by Seshata on 12/09/2014 | Cultivation

Males – not as useless as we think!

males The majority of cannabis growers destroy any males the second they display signs of gender, and now that feminised seeds are available, many will never see a male in their room. But male cannabis plants have a surprising array of uses, beyond simply providing pollen to make new seeds. Here, we take a look at what they are.


Good males make good fathers

Good-quality male specimens are essential for any cannabis breeding program. In providing pollen to females, the males are also contributing half of the DNA that will make up the subsequent offspring. Thus, selecting males which display advantageous traits can produce offspring that will retain those traits. Some traits can be distinguished relatively easily, such as growth rate, overall health, and resistance to mould, hermaphroditism and pests; while characteristics that may have an effect on flavour and potency are less obvious, expert breeders can spot various subtle clues as to a male’s potential as a breeding father. Males are also important in breeding autoflowering strains, as their growth pattern traits can be passed down while the flavour and potency profile of the female can be retained—with a little skill and perseverance.

Males - not as useless as we think

In typical controlled breeding programs to select males, identical female clones are bred with a variety of males and the results compared. Thus, males are selected on the basis of the quality of their female offspring; their own phenotype may not correspond exactly with that of the female offspring, as male and female phenotypic expression vary greatly in cannabis, but it does appear that certain inherited traits are expressed. It has not been empirically proven that the potency of a male cannabis plant affects that of its female progeny, although breeders have found it to be the case in the course of their experiments.

Of course, a large degree of trial and error is often involved in selective breeding programs, as until the female offspring have produced a harvest, it is impossible to discern the impact the chosen male had on resultant phenotype with any degree of precision. However, both males and females begin to produce cannabinoids and terpenes early in the flowering period, and clues to their final potency and flavour can be discernible. Typically, growers will squeeze or pinch flowers and leaves to release their aroma; while this is a rudimentary technique, the information it yields can be valuable.

Males do serve an evolutionary purpose

Cannabis and most other species in the Cannabaceae family are dioecious, with males and females existing as separate plants; very few flowering plants possess this characteristic. The vast majority (over 80%) of flowering plants are hermaphroditic, meaning that each individual flower is comprised of both male and female sexual organs. Monoecy (where separate male and female flowers exist on the same plant) and dioecy are both rare, each comprising around 6% of flowering plant species. The remnant is made up of variations or mixtures of the three main types, including gynomonoecy and andromonoecy—where plants express both hermaphroditic flowers and female or male, respectively.

In breeding programs, identical female clones are bred with a variety of males in order to select the best father
In breeding programs, identical female clones are bred with a variety of males in order to select the best father

It is thought that dioecy confers a selective advantage in certain plant populations as it maximises the chances of genetic recombination. In hermaphrodite or monoecious plants, both male and female sexual organs are produced by the same plant, and if it self-pollinates it will produce offspring whose DNA is identical to the parent. This lack of variation can very quickly lead to inbreeding and weakened genetic health in a population. However, many hermaphroditic species have built-in genetic mechanisms that preclude self-pollination, a condition known as self-incompatibility.

It appears that monoecy and dioecy evolve in plants if the genetic mechanism for self-incompatibility has been lost (although they are each only present in around 6% of species, the capability has evolved independently in around 38% of all genera). There are several examples of dioecious plants expressing monoecious phenotypes in response to environmental pressures, but where those populations have again spread to more favourable locations they gradually tend more towards dioecy, as it is an effective mechanism to ensure cross-pollination and genetic diversity in the absence of self-incompatibility.

This is borne out by cannabis, which has several monoecious strains and a great tendency to produce monoecious plants in dioecious populations, particularly in times of stress, and is entirely capable of self-pollination. In cannabis, numbers of males can drastically diminish for short periods in adverse conditions, but a strong and healthy male population is the default method to ensure long-term health and viability of the species.

Males are not always lacking in potency

While most people believe that male cannabis contains no cannabinoids, this is well-established to be untrue. A study from 1971 compared the cannabinoid content of males and females found in several locations including Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Turkey, and Morocco, and found that while cannabinoid concentration was generally higher in female plants, males nonetheless exhibited significant concentrations. Overall cannabinoid content of male flowers was generally lower than that of female flowers but higher than that of female leaves. In one instance, Hizzine 3.9.1969, overall cannabinoid content in male flowers was actually higher than in female flowers from the same locale.

