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are marijuana seeds legal in the usa

Seeds can come feminized, meaning you can just put them in soil and start growing for buds. These seeds are guaranteed to be bud-producing females and growing them cuts out the step of having to sex out plants and discard the males.

Feminized and autoflower seeds will cost more because more breeding work was put in to creating them and they take less time for the grower to get buds.

An inexperienced breeder might cross a male and a female one time and sell the resulting seeds as a new hybrid strain, but professional breeders usually put their strains through several rounds of backcrossing to stabilize the genetics and ensure consistent plants that reflect those genetics.

Feminized seeds

If you want six total cannabis plants to harvest for buds and are growing from regular seeds, start with about 4 times as many, or 24 seeds. Some won’t germinate and some will turn out to be males, and then you’ll want to discard down to the six best phenotypes. If growing feminized seeds, you can probably start with about twice as many seeds in this case (about 12); a couple won’t germinate, and then discard down to the six best phenotypes.

If you buy a packet of regular seeds, they’ll come with a mix of males and females. A lot of cultivators prefer to grow these because they haven’t been backcrossed—essentially inbred—as much as feminized or autoflower seeds. You’ll need to sex out the seeds once their reproductive organs show during the flowering phase and discard the males—because they don’t produce buds and will pollenate females, resulting in seeded flowers.

In states with adult-use legalization or a medical marijuana program, you can buy seeds within your own state, either at a dispensary or through a specific seed company’s website.

Some strains are easier to grow than others because they are more resistant to mold and pests, so if you’re new to growing, you may want to try an easier strain to start.

Strictly seen, a cannabis seed is not a weed nor a drug. The seed contains no narcotic components so you won’t get stoned or high from it. What it makes complicated is that you can grow a weed plant from a cannabis seed.

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The legality of cannabis seeds per country

Please note: as a German grower you have to buy your seeds from a source within the EU.

However, this doesn’t stop most US citizens from buying cannabis seeds overseas. Especially as the quality of seeds in Europe is considered better, there is more choice and no known consequences of buying cannabis seeds overseas.

Italians can buy cannabis seeds both online and in stores but like in many other countries the germination of the seeds is an illegal activity.