Frequently asked questions
What are the requirements for ordering hemp seed online?
4. Internationally: An import permit for the particular country the seeds are to be imported into is required. The buyer/importer is responsible for procuring the import permit from their Department of Agriculture or applicable government agency. Once we receive the evidence of the permit, we will work with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to provide an International Phytosanitary Certificate, $60 for each individual shipment. If the buyer/importer requires variety information or COA’s demonstrating <0.3% THC compliance of our varieties, we can provide that information on request. We are more than willing to work with buyers in countries outside of the US, and will help where we can.
What if I want to buy seeds, but don’t have the required permits yet?
We understand that some farmers would like to ensure they have a reliable seed supply prior to applying for the necessary permits in their state or country, and we would like to facilitate this when possible. We are willing to place a reserve on a seed order for a refundable 50% deposit, which will go into a bank escrow account. In other words, it will not be availible to us until we ship you your seeds. Upon receiving proper documentation from the buyer demonstrating proof of the requirements stated above, the remaining 50% of the purchase price must be paid prior to shipment. Reservations made for our 2019 Seed Lot will have an expiration date particular to the individual arrangment (likely ~ May 30th,) and if the proper documentation is not received by that time, the deposit will be refunded and reserved seeds offered back up for sale.
Are there any male plants in your “Feminized” seeds?
Good question. During the 2017 and 2018 growing seasons we saw numerous examples of Colorado farmers in our network who were sold “feminized high CBD hemp seed” only to end up planting acres of a Male-Female low CBD fiber variety. The high value of truly feminized high CBD seeds has made it appealing to fly-by-night dealers and shady characters to sell bad seed in order to make a quick buck. It is possible to obtain industrial hemp seeds that are <$0.01 cents per seed, which look practically identical to feminized high CBD hemp seeds, but do not produce appreciable amounts of CBD. As farmers ourselves, we understand the risk that shady seed dealers present to the greater hemp farming community, and a large part of the motivation behind our Shakti’Seeds project is to provide farmers with access to reliable feminized seeds of high CBD hemp varieties. We have tested our seeds for feminization ratios, and as of yet, we have not seen any “male” plants. This does not mean it is not possible for some of the plants grown from our seeds to display male sex characteristics. Even in feminized seeds, which come from crossing a female plant (XX chromosomes) with another female plant (XX chromosomes), some plants (1 in 3000 – 5000) can show phenotypically male (expressing male flowers), even with no Y (male) chromosome. The trait of female cannabis sativa plants to occasionally hermaphrodite, or express male flowers even when genetically female, is truly a remarkable survival tactic of the species, and to our knowledge, breeders have not as of yet been able to fully “turn off” this characteristic. We have been and are currently working with a long list of seed testers to evaluate our hybrids for feminization ratios prior to their release to market. We will update our website’s “Testing” page with this data as it comes in. We encourage individuals who grow our hybrids to be on the lookout for phenotypically male plants in their field, which should be removed prior to pollination. Please inform us if you find any males, which will help us collect a more extensive data set.
Are Shakti’Seeds hybrids compliant with the <0.3% total THC limit for industrial hemp?
What about those seed dealers who claim 15-18% CBD, <0.2% THC?
Do you have more COA’s for your hybrids?
Some are posted on the website on each varieties page, and we will be updating these to include more as mid-flower tests come in from our current flowering population. You can email us for more COA’s, including those from the specimens we have grown for personal use in Colorado, which we took to full flowering maturity to see the total cannabinoid potential of each hybrid.
Will you ship seeds?
Yes. We require the buyer to pay for shipping, and insurance if so desired. Due to the high value of feminized hemp seeds, we highly recommend insurance. For USPS, the maximum insurance per package is $5,000, and it ends up costing ~$100 to ship a package with that amount of insurance. For orders larger than this, we recommend either splitting the shipment into multiple smaller insured packages, or using UPS Parcel Pro, which can be insured up to $150,000. Buyers choice. Every individual package shipped out of the state of Colorado requires its own phytosanitary certificate, which are $40 each.
Do you offer clones?
No. But we do offer seedlings of any of our hybrids. We have found that seedlings are more vigorous than clones, significantly less work intensive to grow and maintain, and produce larger plants than clones. We will be producing two batches of seedlings for the 2019 growing season, for pickup or arranged delivery in the middle of May, or June 1st. We are currently accepting pre-orders for seedlings, with the same requirements as stated above for seeds. Contact us for details.