When looking at THC and CBD separately, the results are even more interesting. Generally, CBD was consistently higher in female plants than in males, although there are several exceptions. However, the results for THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, were somewhat surprising. The Bekaa 26.6.1969 and the Hizzine 3.9.1969 types both exhibited higher concentrations of THC in all parts of the male plant compared to the female. At 0.2% against 0.04%, the THC content of Bekaa 26.6.1969 males was five times that of females. At 1.2%, the male upper leaves of the Hizzine 3.9.1969 actually represented the single highest THC concentration of all plants in the sample. Ratios of THC to CBD were highly variable.

More recently, a study into Thai landrace varieties found that males contained 0.722% to 0.848% THC, with a THC:CBD ratio of 1.9 (usually, ratios of higher than 1 are classed as drug types and those with lower ratios are classed as hemp). A UNODC bulletin from 2005 also stated that gas chromatography analysis indicated that THC content of male

plants in Morocco was comparable to that of females; in the leaves, THC content was recorded at 0.4% for both male and female plants, while flowers displayed a range of 0.4-0.7% for females and 0.2-0.5% for males. Males express resin glands most abundantly on the sepals, the anthers and the small upper leaves.

Hashish & concentrates from male cannabis plants

Depending on the origin of a specimen of hashish, it is possible that it contains resin from males that were not removed from the field. Although most growers in traditional hash-making areas such as Morocco and Lebanon remove the male plants from the field early to prevent pollination, this is not always the case, and males are sometimes harvested and processed along with the females.

There are many anecdotal reports of growers and breeders using their male flowers, leaves and stems to make hashish and concentrates, with varying degrees of success. As overall resin content is likely to be fairly low, it is usually preferable to use large numbers of plants, or to use methods which extract the maximum from the plant, such as QWISO or butane extraction.

As well as hashish, it is possible to use male cannabis plants to make cannabutter and various other oils and infusions. Although there is little definite evidence on the psychoactive effects of male plants compared to that of females, there are various anecdotal reports indicating that the effect is more ‘high’ than ‘stoned’, and can be enjoyably cerebral.

Hops are dioecious, like cannabis and most other Cannabaceae species
Hops are dioecious, like cannabis and most other Cannabaceae species

Males can also be used to produce juice

Another potential use for male cannabis plants is in making raw juice. Although the evidence for juicing is sparse, there are indications that cannabinoids in their acid form may have some pharmacological benefits, similar to their familiar non-acid form but without the potential disadvantage of psychoactivity. As males contain the same cannabinoid acids as females, although in differing concentrations and ratios, they may also be juiced to derive their benefit.

Male cannabis plants should be juiced in much the same manner as females. All parts of the plant can be used save for the toughest stalks; it is generally advisable to also omit the largest and most fibrous fan leaves, as their high chlorophyll content can impart an unpleasant, bitter taste to the juice.

Fibre from male hemp plants

A Hungarian study from 1996 investigated the respective properties of male and female hemp, and found that male hemp fibres differed from female in several important aspects—so much so that traditional peasant farmers were reported to go to great lengths to separate the males from the females in the fields, as well as conducting all stages of the retting, decorticating, spinning and weaving process separately. Chinese texts from the 16th century BCE also apparently attest to the belief that “the fibre of the male hemp plant is the best”.

According to traditional wisdom, male hemp fibres are considerably finer and softer than female fibres, and as a result they were reserved to make the finer grades of cloth, while the females were used to make rougher textiles such as canvas and sackcloth. These fine textiles made from male hemp fibres were then used to make a variety of household items such as tablecloths, towels and bed linens.

The fibre of the male hemp plant is significantly finer and softer than that of the female, although it is not as strong
The fibre of the male hemp plant is significantly finer and softer than that of the female, although it is not as strong

The study found that female fibre was stronger than male fibre, but that male fibre exhibited higher torsional resistance and flexibility. The overall fineness of a fibre is influenced by its torsional resistance and flexibility, and thus male fibre was concluded to be significantly finer than female. Male plants were also noted to contain a greater percentage of fibre, at 31.5% to 29.6%.

Males can often make good companions

Cannabis has been used as a pesticide and repellent in a variety of ways throughout history. Its dried flowers and leaves have been used to make pesticide and repellent extracts, and pure cannabinoids have been demonstrated to exert antibacterial and antimicrobial effects. As well as this, cannabis can be used as a companion plant.

