Every marijuana enthusiast knows all they could possibly know about their favorite strain of plant—its color, flavor and high. But what about the seeds? Don’t forget about the little guys that grow that Master Kush. Here are 10 facts about cannabis seeds.
- Marijuana seeds are sold in seed banks and cannabis shops, with most businesses stocking around 40 strains of the indica or sativa sub-strain.
- Modern genetics has allowed for the control of the seed’s strain and gender, allowing for consumers to know they are getting a quality product they’re already familiar with.
- Cannabis germination is when the seeds awaken and start to form roots, giving life to the plant. When buying seeds from a seed bank or store, expect a 90 percent germination rate.
- An essential step to cannabis growth is pre-soaking the seeds by layering them with moist tissues until the root of the plant is visible.
- The seeds usually contain the genetics of an indica or sativa dominant plant. Indica gives a more sedated body high while sativa-dominant will allow a more euphoric high without the heaviness.
- According to online seed bank, “Kind Seed,” cannabis seeds can be stored for years without impacting the quality of the plant. Just make sure the seeds are stored in a dry, dark and cool place in airtight containers.
- Although the entire marijuana plant can be compressed to make hemp oil, according to the Journal of International Hemp Association, cannabis seeds make the best hemp oil containing the legal requirement of 0.3% THC.
- The legality of marijuana seeds varies between countries, so it is important to familiarize yourself with local and state laws before purchasing seeds. Distributors may also be made examples of, like the case of Mark Emery in 2010, a Vancouver-based marijuana seed distributor who was extradited to the United States and served four years in prison for selling seeds internationally.
- Hemp, a derivative of the cannabis plant with a low THC rating, has been used for centuries because of its strength and durability. Because of marijuana prohibition in many countries, hemp production has slowed despite the fact that hemp contains no psychoactive ingredients. It’s like outlawing Pepsi in the age of alcohol prohibition because they are both liquids.
- Feminized cannabis seeds are preconditioned to become (most commonly) female plants that allow an easier grow and higher yield. However in modern day cultivation, most grows start with a cloning process that takes the node of the plant and grows a new plant with the same genetics as the parent with no germination process.
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