Does CBD Smell Like Weed? An Aromatic Mystery

How exactly does CBD smell like? Does it smell like weed, or does it have a distinct smell of its own? Let’s find out.

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For all the people using CBD and its products, what does the smell of CBD appear like to you? Does it smell like weed or is it something that you cannot describe, mainly because you never smelled anything like that?

Let’s find out more about the characteristic smell of CBD and what imparts this characteristic smell and aroma. 

Cannabis Scents: The Role of Terpenes Explained

If you have ever heard the term ‘Terpenes’ in context with CBD or its products, here is your reminder to never underestimate them. The reason? These terpenes have a far more important role than what we were expecting. 

These terpenes are known to be one of the main constituents of rejuvenating oils and are liable for the trademark smell of cannabinoids. Cooperating with the cannabinoids, these terpenes work to guarantee a synergistic or company impact, which further upgrades the impacts and advantages of cannabinoids and their items.

Terpenes are normally synthetic mixtures that are tracked down in the two creatures and plants. These terpenes are answerable for conferring fragrance, flavors, and, surprisingly, a variety of various kinds of vegetation and harvests, including CBD as the most spoken about here.

Also, with regards to cannabinoids, terpenes are likewise seen to be liable for giving a particular taste and smell to the various variations of CBD.

Only terpenes are not solely responsible for causing you to feel ‘high’ or ‘inebriated’. Notwithstanding, they are liable for influencing how you feel high because of the impacts of THC content present in the cannabinoids and their related products. So, this is a collective influence of several other factors that work to impart the characteristic flavor and effects of CBD products. 

Hemp vs. Marijuana: Understanding the Difference

Although hemp and marijuana are both variants of the same plant species called ‘Cannabis sativa’, both have several differences that make each of them stand out from one another. 

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Here is a comparison of both of them to help you understand better about them and identify a hemp plant and a marijuana plant. 


  • Hemp refers to marijuana containing 0.3 percent or less THC content by dry weight.
  • Hemp has many modern purposes, including materials, paper, biofuels, and food items, for example, hemp seeds and oil.
  • Hemp-determined CBD items, which have acquired prevalence for their potential medical advantages, are governmentally legitimate in the US under the Farming Demonstration of 2018.
  • Hemp is thought of as ecologically sustainable and can become quicker than numerous different yields.


  • Marijuana commonly refers to pot assortments with more than 0.3 percent THC content by dry weight, equipped for delivering psychoactive outcomes.
  • Marijuana strains high in THC are frequently utilized for sporting and clinical purposes, like tormenting the executives. 
  • State laws regarding marijuana vary widely, with some states allowing both medical and recreational use, some permitting only medical use, and others maintaining complete prohibition.

Factors Influencing the Scent of CBD Products

Just like there are different factors affecting different aspects of cannabinoids and their effects, there are also some factors that influence the scent of CBD products. Some of them have been enlisted below:

Terpene Profile

Terpenes are responsible for smell and taste richness differentiating various cannabidiol products. The terpene profile often varies; it may be different where the strain used or extraction technique involved is different.

Cultivation Practices 

The growing of hemp can positively or negatively influence the pleasantness of the terpene compounds and as such, the particular scent of the CBD products derived from the plants. For example, terpene output could be affected by the togetherness of soil composition, climate, and growing techniques.

Extraction Method

The technique employed in extracting CBD from the hemp plants may influence the end as the scent is determined by the process used. Tincture making, alcohol extraction, or even by using no solvents can all preserve different amounts of terpenes, thus, the final aroma can be affected.

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Does the Smell Indicate Effectiveness? Debunking Myths

It is indeed a misconception that the smell of CBD has anything to do with its effects and benefits. If anything, smell exists for reasons that are totally unrelated to the benefits of CBD.

Let’s debunk some myths related to this concept! 


The strength or potency of hemp or marijuana is not directly related to its smell. Certain strains may have different scents based on their terpene profile, but scent alone cannot determine the strength or effectiveness of a product.

Personal Preferences

Individual preferences for the smell of cannabis vary widely. Some people like the unpleasant, earthy smell of certain varieties, while others find it unpleasant. However, personal preference does not necessarily indicate the effectiveness of a product for its intended purpose.

Placebo effect 

Perceptions of efficacy based on odor alone can be influenced by the placebo effect. If someone expects a particular odor to indicate potency or effectiveness, subjective effects can occur even if the product itself provides no tangible benefit.


The smell and fragrance of CBD products are impacted by different elements, including the terpene profile of the hemp plant, development strategies, extraction techniques, decarboxylation, added substances and flavorings, stockpiling conditions, item definition, and the quality and virtue of the CBD extricate.

Terpenes assume a significant part in deciding the fragrance and taste of CBD items, and their synthesis fluctuates relying upon hereditary variables, ecological circumstances, and handling methods. A maker should consider these elements to create CBD items with a positive fragrance that works on the general insight of the purchaser.

Moreover, understanding the variables that impact fragrance can assist buyers with settling on informed choices while choosing CBD items in light of their inclinations and wanted impacts.

Andleeb Asghar - Pharmacist

Andleeb Asghar - Pharmacist

Andleeb Asghar holds a “Pharm-D” degree from Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. She is an official Registered Pharmacist (RPh) in Punjab, Pakistan. She has also got a “Master of Philosophy” degree from the University of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Lahore. Andleeb has worked in various practice settings as a clinical Pharmacist and has a wide range of experience. She has been cited in Healthline and Telehealth for her expertise. She has also served as a distinguished guest speaker at various local hospitals and high-profile organizations. She has been writing Cannabinoid & Marijuana related content for the past five years for different reputable companies. She is passionate about serving others by crafting information and helpful pieces for her readers.

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