity can pollinate another female
  • Spraying seeds with gibberellic acid, a hormone that triggers germination (this is much less common)

Most experienced or commercial growers will not use feminized seeds because they only contain one set of genes, and these should never be used for breeding purposes. However, a lot of beginning growers start with feminized seeds because they eliminate the worry of having to deal with male plants.

Top feminized cannabis strain families

A lot of classic weed strains that have been around for a while come in feminized form. Some popular fem seeds are:

  • OG Kush
  • Haze
  • Afghan
  • GSC (Cookies)
  • Skunk
  • Cheese
  • Gelato

What are autoflowering cannabis seeds?

Autoflowering seeds are also popular with beginning growers. They are easy to grow because you don’t have to worry about light cycles and how much light a plant receives.

Most cannabis plants begin flowering when the amount of light they receive on a daily basis reduces. Outdoors, this happens when the sun starts setting earlier in the day as the season turns from summer to autumn. Indoor growers can control when a plant flowers by reducing the daily amount of light plants receive from 18 hours to 12 hours.

However, a type of cannabis called Cannabis ruderalis, which developed in extreme northern conditions without much sunlight, will begin flowering once the plant reaches a certain age—they automatically start flowering regardless of the amount of light they receive, hence the name “autoflower.”

Pros and cons of growing autoflower

Because they grow and flower quicker, growers can fit in multiple autoflower cannabis harvests into the span of one regular harvest.

Autoflowers can be started in early spring and will flower during the longest days of summer, taking advantage of high quality light to get bigger yields. Or, if you get a late start in the growing season, you can start autoflowers in May or June and harvest in the fall.

Also, autoflower plants are small—perfect for closet grows or any small grow, or growing outdoors where you don’t want your neighbors to see what you’re up to.

A couple big drawbacks, though: Autoflower strains are known for being less potent. Also, because they are small in stature, they usually don’t produce big yields.

However, potency in autoflowering varieties has increased significantly since their initial introduction, with some breeders crossbreeding the low-THC ruderalis with other more potent varieties.

Tips for growing autoflower marijuana seeds

Autoflowering strains require some preparation, as they will grow quickly and start to flower whether or not you’re ready for them.

Climate considerations

Many marijuana growers start autoflowers early in the season, and at a different time than a regular crop, so keep the season and climate in mind when growing and harvesting—your plants still need warmth to grow, and rain can give them bud rot. Consider growing in a greenhouse to protect them.

Training plants

Because training happens during vegetative growth, for autoflowering plants, this period could be as short as a few weeks, which means time is limited. Try topping your autoflowers after they have three nodes, and stop once they begin to flower. You will want to prune them lightly.

Go easy on nutrients

Autoflowers don’t need lots of nutrients because they’re small and don’t spend much time in the vegetative cycle. They won’t need as much veg nutrients—such as nitrogen—but will need more bloom nutrients.

What are high-CBD cannabis seeds?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the chemical components—known collectively as cannabinoids—found in the cannabis plant. Over the years, humans have selected plants for high-THC content, making cannabis with high levels of CBD rare. The genetic pathways through which THC is synthesized by the plant are different than those for CBD production.

Cannabis used for hemp production has been selected for other traits, including a low THC content, so as to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill. Consequently, many varieties of hemp produce significant quantities of CBD.

As interest in CBD as a medicine has grown, many breeders have crossed high-CBD hemp with cannabis. These strains have little or no THC, 1:1 ratios of THC and CBD, or some have a high-THC content along with significant amounts of CBD (3% or more).

Seeds for these varieties are now widely available online and through dispensaries. It should be noted, however, that any plant grown from these seeds is not guaranteed to produce high levels of CBD, as it takes many years to create a seed line that produces consistent results. A grower looking to produce cannabis with a certain THC to CBD ratio will need to grow from a tested and proven clone or seed.

How to germinate marijuana seeds

Germination is the process in which a seed sprouts and begins to grow into a new plant. Also referred to as “popping,” germination is the very first step in starting your weed grow.

Marijuana seeds can be acquired from an array of sources and can vary in quality. For more info on how to buy marijuana seeds, check out our Guide to buying cannabis seeds.

Cannabis seeds require three things to germinate: water, heat, and air. There are many methods to germinate seeds, but for the most common and simplest method, you will need:

  • Two clean plates
  • Four paper towels
  • Seeds
  • Distilled water

Step 1

Take four sheets of paper towels and soak them with distilled water. The towels should be soaked but shouldn’t have excess water running off.

Step 2

Take two of the paper towels and place them on a plate. Then, place the marijuana seeds at least an inch apart from each other and cover them with the remaining two water-soaked paper towels.

Step 3

To create a dark, protected space, take another plate and flip it over to cover the seeds, like a dome.

Step 4

Make sure the area the seeds are in is warm, somewhere between 70-85°F.

After completing these steps, it’s time to wait. Check the paper towels once a day to make sure they’re still saturated, and if they are losing moisture, apply more water to keep the seeds happy.

Some seeds germinate very rapidly while others can take a while, but generally, seeds should germinate in 3-10 days. If it’s been two weeks and a seed hasn’t sprouted, it’s probably a dud and won’t sprout.

A seed has germinated once the seed splits and a single sprout appears. The sprout is the taproot, which will become the main stem of the plant, and seeing it is a sign of successful germination.

It’s important to keep the delicate seed sterile, so don’t touch the seed or taproot as it begins to split.

Transplanting germinated cannabis seeds

Once you see the taproot, it’s time to transfer your germinated seed into its growing medium, such as soil.