Males - not as useless as we think

Various studies have been performed over the years that attest to the ability of cannabis to ward off unwanted pests. It has been grown alongside cotton to ward off cotton worms, surrounding vegetable fields to ward off cabbage caterpillar, interplanted with potatoes to protect against potato beetle and potato blight fungus, alongside wheat to repel root maggot, and as a general repellent against European chafer larvae. Cannabis also suppresses plant growth of unwelcome species in the surrounding area, such as noxious chickweed, as well as repelling harmful nematodes such as the potato cyst nematode, the root knot nematode, and the soybean cyst nematode.

It is thought that it is the terpenes produced by cannabis that are largely responsible for repelling insects and pests, particularly limonene and pinene. Both male and female cannabis plants produce terpenes in abundance, with the levels produced seeming to roughly correlate with their cannabinoid concentration, and some growers will interplant their males among their vegetables rather than consigning them to the compost heap.

Some growers who are fortunate enough to live in a country where outdoor cultivation is a possibility actually maintain males and females in the same garden, though far enough away that male pollen will not affect the females too seriously. If one or two males are situated a few metres away from females, preferably in a sheltered spot so that the wind does not have too much effect, the result is more likely to be a light scattering of seeds in occasional flowers rather than a fully seeded crop. In this way, growers can produce smokeable female flowers while also guaranteeing a supply of fresh, healthy seeds for next season’s crop.

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bong_jamesbong2001

Just want to say hi to Sheshata, whom I met with Mattie B. in Amsterdam in 2010. Thanks for your help then! Hope you are doing well. b_jb2001

12/09/2014

Ryan

Just wanted to say hello and show my appreciation for your work. Your article helped me find non prejudiced evidence and the beneficial topics pertaining to male marijuana plants and their uses. What a coup we could organize

16/02/2015

Jeff Floogle

Superb post. Thank you.

27/02/2015

Ron

Great article! Thanks!

28/02/2015

Spivey

I love reading...great post !

20/04/2015

dimi

Hello Sashata! Thank you for this lovely article definitely a breath of fresh intelligent air . I just recently started reading about cannabis I have just one little plant at home out of curiosity. The weed I got was good I found a seed and that happens rarely. So few weeks later I still don't know whats gonna happen I think its going towards a plant with both sexes .. but even if it does I didn't plant it to smoke it . Never mind my question is what is going to happen to the plant if the signs of sex are being messed with . Remove all male and leave the female how is this going to affect the plant.

14/05/2015

connor

awesome advice i wont be too bummed out now if my one seedling is male haha

16/06/2015

I use the male plant to make oil for topical application for relief of muscle pain. Works great.

I use the male plant to make oil for topical application for relief of muscle pain. Works great. My family, my housekeeper, and many friends use it the same way. Don't throw the plants away, cook them in oil at less than 300 degrees , filter the remains and use the oil sparingly. You will be amazed at how well it works for muscle pain.

05/09/2017

todd jensen

can you still acquire a "high " from male plants ? I have been told not . thank you please reply

05/07/2015

Jerb

Yes, you can. You can make edibles out of a male blank and get blasted.

03/08/2016

cannabug

The potency of male plant material is comparable to that of female despite the common misconception.That said, the THC content of male plants can vary greatly depending on the strain.

03/02/2017

Ozarkdad

I had 11 plants. 7 were male. I grew all my plants in worm castings. I harvested my male right as they were going to bloom. They were out doors and 7 feet tall. I cured them and used for pain. They were very potent. Very nice high and no head ache. You have you harvest when you feel the leave close to the pollen sacks get a little sticky. They will get the right smell to but harvest just before they bloom if you don't want seeds. Those who say there's no THC in the male plant don't know what there talking about or they don't know how to get the most out of there work.

07/08/2017

Kelly

Great article. Thank you.
Very helpful as I am a new grower. My male is beautiful and seems a shame to cull him. I am fortunate to have a covered spot to grow.

21/07/2015

DAVE

I have that same stupid problem with my good looking males. I dont feel good about this but tomorrow they die; it wont be easy but I have killed males before, and it is the right thing to do.

03/07/2016

ruth steck

So, at what stage should one harvest male plants?

15/08/2015

Jessica

Thank you SO very much for all this info!!! It has REALLY helped me!!

18/08/2015

factshonesty

With the higher "potency" of today's Cannabis plants in general Vs what we smoked in the 70's; I'm OK with growing both male and female plants and to of course obtain some seeds for next year.

