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The Problem with the Current High Potency THC Marijuana from the Perspective of an Addiction Psychiatrist

Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Stuyt, MD, is a board certified Addiction Psychiatrist and a Senior Instructor for the University of Colorado Health Science Program, Department of Psychiatry. She is the medical director for a 90-inpatient dual diagnosis treatment program in Pueblo, Colorado

Advocates for the legalization of medical and retail marijuana are quick to point out all the possible benefits that a community might see from such a venture. These include increased jobs, increased tax revenue, possible medical benefits and they advertise it as “safe” and “healthy” and “organic.” They utilize the words “cannabis” and “marijuana” for everything without differentiating between the different forms of cannabis that can have very different effects on the mind and body.

Many people who have voted for legalization thought they were talking about the marijuana of the 1960s to 1980s when the THC content was less than 2%. However, without any clear guidelines or regulations from government officials, the cannabis industry has taken a page from the tobacco and alcohol industries’ play book and developed strains of marijuana and concentrated marijuana products with much higher concentrations of THC, the psychoactive component that causes addiction. The more potent a drug is, the stronger the possibility of addiction and the more likely the person will continue to purchase and use the product.

The active component in marijuana that people find so desirable was not really known until the 1960s when a research team in Israel found that after injecting THC into aggressive rhesus monkeys, they became calm and sedate. 1 This team discovered that there was a receptor in the brain that fit THC like a glove so they named these receptors cannabinoid receptors. It was not until the 1990s that this same team discovered why we have these receptors in our brain. 1 They discovered compounds produced by our bodies that fit into these receptors which they named anandamides, a Sanskrit word for “supreme joy.” These receptors are found all over the brain and are still called endocannabinoid receptors but that is not because they are meant for people to take in THC.

The primary problem with the current available cannabis in dispensaries in Colorado is that the THC content is not like it used to be. Prior to the 1990s it was less than 2%. In the 1990s it grew to 4%, and between 1995 and 2015 there has been a 212% increase in THC content in the marijuana flower. In 2017 the most popular strains found in dispensaries in Colorado had a range of THC content from 17–28% such as found in the popular strain named “Girl Scout Cookie.” 2 Sadly these plants producing high levels of THC are incapable of producing much CBD, the protective component of the plant so these strains have minimal CBD. For example the Girl Scout Cookie strain has only 0.09–0.2% CBD.

The flower or leaves that are generally smoked or vaped are only one formulation. We now have concentrated THC products such as oil, shatter, dab, and edibles that have been able to get the THC concentration upwards of 95%. There is absolutely no research that indicates this level of THC is beneficial for any medical condition. The purpose of these products is to produce a high, and the increased potency makes them potentially more dangerous and more likely to result in addiction.

Because there was initially no regulation on the edibles they have been made to look very similar to regular products that people consume such as chocolates, gummy bears, PopTarts etc. As a result there has been a significant increase in the accidental exposure/overdoses of children younger than nine in Colorado compared with the US at large. 3 New regulations beginning in 2019 require that all cannabis packaging in the state of Colorado must have a universal “THC” symbol on the label with the written warning “Contains Marijuana. Keep away from Children.” All marijuana-infused products must have the universal symbol marked on at least one side of the “Standard Serving of Marijuana.”

According to the 2014 Monitoring the Future Study, marijuana is by far the number one drug abused by eighth and twelfth graders. 4 Since legalization in Colorado, marijuana use in adolescents and those 18–25 has steadily climbed, well outpacing the national average. Colorado leads the nation in first time marijuana use by those aged 12–17, representing a 65% increase in adolescent use since legalization. 5 According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2015 the county of Pueblo, Colorado, has the highest prevalence of reported past month marijuana use by high school students at 30.1%. 6 It is well documented that when drugs are perceived as harmful, drug use decreases as we have seen with adolescent use of tobacco. 7 There is significantly less perception of harm by marijuana primarily because Colorado has normalized it as a society and allowed the perception that it is “organic” and “healthy” and that there is nothing wrong with it.

However, there are significant consequences of long-term or heavy marijuana use beginning in adolescence. Adolescence is a time of significant brain development. Normally during this period there is a significant increase in dopaminergic and glutamatergic stimulatory neurotransmitters and a decrease in serotonergic and GABAergic suppressive neurotransmitters located in the pre-frontal motor cortex – the last part of the brain to fully develop. 8 The prefrontal motor cortex or the “seat of judgement” is the last to fully develop and can take up to 25 – 30 years to fully develop. This equates to a great deal of learning, exploring and doing during this period, similar to stepping on the gas pedal and problems with impulse control and judgement, similar to problems stepping on the brake.

The reasons why adolescents are at such great risk for developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol is because this is a period with increased neurobiological based tendencies for risk taking with decreased suppressive and regulatory control, and this is a period of decreased parental monitoring and increase in peer affiliations, a “perfect storm.”

The marijuana of old used to be classified as a hallucinogen and was thought to not cause addiction because there was no identified withdrawal syndrome. This has changed and with the increased potency of THC there is a definite recognized withdrawal syndrome which includes increased anger, irritability, depression, restlessness, headache, loss of appetite, insomnia and severe cravings for marijuana. 9 It has been reported that 9% of those who experiment with marijuana will become addicted; 17% of those who start using marijuana as teenagers will become addicted; and 25–50% of those who use daily will become addicted. 10 A 2015 study carried out in the UK found that high-potency cannabis use is associated with increased severity of dependence, especially in young people. 11

