Marijuana is one of the fastest rising commodities in the entire world right now. It has always been the world’s most popular drug but cannabis has only increased in fame exponentially ever since the wave of legalization that has been sweeping North American countries and states as of late.
Ever since Canada and some other states in the US decided to legalize marijuana use and cultivation, it is now easier to get your hands on weed and to buy cannabis seeds.
That said, if you are looking for some of the highest quality cannabis seeds on the market, you better go online and find a good cannabis seed bank that would allow you to order the best seeds and strains for good prices.
What are Cannabis Seed Banks?
You might have heard about seed banks in the past. Regular seed banks are storage facilities that exist to keep the genetics of certain types of plants safe, secured, and fresh for several reasons. One of those reasons is for farmers and breeders to use the genes of other plants to improve the yields of their crops. Another one is to keep the seeds safe in case there are calamities or diseases that may threaten the continued existence of the plants.
Cannabis seed banks play similar roles but are more business-minded entities. These are basically businesses that still store cannabis seeds but mainly to sell them to prospective breeders and growers. Breeders can use the genes of the strains to produce new strains through crossbreeding. Meanwhile, growers can cultivate the seeds either to use the buds themselves or to sell them for profit.
Another purpose why cannabis seed banks exist is to develop new strains themselves. Seed banks are at the forefront of strain development and are mainly responsible for many of the new strains we see today. As such, they are indispensable in the cannabis community precisely because of how they make it easier for us to gain access to certain types of seeds and strains while also developing new ones themselves.
When selling their wares, cannabis seed banks usually operate online to reach a wider audience rather than to simply just sell their seeds locally or in select regions all over the world. As such, you can easily get your hands on cannabis seeds just by checking an online cannabis seeds bank’s website by ordering the seeds to your doorstep.
Types of Cannabis Seeds
When buying cannabis seeds from a seed bank, you should first know more about what type of seeds you should expect to see from their websites. Of course, knowing more about seed types is one of the first steps you should take when choosing what seeds you should get for your personal growing space in your own home.
As the name suggests, these seeds are your regular types of seeds that are not tampered or altered in any way. In other words, they are all-natural seeds that have not been changed ever since they were produced by a female marijuana plant. Regular seeds produce either male or female plants. As such, you need to be able to know how to identify which of the plants are male or female because they play different roles.
Regular cannabis seeds are good for beginner growers because they are easier to grow and because of how they provide you with enough experience not only in cultivating seeds but also in telling apart males from females. They are also good for breeders because of how they can produce more seeds or crossbreed one strain with another to develop newer strains.
Feminized cannabis seeds produce plants that will only turn out to be female. Why is that important? Because only the females develop the buds or flowers that people consume to get high. Meanwhile, male plants are practically useless in the sense that they only develop pollen sacs that will burst open to impregnate nearby females.
It is important for your garden to be free of any males because pregnant females will put all of their energy into seed production instead of bud production. As such, you will be left with subpar buds in terms of their overall quality.
Having feminized seeds is good for those who do not want to waste time and effort into taking care of plants that would eventually end up as useless males. It also means bigger profits on your part because all of your plants will turn out to be bud-producing females.
Autoflowering cannabis seeds are regular or feminized seeds that have the ability to flower automatically. That means that they will not depend on the number of light and dark hours they get for them to move from the vegetative state to the flowering phase. In other words, they are not photoperiod-dependent plants.
Certain strains of cannabis have autoflowering capabilities if they were bred with strains that have cannabis ruderalis genetics. Cannabis ruderalis is the ancestor of autoflowering strains and were the first marijuana plants to develop the ability to automatically flower.
Autoflowering seeds are great for beginner growers because they are very easy to grow and are hard and resilient plants that can withstand diseases, pests, bad weather, and molds. They also flower very quickly and will be ready for harvest in a span of seven to nine weeks. As such, they will provide you with more harvests in a single year than regular or feminized seeds.
However, autoflowering cannabis plants tend to have lower THC levels due to their cannabis ruderalis genetics. They are also smaller plants and, as such, have smaller yields compared to regular or feminized cannabis plants.
Choosing a Good Seed Bank
Now that you know more about seed banks and what type of seeds they sell, you should now know the characteristics that define what a good cannabis seed bank is.
- Strain and type availability
One of the reasons why you are buying from a seed bank instead of from a dispensary is that seed banks have a wider range of strains and types for you to choose from. However, not all seed banks are equal in that regard. There are some that have more strains and types available because of how they source their seeds from more breeders and growers around the world.
In that sense, you should choose a seed bank that seemingly has no limits in terms of the strains and types they offer to the general public. That should give you an almost endless possibility in terms of the combination of strains and seed types you can choose from.
Before even considering buying from a certain seed bank, you should check its reputation. Though on-site reviews are good, they are not very reliable as they can easily be fabricated to fool you into believing that the seed bank is reputable.
In that case, the best way for you to find out is to go check cannabis seed forums online and ask your fellow growers and enthusiasts about the reputation of certain seed banks. Some of those people have more than likely already tried ordering from those seed banks and are the best people you can ask. Or if you have friends that are also into the cannabis seed business, you can easily give them a call and ask them about the reputation of a seed bank you are planning to buy from.
- Payment options
The best cannabis seed banks provide you a wide range of payment options for your seeds. While the most common ways of paying for seeds are through debit or credit, doing so can be problematic because a lot of banks are hesitant when it comes to accepting transactions related to cannabis.
As such, it is always better if a seed bank offers more ways of letting you pay for their products. Some seed banks allow you to use online payment intermediaries such as PayPal. There are those that accept cryptocurrency as a mode of payment. In some cases, there are seed banks that even accept cash through the mail.
- Shipping range
What use is a good and reputable cannabis seed bank if it cannot even send the seeds over to your location? Truth be told, some seed banks may be the best in the business but are not always able to ship the seeds over to some locations due to some limitations and restrictions in those areas. It could be because your location is too far away from theirs.
In some cases, certain states or cities tend to be very strict when it comes to accepting questionable packages from foreign countries. In such cases, you can never really blame a seed bank if they cannot do shipments to your location.
Whatever the seed banks’ reasons are, on your part, you should carefully choose cannabis seed banks that are more than willing to ship the seeds over to your location. Choose the ones that are based nearest to you because those seed banks are more than likely able to ship the seeds to you.