Like buying any other product, choosing cannabis seeds can be exciting as you discover your preferences, favourite breeders and types of seed to add to your collection. In the UK it is legal to buy and store cannabis seeds, as well as using them for bait, and there’s a huge array of seeds to pick from.
Seeds are from either sativa, indica or ruderalis hemp plants and can be feminised seeds, autoflowering seeds, regular seeds and hybrids. So what should you be looking for and what does all of this terminology mean? In this guide we will explain all you need to know about buying cannabis seeds in the UK, introducing you to the various types of seeds, where to find them, how to buy them and where you stand legally.
High quality seeds from reputable retailers
Buying cannabis seeds is not something that’s seedy (don’t mind the pun); it is now possible to source high quality seeds from reputable retailers and have them shipped securely to your door. There are just a few simple steps to take when buying your seeds:
- Research - Take a little time to learn about what you are buying, where it has come from and what benefits it would have for you
- Learn the legalities -It is important to know the law surrounding cannabis seeds in your country to ensure you don’t break the law
- Explore the almost endless possibilities - There is a diverse range of cannabis seeds and ways in which to get them, so be sure not to miss that particular strain or strong hybrid you’re after
- Ensure the seller is reputable - Be sure that the seeds are sourced fairly and are from a trusted and reputable seller
- Safe delivery - Check that your seeds are being sent securely and discreetly
Quality and genetics of seeds
Cannabis has been used medicinally, shamanically, ritualistically and recreationally for millennia and the variety in strains opens up huge possibility for diversity in usage and the range of effects. Over time the genetics of cannabis have been utilised in many different ways, with base strains being preserved to retain natural genetic purity. Here are the 5 oldest known strains:
This strain is named after the mountainous region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It has been cultivated for thousands of years. Hindu Kush is a pure indica with the aroma of sandalwood and sweet earth.
Renowned for its pungent aroma, Nepalese has been shown to produce relaxing, sedative effects like that of an indica, but has a growth structure like that of a sativa.
The afghan cannabis is thought to be the oldest variety to have grown. Afghan is a heavy indica strain that produces a lot of resin. It exhibits aroma’s of earth and pine.
Thai is a slow growing strain that takes a long time to yield. It has given rise to the renowned strains juicy fruit and kush. It has an aroma of sweet citrus.
Aceh shares the name of the region in Indonesia from which it originates. It typically grows tall and boasts flavours of earth, lemon and mango. A pure sativa.
Over time ‘selective breeding’ has been used to pinpoint certain characteristics of different cannabis plants. Each different strain hosts its own unique characteristics that can be utilised in many ways. Advancements in genetics mean that certain characteristics can be isolated and/or amplified for certain uses. It is also possible to make hybrids with different strains to further enhance particular characteristics, including taste, smell and even physiological or psychoactive effects. When choosing cannabis seeds be sure to research the type of seed you are buying. Check that you are using a reputable retailer who sources seeds responsibly and who provides a good product and a secure delivery service.
What types of cannabis seeds are there?
There are a lot of things to consider when buying cannabis seeds, including whether the seed meets your individual needs and also if you have the equipment to care for it. Bear in mind the CBD or THC contents when shopping and look at the individual traits of the plant. Let us take a look at a few kinds of seeds.
These kinds of seeds have not been modified or genetically altered in any way. They are genetically pure and yield 50/50 male and female plants. Leaving male plants with females will encourage them to grow seeds.
Autoflowering seeds do exactly what it says in the name. The plant changes from vegetative growth to flowering plant based on age and not on how much sunlight or darkness it has been exposed to.
Feminised seeds are genetically modified to yield only female plants and this is accurate 99.9% of the time. Buying feminised seeds is the way to go for ensuring you get a female product.
Hybrid seeds are a mix of sativa and indica to varying degrees, depending on the seeds. By ‘cross breeding’ various strains of cannabis plants the effects and benefits can be refined. Various strains contain more or less CBD or THC and other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. This variety is what makes it possible to create new and unique strains.
What strains of cannabis seeds are there?
New strains of cannabis are always being created through cross breeding. Most good strains will eventually be available to buy as seeds but as we have learned already there is a wealth of seeds available to us.
There are many high grade, THC packed seeds out there. An excellent example of this would be OG Kush - this strain is strong, and provides a good yield as well as being sativa dominant .
High CBD content seeds like CBD Blue Shark provide a good yield with minimal THC. An excellent pain reliever, this strain boasts jasmine flavours and citrus. The THC and CBD ratio both come in at 6.5%.
The UK law on buying and selling cannabis seeds
Although LEGAL to purchase and sell cannabis seeds in the United Kingdom, it is completely ILLEGAL to plant or attempt to grow cannabis plants from the seeds. Growing cannabis plants is illegal under Section 6 Misuse of Drugs Act 1976. We strictly only sell our cannabis seeds for collection and baiting purposes and not for germination.
Shop our high quality cannabis seeds
Check out our online store for a huge variety of seeds available now. Most products have an in depth description and vital statistics so that you can stay well informed on what you are buying. We have a team at hand to answer any further questions you may have. Anyone shopping from outside the UK should check the legality of cannabis seeds in your country or province.
Speak with ICE Headshop
If you have a question on any of our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch, Our experts are on hand to answer your questions and help advise you to find the right product that suits you best. Email: [email protected] (24/7/365) Phone: Mon-Fri, 10am - 4.00pm Phone orders: 01626 903101 General enquiries: 01626 903102 Disclaimer: All of these beautiful seeds are only sold by us to be collected or used as fish bait or bird seed; in the UK it is illegal to germinate cannabis seeds to grow into cannabis plants. Once you buy seeds, you’re fully responsible to stay within the law and should always check the law in your country before purchasing. As laws change over time, ensure you stay updated with the latest cannabis laws wherever you are. Just to reiterate, collect our seeds, do not germinate them. Ever.