Just a note: There are options to eliminating or limiting the amount of pollination from the male to female plant. You can clip the buds on the male plants....it's pretty easy to do this. You can grow your male plants to maturity and harvest them juicing or oils by using the clipping method. I don't like pulling out any pot plants....let alone just the males. I don't clip all the male buds....I'll leave a few so I will get some seeds from my female plants.

Also, some of my male plants have also provided a decent high but this also depends on which variety or varieties that you're growing.

21/08/2015

Joshua

If you dry a male plant can you still use it's pollen?

22/06/2016

Shannon

Love the articles on all the uses for my male pot plants.

25/08/2015

grwcrzy

I love Seshata

13/09/2015

PlantSeeds SingSongs

Mahalo for the very interesting scientific approach to growing and understanding these beautiful plants. Wow. So appreciative. Aloha.

15/05/2016

Sha

Thanks for the article, well put together and informative. All the qualities I was looking for!

28/05/2016

Frank Knight

Howdy,
I was curious.... should I mix a male plant or two in with my females in a room?
I know for fact that seed weed can work awesome.... I have had people tell me that seed weed doesn't have THC.... after I get done flogging them (kidding) then.... I'll inform them of the good ol' days when, we spent more time cleaning seeds out of the Mexican and Columbian Gold herb, than we spent smoking it! It all worked awesome.... definetely potent stuff!
But.... since starting to grow my personal medical cannabis.... I have always been told to yank any males because they would be detrimental to my grow.
Can someone please elaborate?
Thank you!
Peace

04/06/2016

Frank Knight

Last year.... I cropped a few buds off of one plant and.... decided to let it keep growing.... eventually.... it developed some male pistols and ended up producing some awesome seeds.... it was kind of an experiment to see if the potency had any difference between the buds I cropped and the buds I let grow.... I didn't notice any difference in potency but... some of the flavor had diminished.... most of the seeds are all females (they are concave where they attached to the plant vs. convex like male seeds. Sure glad I learned that! :)

04/06/2016

Allan I Frankel, MD

I am not certain about the Hemp based gender differences when it comes amounts of cannabinoids.

However, I am pretty familiar with cannabis plants, both male and female. Over the past year, during a couple of breeding projects, I sent the male flowers, female leaves and female flowers to a local reliable lab.

The males generally tested, at least for CBD, at the levels of female leaves, which is around 1%. The flowers tested at 14%.

One last point, before either a male or female goes into flowering, you can tell a whole lot about the branching patterns, durability, rooting, etc etc.

However, I totally agree that males are more scary than they need to be and picking great males is a critical part of this.

11/06/2016

Mark BSHA/HM/RM

I agree with Dr. Frankel 100%, as well as several other authors. I have researched cannabis, with more impressive qualifications than are listed in my title, for 38 years. Without saving males, we can easily, as I did in 1991; lose the most impressive medical miracle that I have only witnessed weakly since those days. If someone you work with has a set of rules, it is to prevent the entire "collective" from three years in federal prison. I only wish, in our haste to get rid of everything when our electrician was caught in the "mail order" Operation Green Sweep, I had buried the seeds of my strain created from Buddhist medical mythos (which were far more truth than myth),

For starters, one can feel a great deal of elation using male leaves and pre-flowers (cured and ground to replace the flour content) in one's favorite brownie recipe. Once, a person was dishonest with our team, so we created a more highly purified oil than the RSO type, believing we were teaching this person a lesson with bunk "Honey Oil." We were the victims of the lesson, as he came back for more and, more to sell those who used it with him. THC content aside, as a "whole plant extract" the terpenoids that are as potent in the male as the sexually mature female may well be the key to the elation and pain relief. Today we know that the terpenoid profile is as important as any cannabinoid profile, in medicinal quality and the many effective treatments one can expect from whole plant cannabis products.

Unless you have a small grow, such as I am forced to keep, until we can move to the "Promised Land" out west (I have a business proposal that will allow me Research Grants, and the living I was accustomed to prior to an accident leaving me disabled) and care for ourselves, rather than be a burden to a new state's Human Services safety net. I ended my academic work when I was recruited by one of the doctors (in endocrinology) who was among several to explain to Nixon why cannabis was not possibly fatal and was about as likely to cause permanent insanity as Librium. After my work with "Ethnobotanical Hallucinogens" was completed, I devoted two years to this project (the Dr. was rapidly reassigned to the smallest VA hospital in the Midwest, and searching for cannabis' medicinal uses as well as disproving propaganda became a passion), which was also to award me my Master's Degree. When I sought to add an addendum of vital information to our "believed" published work, I discovered a Senatorial and Presidential order to the university to destroy the work. This is why I say, my 38 years of ongoing research has provided an experience beyond my BS Degree. The uses for the male plant never entered my mind, until the end of my "rogue" work, destroyed a strain that brought a friend and client back from a terminal brain injury. Today, I search for many other medicinal uses for the "boys," as they have been overlooked for far too long. Keep them separated, unless you know precisely what you want to create (and even then we covered the clusters and hand pollinated the well chosen "mother plant").

