The Cannabis Act of Canada, also known as Bill C-45, is a law that will come into effect on October 17, 2018, which will legally allow the recreational use of marijuana and cannabis all over the country and will undo the prohibition of cannabis in the country since 1923 when it was put in the list of Narcotics Drug Act’s Confidential Restricted List.
The Canadian Senate passed the bill on June 19, 2018, completely making it legal for the sale and use of recreational marijuana and cannabis all over the country. Since November last year, the bill had been trying to make its way through the country’s parliament. After the bill is passed, municipalities across the country are on a war footing to regulate its sale, use, possession, and growth of marijuana and cannabis. Because of this, the bill will be effected on October 17 to provide all territories and provinces with the time to lay down regulations in their jurisdictions.
According to the guidelines, the bill will permit the legal use of marijuana and cannabis by people equal to, or over 18 years of age. People can be permitted to buy cannabis from retailers regulated by the territorial governments, provincial governments or federal governments.
The implementation of the Bill C-45 will enable people in Canada to purchase cannabis seeds and grow up to four plants for personal consumption and possess up to 30 grams of marijuana.
As expected there will be a proliferation of many online and local sources who will be selling the seeds. However, it is critical that people go for a reliable source.
Seed banks in Canada where you can buy cannabis seeds (as of July 21, 2018):
- Upper Canada Seed Bank
- True North Seed Bank
- BC Seeds
- Crop King Seeds
- Toronto Cannabis Seeds
- Quebec Cannabis Seeds
- Montreal Seeds
Companies that will open their brick and mortar retail shops across major Canadian cities where people will be able to buy marijuana and cannabis seeds:
- Canopy Growth Corporation
- Ontario Cannabis Store
- Tokyo Smoke
- Liquor Control Board of Ontario
- Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation
- Hiku Brands
- Aphria Inc
- Aurora Cannabis Inc
- DOJA Cannabis Company Limited
How do you know the quality of marijuana seeds?
To grow healthy cannabis plant, you’ll need to ensure that the seeds are of high quality. However, this may not be so clear for the starting grower. Here are some tips that will enable you to determine the quality of seeds:
Judge by their looks: High-quality cannabis seeds should feel stronger and look “healthier” than inferior quality seeds. Healthy quality of seeds comes in grey or brown color with shades of black and may include a little tiger print. Unhealthy seeds can lack color and appearance.
How do they feel? Healthy cannabis seeds are harder and can be determined by pressing them between fingers. The healthy ones will withstand the pressure and will remain intact.
Do they sink or float? The best way to determine the quality of seeds is by putting them in a container of water for one or two hours and see if they sink or float. The seeds that have sunk are high quality and healthy ones, whereas the seeds that float are unhealthy.
Germinate them: Now that you have placed the seeds in water, it makes sense to germinate them anyway. You can collect the seeds that have sunk in the water, dry and store them for the future. However, you can know the quality of the dubious seeds by germinating them, if they germinate at all.
Procure the seeds from reliable sources: Procuring cannabis seeds from a reliable source will result in better quality of seeds. Purchasing seeds from a reliable and prestigious seed bank will provide you with high-quality seeds.
Most Common Cannabis Seeds used by growers:
Hindu Kush: Hindu Kush marijuana strain is a highly-potent pure indica strain that has dark green plants with broad indica leaves.
Mexican Sativa: Mexican Sativa strain is a pure sativa strain that is a low maintenance plant and resistant to pest and molds.
California Indica: California Indica is a indica dominant hybrid (65% indica/35% sativa) strain that is highly potent.
White Skunk: White Skunk cannabis strain is an indica dominant hybrid (65% indica/35% sativa) strain.
Purple Bud: Purple Bud marijuana strain is an indica dominant hybrid (75% indica/25% sativa) strain.
Sensi Skunk: Sensi Skunk marijuana strain is an indica dominant hybrid (85% indica/15% sativa or 80% indica/20% sativa) strain.
Michka: Michka strain is a sativa-dominant strain that has a long flowering time tall columns of dense flowers.
Snow Ryder: Snow Ryder is indica dominant hybrid (75% indica/25% sativa) strain made by crossing the Low Ryder strain with Snow White strain.
What are the Best Seeds for Growing Marijuana?
This really depends on what your objectives are. If you’re looking to grow a plant with higher THC content vs. CBD content, you will need to choose an appropriate strand. Most growers want the biggest bang for their buck and will go for the higher yielding strands that give you more volume in a shorter amount of time.
Gold Leaf: Gold Leaf is the highest yielding strain that can reach a height of 89 inches even when grown indoors. The plant has a high level of THC and is an indica dominant hybrid with 60% indica strain.
Northern Lights: Northern Lights are the second highest yielding strains that can reach a height between 39 and 51 inches. The plant is an indica dominant hybrid with 90% indica strain.
Sour Diesel: Sour Diesel is the third highest yielding strain that can reach a height of 71 inches. The plant is an sativa dominant hybrid with 60% sativa strain.
Strawberry Kush: Strawberry Kush is the fourth highest yielding strain that can reach a height of 37 inches. The plant is an indica dominant hybrid with 75% indica strain.
Amnesia Haze: Amnesia Haze is the fifth highest yielding strain that can reach a height of 32 inches. The plant is an indica dominant hybrid with 80% indica strain.
Are Cannabis Seeds Illegal?
As mentioned before, many outlets are available for the purchase of marijuana seeds. However, plants that have fully bloomed put the product into a different category. By October 2018, aspiring growers should be allowed to grow cannabis with peace of mind. Unless any sudden changes in legislation occur.
How to grow your own seeds for future use?
After your marijuana plants mature into seed-bearing plants, you can either let nature to take its own course or pollinate selected branches by yourself. The first one is easy, where you just sit back and allow nature to do its work. The second option will require you to pollinate some selected branches of certain plants that will give you enough seeds to stock up your subsequent round of crop. Here you will have to select a female and male plant and you are required to prepare each one for pollination.