Also known as hemp flower, CBD is the dried and cured form of cannabis that contains a blend of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. All these ingredients combine to produce therapeutic and calming properties that are the primary reasons for CBD’s growing popularity.
But what does it smell like? – a question that has been bothering non-smokers for quite some time. Experts say that hemp and marijuana flowers don’t have the same smell. Each one differs from the other in terms of fragrance, flavour, and chemical composition. CBD experts even define its scent by comparing it to other aromatic items.
A few categories that help in describing the various smell of CBD flowers are:
- Natural: Woody, nutty, herbal
- Pungent: Cheese, tea, sage
- Fruity: Grapefruit, lemon, tart berry
- Flowery: Rose, lavender, jasmine
- Chemical: Tar, ammonia, diesel
Why is the Smell of CBD different?
Some say that CBD smells like burning marijuana – but there’s a subtle difference. Different products of the same plant can smell and taste so different due to the presence of terpenes. Terpenes are found in cannabis plants and are the culprit behind varying smells and tastes in each plant.
Each CBD Flower has a strain, which gives it a distinct smell regarding terpene content. Besides aroma, terpenes have healing properties that produce the entourage effect when combined with cannabinoids.
The aroma of dried CBD flowers is strong, but it becomes more intense after getting burnt, making it easier to identify the terpenes. Different types of terpenes present in hemp flower strains are Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Humulene, Linalool, Bisabolol, Ocimene, Caryophyllene, Guaiol, and Terpinolene.
As terpenes have so much to do with the smell of cannabis flowers, you need to check the chemical composition to determine which strain has what terpene. It will assist you in finding your ideal strain.
Some of the best CBD flower strains in terms of aroma, flavour, chemical composition, and health benefits are Lifter, Pineberry, Hawaiian Haze, Sour Space Candy, Special Sauce, and Elektra.
How to Reduce the Smell of CBD?
The pungent smell of CBD flowers varies depending on the strain, as each one has a unique mix of terpenes. As you smoke it, its aroma amplifies and becomes more like a weed, which can be an issue if you’re in a professional working environment.
So, here are a few tips that might help you reduce the smell of CBD:
- Vape rather than smoke to have a less intense and cleaner hit.
- Smoke CBD isolates as it does not have marijuana odours.
- Try oil drops or edibles in your desserts, beverages, and dinners.
If you ask someone who has smoked CBD or Delta 8 THC, they will say that it has a skunky smell, similar to that of marijuana. It’s no surprise as both plants belong to the same family. But a lot is dependent on the strain, as discussed above.
When shopping for CBD flowers, aroma plays a significant role. So, buy the one that appeals to your nose and avoid the odourless ones.