07/01/2017

Horti

It is important to produce organic seeds to protect the future of both cannabis sexes, certain strains now only can be reproduced from cloning since there are no more male plants and no seeds. Thank you for the article, it will hopefully educate people of the importance of the male plant and the seed production.

13/06/2016

Shawn

"certain strains now only can be reproduced from cloning since there are no more male plants and no seeds." This is actually false. While it is true that for the average consumer, in order to grow certain strains your only choice is a clone, this doesn't mean that no seeds exist. They exist, in most cases, and are sold by their creator online; Especially very popular strains. Otherwise, anyone could just reproduce seeds and all of the time/energy/money that went into breeding said strain would be for naught, or at least wouldnt be profitable. If this weren't the case we wouldn't see half of the strains that are available today. Although I do understand your point. Happy Gardening!

10/07/2016

john

I guess I grew an enormous male plant it is huge. I don't know what to do I thought it was a girl but I guess not what should a guy do?

21/08/2016

EdResinthal

Harvest the leaves and the reproductive areas and use them to make butter or infused oil. Just cook under low heat (not a simmer) for several hours. Strain the plant parts and allow the butter or oil to cool in a storage container. Spread it on your toast and don't make any plans for the rest of the day. I avoid the stove top and do all my butter/oil infusing in a pot inside my oven at its lowest temp. Between 170 and 200 for about 5 hours. Baking ensures you won't burn the product on the stove top.

30/10/2016

Chuck

John, I am a first timer and as luck would have it my first and only plant turns out to be a "Dude."
My next one will be from a good feminized seed.
My first seed purchase got intercepted by the authorities in NY.
I hear that there are a few companies that you can have better luck with that but I need to do my tesearch.

05/08/2017

Todd

I grew 2 males and it was my first time ,so I didn't know till it was to late they were males. They have a ton of seeds and about 3feet tall. No females to ruin but when and what should I do to them

26/08/2016

Chas

Harvest the pollen. Wait for the sacs to burst and then collect it on paper, fold it in to an envelope with a silica packet and then throw it in your freezer. When you happen to have a viable female plant, take some pollen and paint a few buds with a tiny paintbrush.
VIOLA! a new strain is born! I'm reading that you can make butter as well.
GOOD LUCK!

03/12/2016

Teresa

Thank you. as I have experienced,my male plants are giving a good feeling. only using leaves to test. I have only experienced delicious sinsemilla one time in about 40 years.

28/08/2016

JB

Thank you very much for spending your time writing this informative article. I'm new to this and think it is wonderful for somebody helping out a newbie like me. Much love to you.

28/08/2016

rosemary

What about Bee's on male plants? Do they harm them?

30/08/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hello Rosemary,

Thanks for commenting :) I'm not sure which way round you mean, but I can assure you that male plants don't harm bees and bees don't harm male plants, so both ways round is fine! :)

With best wishes,

Scarlet

02/09/2016

aebe

Hello
Great article , I had thought the only uses for male plants were for seed and good fiber .

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged"
GK Chesterson

09/09/2016

RL Puckett

Great article, just the help I needed. Thanks

15/09/2016

Rey

I have about 3 males. I also did not know about them and now they r fully grown. Wat do I do with them. I feel like it's a great lose just to let the die. Please help?

18/09/2016

Paul J. von Hartmann

Males useless? Hardly...

Including Cannabis pollen in your green drinks adds another dimension to the healing of whole-plant nutrition. Pollen is exceptionally nutritious, containing almost all of the nutrients required by the human body to thrive.

Bees collect pollen, blend it with a small secretion from salivary glands or nectar and carry it in tiny appendages (corbiculae) on their hind legs. These "pollen loads"
are brought to the hive where they are put into the honey comb.

