Top 5 Seed Banks to Purchase Marijuana Seeds Online that Ship to US

There are now officially 19 states in the US that allow home cultivation of either medical or recreational marijuana, or both. However, not every state allows the sale of seeds. In states like Arizona, buying marijuana seeds exist in a gray area of the law which leaves growers to their own devices. Example:

What does a marijuana seed look like?

These are the White Widow autoflower seeds that I ordered from I Love Growing Marijuana. If you are curious you can learn more about the process of germinating cannabis seeds.

The Top 5 Marijuana Seed Banks that Ship to the US  

It’s the same deal with laws on shipping marijuana seeds into the US. Because marijuana is still federally illegal, buying seeds from other countries online is yet another gray area with convoluted rules. However, a lot of people are doing it without a problem because online seed banks usually know how to use the loopholes in the system. 

Now there are a number of good seed banks that ship within the US but given that some marijuana industries overseas are more liberal, seed banks in those countries will have a better selection of strains. Better yet, most foreign seed banks also have an option for cryptocurrency payments which keep your purchases totally anonymous. 

Problem is, there are so many online seed banks that it’s difficult to know which seed banks to trust with your money. 

To answer that, we’ve put together a top list of what we think are 5 of the best international seed banks you can order from and ship to the United States. Here they are in no particular order [LAST UPDATED 11-06-2020]. 

I Love Growing Marijuana

Seed bank info:

  • Number of strains offered: 100
  • Accepted payment methods: Bank (online payment, ACH or wire transfer, bank deposit), cash, credit card, Bitcoin.
  • Discounts for payment method: 10% on Bitcoin orders.
  • Return policy/seed germination policies: They will send a replacement for any seeds that don’t sprout.
  • Shipping cost: Free shipping to US.
  • Promised shipping time: 2 to 10 business days to the US. Average time is 4 days.
  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • What year they started: 2012
  • Trustpilot score: 4.7 stars from 14,730 reviews
  • Current promotions: Offers VIP program where members get exclusive discounts up to $100 and free products that are not available to the masses.
  • OG Kush Strain 10 seeds price: Free shipping

What we like:

  • 10% discount with Bitcoin payment
  • Has a VIP program that gives exclusive discounts and freebies
  • Germination guarantee
  • Free shipping to all US states

In a previous post I mentioned that we already ordered from I Love Growing Marijuana and the transaction went as smoothly as I expected. I was satisfied with the whole experience of ordering from them and I feel that for my personal purposes as a home grower, would not need to order anywhere else.  

You’ll also notice that ILGM is highly rated in most online reviews. From what I can see on their website, the owner, Robert Bergman, has a real passion for cannabis. ILGM’s is full of useful resources that aim to educate its readers and their blog posts are full of real-world tested information on growing that both newbies and experienced growers can pick up on.

It’s really so difficult to find anything wrong with ILGM. If anything, I was somewhat overwhelmed when I first checked out their website, there was so much stuff I didn’t know where to begin! But those on a growing journey like me will eventually find themselves frequently visiting ILGM since it is definitely one of the best marijuana resources online.

MSNL (Marijuana-seeds.nl)

Seed bank info:

  • Number of strains offered: 194
  • Accepted payment methods: Credit card, Bitcoin, bank wire transfer, cash.
  • Discounts for payment method: 15% on Bitcoin orders
  • Return policy/seed germination policies: Although they say that the germination rate of their seeds under optimal conditions are close to 100%, they offer no guarantees.
  • Shipping cost: Standard – $7.88 (£5.95), Stealth – $14.49 (£10.95), Guaranteed stealth – $22.43 (£16.95)
  • Promised shipping time: Up to 25 working days but usually within 6-12 days.
  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • What year they started: 1999
  • Trustpilot score: 4.1 stars from 3628 reviews.
  • Current promotions: MSNL Rewards program. 1 point = 1 penny
  • OG Kush Strain 10 seeds price:
    • $37.08 (£28) (Regular), $3.7/seed. $4.49/seed with standard shipping, $5.95 with guaranteed stealth shipping.
    • $72.79 (£55.00) (Feminized), $7.27/seed. $8/seed with standard shipping, $9.5 with guaranteed stealth shipping.

What we like:

  • 15% off Bitcoin orders
  • Endorsed by some of the biggest marijuana communities like High Times
  • Has a helpful marijuana strain quiz that can help newbies get started
  • Free seeds!

As you might have guessed, MSNL is based in the Netherlands. As a business that’s already two decades old, this seed bank has built quite a reputation for itself. MSNL has been mentioned by mainstream marijuana media and gets good reviews online, apart from one or two unverified bad ones. They are generally known for their wide strain selection, competitive prices and “stealth shipping” where the seeds are usually hidden in another object to avoid detection. This definitely comes in handy for states where such shipments are illegal since it assures you that the seeds will get delivered without any trouble but at an extra cost.

