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How to Feminize Seeds

The cannabis industry has evolved more in the last 15 years than it has in the last century. Society has also evolved, allowing cannabis and the idea of weed to slowly make its way into pop culture, with more and more strains available as well as accessories for smoking or consuming cannabis. Nowadays, pretty much anyone can grow cannabis in their own house with all of the necessary equipment to make their own strains. Years ago only a select few had access to such equipment. Today we’re going to show you how to feminize seeds. You won’t need many items to do so, and the ones you do need are easy enough to get.

Like most living creatures, cannabis plants need a male and a female specimen to reproduce; the male pollinates the female plant which causes seeds to grow. The resulting seeds have genes from both the mother and father plants, so it has a 50% possibility of being female or male. This is why you need to find a way to get your seeds by using just female plants, completely getting rid of male genes, which only leaves the possibility for female seeds.

How to Feminize Seeds | Tutorial

Many growers know that if you stress out cannabis plants, they can easily become hermaphoridtes (a plant with both male and female sex organs) which end up creating male flowers that create pollen which then “impregnates” the plant and others around it. The issue with stress-caused hermaphrodite plants is that most of the resulting seeds tend to be hermaphrodites too, so it’s not the best method to use and it also stresses your plants out quite a lot.

In order to turn a female plant male without stressing it out, all you need is some Silver Thiosulfate, also known as STS. If you apply STS to female plants it will modify their ethylene levels, which is the hormone in charge of determining the sex of certain plants. This causes female plants to change sex and turn into males without the disadvantage of male genes.

Silver Thiosulfate

Making your own STS only takes about 15 to 20 minutes and you’ll need two ingredients: Sodium Thiosulphate and Silver Nitrate, both of which can easily be found in any pharmacy and on our webstore. Sodium Thiosulfate is a neutral chemical salt that’s used to reduce side-effects in some cancer treatments and can easily be bought without a prescription.

You can acquire silver nitrate on our webstore, although some people prefer to extract it from other products that contain it, such as Argenpal, a product used to get rid of warts – each one of these little contains a very small amount of Silver Nitrate, so it’s probably better just to buy it directly without the need to spend more money or spend forever trying to extract the Silver Nitrate from the product itself. We stock Panreac Silver Nitrate, which may be a bit more expensive but you’re guaranteed the best quality, and it saves quite a lot of time.

How to Feminize Seeds | Making STS

Caution:

You’ll need protective material such as gloves, safety glasses and a face mask; STS can be quite toxic when inhaled and it can leave large burns on the skin. Make sure you don’t use any metallic objects when making STS – everything should be plastic, as metal can alter the composition and reduce efficiency.

Process:

Do not use metal instruments or tools in this process. The first thing you’ll need to do is grab a plastic cup and pour in 20ml of distilled water. Next, depending on your chosen method, get either 7 Argenpal sticks or 0.35g silver nitrate. If working with Argenplal, dilute the tips delicately in the water (the tip is where the silver nitrate is). Grab another plastic cup and add 30ml distilled water and 1.3g of sodium thiosulfate, mixing it slowly until it’s fully dissolved. Then, mix the contents of both glasses and mix slowly again – make sure to use a plastic spoon, no metal.

The result is 50ml of pure Silver Thiosulfate, much too potent to use on your plants, so you’ll need to water it down a bit. Add your Silver Thiosulfate to 400ml of distilled water, so you’ll have around 450ml of STS. Make sure to shake quite a lot until it’s completely mixed. It’s still much too concentrated to apply straight onto your plants; take 100ml of the mixture you just made and add it to 400ml mor of distilled water. You now have 500ml of a usable STS mixture that’s ready to be used on your plants.

Recommendation:

For maximum efficiency you’ll need to use it the same day you make it. If stored in a dark, cool space it can last up to 15 days but each day it’ll be a bit less potent. If you have it for over a week and haven’t used it we recommend making another batch if you want the best possible results.

