We thought we’d heard of all of the cannabis varieties out there until someone recently asked: What is sinsemilla weed? And while this term may be new to many of us, you are likely already familiar with these kinds of buds.
Sinsemilla is a Spanish word that simply means “seedless,” and refers to any kind of cannabis grown without seeds—aka 90% of the cannabis you consume today. We can’t say ALL because, every now and then, a seed or two might sneak into your stash, but generally speaking, everything you smoke is considered sinsemilla weed. So why does this matter and how did this term come to be? Let’s discuss.
History of Sinsemilla
When grown in the wild, weed grows seeds along with buds so when it dies, it will grow again the next year. Growing seedless weed, or sinsemilla cannabis, was adopted in the 1960s and ‘70s to produce nugs without seeds for consumers to enjoy, by solely growing bud-producing female cannabis plants that do not get pollinated by male plants.
Only female cannabis plants produce the nugs we smoke, so when they are pollinated by males, seeds grow in the buds—and no one likes to smoke seedy weed. Thus, sinsemilla cannabis was cultivated to keep seeds out of female plants so they only produce those precious buds.
To grow sinsemilla cannabis, male plants are thrown away or moved far away from the females before they develop pollen sacs and can pollinate females. You can use the male plants for other purposes but they must not be anywhere close enough to be able to spread the pollen to the lady plants. This process allows female plants to focus their energy and resources on bud production instead of producing seeds.
Why You Should Care
Before sinsemilla became the norm among cannabis cultivators, it was incredibly likely you grew or bought weed that was filled with seeds. Ganja with seeds is usually considered lower quality because a ton of seeds equals a harsh smoking experience.
As we briefly mentioned above, when the cannabis plant doesn’t produce seeds, it can divert all its resources to producing buds. Therefore, it delivers better quality and higher potency buds, and also higher yields because there won’t be seeds in the buds. In fact, the difference in potency is so impressive that when people first started consuming sinsemilla, they thought it was a completely different species of cannabis.
How’s that for a fun fact? If you want to get the finest sinsemilla in town, stop by your local JARS location to see what the buzz is all about.