In the cold light of day the legal status of selling and purchasing cannabis seeds in the UK is simple in theory – however as with anything that relates to cannabis, it’s a little bit more ambiguous when it comes to the actual practice.
If you do happen to get caught with cannabis seeds as well as marijuana plants or marijuana itself – it could definitely be viewed with suspicion that you could have them with the intent of cultivating them to sell on. Any penalties for this would be far worse and it would of course depend on the individual circumstances.
It can be a controversial subject in general in respect to its legality and how people use it, so it’s incredibly important for people who buy or sell cannabis to be familiar with the UK laws. This is essential with the seeds in particular to avoid any persecution or interference from law enforcement.
Current UK Law on UK Cannabis Seeds
You should also make it clear that the seeds are only meant to be used for purposes that do not relate to the growing of marijuana in any way. You could even make sure that there is a disclaimer visible stating that they are not approved by the government for consumption.
The main reason it is, and it will probably stay that way in the foreseeable future, is the signing of a treaty, following the Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1962. This important international treaty – which as such takes precedence over national law – determines that marijuana is illegal, but not its seeds. The 180 countries (including the UK) that signed the treaty, committed themselves to a definition of narcotics that does not include cannabis seeds.
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Can you buy weed seeds in the UK?
Cannabis seeds occupy a certain gray area within the law. Although it is likely that any buyer intends to germinate those seeds to ultimately produce marijuana, it cannot be proven by buying or owning cannabis seeds by itself. In fact, there are definite alternative uses for cannabis seeds, apart from producing marijuana. Being rich in proteins and amino acids, they are considered a healthy food supplement. And by themselves, the seeds have none of the effects on one’s state of mind commonly attributed to marijuana. Therefore, neither owning nor trading cannabis seeds is illegal in the UK. It is that way in most of Europe.
Although there aren’t that much cannabis seeds stores in the UK, you can definitely find shops that sell cannabis seeds. For example in London but also in city’s like Leicester and Newcastle. Yet, most growers prefer to buy their seeds online. Especially because of the convenience, speed and discretion.
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If you want help to decide which seeds to purchase we also have two articles offering recommendations on the best available in the UK.
In the UK, seeds are available from some shops as well as online. Shops can be a good choice if you don’t have to travel far, you want to talk to a salesperson and you don’t want to wait for your seeds to be delivered. However, for the majority of people buying online is a more attractive option. With an online store your purchase is discrete, they often stock a wider range of seeds and finally, an online seller will often add some free seeds to sweeten the deal.
If you want to skip the reading this table acts as a quick reference to what I consider as the best UK seed banks:
In the days of amazon prime and the next day delivery of so many products it has become more relevant than ever for companies to offer a competitive delivery service. In addition some seed banks also offer an extra layer of discretion with ‘stealth shipping’. This is when your seeds are packed inside another product. It is an excellent option but don’t forget that you have chosen ‘stealth’ when you can’t work out why someone has sent you a packet of pens.
There are now more strains of cannabis seed available than ever before. This is great if you decide to buy some but it is easy to get stuck when there are so many players in the UK market. To get the right guidance and the best deal, while staying on the right side of the law, it is crucial to find a good seed bank.
This is important to know and can be discovered from a range of sources. Look at product reviews on the seed bank sites and other review sites. Visit forums and discussion boards and even question and answer sites such as Quora. Get as many different opinions as you can. Finally ask friends who have bought seeds and listen to their product and user experience.
A good seed bank should provide you with secure transactions, quick delivery and a range of other benefits such as a great variety of choices and even free seeds.