Today, there is an alarming number of CBD products being sold and marketed with grand and realistic claims of effectivity and the ability to treat ailments but have been found to have none or zero cannabinoid content of any kind. Also, reports show that there is a worrying number of cases on the proliferation of ‘fake’ cannabis seeds being sold. Fake does not mean that it is not a cannabis plant which also happens. But, the selling and advertising of seeds with brands that have traction in the market yet in reality a totally different seed of inferior quality are what the buyer gets.
Use this as a guide to help you provide an answer to the question that comes to mind.
How to Know Real vs Fake Marijuana Seeds?
Only buy from a reputable dealer
Simply buy from someone you trust to ascertain that you will not get ripped off. So, if you have purchased seeds before, this should be easy. But if not, then try to make sure you choose the right supplier by using available steps you can take. There are several options out there. First is to ask around as chances are since you are in the world of cannabis by either being a smoker, a grower, or whatever it is most likely so that you will have friends and contacts that may have a good lead they can share with you. If you do not have any cannabis-growing contacts you can simply google this and be sure to stick to the top results and research and unlikely you will go wrong.
No split packet purchase
Some less ethical websites will split seed packets for you, allowing you to buy seeds individually instead of a full packet. While this does not prove that they are not authentic, this should raise a red flag as, without the original packaging, it is more vulnerable to tampering and switching of products. Also, seedbanks themselves do not like that practice at all as it plays on the borders of being illegal.
However, there is an exception to this rule and make sure to check again if you encounter such an offer as this refers to point one and ensure you can trust them. There are reputable sellers that on occasion will remove the seeds from original packaging and willfully provide consent to you for the purpose of discreet shipping.
Websites that are reputable for selling seeds will always have accurate photos of the strains they are offering. This is usually of a full-grown and harvest-ready stage of the plant. If the website does not have photos there is a possibility of a reason for this, but even if so, ask for photos and check them and research online if the strain looks like what they are claiming it to be. A way this is done is what they call ‘reverse image search’ which shows the origin of the photo. You can do this yourself but there are a few websites that offer these services for an easier option.
Due to concerns of website authenticity that has plagued the internet for so long. For this reason, other websites and services have emerged that allow individuals to review websites that they have used, this is a separate address from the company itself.
These sites are great tools when choosing a seller who is worth transacting with and search for these sites online as they are worth checking before making any decisions.
Check with seedbank if unsure
To sum it up, if your still not getting convincing information to decide. You can always check with the seed bank directly. Chances are they have data of the sellers of their strains. This might not be all of them but for sure they will have several that they would know. If the one your checking is not on the list, then think twice. Certainly, if you are still in question after the first 4 points above, then a probable reason must exist and only checking with the seed bank themselves is the only full-proof way to verify. Also, this will let them know that a fake seller is representing their product if so.