How to Feminize Seeds | How to use STS

STS is used by spraying it on your plants leaves, making sure that it’s entirely covered and dripping. We recommend taking the plant away from your growing area before beginning the process, or the mixture might end up getting on your other plants too. You’ll need to begin applying it 4 or 5 days after flipping the lights, right before your lights go off. This allows you to spray the plant without worrying about the light burning your plants. After 10 days, you need to respray your plants, using the same process, covering the plant in the mixture and letting it soak in in the dark.

The sprayed plant will begin growing male flowers with pollen with can then be used to pollinate whichever plant you want, causing seeds to appear that have absolutely no male genes in them. You can use the pollinated plant in order to make extracts from its resin; the amount of seeds it’ll produce will render it pretty much useless in as far as smokeable flowers. The plant that you’ve applied the STS to will need to be thrown away, as it’s much too toxic to do anything with and if you consume any of it, even its resin, you could run in to some health issues.

When should you polinate your plants?

In order to efficiently pollinate select plants, we recommend having two completely separate grow rooms or areas to work in. One should be for the plants that you’re planning on switching to male in order to obtain female polen; the other should be specifically for the plants that you plan on pollinating once you’ve reverted the other ones.

When using the pollen that you’ve collected from your reverted plants, you need to make sure that the plant that you plan on using it on is fully ready for it; this can depend on the strain you’re growing. The right time to begin applying feminized pollen is actually right when your plants begin to flow real flowers.

You generally want to use the pollen as fresh as possible on a plant that is fully ready to take it on, or else it simply might not work – it’s kind of like people, in that sense. Certain things need to be just right. To harvest large amounts of high quality seeds, you’re probably better off doing a few tests in order to find out when the right moment is. You can do this by testing it out on the same strain before going big.

How to Feminize Seeds | Make your own strains

When making your own seeds you can combine your favorite strains, resulting in a plant that you’ve created yourself that is 100% feminized. When you combine two strains, you’ll get various phenotypes with varying qualities and structures. It’s important that you use regular seeds to do this, as feminized ones are much too weak and might have issues such as stress and end up becoming hermaphrodites.

In order to stabilize the genes in your resulting plants, you’ll need to select the phenotypes you like the most, meaning that you’ll need to grow quite a lot of the seeds that you get from your feminized plant. Then, take a clone from each plant and set them to flower in order to study their characteristics. Once you’re done, you’ll need to pick two mother plants, revert them and cross them with each other to get a more balanced version. This process is repeated as many times as necessary in order to create a balanced strain that has the characteristics you’re looking for.

Feminizing cannabis seeds is quite the process. You need to be able to keep perfect track and control of the timing when it comes to flowering and pollen yield if you want the best possible results. Take your time, do a few controlled tests and then you can start making large amounts of your own seeds.

Cannabis For Stress And Tension: Top AG Relaxing Strains

The relaxing effects of cannabis in case of stress are a well-known phenomenon. Many people turn to marijuana in times of stress. It can help people unwind, or to handle tensions in their lives more effectively. Weed can also lessen the chances of getting panic attacks. Still, cannabis is no solution to stress in the long run. It will not make the underlying causes of stress go away, and its anti-stress effects differ from one person to the next. Moreover, weed strains vary enormously, with every variant containing different proportions of active components. That means some strains will work better against stress than others for every individual. That means it is wise to read up on the pros and cons of cannabis for stress and tension. Here, you’ll find the best AG strains to tackle stress and anxiety.

How Cannabis Can Help Ease Stress

Cannabis can be helpful in stressful situations because the plant is rich in a broad spectrum of exceptional compounds. The most important ones are the well-known cannabinoids CBD and THC. THC has psychoactive properties. CBD, by contrast, does not alter perception (non-psychoactive), but is can influence the body and mind in other ways. Among the benefits of CBD are relaxing, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Both substances are cannabinoids that are able to cooperate with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a regulatory system involved in a large number of processes, including emotion, memory, rhythms of sleep and wakefulness, and appetite. This mechanism allows THC, CBD, and other marijuana plant cannabinoids to positively affect your experience of stress.

