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How to buy Cannabis Seeds in South Africa

It’s been a while since the ConCourt decriminalized the use of cannabis in a private space. There are no heaps of bodies on the streets. There aren’t suddenly thousands of people with newly diagnosed cases of schizophrenia and rehabs are not full of “potheads”. There are many more questions that are left to be answered, and one of the most common questions being typed into Google is: How to buy marijuana Seeds in South Africa?

Before we jump into “where, what and how” we have to address the elephant in the room. There are some things to keep in mind before buying marijuana seeds.

Is it legal to buy cannabis seeds in South Africa?

How to buy cannabis seeds in South Africa

At the moment, you can possess cannabis seeds in South Africa. But it is still illegal to buy or sell cannabis seeds in South Africa. That being said, the trade of cannabis seeds still happens in South Africa and will continue to happen especially since you can now cultivate dagga for personal use in South Africa. It has especially become commonplace for South Africans to buy their cannabis seeds online because it is discreet.

What should I buy if I want to buy Cannabis seeds?

That depends on what you need or what you want from your weed. Firstly make sure that you are familiar with what a healthy cannabis seed looks like. Fully mature and healthy cannabis seeds are dark brown, often marbled through with lighter shades or stripes. Seeds that are pale green or white since these probably aren’t mature or healthy and would most probably not sprout, let alone produce a healthy marijuana plant.

What you want is big fat seeds, that you cannot crush between your fingers (don’t actually try) with a teardrop to almost rounded shape. You can use smaller seeds too, but generally speaking, you are much more likely to get a healthy sprout from a bigger seed. From here you will also want to consider things like genetics, brand (breeder of seed), what type of marijuana you want and what your growth space is like.

Cannabis seed genetics

Genetics of the seed will tell you a lot about what kind of plant you are going to have. Basics to keep in mind is whether the plant is indica or sativa dominant. The better trained the genetics of a seed, the more likely the plant is to grow as it says on the pack. Please don’t buy bag seeds and then expect to get a plant that grows in a certain way or that has certain traits that the guy said it will. Creating a stable cannabis strain takes many years and lots of hard work. Crossbreeding and experimenting to create a seed with the needed genetics and characteristics can take a very long time. The more stable the genetics, the more the seed will cost.

What are cannabis seed brands?

Cannabis Seed Banks South Africa

If you’ve done any research on the topic, you have probably seen or read about some of the more popular marijuana seed brands. These well-known brands have been developing and growing marijuana seeds for many years. These years of work and experience has obviously produced some really stable genetics that you can now purchase to grow for yourself. These well-known brands seeds are often more expensive, but worth it if you don’t want to end up wasting your money.

Here are some of the more popular brands to look out for:

Dutch Passion Seeds

Dinafem Seeds

Sensi Seeds


Attitude Seeds

Flying Dutchmen

Paradise Seeds

Sensible Seeds

Soma Seeds

Green House Seeds

How much should I pay for cannabis seeds in South Africa?

That very much depends on what seeds you buy. Bag seeds you might be able to get for free, out of a bag of weed that you have. Or you might be able to buy some bag seeds from someone that has some for as little as R25 per seed. Or if you want a specific Dinafem genetics cannabis seed then it could cost you over R1000 a seed. It literally comes down to what you are willing to pay for the seed of the cannabis plant that you want to grow.

Where do you buy cannabis seeds in South Africa?

Like most people trying to grow dagga for the first time, it is often advised that you use bag seeds. Those are the seeds that you find in your bag of dagga. This can be a cost-effective way to acquire cannabis seeds without running the risk of wasting a ton of money by overwatering all your sprouts. Likewise, if all the plants turn out to be male then at least you will not have paid massive amounts of cash for a bunch of seeds.

Other than that there are many online options to buy marijuana seeds in South Africa. Just make sure that if you are using an international seed bank they do in fact ship cannabis seeds to South Africa. There are also a bunch of local online seed shops that have a large variety of seeds to choose from.

How will I get my cannabis seeds?

Your cannabis seeds will be sent to you via the mail or via courier. That depends on the seeds bank that you buy from and the shipping methods that they offer. Normal mail is normally the cheapest, but you also run the highest risk of receiving crushed seeds or not receiving seeds at all. This doesn’t happen all of the time (or even most of the time) but it has happened. Couriers are generally a more reliable delivery option, but they almost always come at a higher cost.

Better seed banks will ship your cannabis seeds in some type of protective packaging, in an attempt to avoid any damage to the seeds. Crushproof and discreet packaging is the sign of a seed bank that wants to make sure you receive your product.

How can you pay for cannabis seeds online?

These days most seed banks will accept credit card or debit card. There are also seed banks that offer options like a cheque if you are old school, or PayPal and even Bitcoin if you are really new school. Credit Card seems to be the most hassle-free option available to South Africans that want to buy cannabis seeds, especially when buying from international seed banks.

