In this post, we clear up the confusion surrounding sinsemilla cannabis. Learn what sinsemilla means, where the word comes from, and why it's important! Sinsemilla This is a very strong form of marijuana which, like skunk , contains high levels of ‘tetrahydrocannabinols’ (THC’s). These are responsible for a range of effects such as euphoria, How To Grow Sinsemilla Weed. The plants are usually grown indoors, under a greenhouse condition using hydroponic techniques.
What Does Sinsemilla Mean, And Why Is It Important?
If you love cannabis, you’ve probably come across the word sinsemilla. Is sinsemilla some special kind of cannabis? Where does it come from? Read on to find out!
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If you’re interested in cannabis and cannabis culture (and we have an inkling you may well be…), chances are you’ve come across the word “sinsemilla”. Interestingly enough, there is some confusion among people as to what sinsemilla really means.
In the same way that some weed lovers in the UK freely use the word “Skunk” to describe top-notch bud, so too do some folks use “sinsemilla” to describe special varieties of super-potent weed that come from places like Amsterdam. Here’s what sinsemilla really means.
SINSEMILLA: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The word sinsemilla comes from the Spanish words “sin” (“without”) and “semilla” (“seed”), so it literally translates to “without seeds”. Contrary to what some may think, sinsemilla cannabis does not refer to a specific strain, subtype, or geographic location. The word is simply used to describe seedless cannabis flowers that come from unfertilised female plants.
That said, the first interpretation that sinsemilla stands for darn good and very potent weed isn’t so wrong. Indeed, seedless cannabis is more potent, tastes better, and is simply of overall higher quality than weed full of seeds.
WHY IS SEEDLESS CANNABIS BETTER?
Pollinated female cannabis plants spend a lot of their energy on producing seeds. But unless you are a breeder and require the seeds, this is not what you want. Unfertilised females don’t produce seeds, but instead spend energy on producing resin. As such, seedless buds have higher levels of cannabinoids and aromatic substances—they are more potent and will taste better.
WHERE DOES THE WORD SINSEMILLA COME FROM?
In the past, long before cannabis cultivation in the West was established, cannabis and hash were almost exclusively imported. Dried flowers usually came from Mexico, where cannabis was grown in the wild without the care and tech of today’s grow operations. A lot of the imported “grass” had plenty of seeds in it, so it wasn’t really what one would consider quality bud.
Once breeders found out that separating male plants from the females resulted in seedless buds of much better quality, we never looked back.
It is thought that the word sinsemilla was coined in the 1970s, around the time when cultivation started ramping up in the US and Europe. Here it was used to differentiate seedless weed from the poorer stock. As the “new” weed was indeed better and more potent, this gave rise to the misconception of sinsemilla being a different, very strong variety of cannabis.
Truth was, of course, that it was still the same weed from the same strains. The only difference was in how it was cultivated. What’s more, this alleged new kind of powerful cannabis fuelled anti-cannabis propaganda, as weed suddenly became more “dangerous” in the eyes of the establishment.
TURNS OUT, SINSEMILLA IS THE BETTER WEED
As knowledge spread that seedless cannabis flowers made for a far better product, growers started focusing on producing sinsemilla exclusively, culling male plants as soon as they could. If they required seeds for breeding, they kept the sexes strictly separated and only allowed pollination of select female plants in dedicated areas.
A little later, when indoor cultivation became popular, the separation of male and female cannabis plants became even easier and more commonplace. Growers could simply keep each in a separate grow room or tent to limit the risk of accidental pollination.
FEMINIZED CANNABIS: THE SINSEMILLA BREAKTHROUGH
But the real breakthrough with growing sinsemilla came with the invention of feminized cannabis seeds in the 1990s. Previously, when growing from regular seeds, growers would need to cull the males as soon as possible. Feminized seeds did away with this concern, allowing growers to cultivate female plants only. The issue of seedy buds soon became a thing of the past. As a result, the term sinsemilla has lost some of its relevance in the modern day.
This is a very strong form of marijuana which, like skunk, contains high levels of ‘tetrahydrocannabinols’ (THC’s). These are responsible for a range of effects such as euphoria, talkativeness, increased sociability, hunger pangs (also known as ‘the munchies’) and hallucinations.
What is sinsemilla?
This refers to a female cannabis plant which does not have any seeds. This word can be split into two: ‘sin’ (without) and ‘semilla’ (seeds).
So, ‘sinsemilla’means ‘no seeds’.