The pollen is covered with a layer of honey & wax, called “bee bread.” The bee bread ferments and is preserved by lactic acid. Bee bread serves as the basic protein source for the bee colony.

One bee colony produces two to fourteen pounds (one to seven kilos) of pollen a year. The amount of pollen collected from one colony each day is between 50 and 250 grams. Pollen traps are used to collect pollen loads as the bees return to the hive.

Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that strengthen capillaries, reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system and lower cholesterol levels.

Bee pollen contains more protein than any animal source and more amino acids than an equal weight of eggs or beef. The German Federal Board of Health recognizes bee pollen as medicine.

Another benefit is that bees are attracted to the male Cannabis flowers, collect the pollen, and feed it to their young. This makes for healthier bees & a healthier garden.

Over the long-term, breeding Cannabis using pollen conveys natural adaptability & resilience to your Cannabis plants that cloning does not. Seeds are also much more portable, storable and easier to exchange than clones.

19/09/2016

Matt

I use the male plants to make a very deep and strong bhang lassie medicine! ONce I know what plants are male, I separate them and leave them in their intial pots, to grow a little slower than the transplanted females. The flowers and leaves are harvested, then I brew a tea, packed with the harvest (a saucepan full of leaf with water just above the level of the leaves, boiled for 10 minutes and left to cool), save the tea, then crush the drained leaves and flowers with a little milk in a pestle and mortar, until the leaves are very pulpy, and squeeze the juice out. I repeat this 4 more times (with the milk because THC dissolves in milk) and then combine the tea, the juice and the left over pulpy leaves in a blender. This then is a base for making lassie. It can be incredibly strong and the medicine goes deep into muscles, it is very relaxing and is an old indian recipe! Bhang is AMAZING!

20/09/2016

JakPot

Interesting uses for male. I have a bunch of bag seed of a good local strain. I am thinking about trying to find a nice pheno in the batch. May keep a male or two to experiment with breeding. Great article. Thanks for sharing!

20/10/2016

Rick

So I have a male plant on what I think is the "preflower" stage. For what I have read here is understand that the plant and the flowers are as unique and useful as the females. Any advice?

21/10/2016

Fräulein Talía.

I love males too!

good luck Rick.

14/11/2016

cult of venus

I like Aquarians they're great.

05/01/2017

sean

Thank you for this information, very good article! I would have never known the value of males, everyone has always told me to throw them out. Their no good, now I can do my own experiments. I think this is awesome for people who don't know about male plants. Thanks again.

21/01/2017

SJMK1

Does every different female strain have a male brother? Like white-widow male, or tangerine male, how else would you cross pollinate strains?

10/02/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hello SJMK1,

Thank you for your comment and your question. Feminized strains do indeed have 'brothers', or male counterparts, which is how we keep strains going and breed new ones. If you are interested in this kind of topic, do check out the Sensi Seeds Forum, where many growers discuss our strains and different cultivation techniques.

10/02/2017

Rob

Thanks very interesting.

15/03/2017

Judy Walter

Great article. I may have missed the question/answer but would love to know when to harvest a male plant. I have a lovely large plant that I just force sexed it and it turned out to be male, now it has/had pollen balls all over it. I pinched those off hoping that the leaves would be good for something. Help please

23/03/2017

Mark Skinner

Rather than get male plants, take cuttings from a female Mother plant and with a bit of hormone powder make as many clones as you like....all female just like Mum.

14/04/2017

Chopper

I want to grow and juice my males but I have female cultivators for neighbors. Will this affect them?

19/05/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Chopper,

Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, for legal reasons we cannot respond to grow questions on the blog, but we do have the Sensi Seeds Forum where you can ask a thriving community of gardening fans for advice, share your experiences, and see if your question has already been covered. I hope this helps.

With best wishes

Scarlet

22/05/2017

Andrew

An article that really needs to be read by governments alike where possibilities for less use of herbicides and pesticides and even GMO's. Great post!

27/05/2017

Mike Gomez

How do you know when the male plants are done

04/06/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Mike,

Thank you for your comment 🙂 Unfortunately, for legal reasons we cannot respond to grow questions on the blog, but we do have the Sensi Seeds Forum where you can ask a thriving community of gardening fans for advice, share your experiences, and see if your question has already been covered. I hope this helps.