As the stigma around cannabis is starting to fade, more people are starting to use the plant in various forms. A question that I have been receiving a lot lately is the question of cannabis seeds and where to obtain them. Because growing and using cannabis has been decriminalized for personal use in South Africa, I completely understand all the questions surrounding the issue of cannabis. That is also why I aim to answer some of your questions surrounding seeds in South Africa.

buy cannabis seeds from a seed bank in South Africa

Where can I buy cannabis seeds in South Africa?

Firstly, it’s important not to confuse a seed bank with a cannabis dispensary. Yes, there are also online cannabis dispensaries, but they mostly only sell cannabis products. A seed bank specializes in cannabis seeds and mostly only sell seeds.

South Africans have plenty of options when they are looking to acquire cannabis seeds for themselves. Many opt to keep bag seed, some know someone that has seeds for sale and there are even online retailers selling seeds. But truth be told if you want good genetics and a strain that you can use (for smoking or to make cannabis oil) you are going to want to get your seed from a reliable seed bank.

With a reputable seed bank, you will avoid spending your hard-earned cash on seeds that will not grow as advertised. The more you visit seed bank websites the more you will get to know the different seed brands that are available. Simply punching a seed brand name into Google will give you plenty of information about the quality of the genetics and seed of the particular brand. You can drill down even further by looking for reviews of a particular strain by a seed brand. All of this can be avoided if you use a reputable seed bank.

Seed banks from the UK are often used because Britain has a legal loophole that allows the sale of cannabis seeds as souvenirs. I would suggest using some caution when using a local seed bank as there have been cases where the stability of locally bred strains has been questioned.

What are feminized seeds?

Cannabis plants can be male and female. Unless you are trying to breed, male plants are generally unwanted. Female plants that flower are where most of the trichomes containing cannabinoids like THC are found. If you want to smoke the cannabis you grow (or if you want to use the plant to produce full-spectrum cannabis oil) then you will only want to grow female plants. Feminized cannabis seeds are seeds that will only produce female plants.

Modern-day feminized seeds are very stable. Feminized seeds will basically guarantee that you have beautiful female plants that you can harvest and enjoy without concerns that you might have a male or two sprouting among the females and ruining your harvest.

What can I expect to pay for seeds?

The price that you pay for your cannabis seeds can vary on a range of factors, from breeder to strain, to rarity and even what seed bank you buy your seeds from. Depending on the above factors you can expect to pay anything from $5 (R60) to $530 (R6300) per seed. In some cases with some really rare strains, you can expect to pay even more.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend upwards of $500 per seed to grow great marijuana. Even if you only spend $150 on a couple of seeds, you can grow and harvest real high-quality marijuana. Luckily for those of us not rolling in cash, some of the more well-established strain are very affordable and will still give you real bang for your buck. Just remember that you get what you pay for, so if the price for the strain seems so low it’s hard to believe you should probably proceed with caution.

How does postage work when buying seeds?

As with ordering anything online, there are always concerns about postage and delivery options. There is always a chance that your package can be intercepted by customs, but that is as bad as it gets from personal experience. Once seeds have been intercepted by customs, you can kiss those seeds goodbye. Luckily there are ways that can help your seeds get by customs without any problems, and in most cases that is exactly what happens.

Good seed banks offer discreet packaging options that will help get your seeds to you safe and sound. Not only is discreet packaging great for privacy, but it will also help protect your seeds from being damaged during shipping. Discreet and crush-proof packaging normally comes at an extra cost, but it’s a cost that is well worth it. Nothing is worse than opening your cannabis seed packaging and seeing all the seeds crushed.

How do I pay for my cannabis seeds?

You can normally pay for your cannabis seeds with a credit card, PayPal, money order or even Bitcoin. For convenience credit card and PayPal is the simplest and quickest way to pay for your order. Seed banks also use a discreet reference for the transaction on your credit card or PayPal to avoid anyone trying to infringe on your privacy. Bitcoin obviously gives you an extra level of privacy and seed banks like SeedSupreme offer an added 20% discount on your purchase when you pay with Bitcoin.

Times for cannabis in South Africa is changing

We recently received our medical marijuana regulations in South Africa. It’s still early days, but the stigma surrounding cannabis is starting to fade as people start consuming the vast amounts of information surrounding the cannabis plant. If ever there was a time to invest in cannabis seeds to produce your own marijuana, that time is now. As long as you take the proper care, you can minimize your risk of wasting your money and end up with top-shelf cannabis that you produced yourself. Head to a seed bank to get started.

What are other names for cannabis seeds in South Africa?

