our mission – the genetic preservation of cannabis strains
10 Sep 2012
The aim of our business here at www.dope-seeds.com is to use the sale of souvenir cannabis seeds in order to help preserve cannabis genetics for future generations.
Prohibition of cannabis in certain countries could lead to the extinction of some strains with the possible loss of medical, food and scientific resources.
This act of genetic preservation is seen as very important and is demonstrated by the Norwegian government’s creation of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault:
“The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Norwegian: Svalbard globale frøhvelv) is a secure seedbank located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near the town of Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago. The facility was established to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds from locations worldwide in an underground cavern. The seed vault holds duplicate samples, or “spare” copies, of seeds held in genebanks worldwide. The seed vault will provide insurance against the loss of seeds in genebanks, as well as a refuge for seeds in the case of large scale regional or global crises”
Obviously in this industry we cannot go to such great lengths but the more of us that collect souvenir seeds the more of a genetic base we will have to work from at a time when the growing of cannabis becomes legal again.
As is the case with all plants, the more genetic examples we have the better the defence again pests and disease so we are constantly looking for new strains to add to our seedbank.
It is currently illegal to germinate cannabis seeds in the UK and we cannot sell any customer who intends to break the law.
The information provided for the strains we sell gives the genetic preservationist the knowledge he/she needs about the strain being preserved and is also available for those who live in countries where it is legal to grow cannabis.