The buds should be fat, dense, and hard to squeeze. When you’re able to look at the buds up close, you want to see if any seeds, stems, or leaves are easily identified. Beyond that you want to examine the color. The verdant nature of the bud is indicative of how healthy it is. Basically the richer the green color, the healthier the plant. This green is also a representation of how well treated the plant was before it reached you. If the curing and the drying process was conducted appropriately it will maintain its rich, green color. Cannabis of lower quality tends to be a dull green, or even brown.
If you’re going to try growing with seeds, check on their viability first. Seeds that are dark in color are best. Whole dark, mottled seeds are mature and ready to plant, but the lighter, softer or cracked seeds are not as viable for successful germination . The image below is an example of healthy looking cannabis seeds that should be viable.
You don’t want to spend your hard-earned money, come home ready to relax with your latest weed purchase, only to find that it’s full of seeds and not worth the money you invested. That said, even if you haven’t had the misfortune of buying weed full of seeds, it’s good to know the difference between good and bad weed, with or without a pesky seed invasion.
Before You Buy
I found 1-3 seeds in my weed – We do not suggest growing with these seeds as they come from a stressed genetic background ( hermaphrodite plant).
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s cover some basics. Seeds are what you get after pollination occurs. Cannabis flower (buds) are produced from the female plant. If you find seeds in your bud, that means the female cannabis plant came into contact with some pollen from the male plant, which results in your plant getting fertilized and producing seeds.
If the male is not removed in a timely fashion your female plants could become pollinated and start growing seeds. These seeds are part of the natural process and can be used to start a new grow. Careful, 50% of them will be males! Did you also know that cannabis seeds are a superfood? You can survive by eating just seeds!
When you purchase your weed from a qualified vendor you’ll have the opportunity to smell it, feel it and to walk away knowing that you didn’t get a seedy deal. All of this will make your monetary investment well worth every dollar, as you will achieve the quantity and quality you are looking for.
The term ‘bad seeds’ usually refers to any type of seed that has a significantly higher likelihood of causing problems in a grow. I’ll cover the most common reasons for bad seeds in this tutorial!
When I first started growing I was told that good cannabis seeds needed to be very hard with dark tiger striping. If you could crush it between your fingers, it was a bad seed, or so I was told. This has not been my experience at all!
If a cannabis seed was produced with a male doing the pollinating, it means that about half of the resulting seeds will end up being male (which you don’t want, because only female flowers turn into bud). In that case, you want to determine the gender of your young plants as soon as you can so you can toss all the male ones before they start making pollen sacs.
One of the best ways to ensure all your plants end up being female is to start with feminized cannabis seeds from a trustworthy breeder.
Did you know that the “stripes” on cannabis seeds are actually part of a protective coating? The “pale” seeds in this photo are actually just regular seeds with the coating rubbed off!