With best wishes

Scarlet

06/06/2017

Riley

Great info, I make meds an didn't want to waste solvent if there was nothing there, I want wast anymore! Tks

25/06/2017

Kris

I am just a beginner in all this ( lol ) so some of what I read was great articles & others I was a bit confused being so new to this all . I had gotten a few seeds and grew , 2 female and 1 male which I separated. The male has gone crazy , massive and I feel so bad when my friend said just to get rid of it and throw it out after babying it for a while . I have read articles but since its new to me , I think I should hang on to My massive male and do some more reading ? Thanks , sorry to the pro's as it may sound silly ... but I'm just starting out for medical use as I have a chronic pain disorder so would like to get what I can or use it if I could . Does anyone have any suggestions ... Or any other sites for suggestions ? I just would hate to kill it as its so massive and so many pollen balls so Im re-thinking after reading some of your comments. Thanks & again sorry for sounding a bit ditzy ( Lol)

27/06/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Kris,

Thank you for your comment 🙂 We're happy to hear that you're getting enthusiastic about gardening, and don't worry about your lack of experience, we were all beginners once! Unfortunately, for legal reasons we cannot respond to grow questions on the blog, but we do have the Sensi Seeds Forum where you can ask a thriving community of gardening fans for advice, share your experiences, and see if your question has already been covered. I hope this helps.

With best wishes

Scarlet

28/06/2017

Lou

For a true novice like myself that grew 3 and got 3 males. What is the easiest use of a male.
Edibles (butter)? and best part of plant to use?

21/08/2017

Paul

Too much jardon, technical info and very little to none practical info!

04/09/2017

Carolyn

I was given a healthy small plant which has turned out to be male.I put it in a large pot outside (sunny location) and it took off with no care but water. It's legal to grow it where I live so it can get as big as it wants. It has many light flowers all over it and I would like to use them. If I want to make butter, or juice or tea or an elixir, do I dry it first? What are the signs that it's time to harvest a male plant? Or do I just boil it or bake it straight away? Thanks for any info on this. I'm a newbie too.

10/09/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Carolyn

Thank you for your comment 🙂 Unfortunately, for legal reasons we cannot respond to grow questions on the blog, but we do have the Sensi Seeds Forum where you can ask a thriving community of gardening fans for advice, share your experiences, and see if your question has already been covered. I hope this helps.

With best wishes

Scarlet

11/09/2017

Debi

Thank you for this article.

16/09/2017

Rellis Smith

I have been told by many Marijuana "experts" that you can't get high on male marijuana...BS.... In my plants I found one male, I let it live and it started to produce "flower buds" when they would open I would remove them and place them to dry. In 4 or 5 days the plant would produce more "Flower Buds" I would then remove them and place them to dry. The same thing happened 5 or 6 times until the plant was done.

I then proceeded to use the male "Flower Buds" to roll joints, I was able to roll over 60 large joints. When smoked they got me and a couple of friends pretty high. Of course they aren't as powerful as the female buds but believe me they were perfect for us because we are old farts (65 to 78) and don't need any of those Wacydo buds anymore.

19/09/2017

Dolly

Love!

05/08/2018

Tim

I prefer the effect of smoking male leaves to even smoking female bud. The buds are too strong for me, just just one of two hits off a male leaf and I feel great. I've only ever grown male marijuana.

28/09/2017

Ines

I found out by accident the potency of male pollen sacks. I had run out of Cannabis Oil and had just noticed a male plant in full bloom with developed pollen sacks but not yet mature and I harvested the tips. I made oil and as I am always the guinea pig before dosing for my husband, I got high, very high. Add to that the chlorophyll that is also very beneficial, we both enjoyed this medicine for 2 months before the females flowered.
Yes, I did have a male that I didn't notice and by the time I did, he had pollinated a few females but like this article states, it was intermittent here and there, not one female had seeds all over so I was able to harvest the females and collect some seeds for drying. For medicine or making Cannabis Oil, I really don't think that taking males out will change the quality of medicine. We're not out for aesthetics or smoking seeds so both can bring a lot of value in the medicine.

29/09/2017

Corey

Great article, very detailed information. Cannabis is an amazing beauiful plant. Its like a book that you cant stop reading. I think everyone should try cannabis in some form. Thered be no A-HOLES lol sorry for the language but seriously the world and ppl need cannabis. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It was very helpful.

