Fortunately, cannabis seeds are now easier to find and purchase than ever before. With many top-notch seed banks making a wide variety of feminized and autoflower seeds available alongside regular seeds, it’s very easy to buy cannabis seeds online or in brick-and-mortar stores. That being said, the way you go about buying marijuana seeds is still very dependent on the laws in your area. But before you plunk down your hard-earned dough for something to grow, there are several things you need to consider. From legal concerns to strain choices to indoor vs outdoor, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know to purchase cannabis seeds.
Autoflowering seeds have been genetically designed to produce a plant that automatically flowers without you needing to be fully on top of altering the light your plant receives. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
There is a seemingly endless variety of cannabis strains now in existence. Before buying cannabis seeds you need to know what kind of weed you want to grow. Start by figuring out if you want to grow an indica-dominant, sativa-dominant, or hybrid strain. Indica-dominant plants tend to be short and bushy with thick stems and broad, deep-green leaves. They also have short flowering cycles and grow well in cold climates with short growing seasons. Sativa plants have longer flowering cycles, fare better in warm climates with long seasons, and usually grow taller with light-green, narrow leaves.
In many ways, buying high-quality seeds is very much like buying other items related to cannabis. Even in places where weed is legal, seeds are generally considered cannabis products the same as flower, edibles, oils, and anything else coming from the cannabis plant. For that reason, always pay very close attention to the legal status of marijuana seeds in your area.
Growing indoor seeds gives you the ability to control and fine-tune the growing climate for your plants. You may feel more confident trying new seeds or difficult cultivars because you can adjust the environment as needed.
Dispensary staff should be able to give you information on the seeds they’re selling, but keep in mind that a lot of dispensaries focus on selling flower and end-products. It’s a good idea to call ahead and talk to staff to see if they are knowledgeable about seeds and can give you specific information on growing.
Although this option is only available to people living in states with medical and adult-use legalization, buying marijuana seeds at the dispensary is far more straightforward. However, your options are more limited.
Which strain should I grow?
If you grow some seeds and like the results, try growing another strain from that same breeder and see how it goes.
You can also do some research and find an online grow journal that details the whole growing process of a specific strain from a particular breeder. Through these, you’ll be able to look over another grower’s specific notes and see pictures of the final results.
If you buy a packet of regular seeds, they’ll come with a mix of males and females. A lot of cultivators prefer to grow these because they haven’t been backcrossed—essentially inbred—as much as feminized or autoflower seeds. You’ll need to sex out the seeds once their reproductive organs show during the flowering phase and discard the males—because they don’t produce buds and will pollenate females, resulting in seeded flowers.
Believe it or not, many cannabis businesses have also begun offering a loyalty points system. If you’re planning on buying again, it can save you a few bucks.
Buying cannabis seeds from online seed banks is like buying a lot of things. You may have to research seed banks and their reputations at first. Once you find something you like, there’s less work involved.
There’s no simple answer when it comes to buying cannabis seeds online. You are very unlikely to run into legal problems if you do buy cannabis seeds online. Instead, the worry is more likely going to be getting what you paid for. There are two main concerns when buying from online seed banks.
How to choose high-quality marijuana seeds
With regular cannabis plants, the amount and timing of light the plant receives have to be controlled to produce the best bud. Auto-flowering seeds will flower without the light being closely managed.
Customer service can extend beyond the purchase, too. Some seed banks have information about growing. Some many help direct you to the best strains for you.
Each seed bank will have its spin on the business and may have some specialties. Mix packs of cannabis seeds can be a good way to sample the things they are particularly proud of. It might be a good idea to pick a couple of seed banks and order small amounts from them.
Avoiding those pitfalls shouldn’t be too difficult. Knowing what you’re looking for is a great first step. Checking out the reputation of online seed banks is also a requirement.