Cannabis can help people relax.

Advantages Of Weed For Tension And Stress Relief

People are increasingly trying cannabis to cope with stressful times. Regular medication that may be used in such situation, such as benzodiazepines, often come with unwanted side-effects such as drowsiness, poor concentration, and risks of dependency. Cannabis is a natural alternative that does not cause addiction.

The main advantages cannabis offers in times of stress are:

  • Improved sense of calm in body and mind;
  • Increased ability to relax;
  • Improved sleeping.

Cannabis can be used in any situation where you feel tense or stressed out. Those who suffer from specific anxieties such as agoraphobia, social phobias, or performance anxiety may stand to benefit from cannabis. The active components of cannabis can also be used to treat generalized anxiety disorder and PTSD, however.

Studies Into Cannabis And Stress

Research shows that cannabis can be helpful in case of stress, anxiety, and tension. Knowing this, however, we should keep in mind that CBD and THC can do so in very different ways. A 2015 review demonstrated that CBD qualifies as potential treatment for anxiety, and social anxiety in particular. THC showed potential, too, but only in smaller doses.

Using cannabis can temporarily reduce stress symptoms. This could provide some time needed to recover from the consequences of stress and anxiety. Put simply, going through fewer panic attacks on a daily basis means better chances of going out for groceries and staying calm, rather than staying in. This allows cannabis to unlock a step-by-step route to greater freedom for dealing with stress.

Stress Is Personal; So Is The Solution!

Some people, however, report that cannabis actually aggravates their stress symptoms, or produces no noticeable effect. The main culprit here seems to be THC. This cannabinoid can sometimes increase feelings of stress and symptoms of anxiety, such as raised pulse or more anxious thoughts. The effect is related to ‘the fear’; the passing sense of paranoia and raised self-awareness that a THC high can inspire. This sensation can create a feedback loop: increased heart rate = a tense feeling = more stress = even faster heart rate, and so on. As we can see, weed is no magic trick that simply makes stress disappear. If only things were that simple.

There’s a strain for any type of stress!

Every individual is unique. That means anybody can get stressed, tense, and anxious by different triggers. We also respond to stress individually; to stress as well as to the effects of cannabis. That is why everyone should take the time they need to explore which cannabis strain produces the anti-stress effect they seek.

Cannabis As Stress Support; Not As Escapism!

Anyone looking to use cannabis to counter stress must keep in mind that weed will not make the underlying causes go away. It can provide short-term relief, but it offers no permanent solution. It’s important to identify individual causes of stress (such as a demanding job, debt, or relationship issues, for instance), and then doing something about them. For some, finding a long-term solution may involve counselling, psychotherapy, or coaching. There, you can learn alternative and constructive ways to cope with stress, as well as techniques to help you relax more easily.

Picking The Right Cannabis Strain For Stress

Every cannabis strain has its own unique set of properties that may help in times of stress. THC can help people relax, but for some, it can increase a sense of anxiety instead. That is why certain people are more likely to benefit from high CBD, low THC strains. In addition, cannabis contains terpenes that may also prove useful against tension, stress, and anxiety.

Finding The Right Cannabinoids And Terpenes

CBD (cannabidiol) has calming properties. People struggling with anxiety often feel unable to stop their racing thoughts. CBD can help ease the mind and slow down those thoughts, which makes it easier to unwind. That makes CBD a prime candidate to help tackle stress-induced sleeping problems, too. The same is true for certain terpenes, but these compounds can be useful against stress in multiple ways.

Terpenes

Terpenes are cannabis compounds that give weed its characteristic flavour and scent. Cannabis contains well over one hundred different terpenes, several of which appear able to relieve tension, anxiety and stress. All terpenes produce effects of their own. However, they can also influence and boost the effects of cannabinoids through a mechanism known as the entourage effect. The specific combination of cannabinoids and terpenes in a given strain can determine why certain strains help some people deal with stress and tension effectively, while others don’t seem to notice any improvement. That makes it all the more important to discover for yourself what works and what does not.

