Recently I bought in grocery store edible husked Cannabis sativa seeds Can I start a plant out of eadible husked seeds? If no then why?

I'm asking if a plant will actually start out of husked seeds, not if it's legal to grow Cannabis.

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Are you absolutely certain that the seeds you've bought are Cannabis sativa? I'd be very surprised if they are, they're much more likely to be Cannabis indica, commonly known as hemp seeds, and they are edible and relatively nutritious, like most seeds. They are also readily available in the UK in health food shops, unlike Cannabis sativa seeds. However, in law, there is no distinction between Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica, so generally, home growing of these plants is considered illegal. You may want to check the law for the area where you live, in case there's some exception.

Cannabis indica (hemp) is commercially grown here in the UK, mostly for industrial purposes, but it would still be illegal for an individual to grow their own, even though its not actually Cannabis sativa (this last being most definitely illegal to grow, certainly in the UK).

More information in the link below regarding the differences between the two plants, particularly in relation to the content of psychoactive substances



Following your edit to your question, your seeds are obviously husked, but should also be sterilized, meaning 'cracked' which should prevent them from growing - but doesn't always. I should add that, if they were not sold as Cannabis sativa, they will definitely be Cannabis indica, hemp in other words. If you still want to bother to try to grow them, sow some and see what happens. Here's a thread from 2008 on this subject, may be of some use, not sure


  • "Are you absolutely certain that the seeds you've bought are Cannabis sativa" No I'm not, this is just my guess. Commented May 11, 2016 at 12:30
  • Heh, you midunderstand my question, I've edited it now. Commented May 11, 2016 at 12:31
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    Bamboo, you got this backwards. Sativa is used as hemp, and some cultivars of sativa are used recreationally and medicinally. Indica is used pretty exclusively for recreation and medicine, but is also used for as a breeding partner with sativa to produce interesting cross breeds and cultivars. The third kind is called ruderalis which is used in north Eurasian folk medicine but has little use as hemp or recreation.
    – Escoce
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 14:40
  • @Escoce - read the first link I provided - there's another link within it to how to tell the difference between C. sativa (marijuana) and C. indica (hemp). There are, though many sub species, some closer to marijuana, some closer to hemp in terms of THC levels, which should be under 0.3% to be classified as hemp (in some countries, though not USA, you guys don't grow either of these commercially anyway). Cannabis sativa varieties are grown here (illegally) quite frequently, and not because it makes good rope...
    – Bamboo
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 15:40
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    @Bamboo it really is backwards. The article you pointed me to also says so.
    – Escoce
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 5:33

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