MSNL says that it is able to provide its seeds at competitive prices since they buy directly from top Dutch farmers and they also do not keep seeds more than 60 days. Some customers have also mentioned in forums that MSNL does send replacement seeds if the germination rate is less than satisfactory. In addition to this, they also give free seeds for every order. All in all, this is a pretty solid deal and you can’t go wrong buying from MSNL.

Crop King Seeds

Seed bank info:

  • Number of strains offered: Around 900+
  • Accepted payment methods: Cash, Credit card, Bitcoin
  • Discounts for payment method: none
  • Return policy/seed germination policies: Guarantee language is not clear but they say germination rate is 80% and they stand by their product.
  • Shipping cost: $20 to $40 Express Registered with Tracking Guaranteed Delivery with insurance
  • Promised shipping time: Average of 2 to 7 days within North America.
  • Country of origin: Canada
  • What year they started: 2005
  • Trustpilot score: 4.2 stars of 3834 reviews
  • Current promotions: Free shipping on orders $200, plus 10 seeds on orders $420.
  • OG Kush Strain 10 seeds price: $120 (autoflower, feminized), $12/seed. Starts at $14/seed with shipping.

What we like:

  • Massive seed selection
  • Fast shipping times

Another one hailing from America’s Hat, you’re sure to come across Crop King Seeds when searching for marijuana seeds online. They probably have one of the biggest selections online, which can be hundreds at a time, in addition to the ones that they breed. Their prices can be a bit steep though, but you definitely won’t have a shortage of choices. Having 12 years of experience under their belt and thousands of good reviews online also speak volumes of the quality of their products.

Seedsman

Seed bank info:

  • Number of strains offered: Around 900
  • Accepted payment methods: Bank, wire transfer, cash, check/money order, Bitcoin
  • Discounts for payment method: 25% on first Bitcoin orders and 15% on subsequent orders. 15% on cash orders, bank transfer or wire save.
  • Return policy/seed germination policies: Unspecified. Those with germination problems need to contact their customer service.
  • Shipping cost: $9.83 (£7.42) economy shipping to the US
  • Promised shipping time: 18 to 20 days to the US.
  • Country of origin: Spain
  • What year they started: 2003
  • Trustpilot score: 4.1 stars of 15,575 reviews
  • Current promotions: 20% off on selected seed collections, 15%-25% Off plus bonus seeds on every Bitcoin order, 15% on cash orders
  • OG Kush Strain 10 seeds price: Their Lithium OG Kush is priced at $23.74 (£17.94), $2.37/seed. $3.35/seed with economy shipping.

What we like:

  • Free seeds on every order
  • Lots of buyer reviews that can inform buying decisions
  • Has an impressive selection of strains
  • Frequently recommended online
  • 25% off Bitcoin orders

When you visit Seedsman.com, you immediately get a sense that you’ll be able to find what you are looking for and you’re not gonna be able to walk away without a purchase. Even though they have a lot of products and information on their website, everything is laid out nicely that you won’t get overwhelmed and you’ll be able to get what you are looking for in just a few clicks. 

Probably the biggest selling point of Seedsman would be its massive library of strains. Those looking for a specific breeder will likely find it here. They also have a good number of award-winners that can’t be found anywhere else. 

There is no doubt that Seedsman is one of the best online seed banks but it does come at a price. They do have a few add-on charges, making them one of the most expensive options, and it would be up to you if their 25% Bitcoin transaction discount makes up for it.

Ministry of Cannabis

Seed bank info:

  • Number of strains offered: 20
  • Accepted payment methods: Bank transfer, RIA, cash, credit card, Bitcoin
  • Discounts for payment method: none at the moment
  • Return policy/seed germination policies: They do not provide any germination guarantees but will send a replacement or coupon if it has been proven that the issue is with their seeds.
  • Shipping cost: $10.69 (€9). Free shipping on orders over $88.61 (€75).
  • Promised shipping time: 12 to 22 days
  • Country of origin: Spain
  • What year they started: 2008
  • Trustpilot score: none
  • Current promotions: Free shipping on orders over €75.
  • OG Kush Strain 10 seeds price: not available at the moment but 10 seeds of the Auto White Widow Feminized is $53.43 (€45). This amounts to $5.34/ seed, $6.4/seed + shipping.

