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Quality control is important no matter the motivation for growing cannabis. As convenient as clones are, you’re stuck with the paranoia of buying B-squad genetics and any diseases or pests they might carry. Using seeds brings more environmental control and peace of mind, and they’re cheaper in the long run than clones. So why are they so hard to find?
High-quality cannabis seeds aren’t as easy to grow and sell as, say, sunflower or pumpkin seeds. The breeding process takes time, according to Ben Holmes, a former cannabis breeder who now specializes in hemp.
“It takes two to three years to develop a seed, to make it sellable,” he says of breeding sturdy, potent genetics. “It’s tremendously expensive to do it on a large level if you want something good.”
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Few dispensaries sell and market their own seeds, relying on wholesale suppliers instead. Thanks to the legal boom in business, however, Colorado has more than enough commercial seed breeders to go around — but it’s hard to figure out who carries them. After scouring menus and bud bars, we’ve compiled a list of Denver-area seed breeders and where to find them.
1. The Green Solution
Ten metro locations
If you walk into any Green Solution location, the first thing you’ll notice is the selection. So it’s no surprise that TGS is a dispensary leader in cannabis home-growing products. Not only does each location sell clones and seeds with TGS genetics, but they also sell male marijuana pollen to use on female plants for crossbreeding. That is NOT recommended for beginners, however. Check out the Green Solution’s online ordering option to see what genetics are in stock at the closest store near you.
2. 14er Holistics
2897 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder
As seed-breeding programs continue to fall by the wayside, 14er Holistics remains one of the finest dispensaries to do it. The innovative Boulder pot shop has been selling seeds and tinkering with strains since 2009, creating rare and potent strains like Mamboe (Mamba Double Underdawg x Tahoe OG) and Charlotte’s Tange (Charlotte’s Web x Tangistan Kush). If you’re unsure about driving all the way to Boulder for seeds, buy some of 14er’s stanky flower to make it more worthwhile.
3. The Bank
The Bank is an offshoot of the Clinic, one of Denver’s most esteemed dispensary chains. One visit to a Clinic bud bar and it’s easy to tell why, with award-winning takes on Grape God Bud and Tangie. Unfortunately, you can’t get those local favorites from the Bank, but it still has interesting strains to choose from with similar genetics. Classics like Bubba Kush, Durban Poison and SAGE are used to produce hybrids like Grape Kush and Lemon Poison. The list of pot shops that sell the Bank’s seeds changes regularly, but it’s almost always a safe bet to find them at any of the Clinic’s four locations or five others listed below.
2020 South Colorado Boulevard
4380 East Alameda Avenue, Glendale
2394 South Broadway
Keep reading for more seed breeders and where to find them.
4. 303 Seeds
Founded by medical cannabis breeders in 2010, 303 Seeds is one of the most recognizable breeders in Colorado. Its cuts of Aspen OG, Bio-Diesel and Jabberwocky are some of my personal favorites, and its Jet Fuel phenotypes are a must for any Diesel lover. 303 specializes in strains with high resin production, but it also sells high-CBD strains like Ambulance and Snowpack. Find 303 Seeds at the following locations:
4380 East Alameda Avenue
2675 West 38th Avenue
5. Dutch Girl
Dutch Girl Seeds has quickly sprouted around town thanks to its parent company, CannaPunch, which already widely distributes an array of cannabis drinks, edibles and vaporizers. And it’s hit the ground running, offering a selection of dozens of strains, some of which are 100 percent indica or sativa. Up to nine of the same seeds are available, and they also come in variety packs for experiments and passion projects. Don’t be surprised if you see more Dutch Girls in dispensaries around town going forward. Here’s where you can find Dutch Girl seeds now:
Best Colorado Meds
4800 Lamar Street, Wheat Ridge
11450 Cherokee Street, Northglenn
2949 West Alameda Avenue
4690 Brighton Boulevard
3450 Brighton Boulevard
6. Colorado Seed Inc.
If you’re a fan of Gupta Kush, a hybrid of Blue Moonshine and Ghost OG Kush named after Dr. Sanjay Gupta, or Nina Limone, a sativa with Super Lemon Haze Genetics, then you’ll love Colorado Seed Inc. If you don’t, then I don’t know what to tell you, as nearly all of its strains are bred from the two. Both were bred in-house by Colorado Seed Inc., which now sells twenty-plus strains at over a dozen metro dispensaries. Because the strains have proprietary genetics, it’s worth looking at Colorado Seed Inc.’s website to find out which are most potent, best suited for outdoor growing or easiest on beginners. Find its products at the following dispensaries:
10030 West 27th Avenue, Wheat Ridge
Denver Clone Store
755 South Federal Boulevard
4966 Leetsdale Drive, Glendale
4750 Nome Street
Mile High Dispensary
1350 South Sheridan Boulevard
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Quality control is important no matter the motivation for growing cannabis. As convenient as clones are, you're stuck with the paranoia of buying B-squad genetics and any diseases or pests they might carry. Using seeds brings more environmental control and peace-of-mind, and they're cheaper in the long run than…