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It might be tempting to buy your seeds online. You’ve probably seen ads for websites claiming to sell superior seeds at an attractively low price. We strongly recommend that you do not fall into this trap. As with many things, keep the motto “buyer beware” in mind. Purchasing anything online has its risks. But cannabis seeds are particularly tricky because of the federal prohibition. Where you buy your seeds is ultimately up to you. But we recommend that you make your purchase at a dispensary or a trusted friend or colleague.

Cannabis Seeds 101: Your Intro Gu >

If you’re thinking about diving into the world of growing, why not start from the ground up? Here’s an introduction course to cannabis seeds.

December 21, 2017

Before you plant your seeds, you’re going to want to germinate them. What is germination? It’s basically a process by which seeds become hydrated. When they are hydrated, the enzymes in them become activated and ready to grow. When a seed is properly and completely germinated, the beginning of a root emerges from the seed’s shell.

So how do you germinate your cannabis seeds? First, you have to determine whether or not your seed is even viable. According to the experts, an ideal marijuana seed should be dark in color with black stripes. If you have seeds that look like that, great! Germination should be successful. There are a few methods of germination, but the easiest one is the paper towel method. Simply put your seeds between two damp paper towels on top of a flat surface, like a tray, and keep that on top of a warm surface. A root should break through the seed in just a few days.

If a root isn’t showing up in the expected time, you may need to stick it in some water for a day or so. This will help soften up the exterior of the shell and make it easier for the root to emerge.

What is a Feminized Marijuana Seed?

You may have heard the term “feminized marijuana seed”. But do you know what it means? According to our very own cannabis strain expert, Danny Danko, “feminized seeds are the result of using “male” pollen from a hermaphroditic plant to fertilize a female flower, resulting in plants that can be female or hermaphrodites but never males.”

Are Cannabis Seeds Legal?

Okay, so now you know the basics of what seeds are and how to begin the planting process. Feeling inspired and planning your grow operation already? Great! But first thing’s first. You have to buy some. But where? Since cannabis is federally illegal, surely the embryonic form of cannabis is prohibited as well, right? Not necessarily. If you reside in a state with either legal recreational weed or a medical marijuana program, chances are, you will be able to purchase seeds without any issue. However, some medical marijuana programs do not allow the purchase or possession of cannabis seeds for home growing. So make sure you do your research regarding your state’s medical marijuana program or recreational cannabis laws.

Buying A Marijuana Seed Supply

Once you’ve done your research and you have determined that yes, buying cannabis seeds is totally legal, the next step is to actually make your purchase. So where do you buy them? More to the point, where do you buy quality seeds? Your best bet is making the purchase at your dispensary. You’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your seeds will be high quality. And if you need guidance on what kind of seeds to buy (ie what strain would work well in whatever environment or climate you live in), the people working in the dispensary should be able to help you out.

It might be tempting to buy your seeds online. You’ve probably seen ads for websites claiming to sell superior seeds at an attractively low price. We strongly recommend that you do not fall into this trap. As with many things, keep the motto “buyer beware” in mind. Purchasing anything online has its risks. But cannabis seeds are particularly tricky because of the federal prohibition. Where you buy your seeds is ultimately up to you. But we recommend that you make your purchase at a dispensary or a trusted friend or colleague.

Storing Your Seed

Once you determine the legality of cannabis seeds in your state, have figured out what kind of cannabis you want to grow and have purchased your marijuana seed of choice, what’s next? You’re going to have to store your seed. But what is the optimal way to do this?

It is ideal to store them before germination. To do this, you’ll need an airtight container that is either opaque or dark colored. Keep your marijuana seed in this container and then store the container in a cool, dry and dark area. To ensure absolute dryness, some cannabis growers like to stick one or two packets of food-grade desiccants in the container as well. If those kinds of chemicals scare you, however, some dry rice to soak up any potential moisture can work too.

Final Hit: What Do You Do With Your Cannabis Seeds?

So what do you once your seed supply is successfully germinated? It may just be time to plant it and begin the next phase of your cannabis grow process! This next phase involves choosing the right growing medium for your needs, the right environment (like a grow box or greenhouse) and the best grow lights (if you’re growing indoors) to ensure healthy plants.

High times marijuana seeds
We spent months traveling around testing the world’s best pot, from our High Times Cannabis Cups to the finest dispensaries, seed banks and smoking lounges. Behold our list of the marijuana varieties that pleased our palates and won awards this year.

The Top 10 Cannabis Strains of 2018

The official High Times ranking of the best strains of 2018.

We spent months traveling around testing the world’s best pot, from our High Times Cannabis Cups to the finest dispensaries, seed banks and smoking lounges. Behold our list of the marijuana varieties that pleased our palates and won awards this year.

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Mega Queso—Nameless Genetics
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Flowering time: 9 weeks

LA’s Happy Leaf Collective won the 2016 SoCal Cannabis Cup for First Place Sativa Flower with this powerhouse Nameless Genetics strain. From the illustrious creators of Mega Wellness OG, the frosty Mega Queso packs a powerful punch. The dense and sticky nuggets produce incredible concentrates, including a fantastic live resin with an intense terpene profile and appetite-stimulating potency. This sativa-dominant hybrid combines the best of both worlds for an overall buzz that’s both calming and uplifting at the same time.

