Buy Cannabis Seeds: Finding The Best Seeds For You
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Buy Cannabis Seeds: Finding The Best Seeds For You

4 min
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Growing your own weed from seed has endless benefits including quality control, reduced costs and a sense of pride and accomplishment. Use this guide to pick the right seed for your needs.

Ready to start growing your own weed? Congratulations! You're about to enter a whole new world full of endless possibilities, and you'll leave behind those long nights waiting for your hook-up to call then taking what you can get at whatever price they demand.

Plus, growing your own herb is fascinating in itself. Don't be surprised if you start to obsess over nutrient levels, PAR ratings and the pros and cons of hydro vs. soil. There's a lot to learn at first, but as soon as you see your first bud start to spiral up the stem, you'll be hooked. You, my friend, have made the right decision!


However, choosing your first pack of cannabis seeds can be a little daunting. Here are a few things to consider when you buy cannabis seeds:


There are literally thousands of cannabis seeds on the market today with new ones coming out all the time. Each one is a little different, and some growers spend hours pondering the possibilities. To increase your chances of choosing the right one for your specific needs, use these questions to narrow down your choices:

• Are you a beginner or an expert? Beginner strains finish quickly, resist pests, tolerate moisture fluctuations and are not nutrient sensitive. Most can thrive in both soil and hydro. Many breeders will specifically state that a strain is beginner friendly or very forgiving.

• Do you grow indoors or outdoors? Most cannabis seeds grow equally well inside or out, but some may be recommended for outdoor gardens due to their size. Other seeds may grow better inside for a variety of reasons including the need to control moisture levels or a preference for artificial lighting.

• Do you want head highs, body stones or a mix? Most indica varieties have a very physical body stone while sativas are famous for their more euphoric head highs. For a blend, go with a mixed hybrid that offers both effects. A balanced hybrid will contain approximately 50% indica and 50% sativa genetics, but you can also find both sativa-dominant and indica-dominant blends.

• Do you need a stealthy strain? To a stoner's nose, there's no perfume sweeter than the pungent smell of dank weed, but a cannabis plant in full bloom can fill an entire house plus the surrounding area with the unmistakable smell of high-grade pot if you don't have a good filtration system in place. Even then, some strains are so smelly that the odour can leak through the filter as the harvest approaches. If this is a problem, look for strains described as low odour, low profile, discrete or stealthy.

• Do you want a medical or recreational cannabis seed? Even when used for a recreational high, all cannabis has some medical benefit, but research shows that CBD provides more therapeutic value than THC. If you're growing for fun, look for seeds with higher THC levels. If you're growing for the health benefits instead of the high, look for high-CBD seeds, especially those with at least a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio.

Indica vs Sativa


Compared to bag seed or even clones, growing marijuana from high-quality cannabis seeds bred by respected breeders will give you the best results.

Have you noticed that most of the weed you buy today is pretty much seedless? Let's say you do find a random seed in your bag. In most cases, that's not because the grower couldn't see a male plant lurking in the back of his grow room or that some stray pollen wandered in. It's because they didn't spot a hermaphrodite early enough to prevent the plant from self-pollinating. If you use the resulting bag seeds, you may be growing plants that have that undesirable trait and seeded weed is rarely as potent as seedless.

With clones, you run the risk of introducing disease or pests to your grow room if you buy them from someone else. If you make your own clones, they usually take between a week to two weeks to develop roots plus at least another week to show new growth. In that amount of time, plants grown from seed can match or even outpace a clone.


Choosing a final strain to grow is highly individual, and no one can make that decision for you, but you can ask yourself a few more questions to drill down even further into the seemingly endless possibilities. Remember, you may not find a single strain that has everything you want, and some traits, like yield vs. quality, can have trade-offs. Decide what's most important to you, what you can live without, and go from there.

• Would you rather have bigger yields or higher quality?
• Do you like knockout strains with high THC levels? Or do you prefer milder varieties that you can smoke in the morning or during the day?
• Is flavor, aroma or color important to you?
• Are you trying to treat a specific medical condition?
• How soon do you need to harvest?
• Will your grow area present any challenges like cold temperatures, lots of moisture or short growing seasons?


Most cannabis seeds sold today are feminized. That means they were bred using a feminization technique that increases their chances of growing into a female plant to nearly 100%.

Autoflowering seeds, on the other hand, include a small amount of Ruderalis genetics. Ruderalis contains virtually no THC, but it does have the unique ability to flower very quickly according to a set schedule rather than waiting for a reduction in daily hours of light to signal the approach of winter. Most of today's autoflowering seeds are also feminized.

Currently, autoflowering seeds are very popular because they can go from germination to harvest in as little as two months and modern breeding techniques have made these strains nearly as potent and high yielding as their photoperiod counterparts. They're a great option for anyone growing outside in northern regions where the summers are cold and short. However, you can't train autoflowering seeds because they don't have time to recover.

If you like to be able to control how long your plants stay in a vegetative state or train them for maximum yields, stick with photoperiod seeds.

Cannabis seeds


Now, you will have endless choices of both classic and brand-new strains raging from Afghani and Haze to Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue. All you have to do is pick a breeder you can trust and the cannabis seeds that have all the traits you're looking for. Before you know it, you'll be self-sufficient and smoking high-quality weed at a fraction of the price that you'd spend to buy it from your friendly local dealer or dispensary.



Written by: Laura
Featuring as a regular guest writer, Laura lives in the wild heart of the American East Coast. Based at her family farm, she has developed a deep respect for cannabis, continuing to master and hone its cultivation.

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