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Does Making Edibles with Distillate Smell Up the Kitchen?

Tuesday May 19, 2020

S ay you find yourself stuck inside your home for an extended period of time. Who knows why? Maybe you’ve found yourself unemployed unexpectedly after your employer had to close up shop. Maybe your local government has asked you not leave your home unless absolutely necessary because of a pandemic spreading across your country.

Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself with a lot of time on your hands and a lack of ways to fill it. There’s always streaming services, but sometimes you get the urge to do something a little more hands on. For example, baking. And since you have a bunch of hours to fill afterwards, why not make some edibles? After all, there’s few better ways to let the time pass indoors than with some delicious pastries that have a little extra kick. A nice brownie or a cookie both hits the spot as well as keeps you happy and hopefully sane.

Making Edibles at Home and Dealing with Smell

Since everyone else is stuck inside too (hypothetically), you do need to be a little more aware of everyone’s personal space while you’re baking. That includes their nostrils. Making cannabis butter or oil requires a lot of ground up bud simmering on low heat for a couple hours. All that plant matter, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes heating up can fill the air with some real potent aromas. If everyone’s cool with that, go ahead and knock yourself out. Just be prepared to share your baked goods afterwards. If they’re not, well, you’ve got a bit of an issue.

Of course, there are ways to lessen the overpowering smell of decarboxylating cannabis. You can use less weed in the mixture to shrink that cloud of roasting terpenes. You can open some windows and aim some fans out of them to keep the fresh air flowing. You can light up a stick of incense or plug in an air freshener to cover or confuse the smell. You could also cook up something even more overpowering at the same time, like curry.

However, if anyone in your place or in close proximity doesn’t like that rich aroma of cannabis hanging around for half a day, you might want to look into some other options. One of those options is to skip over the whole decarboxylating process altogether by using THC distillate.

Do Distillate Edibles Smell Like Cannabutter or Infused Oil?

As you may already be aware, distillate is that viscous, translucent oil that’s been purified of all cannabis plant matter through a process of distillation (hence the name). Whether the distiller is using butane, alcohol, carbon dioxide, or water, the end result is a liquid oil or crystalized solid of almost pure cannabinoid product such as THC or CBD. The distiller may add the terpenes and flavonoids extracted earlier in the process back in later to create a full spectrum distillate.

Using pure THC distillate in your edibles has plenty of benefits, but we’ll start with the main one: without the terpenes and flavonoids, you’re looking at a far more reduced aroma than cooking with cannabis butter or oil.

Any unsuspecting bystanders will lift their noses at the smell of. something, but distillate doesn’t quite have those same odors that basically hoist an olfactory banner emblazoned with “MARIJUANA.” Also, using a pure THC distillate means never having to deal with that underlying hashy taste of cannabutter again.

Plus, with distillate you have a much easier time dosing. A professional cannabis chemist has already done the work for you, both distilling the cannabis as well as measuring out the THC percentage in the final product. Thanks to all that information slapped on the label, you’ll know just how potent those brownies are rather than having to play everyone’s favorite game “How stoned am I about to get?” Think about it this way. Your distillate package should tell you that it contains around 900-1000 milligrams of THC. Adding the entire package to your cooking oil tells you exactly how much the entire batch contains. Then you can divide the portions with relative ease.

Making edibles at home is a great way to enjoy cannabis. However, not everyone likes the smell of marijuana, and a smelly batch of edibles could get you in trouble in a non legal state. Take a closer look at using distillate for edibles and whether or not it smells the same as cannabutter.


  • March 4, 2019
  • / cooking-tips-&-tricks

Edibles are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis. Making cannabis edibles at home is a great way to control weed potency. It is cost effective and is fun to do. However, it usually stinks up your house in the process. This is challenging for those who wish to cook cannabis discretely. Check out our easy to follow guide to making scent free cannabis edibles. Follow these steps and never deal with a weed smell while cooking weed edibles again.

There are quite a few ways to cook with cannabis. However, this one is a very effective way to make scent free cannabis edibles.

We usually cook weed edibles in these 4 steps:

  1. Choosing your strain
  2. Decarboxylate your cannabis
  3. Infuse you cannabis with a fat, or high proof alcohol
  4. Use your cannabis infusion base in a recipe

Step 2 creates a lot of smell as the decarboxylation process is done in the oven. Heating your cannabis activates terpenes and cannabinoids that give off its characteristic skunk-like scent. Contrastingly, step 3 calls for infusing your cannabis with either fat or high proof alcohol. This process produces less of a smell. Especially when using a mason jar. At this stage, there is still a light cannabis aroma.

For there to be no smell in the house when making your cannabis oil, butter, or tincture, everything needs to be vacuum sealed!

The Decarboxylation process

The decarb process is crucial as it turns your non active cannabis, THC-A, into active THC. The usual process to activate the THC in your cannabis is to place your weed in the oven on 240F for 40 minutes.

However, this obviously creates a lot of smell. To have no smell at all, vacuum seal your cannabis and place it in a pot of boiling water (212F). Boil your vacuum sealed weed for 55 minutes.

This will convert most of the THC-A into THC. Leaving some THC-A in your cannabis can actually be a good thing. This is because these compounds provide its potential medicinal benefits.

Cannabis base infusion

If the boiling process is complete it is time for next steps. Take your vacuum sealed cannabis out of the water carefully, and quickly bring it outside. Place your decarb cannabis in another vacuum bag. Now, add your choice of fat, high proof alcohol, butter, or oil. Vacuum seal your cannabis together with your selection and boil again for another 2 to 3 hours.

Once this process is done, your cannabis infusion is completely ready and active. There shouldn’t be any scent of cannabis inside the house.

Learn to cook cannabis edibles in complete detail with videos and pictures. Follow this from start to finish guide on how to create weed edibles in the comfort of your home.

Learn to make scent free cannabis edibles. Follow this simple guide to discretely cook cannabis in your home by preventing the signature weed smell.