by Ben Sensi on 06/02/2013 | Cannabis News

World Drug Report – Cannabis Seeds

The UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) has undertaken research into cannabis seeds purchasable online. They presented their findings in June 2012, of which we have made a selection specific to the cannabis seed industry for you.


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The UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) has undertaken research into cannabis seeds purchasable online. They presented their findings in June 2012, of which we have made a selection specific to the cannabis seed industry for you.

The cannabis seed business

The cannabis seed market has grown significantly in the past few years. To date between 100 and 200 cannabis seed brands can be found on the Internet. Those brands are produced by companies the majority of which are based in the Netherlands and Spain, but also in other European countries, Canada and the United States. However, the seeds produced by those companies are sold by a much greater number of resellers in a large number of countries.

Distribution of cannabis seeds

The cannabis seed market is dominated by a number of large companies that successfully breed popular varieties of cannabis plants. Seeds may be sold online, directly by the breeder or by specialized online stores. However, the Internet is not the only source of cannabis: seeds are also distributed through social networks or via the sale of cannabis herb, when found among the flower heads of cannabis herb used for smoking.

Cannabis varieties sold

Northern Lights
Northern lights®

The large number of cannabis varieties developed over the years provides the user with a wide palette of potencies and tastes to choose from, which are specified on dealers’ websites and in their brochures. The varieties are the product of decades of cross-breeding the three major cannabis species, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis, and the resulting strains are marketed under imaginative names such as Northern Lights, Thai Tanic, Lemon Chunk and White Widow.

Several types of specially bred cannabis seeds, such as the “feminized cannabis seeds” and “auto-flowering” strains, are available.

Normal cannabis seeds produce both male and female plants, but seeds of “feminized” cannabis are specially treated so that only female cannabis plants, which are in demand because of their high THC content, are produced. “Autoflowering” strains can produce more than one harvest per year when grown outdoors.

Cannabis seed vendors usually provide information on the expected yield of each variety, the flowering period (time until harvest), the expected size of the plant and — less frequently — the THC level. Specifications on websites typically promise a THC level of 15-18 per cent, but sometimes up to 25 per cent, while some breeders also specify the level of cannabidiol (CBD), another psychoactive ingredient. These strain properties (yield, time until harvest, THC content) probably reflect some of the breeding goals of seed producers.

In 2011, the price for 10 cannabis seeds ranged from 15 to 180 euros, with most prices being between 50 and 70 euros. Seeds of “Feminized” cannabis are considerably more expensive than regular seeds because feminized seeds produce only female plants, whereas normal seeds also result in some male plants, which are not used for consumption.

Source: World Drug Report 2012

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chris adams

CBD is not psychoactive, in fact it is anti psychoactive, So it will counter the effect of THC.
If you want weed for medical purposes, to treat cancer or PTSD, then you want strains that are higher in CBD.

If a plant is harvested to soon it will have more THC and less CBD.
If a plant is harvested late it will have more CBD.

some THC will convert into CBD and CBN during the curing process.

A lot of street cannabis will have been harvested early and not cured because the grower wants money and doesn't care about quality. Therefore alot of street cannabis will be less effective as a medicine.

06/07/2013

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