Got Cannabis Seeds? How to Use Them
Have you ever seen cannabis bud with seeds? When you visit a licensed dispensary, chances are you won’t find much of it. That is because marijuana seeds are not the best to smoke. You can if you choose to, but the experience is unpleasant and similar to putting pop rocks in your pipe or cone.
But one of the other things you may find is that cannabis bud with seeds in them can be a good deal. And discounts can help make things more affordable for patients. It is a little extra work, but there are many ways you can use cannabis seeds. Including ways to germinate seeds, so don’t throw them out.
Not many people know that cannabis seeds are full of valuable nutrients, including healthy fatty acids, vitamins, protein, iron, and more. Have you ever thought of eating fresh cannabis sprouts you made at home? It’s actually very easy to germinate seeds indoors.
Check out these great ideas to help you use cannabis seeds to help boost your immune system and health.
Why Does My Weed Have Seeds?
When a cultivator finds bud with seeds in it, they know that something essentially got messed up in the grow room or greenhouse. That is because every effort is made to prevent female plants from reproducing through pollination.
In the wild, both male and female plants would grow together. Male cannabis plants create pollen sacs, and at the 4-5 week stage of maturity, the sacs release pollen into the air. The wind takes that pollen and deposits it on nearby female plants, causing fertilization.
After fertilization happens, cannabis seeds propagate on the bud. The genetic code enclosed in each seed has attributes from both the male plant and the female plant. Professional cultivators keep male and female plants separated, and most plants are produced by cloning successful strains (which does not require male plants for pollination).
The natural process of cannabis reproduction has been happening for millions of years. But when cannabis is cultivated for marijuana consumption, seeds are viewed as a critical error (since flower with seeds is so unpopular).
If you have purchased medical marijuana at a discount because it had seeds in the flower, read on! You’ll get some great ideas on how to use those seeds in some delicious (and healthy) ways.
Can You Smoke Cannabis Flower with Seeds?
Snap, crackle, pop! That’s basically the experience you can expect if you pack a pipe or roll a cone with bud that has seeds in it. That is because the outside shell of the seed is more heat resistant and does not incinerate as easily as cannabis flower.
The popping sound is actually quite loud and startling. But if you can get past the sensation of smoking something similar to pop rocks, there is another reason why you might not want to smoke weed seeds. They taste horrible, similar to inhaling burnt toast. And it will leave your room smelling the same way.
Does Grinding Seeded Flower Work?
Some people think that if they use a grinder to break up the seeds, it will provide a better quality of smoke. But it is the content of the seeds and their shells that create all the sound effects, smells, and bad flavor.
Grinding up the cannabis seeds to pack your pipe will only result in more of those sound effects. And it will not reduce the flavor or burnt toast scent. But you can still smoke flowers with weed seeds. But you will have to get out your best trimming scissors and cut separate your seeds from the flower.
This is why dispensaries significantly discount seeded flowers. There is a lot of extra work required to separate the seeds from the other plant material. But if you don’t mind the effort, you can save a lot of money at the dispensary.
Is Seeded Weed Less Expensive?
It is significantly less expensive but not always easy to find. Another reason why patients avoid buying cannabis flowers with seeds is that it obscures the price per weight. Seeds are a lot heavier than flower, so it is hard to tell how much marijuana you are getting versus seeds by the ounce.
Another reason why most people avoid buying cannabis with seeds is that depending on the volume of seed production, it can lower the THC potency of the flower. A few seeds dispersed in the bud are unlikely to change the potency much. But when the flower is heavily seeded, potency can drop by 50% or more.
While most professional cultivators growing cannabis raise seeds indoors, some growers produce specific strains outside. Larger cultivations outdoors can find controlling pollination or weeding out male plants more difficult, which is why many choose to grow cannabis indoors.
Some dispensaries repurpose seeded buds and save them for oil extraction. And then use the material for vape oil, topicals, and edibles. Seeds have a lot of healthy and beneficial fats and nutrients, which can make better edible products.
What Kind of Marijuana Plants Produce the Most Seeds?
