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The 8 Best Cannabis autoflowering, feminized, and regular seed strains

Chris DeWildt

February 18, 2019 6 min read
February 18, 2019
6 min read

The 8 Best Cannabis Seed Strains for Your Grow – 2019

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In this article we’ll introduce you to 8 of the best autoflowering, feminized, and regular marijuana seed strains for your grow.

Disclaimer: Growers Network urges you to review the cannabis cultivation laws in your jurisdiction before beginning your grow. Don’t break the law!

A few questions about Mail Order cannabis seeds

Is it safe to order cannabis seeds through the mail?

People always wonder about the legal risk of purchasing cannabis seeds through the mail. Legitimate seed vendors (including those we recommend) ship discreetly to most locations. Seeds can be stopped by customs, but this doesn’t happen often.

Where can I buy cannabis seeds safely?

There are a number of good seed vendors out there. Our recommendations are established companies with great customer reviews so you know you’re purchasing quality cannabis seeds.

Beware of cannabis Seed Scams

If you’re contacted via social media to purchase seeds, chances are you’ve been targeted for a scam. We recommend using established cannabis seed vendors.

So you decided to grow some cannabis. Great! But you may be wondering what marijuana seed strain you should grow. Well, if you want to grow great weed, you’ve got to start with great genetics. But you may be asking questions like: where can I find the best seeds? Where can I buy cannabis seeds online? Do seed companies ship to the US (or wherever on the planet you happen to be)? Today we’ll answer some of those questions and point you toward the eight best strains for you marijuana grow.

Quick look at the top cannabis strains to grow from seeds

1. Best Feminized, Autoflowering marijuana seeds: Northern Lights (Canuk Seeds)
2. Best AutoFlowering marijuana seeds (non-feminized): Blue Himalaya Autoflowering Non-Feminized Seeds (Shortstuff Seeds)
3. Best Feminized marijuana seeds (non-autoflowering): 8 Ball Kush Feminized Regular Seeds (Barney’s Seeds)
4. Best Regular marijuana seeds: Bruce Banner (Canuk Seeds)

Have additional questions? Check out our marijuana seed FAQ section below.

Note: My picks for the best strains are based on customer reviews, talks with growers, and personal experience.

Which Cannabis Seeds Strain should I grow?

Before we start, we need to talk about a few variables with regard to buying cannabis seeds for your grow, specifically, what’s the difference among regular seeds, autoflowering seeds, and feminized seeds? Read on and consider the requirements of each of the following types of seeds to help you make the best purchase for your grow. There are advantages and drawbacks to each seed type.


“Regular” seeds are non-feminized and non-autoflowering. You should expect half of your plants from these seeds to be male and dispose of them before they can pollinate your females. Pollinated females produce lower quality buds that are full of seeds. Regular seeds require a change in the light cycle to begin producing flowers. Through vegetation, cannabis plants are typically exposed to daily cycle of 18 hours of light followed by 6 hours of darkness (18-6). When developed enough to enter flowering, the grower will switch the light cycle to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness (12-12) until harvest time.

Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds

Autoflower seeds will grow plants that produce flowers (buds) when it’s old enough; there is no changing of the light cycle to initiate flowering the way you do with regular seeds. Expect a higher price point for these cannabis seeds compared to “regular” seeds.

Feminized Cannabis Seeds

Feminized cannabis seeds are generated by spraying a healthy, female cannabis plant with colloidal silver or a silver thiosulfate solution. The process results in nearly 100% feminized seeds so there are no males to remove.

Note: 1 in 1000 feminized seeds may turn out to be male. Even though you are using feminized seeds you’ll want to monitor your plants when the reproductive parts begin developing. Remember that these seeds are more expensive, but you won’t waste the time and energy it takes to deal with male cannabis plants.

Autoflowering Feminized Cannabis Seeds

The best of all worlds? Possibly. Autoflowering, feminized cannabis seeds will flower without a change in the life cycle and will result in nearly 100% female plants. Like any autoflowering seed strain, you should expect a slightly smaller harvest than a crop of the same strain grown from “regular” seeds. And of course, the convenience of autoflowering marijuana seeds make them a bit more pricey.

And now for my recommendations!

Best Autoflowering Feminized Seeds

Afghan Kush Ryder (World of Seeds)

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This 100% Indica hybrid is a result of a cross between classic Afghan Kush and the autoflowering C. ruderalis marijuana species. High in THC, this is great for pain relief or a night locked on the couch. After about 2 weeks of vegetative grown this one goes into a flowering frenzy for the next two months. Keep in mind that this plant grows a little bit taller than many autoflowering species, but if you have the room, you'll get great yields.

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Northern Lights (Canuk Seeds)

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Another Indica dominant strain, Northern Lights is classic cannabis. Growers love how fast this plant flowers as well as its resinous buds. Great for sleep and pain, you'll feel relaxed and peaceful. Pungently sweet and spicy, you'll agree this strain is amazing as you drift off to sleep and settle into your THC fueled dreams.