  • Fill a 4-inch or one-gallon pot with loose, airy potting soil
  • Water the soil before you put the seed in; it should be wet but not drenched
  • Poke a hole in the soil with a pen or pencil—the rule of thumb is: make the hole twice as deep as the seed is wide
  • Using a pair of tweezers, gently place the seed in the hole with the taproot facing down
  • Lightly cover it with soil

Keep a close eye on the temperature and moisture level of the soil to keep the seed happy. It’s very delicate at this stage. Use a spray bottle to water it—over-watering can suffocate and kill the delicate sprout.

Within a week or so you should see a seedling begin to grow from the soil.

Germinating cannabis seeds doesn’t always go as planned. Some seeds will be duds. Others will be slow and take longer to sprout. But some will pop quickly and grow rapidly.

This is the beauty of seeds—often, you can tell which plants or genetics will thrive right from the get-go. This will help you determine which plants you want to take cuttings from for clones or for breeding if you want to create a seed bank of your own.

How to sex a pot plant

Check out Johanna’s full video series on how to grow weed on Leafly’s YouTube .

As we’ve mentioned, cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning male and female reproductive organs appear on different plants.

Because only female cannabis plants produce buds and you want them to focus all their energy on producing buds and not seeds, it’s important to identify and get rid of male weed plants so they don’t pollinate females. If females are pollinated, it will give you buds filled with seeds, making your weed harsh and unpleasant.

Cultivating males is important for breeders trying to cross new strains and genetics, but most people growing for buds will want to remove the males.

As mentioned above, you can skip the processing of sexing weed plants by growing with feminized seeds or clones.

If growing male and female cannabis seeds, they’ll start to show their sex organs, or “pre-flowers,” after 8-10 weeks from germination.

Cannabis plant sex organs appear on nodes, the points where branches grow off from the main stalk.

Males will have round balls—these will develop into pollen sacs, which will release pollen into the air when mature.

Females will have a round structure with long hairs—these hairs will develop into pistils, which will catch pollen in the air.

Pre-flowers can initially be extremely small and hard to identify with the naked eye, but you can use a magnifying glass to get a better look.

Can I grow a seed I found in a bag of weed?

Finding a cannabis seed in your stash is not ideal, but we’ve all been there before. Although much less common than it once was, it still happens. Sometimes you’ll notice one when grinding down some flower, or you’ll see one pop, spark, and crackle from the heat of a lit bowl.

These are referred to as “bagseeds” and whether or not you can grow one will depend on where it came from.

Is a bagseed good or bad?

Seeds found in finished cannabis buds can develop for a number of reasons. For example, a male plant may have accidentally pollinated a flowering female during the growing process. But more commonly, they’re a sign of stress and can be attributed to high temperatures during the final stages of flowering or an exaggerated spike in climate or environment.

Seeds can also form in plants with genetic disorders or instability, like hermaphrodites—plants that develop both male and female reproductive parts. Generally, stress and genetic disorders are viewed as bad, so temper expectations with any plant you start from a bagseed.

But sometimes you get lucky and find a mature seed in some really nice herb. Strains like the legendary Chemdog wouldn’t be possible without adventurous smokers planting and proliferating the seeds they found in a bag of kind bud.

So don’t discount bud because it has a seed or two in it. While not ideal, it could be the origins of the next great weed strain.

Ask yourself a few questions to decide if it’s worth the time and energy to grow the seed.

Was the seed found in good weed?

If you don’t like the flavor, effects, or even the look of the bud, then it’s probably not worth growing.

Are you ready to grow?

Growing marijuana takes a certain level of commitment: time, energy, and financial resources, so be sure you can commit to the whole process.

Is the seed viable?

For a seed to be viable, it must be mature enough to have a completely formed genetic blueprint, and it must be strong enough to germinate and pop through its hard casing and sprout its crucial taproot.

There are a few indicators that will give you a sense of whether the seed is worth germinating.

  • Tiger stripes—dark stripes on the seed which resemble veins on a leaf are generally good
  • Solid shell—a seed should be able to withstand a little pressure when pinched between your fingers; if it crumbles or cracks, it’s no good

Immature seeds tend to be light in color and have a soft outer shell.

In some cases, even if a seed isn’t completely mature, there’s still a chance it could be viable. But often these are extremely weak, take long to develop, and express other unfavorable characteristics. Growers usually discard weak plants to free up space.

You might also find a mature seed that has been physically damaged through poor handling, like rough trimming. In those cases, it probably isn’t worth the effort to try and germinate the seed.

But if the seed you found looks decent, you might as well germinate it and see what sprouts.

Time to germinate

Viable or not, there’s only one sure way to find out if a bagseed will grow. If you’re simply curious to learn and not as concerned with the overall outcome, you can plant a couple of bagseeds outside and see what happens.

If you’re ready for a more serious approach, make sure you have the space for a proper garden and pop the seeds to see what fruit they bear.

Even if your seed sprouts fast and grows vigorously, it still has roughly a 50/50 chance of being female and producing buds, instead of turning out to be a male.

Remember, once a seed germinates, the real work begins. Sexing, selecting, vegetative growth, flowering, and the eventual harvest all lie ahead.

How to buy cannabis seeds

Cannabis seeds can be found on numerous online seed banks, but note that it is illegal to bring seeds into the US and Customs will seize any cannabis seeds that they find in packages or on a person. In legal and medical states, you may purchase seeds at a dispensary.

Will Hyde and Trevor Hennings contributed to this article.

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