10/10/2017

Mary Kushmas

We keep honeybee boxes within the temperature controlled grow area. The active transfer of pollen from the bees cause the plants to increase flower/bud size and in turn increase seed saturation with the flower. IG : @robstriblen

08/12/2017

terry

when we were kids back in the late 60's, we smoked everything, but one thing i have NEVER got any buzz on are edibles. i've eaten edibles from dispensaries, and home made both, but i don't EVER feel anything.
we use our homemade wax, put 3 grams into a batch of cookies, or brownies. everybody claims they get ripped beyond comprehension, i might get just a bit sleepy.
i quit wasting good wax on edibles, one dab and i'm flyin' high, eat edibles, nothing.

25/12/2017

Ines

I have been growing Medical Cannabis for a few years now. I have and continue to allow males to grow as they are no less potent or effective than the females. they do contain more chlorophyll but I still make the concentrate (Rick Simpson recipe) and use it for creams, salves and the male plant is best for tea. I don't throw out any part of the plant and use the stalks and stems for teas.

All in all, since I don't have a laboratory, I can say with confidence that concentrate reacts with both males and females the same. the only disadvantage is that if females are pollinated they don't have such big flowers, BUT, when making medicine it really doesn't make a difference in volume. I live in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea and my plants withstand all winds as well but the males are stronger and don't bend so much as the females. This year, 2018 I am starting out with Auto Seeds and will feminize them myself...only because these plants are smaller and you want to get the most out of them. Just wanted to share.

04/03/2018

Kathleen

Hi Seshata, you have some really interesting information in this article. Do you have the scientific literature titles that you obtained this information? Or possibly the articles you obtained it from that can cite their sources? I'm really wanting to try a few things out however I need to review the existing literature and some of the information you mention above is just exactly some of what I'm wanting to do the research on. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

01/05/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Kathleen,

Thank you for your comment. If you check the green links within the text, you will find articles and publications that are used as references for this article. Seshata is a recognised cannabis expert who writes for various publications and is an authority on many aspects of the plant.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

14/05/2018

Jane

Extremely helpful article, only got 7 plants of which 2 r male. Just can’t discard the males so now I’m informed on their uses. Thank you

29/06/2018

Michael (Radar)

Thanks, very informative. I only smoke for medical reasons, first back 1975/76 and then a viod till 2017. I found male or fermale plants still growing, just using leaves pacified pain and gave considerable relief from the pain. 1975 was Cranial pain rectified by an operation hence I stopped smoking. The use now while waiting( TKR) Total Knee Reconstruction. The amount I consume is a very small amount, THC, the main psychoactive compound maybe is present but I rarely feel any so called effects from the single small amt I consume(smoke) daily or less as I feel I need.. So I guess the cannabinoid content as found in a good female bud is not there or low and the small amt I use does not give this result. Really I feel nothing and that is exactly what I want, I feel nothing, no pain and sleep fully relaxed. One Doctor, who was a Mr. totally agreed the useage I maintained and told me he would prescribe if legally allowed. Shame medically not recognised for it's benefit, you take one antibiotic every day for 10 days, I equally take the same approach with marijuana, but some mates I met in my travels over time, smoked the quantity of ten days multiple times in one night for the psychoactive affect. Cheers thanks for publication and ability to comment.

17/07/2018

Javier

My Male got a boner reading this...

19/07/2018

Aman

I have full bucket of male cannabis flowers...i want to make RSO for my mom's brain tumor
Now I asked someone who is really informative about cannabis told me its useless and have nothing
My question-does it contain THC and other beneficial cbd in it???
Should I make RSO with these????
Please help

18/08/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Aman,

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I am not able to give you any kind of medical advice because Sensi Seeds is not a medical agency or practitioner. However, I can tell you that the male flowers do contain CBD, although they generally do not contain significant amounts of THC. Good luck!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

30/08/2018

Mark

We must stop the Herodesque slaughter of our males!

I'm new to growing but have got a male and he is a strapping handsome chap....no way am I going to let those genes go to waste.

I have separated him from the girls and continuing to feed and nurture him and mill harvest pollen to fertilise my future generations.

16/09/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Mark,

Bonus points for use of "Herodesque"! Good luck with your endeavours, and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

17/09/2018

Herman

I eat the male pre-flowering bits - quite tasty with a little bit of a burn to it, but it is nice. Not sure how much nutritional value it carries, but something tells me that it is actually quite healthy.

21/03/2019

I grow gnomes

Great post very educational

01/08/2019

Eldon Etheredge

whoah this blog is wonderful i love studying your articles. Stay up the good work! You understand, many people are hunting round for this info, you could help them greatly.

04/09/2019

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