Addiction is a problem with the learning and memory part of the brain and all drugs of abuse work in the same “reward pathway” where we learn to do anything such as eat and procreate. All drugs of abuse cause a release of dopamine from the nucleus acumbens that signifies salience and starts the process of long term potentiation which reinforces the learning. At the same time, the hippocampus which is vitally important for new memory and learning is negatively impacted by the chronic use of any addictive substance. These substances decrease neurogenesis in the hippocampus and actually cause shrinkage of the hippocampus and impair the ability to learn new things. This is true for alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, nicotine, and THC. 12 Animal studies have demonstrated impaired learning with all of these substances but the good news is that recovery is possible. When the use of addictive drugs is stopped and the animals are allowed to be in a recovery environment where they are free to exercise (voluntary exercise being one thing that improves neurogenesis) they can again learn new things. 13

There are other important neurotransmitters that are very active during adolescence and include acetylcholine receptors (ACH) and endocannabinergic receptors (CB1). ACH helps us focus and concentrate and ACH innervation of the pre-frontal motor cortex reaches mature levels during adolescence. 16 These receptors in the brain are called nicotinic or nACHRs to differentiate them from the muscarinic receptors in the body. They are called nicotinic simply because nicotine binds to these receptors – not because we are supposed to use tobacco products. These receptors are involved in promoting or preventing neuronal cell death depending on the stage of brain development. Putting an exogenous form of nicotine in the developing brain, as in consuming tobacco, can dysregulate these fine tuning mechanisms during adolescence.

CB1 receptors regulate the balance between excitatory and inhibitory neuronal activity utilizing our own natural anandamides. Exposure to cannabis during adolescence disrupts glutamate which plays an important role in synaptic pruning in the pre-frontal motor cortex; disrupting normal brain development. 17 This is most likely why there are many studies demonstrating the negative effect on cognition and IQ in people who are exposed to marijuana beginning in utero through adolescence. In spite of this, nearly 70% of dispensaries in Denver, Colorado, recommend cannabis products to treat nausea in the first trimester of pregnancy. 18 This is basically bud-tenders practicing medicine without a license.

A study in New Zealand with a 20-year follow-up showed an average loss of 8 IQ points with early persistent teen use of marijuana. 19 If you already have a high IQ, a drop in 8 points may mean the difference between making As and making Bs, however for the person with an average IQ of 100 (50 th percentile), a loss of 8 points can put that person in the 29 th percentile with significant difficulty in functioning. A study out of Yale University tracked 1,142 students who achieved similar SAT scores and were enrolled in college. 20 They found that those who used minimal alcohol or cannabis had an average GPA of 3.1 at the end of the semester. Those who drank alcohol without using marijuana had an average GPA of 3.03 and those who used both alcohol and marijuana had an average GPA of 2.66.

Marijuana use is also correlated with creating or worsening many mental health problems including anxiety, depression, psychosis, and suicidal ideation. A prospective study in Australia followed 1,600 girls for seven years starting before they expressed symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse. 21 They found that girls who used marijuana at least once a week were twice as likely to develop depression than those who did not use, and those who used marijuana every day were five times more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than non-users. A study of 307 adults with depression assessed symptoms, functioning and marijuana use at baseline, and three- and six-month intervals. 22 Researchers found that marijuana use was associated with poor recovery. Those aged 50+ increased their marijuana use compared to the youngest age group (p<.001) and the marijuana use worsened depression (p<.001) and anxiety (p=.025) symptoms. Marijuana use led to poorer mental health functioning compared to those who did not use marijuana (p=.01).

Numerous studies have demonstrated that using cannabis prior to the age of 15–18 significantly increases the risk of developing psychotic symptoms. 23 The risk is dose dependent and increases with greater frequency of use and with higher potency THC. A landmark study out of the UK analyzed 780 adults, ages 18–65, 410 with their first psychotic episode versus 370 matched healthy controls. 24 They found that use of high potency THC >15% resulted in a three times increased risk of psychosis, and if the use was daily there was a five times increased risk. Those using hash with

A growing number of states have identified PTSD as an approved condition for medical marijuana. However, this is not based on any research. There is no evidence that marijuana successfully treats PTSD and there is evidence that it can make it worse. Marijuana is not the answer for PTSD similar to the reason why benzodiazepines or alcohol are not the answer for PTSD. All these compounds do is provide temporary relief by numbing the individual and disconnecting them from the traumatic emotion. It does not resolve the trauma, and they have to continue to use multiple times a day in order to continue with the benefit. This can lead to increased addiction potential and withdrawal symptoms, cognitive impairment, a-motivational syndrome, and the potential for psychosis or worsening psychosis from the PTSD. An observational study done by the VA followed 2,276 Veterans who were treated for PTSD in one of the VA PTSD treatment programs around the country. 25 It compared those using marijuana and those not using it and found those who never used marijuana had significantly lower symptom severity four months after PTSD treatment. Those who were using marijuana but stopped using it in treatment had the lowest level of PTSD symptoms four months after treatment, and those who started smoking marijuana had the highest levels of violent behavior and PTSD symptoms four months after treatment. Another conundrum that impacts treatment for PTSD is the possibility that cannabis users have an increased susceptibility to memory distortions even when abstinent and drug free which can compromise reality monitoring. Riba et al. studied 16 heavy cannabis users (daily for last two years – average of 21 years) to 16 matched cannabis naïve controls. 26 The cannabis users had to abstain from cannabis use for four weeks prior to the study. The study involved a memory paradigm including a study phase and a testing phase with the participant in an MRI scanner. They were given lists of four words to memorize and then shown a different list and they had to report if the words were on the previous list. Marijuana users were significantly more likely to have false recognition of the words and were less likely to reject that they had a false memory compared with the non-users.

