Cannabis Seeds South Africa

Cafe420 offers a wide selection of Cannabis Seeds in South Africa. We provide a premium selection of global genetics from both international and local seed banks. Choose from both classic strains or the latest hybrids within our range of Autoflowering and Feminized cannabis seeds. All Cafe420 cannabis seeds are cold stored here in South Africa to protect the cannabis seeds and to allow for quick delivery.

So why wait! Buy premium cannabis seeds online from Cafe420 anywhere in South Africa. From Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria, to everywhere in between, Cafe420 cannabis seeds are delivered nationwide and can be used for horticultural, recreational or homeopathic purposes.

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What types of cannabis seeds are there in South Africa?

In South Africa the two main categories of cannabis seeds are Autoflowering and Feminized cannabis seeds. Each strain and type has its pros and cons but the difference usually comes down to good genetics and your ability to successfully grow cannabis.

When to Buy Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds?

Autoflowering cannabis seeds have been bred to automatically start flowering within months, regardless of the amount of light received. Whether growing indoors or outdoors, autoflowering cannabis seeds are the preferred seeds for first-time growers as they only require basic care and are also feminized.

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When to Buy Feminized Cannabis Seeds?

Feminised cannabis seeds have been bred to produce only female cannabis plants. It is only the female cannabis plants which produces the fruits of our labour of love, “buds”. Feminized cannabis seeds are the preferred seeds of seasoned cultivators. Feminized seeds offer a wider selection of indica, sativa and hybrid strains.

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Grow Your Own Cannabis Seeds in South Africa

Is it legal to buy cannabis seeds in South Africa?

The Supreme Court of South Africa decriminalized the private use and cultivation of marijuana on Tuesday, 18 September 2018. This means that adults are allowed to use cannabis privately and grow it for their personal use. In August 2020, the legal limits were clarified. Read more on current legislation to find out how many plants you may grow at home, how many seeds, flowers (grams), and plants you may possess in public, and what you’re allowed to share with friends.

By decriminalizing personal use and growing, the foundation has been set for future commercial and medicinal cannabis use in South Africa. But we’ll surely be waiting a while before that gets cleared up. One thing’s for sure, the laws need to be clarified and implemented sooner rather than later.

For now, the law only makes provision for growing and using cannabis at home, but to do that you’ve got to get it somewhere first. At, we take all the risk off your hands by bringing premium cannabis seeds in from overseas. You won’t get a letter from customs saying they “have something for you” and you need to “get in touch”. Your cannabis seeds remain untouched, in their original packaging and get delivered to your desired location in a discreet, unmarked envelope.

Growing for Personal Use is Allowed

In South Africa growing cannabis is legal but buying from dealers or shop vendors is not, regardless of how they package it. Growing your own cannabis is safe as long as you grow for personal use and within the prescribed limits.

What are the Prescribed Limits for Cannabis in South Africa?

The prescribed limits of the South African Cannabis for Private Purpose Bill are as follows:

  • Unlimited seeds and seedlings for private cultivation;
  • Up to 4 flowering cannabis plants or cannabis plant equivalent per adult person in a private place;
  • Privately possess 1 flowering cannabis plant or cannabis plant equivalent in a public space;
  • Privately possess 100 grams of dried cannabis or cannabis equivalent in a public space;
  • Privately possess 600 grams of dried cannabis or cannabis equivalent per adult in a private place.

Quality Control Your Cannabis Cultivation

When growing your own cannabis seeds you can control how and where you grow. This allows for a more hands on quality control process where you can set up the preferred conditions for growing cannabis.

Growing Cannabis Teaches You New Botany Skills

Cannabis seeds are a great tool for learning new botany and horticulture skills. Learning how to grow your own cannabis will prepare you for vegetable gardening or hydroponic gardening which are valuable skills for any self-sustaining home grower.

How to Choose Cannabis Seeds in South Africa

If you’re familiar with THC and CBD, as well as terms like indica, sativa, and hybrid, you might still find the world of cannabis overwhelming. Even seasoned enthusiasts might not be familiar with terms like feminized, auto-flowering, ruderalis genetics, terpenes, flavonoids, genotype, phenotype, and more.

With so many cannabis varieties available, it can be challenging to choose the right one for your needs. That’s why we’ve created a comprehensive hub of information to help you navigate the maze and find the perfect strain for you. Spoiler alert: There’s more than one way to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Your individual needs and preferences will play a big role in your decision.

Things to keep in mind when buying cannabis seeds:

  • Breeders often create strain varieties that deviate from the typical characteristics associated with their seed groupings. This can include changes in size, taste, smell, effect, and disease resistance.
  • It’s important to note that all ‘Auto’ and ‘CBD’ versions of seeds are also feminized. This means they will produce female plants, which are typically sought after for their flowers.
  • Referring to female plants with feminine gender terms like “lady,” “girl,” or “queen” is common in the cannabis community and is not meant to be sexist.
  • While it’s rare, it’s possible that a seed in the pack won’t germinate. This is a normal occurrence and not something to be overly concerned about.

Genetics are important, but so is the environment. The first step is deciding what type of seeds you want to grow, and then you can choose the best strain for you.

STEP 1: Choose The Cannabis Seed Type You Prefer

At, we categorize cannabis seeds into four main types: Regular, Feminized, Autoflowering, and CBD. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks, and there are also combinations like ‘Auto CBD’. Let’s take a closer look at each:

Regular Cannabis Seeds

These seeds grow into both male and female plants, as nature intended. They are best suited for experienced growers who can identify and remove male plants to prevent pollination. If left together, male plants can pollinate females, diverting energy from bud production and potentially ruining the harvest. Regular seeds come in a roughly 50/50 male/female split, and they are ideal for breeding new strains. Check out our regular seed catalogue.

