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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.

Want to grow weed from seeds? Learn how weed seeds work, how to sex marijuana plants, and how to properly germinate your cannabis seeds.

5 Best Seed Banks: Best Places to Buy Marijuana Seeds Online (Weed Seed Shops Review)

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Growing marijuana at home has become a popular pursuit for many people. Some of you are using cannabis recreationally, and others are enjoying the medical benefits of cannabidiol (CBD).

Whatever your reasons for growing at home, we want to help you do it safely, easily and with no legal troubles. To keep you in plants, cannabis seed banks are a must. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best seed banks that ship to the United States.

The 5 Best Cannabis Seed Banks Reviewed:

  1. Most reliable seed bank – I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM)
  2. Best for strain variety – Crop King Seeds
  3. Best for fast shipping to the east coast – Quebec Cannabis Seeds
  4. 25% discount if you pay with bitcoin – Seedsman
  5. Best seed bank to compare growers – Rocket Seeds

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

Features:

  • Free shipping to the US.
  • Germination guarantee.
  • Offers stealth shipping.
  • Many payment options, including cash, wire transfer, ACH and bitcoin
  • Offers 10% discount on bitcoin sales.
  • Sells popular strains, including Jack Herer, Amnesia Haze, Ak-47 and Northern Lights.
  • The huge website takes patience to navigate.

I Love Growing Marijuana is based in Amsterdam, which some people consider the cannabis capital of the world. Robert Bergman is a successful grower who founded ILGM in 2012. We ranked it at the top for the best seed bank selection and most helpful resources.

The site has an amazing collection of guides for every buyer. You’ll find a great selection of feminized seeds and auto-flowering seeds.

Wealth of Helpful Information
If you’re a beginner, an outdoor gardener, or someone who wants a fully organic operation, ILGM is here for you. You will find the help you need with over 500 articles and how-to guides for every situation. You can also get advice on how to choose cannabis strains.

Huge Selection of Marijuana Seeds
This seed bank carries many strains. You can find the most popular strains, including high CBD strains for people who want the benefits of CBD but have no desire to get high.

Are you unsure about which type you should buy? Detailed strain reviews will help. The company also offers mixed packs so you can try out several types.

Special Deals and Promotions
This seller regularly runs specials and promotions. Right now, they’re offering a BOGO on White Widow. If you buy 10 packages, you’ll get 10 packages free. That’s a great deal on this popular strain.

ILGM also has one of the best online VIP programs for frequent buyers. If you join, you’ll get special discounts and deals that can add up to $100 off on some orders.

Great for Beginners
This shipper specializes in beginner kits and all-in-one kits for first-timers. These guides and kits take the guesswork out of growing cannabis at home.

2. Crop King Seeds – Best Weed Seed Bank for Selection

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Features:

  • Website is easy to use with various help features.
  • Accepts cash, credit cards and bitcoin.
  • Offers stealth shipping to the United States.
  • Free shipping on all orders over $200.
  • Huge selection of cannabis seeds includes popular strains, rare seeds and custom blends.

Established in 2005, this Canadian seed bank carries a huge selection. They promise an 89% germination rate for everything they sell you. They offer secure, reliable shipping.

Popular Strains and Custom Blends
With a large number of seed selections, Crop King Seeds offers something for everyone. If you’re looking for Lamb’s Breath, OG Kush Haze, Sour Girl, White Widow and other popular brands, you’ll find them. You will also find high CBD strains and lesser-known strains produced by individual cultivators.

Crop King sells custom cannabis seeds you won’t find on other sites. These blends are available at retail stores and dispensaries in Canada. If you’re curious about Canadian cannabis seeds, you can buy them here.

Helpful and Informative
Crop King’s website has many guides and how-to articles.

The company clearly puts customer service at the forefront. They provide 24-7 customer service through a chat feature or a toll-free number.

3. Quebec Cannabis Seeds – Most Reliable Weed Seeds in Canada

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Features:

  • Flat shipping rate of $10 for each order.
  • Company provides stealth shipping.
  • Helpful guides for every situation.
  • Offers bulk sales.