Stress comes in as many different flavours as our strains.

A Shortlist Of Anti-Stress Terpenes

The main candidates for terpene stress relief include the following:

Linalool: Studies conducted on human test subjects have demonstrated the soothing effect of linalool, without risks of dependence. Linalool, which is also found in lavender, enables cannabis to tone down the symptoms of psychosis, epileptic seizures, and depression. Our Amnesia Haze seeds are a natural source of linalool.

Caryophyllene: This terpene is also found in peppers, providing spicy flavours and scents. Caryophyllene influences the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which in turn affect the nervous system. Several studies have demonstrated that caryophyllene can decrease anxiety in mice after stressful experiences. You’ll taste caryophyllene in cannabis variants such as our AK-OG Kush strain.

The smell of relaxation…

Myrcene: Myrcene, a terpene associated with earthy, herbal aromas, has a positive effect on anxiety, too. In addition, it helps other cannabis compounds pass the blood-brain barrier more easily. Myrcene is present in just about any weed strain, but growers looking for high concentrations may want to give our Fatkid’s Cake seeds a try.

Limonene: Limonene operates in the brain by activating adenosine receptors. Once activated, these receptors can promote dopamine production, which in turn promotes regulation of anxiety. The typical citrus scent of limonene is easy to spot in strains like our Lemon Haze seeds.

Sativa Or Indica Cannabis Against Stress?

Although just about all modern-day strains are hybrid crossbreeds that combine indica and sativa genetics in their DNA, the broad differences between these two species are still relevant. If we make a very crude distinction, we could claim that sativas focus their effects on the brain, whereas indicas tend to make themselves felt throughout the body. This can make all the difference when it comes to tackling specific types of stress.

Mental stress is a target for sativas.

Cannabis Sativa Strains For Mental Tensions

Those who stress mainly as a mental phenomenon are more likely to be successful by trying sativa strains. Mental expressions of stress include racing thoughts, a ‘full’ and throbbing sensation in the head, tension-related headaches, and tense, anxious thought patterns. If stress symptoms seem to concentrate on the cerebral level, our collection of cannabis sativa seeds would appear the best place to start your search.

Indica Cannabis Strains For Stress In The Body

Strains with indica-dominated genetics usually express their tension-relieving properties in the body rather than in the brain. Stress and tension can make themselves felt in all sorts of physical ways, including increased muscle tone, trembling hands, excessive sweating, nervous tics, and cramped muscles with an emphasis on the neck and shoulders. Anyone who recognises these bodily stress symptoms should start out by try more indica-dominant strains first.

Body stress calls for indica strains!

CBD, THC, Or Both?

The question remains which cannabinoid is better at relieving stress: CBD or THC. Again, much depends on how stress expresses itself. People struggling with anxious thoughts ought to be careful about cannabis causing paranoia effects. Such paranoia can aggravate stressed-out thoughts instead of toning them down. These effects are chiefly caused by (too) high doses of THC. That might explain why weed helps some people deal with stress in small amounts only, while it worsens their problems when the THC becomes too much. Anyone with heightened sensitivity to such thought patters would do well by avoiding very high THC strains to deal with stress and tensions.

Cannabinoids can help against stress.

CBD Cannabis Seeds And CBD Supplements

CBD does not produce any paranoid thought patterns, and therefore, this compound offers a wholly different set of possibilities for countering stress. This substance can help ease the mind as well as improve sleep. That is an important point, since a good night’s sleep can work wonders in times of tension and stress. For growers, CBD against stress is readily available through our specially cultivated Blue Monkey CBD seeds with THC/CBD rates over 1:30. Those who prefer to use CBD directly as a supplement can try our CBD Oil, CBD Tablets, or CBD Gummies with deliciously fruity flavours.

