What do cannabis seeds look like?
Cannabis seeds come in all different shapes, sizes, and colours depending on the specific strain, though generally speaking, they are small, brown, oval-shaped seeds. Colours range from light to dark brown, and can even be green or white (though this tends to be a sign that the seeds are not ripe enough).
It is impossible to tell from appearance whether the cannabis seeds are feminised seeds, autoflower seeds or regular seeds — the only way to determine this is through germination.
To identify seeds with good yield potential, look for those with a dark brown, almost black, deep colour with light-coloured patterns on the surface.
Are cannabis seeds legal in the UK?
Cannabis seeds are legal to buy, sell and trade in the UK, however, it is not currently legal to grow cannabis plants or use the seeds for germination purposes.
It’s important to remember that laws are subject to change. Always check the most recent legal status of cannabis seeds from official government sources or legal professionals wherever you’re based.
What is a cannabis seed bank?
A cannabis seed bank is a company that specialises in buying, selling, and storing cannabis seeds. Seed banks offer a wide variety of cannabis seeds sourced from different breeders and strains worldwide.
Seed banks play an important part in preserving the genetic diversity of cannabis seeds. Storing a wide variety of seeds protects different strains from extinction and allows future generations to have access to a broad gene pool.
Another key function of seed banks is to engage in breeding programmes, cross-breeding different strains to create new ones.
Is it illegal to send cannabis seeds in the mail?
It is perfectly legal to send cannabis seeds in the mail in the UK. It’s also permitted to buy, sell, and trade cannabis seeds. The important thing to remember is that it is not legal to grow cannabis in the UK without a licence. While we provide the cannabis seeds, it is your responsibility to stay within the law.
Wherever you’re based, you must always check the law in your country before purchasing cannabis seeds.
Do you offer free delivery for cannabis seeds?
Yes! We offer free 24-hour tracked and insured shipping on all orders over £35.
If your order is less than £35, there is a standard delivery charge of £3.49 for 24-hour tracked and insured shipping.
All orders will be posted in discreet packaging and posted through the letterbox (provided it fits) with proof of postage.
For further information, check out our shipping guide.
How do I store my cannabis seeds?
When stored correctly, cannabis seeds can last for up to 10 years (an average of 4-5 years), offering excellent value for money. Storing them correctly also preserves their genetic integrity and viability for growth (though this is only applicable to countries where germination is legal).
Cannabis seeds should be stored in a sealed container in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. Many people choose to store their seeds in the fridge to maintain a constant temperature. If you choose to store your seeds in the fridge, it’s important to use an opaque, sealed container to protect the seeds from light and moisture.
Seeds can also be stored in the freezer, though there is an increased chance of rupturing cells within the seeds.
Read more about how to store and preserve cannabis seeds.
How long do cannabis seeds last?
How long cannabis seeds last depends on several factors, including storage conditions, genetics and the age of the seeds. When stored properly in a cool, dark, and dry environment, cannabis seeds can last for up to 10 years, though the average is 4-5 years.
Over time, the germination rate of cannabis seeds gradually starts to decline. For best results, we recommend using the freshest seeds you can find.
Extend the shelf life of your cannabis seeds by storing them in a refrigerator in an airtight container. This will keep them away from light and moisture, preserving their viability for a longer period.
Where can I buy cannabis seeds?
Cannabis seeds can be purchased online through trusted seed shops, like ourselves here at ICE Headshop. While you cannot buy cannabis seeds from regular retail outlets, there are specific cannabis-related shops and head shops that sell seeds as part of their product range. However, you should keep in mind that all restrictions around cultivation and germination still apply.
How many plants can I grow with cannabis seeds for personal use in the UK?
The answer is zero. It is not currently legal to grow cannabis seeds in the UK without a licence. Cannabis seeds can be bought, sold, or traded for collector purposes or to be used as fish bait or bird seeds. Germination or cultivation of seeds is an offence.
Laws on buying and growing cannabis seeds vary between countries. You should always check the laws where you’re based before making any purchases.