It is where it all begins, it is where the journey starts! From seed to harvest, as they say: “The Humble Little Cannabis Seed“.
In order to reproduce, the flower of a female plant must be pollinated by a male plant after which the female flower produces seeds. Once the seeds are mature, the female plant begins to die, and seeds are either dropped to the ground where they germinate and grow into new cannabis plants the next spring.
Or they are harvested for processing into hemp seed oil, food products, or to be sown to become the next generation of plants. In this article, we are going to cover ten (10) interesting things to learn about cannabis seeds that you might not have known.
1. Different Names For Cannabis Seeds
So, with cannabis, we have a ton of different names for it, such as marijuana, weed, grass, pot and so on and things are like cannabis seeds, albeit with far less choice. In no particular order, you may hear them being described as:
- Canna Beans
- Regs / Regulars
If you have any to add, let us know in the comments. This is sure to change as the years go by, the world of cannabis has some marvelous vocabulary tied in with it and this will evolve with the naming of seeds too.
2. The Seed Itself
Cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning its female and male reproductive organs are found on separate individuals.
Female cannabis plants are grown in an environment without males to produce what we find in medical and recreational stores: seedless, high potency marijuana flowers, traditionally known as “sinsemilla.”
“Canna Beans” are ready to plant and grow once they germinate, or once the root has broken through the seed. There are various forms of seeds such as regular, feminized and auto-flowering. Let’s explain the difference between them.
3. Regular, Feminized & Auto Flowers – Know The Difference
- Regular Seeds: Produce both male and female plants. Sometimes considered to be attractive to the cannabis purists amongst us.
- Feminized Seeds: Essentially guarantees the development of a female plant. With regular seeds, you may be cultivating males without knowing it.
- Auto-Flowering Seeds: They flower in less time and generally take less care than growing a fem’. They tend to be easy to grow indoors, which makes them an attractive buy.
4. Germinating Cannabis Seeds
This point is only valid for those who live in a location that permits growing. For those of you who ever so patiently have bought seeds as souvenirs in the past, you can bookmark this for when laws change in your country.
Germination is the process of starting the growth of the new cannabis plant. This process can also be called “popping” – and starts when the seed is exposed to water and light.
The root will elongate and leave the shell where the process continues…
5. Current Cannabis Seed Laws
As we speak, cannabis is going through a huge shift from being classed as an illegal substance to becoming legal in some areas for both medical and recreational use.
The laws differ all over but as of now it may or may not be legal to sell, purchase or possess cannabis seeds in certain states. Seed banks outside the United States can sell them as souvenirs, although these may be seized by customs if you’re trying to import them.
6. Cannabis Seed Storage
It’s super important to look after your seeds properly and store them in the best possible condition to ensure maximum success in your growing efforts. Here are the three (3) main tips for storage:
- Keep those seeds cool
- Keep your seeds in the dark, out of harm’s way
- Keep those seeds nice and dry
To dig a little deeper on those explanations, read this post on The Vault Cannabis Seed Store website.
7. Cannabis Seed Brand Names
The names you should become familiar with in the cannabis industry are Barney’s Farm, Dutch Passion, Dinafem, Royal Queen Seeds, Seedsman, Sensi Seeds and more. These brand names have stemmed from new strains and interesting products across the legal cannabis market.
8. Interesting Strain Names
There are some real belters out there, how about this list:
- Alaskan Thunderf*ck
- Green Crack
- Barck O Bubba
- Charlie Sheen
- Laughing Grass
- Good Sh!t
And new names are added constantly…
9. Where Can I Get Cannabis Seeds
Again, this boils down to your location, but in simple terms, you can buy them from a physical store and/or online. The online market is very saturated so there are numerous seed stores and seed banks to choose from.
You can either go direct if you know you’re keen on strains from the one breeder, but if you want to widen your horizons with your order then perhaps a seed store is your best option.
Most send globally so always keep an eye out for special offers too. Make sure all prizes are in breeders packaging too, to make sure you’re getting the real thing.
10. Medical Cannabis Seeds
Medical seeds are just “seeds” of course, but they contain the properties needed to become “medical cannabis” – essentially, a Cannabidiol (or CBD) dense product. CBD is in vogue right now and it is being used in multiple different products.
A seed with 1:1 CBD to Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) is balanced equally between both. You can go to a level of 18:1 in favor of CBD to ensure you’re not getting the psychoactive component.
There are many great qualities to be found in cannabis and its seeds. It really can be considered a hobby when you get into it as there are so many fascinating things to learn and apply to make cannabis seeds. It’s a bit like being a gardener but instead of growing vegetables to heal yourself you’re growing a plant to get healed or get happy.[Editorial Note: This post was brought to you by The Vault Cannabis Seed Store. The vault stock and sell cannabis seeds from the world’s best breeders, they’re based in the United Kingdom and Spain, but send all around the globe.]
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