What are marijuana seeds and how are they classified?
Marijuana cultivation has become a widespread practice in various parts of the world, where production for recreational or medicinal purposes is encouraged. The self-consumption and commercialization of cannabis for these purposes has increased in countries like Uruguay, Holland, Colombia or Mexico.
Even the Charrúa nation became in 2014 the first country in the world to legalize and establish a regulation for the production, distribution and consumption of marijuana, which opened the debate on crops.
Under certain circumstances, cannabis activity is not punishable by law. However, in other places, penalties can be very stiff.
The stages for growing marijuana include adapting the environment for plant growth, flowering, drying and tasting. The yield and optimal qualities of the crop will depend on the care given to it from the beginning.
That is to say, from the choice of the seed, special attention must be paid to ensure that each phase of development is carried out efficiently. There is a wide variety of seeds available on the market to obtain various types of cannabis.
There are companies like GeaSeeds, which through its portal geaseeds.com has specimens of marijuana seeds, feminized seeds and autoflowering seeds. On the website we can find marijuana seed banks like Auto Amnesia, Jack Orange, Sperm Whale, Train Wreck, Lima Haze and everything related to Cannabis.
When asked what marijuana seeds are, it is important to explain that they are the form of sexual reproduction of cannabis. Marijuana produces male and female plants alike.
The former have the capacity to generate pollen, while the latter, being egg producers, are fertilized due to the pollen that has been produced. Over time, the cannabis seed is born and then forms a new specimen.
Experts in the field say that, due to genetic inheritance, the “parents” chosen must be strong and healthy, which will allow for high-quality progeny.
Hybrids and family crosses
A large percentage of the marijuana seeds are hybrids obtained from crosses between the major cannabis families. These include Indica, Sativa and Ruderalis.
In the world of marijuana cultivation there are still pure specimens that have not been crossed with others. These are known as purebreds. There are also other varieties that have been crossed only between themselves, known as IBL or InBrided Line.
In general, there are 3 types of seeds: regular, feminized and autoflowering. The regular ones are the traditional ones, which are used to produce both male and female plants.
Feminized seeds have been genetically manipulated so that they can only produce female plants, which has been a major advance in the industry, as it allows growers to save time and space.
As for the autoflowering plants, they are crossed with the Ruderalis family, so they do not depend on the photoperiod to flower. These specimens enter the phase once they reach maturity.
Cannabis use has reached such a level that it is common to hold special events where companies dedicated to this sector showcase their advances in the cultivation and production of cannabis.
One of the most renowned events is the Spannabis Barcelona Fair, which will be held at the Fira de Cornellá on 9, 10 and 11 March. More information about Spannabis can be found on the GeaSeeds website.
The seeds exhibit particular characteristics that, depending on their type, can be more or less dark and vary in size. The appearance of the seed is the main indicator to know if it is a quality specimen.
A good cannabis crop starts with choosing quality seeds, so you have to know how to identify them and get an optimal harvest.