There’s a seed in my bud!
What does it mean to find seeds in your marijuana buds? Is it something to be worried about?
Does it mean the weed is bad?
I’ve seen some growers get impressive results with bagseed, but overall results seem to be hit or miss. Plants can grow in odd ways and often either the yields or quality isn’t as expected. The problem is that seeds often don’t “breed true” to the buds that they came from. That is why many growers either stick to clones (which are exactly the same as the “mother” plant) or purchase seeds of a stabilized strain from a trustworthy breeder, where each of the plants will grow the way you expect, and buds more consistently have the smell, yield and potency they’re supposed to.
If it’s very seedy the buds may not feel as potent, though a few seeds here and there won’t make much difference in potency. The main problem with seedy weed is that you are getting less smokeable bud for the amount of total mass there. If it is seedless, you will get a lot more bang for your buck. Seedless bud (sinsemilla) is considered to be the highest quality and most potent type of weed.
Seeds are the result of pollination. That means the seedy cannabis buds (which come from a female plant) may have come into contact with pollen from a male plant. Therefore, it’s possible the grower didn’t identify and remove all the male plants before the released pollen. It’s also possible that the plant self-pollinated (sometimes called herming) which is often the result of plant stress during the budding phase but can also be caused by genetics.
The plants that you grow from the seeds you found in your weed might not yield a lot and the quality might not be what you expect. Most people who are growing on a regular basis will use a cutting that has been rooted – otherwise known as a clone. The other seed option is from a mother plant. Some other growers purchase their seeds from a stable strain, providing more consistent results. Still, it can be fun to grow an experiment! We also like eating cannabis seeds as they are a superfood – too bad they are SO expensive!
This doesn’t mean it is bad for your health but we advise against smoking seeds. Please remove them as you see them – you may find them crushed up in your grinder! The presence of seeds does mean that the total mass of smokable weed is compromised with decreased cannabinoid content and quite a few unwanted seeds. Think about it this way: If you purchase an ounce of cannabis and it comes filled with seeds, you are paying for the seeds which are less desirable than the cannabis flower that you were expecting.
If you’re feeling ambitious you can take the seeds out of your pot and try to grow from them. Here are a couple tips for determining whether or not to grow with the seeds you find:
Saving the Seeds
I found 10+ seeds in my weed – These seeds will give you a 50/50 chance of female/male plants. Usually these seeds occur from male plant fertilization. If you have the time and knowledge, grow them! Make sure you look out for those nanners as you get into flowering. Nanners are male pollen sacks that look like little bananas!
High-quality weed is important when you invest your hard earned money in what you smoke. There are a handful of things that can decrease your bud quality, one of which is finding seeds in your weed.
That said, visual cues might not be enough to evaluate your weed 100% but it can help you to conduct at best a preliminary inspection before you buy.
The other option is that the plant has self pollinated. This is rare but that still does happen. This self pollination usually happens when the plant is stressed while undergoing the budding phase but sometimes it can manifest because of genetics or light leak during necessary dark times. This is often referred to as a hermaphrodite plant.