If a female marijuana plant is not fertilised then it will produce large amounts of resin which was designed to trigger fertilisation. However, cannabis resin contains high levels of THC’s.
Female cannabis plants which have not been fertilised will contain ‘fake’seed pods with high percentages of THC’s which is the desired goal for some growers.
These pods contain ‘pistils’ –the seed bearing part of the plant which change colour during growth before withdrawing into the pods.
Once they have done so the plant is ready to be harvested.
So, if a female cannabis plant has not been fertilised by a male plant and is allowed to mature then it will not produce any seeds. If there is no sign of these throughout its growth then it is said to be a sinsemilla plant.
Sinsemilla plants have some of the highest levels of THC’s.
How is sinsemilla grown?
This is usually grown indoors, under greenhouse conditions, and using hydroponic techniques.
One reason for this is that it is relatively easy for a male cannabis plant to fertilise a female cannabis plant if grown outdoors. So, growing sinsemilla indoors reduces the risk of this happening.
A sinsemilla plant contains a high percentage of THC’s, often around 10% or more. This figure increases to 20, 25 or even 30% if grown using hydroponic techniques.
This can be added to tobacco and smoked as a ‘spliff’ or smoked on its own. Another option is to smoke sinsemilla using a ‘bong’ (a water pipe).
Effects of sinsemilla
This causes similar effects to those of skunk. People who smoke sinsemilla find that they experience a state of elation, heightened awareness of colour, sound and textures and an increased appetite.
How to grow the best sinsemilla weed
Are you looking for highly potent weed with very few seeds? If so, you need to try sinsemilla. No, it’s not a specific strain of marijuana. It is a specific type of growing that produces seedless marijuana.
The word sinsemilla is a combination of two different Spanish words: ‘Sin’ (without) and ‘Semilla’ (seed). The term became popular in the 1970s as a technique used by indoor growers on female cannabis plants. The technique ensures that the flowers of female plants do not come in contact with male plant pollen. This keeps the female plants from developing seeds.
Instead of seeds, these unfertilized females develop thicker branches and larger, resinous flower buds. It is also an effective way of boosting THC. In fact, sinsemilla marijuana produces THC that is 2 to 10 times higher than fertilized cannabis.
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What is a sinsemilla plant?
There is no such thing. Sinsemilla refers to a specific characteristic of the flowers of a marijuana plant. However, many people mistakenly use the term to refer to the plant or weed in general. Technically, marijuana (weed) can include other parts of the plant, so you could say sinsemilla weed and plants don’t exist. However, since most people are only familiar with using the flowers of a marijuana plant, incorrectly thinking about sinsemilla as a quality of the plant instead of the flowers isn’t that big of a deal.
Sinsemilla means a plant has never been pollinated. Pollination is great for passing on traits and creating more plants in the future; however, it can also be a bad thing, and here’s why:
Pollination causes marijuana plants to use their energy to create numerous seeds for reproduction instead of quality, potent flowers.
For many marijuana growers, the ultimate goal is quality. You want potent trichomes, visible resins, high THC and, of course, great taste and aroma.
The sinsemilla growing technique increases your chances of cultivating just that.
Once again, you can prevent the production of seeds by preventing pollination. Males pollinate females, so you’d want to avoid growing males.
Summary: Plants that don’t produce seeds tend to produce higher amounts of trichomes, leading to more potent weed.
The easiest way to avoid males is by planting feminized seeds indoors. These seeds will only produce female plants. You could also plant feminized seeds outdoors, but guaranteeing your females won’t get fertilized is tricky, since male plants can contaminate and pollinate females up to an entire mile away. It is much easier to stop male plants from pollinating females in a closed environment.
Not sure if you have a male plant in your garden? Read this detailed guide on plant reproduction to learn how to identify the sex of your plants.
Growing sinsemilla weed takes more effort, but in the end, it is worth it. Plus, when combined with strong genetics, you can produce highly potent, flavorful weed. Here are some feminized seeds that I recommend for sinsemilla growing.
Gorilla Glue Autoflower by ILGM seeds require very little maintenance to produce compact plants with potent buds. The 50/50 Indica Sativa hybrid can produce up to 26% THC levels. Plus, because the plants are so compact, they are perfect for small spaces.
Since it is an autoflowering plant, it will grow fast; however, this autoflower isn’t lacking on the THC. It also resists most of the common mildews and molds, making it perfect for first-time sinsemilla growers.
Gorilla Glue Autoflower is a mixture of Chocolate Diesel and Chem’s Sister that delivers an uplifted yet relaxed mood.