Words By | Andrew Macfarlane, budding horticulturist and writer.
As you would be aware by now, growing your own cannabis plant for your own consumption at home is legal. You may not purchase or sell cannabis. We feel like the only people that need to be educated on this fact are “pop-culture”, day-time radio DJs… and the dear owner of Canapax.
But where does this leave South Africa’s fledgeling seed bank industry? Well, in a good place.
They’ve been operating on the fringes of the law for many years, as buying and selling of marijuana seeds has never really been defined.
The old illegal part of possession of weed was related to the product or flower, but the South Africa Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 0f 1992 doesn’t mention much about owning seeds. And with the amendment, if you are purchasing seeds it can be argued that it is for self-cultivation.
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So, technically speaking, you’re in the clear until something more concrete is put forward. Now that we’ve all cleared up the complexities of buying seeds – below are the top South African Cannabis seed outlets and what the offer.
All outlets offering the following:
– Autoflowering (they flower ASAP)
– Feminised (no guesswork about what gender it is)
– CBD (more hemp and little to no THC)
– Regular (if you’re not in the mood to play GROWING GOD!) May or may not flower
– And Hybrids
Top South African cannabis seed outlets
Green Smoke Room
The old guard of the seed-selling business, they now offer a 48 hour delivery time on all their products. Not so much a singular brand of seeds, but a worldwide seed bank. They offer all the iconic strains you might have bumped into over the years.
Smoking Gun Seed Company
Fairly new to the game, this local seed bank has some amazing “breeders”. They really have a great tip on their website: Smoking Gun advises its customers to reassure themselves of local applicable laws and regulations before germination. They cannot be held responsible for the actions of those who act against laws and regulations that apply in their locality and that cannabis seeds should be kept as collectable souvenirs by anyone in an area where cultivation of cannabis is not legal.
We like simple legal chat as much as good genetics in our seeds.
Biltong & Budz
I’m going to mention that these guys are local, even though I now feel like Captain Obvious. They offer bulk seeds as well as companion plants (we’ve written about these before), and of course, biltong.
If you’ve ever scanned through the forums of 420sa.co.za you’ll know the name – as they deliver. While the digital platform might be a bit old, it doesn’t really matter as long as you get seeds with good genetics.
Stocking their own sourced seeds from the best cannabis breeders in Holland and Spain, using American and European genetics, they deliver the best quality President seeds with a touch of humour. Sure, we’re biased, but it’s hard not to be when President seeds germinate so bloody well.
There are loads more of these sites popping up, and we’re sure we’ve missed a few gems. Just mention them in the comments, and let’s get started on seed providers.