Can cannabis seeds be sprouted? We shed light on the law.

Can cannabis seeds be sprouted?

Is it possible to cultivate cannabis? Here is what the law says.

Sprouting cannabis seeds?

If you have decided to open this article, the subject has intrigued you too.

But as you have probably already noticed, there is still a lot of confusion on the subject, and the risk of committing legally punishable actions is just around the corner.

Therefore, in the following article, we will examine how marijuana seeds can be used according to the law.

Sprouting cannabis seeds

Marijuana seeds: yes to possession, no to cultivation

According to law, it is possible to buy cannabis seeds from certified shops, but only under certain conditions.

As they are not classified in the list of narcotic substances, possession is allowed but not cultivation.

This sounds contradictory, but let us clarify.

It is impossible to predict whether plants with a certain THC content, a psychotropic substance capable of inducing a state of psycho-physical dependence, will grow from the seeds.

In this regard, Law 242 of 2016 allows the cultivation of legal cannabis, provided the inflorescences contain a THC level of between 0.2% and 0.6%.

If it is not possible to grow cannabis for personal use, we know that one can save the seeds for food and collecting purposes.

Indeed, it is not strange that many people have introduced seeds into their diet because they are rich in omega-3 and omega-6.

Read also: Why is it (never) a good idea to smoke hemp seeds?

Cannabis seed cultivation: the government proposal

Recently, a proposal was made regarding cultivating cannabis at home: four feminized seedlings for personal use only.

Should the proposal be accepted, people fond of legal marijuana could grow their plants without penalties.

However, it will take time to understand whether the government will be willing to accept it, which would be a significant step towards legalization.

Cannabis plant leaf

Top-selling cannabis seeds

Regular seeds

Regular’ seeds were first used for growing cannabis. Their main characteristic is that they can germinate into male and female plants.

Unfortunately, however, this posed a problem for those who wanted to obtain large yields, as these types of seeds turned male 90% of the time.

So, what does this mean?

Males produce the pollen necessary for females to create a seed, which can then be transformed into new plants, and a pollinated female will only produce poor-quality seed-filled tops.

Therefore, to avoid this issue, it was necessary to eliminate the male plants once identified.

These types of seeds are currently limited to growers or seed banks that create hybrids.

Feminized Seeds

Feminized seeds have been modified to be incapable of creating male chromosomes, causing only female plants to grow inflorescences.

‘Feminizing’ any marijuana seed is a difficult task that requires a lot of time and testing to ensure consistency and stability and to be able to sell them as feminized varieties. Fortunately, this process is 99.9% guaranteed today, so there is always a tiny chance of germinating a male plant.

However, this type of seed is always better than the one we looked at earlier, especially for novice growers.


This way, it is no longer necessary to learn how to distinguish between male and female plants and how to remove the former in time.

Furthermore, they ensure that you get quality buds at the end of the cultivation process with primary care.

Autoflowering seeds

Autoflowering seeds change phase regardless of their surroundings: in fact, they are self-programmed to enter the flowering period after a certain number of weeks of growth.

The advantages?

  • They are effortless to grow because they can develop even with only a few hours of sunlight per day.
  • They are very resistant to light pollution, which means that the interruption of dark hours will not affect them.
  • They are perfect for starting to gain experience in growing or for those who need more time to dedicate to their plants, although proper care will increase the final yield.

Autoflowering seeds are created by crossing a regular or feminized seed with a Ruderalis.

In this way, the life cycle will be shorter. The plants will be smaller, hardier, and able to flower under almost any circumstances. Keep in mind that these plants are ready for harvest about ten to twelve weeks after germination.

Although they are less productive than feminized plants, they make up for this with the amount of autoflowering crops obtained throughout the year.

Read also: How many hours of light do different varieties of marijuana need?


In this article, we have seen the government’s position regarding the germination of cannabis seeds.

To sum up, for now, cultivation is only allowed for authorized growers, but it is possible to save the seeds for food or collecting purposes.

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