High-quality weed is important when you invest your hard earned money in what you smoke. There are a handful of things that can decrease your bud quality, one of which is finding seeds in your weed.
If you’re looking at your weed and you've noticed it has seeds in it, it's important to figure out why. This will help to determine whether or not it is bad they are there. There are two main reasons why you may have seeds in your weed.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s cover some basics. Seeds are what you get after pollination occurs. Cannabis flower (buds) are produced from the female plant. If you find seeds in your bud, that means the female cannabis plant came into contact with some pollen from the male plant, which results in your plant getting fertilized and producing seeds.
This seedy weed could mean that the grower didn't properly identify the male plants. Most growers will remove these plants immediately to ensure that their female plants are not pollinated.
If the male is not removed in a timely fashion your female plants could become pollinated and start growing seeds. These seeds are part of the natural process and can be used to start a new grow. Careful, 50% of them will be males! Did you also know that cannabis seeds are a superfood? You can survive by eating just seeds!
The other option is that the plant has self pollinated. This is rare but that still does happen. This self pollination usually happens when the plant is stressed while undergoing the budding phase but sometimes it can manifest because of genetics or light leak during necessary dark times. This is often referred to as a hermaphrodite plant.
If you are growing cannabis and are here to figure out if you have a male, female or a potential hermaphrodite: we want to introduce you to “nanners” which is a tell tale sign that pollination has taken place. Check out this article about how soon you can tell the sex of your cannabis plant.
Male Pollen Sac
Why This Matters
Having some seeds in the mix doesn't mean your weed is bad. However, if your buds have a lot of seeds in them it might not be as potent as it could be. The potency can be significantly reduced as the plant’s energy is working towards reproduction and producing seeds instead of just the flower, cannabinoids (CBD, THC), trichome and terpene goodness.
This doesn't mean it is bad for your health but we advise against smoking seeds. Please remove them as you see them - you may find them crushed up in your grinder! The presence of seeds does mean that the total mass of smokable weed is compromised with decreased cannabinoid content and quite a few unwanted seeds. Think about it this way: If you purchase an ounce of cannabis and it comes filled with seeds, you are paying for the seeds which are less desirable than the cannabis flower that you were expecting.
Purchasing weed with no seeds in it will get you better quantity and quality for the money you invest. The highest quality and most potent form of weed is that with no seeds. This weed is called Sinsemilla.
The term sinsemilla is derived from the Spanish words “sin” (meaning “without”) and “semilla” (meaning “seed”) to mean as stated, without seed. This word has been associated with seedless cannabis flower since the 1970’s in North America but there is some evidence of it dating back further to countries like India! To clear up a few myths; sinsemilla is NOT a strain or genetics. It is a female cannabis plant that has not been exposed to male plants (aka not fertilized).
In other words, it simply reflects the type of bud we all strive to get; seedless.
Saving the Seeds
If you’re feeling ambitious you can take the seeds out of your pot and try to grow from them. Here are a couple tips for determining whether or not to grow with the seeds you find:
I found 1-3 seeds in my weed - We do not suggest growing with these seeds as they come from a stressed genetic background (hermaphrodite plant).
I found 10+ seeds in my weed - These seeds will give you a 50/50 chance of female/male plants. Usually these seeds occur from male plant fertilization. If you have the time and knowledge, grow them! Make sure you look out for those nanners as you get into flowering. Nanners are male pollen sacks that look like little bananas!
The plants that you grow from the seeds you found in your weed might not yield a lot and the quality might not be what you expect. Most people who are growing on a regular basis will use a cutting that has been rooted - otherwise known as a clone. The other seed option is from a mother plant. Some other growers purchase their seeds from a stable strain, providing more consistent results. Still, it can be fun to grow an experiment! We also like eating cannabis seeds as they are a superfood - too bad they are SO expensive!
If you’re going to try growing with seeds, check on their viability first. Seeds that are dark in color are best. Whole dark, mottled seeds are mature and ready to plant, but the lighter, softer or cracked seeds are not as viable for successful germination. The image below is an example of healthy looking cannabis seeds that should be viable.
You don't want to spend your hard-earned money, come home ready to relax with your latest weed purchase, only to find that it's full of seeds and not worth the money you invested. That said, even if you haven't had the misfortune of buying weed full of seeds, it’s good to know the difference between good and bad weed, with or without a pesky seed invasion.
That said, visual cues might not be enough to evaluate your weed 100% but it can help you to conduct at best a preliminary inspection before you buy.
Before You Buy
Low quality pot won't give you the high you want, but it might give you a headache and some sleepy vibes. This usually has a lot of stems in it, leaves, and even seeds. If you notice that the weight of the weed you’re purchasing is more than you expected it's not because your dealer is your friend... it's probably because you have low quality weed with seeds.
The buds should be fat, dense, and hard to squeeze. When you're able to look at the buds up close, you want to see if any seeds, stems, or leaves are easily identified. Beyond that you want to examine the color. The verdant nature of the bud is indicative of how healthy it is. Basically the richer the green color, the healthier the plant. This green is also a representation of how well treated the plant was before it reached you. If the curing and the drying process was conducted appropriately it will maintain its rich, green color. Cannabis of lower quality tends to be a dull green, or even brown.
Before you buy, you need to understand that genetics are a very important factor in your overall health, but you can change it based on your lifestyle habits. The effort that the grower puts in after the harvest plays an important role in the overall well-being of the weed. You want the weed that was properly cared for, trimmed, and processed otherwise it won't get you the high you want.
Check out the difference between the bud grown by Grobo and what is on the market to purchase.
How to Avoid Seedy Weed
The best way to avoid seedy weed is to grow your own. If that isn’t possible, purchase from a qualified vendor and not just your friend's brother down the street. If you’re purchasing from a reputable establishment online or offline you will be able to verify the quality beforehand. You can ask questions to figure out how well the plant was treated and you can avoid otherwise low quality weed.
When you purchase your weed from a qualified vendor you’ll have the opportunity to smell it, feel it and to walk away knowing that you didn't get a seedy deal. All of this will make your monetary investment well worth every dollar, as you will achieve the quantity and quality you are looking for.
Growing from home allows you to control many factors, so you can expect higher quality cannabis. If you are able to grow indoors, theres an even lower chance of your cannabis plants getting fertilized, as you would have to have the males in the tent/ grow box with them! When using a Grobo, you never have to worry about male plants being too close to your females.
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