Cannabis seeds in South Africa are becoming widely available. Learn where to securely buy cannabis seeds online and their legal status in South Africa.
So you’ve decided to get some cannabis seeds now that weed has been decriminalized. But you’re not sure where to buy cannabis seeds (aka marijuana or dagga pips) in South Africa. Or if it’s actually even that legal to do so. Let’s take a look at the finer details. Before you spend all your pocket money on a fistful of magic beans.
Are cannabis seeds legal in South Africa?
The confusing answer is yes and no. It is legal to possess cannabis, including seeds, for personal adult use. It is also legal to grow your own cannabis. Although the amounts that constitute personal use are yet to be defined. And all trade of any part of the plant remains strictly prohibited. This has resulted in an awkward grey area to kind of solve the problem of legally growing your own plant with legal’ish seeds.
Dozens of online seed banks and breeders have sprouted in this grey area. Some focus on locally bred cannabis seeds, while most others focus purely on re-selling strains from well-known international breeders. These include leading brands. Such as Royal Queen, Sensi Seeds, G13 Labs, Dinafem, Seedsman, Barney’s Farm, Humboldt Seed Organization, Kaliman, Green House Seed Co, Dutch Passion, Ethos, DNA and Worlds Strongest Strains. The list of now locally available cannabis seeds is almost exhaustively endless.
Where to buy cannabis seeds in South Africa
There are fortunately an increasing number of local seed banks who are becoming agents for various reputable international high end cannabis seed brands and genetics. Carrying the risk and costs of importing the seeds into the country does typically mean a bit of a price bump between what you would pay if you were to go directly to the international seed banks, but going overseas for cannabis seeds could lead to considerable delays and possibly even loss of both your order and the hard earned cash you spent on it. Take a look at these local seed banks.
How much do cannabis seeds cost?
There are seeds for every budget. From buying single seeds for R 25 each to buying a few feminized seeds for over R 1,000 each. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Thankfully, some of the more established genetics are very affordable and are usually a good place to start.
There is a whole world of options when buying seeds online. I’ve experienced some amazing and some terrible sellers over the last ten years, and would hate for you to repeat some of the same expensive mistakes that left me pulling my hair out. The first thing that I would like to make very clear is that buying cannabis seeds online ain’t cheap. If it is going to be your first grow, rather use some bag seed you got from a bankie. Bag seed is free and therefore makes great test pilots to learn with, rather than possibly losing valuable seeds with your first few beginner grow attempts.
CBD Seeds vs THC seeds
In the old days it was all about THC orientated strains. Now you can get high CBD seeds to high THC seeds and everything in between. It is important to consider more than just these single dimensions of the plant. You are likely to discover that a strain’s ability to grow within the practicalities of your environment can be more important than dealing with temperamental or high maintenance strains.
Regular, Feminized and Auto cannabis seeds
It is important that you understand what form of cannabis seeds you are buying. Here are the differences:
Regular Cannabis Seed – Bred from a male and female plant, so the seeds will be about a 50/50 mix of female or male plants.
Feminized Cannabis Seeds – Bred from selective techniques that create female only seeds.
Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds – Bred by introducing only the autoflower traits of cannabis-ruderalis into more desirable genetics. These can therefore also be Regular of Feminized.
This is by no means a complete list of all the seed banks out there. Tell us below what your favourite seed bank or brand is?