Cannabinoid Combinations

Then there is the option of combining THC and CBD in the perfect proportions. This seems an interesting option to explore, since both cannabinoids can have positive results for stress and tension. Moreover, they occur simultaneously in nearly all strains of cannabis, where they mutually influence each other’s anti-stress properties through the entourage effect. On top of that, CBD has a restraining effect on the psychoactive effects of THC. These certainly include the potential for paranoid thoughts and anxiety. Growing a strain that contains both cannabinoids, such as Choco Cheesecake, is a way to do just that. It provides a solid dose of THC (20%), but it also comes with an effective CBD content ranging from 1 to 2%. This varied cannabinoid profile gets even more elaborate by the presence of a diverse terpene profile and a striking presence of CBG; yet another cannabinoid with a strong potential for soothing effects.

The Best AG Cannabis Strains Against Stress

As you can see, cannabis offers quite a few options for tackling stress. Although that provides some much-needed perspective, it also makes it difficult to pick the exact right strain, since everybody experiences weed’s effects in slightly different ways. The best advice, therefore is to listen to the messages your own body sends you. Meanwhile, we provide some starting points for any personal quest to find that perfect stress killer by highlighting three of our marijuana seeds; each with their own particular potential for stress and tension relief.

AG Anti Stress Strain 1: Kosher Tangie Kush

Kosher Tangie Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid strain (60%) packing a serious amount of THC. This makes her highly suitable for tackling body stress, while also promoting sleep for relaxed nights. The low CBD content makes Kosher Tangie Kush less suitable for anyone susceptible to rambling thoughts and paranoia.

The THC is accompanied by a diverse terpene profile dominated by caryophyllene and limonene, both of which can add to the anti-stress effect. Add just over 1% CBG to the mix, and Kosher Tangie Kush seems well worth considering as an all-round cannabis strain against stress.

AG Anti Stress Strain 2: Blue Monkey CBD

Our special Blue Monkey CBD strain tackles stress in a completely different way than Kosher Tangie Kush. As the name suggests, Blue Monkey CBD is packed with cannabidiol (well over 10%), while barely containing any THC at all. The spicy and sweet taste of the buds suggests the presence of caryophyllene in its terpene profile, which only adds to the stress-busting potential of these seeds.

Blue Monkey, chilling.

Of course, you could very order Blue Monkey CBD seeds and grow a THC-rich strain alongside it. This allows any grower to determine the ideal balance between CBD weed and THC cannabis, even if that balance changes over time.

AG Anti Stress Strain 3: Lemongrass Homegrown seeds

Lemongrass Homegrown seeds are pretty much in the middle of the indica/sativa genetics spectrum (40/60%). That allows the strain to combine bodily and mental stress relief effects, beautifully complemented by a finely balanced terpene profile. Peppered aromas and fresh lime scents mingle in the bouquet, hinting at the uplifting potential of caryophyllene and limonene in the mix.

In addition to its soothing capacity, Lemongrass is also renowned for her cheerful, positive vibes. We would be silly to forget that laughter is still a trusted remedy against any kind of stress and tension, so we fully recommend this positive little lady for these purposes. The ease with which Lemongrass seeds grow is simply an added bonus; you can watch these vegetable stress killers grow without a shred of stress. As we all know, watching nature at work in all of her majesty has been a traditional recipe against stress for ages!

Ordering Cannabis Seeds Against Stress Without Breaking A Sweat

Don’t sweat it when it comes to growing cannabis seeds against stress: we have plenty of choice to find a good match for anyone. Gardening is a great way to relax in and of itself, so finding an effective marijuana strain against stress is a real double whammy for any grower.

If you are looking to grow your own natural stress buster with the minimum amount of stress, make sure to check our collection of autoflower seeds. Autoflowers determine their own perfect moment to start flowering, giving you one less thing to stress about right away. Looking for even more relaxed growing? Then make full use of the information in our Grow Blogs. We have an expanding series of blogs full of valuable tips and info by true cannabis experts waiting for you.

If you are looking for more information on medicinal use of weed, then read up on our best strains against depression, migraine, pain, or fatigue. There’s more to our favourite little plant than most people suspect, as long as you pick cannabis seeds of the highest quality out there!