Only female cannabis plants produce buds, so when they are pollinated, seeds grow with the buds. Sinsemilla, or “seedless” cannabis was grown to keep seeds out of female plants so they only produce buds. To grow sinsemilla cannabis, male plants are discard or moved away from females before they develop pollen sacs and can pollinate females. This allows female plants to focus their resources on bud production instead of seed production.
Growing cannabis with seeds is beneficial for the natural evolution of the plant. Plants naturally evolved within their environment, picking up traits and characteristics that helped them better survive their environment.
“I only buy sinsemilla flower.”
History of sinsemilla
Cannabis can be male or female, and in the wild males pollinate females, which then produce seeds. The genetics of both male and female plants are passed down to the seeds, so that when a female plant dies—cannabis is an annual, growing and dying each year—it drops seeds, which grow into new plants the following spring.
Before sinsemilla became a standard practice among cultivators, there was a good chance weed you grew or bought had seeds in the buds. Bud with seeds are generally considered lower quality—seeds lead to a harsh smoke.
Benefits of sinsemilla
A Spanish term meaning “seedless,” sinsemilla refers to cannabis grown without seeds. In the wild, cannabis grows seeds along with buds so when it dies, it will grow again the following year. Growing sinsemilla cannabis was adopted in the 1960s and ‘70s to produce buds without seeds for consumers, by only growing bud-producing female cannabis plants and not allowing them to get pollinated.
“Sinsemilla is the only way to grow premium cannabis.”
In fact, it can be theorized that the action that pushed Ruderalis to flower in time versus in reaction to darkness is in fact an epigenetic change. It’s how we now have autoflower strains — non-photosensitive cannabis cultivars. Knowing this, is it really so unexpected for that plant to evolve herself again?
“Seeds spring from seeds, and beauty breedeth beauty.
By law of nature thou art bound to breed,
That thine may live when thou thyself art dead;
And so in spite of death thou dost survive,
In that thy likeness still is left alive.”
“Venus & Adonis,” Shakespeare
This is where it gets interesting. At the risk of humanizing my plants, I can’t help but feel sorry for them. They work night and day to produce flowers and ooey-gooey trichomes to catch the pollen their mate will produce so they can fulfill this inherent purpose to procreate. Some days I wonder if they look at one another and say, “Did I shave my legs for this?”
If this many different familial species have shown to epigenetically alter their offspring’s behaviour in reaction to human actions and interference, then surely it’s possible with plants too. So many hermaphroditic plants being allowed to grow flowers has already had ill effects. This botanical mutation has basically trojan horse’d itself into the botanical species. It’s brilliant and inspiring! Though I strive to keep my own green goddesses kept chill and stress-free, I can still greatly admire the hermaphroditic plant. She waits for no one. There’s a lesson here!
In another example of human sadism-in-science, researchers trained roundworms to know where food was located based on the texture of the bottom of the petri dish. Then they cut their heads off, regrew their bodies, and those regrown bodies remembered that the rough-bottomed petri dish indicated that food was near. They even added a diversion tactic of placing the food within a light which worms generally avoid yet they still followed the textured floor. In very stringent studies, the worms whose bodies were taught that the rough-bottom meant food was near traveled much more quickly to that area of the test site regardless of the light. It was believed that only the brain held on to memory. But we acknowledge the existence of muscle memory so why not nervous system memory too?
The walls of indoor cultivation facilities are being painted with antimicrobial paint, much of which contains a silver ion additive. Did you know that Colloidal silver is used by some as a natural antiviral? It’s also being used by growers to induce a change that sees a female plant grow male flowers with viable pollen. Self-seeding follows. Could the antimicrobial paint itself be exuding silver ions making the very air that sways their leaves trigger the production of seeds?
This flirty botanical bait and switch has been taking place for decades but has vastly increased recently. I believe that the rising popularity of seed-breeding and hermaphroditic plants is effectively speeding up an already evolving epigenetic code. Anthropologically speaking, isn’t all procreation merely to pass down knowledge for the purpose of evolving the species or cultivar to avoid extinction? Seeds spring from seeds after all. So if this is true, what message do you think fatigued and reproductively-frustrated female cannabis plants are sending to future plants in their epigenetics?
Reason #4: Are Epigenetic Changes Forcing Hermaphroditism
In this study spanning ten years, researchers tortured hundreds of mice through “early postnatal trauma based on unpredictable maternal separation combined with unpredictable maternal stress.” The results show that changes in these mice are present to the 4th generation! These behavioral changes include depressive-like symptoms, poor impulse control, memory and social issues. They even had biological changes to their insulin/glucose regulation.
In addition, industrialization and mass production have always had to deal with microorganism problems, and large scale cannabis production is no exception. Moreover, it’s been the failed attempts at rectifying issues with mold and other pests that have been more detrimental to brand loyalty. I truly believe a balance must be found when growing indoors, a balance that replicates that found in nature — even with hydroponic techniques! To mitigate this risk, industry attempts to sterilize and preemptively kill all organisms — even the beneficial ones. We’re seeing the outcome of this in the medical industry with MRSA, a bacterium resistant to all antibiotics. But something else is occurring as well.