Multiple studies have documented a relationship between cannabis use and suicidality. A large, longitudinal study in Australia and New Zealand of over 2000 adolescents and maximum frequency of marijuana use found almost a seven fold increase in suicide attempts in daily marijuana users compared with non-users. 27 A Congressional Hearing on April 27, 2017, reported that Veteran suicides were up 32% since 2001 compared to a national increase of 23% during the same time period. A 2017 cross-sectional multi-site VA study of 3,233 Veterans found that cannabis use disorder was significantly associated with both current suicidal ideation (p<.0001) and lifetime history of suicide attempts (p<.0001) compared to Veterans with no lifetime history of cannabis use disorder. 28 This significant difference continued even after adjusting for sex, PTSD, depression, alcohol use disorder, non-cannabis drug use disorder, history of childhood sexual abuse, and combat exposure. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, marijuana is by far the most frequently encountered drug on toxicology screens of suicides among adolescents ages 10 – 19 and has been increasing over the last eight years. 29

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Misguided marijuana advocates have recently been suggesting that marijuana is a solution for the opioid epidemic. There is no clinical evidence of this and in fact, marijuana is found to be more of a “companion” drug rather than an “alternative” drug for most patients seeking addiction treatment in Colorado. A study of 5,315 adolescents in the UK with three or more measures of cannabis use from age 13–18 found a dose-response relationship between cannabis use trajectories in adolescence and nicotine dependence, harmful alcohol consumption, and other illicit drug use by age 21. 30 A large study of 34,653 individuals using NESARC data compared cannabis use at wave 1 (2001–2002 – 81% response rate) to prescription opioid use disorder at wave 2 (2004–2005 – 70.2% response rate). 31 Cannabis use at wave 1 was associated with a significant increase of having a prescription opioid use disorder at wave 2, with over four times the risk for those who had frequent use of marijuana.

There is evidence that prenatal exposure of cannabis can alter opioid gene function in humans. Fetal brains obtained from aborted fetuses from women who were using marijuana during their pregnancy were compared to those from women not using marijuana during pregnancy. 32 The researchers discovered impaired opioid-related genes in distinct brain circuits that they hypothesized may have long term effects on cognitive and emotional behavior. These findings are comparable to findings with animals. One study of prenatal cannabis exposure in rats found that the THC exposed rats exhibited shorter latency to first active lever press for heroin and had higher heroin-seeking during mild stress and drug extinction than animals not exposed to THC. 33 The THC exposed animals exhibited allostatic changes in the limbic encephalin systems in adulthood.

Another interesting study that supports the idea that cannabis use and opioid use are linked was in a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial of naltrexone in non-treatment seeking cannabis smokers. 34 In a laboratory setting those receiving a placebo had 7.6 times the odds of self-administering active cannabis compared with those receiving daily naltrexone, an opioid receptor blocker.

If states continue to commercialize marijuana as has been done in Colorado we are destined to see many more people requiring treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and psychosis. We need to continually educate every one of the risks and increase prevention efforts to prevent children and adolescents from initiating marijuana use. This should include a strong ban on any advertising that appears to be directed toward youth – for all drugs including marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol. States will need to commit to increased funding for and availability of treatment options. The strongest recommendation would be to initiate regulations to limit the concentration of THC. Ideally this would be to less than 10% as there is no good research on concentrations greater than this for any medical condition and there is significant literature on the negative effects of high potency THC.

Footnotes

Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Stuyt, MD, is a board certified Addiction Psychiatrist and a Senior Instructor for the University of Colorado Health Science Program, Department of Psychiatry. She is the medical director for a 90-inpatient dual diagnosis treatment program in Pueblo, Colorado.

10 places to buy the best cannabis seeds that ship to the UK

Just because seed banks online are popping up everywhere doesn’t mean every resource is trustworthy. How can you know who to trust when growing weed is illegal in the UK?

Not to worry – we’ve compiled a list of the best cannabis seeds that ship to UK, as well as a guide to ordering seeds for the new British buyer.

Before we discuss our top picks, let’s first mention our criteria for making such a definitive list and how surprisingly sober we were when putting the facts together.

We decided to evaluate all weed companies for:

– Quality of weed seeds
– Germination guarantee
– Live customer service
– UK Stealth packaging
– Popular & rare marijuana strains
– Affordable pricing
– Fast and/or free shipping

First Look

1. Top weed seeds in the UK – Crop King Seeds
2. Collection of various seed banks – Seedsman
3. UK bulk sales – Quebec Cannabis Seeds
4. Free weed seed deals – Marijuana Seeds NL
5. Best UK stealth packaging – MJ Seeds Canada
6. Safest way to buy cannabis seeds online – Sonoma Seeds
7. Most innovative cultivators – SunWest Genetics
8. Best for hard to find seeds – Rocket Seeds
9. Fastest UK shipping – Mary Jane’s Garden
10. Best customer support – Beaver Seeds

Is Buying Cannabis Seeds Legal In The UK?

As you might have heard by now, cannabis is illegal to possess, sell or grow in the UK, even though almost every decent human being does it.

Nevertheless, getting charged with unlicensed production or trafficking is a headache, as cannabis is still considered a Class B drug, carrying a maximum penalty of 5 years in her majesty’s slammer.

Oddly enough, it’s not necessarily illegal to order marijuana seeds from a legally established overseas seed bank, like the ones reviewed on our list.

Legally speaking, no one can prove what you’re planning to do with those seeds, and whether or not they’re purely for collectible, personal use, or research purposes only.

You need to spark up a J and do some… “research”, yeah?

– You can buy marijuana seeds as a “novelty item”
– Customs still might confiscate the weed seeds
– The best cannabis seeds companies offer delivery guarantees
– You can also get “discreet packaging” or “stealth shipping” to the UK where the seeds are hidden in everyday items

Top 10 Best Seed Banks That Ship to the UK

1. Crop King Seeds – Best Overall Cannabis Seeds

Pros

– Wide selection of seeds
– Guaranteed germination & delivery
– Founded in 2005

Cons

– Not much in the way of discounts

Crop King Seeds is one of the longest-standing and most successful marijuana seed banks in the world and still offering the best-selling strains and new hybrids.

From top sellers like Dwarf Low Flyer Autoflower seeds to feminized seeds like Black Indica and Durban Poison, the site has a huge selection to choose from.