Autoflowering cannabis seeds are most plentiful. So if you are legally able to grow your cannabis plants and you want to produce a high volume of seeds, purchase autoflowering cannabis strains. And grow your own plants.
One autoflowering plant can produce hundreds of seeds. That is because the strains are engineered to grow quickly and easily. The good news is that there are more than 200 different strains of autoflowering plants to choose from.
Unlike feminized cannabis seeds, autoflowering cannabis grows to maturity in as little as 7-8 weeks. They are also very easy to grow and less fussy than other types of strains. Autoflowers are more of a “plant and almost forget” type of variety, needing only water and sunlight to produce a healthy plant.
Autoflowering Strains of Cannabis Plants
Some of the most popular strains of autoflowers include Autoflowering Blueberry, Afghan Kush Ryder, Green Crack Auto, Strawberry Cheesecake Auto, Alaskan Diesel Auto, and Blue Dream Auto.
You will need a male plant to propagate with the female autoflowering plant in order to produce cannabis seeds. Then you can choose to dry them as a nutritional supplement, snack, or germinate cannabis seeds for tasty sprouts.
Can I Grow My Own Cannabis Plants From Seeds?
Propagating your own cannabis plants at home may not be legal in your state, even if you have a medical marijuana card. However, if patients are permitted to home-grow, they can, in fact, germinate cannabis seeds at home and grow plants.
The success rate of germinating cannabis seeds can be low, depending on how dry and how old the cannabis flower is. First, you need to rehydrate them by placing them in a glass of water and in a dark area with an average temperature of 68 °F to 77.0°F.
Once you see root structures growing from the seeds (2-3 mm in length), you can transfer them out of the water and pot them in nutrient-rich soil. Within a few weeks, you could have free seedlings from the cannabis you purchased at your local dispensary.
Placing seeds in soil does not guarantee a seedling will grow, however. When you purchase cannabis seeds directly from an established seed bank, you still cannot guarantee that they will propagate. You may find as much as 25% of your cannabis seeds will not sprout.
How Do You Separate Cannabis Seeds from Smokable Flower?
If your cannabis flower is sticky and seed, you will need to let it dry in a warm place for at least a week. Otherwise, it can be very difficult to separate the seed pods from the flower. Once the flower is completely dry, you can grab a tray and start to separate the seeds.
First, cut up the flower with scissors to break up the cannabis and loosen the seeds. Next, take portions of the flower with seeds, and roll it between your thumb and finger. This helps to separate the seeds. Some people also use a wire mesh strainer, as it provides friction that can help make this process easier.
Once the seeds are detached, separate the smokable cannabis material from the seeds, and place your seeds in a bag. Do a quick check to make sure all the seeds are removed before putting your flower into a storage container.
If stored in a dark place at room temperature, cannabis seeds can last long. Make sure to use a container that is airtight. If exposed to light and moisture, you’ll have a container of germinating cannabis seeds. Just make sure to research the right final growing medium, as cannabis plants are sensitive to soil, moisture, and water balance.
Do Cannabis Seeds Have High Levels of THC?
If cannabis flower with seeds has lower THC, then that must mean the seeds are highly potent, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Both hemp and marijuana seeds have low levels of THC, even if they come from a strain that is highly potent.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) states that the level of THC is so nominal (well below the legal threshold of 0.30%) that charges for possession (in reasonable quantities) would be unlikely.
It’s okay to have seeds on hand if you plan to use them for another purpose, as long as you have a small amount of them. In January 2022, the DEA confirmed that cannabis seeds fall under the legal definition of hemp. And they can be sold and purchased without any criminal liability.
What Can You Use Cannabis Seeds For?
Just because they are low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and really not the best thing to smoke does not mean that cannabis seeds are not useful. From a nutritional standpoint, hemp and cannabis seeds are a powerhouse of healthy fats and nutrients.
Cannabis seeds contain:
- Up to 43% protein by volume.
- From 8.39% to 13.79% carbohydrate content.
- Phenolics (700 mg per 100 grams of seeds).
- Flavanoid content of 367 mg per 100 grams of seeds).
- Omega fatty acids.
- Vitamin E.
