Quality cannabis doesn’t come cheap. And just like a bottle of fine wine, some marijuana strains are more expensive than others. High-quality cannabis has humble beginnings as a high-quality seed.
What Makes a Quality Seed High Quality?
Determining if a marijuana seed is of high quality is dependent upon several different factors. Seeds that produce the highest quality buds must fully mature before they’re harvested. They also must be stored in a cool, dry place so they do not acquire mold or pick up any harmful pathogens. As a rule, seeds should be used within 16 months or frozen to be used in the future.
It’s the genetics of a seed however, that truly make up a high-quality seed. The most expensive seeds are typically the ones with the best genes. When it comes to the quality of cannabis, genetics are everything. The effects, potency, taste, maturation rate, and yield are all dependent upon the genetics of that tiny little seed.
The genetic makeup of a plant is known as its genotype, which essentially serves as a blueprint for its growth. A plant’s genotype allows for a range of various physical possibilities, all of which are dependent upon the external environment. The physical appearance of a plant is known as the phenotype. A plant’s phenotype includes smell, shape, color, and production of resin, all of which are influenced by the environment.
Why Are Some Seeds More Expensive Than Others?
Cannabis seed buyers beware. Marijuana seeds that are priced high don’t always produce the highest quality bud. The cost of cannabis seeds can run from relatively cheap to extremely expensive.
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The most expensive seeds are usually the ones with the strongest genetics. However, cannabis seeds don’t have to have the best genetics in the world to become so costly. Expensive seeds usually cost so much because of their popularity. A strain that wins a Cannabis Cup or two will typically be more expensive than a strain that hasn’t received any awards.
Overall, however, more expensive seeds are known to produce better weed. The most expensive marijuana seeds are typically created with strong genetics that will influence the final product. Not all seeds with strong genetics are necessarily expensive though.
What are the Most Expensive Marijuana Seeds?
Want to grow a quality garden and harvest some of the most expensive weed currently available? For those with an expensive taste, or growers who want to harvest some of the most popular and potent pot on the planet, the following seeds are the most expensive to sow.
Oracle was once believed to be one of the rarest strains in the world. It was implied that THC levels of Oracle could reach up to 40%, making it one of the most potent strains known to man. If it seems too good to be true, it’s because it is.
California cannabis testing lab, The Werc Shop, took a deeper look at this strain whose seeds were selling for up to $200 a piece online. What analysts found was that the genetics of Oracle were identical to ACDC, a high-CBD strain that is excellent for conditions such as epilepsy.
While Oracle certainly hasn’t lived up to what it was once purported to be, seeds still don’t come cheap. One online seed shop has 10 Oracle seeds listed for over $600.
Fruity Pebbles is a strain that’s been circulating in the world of weed for over a decade. In 2012, Alien Genetics released a variety in 2012 as a special limited edition. Seeds of this fruity strain that smells just like the sweet cereal were sold for $1000-$1500 a pack. The price of the seeds makes sense when you consider that experienced growers can harvest $1500-$3000 from one plant alone.
Fruity Pebbles is a cross between Granddaddy Purple, Tahoe Alien, and Green Ribbon. It’s known to have gorgeous, rainbow-like colors of orange, purple, green, and red, making this strain as welcoming to look at as it is to smoke. It’s got a sweet, tropical scent with hints of berries and citrus.
If you’re planning to add Fruity Pebbles to your ganja garden, there are seeds available. They won’t cost you $1000, but they will run you a pretty penny. There’s also always the option of cutting a clone or two if you’re lucky enough to find them.
Outdoors, Fruity Pebbles does best when grown in a steady climate in indirect sunlight. Indoor grows with Fruity Pebbles will require plenty of space, as these plants can grow tall like a sativa, with fat indica-like buds that will need plenty of support.
Kosher Kush is a 2012 Cannabis Cup Winner. It’s the first commercial strain that has been blessed by a rabbi. The blessing is to bring the consumer enlightenment and a sense of peaceful tranquility. This California indica-dominant hybrid is great for insomnia, known to knock users out with just a few hits.
Kosher Kush seeds won’t cost you thousands, but they are still relatively expensive. A pack of 6 seeds can run $100 or more. Good news is, Kosher Kush is easy on the beginning grower. It thrives when grown indoors and is known to produce well over a pound per plant.
As a strong sativa-dominant strain, XJ-13 is a cross between the famous Jack Herer and G13 Haze. It’s known as one of the best strains to start your day, offering increased creativity, energy, and focus. Seeds, if you can find them, aren’t going to come cheap.
An ounce can cost up to $375 or more at a dispensary. Named after the XJ13 Jaguar that was never raced and only manufactured once, the car itself has been valued at over $7million. While the strain won’t cost you quite that much, if you can find the seeds you should probably have the money to spend.