Another seller from our neighbor to the north, Quebec Cannabis Seeds has been growing and shipping seeds since 2013. A low flat shipping rate of $10 makes it easy to shop. Quebec Cannabis ships to the United States.

Plants for All Climates

One benefit of being a Canadian shipper is the ability to produce strains suitable for cold weather. Quebec Cannabis will help you find the perfect plants for your particular geographic region.

Are you interested in regular, non-feminized seeds? You can buy them here. They also sell high CBD strains and Gorilla seed bank strains.

Guaranteed To Grow
Get Amnesia Haze, Gelato, Quebec Gold, Bruce Banner, White Widow and other popular types here. Quebec Cannabis Seeds guarantees an 80% germination rate, and they stand by their products.

4. Seedsman – Best Seed Bank to Pay With Cryptocurrency

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Features:

  • Discount of 25% and free seeds on every bitcoin payment.
  • Gives you free seeds with every order.
  • You can buy strains that are hard to find elsewhere.
  • Regularly runs promotions and contests to win free merchandise.
  • Offers stealth shipping to the United States.

Based in Barcelona, Spain, Seedsman works with seed farms from around the world. They select the finest, fastest-growing strains that promise success to any buyer.

Seedsman also sells merchandise, including vaporizers, grinders and apparel.

Sweepstakes and Promotions
Seedsman makes it easy to stay anonymous: they prefer to use bitcoin. If you pay that way, you’ll get a 25% discount and up to 10 free seeds. If you’re new to bitcoin, Seedsman has page that walks you through your first use.

Seedsman gives you a lot of ways to get seeds free of charge. You can win them through drawings and contests. You can win free plants, merchandise and apparel.

Find Your Seeds
Are you interested in marijuana seeds that are not feminized or auto-flowering? If you want to try growing these classic seeds, you can get them here.

You’ll also find all the best-known strains, including Amnesia, Bruce Banner, Jack Herer, Green Crack and Strawberry Cheesecake.

Are you looking for an exotic, hard-to-find strain? Chances are good you can find it through Seedsman.

5. Rocket Seeds – Best Cannabis Seed Bank to Compare Growers

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Features:

  • Find all the best Canadian seed banks in one spot.
  • The website has many helpful guides.
  • Uses stealth shipping for every order.
  • No shipping charge on orders over $200.
  • Payment options include bitcoin, credit card, wire transfer and cash.

Rocket Seeds is like a department store for Canadian seed sellers. It represents the top growers and sellers, including Crop King, Beaver Seed, Sonoma Seeds, Attitude Seed Bank, Sensi Seeds, MSNL SeedBank and others. It’s a great way to see all the available marijuana seeds from Canada.

Good Selection of Marijuana Seeds

Rocket Seeds has a tremendous variety of seeds. If you want to grow Cheese, Chocolate Chunk, Gorilla Glue, Great White Shark, Maui Wowie, Pineapple Express or any well-known strain, Rocket Seeds is sure to have it.

They sell regular, feminized, auto-flowering and low-THC seeds from a variety of seed banks.

Deals and Promotions
Rocket Seeds offers free shipping with any order over $200. You get that and free plants with any order over $420.

Why You Should Only Use Trustworthy Seed Banks

Although growing marijuana for personal use is legal in most of the United States, the fact remains that it exists in a legal and social gray area. Unfortunately, that leaves people in this business open to scammers and disreputable sellers.

As first-time cannabis growers, we had our share of those experiences. We trusted too easily and didn’t take the time we needed to scope out businesses when we were buying cannabis seeds online. We want to help you avoid making the same mistakes. That’s why we put together this guide with our list of the top marijuana seed banks you can trust with your money.

How We Found the Best Places to Buy Marijuana Seeds

We talk with cannabis growers every day. We know how hard it is to find a reputable seed bank. It’s even harder to find online seed banks that ship to the USA discreetly.

We’ve been around since the days we had to start cross-pollinate male and female plants to produce buds. We learned how to do everything the hard way. We spent hours of time and too much money trying to find reputable dealers.