You can also expect “growing marijuana seed” guides, 24-7 chat support, a charge-free telephone number, and discreet packaging to the UK.

We liked CKS because of its wide range of strains and new seeds, with 500 new seeds released for the year.

The company offers two guarantees, one for germination, and the other for delivery, once you pay for Express Registered with Tracking.

2. Seedsman – Best Variety for Cannabis Seeds in UK

Pros

– Founded in 2003
– 40 promotions throughout the year
– Bitcoin discounts

Cons

– Loyalty program currently on hiatus due to “social sharing abuse”
– Difficult process for any lost orders

Seedsman drives a hard bargain with discount deals like 3 for 2, and up to 25% off Bitcoin purchases. There are roughly 40 different promotions every year, all averaging about 20 percent off the listed price.

But what makes Seedsman’s seed bank remarkable is its large selection. The company gets its catalog from over 80 trusted breeders all over the world and can offer as many as 1,500 strains to UK weed growers like yourself.

Customer service is well-reviewed, though it’s only email-based, and they are forbidden to provide any growing advice. Fortunately, you can also purchase some guides on how to grow your own “collectible seeds”, if that’s something you might fancy at some point.

3. Quebec Cannabis Seeds – Best Bulk Sales for UK Customers

Pros

-Better for bulk & mix pack deals
-Germination guarantee
-Founded 2013

Cons

– Not clear whether they offer a delivery guarantee

Quebec Cannabis Seeds promises consistent quality on cannabis strains, with “optimum THC and high CBD levels.” While they do feature top-sellers like Auto Bruce Banner Feminised Seeds and Amnesia Haze XL auto-flowering seeds, their most exciting deals come in the way of mix packs and bulk seeds.

You can buy cannabis seeds mixes of feminised, auto-flowering, fast version, and Quebec Gold quality, in packs of 100. All packaging is handled discreetly and seeds are shipped inside inconspicuous items.

That’s just a DVD in the post… wink wink.

Seeds are guaranteed, and the company has confidence in its 80% germination rate. While confiscated packages won’t get you a refund, QCS is pretty good at making sure their seeds don’t get caught at customs.

4. Marijuana Seeds NL – Best Deal for Free Seeds

Pros

– Rewards program with money back the more cash you spend
– Accepts multiple forms of payment
– Free seeds with most purchases

Cons

– Not much in the way of guarantees

While much of the world was still debating the magic of cannabis, Amsterdam was busy producing it – and since 1999, providing individuals and companies with cannabis seeds.

We love you, Holland.

The most original of UK seed banks is Marijuana Seeds NL, offering a wide range of seeds, from feminised to autoflowering seeds and regular seeds, to special value packs for potency, taste, and environment.

The company is proud of its quality genetics and its founders traveled the world to find the best marijuana strains and develop testing procedures that would ensure stability. You can also expect “double free” seed deals, depending on the season.

Regular shipping is free after £55 and stealth shipping is free after £100.

5. MJ Seeds Canada – Best for Discreet Packaging

Pros

– Founded 2009
– Accept Paypal, bank transfer, & other payment methods
– Very discreet packaging

Cons

Questionable germination guarantee

While MJ Seeds Canada does have a high germination rate, their priority appears to be affordability in shipping and cannabis seed prices.

The germination guarantee is not as highly touted as the delivery guarantee, but the delivery is guaranteed when you pay for tracking and insurance.

However, they take their discreet seed billing and packaging seriously and alternate shipping methods regularly, so as not to build a pattern and arouse suspicion around your weed seeds.

The store’s 24-hour shipping policy is also unique, because of the fact that MJSC has multiple stores, offices, and warehouses to ship from.

6. Sonoma Seeds – Safest Way to Buy Marijuana Seeds Online

Pros

– Many payments supported, including cash
– High germination rate & guarantee
– Telephone customer support

Cons

– Not as much in the way of discounts

Sonoma Seeds is based in Canada and offers 300 Canadian dollars (around 175 GBP) for international shipping, which is all well and good. However, compared to $200 in free shipping offered by the likes of Crop King Seeds and the like, it’s a bit pricier.

Still, one of Sonoma’s advantages lies in the variety of supported payment methods, including bank transfers, Bitcoin, credit cards, and even carefully hidden cash, which is untraceable.

Other positives include an 80% germination rate, 500 strains to choose from, and premium customer support, including a telephone line with business hours.

What makes Sonoma Seeds unique is the flexibility of payment options, guaranteeing your privacy and giving you options.

7. SunWest Genetics – Most Innovative Cultivation Methods

Pros

– 500 strains to choose from
– Phone & internet support
– Free cannabis seeds included with larger purchases

Cons

– Not a lot of information on the company or its practices

SunWest Genetics focuses on improving the genetics of cannabis, including diversifying the gene pool of strains. Specifically, the company tries to improve strains for medicinal purposes and breed new varieties with additional benefits.

The company is outspoken about its quality control process but did not provide much information in the way of growing fundamentals for newcomers.

So you’d better know how to grow weed in the UK!

In terms of presentation, they have a lot to offer, with a variety of strains (over 500), fast and reliable phone and email support. The company is quick to stand by its products, offering a guarantee for quality and germination, which stands at 80%.

8. Rocket Seeds – Best for Hard to Find and Popular Seed Strains

Pros

– Works with other UK seed banks to find certain seed strains
– Germination guarantee
– Free seeds with higher purchases

Cons

– More like a convenience store than a unique brand

Not only does Rocket Seeds work with the world’s most successful breeders, but the company also goes out of its way to search for multinational sources of new strains.

The good news is you can find almost everything from here, from feminized seeds like 3 Kings and Acapulco Gold, or AK-47 auto-flowering, or even fast version seeds like Baklava MJ which can deliver a fast yield with little maintenance.

