United Kingdom: At present, the UK allows for the purchase, sale, or trade of cannabis seeds whether you purchase them domestically or from another European nation.
You can learn more about the different types of seeds, strains, and how best to grow them on most seed bank websites along with any applicable local laws. Do your research, and keep in mind how, where, what and when you want to grow before making a purchase.
Regular seeds come from one female and one male parent and there’s a 50/50 chance that the plant will be the feminized version that will produce buds. However, you have no control of the plant’s gender and there’s always a chance you’ll waste weeks growing, only to learn a male plant will not yield what you’re seeking.
Where to buy seeds
If that’s the case, and you’re ready to start planting, where can you find seeds?
There are three distinct types of cannabis seeds.
Always buy from a reputable seed bank. The last thing you want is to buy what you think are feminized seeds, only to discover that they are regular seeds only capable of producing male plants.
Autoflowering seeds are your best option if you want to grow indoors. These seeds have genetics which evolved in northern Eurasia, which makes them strong and sturdy. They are also mixed with cannabis ruderalis, a plant known for its ability to grow in harsh weather conditions.
Solution to this problem?
States regulate a pathway for adult consumers to shop at medical cannabis dispensaries. Until Virginia implements this, there will be no legal way for adults to obtain seeds or clones until adult-use retail cannabis locations are opened — potentially, in 2024, Pedini explained.
What can Virginians do?
What have other states done?
A special legislative session now to create common sense next steps. Otherwise, Virginians are left waiting until the next General Assembly legislative session in 2022. Pedini points to statewide polling that indicates a majority of Virginians favor marijuana legalization.
It was unfair to say the current legislation passed was altruistic by the administration, Pedini said.
You can also do some research and find an online grow journal that details the whole growing process of a specific strain from a particular breeder. Through these, you’ll be able to look over another grower’s specific notes and see pictures of the final results.
In states with adult-use legalization or a medical marijuana program, you can buy seeds within your own state, either at a dispensary or through a specific seed company’s website.
How to look for quality genetics when buying marijuana seeds
Many world-renowned seed banks are overseas in the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, and other countries where cannabis laws are less restricted. Seed banks provide seeds from a variety of different breeders.
If you grow some seeds and like the results, try growing another strain from that same breeder and see how it goes.
Breeders talk about “unstable genetics,” meaning that a seed’s origin is unknown. Make sure that when you buy a packet of seeds that it or the breeder who produced them can list where the seeds came from and how they were crossed and/or backcrossed to get the seed that you hold in your hand. If you can’t get a seed’s history, it could be anything and the result of poor breeding practices.