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What does CBD oil smell like?

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CBD is quickly becoming a go-to solution for a wide range of health, fitness and recovery problems, and many people use it regularly to create balance and promote wellbeing.

Even so, the misconceptions and confusion linger on. This includes an understandable tendency to associate Cannabidiol (CBD) with the recreational drugs widely referred to as cannabis.

One of the regular questions is, does CBD oil smell like weed? Some people even become concerned about using it in case their breath smells like they’ve been smoking pot!

So, what does CBD oil smell like?

A whole different type of natural product

Well for a start, it doesn’t smell the same as the substance used for recreational drug purposes. Especially as that is often set on fire and smoked!

Cannabidiol and weed do both originate for strains of cannabis or hemp plants. However, there are many variations in this plant, and many ways to strip them of components for human consumption.

The natural materials used to produce CBD are only taken from specific species of this plant, cultivated and processed to avoid a chemical called THC. (THC is the component of recreational drugs that creates the sensation of being “high”).

Clearly then, the non-intoxicating and pure components used to manufacture CBD are already different from strong-smelling and psychoactive cannabis bi-products.

Careful manufacture to create pure versions

From this point, the active and beneficial CBD base ingredients are carefully processed to help them to do their work.

For example, sometimes the active ingredients are encased in capsules for consumption. Often though, the carefully selected components of CBD are added to a neutral base oil. The oil is used to carry the active ingredients to where they need to go, in the human body.

This expert manufacturing process – under carefully regulated lab conditions – generally makes CBD odourless.

The sweet smell of success

If it does smell of anything, it may have a slightly earthy, natural aroma; the sort of thing you would expect from any plant-based health and wellbeing product. Though this could also be the faintest of smells coming from the carrier oil, rather than the active ingredients!

This would usually not be a smell that lingers in your mouth after using CBD oil. Nor is it a scent that can trigger allergies or asthma, for example.

If you buy CBD oil for less medically supported suppliers – who are not as scrupulous in their sourcing and production methods – the situation may be different. The purity, strength and even smell of your CBD oil could vary widely. Also, if they use hemp oil as a carrier, then you may have a CBD product that has the familiar “tang” of weed in its scent.

The message is to buy from us to be sure you receive a quality product that’s been produced to avoid all side effects including a weedy smell!

CBD is quickly becoming a go-to solution for a wide range of health, fitness and recovery problems, and many people use it regularly to create balance.

The Fragrance of Marijuana Before and After Consumption

Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. Cannabis has psychoactive and medicinal properties because of its chemical makeup.

Marijuana can be rolled up in a handmade cigarette (a joint), in a cigar, or in a pipe (a bong). It can be used for pain relief, to treat anxiety, or for recreation.

In many states, the sale and use of marijuana without a prescription is still illegal.

You can usually tell if someone has been smoking marijuana by detecting the scent of piney, slightly skunky grass that smoked cannabis leaves behind.

But figuring out for sure if what you’re smelling is weed can be a little difficult if you aren’t attuned to the scent. Various strains of marijuana can smell different from each other, making it even more complicated.

This article will cover what marijuana smells like in different stages of its use and consumption, as well as some differences between strains.

The strongest factor in the way marijuana smells is the age of the cannabis plant when it’s harvested. Cannabis that’s harvested earlier in its life cycles has a milder, less skunky scent.

It’s also less powerful when you smoke it. Cannabis that grows older before it’s picked and dried will have a stronger odor.

Organic compounds called terpenes are found in all plants, including cannabis. Myrcene (mango), pinene (pine), and limonene (lemon) are terpenes found in some strains of cannabis.

Terpenes change the scent of marijuana. For example, cannabis strains with pinene will smell more like pine.

Marijuana plants smell similar during the growing process and when they’re harvested and dried. They give off a slightly weedy, piney “skunk” scent that gets stronger as the plant grows older.

When cannabis flowers and blooms, the scent becomes powerful.

Indica vs. sativa

For decades, botanists and marijuana connoisseurs claimed that indica and sativa are different species with distinctly different effects on the body. Indica strain smells more acrid, while sativa smells more spicy or sweet.

But it would appear, at least to some experts, that there’s no way to smell the difference between indica and sativa definitively. Part of the reason is that there’s a lot of crossbreeding between these two particular strains.

However, one small study did find that participants who had purchased weed within the prior several months were able to smell the difference between several different strains of marijuana.

Marijuana consumers describe the scent of the plant as earthy, herbal, and woody. Sometimes the plant scent carries notes of lemon, apple, diesel, or plum.

Dried marijuana smells a lot stronger than some other dried plants.

When you’re smoking marijuana, the natural scent of the cannabis scent is amplified by the smoke it creates. Fire, smoke itself, ash, and the smell of rolling paper add additional layers to the scent.

When a person is smoking cannabis, notes of lemongrass, pine, fire, and wood may stand out. The distinct “skunk” smell of marijuana is often reported.

Learn about what gives marijuana its distinctly "skunky," strong odor, and how marijuana smells in plant form, when it's smoked, and more.