Opened in 2007, The Real Seed Company is the original specialist site for so-called “landrace” Cannabis strains. We’re a group of Asian and European seed collectors who specialize in authentic traditional Cannabis domesticates and their wild-growing relatives from Asia, the original heartland of our plant and its most crucial centre of biodiversity. We directly source seeds from historic centres of cultivation such as the Hindu Kush, India, Lebanon, Nepal, and Thailand.
Since 2007, we’ve made our collections of these critically endangered plants available through our website. Ancient Asian domesticates (“landraces”) are a crucial repository of biodiversity, wild populations even more so, and our ultimate goal is for these seeds to be preserved long-term and for any research findings based on them to be freely available to all.
We aim to provide the maximum possible transparency regarding any seeds listed. Where they are ex situ reproductions of the original accession or obtained indirectly, this is clearly stated in their description. We do not sell covertly hybridized strains or feminized seeds, and if any risk exists that an accession may have been affected by modern hybrids, this is indicated. We believe honest information is essential to respect these plants, the farmers who’ve maintained them through decades of prohibition, and collectors who are motivated by a sincere passion for Cannabis and its biodiversity.
Because the cultivation of Cannabis sativa L. without a license is illegal in most countries, all seeds are sold in protective packaging which is well-suited to long-term storage through refrigeration with silica gel, an effective method to maintain these invaluable plants for our emerging post-prohibition era.
The photo above and at the Instagram account is of Machapuchare, a sacred mountain in Nepal. According to Pahari people of this region, Vishnu lives on its peak. In the Trimurti, Vishnu is The Preserver, which seemed apt given the urgent need to preserve critically endangered Cannabis landraces and wild populations.
For thoughts on the issues around popularizing the term landrace, which continues to be widely misunderstood among aficionados, please see Landrace: A Dirty Word.