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A Guide to Buying Cannabis Seeds

Ok, so you’ve decided you want to grow your own Cannabis. You live in an area that permits growing and you’re ready to start shopping! What next?

Well, it can be tricky. You need to think about why you want to grow (medical or recreational for a start), what strain type you might like, what characteristics the plant should have, how to grow them properly and prior to all that where to buy them from!

Knowing the Difference Between Regular, Feminised and Auto Flowering Seeds

  • Regular

Regular seeds will produce male and female seeds, and it’s the female seeds you are looking for. These types of seeds haven’t been genetically altered in any way, hence the unknown split of male / female seeds.

These seeds are good for beginners but you do have to train yourself to tell the difference. You need to ensure the male plants don’t pollinate the female plants. Even if the male plants are removed, female plants can ‘hermy’ because they are not feminised.

  • Feminised Cannabis Seeds

Feminised cannabis seeds are not naturally occurring as such, but are created by going through a feminisation process.

Feminised seeds are grown in conditions that avoid hermaphrodites.

If you are only interested in producing buds, then this is the route for you to take. These can also be considered good for beginners as you won’t have to establish if there are any males in your crop.

  • Auto Flowering Cannabis Seeds

Auto flowering seeds will grow once they’ve reached a certain age as opposed to feminised seeds which rely on a light cycle. This makes the seed ideal for beginners because creating a light cycle isn’t necessary.

Another advantage is that these type of seeds are hardy and can be ideal for outdoor growing.

Strains of Marijuana

The four main types of strain are:

  1. Indican
  2. Sativa
  3. Ruderalis
  4. Hybrids
  • Indica

Indica is known to make you feel lethargic, relaxed and sleepy and can be helpful for muscle and pain relief. Other benefits noted have been migraines, sleeping issues, seizures and glaucoma.

  • Sativa

The flowering period of a sativa is usually longer than that of Indica (10 to 16 weeks).

It is thought Sativa effects your head more than your body. It can make you feel happy, energetic, more creative and give you general feelings of positivity. I can be a helpful anti-depressant.

  • Ruderalis

Ruderalis can be considered a sub-species of Sativa. It’s not as popular as the above but can perform well in colder climates, so you may wish to consider it under those conditions.

  • Hybrid

Hybrid’s are very popular. This is when two strains are crossed with one another to help increase the yield or overall strength. You will notice strain names on the market such a White Widow x Big Bud, which is a hybrid from the breeder Female Seeds. Keep a look out for these crossed strains as you do your shopping and check out the characteristics. There should be a chart looking something like this to help you make your decision:


If you’ve not smelled the aroma of a Cannabis nug, you are in for a treat! There’s an addictive quality to it, and you’ll always go back for another sniff, so to speak.

Like wine, Cannabis has Terpenes. These are the plants natural oils.

Keep an eye out (or a nose out) for when you do grow, be sure to take in that sweet aroma. There’s nothing else like it.


  •  THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is the part that gets you high. It can and will change your mood and perception. This will lead to a euphoric high and will get you stoned! If you are in this purely for medical reasons then don’t be going too high with your THC levels, although it’s still considered a good thing at certain percentages.

CBD is an anti-psychotic. It enhances the good effects of THC whilst calming the more negative sides of it. It’s used to treat symptoms from many different diseases. You’ll be aware of all the new CBD products that have hit the market lately, and that’s because laws are more laxed around this given it’s potential medical qualities.

Choosing Healthy Seeds

 Look out for:

  • A glossy finish
  • Fat and Rounded Seeds
  • Dark Brown or Grayish
  • Sometimes with tiger stripes or engrained pattern
  • Firm shell that’s sturdy
  • Pale Green or White Seeds won’t germinate
  • Avoid Cracked Seeds
  • Avoid Moldy Seeds

SInk or Float Test

A common test growers use is the float or sink test.  Put your seeds in water and if they sink they’re most likely the healthiest! That said, germination is thee only way to truly check.

Where to Buy

 You may be able to buy locally if you’re in one of the lucky regions of the world where it is legal to grow. If it’s not a bricks and mortar store then your next best option is online. Doing a search for ‘Cannabis Seeds’ will bring up a number of different suppliers, however, you’ll be presented with two main types. The ‘Seed Bank’ and The ‘Seed Store’. A seed bank will be a breeder selling only their strains. If you know exactly what you want and have heard good things about a breeder, then perhaps you’d shop directly. If on the other hand, you’d like a selection of seeds from different breeders than you should try a seed store. Seed stores may also have more flexible shipping options too.

 How to Store Your Seeds

So, you’ve done all your research and your hard work, made your purchase, but you need to store your seeds (so much to think about, right)?

In this post from The Vault Cannabis Seed Store, you can learn about this in a bit more depth. The 3 top tips are:

1 – Keep The Beans Cool

2 – Keep Your Seeds In The Dark, Out of Harms Way

3 – Keep Those Seeds Nice n Dry


 Always check the laws in your contract or local area before embarking on your Cannabis Journey. We write this as a business based in the UK, where it is perfectly legal to sell Cannabis Seeds for Souvenir purposes. The laws are different around the world so ALWAYS check your local jurisdiction before embarking on a grow. A quick google search from a reputable site or your governments on web pages should let you know where you stand.


Buying seeds can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. There are multiple resources on the net for you to get support like forums and groups.

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Remember: It is illegal to germinate cannabis seeds in many countries and some remote, less enlightened planets outside the core systems.  It is our duty to inform you of this fact and to urge you to obey all of your local laws to the letter.  The Vault only ever sells or sends out seeds for souvenir, collection or novelty purposes.

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