Rocket Seeds is such a team effort that you might find yourself working with the likes of Beaver, Crop King, Sunwest, and Mary Jane’s Garden – other seed banks that can find those hard-to-get strains.

It’s basically GoCompare for weed seeds.

9. Mary Jane’s Garden – Best Shipping Deals on Weed Seeds

Pros

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– Reputation for high-quality seeds, no deformities
– Established 2003
– 90% delivery rate to UK
– Same-day shipping

Cons

– No telephone support

Mary Jane’s Garden has had almost 20 years in the business and has developed a reputation for a wide selection of strains and high-quality seeds.

What Mary Jane highlights is a more exacting selection process, weeding out the weed seeds (get it?) that might be damaged or unnaturally formed.

You’re left with the crème de la crème!

The delivery rate is 90% to the UK, above average, meaning the company knows how to secretly package your seeds!

Surprisingly, Mary Jane has one more distinct advantage over its competitors – a same-day shipping policy that beats even our top selection.

10. Beaver Seeds – Best UK Seed Banks Customer Support

Pros

– Established 2009
– Same-day shipping to UK
– Guaranteed delivery with extra insurance & tracking options

Cons

– Not a strong assurance of a germination guarantee
– Not as many discounts as competitors

Beavers Seeds cuts out the low-quality affordable stuff and stocks only the highest grade of cannabis seeds. You’ll find popular brands like Gorilla Glue and Banana Punch to bulk Indica and Sativa regulars.

The company offers same-day UK shipping, a rarity, not to mention a tracking system to practically every country on the globe.

Besides accepting multiple forms of payment, including cash, and guaranteeing a germination rate, what truly impressed us about Beaver Seeds is its 24/7 seed bank telephone support.

Cannabis Seeds UK FAQs

How do seed banks ship to the UK?

While there are many seed banks that ship to the USA and countries where weed is (somewhat) legal, it can be a bit trickier to buy weed seeds in the UK.

Because growing cannabis seeds in the UK remains illegal, practically all reviewed seed banks offer discreet and stealth packaging.

Not only does this involve carefully selected phrases on billing and address labels, but even within the package itself, the seeds are often hidden.

Marijuana weed strains can be clandestinely stored in:

– Greeting cards
– Christmas gifts
– Books
– Catalogs
– Toys for children
– DVD cases
– Video game cases
– And more!

Some companies, such as Crop King or Seedsman, will often change up their shipping methods so that local laws or UK customs don’t become suspicious.

What’s the safest way to buy UK cannabis seeds online?

Many online seed banks in the UK now offer Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency purchases, which are much more difficult for customs to catch and trace.

Some companies like Sonoma Seeds or Beaver Seeds even allow you the option of paying in cash, which is completely untraceable.

You simply send the money wrapped and hidden with your order, and if it’s not confiscated, (which is fairly rare) you get your order back.

You can even track your package if you order the higher-end shipping option.

What different strains of marijuana can you grow in the UK?

Remember, that some marijuana seeds will only excel in special climates and environments. When planning to grow any plant in the UK, you must consider the UK weather, which is typically rainy, cold in the winter, and even slightly cool in the summer.

Basically, our weather is crap.

Marijuana flowering is seasonal, and germination peaks around late spring while harvesting begins around autumn. Many avoid outdoor growing in the U.K., naturally because of anti-marijuana laws, but also because of the rainy climate.

Autoflower seeds will grow easier in most environments and might be the wiser choice for the newcomer, not to mention the “fast-growing” packages, which are made to thrive in most environments.

Easy to Grow Marijuana Seeds for the UK

Some easy-to-work-with strains that are quite popular among newcomers in the UK include:

– Skunk Fast Version
– White Russian Fast Version
– Northern Lights Autoflower
– Critical Autoflower

Skunk and White Russian are set apart from the others because they are called fast-version cannabis plants, made for territories with short seasons, and with expectations of a fast harvest.

Fast version cannabis strains yield results faster than normal flowering times, because of feminised and crossed genetics, mixing photoperiod and automatic female clone genes.

They are also not the same as auto-flowering strains, even though they are also made to grow unusually fast. However, fast version cannabis strains are not autoflower, like Northern Lights or Critical. These are “photoperiod” strains, which are light-dependent and tend to harvest early.

Autoflowering strains like Northern Lights are known to be compact, relatively fast, and with a distinct honey-aroma. It’s considered an easy plant to grow and yet with high THC levels.

Critical is also a well-known strain for both indoor and outdoor growers and is a nice compromise between high yield and reduced flowering time. Critical is appreciated because it can grow in even colder climates.

All of these popular strains are available at sites like our top pick, Crop King Seeds.

Fun but Challenging Marijuana Seeds to Grow in the UK

– Bruce Banner
– Gorilla Glue
– Dos Si Dos Girl Scout Cookies

Bruce Banner, named for obvious reasons, packs a hulk of THC, up to 30 percent! No wonder it’s a hobbyist’s favorite, and known for not only cerebral highs but also more calming sensations.

Gorilla Glue is a common strain name you will find among UK growers, because of its high THC content, as well as its medicinal use for pain relief. It’s more about relaxation and euphoria and is one of the top sellers of most seed sites, including Seedsman.

Finally, how can we not brag about Dos Si Dos, a Girl Scout Cookies / Face-Off hybrid that accentuates the already-celebrated taste with an even stronger high? 70% Indica and flexible for indoor or outdoor growing, fans love the strain for its medicinal power, and ability to relieve depression and insomnia.

Best Marijuana Seed Banks That Ship to the UK: The Takeaway

We particularly admire Crop King Seeds with its 24/7 customer support, its double guarantee, (for germination and delivery), and the wide variety of strains.

However, we are obliged to admit Seedsman had the better reputation on Reddit and other social media sites, so it was a very tight race to the top spot.

