Other online marijuana seed sellers in the U.S. may use incorrect labels when shipping, with terms like “luxury bird food” or “fishing bait additives.” Stores also may sell seeds as “collector items” or “additives.”
There are three distinct types of cannabis seeds.
How to buy seeds
The short answer? It’s complicated. Even if you live in California, where it is legal for adults to grow cannabis at home, and you purchase seeds from a California-based seed bank, your package can still be confiscated if mailed.
Even though the United States is one of the world’s most progressive countries in terms of cannabis legalization, the herb remains federally illegal. For this reason, it might be best to get your seeds from a friend or buy directly from a licensed shop. However, in these cases, you’ll have limited options that may not be suited to how and what type of cannabis you want to grow.
Since most seed banks that offer cannabis seeds source them from seed banks in European countries, you may want to search there too.
ILGM still ships there, however. They do a great job of concealing the seeds with their stealth shipments, so most end up getting through. And if they don’t, they will send you a new shipment.
The good news is that it is highly unlikely you will get in trouble, even if you get caught buying seeds online and having them shipped from another states. Generally, they are only confiscated, but there is always a risk of more happening.
The same is true for seeds bought from an international seed bank. There is a minuscule chance they could be confiscated by customs, but if it does happen, you’ll simply get a note informing you of this. You will not be arrested.
In Canada, you can legally grow up to four plants per household (get a large grow tent and make those 4 plants HUGE, unless you are in one of the provinces that restricts your grow space). But you have to buy your seeds domestically.
If buying seeds in Europe, we generally recommend one of the log-established banks. The aforementioned Seedsman is good, but our favorite is Marijuana Seeds NL.
That is far from ideal, since there are very few places that sell seeds legally and their selection is extremely limited. Most Canadian growers end up buying seeds online from a seed bank in another country. But one of the best seed banks is actually headquartered in Vancouver: Crop King Seeds. That’s who we recommend for Canadians.
If you are simply trying to send seeds to a friend, or have a friend send some to you, you’re going to have to do a bit of research.