The most influential cannabis seed breeders in the world

Published Mar 16, 2019 10:33 a.m. ET

The best seed genetics aren’t always combined or discovered under the best of circumstances, which means that almost anyone could be an influential seed breeder if they set their mind to it. Here we will touch on just a few of the best cannabis breeders in the world including some of the most popular strains we have available access to thanks to them.

1. Top Dawg

Top Dawn is a top cannabis seed breeder located on the east coast in NYC. His strains popularity gained momentum in the early 2000s when he was working and breeding some of his best seed genetics ever with Chemdawg. He crossbred Haze and Chem strain genetics resulting in many potent, high-quality strains that are now some of the most expensive in the world.

Strains: Star Dawg, JJ Nigerian Haze, and TresDawg.

2. Soma Seeds

Another east coast breeder is SomaSeeds who began growing and breeding marijuana for his use back in the 1970s. After a few years of working on his skills and marijuana knowledge base, he managed to create several new, exciting and award-winning strains. Soma Seeds aremost known for his cannabis strains aromatic effects and qualities with many that have incredibly unique terpenes that can enhance the experience of using the product.

Strains: Lavender, Amnesia Haze, Somango, and NYC Diesel.

3. DJ Short

If you have ever enjoyed a tasty blueberry strain than you have DJ Short to thank for that. The past behind this cannabis seed breeder goes as far back as 1970, though much of his history before that is shrouded in mystery. DJ Short perfected phenotype expression and discovered brand new terpene profiles within marijuana as well as new effects and physical traits. We may not know much about DJ short as he seems to avoid the spotlight as much as possible, what we do know is that he is one of the best cannabis breeders in the world that has garnered a lot of respect from both marijuana breeders and cannabis genetics companies all over the globe.  

Strains: Flo, and Blueberry

4. Ben Dronkers

Ben Dronkers is the infamous owner of Sensi Seeds who opened their doors in 1985 and began selling seeds that he had created using his favorite strains and hybrids. His most popular marijuana strain Jack Hererhas earned numerous contributions from the medical community for its medicinal benefits for cancer and injury patients which is what scored him a seat amongst the top eight most influential cannabis seed breeders in the world.

Strains: Jack Herer

5. DNA Genetics


Don and Aaron, the owners of DNAgenetics, first met in Southern California where one regularly purchased weed from the other. This leadthem to become best friends and later business partners. Both men shared a true passion for marijuana and began breeding plants under their company’s new name in early 2000. While they appeared to be flourishing in the bustling grey market in the area, once the United States announced legalization for medical purposes, they immediately closed their doors and traveled to the Netherlands to try their hands at a business there. This is where they were first introduced to the cannabis scene in Amsterdam which was full of seed banks that were inspired by Dave Watson in the 1920s. Fresh skill brought to the table a massive variety in the new generation of California genetics cannabis hybrids.

Strains: Tangie, LA Confidential, Chocolope, and Kosher Kush

6. TGA Genetics

Located in Southern California is the famous TGA Genetics who are considered to be one of the best cannabis breeders of all time. Using some of the best seed genetics available they have managed to create some of the most potent strains in the world. TGA Genetics was the first to begin online seed sales in his region and has been perfecting his skills at cross-breeding for well over 30 years. This marijuana advocate has helped to fight for equal rights to access and bred some of the most unique cannabis strains including the famous Jack the Ripper and Chernobyl.  

Strains: Qrazy Train, Jack theRipper, Ace of Spades, Jesus OG, Querkle, Agent Orange, Afgoo Overdrive, Alchemy, Astrosnaps, Banana Jack OG, and Chernobyl.

7. Dave Watson (Skunkman)

On August 24th of 2017, David Watson landed himself on the United Cannabis Corp Advisory Board. He is also the founder and Chief Executive at HortaPharmB.V. which is the very first medical marijuana corporation that was ever established. The Skunkman has been credited for compiling the world's most extensive list of cannabis seeds in existence and is also respected for securing and seeking protection for 29 different cultivars which are now listed in the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants breeder rights list. Selfing which is a unique technique used in breeding marijuana was one of David Watson’s most popular projects which developed homozygote cannabis which contains two sets of identical chromosomes which are now frequently used in the mass production of plants that all carry similar characteristics. Watson also co-founded the International Hemp Association which is a non-profit education based group that helps to facilitate the advancement of marijuana breeding. His accomplishments have made him one of the top cannabis seed breeders in the world.

Strains: Skunk, Afghani, and Haze.

8. Exotic Genetics

With its base location in Washington state, one of the most famous cannabis genetics companies can be found still working away at creating new and exciting marijuana strains using only the best seed genetics available. Exotic Genetics began winning awards almost annually starting in 2012 when it was first nominated for the Cannabis Cup. This is one of many cannabis genetics companies to focus on both potency and physical appearance introducing some of the best marijuana strains available on the market.  

Strains: Lemon Meringue, Cookies and Cream, and Kimbo Kush.

Cannabis has come a long way, from an average plant that grew naturally outdoors to something that's been bred for specific appealing qualities. Marijuana today is much more potent than it was even just 20 years ago, thanks to some of the best cannabis breeders and cannabis genetics companies. The best part about some of these top cannabis seed breeders is that they are not scientists and did not have access to giant, perfect facilities to produce the best strains under ideal conditions, and yet somehow their skills still managed to make a significant imprint on marijuana as we know and love it today.



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