Feminized Cannabis Seeds

These seeds are genetically altered to produce only female plants. They are bred for their high THC content, which provides potent psychoactive effects. Feminized seeds are perfect for recreational use or therapeutic purposes, such as pain relief, muscle relaxation, or sleep aid. However, they may require more effort to grow and take longer to mature. Some strains are also larger and more conspicuous. Browse our feminized seed options.

Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds

These seeds have a predetermined life cycle and begin to flower automatically after a set number of days, regardless of light exposure. They are easy to grow and are resistant to pests and mold. Autoflowering seeds are ideal for beginners or for growing in limited indoor spaces. They come in both THC- and CBD-rich varieties, making them suitable for recreational or therapeutic use. Shop for autoflowering seeds now.

CBD Cannabis Seeds

These seeds are selectively bred to produce flowers rich in cannabidiol (CBD), a therapeutic cannabinoid known for its medicinal properties. CBD has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, inflammation, depression, and insomnia. Different strains have varying THC:CBD ratios, offering a range of effects from gentle relaxation to no psychoactive effects at all. CBD seeds are ideal for those seeking therapeutic benefits without the ‘high’. You can also find ‘CBD Autos’, which are autoflowering CBD seeds that grow smaller and faster.

STEP 2: Picking Your Cannabis Seed Strain

Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, and Ruderalis are the four modern-day strain classifications. “Hemp” refers to low THC (below .03%) varieties used for textile manufacturing, protein powders, and animal feed. While many are familiar with Indica and Sativa, and possibly Hybrid, the effects of each are more nuanced than commonly believed.

INDICA: Known for its physical relaxation, Indica strains are often used for inducing sleep or achieving a “couch-locked” state while enjoying a movie.

SATIVA: Sativa strains provide an energizing, uplifting, cerebral effect, making them suitable for social, physical, and creative activities.

RUDERALIS: This strain is less familiar to consumers as it’s not known for delivering a potent high.

HYBRIDS: These strains are bred to deliver a combination of the above effects, either balanced or leaning more towards one type.

Popular weed culture often over simplifies the physical effects versus the cerebral effect, but the overall effects are more complex. The interaction between an individual’s biochemistry and tolerance level, the consumption method used, and the unique chemical profile of the plant all play a role.

The Chemical Compounds of Cannabis and Its Unique Potential

Some connoisseurs prefer certain strain families based on specific compound qualities. Over 100 different types of cannabinoids and terpenes have been identified, and they work together to give each strain its unique qualities.

Types of Cannabinoids

These include THC, CBD, CBN, THCA, CBG, and THCV, among others. They are responsible for the recreational and medical effects of cannabis.

Cannabis Terpenes

These aromatic chemicals give strains their unique flavors and aromas and affect the psychoactive experience.

Cannabis Flavonoids

These compounds interact with cannabinoids and terpenes to enhance their effects.

What is the Entourage Effect?

This phenomenon refers to the synergistic interaction between cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds in cannabis. It suggests that the combined effect of these compounds is greater than the sum of their individual effects. For example, a strain with high levels of THC and CBD, along with specific terpenes, may have a more pronounced effect than a strain with the same levels of THC and CBD but different terpenes.

STEP 3: Start Growing Your Cannabis Seeds

Sativa Versus Indica Genetics

The effects of Sativa and Indica strains are not as straightforward as mainstream culture suggests. However, understanding these categories is still valuable for growers.

SATIVAS typically grow tall and slender, with narrow leaves and a longer flowering cycle. They thrive in warmer climates and are ideal for outdoor cultivation due to their large size and open structure.

INDICAS usually grow short and bushy, with wide leaves and a quicker flowering cycle. They are better suited for cooler climates and are more prone to moisture-related problems due to their compact nature. However, their small size makes them perfect for indoor cultivation.

Indicas are often believed to be higher-yielding and more resinous than Sativas. However, modern breeders are constantly introducing new qualities into strains, such as taste, smell, effect, size, flavor, color, and disease resistance. For example, Blueberry Cookies combines vibrant purple colors with fresh flavors.

However, it is rare to find 100% pure Indicas or Sativas. Most cannabis strains are hybrids, combining the best qualities of both parents.

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Indoor Versus Outdoor Cultivation

There are many factors to consider when deciding between indoor and outdoor cultivation, including climate, experience, space, time, and finances.

Proper care and attention are essential for maximizing your yield. This includes pruning, watering, fertilization, air flow, lighting, and pest control.

Your available space is a key factor in deciding where to grow. Consider factors like smell, space, and electricity costs.

Other factors to consider include sunlight, year-round growth, and access to open space for guerrilla growing.

Growing Cannabis Seeds in South Africa

South Africa has a warm and sunny climate, but conditions vary across the country.

Avoid growing outdoors in winter, and choose plants suited to your region’s climate.

In humid regions, avoid compact Indicas prone to mold and fungi.

Consider autoflowering seeds for discreet balcony growing.

With 100s of unique cannabis seeds available, choosing the right strain can be overwhelming. Consider factors like morphology, yield, and cultivation, as well as personal preferences like flavor, aroma, and psychoactive experience.

For more information on outdoor growing in South Africa, consider building a greenhouse to extend the outdoor season and protect your plants.

Now, you are ready to start your cannabis cultivation journey, take the next step and buy your first Cannabis Seeds from Cafe420.

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