Seeds Cannabis seeds may all look pretty much the same, but within those brown, speckled hulls, the potential for infinite variations is captured. From industrial hemp to carefully refined sativas, from the most modern autoflowering strains to the most ancient cannabis seeds discovered to date, it all starts from a seed!
Cannabis seeds may all look pretty much the same, but within those brown, speckled hulls, the potential for infinite variety is captured. From industrial hemp to carefully refined sativas, from the most modern autoflowering strains to the most ancient cannabis seeds discovered to date, it all starts from a seed! Here we present ten interesting facts about cannabis seeds for you to enjoy and share.
There is no visible difference between regular cannabis seeds, feminized cannabis seeds, autoflowering cannabis seeds, and seeds for growing industrial hemp plants. For this reason, always buy your cannabis seeds from a reputable seed bank (such as Sensi Seeds and White Label Seed Company) so you definitely know what you’re getting.
Cannabis seeds are usually around the size of a match-head, but can vary by variety from not much larger than a tomato seed to as big as a small pea. The size of the seed is no indication of the size (or vitality) of the cannabis plant that will grow from it.
Cannabis seeds contain a near-perfect balance of the essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9. These are vital to human health and cannot be produced by the body. It is better to eat hemp seeds than cannabis seeds as the former are a lot cheaper, and there is no difference in the EFA content of the seeds – just the THC content of the plants they produce.
The oldest cannabis seeds we know of are 2,700 years old and were found in 2007 in a grave in China.
A single cannabis plant can produce hundreds of, and even over a thousand, cannabis seeds depending on its size and the efficiency of pollination. Some hemp strains are bred to enhance seed production for when seeds are the primary crop.
The best temperature to store cannabis seeds is 5 – 7 degrees centigrade, which is usually the temperature of the door in a domestic refrigerator, handily enough. Cannabis seeds should also be kept perfectly dry to avoid both mould and premature germination.
In many countries, the possession of cannabis seeds is legal whereas germinating them is harshly punished. Many people are forced to buy and preserve their seeds as collector’s items, in the hope that legislation in their area will soon change to a more enlightened approach to home cannabis cultivation.
Hemp seeds were taken on long sea voyages by sailors during the Dutch Golden Age of shipping and naval exploration. If stranded on a deserted island, the sailors could use some of the seeds as a simple but nourishing essential food source and plant the rest, relying on the rapid growth and multiple uses of hemp to fix their ships.
The Scythians were the ancient race who gave their name to the scythe thanks to their use of these curve-bladed tools to harvest their crops, including hemp. Some of their religious rites incorporated hemp seeds, which they threw onto smouldering fires inside small tents where they sat inhaling and bathing in the fumes.
Hemp seeds are a common ingredient in bird food, and there is a urban legend of accidental crops caused by someone – usually a grandmother – emptying the bird food bowl at the bottom of the garden and then being arrested six months later for the flourishing plants they were unwittingly growing.