What is Sinsemilla

A Spanish term meaning “seedless,” sinsemilla refers to cannabis grown without seeds. In the wild, cannabis grows seeds along with buds so when it dies, it will grow again the following year. Growing sinsemilla cannabis was adopted in the 1960s and ‘70s to produce buds without seeds for consumers, by only growing bud-producing female cannabis plants and not allowing them to get pollinated.  

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“Sinsemilla is the only way to grow premium cannabis.”

Cannabis flowers that were not pollinated during cultivation and do not contain seeds. May also refer to the cultivation technique to create seedless cannabis. The term sinsemilla originates from the combination of two Spanish words: “sin” (without) and “semilla” (seed). Cannabis flowers that mature without pollination have higher levels of essential oils and are notable for being more psychoactive than seeded cannabis. Sinsemilla may also be spelled and pronounced “sensimilla” or “sensimilia,” or abbreviated as “sensi.”

History of sinsemilla

Cannabis can be male or female, and in the wild males pollinate females, which then produce seeds. The genetics of both male and female plants are passed down to the seeds, so that when a female plant dies—cannabis is an annual, growing and dying each year—it drops seeds, which grow into new plants the following spring. 

Only female cannabis plants produce buds, so when they are pollinated, seeds grow with the buds. Sinsemilla, or “seedless” cannabis was grown to keep seeds out of female plants so they only produce buds. To grow sinsemilla cannabis, male plants are discard or moved away from females before they develop pollen sacs and can pollinate females. This allows female plants to focus their resources on bud production instead of seed production.

Growing cannabis with seeds is beneficial for the natural evolution of the plant. Plants naturally evolved within their environment, picking up traits and characteristics that helped them better survive their environment. 

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Is Sensimilla Rare?

Today sinsemilla isn’t so rare a thing because it’s easier than ever for growers to make sure crops of cannabis are entirely female with controlled greenhouses, hydroponic techniques, and the ability to get female clones or feminized seeds. Having an indoor environment to grow sinsemilla cannabis is ideal, as plants grown outdoors can be inadvertently fertilized by male plants growing unknown to you beyond your garden and it’s easier to administer special care.

To end, the term “sinsemilla” can be used to describe any female cannabis plants that haven’t been exposed to male plants and fertilized. With this better understanding of what a sinsemilla cannabis plant is, you’ll be able to explain the difference to friends and spot excellent samples on the spot.

Benefits of sinsemilla

Before sinsemilla became a standard practice among cultivators, there was a good chance weed you grew or bought had seeds in the buds. Bud with seeds are generally considered lower quality—seeds lead to a harsh smoke. 

With sinsemilla, the cannabis plant can divert all its energies and resources on producing buds, instead of seeds. This leads to better quality and higher potency buds, and also higher yields because there won’t be seeds in the buds. The difference in potency is so drastic that when consumers first started smoking sinsemilla, they thought it was a different species of cannabis. 

TURNS OUT, SINSEMILLA IS THE BETTER WEED

As knowledge spread that seedless cannabis flowers made for a far better product, growers started focusing on producing sinsemilla exclusively, culling male plants as soon as they could. If they required seeds for breeding, they kept the sexes strictly separated and only allowed pollination of select female plants in dedicated areas.

A little later, when indoor cultivation became popular, the separation of male and female cannabis plants became even easier and more commonplace. Growers could simply keep each in a separate grow room or tent to limit the risk of accidental pollination.

FEMINIZED CANNABIS: THE SINSEMILLA BREAKTHROUGH

But the real breakthrough with growing sinsemilla came with the invention of feminized cannabis seeds in the 1990s. Previously, when growing from regular seeds, growers would need to cull the males as soon as possible. Feminized seeds did away with this concern, allowing growers to cultivate female plants only. The issue of seedy buds soon became a thing of the past. As a result, the term sinsemilla has lost some of its relevance in the modern day.

IS SINSEMILLA INDICA OR SATIVA?

Sinsemilla, as we explained, just describes bud without seeds. The word can be used for any type of female cannabis plant that wasn’t fertilised, regardless of the strain. As such, sinsemilla can be either indica or sativa.

CAN YOU SMOKE SINSEMILLA?

Of course. Less seeds means more flowers, more resin, more aroma, and more “oomph” when you’re smoking. The purpose of sinsemilla is to give folks the best cannabis experience. So yes, sinsemilla means it’s time to blaze!

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GROWING SINSEMILLA: THE BOTTOM LINE

Sinsemilla is really just another word for feminized cannabis. In this day and age, where weed is grown in controlled environments, it is easier than ever for growers to ensure their crops are entirely female. You don’t need to worry about accidental pollination spoiling your harvests. What you’re growing today is almost always sinsemilla—great bud, minus the seeds!

Is Sensimilla Rare?

Today sinsemilla isn’t so rare a thing because it’s easier than ever for growers to make sure crops of cannabis are entirely female with controlled greenhouses, hydroponic techniques, and the ability to get female clones or feminized seeds. Having an indoor environment to grow sinsemilla cannabis is ideal, as plants grown outdoors can be inadvertently fertilized by male plants growing unknown to you beyond your garden and it’s easier to administer special care.

To end, the term “sinsemilla” can be used to describe any female cannabis plants that haven’t been exposed to male plants and fertilized. With this better understanding of what a sinsemilla cannabis plant is, you’ll be able to explain the difference to friends and spot excellent samples on the spot.

The Biology Behind Sinsemilla

A female plant will begin to flower in the late summer. The amount of time it takes from the first sign of showing flowers to when they are fully ripe and ready for harvest is referred to as the flowering period. During this period, fertilized cannabis plants produce seeds and eventually drop them and die as the temperature cools.

However, unfertilized cannabis plants live longer and continue to produce flowers for up to a month or longer. Vegetative growth of the stem and leaves would have ceased at the beginning of the flowering cycle, so all full growth happens in the buds which become larger and more developed.

The extra metabolic energy that would have been dedicated to seed production is considered as a factor contributing to the increased potency. Cannabinoids are a component of the stick resin that forms on the outside of the bracts, the part which holds the seeds.

It has been found that a lack of hormone-directed metabolism for the production of lipids and proteins in the seed will cause an application of other existing metabolic pathways which are terpene, biosynthesis and cannabinoid.

The increased cannabinoid production in a sinsemilla weed plant is clear when looking at available data that track cannabis potency from the last 20 years. The critical factor that necessitated the increase of potency of cannabis is the increase in the proportion of high potency seedless cannabis.

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