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Best Feminized Regular Seeds

8 Ball Kush Feminized (Barney's Farm)

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This highly rated strain is perfect for a small grow. Its short bushy plants are true Indica, and its musky, spicy flavor that will remind you of a classic Kush. 8 Ball Kush is a hardy, resilient plant that produces a big harvest of buds covered in beautiful crystal resin.

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Amnesia Feminized Seeds (Canuk Seeds)

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This super strain will get you giddy and feeling good. A Sativa dominant strain, Amnesia isn't for lightweights. Its intense psychotropic effects come on fast and strong, but for the experienced user and grower, Amnesia will be a favorite. Additionally, this one is a favorite of the Netherlands. They know something about weed, right?

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Best autoflowering seeds

Sharkbite (Short Stuff Seeds)

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Sharkbite is a cross between Great White and the autoflowering C. ruderalis. Sharkbite has powerful effects similar to Great White and has a tangy odor and will produce an enormous amount of white crystals. This one is robust but doesn't get too big and is great for your home grow. Begins to flower in about twenty days followed by an explosion of buds. Topping out at about fifteen inches, this stocky marijuana plant is bred for high yields.
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Blue Himalaya AUTOFLOWERING REGULAR Seeds (Shortstuff Seeds)

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A cross between auto Blueberry and Nepal, Blue Himalaya is a beautiful, low profile plant that goes from seed to buds in about two months. This strain produces a lot of resin and gives off a pleasing blueberry aroma. This plant tops out at fifteen inches with lots of chunky, compact buds. Patients and growers I've talked to love the flavor (and stone) of this awesome marijuana strain.

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Best regular seeds

White Widow (canuk Seeds)

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This famous marijuana strain needs no introduction, but we'll do one anyway. White Widow was developed in Holland in the 90s and unlike the grunge scene, it's still going strong. The name comes from the white appearance of the flowers, a result of tons of trichomes that frost its flowers like snow covered trees. This Sativa dominant hybrid comes on quick and is known for classic Sativa effects: Euphoria, energy, and creativity. This regular seed strain takes a bit more attention to detail, but you'll love its huge yields and high THC content if you're ready to give this plant the TLC they need.
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Bruce Banner (Canuk Seeds)

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Hulk smash! Okay, maybe not. Bruce Banner is one of my favorite marijuana strains of all time, and like its name suggests, it's the flip side of the famous green destroyer. Bruce Banner is a balanced Sativa/Indica hybrid known for its relaxing effects balanced with an alert and mindful buzz. It's recommended for patients suffering from ADHD, stress, and loss of appetite. Keep in mind that this is a strong strain with THC levels testing at nearly 30%. Additionally, Bruce Banner flowers quickly for a regular seed strain, hitting full potency at about 8-10 weeks of flowering.

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So there you have it, some keep differences among marijuana seed types and some recommendations for which strain you may want to grow. Please let us know what strain you choose and be sure to send some pics! We even have a special place in our forum for members to show off their buds. See you there!

Marijuana Seed Strain FAQs

Is it legal to ship marijuana seeds through the mail?

This varies from country to country so research the laws in your jurisdiction about shipping cannabis seeds through the mail. We advises you to follow the law.

Where can I buy the best cannabis seeds online?

There are a number of great online seed shops. All of our recommendations come from professional cannabis growers.

What are the best marijuana seeds to buy?

This depends on your budget, available time to grow, and your level of experience. There are advantages to “regular” seeds as they typically result in a larger harvest but you will have to plan for only half of the seeds being female. Feminized, auto flowering strains will give you nearly 100% female plants, but the cost more.

What’s the difference between autoflower and regular cannabis seeds?

Autoflower seeds begin to flower according to their age. “Regular” seeds flower in response to a change in the life cycle, i.e. when your plants are developed enough to flower, you would switch the light cycle from 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness (18-6) to 12 hours of light and twelve hours of darkness (12-12). Autoflowering strains are “easier” in the sense that you don’t have to switch the light cycle, they just start flowering when they’re ready.

Are feminized cannabis seeds worth the price?

When you buy feminized seeds you can be confident that nearly 100% of your plants will be female. If this is important to you then yes, feminized seeds are worth the cost.

Are some cannabis seed strains easier to grow than others?

Yes. As mentioned above, autoflowering strains are easy to grow due to their simple light requirement. Some regular seeds are not much more difficult as long as you can control the light cycle. A few other strains, typically regular seed strains, can have very specific nutrient, watering, temperature, and humidity needs.

What strains are good for growing marijuana indoors? What seed strains are good for growing marijuana outdoors?

There are many good strains suited for indoor growing and just as many good seed strains for outdoor cultivation. You have to consider the space you’re growing in. Outdoor marijuana strains will grow tall and may not be suitable for you indoor grow. The main consideration when deciding between indoor and outdoor is the amount of space. An “outdoor” strain will grow fine indoors, as long as it has enough room.

What’s the difference between regular marijuana seeds and feminized marijuana seeds?

Feminized seeds have been bred and treated to nearly 100% female. They cost a bit more but you don’t have to worry about throwing out the half of your plants that turn out male.
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About the Author

Chris DeWildt is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and Western Kentucky University. He worked in education and publishing for ten years before joining the team at Growers Network. In addition to editing the GN blog, Chris also works on the Canna Cribs series.