Since the legalization of marijuana in Canada, there are now more people using or consuming and growing their own cannabis plants. This rise in popularity has also led to the increase in popularity of Canadian marijuana seed banks that make it easier and more accessible for people to get their hands on high-quality weed seeds.
While seed banks have always been popular, it was only recently when seed banks became even more prominent. Canada may have already legalized marijuana for recreational and medical use but there are some restrictions that come with it. One of the tougher restrictions is that you are able to grow your own cannabis seeds but you are limited to only four plants in most provinces and states. What is worse is that you can only grow cannabis seeds legally obtained from retail outlets that sell seeds.
The State of Cannabis Seeds in Canada
As mentioned, you are only allowed to legally grow marijuana seeds in Canada if you acquired your seeds legally from licensed retail stores and dispensaries. However, it was only just recently when Canada began giving out licenses for selling seeds. Moreover, none of the suppliers of seeds have been able to keep up with the demand.
Because of that, there is a shortage of legal marijuana seeds all over Canada. It is difficult to get your hands on high-quality weed seeds or even cannabis buds in many stores and dispensaries in Canada because the supply struggles to keep up with the demand.
One of the other reasons why seeds are still rare in Canada’s licensed stores and retailers is that the licensed producers are much more inclined to focus on keeping up with the demand for legal marijuana buds instead of cannabis seeds. There are only a few licensed producers that are listed as seed suppliers as well. But even such producers themselves admit that they focus more on dried flowers, pre-rolled joints, and cannabis oil products instead of seeds.
In that sense, it is hard to find ways of legally acquiring cannabis seeds. That also means that people growing marijuana in their households in Canada technically are not growing legal weed because they have most likely sourced their seeds from vendors or producers that are not licensed. After all, you have to be the luckiest person in the country if you can get your hands on legal cannabis seeds sold in licensed retailers or dispensaries.
This all led people to find alternatives instead of waiting for producers to keep up with the demand for cannabis seeds. And, as you might have guessed, the best alternatives are the cannabis seed banks in Canada.
What are Seed Banks?
Seed banks are businesses that are involved in sourcing seeds from different breeders and producers all over the globe. They not only store the seeds to preserve the genetics of various marijuana strains but they also sell the seeds to prospective growers that want to cultivate their own cannabis plants. In some cases, seed banks also sell the seeds to breeders that wish to use the genetics of different cannabis strains to develop new and novel seed types and strains.
Cannabis seed banks are also responsible for developing different new strains. By using the genetics of the seeds they have in their storage, they are able to crossbreed two or more different strains to produce new types of seeds. And, if they are lucky enough or if they bred the seeds properly, seed banks will be able to produce new strains that have the best attributes and traits of their parent strains.
In that sense, seed banks are at the forefront of strain development and are very important in the cannabis community because of that. The reason why we see new strains entering the market every year is largely thanks to the ingenuity of seed banks. The existence of feminized seeds you use to grow female plants and the autoflowering strains that are easier and quicker to grow can be attributed to how seed banks are so hard to work when it comes to providing you with new high-quality cannabis seed types and strains.
Moreover, cannabis seed banks are crucial to the marijuana industry because they operate online instead of in select localities. Though seed banks are, of course, based in their own home countries, they make it easier for people to access their seeds by operating through the internet. In that sense, almost anyone around the world can order seeds from online seed banks. And if the seed bank is reputable and good enough, it will ship the seeds to any location worldwide.
Why Canadians Rely more on their Seed Banks?
All that said, Canadians and even Americans are now searching and buying cannabis online more than ever even though the government has already given them licensed outlets where they could make their marijuana purchases. But why do people rely more on Canadian seed banks than their local dispensaries and retail outlets?
- They are easier to access than licensed retailers and dispensaries
Almost everyone in the world will agree that it is always more convenient to make purchases online. With just a few clicks of a button or taps on the screen, you can easily access gadgets, clothes, food, and groceries online without having to leave your seat or your house. The internet simply has made things easier for us to do.
If you apply that analogy to online seed banks, the same is true. Why would you put in the effort to go to your nearest local retailer (which can be a few hours away), and line up for a limited stock of cannabis seeds when you can just stay in your seat and use the internet to buy seeds from online seed banks? You probably won’t be able to find a good reason, right? That is because it really is easier to just go buy your seeds from online seed banks.
- There will always be seeds available
As previously discussed, Canada is facing a shortage of marijuana seeds as producers would rather try to keep up with the demand for dried cannabis flowers, joints, and cannabis-infused oils instead of producing seeds. As such, cannabis seeds are too rare to find in Canada as there are only a few suppliers that sell them.
However, seed banks always have enough supply of cannabis seeds. They almost never run out of seeds because they make it a point to consistently stock up their stores with some of the highest quality seeds sourced from different breeders and farmers worldwide. In that case, you can order as many seeds as you want without fearing the possibility of running out of seeds to buy.
- Their selection is wider
Licensed retailers and dispensaries usually only have a few strains available for sale because they do not have the luxury of space to display all of their seeds. Other than that, you only usually see the popular types of strains on display. So if you are looking for a strain that really is not very popular, you probably won’t be able to find them in licensed retailers.
Meanwhile, online cannabis seed banks allow you to choose from hundreds of different strains and seed types. They not only have the most popular strains on the market but they also have rare strains you cannot find anywhere else. That means that your possibilities are endless. You can choose from as many strains as possible.
- You get to pay for the seeds using other means
The US Patriot Act has hampered the marijuana market because of how banks are fearing the possibility of facing sanctions by accepting transactions involving marijuana. That is because the Patriot Act sees marijuana as illicit and any funds involving cannabis are “illicit funds”. As such, most banks that maintain relationships with American banks are hesitant when it comes to accepting marijuana-related transactions.
In relation to that, buying from a licensed store or dispensary in Canada means that you probably have to use cash as a mode of payment. Other than that, there probably aren’t any other means for you to pay for your marijuana seeds.
But if you are looking for other ways of paying for cannabis seeds, go to online seed banks. The best seed banks allow you to use different modes of payment for your seeds. There are those that accept money through the mail. Some allow you to use cryptocurrency. You can even use online payment intermediaries as a mode of payment for your purchases.
- They are more affordable
Marijuana and cannabis seeds are heavily taxed in Canada. Other than that, it can be very expensive for licensed producers and sellers to secure licenses to produce and sell marijuana products. That means that they will most likely ramp up the prices as they would want to make up for the extra expenses that taxes and licensing have cost them.
Meanwhile, online seed banks do not have secure expensive licenses and are not taxed. That means that their prices will be lower compared to that of the ones you can see in your local retailers and dispensaries.