How to Choose the Best Seed Bank to Buy From

Today, marijuana growing is more streamlined and much easier, but there are still plenty of pitfalls. You need to know you’re dealing with a trustworthy, reliable marijuana seed bank that offers:

  • Healthy, high quality seeds.
  • Germination guarantee.
  • Ability to ship discreetly to the states.
  • Choice of payment methods, including money order, bitcoin and bank transfers.
  • Wide range of available cannabis strains, including strains like OG Kush, Purple Haze and auto flowering seeds.
  • Beginner-friendly kits and supplies.
  • Outstanding customer ratings and seed bank reviews.

Each online seed bank our list met these requirements. They’re also the online seed banks our colleagues and fellow growers regularly name as their go-to sources of high quality seeds. You can buy from any cannabis seed bank below with confidence.

Buying Cannabis Seeds Online FAQ

Is Home Growing Legal in the US?

If you’re a home grower, you should be familiar with the law in your state. In most states, it’s legal to grow marijuana for personal use. If you want to maintain privacy, ask the seed bank that ships to use stealth packaging.
Do you live in a rental house or apartment building? Clear your operation with your landlord before you get started. They should know if they have a cannabis operation on their property.

Is It Legal To Buy Marijuana Seeds Online?

It’s legal to buy cannabis seeds online, but keep the following pointers in mind.

If you live in a state where being a cannabis grower is legal, you can buy cannabis seeds from a local dispensary or farmer’s market. This is one of the best ways to know who your seller is. If you can, use cash to keep the transaction as private as possible.

What if it’s illegal to buy them in your state but legal in the one of the states next door? Don’t try this. Because marijuana is still illegal under federal law, you could get in trouble if you’re caught transporting the cannabis seeds across state lines.

Crossing State Lines Also Applies To Mail

Incidentally, the federal prohibition is the same reason it’s not a good idea to buy marijuana seeds from domestic seed bank companies. Mailing packages across state lines runs into the same problems as driving across state lines with the seeds. It’s more risky to buy seeds from a US state than it is to have seeds shipped to you from overseas.

One of the best ways to get good marijuana strains is to buy seeds online from a grower in Canada or Europe.

Is It Legal To Buy Weed Seeds from Other Countries?

It’s legal to buy them from other countries. The sellers on our list are based in Canada, Holland and Spain.

You still need to be careful. Unfortunately, the cannabis industry attracts a fair share of scammers and disreputable people. You can avoid that by asking yourself these questions before you hand over your money.

Does the company have a good reputation?

Check how long they’ve been in business as a shipper. You shouldn’t be hesitant just because a company is new, but it’s better to deal with an established company that has built a reputation in the cannabis community.

Read their ratings and reviews. Are people happy with the service and the products? Are there complaints about long wait times, inferior products or bad customer service? Keep an eye out for these signs of trouble.

Do they offer discreet buying and shipping to the United States?

These sellers understand the need for anonymity and discretion. Most accept payment methods that help you stay anonymous, like cash or bitcoin.

The shippers on our list ship in so-called stealth packaging, which is packaging that hides your seeds. Your seeds might come in a DVD case, a greeting card, a pen or some other discreet package.

Do they sell feminized and auto-flowering plants?

Auto-flowering and feminized plants make it easier to grow marijuana plants. Only female plants contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and buying feminized strains ensures you’re getting plants that contain THC.

Auto-flowering plants let you grow without worrying about timers and grow lights. If you have limited experience, you will appreciate feminized and auto-flowering plants.

Get Growing with the Best Seed Banks

The top rated best online seed bank is I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM) due to its vast selection of seeds, germination guarantee, and inconspicuous shipping.

Finding a reliable seed bank is a must if you want to grow your own weed. With these sellers, you can be confident you’re getting high-quality seeds, great customer service and safe, discreet shipping.

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Growing marijuana at home has become a popular pursuit for many people. Some of you are using cannabis recreationally, and others are enjoying the medical…