One good way to gauge the quality and traits of a cannabis seed is to get used to how they look. Some details are glaringly obvious, whilst others take some time to identify quickly. Healthier and genetically superior seeds will exhibit darker colours on the outer shell. Shades of grey and black are signs of a good seed, sometimes displaying a tiger stripe aesthetic.
This simple and cost-effective method is a great way to tell the good genetics from the bad; they will sink or swim, literally. Seeds that remain buoyant on the surface are more than likely of poor quality and are to be discarded. Seeds that sink to the bottom like a botanical cannonball are probably healthy and should be germinated.
It’s important to only conduct this test if you are planning to germinate the seeds immediately afterwards. The viable seeds that sunk to the bottom of the glass will have taken in water, crossing the membrane of the seed and signalling that it’s time to come to life—activating germination.
If you are still unsure about the quality of your seeds after analysing their appearance and toughness, it’s time to put your lab coat and goggles on. Well, not quite. This test is extremely easy and only has two possible outcomes. Fill up a drinking glass or glass jar with water (preferably spring or distilled) and place your seeds on the surface.
There are several factors to look for when purchasing seeds, and certain signs that signify the seed isn’t worth the time and effort.
Darker and better-quality seeds will feel firm to the touch. Place the seed between your thumb and index finger and give it a squeeze, not enough power to bend metal, but enough to tests its resilience. If the seed feels firm and does not bend or break under the applied pressure, then it’s more than likely worth planting.
With this said, you may get lucky if the strain they were growing really is prime. In this case, it’s worth carrying out the following test to see if it’s worth germinating.
The alternative to this is to risk buying seeds from a hobbyist. This isn’t to say that hobby growers cannot produce fantastic genetics, but if you don’t know them or their skills, there’s no way to know whether your seeds will grow.
Healthy seeds will also look as though they have a coating of wax of their shell. This can be made obvious when exposing them to a bright light and witnessing a sheen effect.
Knowing how to determine the quality of cannabis seeds will save you precious time, money, and effort. Here's how to tell the good from the bad.
Indicas originated in dry areas like the Middle East. Because of this, plants are shorter in height as compared to sativas, but wider and bushier as a compensation. Their leaves are broader and thicker so that sunlight is more easily caught. They have shorter flowering periods to avoid mould during the fall. Because of their morphology, indica plants can’t handle humidity very well and so they’ve learned to develop sooner. This is a selling point for a lot of growers out there and surely part of the reason pure sativas are hard to find.
Because most strains out there are hybrids nowadays, it can be hard to tell from dried herb what is indica vs sativa. But there are still a few guidelines that can point you in the right direction for making an educated guess.
Whether as a need or a want, knowing how to distinguish cannabis sativa from indica is always handy. With this article, you’ll be able to do so before you even feel the high come on.
Sativas are known to provide an invigorating, uplifting, cerebral high that complements physical exercise, creative activities, and social events. Indica strains, on the other hand, offer a much more physically sedating stone. These are perfect for relaxing at home as you binge on Netflix. They also make great sleep aids.
If you have the chance to take a closer look, there are other factors you can seek out to distinguish between indica and sativa. In case you’re offered a couple of puffs, analyse the flavours. Indicas tend to have sweet flavours like Honey Cream or Sweet Skunk. Sativas, on the other hand, have more earthy and pungent tastes like Sour Diesel. When it comes to smell, sativas have a much more floral and delicate aroma. This is the opposite of their flavour, which is weird, but still true. Indicas emit a much more pungent and skunky profile. These will let the people around you know you have weed in your pocket much faster than a sativa will.
This is information you won’t be using when purchasing your bud, but it’s also good to know and definitely easier to define. Experienced growers will be able to tell if a plant is an indica or a sativa simply from a general glance at a garden. It becomes a fairly straightforward task after you’ve dealt with so many plants.
Let’s start off with sativas. Coming from regions like Southeast Asia, Colombia, and Mexico, these are plants that deal well with equatorial climates. These are very humid places. Plants have to adapt and so their physicality becomes an evolutionary consequence of their geography. Sativa plants will have slender leaves and grow tall as means of preventing the appearance of mould. This height change is more noticeable during the flowering stage. In the proper outdoor conditions, these plants can grow up to 6 metres tall.
Records date back to the 18th century with the first observed differences between indica and sativa plants. Back then, people started noticing that cannabis plants showed great differences in structure and resin production. Today, we have established standards and conditions for each type of cannabis plant and the effects they produce.
Regardless of your preference in terms of high, the truth is that indica buds look more aesthetic. This created a trend in the market. Today, pure sativa plants are rare, not only because of their growing requirements, but also because of bud appearance. So, you’ll generally be purchasing nugs that are indica-dominant, or at very least, contain a small concentration of indica genetics. That doesn’t mean sativas are inferior, but just know that these flowers will come in the form of fluffy and fragile nugs.
There are many ways you can learn to spot an indica from a sativa plant just by looking at them or their buds. It's not as hard as you may think!