Once you see the taproot, it’s time to transfer your germinated seed into its growing medium, such as soil.
To get the buds found in medical and recreational stores, female cannabis plants are grown in an environment without males—or the males are removed from the area before they release pollen—so the females don’t create seeds. Females can then focus their energies on producing buds and not seeds—this high-potency marijuana is traditionally known as “sinsemilla,” meaning “seedless.”
Immature seeds tend to be light in color and have a soft outer shell.
So don’t discount bud because it has a seed or two in it. While not ideal, it could be the origins of the next great weed strain.
In commercial cannabis production, generally, growers will plant many seeds of one strain and choose the best plant. They will then take clones from that individual plant, which allows for consistent genetics for mass production.
In some cases, even if a seed isn’t completely mature, there’s still a chance it could be viable. But often these are extremely weak, take long to develop, and express other unfavorable characteristics. Growers usually discard weak plants to free up space.
This is sometimes referred to as “cloning by seed” and will not produce any male plants. This is achieved through several methods:
• Nutritional stress: Caused by excessively high or low concentrations, incorrect pH, wrong nutrients for the growing stage.
1. How do you end up with extra cannabis seeds?
2. 5 ways to make the most of leftover cannabis seeds
2a. Experiment with different growing setups
2b. Turn spare seeds into a tasty snack
2c. Animals love them too
2d. Sell them, or pass them on to friends
2e. Start your own private seed bank
Sourcing certified seeds from a reputable seed bank is by far the best option, and if you turn to the street to buy and sell seeds, it’s pretty much a no man’s land in terms of quality and legality. Local regulations may vary, and one should always exercise caution herein. Another—possibly safer—option is to pass your leftover seeds on to your friends, without involving money in the matter. This, alongside transparency about where you sourced your seeds, can make for a great way to inspire someone to start their own cannabis growing journey.
TURN SPARE SEEDS INTO A TASTY SNACK
Guess what? Cannabis seeds are not only good for humans, but animals too. Your furry or feathered friend will benefit from all the nutrients we just mentioned. Mix the seeds in with their usual food and let their digestive system do the rest. Don’t have any pets? Well, leaving them available for wild birds or rodents in an outdoor feeder will make a lot of passing animals very happy!
You can use leftover cannabis seeds for a variety of purposes. Do not throw them in the bin! Instead, read this post, and find out what you can do with them.
This is perhaps the most ambitious pursuit you can try with your spare seeds: breeding. It involves patience and precision in noting the characteristics of different cannabis strains and their associated seeds. With time, you will have a great collection of genetics that you can cross, keep as mother plants, etc. And if you start with mystery seeds, well, go back to our first suggestion: Use them to experiment and expand your repertoire as a grower!
The same can happen if you allow male plants to fertilise females. This is why regular seeds must be vigilantly observed for sex characteristics as they develop into flowering plants—before males have a chance to release pollen and thwart your entire operation.
Put them aside and make a smoothie out of them. Alternatively, grind them and sprinkle over a salad. You could even pop them into your mouth like you’re eating some sunflower seeds. If you make a habit out of this, your body will thank you in the long run!
By the way, marijuana seeds are one of the only plant-based food sources that contain every single amino acid required for human survival! Some nutritional gurus claim these seeds are the most “nutritionally complete food source in the world.”
Instead, they were cultivating hemp for the boundless nutritional components of the seed. They also knew about its use for the construction/textile components of the stalk and stem. During that era, people used hemp fibers to make rope, paper, clothes, etc.
Final Thoughts: Health Benefits of Eating Cannabis Seeds
However, what they lack in “therapeutic cannabinoids,” they more than make up for in general health and nutritional benefits. Their omega acid and protein content, for example, is nearly second to none in terms of plant-derived foods.
There is a big difference in potential medicinal properties between the seeds of the cannabis/hemp plant, and the plant material.
You can sprinkle shelled marijuana seeds on top of different kinds of foods to spice them up. Examples include oatmeal, quinoa, yogurt, hummus, salads, and smoothies. You could press the raw seeds for oil, or grind them into a fine powder for flour, protein supplement, or milk. You will need specialized equipment for this technique, however.
Cannabis seed-based diets could help people gain or lose weight. Marijuana seeds are full of vitamins (particularly Vitamin E) and minerals (including potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc). They also contain protein and can keep you fuller for longer.