Chem Scout—IC Collective
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Flowering time: 8 weeks

Founded in 2009, IC Collective represents a West Coast branch of the Chem Dog family, creating boutique strains blessed with some of the best genetics on earth. IC’s Chem Scout, a cross between the original Chem 91 and Thin Mint Cookies, earned the First Place Indica Flower award at the 2014 NorCal Cannabis Cup with a well-balanced combination of euphoric and narcotic effects. Great for treating insomnia and body pain, Chem Scout proves to be a unique indica-dominant variety that honors its roots while remaining contemporary.

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Mandarin Cookies—Ethos Genetics
ethosgenetics.com
Flowering time: 8-9 weeks

Colin Gordon and his crew at Ethos Genetics continue to innovate the cannabis-breeding industry with strain after strain of stable and cerebral varieties that perform exactly as advertised. His indica-dominant feminized Mandarin Cookies, a cross between Mandarin Sunset and Forum Cut Cookies, tastes like a Creamsicle and tests out at over 30 percent THC! Growers love the short flowering time and high calyx-to-leaf ratio, while connoisseurs appreciate the grapefruit citrus terps combined with the rich and earthy undertones.

Franco’s Lemon Cheese—Green House Seed Company
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Flowering time: 9-11 weeks

On January 2, 2017, the cannabis world lost a legend with the untimely passing of Franco Loja, longtime breeder and co-star of the Strain Hunters video series. In his honor, Green House released Franco’s Lemon Cheese, his final crossing of two of his favorite strains—Super Lemon Haze and the famous Exodus Cheese from the UK. This hybrid exhibits what Franco would call “full gas!”—fast-hitting and long-lasting with a vigorous growth rate. Profits are donated to the Strain Hunter Foundation’s Franco Loja Fund to help finance his children’s education.

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French Cookies—TH Seeds
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Flowering time: 9-10 weeks

Like many other amazing strains, this one was born from a seed that the TH Seeds crew found in a sack of some Legendary Platinum Cookies during a road trip in Cali. The phenotype they popped and selfed turned out to be one-of-a-kind kind bud. Brightly glistening flowers are contrasted by dark-colored purple leaves, some looking almost black in appearance. French Cookies tastes spicy with a hint of grape and yields well for a Cookie strain. The high feels euphoric and inspirational—swelling with each puff without a “ceiling.”

Rosetta Stone XX—Brothers Grimm Seeds
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Flowering time: 9-10 weeks

Legendary cannabis breeding outfit Brothers Grimm, revived in 2015, returns to the sensi stage with its take on a classic. By pollinating Jack Herer with reversed female pollen from his Cinderella 99 signature strain, Brothers Grimm’s Mr. Soul retained the beloved spicy sandalwood aroma and musky flavor of the Jack, but added resin production, stability and yield while reducing flowering time. Unlike some poorly produced feminized seeds, these beans pop 100 percent female and grow into heavy plants that need extra support or trellising.

Green Crack CBD—Humboldt Seed Organization
humboldtseeds.net
Flowering time: 8-9 weeks

The medicinal benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) are well-known, but are there also recreational benefits from achieving a milder psychoactive effect? The Humboldt Seed Organization breeds CBD-rich versions of classic NorCal strains, and its Green Crack CBD tests at over 12 percent CBD and 6 percent THC for a two-to-one CBD/THC ratio. The effects are euphoric—a lasting happy feeling of well-being, perfect for daytime use or for patients with a lower tolerance seeking relief from migraines or anxiety.

Kush Mountains—Cannabiotix
cbiotix.com
Flowering time: 9-10 weeks

Bred by CEO and co-founder JB, Kush Mountains won our prestigious 2018 World Cannabis Cup First Place Hybrid Flower award, defeating other Cup winners for the best of the best OG. She’s a cross between the super-frosty White Walker OG and another Cannabiotix exclusive, Blue Flame OG. JB pheno-hunted through thousands of offspring to find the keeper that, he tells me, “has the tendency to ‘golf ball’ all the way up the plant, but will chunk out with a cool environment and smart feeding schedule.”

Auto Critical Orange Punch—Dutch Passion
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Flowering time: 7-8 weeks

Auto-flowering plants are popular due to their stealth factor, ease of use and miniscule lifespan—just 75 days from seed to harvest. New variations continue improving upon taste, yield and potency, and we love Auto Critical Orange Punch from longtime seed stalwarts Dutch Passion. The citrus-flavored strain is a feminized cross of Grand Daddy Purps and Orange Bud that was then crossed with XXL Auto Kritical Bilbo. Dutch Passion recommends 20 hours of light per day throughout the entire growth cycle.

Dosi Sherbet—Elev8 Seeds
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Flowering time: 9 weeks

Elev8 specializes in preserving elite clone-only strains and reproducing them in stabilized seed form through backcrossing and meticulous selection from a large gene pool. Its Dosi Sherbet, a cross between 2 Scoops (Grape Sherbet x Orange Sherbet) and Dosidos, represents some of the frostiest flowers available anywhere with terpenes that smell and taste like sweet candy and fruity ice cream. These are regular seeds, stable and perfect for growing out a chosen mother plant from which to take and root clones for many future harvests.

This feature was published in the December 2018 issue of High Times magazine, subscribe right here.