If you’re ready to take the next step and start becoming the cannabis hobbyist you always dreamed of, start your journey by working with reliable marijuana seed banks that ship to the UK.

Look for reputation, quality, discounts, and a company that’s ready to help you find your way. Good luck!

Buying Marijuana Seeds in United Kingdom 2022

Laws on Buying & Growing Marijuana Seeds in Britain. Growing Tips, Recommended Strains, and the Best Seed Banks That Ship to The United Kingdom For the 2022 Growing Season.

In 2016, voters in the United Kingdom approved a measure to leave the European Union, and hot speculation began about the kinds of changes that were to come.

A few years later, it’s still unclear exactly how Brexit, as it’s become known, will affect the United Kingdom – and how it will impact cannabis policy there, in particular.

Because we don’t know what changes the future holds, let’s discuss where the current law stands for British seed banks and people who would like to buy cannabis seeds in the UK.

Luckily, this guide details everything, such as cannabis laws, recommended seed banks in the UK, grow tips, suggested seed strains, and so much more!

In a Nutshell — The Legality of Buying Marijuana Seeds in Britain

If you’re ready to grow your own fire crop of marijuana — it’s time to learn about the laws surrounding cannabis seed cultivation in the United Kingdom.

Here’s a summary of the most important elements regarding cannabis regulations in England:

  • Medical marijuana is legal
  • Recreational cannabis is illegal
  • Marijuana seeds are legal (buy and possess)
  • It’s illegal to cultivate weed seeds

Now that you understand the overarching legality of cannabis in the UK — continue reading below to take a deep dive in regulations, grow tips, recommended seed strains, and suggested seed banks to buy the best weed seeds in England!

Girl Scout Cookies

Growing Cannabis Seeds in The United Kingdom

Whether you’re growing marijuana seeds indoors or outdoors — here are a few issues to consider for the best harvest possible.

When to Sprout Cannabis Seeds in The United Kingdom

If you grow marijuana indoors — any time is a good time to germinate weed seeds. However, if you grow marijuana outdoors — the best time to sprout cannabis seeds is between April and May.

Issues to Consider When Growing Marijuana Seeds in Britain

There are multiple issues to consider when growing cannabis seeds indoors or outdoors in Britain.

Here are a few examples:

  • Thieves
  • Law enforcement
  • Pests and diseases
  • Odor control
  • Inclement weather

Tips for Growing Cannabis Seeds in Britain

If you want to grow top-shelf weed — these three tips will make it happen!

Buy Cannabis Seeds From a Reputable Online or Local Seed Bank in The United Kingdom

First, you should always buy marijuana seeds from a top-rated online or local seed bank in the United Kingdom.

By doing so, you’ll find endless seed strain options at humble prices.

Buy Cannabis Seeds for Your Regional Climate in Britain

Britain is known for its not-so-pleasant climate.

Therefore, you must buy cannabis seeds from seed banks that offer humidity, cold, and mold resistance. Additionally, fast-flowering seed strains are recommended in England.

Plan Your Cannabis Garden in Advance

Don’t plant your new cannabis seeds the moment they arrive from a seed bank. Instead, make sure your marijuana garden is prepared and ready for the 2022 growing season!

Which Marijuana Seed Store Is the Best Option For British Residents?

Now, let’s look at the two types of seed bank options that British residents have to buy cannabis seeds from.

Local Cannabis Seed Stores in The United Kingdom

As we’ve mentioned, cannabis seeds and seed banks are legal in the United Kingdom.

Here are a few different local seed banks in the UK that you can buy marijuana seeds from:

  • Cannabis Seeds UK
  • Otherside
  • GrowHigh

However, the seed selection at these seed shops is not as good as the next option.

Online Cannabis Seed Banks That Ship to The United Kingdom

If you want the most convenient method to buy marijuana seeds — look no further than these two top-rated seed banks that ship to England:

1. MSNL Seed Bank: For high-quality, popular strains, the UK-based seed bank MSNL has made quite a name for itself. The cannabis seeds are well-priced, ship internationally from its base in London, and they have stealthy delivery to maintain your privacy. Customer service is fantastic, and email replies are prompt. MSNL carries all of the most popular strains, and payment is by Bitcoin (and other crypto-currencies), credit card, bank transfer, cash, or money order. No wonder they are a go-to weed provider for many people!

2. Crop King Seeds: In the second spot is Crop King Seeds, which is a Canada-based seed bank with a great reputation for its high-quality seeds and dedication to taking good care of its customers. Crop King Seeds accepts Bitcoin, Credit Cards, bank transfers, and cash.

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Recommended Cannabis Seed Strains to Buy From Online Seed Banks and Grow In The United Kingdom

Now, let’s look at our favorite seed strains to buy from an online seed bank to grow in England.

Big Bud Fast Version Seed Strain

Big Bud Fast Version

We love seed strains that produce massive amounts of weed with ease, and the Big Bud Fast Version does exactly that.

The Big Bud seed strain is easy to grow and thrives in both indoor and outdoor conditions. From cool and wet weather to summer heat — the Big Bud seed strain can take it.

If you’re ready for a massive harvest this season — look no further than the Big Bud Fast Version seed strain.

Cherry Kush Feminized Seed Strain

We recommend Cherry Kush because it’s a Kush powerhouse that’ll blow your hair back.

From sweet terpenes to body-numbing potency, the Cherry Kush seed strain is perfect for indoor or outdoor cultivators that need weed fast. Don’t let the Cherry Kush seed strain pass you by — it’s a must-have for the 2022 growing season!

Purple Urkle Feminized Seed Strain

If you want to grow a legendary California seed strain — look no further than Purple Urkle Feminized seeds.

The Purple Urkle seed strain offers purple buds, massive harvests, layers of resin, potency, and endless flavor. As a cherry-on-top — the Purple Urkle seed strain is easy to grow and suitable for both indoor and outdoor gardens!