Raw cannabis seeds that have not been toasted or cooked present the most nutritional value. Just as THC is released by cannabis flower under heat during decarboxylation, nutrients are naturally released from the seeds when they are subjected to high temperatures.
But there are many delicious ways for you to consume cannabis seeds that can benefit your health. And we’ll share some of the most popular methods of eating cannabis seeds which are easy to prepare at home.
Toast and Shell Seeds for a Tasty Snack
The shells of cannabis seeds are more easily removed when they are lightly toasted. That helps the seed casing or husk dry out and fall away. And you can typically peel them easily with your fingers after they have been lightly toasted.
There are a variety of different methods you can use to toast seeds from a cannabis plant at home. You can use a toaster oven, a conventional oven, or even an air fryer with a silicone or paper liner.
One of the easiest ways to toast your cannabis seeds is to put them in a frying pan on medium heat. You will need to add a drizzle of canola oil to the pan and heat it before adding your seeds. Once the seeds appear light to medium brown in color, remove the seeds.
Place your toasted seeds in a wire colander or strainer over a plate or bowl. Once the seeds have cooled (or using an oven mitt), move the seeds around in the bowl to help loosen the shells. Most (if not all) of the shells from the cannabis seed should fall away, leaving you with delicious toasted cannabis seed ready to snack on.
Create a High Fiber Nutritional Supplement
Are you a big fan of healthy smoothies? If so, you may be adding seeds from the cannabis plant to your blender. If you have a food processor or Magic Bullet, you can turn all your seeds into a shelf-stable powder you can add as a nutritional supplement.
Simply place the dried and roasted seeds into your food processor, and mix until the seeds are transformed into a dry powder. Then, transfer the powder to an airtight container or spice jar. Now, you can give virtually any meal or snack a natural nutritional boost with marijuana seeds.
Looking for some ideas to add regular marijuana seeds to your diet? You can add the dried seed powder to:
- Salad dressings.
- Bread and home-baked desserts.
- Stir-fried vegetables.
If you haven’t removed all of the seed shells from your cannabis seeds, don’t worry too much about it. For most people, cannabis husks are easily digestible. But because the seeds (and dried powder) are very high in fiber and other micro and macronutrients, use it sparingly. Too much fiber can result in nausea and an upset stomach.
Use it for Bird Seed
Yes, you read that right. If you have a bird feeder, you can incorporate raw cannabis seeds into your feeder. In fact, many commercial types of birdseed mix have hemp seed in them. That’s because it is high in healthy fats that benefit feathered friends (as well as humans). You can also use it to feed ducks and geese at the park if you are the tree-hugging sort. It’s a healthier snack for them than bread, which is actually harmful to many types of birds and fowl.
Germinate Cannabis Sprouts
Sprouts are a healthy snack and can be added to salads and sandwiches to increase beneficial phytonutrients. While you may be familiar with bean sprouts, did you know you can germinate marijuana seeds and make your own cannabis sprouts too?
All cannabis seeds need is water and light to germinate into sprouts. And it is actually very easy to move seeds from the vegetative stage to grow cannabis sprouts, which are tender and tasty.
If you want to try growing sprouts from feminized cannabis seeds, you probably have all the supplies you need at home to get started. That includes an airtight glass or plastic container with a lid, water, and of course, you’ll need to purchase seeds.
Viable cannabis seeds will sprout. And they will look similar to quinoa at first, with a small sprout emerging from the shell. However, when contained in a high humidity and airtight container, they can grow to equal the size of bean sprouts. And sometimes larger, depending on the strain.
How to Eat Germinated Cannabis Seeds
Germinated seeds are delicious! They are tender and can be added to a variety of different foods. Once your sprouted seeds germinate, you should remove them from direct sunlight and place them in the refrigerator. You can place a wet paper towel in the bottom of your airtight container to help retain moisture.
When you germinate seeds from a cannabis plant, they may not last long. Just like bean sprouts, they have a limited time before they can start to degrade, even when stored in the refrigerator. So when you start to germinate cannabis seeds, plan to sprout a smaller amount that you can eat in 1-3 days before they go bad.
