As marijuana becomes more popular and legal in more places, people are wondering if it is better to grow their own or just to buy it legally from a producer.
There are some different methods to growing marijuana and one of those methods is growing marijuana from seeds.
Something that never made any sense to me is when marijuana was illegal to purchase it was not illegal to purchase seeds. That one had me scratching my head for awhile.
So if you want to try growing marijuana from seeds the big question is “What type of seeds should I be looking for?”
Purchasing Marijuana Seeds – What To Look For
Purchasing marijuana seeds is a lot harder than buying yellow or green bean seeds for your garden. You almost need to go to a class to learn all the variables that are possible with marijuana seeds.
- Do you want seeds that are auto-flowering?
- Do you want seeds that are feminized?
- Do you want seeds for a certain plant?
- Do you want a seed that will produce a high THC level?
- Do you want seeds that are easy to grow?
- Do you want seeds that grow fast?
As you can see there are a lot of things to take into consideration. I think your choice will depend on how much experience you have a growing your own weed.
Most people when they first start out want seeds that are easy to grow and pretty much guarantees them a good crop of marijuana. As a beginner you should be looking to buy feminized seeds. These seeds will only yield female plants and that is what you want. However under certain circumstances, usually when the plant is in danger of not surviving it will produces male flowers. Growing male flowers allows the plant to produce pollen and then fertilize their flowers which are females and then they produce new seeds which hopefully can grow.
So you see even with the easy seeds there is a lot to be aware of.
Another choice for the newbie starting out is to use the auto-flowering seeds. These seeds can be grown all year around and do not depend on the light cycle that ordinary plants rely on. One does not have to worry about male plants. This type of seed can actually mature within ten weeks.
The other advantage of this type of seed is they will have a high level of cannabinoid without needing consistent light. The normal marijuana plant relies on light and dark to set their internal clocks. This tells them when to veg and when to bloom. Not so with the auto-flowering plant.
This type of seed almost guarantees success with your crop. Many things that a normal grower needs to be aware of such as pests, frost and mold seem to not affect this plant.
To make sure you are getting auto-flowering seeds make sure you are buying from a reputable seller
So if these seeds are so easy to grow into plants why doesn’t everyone use them?
Disadvantages of Auto-flower Seeds
As you might have guessed there are some drawbacks if you use these seeds. You will seldom see a commercial marijuana grower using this type of seed because auto-flowering seeds typically have a much lower yield than other seeds. They also need much more ,light making them a more expensive plant. For someone who is starting out and just growing for themselves a smaller yield may not be so bad but when your electricity bill comes in you may not be so happy.
Seeds For Seasoned Growers
Seasoned growers will often just buy regular marijuana seeds. These seeds can turn into male or female plants, but an experienced grower knows what to watch for and what to do to get female plants.
The other type of marijuana that is now being seen more often is medical. These seeds are have been cultivated specifically for marijuana users who suffer from some type of medical condition. They can be suffering from the effects of chemo, difficulty in sleeping, loss of appetite, pain, muscle tension etc. The list goes on. Many marijuana users find relief from these ailments when they use marijuana either by smoking it or eating it in some form.
Three Types of Cannabis
Although we have the auto-flowering type and the fast growing type of seed cannabis is broken down again into three more major types. You may have heard the terms Indica and Sativa. All the different types of cannabis seeds can be broken down to fall into one of these two categories. The third category is called a hybrid which is actually a cross between Indica and Sativa.
These seeds are typically used for treating anxiety and depression. They are high in CBD but low in THC. The plants are short and bushy and do tend to have a high yield. Often used a night because of their relaxation effect on the body.
These seeds are quite the opposite of the Indica seeds. They have high THC and low CBD levels. Harvested plants from a Sativa seed is good for treating chronic pain. Because it can also increase focus and creativity it is recommended for daytime use.
The third type of seed is a hybrid which can be any combination of the two. So if you have more than one medical issue you may be looking for a hybrid that can treat your various medical issues.
When you decide to buy some seeds make sure you buy from a reputable Marijuana Seed Company.