Brexit: How Could It Affect Cannabis Laws in the UK?

In June 2016, 51.9% of voters in the UK approved a measure that would set in motion the potential withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

Since the vote, it’s been unclear to what extent the country would “divorce” itself from the EU’s relationships and international agreements.

What is clear is that once the process was kicked into gear, it wasn’t going to be easily halted. The next step was to invoke Article 50 (which lets the EU know that after two years, all treaties are no longer applicable). After a bit of back and forth, in January 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that a parliamentary vote was required to kick off the invocation of Article 50.

About a month later, the House of Commons did just that, and in March 2017, Prime Minister Teresa May signed the letter officially invoking Article 50. Brexit was supposed to officially begin two years from the date Article 50 was invoked, but it was extended to instead begin in 2020.

What Does Brexit Mean for Cannabis Enthusiasts in England?

What does this mean for weed lovers who would like to partake as they travel there, or who live there and are interested in buying cannabis seeds to grow their own?

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Unfortunately, there won’t be a clear answer until Brexit actually takes place, but in 2022, indications aren’t good for those who favor marijuana legalization.

This is because up until Brexit is official, the UK is governed by EU equality laws. While the EU is not allowed to dictate individual members’ drug laws, it can influence their harshness, and the EU encourages a very non-punitive and tolerant approach when it comes to soft drugs.

Will Moving Away From the European Union Allow for More Tolerant Cannabis Laws in England?

EU policies had an effect in Spain, for example, when the country attempted to restrict its cannabis clubs to residents only, and when the Netherlands passed a law to ban foreigners from their cannabis-selling coffee shops. In both cases, the EU declared that the restrictions were a breach of their equality laws and the countries reversed course.

If Brexit moves forward, the UK will no longer be subject to EU laws. This means that cannabis law in the UK will be set by its own officials and politicians.

As almost no political parties in the UK are calling for the legalization of cannabis use, possession, as well as growing and buying cannabis seeds, this means that cannabis policy in the UK will likely become stagnant or move backward. The Liberal Democrats are the only party calling for legalization, and they’re unlikely to have a significant impact as policy-makers.

Countries that remain within the EU, meanwhile, will still continue to enjoy the protection of their equality policies when it comes to drug laws.

Current Laws in the UK: The Use, Cultivation, and Sale of Cannabis Seeds and Products

While the laws may potentially change or become harsher in the future, people planning to travel to the UK in 2022 should be aware of the current laws.

Those who would like to use weed or buy cannabis seeds should do so very discreetly because as of 1923, cannabis has been illegal in the United Kingdom. That was when cannabis prohibition was added to the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1920.

Then, in 1971, the Misuse of Drugs Act was passed. This act redefined the drug classification, creating a system of A, B, C classes. Cannabis was deemed a Class B drug, putting it in the same category as amphetamines. The associated criminal sanctions were less than Class A, which included LSD. This differs from the United States, which classifies cannabis at the same level as harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

With the passing of the Misuse of Drugs Act, the maximum penalties for cannabis increased, rather than being decreased. The Misuse Act also created two new offenses that weren’t part of the system before: the offense of supplying and possession with intent to supply. For those who buy marijuana seeds in the UK, cultivate them, and sell the product, the maximum sentence is 14 years in jail and/or unlimited fines – a pretty significant penalty for selling weed.

Current Cannabis-Related Laws in Britain

As of 2022, the only way a person can legally grow cannabis seeds in the United Kingdom is if he or she has a license from the Home Office.

Licenses cost £580 to obtain, and you must complete a criminal records check as well as meet certain guidelines. People who are licensed can grow low-THC varieties of cannabis (such as industrial hemp) or can grow the plant for research or other special purposes.

Arrests for unlicensed cultivation, use, and sales of marijuana jumped since 1945 when there were only four arrests, and 1973, a year with more than 14,000 arrests in the United Kingdom. Fast forward to 1994, and the number of cannabis arrests grew substantially to be 72,392.

British Activists Pushing for Change in Cannabis Policy

Today, in 2022, cannabis supporters are pushing to reclassify cannabis into Class C, which is the classification for drugs that are less risky than the ones in Class B.

Cannabis educators and activists have been requesting this change for a long time; it was first proposed by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in 1979.

In the meantime, an adult (18 years and older) charged with growing, using, possessing, or selling cannabis in the UK in 2022 can have their property or money confiscated as per the Drug Trafficking Offenses Act. The law encourages financial institutions to inform the government about clients they suspect may be dealing. In some situations, reporting this information is a requirement by law.

If an individual is caught selling cannabis, whether they buy cannabis seeds in the UK and grow them for distribution or acquire their weed from a third party before selling it, several factors will be taken into consideration when computing their sentence. Considerations include their criminal history, amount of involvement in the operation, and the size of the supply.

Laws on Possessing & Buying Cannabis Seeds in the United Kingdom

Possessing and buying cannabis seeds in the UK is perfectly legal, whether the seeds are hemp (low THC) or high-THC strains.

Hemp oil and fiber are also legal. However, the same cannot be said of the possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with the intention to sell; both of these offenses are illegal in the United Kingdom.

Penalties for Cannabis Possession in the United Kingdom

For possession of marijuana, provided you are 18+ years of age, the police have the authority to issue a warning for a first-time offender. The written warning will not appear on Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks by employers or show on the Police National Computer (PNC).

If it’s your second offense for possessing cannabis, expect to receive a Penalty Notice of Disorder. In this instance, you will be immediately subject to an £80 fine.

You must pay the fine within 14 days; failure to do so will result in a mandatory court appearance. For your third offense, you will be arrested and are subject to a court-imposed sentence and will potentially end up with the offense on your criminal record.

The maximum drug penalty for possessing a Class B Drug such as cannabis is getting arrested and given five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both. The police also have the option to act in accordance with the first- and second-offense sanctions outlined in the last two paragraphs.