Adding Cannabis Seed Sprouts to Your Diet
Hemp seeds are understood to be a nutritionally dense superfood. But cannabis seeds are not always recognized for their value. Just as hemp sprouts and hearts are healthy for you, so are cannabis seed sprouts.
Some tests have shown that cannabis sprouts can have even higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals compared to consuming dry marijuana seeds. Not only is the concentration of nutrients higher, but young plants (sprouts) also have fewer phytates, oxalates, and tannins.
That means regular cannabis seeds that are consumed as sprouts have increased bioavailability. Phytates, oxalates, and tannins are considered anti-nutritional or nutrients that block the absorption of healthy minerals.
Here are some interesting ways you can add cannabis seed sprouts to your diet to help improve wellness:
Cannabis Sprouts on Salads
Please don’t knock it until you have tried it! Some have shared that sprouts made from germinating cannabis seeds are even tastier than bean sprouts. And when it comes to nutrition. they are not only delicious, but they can level up vitamin and mineral intake.
Using Cannabis Sprouts in Smoothies
Smoothies are the fastest and easiest way to consume vegetables and fruits and give your body the nutrition it needs to build a healthy immune system.
Chances are that you already have some favorite smoothie recipes. Simply add a handful of cannabis seed sprouts to your food processor, and get a boost of essential phytonutrients.
Garnish Your Sandwich With Weed Sprouts
If you are going to have a sandwich, you might as well make it a healthy one. You can add a handful of cannabis seed sprouts to increase the nutritional value of your meal. Garnish with powerful terpenes like pepper (Carophyllene) or a dash of thyme or rosemary for additional benefits.
Make Your Own Cannabis Sprout Tea
After the process where you germinate cannabis seeds into sprouts, you can make your own tea from them in a few easy steps. Or consider combining the sprouts with your favorite tea for an extra nutritional boost.
A kitchen dehydrator is the easiest way to do it. Simply take your fresh cannabis seed sprouts and lay them in a single layer inside your food dehydrator. Unlike hang-drying cannabis flowers, which can take a week or longer, a dehydrator can do it in less than 24 hours.
Make sure your cannabis sprouts are fully dry. You can test it by removing a sprout and breaking it in your hand. If it breaks easily, it is completely dry and ready to be stored in an airtight container. If it bends, reset your dehydrator until the sprouts are crispy.
After you have your dried cannabis seed sprouts, you can store them in an airtight container. Or mix them with another flavor of loose tea to create your own blend. You won’t necessarily taste cannabis from the dried sprouts, but you will be drinking some healthy bonus nutrients.
What Are the Health Benefits of Consuming Cannabis Seeds?
When you learn how many health benefits cannabis seeds can provide, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start eating them sooner. When we said they are packed with nutrients your body needs, we weren’t kidding.
Some of the wellness benefits you can experience when you regularly add cannabis seeds to your diet include:
- Enhanced Digestion.
- Clean Proteins.
- Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
- Promotes healthy skin.
- Can promote weight loss (fiber).
- Can help boost cardiovascular health.
Some new clinical studies have suggested that adding cannabis seeds or sprouts to the diet may help reduce symptoms of menopause and PMS. More research is needed, but just as consuming marijuana may help with perimenopause and post-menopause symptoms, it appears that cannabis seeds and sprouts may also provide benefits.
Can You Buy Cannabis Seeds?
If you are eager to add cannabis seeds to your diet but can’t seem to find discounted seeded cannabis flowers in your area, you have other options. As we mentioned, cannabis seeds contain nominal (very low) levels of THC.
It is legal to buy marijuana seeds and have them delivered to your home. You don’t need a medical card to purchase them. In some cases, you may be able to find seeds that are already roasted or husked, which can save you a few steps. You can safely purchase them online, and it is legal to do so. And you can also order in bulk quantities if you want to add them to your healthy diet.
I am a Chief Marketing Officer at DocMJ, a leading provider of medical cannabis health services to qualified patients. I have over 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing and communications, with a proven track record of delivering impactful and compliant campaigns that educate, inform, and empower patients to make better choices for their health and wellness.