Generally speaking, there are two primary sources for cannabis seeds:
- Local stores/dispensaries or
- Online stores and breeders
In both cases, you will have the option of choosing brand name seeds from established commercial breeders, specialty seeds from artisan breeders, and cannabis seeds from “no-name” or low-end breeders. In jurisdictions where cannabis is not yet legal, the only option for purchasing seeds will be online, and they will only be available from retailers willing to ship.
What’s the difference between a breeder and a retailer? Breeders only carry the strains they produce themselves, while retailers will carry products from a variety of breeders. Some hybrid breeders/retailers sell their own seeds as well as those from other breeders.
Buying cannabis seeds online is similar to purchasing any sort of seeds (lettuce, kale, carrots, etc.). There are hundreds of varieties (aka – strains), a range of quality, wildly different price ranges, and sellers of varying integrity. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer variety of choices available. In order to make things easier, here is a list of questions you should consider before buying cannabis seeds online.