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."
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
4625 East Colfax Avenue
3460 West 32nd Avenue
3600 South Wadsworth Boulevard
Green Man Cannabis
1355 Santa Fe Drive
7289 East Hampden Avenue
4380 East Alameda Avenue, Glendale
2394 South Broadway
2215 East Mississippi Avenue
2215 East Mississippi Avenue
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