10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cannabis Seeds
Marijuana is big business these days, and with more states than ever before making the consumption of pot legal, it’s no surprise that the concept is one that is always close to the top of newspaper headlines.
If you talk about marijuana, you have to talk about marijuana seeds. Unless you are growing cannabis at home, you probably don’t even think much about the seeds. That is, of course, unless you find one now and then.
The interesting thing about cannabis seeds is that they are quite fascinating, and most people never even give them a second thought. These little brown seeds all generally look the same, but these small, speckled hulls hide hundreds of different variations of the plant. The same seeds that create industrial hemp or a refined sativa, also create autoflowering marijuana and strains with strange names, such as Poochie Love.
There are more than 400 chemicals found in cannabis seeds, and they, too, contain THC. This is the chemical in marijuana that provides the mind-altering affect that we feel after consuming it. As you might know, smoking marijuana allows people to feel the effects of THC, but so does eating the plant and even taking it in pill or caplet form.
Regardless of the legal status of marijuana, more than 50% of Americans admit to at least using it one time, and the use of the plant as a medicine goes back to at least 2800 BC. More studies are being done on cannabis than ever before and some fascinating facts about it have been brought to light. Sit back, relax, and read on to learn 10 new things you didn’t know about cannabis seeds.
10. All Cannabis Seeds Look the Same…No Matter What Strain They Are
One of the most fascinating things about cannabis seeds is that they all look the same. It doesn’t matter if they are Blueberry X Blueberry indica or Blue Dream sativa, the seeds will be identical. What does this mean for people who grow marijuana? It means that you must buy seeds from a reputable source to be sure that the seeds are what they say they are. It is impossible to know just by looking at the seeds. Instead, you will have to see what grows after planting the seeds.
Good quality cannabis seeds will be brown in color and usually have a pattern on them that look like tiger stripes. If you try to squeeze cannabis seeds between your fingers, they should be hard and you would not be able to get any give from them. They might range in size from the size from as small as a tomato seed, or can be as large as a pea. Most are described as the size of a match-head. The size of the cannabis seed has no indication of the size of the marijuana plant that will grow from it, the type of strain it is, or the vitality of the plant that the seed will become.
9. Cannabis Seeds Contain Vital, Healthy Nutrients
Another very interesting thing about cannabis seeds is that they contain almost a perfect balance of the essential fatty acids that we all need. These include Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9. This is why you will often see hemp seeds in health food stores, and you might even know someone who eats hemp.
Hemp and cannabis actually come from the same plant, the seeds just come from different parts of the plan. Whether a seed is called a hemp seed or a cannabis seed depends on a couple of different factors.
Cannabis seeds is the term used when describing a plant, Cannabis Sativa, which is known for having potent glands on them known as trichomes. This is where THC comes from, which as you know, is what produces the psychiatric effects.
Hemp seeds also come from a Cannabis Sativa plant, but in this case, it is a plant that has only small amounts of THC. This is surprising to many people, but yes, technically, hemp contains THC, too. However, it’s only in small amounts. In the United States, hemp can be sold and consumed, but only if there is less than 0.3% THC. Hemp is usually used in oils and ointments, but people also use the seeds in food.
As you might imagine, allowing hemp on the market in the United States while limiting the use of cannabis, has caused a lot of controversy. Part of this is because the law has been around since the 1970s, and it was based on only a single study.
8. The Oldest Cannabis Seeds Ever Found Is More Than 4,800 Years Old
We briefly mentioned above that there is evidence that people have been using cannabis seeds since at least 2800 BC. These seeds were found in China, but they are certainly not the only time throughout history that cannabis seeds were found, and in some cases, there were actual stashes of marijuana found.
In 2008, approximately two pounds of marijuana was found in the Gobi Desert. It was found in a grave that was approximately 2,700 years old. The Journal of Experimental Botany called the find the “world’s oldest marijuana stash.” Several tests have been done on the marijuana that was found, and it showed that this stash had marijuana that had the same psychoactive properties that people find in the plant, today.
What does this tell us? It tells us that the ancient people didn’t just use hemp and cannabis to make rope or clothing. Instead, they likely used it to get high. Based on the other artifacts that were found in the same grave, the individual was probably a holy man or priest. We also know that there was no pipe or similar object found in the grave, which means they likely were not smoking it. Instead, it was in a bowl…no, not that type…which could indicate they were ingesting the marijuana in other ways. There are other graves in the area, so researchers are focused on seeing if others contain marijuana, too.
7. One Marijuana Plant Can Produce Thousands of Cannabis Seeds
It is shocking to know that a single marijuana plant can produce hundreds, if not thousands of cannabis seeds. It all depends on the efficiency of the pollination, the size of the plant, and how the plant is grown.
Many people try to produce seeds on their own. To do this, you would need a male plant and a female plant. The male plants mature a bit faster than the female plants by about two weeks. Once the female plant is pollinated, which can be tricky to master, it takes anywhere from four to six weeks to produce seeds. As the female plant begins to develop seeds, there is a noticeable difference between the looks of fertilized plant and one that is not fertilized. Seed buds are also quite small.
After several weeks of growing, someone can test to see if the seeds are mature by picking a single seed off of the plant. Again, a mature cannabis seed should be brown in color, be very hard, and should have visible stripes. Once the seeds seem mature, all of the seeds can be harvested. These seeds can be really deep into the plant, so sometimes people really have to dig into the plant in order to get all of the seeds out. Again, there can be hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of seeds to harvest.
6. Cannabis Seeds Can Remain Good for a Decade
If cannabis seeds are stored correctly, they can remain good for up to 10 years. However, you have to make sure that you take the proper steps to ensure that they remain healthy and strong.
Keep in mind that not all cannabis seeds will not make it to the 10-year mark. Instead, it’s best to think about cannabis seeds reasonably remaining usable for around four to five years.
To make sure that cannabis seeds will last as long as possible, they must be stored correctly. Seeds should be stored in a dark place away from direct sunlight. They also must remain dry, so they shouldn’t be stored in a place prone to moisture. Finally, they should be stored in a cool place.
Many people choose to store their cannabis seeds in a refrigerator. You can get very good results from storing them in a fridge. It’s dark, it’s cool…but, refrigerators often harbor moisture. If seeds are stored in an area with too much moisture, they could grow mold. It’s best to store them in an airtight plastic container in the fridge if you are going to do that. Some people will also vacuum seal the seeds.
There are others who choose to store their cannabis seeds in the freezer. However, it’s possible that the seeds could get too cold. If these seeds freeze, it could rupture the cells in the seed. If this happens, the seeds will not germinate. If the seeds don’t germinate, they obviously cannot grow into a plant.