Most of the time, people who get caught with a small amount of cannabis or buy cannabis seeds in the UK and are caught with a plant or two but aren’t going to be subject to the maximum sentence for cannabis possession. Even repeat cannabis offenders typically get short prison sentences.

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Issues to Consider Before Buying, Selling, or Using Cannabis in the United Kingdom

Be aware that the police in the UK do not have the right to randomly stop and search you. If an officer stops you and wants to search you or your premises, always ask the grounds for doing so. They must have search power and your consent to the search before entry.

As it’s legal to buy cannabis seeds in the UK in 2022, some people choose to do so locally. Of course, people don’t only buy them in person. Often, they choose to buy cannabis seeds online, as it’s convenient and many strains are available from seed banks that ship to the UK. However, to get the best weed seeds, using a reputable web-based shop is ideal.

Current Legality of Buying Cannabis Seeds From Seed Banks in the UK

Please note that it is advisable when buying anything cannabis-related in the UK that you check the current local laws, as legislation changes often and may vary, depending on where you reside or travel.

It is currently legal for United Kingdom residents to buy from UK seed banks, and legal to possess cannabis seeds of all strains. But it is still illegal to grow your own marijuana plants from the seeds.

Medical Marijuana in the United Kingdom

Medical cannabis is problematic in that it’s only available in synthetic or pharmaceutical forms. Patients can get a prescription for a synthetic cannabinoid called Nabilone to use for neuropathic pain.

Beyond that, the only option for medical marijuana is a drug produced by a company called GW Pharmaceuticals. They grow, on average, 20 tons a year of cannabis each year and turn it into a drug called Sativex. While Sativex is available across the EU, it’s so costly that many areas of the UK do not stock it.

Unfortunately, patients have no other legal medicinal method than Sativex or Epidiolex, a CBD medication for epilepsy and seizure disorders. As a temporary solution, some patients ask their doctors to prescribe them cannabis when they go to other European countries, such as the Netherlands.

This is problematic when they return home, however, because the Home Office does not allow UK residents to enter the country with medical marijuana they got from somewhere else.

Unfortunately, patients have no other legal medicinal method than Sativex or Epidiolex, a CBD medication for epilepsy and seizure disorders.

Cannabis Culture in the UK: Movement for Legal Reform

Since 2015, there has been a strong call amongst citizens of the UK for amendments to laws governing the possession and use of marijuana, as well as buying cannabis seeds in order to grow high-THC plants.

In October 2015, for example, James Richard Owen started an online petition to legalize the use, production, and sale of marijuana there, and the petition even went before Parliament. While the petition was ultimately struck down by the government, it reached 236,995 signatures – which shows it had huge support from UK residents.

Cannabis Support on the Rise in the United Kingdom

About half of the UK currently supports cannabis legislative reform (legalization or decriminalization of cannabis possession), according to a 2013 Ipsos poll.

In 2022, policy changes regarding marijuana remain a popular topic of public debate. There are many supporters joining the United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs, a group that is working to grow support for marijuana legalization from one end of the UK to the other.

As per the UK government, legalization would send a negative message to people who are not drug users and who are at risk. However, Parliament is not considering that cannabis has the potential to significantly increase tax revenues the way it has done in U.S. states like Colorado.

According to one source, the sale of cannabis in UK shops could generate £1 billion a year in tax revenue! However, the government claims that in spite of this financial opportunity, the cost of police forces, health services, and related administrative costs would not make legalization worth it.

The Future of Cannabis: Will Cannabis Culture Help Change UK Legislation?

It’s likely that current campaigns for the legalization of weed in the UK are only just beginning.

A person need only look at the establishment of the political party CISTA (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol) to realize that cannabis culture is growing strong. The CISTA Manifesto insists that it’s time for a new, evidence-based political campaigning movement that goes across political parties and draws from successful drug reform campaigns around the world.

This Manifesto explains that the way the UK has handled cannabis-related legislation goes against the approaches of the rest of the world and due to this, the UK risks being left behind.

It’s likely that current campaigns for the legalization of weed in the UK are only just beginning.

How CISTA Aims to Reform Cannabis Laws in The United Kingdom

CISTA aims to create support for drug reform, beginning with cannabis, by educating the public about the available evidence regarding cannabis legalization. They draw on examples from many parts of the world, from Portugal to Australia, where deregulation and new cannabis policies have benefited the countries.

In other words, the UK is falling behind in its public policies toward marijuana. In addition, one might argue that the government is failing in its duty to protect the people of the UK. It fails to do so by not having any standards of control over the drugs that are being widely distributed by people associated with organized crime.

As a result, people have access to weed that is not being governed by any standards, putting citizens’ health at risk. Add to this the fact that when law enforcement is focused on arresting and jailing people for buying cannabis seeds in the UK and growing them or carrying weed around with them, they’re wasting resources that would be better used going after criminals.

Concluding Thoughts on Cannabis Laws in the United Kingdom

While it sounds like a cannabis connoisseur’s dream to be able to freely use pot, as well as buy marijuana seeds and legally grow a beautiful little garden, it doesn’t look like this kind of change will be happening in the UK in 2022.

Looking ahead, it appears that activists will have to continue to raise awareness and educate the public in order to eliminate the stigma associated with marijuana and change the current laws.

With cannabis advocates continuing to make residents and the government more aware of the benefits of legalizing marijuana in 2022, including taking it out of the hands of organized criminals and creating tax revenue, the process is likely to lead to legal reform eventually.

Of course, the politicians in Parliament will still have to be in favor of change and willing to shift their views to reflect those of other western countries. With Brexit moving forward, this change will be slow, but to look at the rest of the world, it seems inevitable.

If you’d rather not wait until politicians get their act together — head over to our recommended seed banks to buy the best cannabis seed strains for sale and get growing!