South Africa has 11 official languages so it should come as no surprise that there are different names for cannabis seeds in South Africa. No need to fret as most of the names are pretty obvious for most South Africans to know what is being talked about. Just incase, here are a few of the popular local names for cannabis seeds:

  1. Cannabis seeds
  2. Dagga-sade
  3. Marijuana seeds
  4. Hemp seeds (although these normally contain very little THC)
  5. Pot seeds
  6. Grass seeds

Weed seed info for informational purposes

All the information found in this article is for informational purposes only. does not encourage the use, sale, purchase or distribution of any illegal substances. Every adult possesses the skill and ability to make their own choices, and is a huge supporter of that right. Thus we can take no responsibility for any choice any person makes out of their own free will.

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22 Responses

  1. Danielle says:

    How long will it take for trophy seeds to deliver?

  2. Ruan Stix Fourie says:

    @Danielle: Once payment reflects they take 2-3 days to get delivered to the Postnet selected by you, as they send out parcels via Postnet to Postnet.

  3. Stanley says:

    How far ate you from Alberton gauteng

  4. Ruan Stix Fourie says:

    @Stanley: I don’t sell cannabis seeds. Feel free to have a look at any of the seed banks mentioned in the article above.

  5. pielgesig says:

    Was gelukkig genoeg om ‘n enkele saadjie te kry in ‘n baggie Jack Herer wat ek gekoop het.
    Druk hom toe in die grond en waaragtig, hy groei. Hopelik is dit ‘n girl

  6. Ruan Stix Fourie says:

    @pielgesig: Ek hou my vingers gekruis vir jou dat daardie dagga-saadjie ‘n dogtertjie is!

  7. Yusuf says:

    Im in joburg and i need some good seeds

  8. Neville Watson says:

    Kan nie verstaan ons in suid afrika hoekom ingevoerde saad ons het die beste plaaslike dagga al die jare . Jammer dit was onwettig nl kultivars Pondo Swazi DB rooibaard nou het die Hollanders dit opgeent met hulle local goed . Dit kan kopseer gee soms en n vreetlus is dit nou veredel om dit te elimineer groete

  9. C.L says:

    [CENSORED].com should be on this list, best online seed bank I’ve used. Plus they delivered to my farm which is 50 km away from a small town, it’s solid.

  10. Stix Gevaaalik says:

    @C.L: I reached out to them. They never got back to me. Apparently, they don’t need the audience to know about them.

  11. Ronel du Toit says:

    I want the northern light cultivar please
    How do I go about drying the plant to drink
    Do I droe the leaves or flowers

  12. Stix Gevaaalik says:

    @Ronel: You can buy some Northern Lights seeds here.

    I know many people that juice, but they mainly use the leaves of the plant for juicing. For juicing you can use the leaves without drying. The flowers of the plant are normallykept and dried for smoking or making cannabis oil or edibles.

  13. Johan says:

    Hou van jou oulike antwoorde….dankie daarvoor.
    Eks nou nuut in d bedryf en glo my ek leer blerrie vinnig…het klomp sade gekry, olie gemaak…jitte maar dit skop.
    Watter strains word aanbeveel vir cannabis olie,dis nou vir medisinale gebruik.
    Waar kan ek die aanbevole sade kry en wat sal die prys wees?
    By voorbaat dankie vir die inligting

  14. Stix Gevaaalik says:

    @Johan: Daar is verskillende strains vir verskillende kwale, sê hulle. Jy kan die bekendste medisinale strains hier sien vir elke siekte/kondisie. is ook een van die beste seed banks om vanaf sade te bestel. Pryse wissel van R150 per saadjie, R800 vir ‘n pakkie van 5 en meer.

  15. Robyn says:

    Can one trust seedmans? Is it safe and will it come here without damage?

  16. Stix Gevaaalik says:

    @Robyn: Yes, you can trust Seedmans, it’s safe and they use crush proof packaging.

  17. Derick says:

    Hi I sell top quality weed contact me on (removed by editor)

  18. Stix Gevaaalik says:

    @Derick: Firstly, it’s illegal to sell weed, you moron. Secondly, if you sold top-quality weed, you wouldn’t need spammy comments to market your product Derick.

  19. PAUL ALFORD says:


  20. Inzane 035 says:

    Just dont try buy from sa cannibis family(Family seed bank). They sliked me out of 1000 rand of hard earned cash.

  21. Nanet says:

    Hi.. i grew my first 4 plants during winter indoor.. (clones Elvis and Cheese) everything went great!! So proud felt like an award grower!!.. with my second batch im loosing all condidence, lost 4 clones already.. cant get the temp down in my tent.. 1.2 mby 1.2 m…i already have 3 fans and put ice blocks trice a day.. cant afford aircon.. any ideas??

  22. Heinerich says:

    Kort jy n invoer lisensie vir plant materiaal?

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