What we like:

  • A breeder/seed bank company
  • One of the top online seed sources
  • Free seeds
  • Competitive shipping prices

Ministry of Cannabis is not only a seed bank but they also do a lot of work on breeding their own and improving the genetics of a number of strains. This said, they do have a good selection but with more focus on unique strains and the quality of the ones that they breed and sell. 

They also offer all the usual advantages of a good online marijuana seed bank like Bitcoin payments, occasional promos, customer education and resources. Overall, it is a well-rounded cannabis company that you won’t hesitate to recommend. 

Bonus! Quebec Cannabis Seeds

Seed bank info:

  • Number of strains offered: 115
  • Accepted payment methods: Credit card, Bitcoin
  • Discounts for payment method: 20% on Bitcoin payments
  • Return policy/seed germination policies: Will send a replacement to make up the difference of an 80% germination rate.
  • Shipping cost: $10 flat rate
  • Promised shipping time: Up to 2 weeks but usually 5 to 7 days.
  • Country of origin: Canada
  • What year they started: 2005
  • Trustpilot score: 3.3 stars of 29 reviews
  • Current promotions: Discounts on selected strains. Currently on QC BLACK GOLD CANNABIS SEEDS FEMINIZED.
  • OG Kush Strain 10 seeds price:
    • $96 (Feminized and Autoflower), $9.6/seed. $10.6/seed with flat rate shipping.

What we like:

  • Faster shipping times
  • The only one with the Quebec Gold Strain and other popular Canadian strains
  • Accepts USD payment
  • 20% discount on Bitcoin payments
  • One of the biggest seed banks in Canada

If you’re a new grower and would want to get seeds that are a little bit closer to home, there’s always QCS. They have been around for around 15 years and being one of the biggest seed banks servicing Canada and neighboring regions, which says a lot about the quality of their seeds and service. 

I find that their website is fairly simple and their selection of strains are pretty good. They also offer stealth shipping which is pretty standard for most seed banks, there is a minimum order of $70 and standard shipping is fixed at $10. But considering that they have one of the fastest shipping times to the US and offer 20% off on Bitcoin transactions, QCS is definitely worth a try.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of seeds should I order if I’m a beginner?

You should order autoflowering seeds if you are just getting started.

Is it legal to order marijuana seeds?

Marijuana seeds, when sold as “souvenirs”, “collector’s items” or “additives” are not illegal. They will only be illegal when they are germinated. This loophole is what makes shipping of cannabis seeds technically legal.

How many seeds should I order?

Most seed banks have a minimum of 5 per pack/strain and some also include free seeds. Having a germination rate of around 60 to 80 is typical. Given that shipping is usually around $10, it may be more economical to buy somewhere around 2-3 packs per shipment.

How many seeds is legal in my state?

You can own as many seeds as you like in all US states. Germinating them and growing them is quite another matter legally.

How many plants can I grow in my state?

This depends on what US state you are in. To check the cultivation limit in your state, check out our post on “Where is it Legal to Grow Marijuana at Home in the US?”

What is a “feminized” seed?

A feminized seed is one that has been bred to grow into a female cannabis plant. Only female marijuana plants grow cannabinoid-rich flowers.

What is an “Autoflower” seed?

Cannabis is typically a photoperiod plant, meaning that it will only transition from its vegetative to flowering stage depending on the amount of light it gets in a day. On the other hand, autoflower seeds will grow into plants that are able to reach its flowering stage regardless of light cycles.

Is it safe to order from cannabis seed banks?

It is safe to order from most marijuana seed banks online, as long as they provide options for “stealth shipping” where the seeds that you ordered are packaged in such a way to avoid detection. Such seed banks will also offer payment methods that keep your information totally anonymous, such as Bitcoin.

How are seeds packaged when shipped?

Most online seed banks do “stealth shipping” sometimes for an additional fee. Here your cannabis seeds are usually packaged inconspicuously in another merchandise. The shipping details are also usually changed to make the package less suspicious. To see how my seeds got shipped, check out “Where to Buy Marijuana Seeds and What I Bought

Conclusion

One thing that we were not able to factor here is the quality of the seeds which can vary greatly fro one seed bank to another. But given that the seed banks we’ve mentioned are some of the oldest and biggest in the business, that should speak a lot about the quality of their merchandise. As you progress through your growing journey, it’ll be inevitable for you to want to try out more niche seed banks. You might want to try and grow more exotic strains or find sellers that ship the fastest and cheapest, or those that accept cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. These are some of the things that even local sellers may offer but it will take time, effort, and a bit of luck discovering them. In the meantime, if you’re just starting out and don’t want to get scammed or pay too much when buying seeds and you’re curious how buying seeds from an international seed bank works, you cannot go wrong with any of the ones we mentioned above. 

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