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When do Cannabis Plants Start to Smell?

That lovely, aromatic smell of a sticky cannabis plant ready for harvest will get any grower’s ganja sense tingling. Let’s take a look at when cannabis plants start develop their scent and how you can follow your nose along the way.

What does a cannabis plant smell like?

Anyone who likes cannabis will know that the smell is one of its most attractive features. Cannabis plants produce a delicious blend of pungent flavours that are impossible to miss, and will leave you looking forward to harvest day even more.

As weed becomes more popular across the world, recognizing that distinct skunky smell floating through the air is quite a common occurrence. Cannabis comes in all kinds of flavours, all with their own unique smell. From lemon to pine, to lavender and black pepper, there are some distinct aromas which can be found present in all sorts of strains of cannabis.

The smell of strong cannabis is a love/hate thing and as a grower, you might be wondering when your plants will start smelling so you can prevent it from reaching unwelcoming nostrils. This article was written to show how to look for those tell tale signs that your cannabis plants are about to explode with flavour.

Why does cannabis smell?

A cannabis plant’s smell changes as it grows. When plants are very small they do not give off a smell but most people know this does not last for long. Once a cannabis plant is fully grown its smell can be overwhelming to even the most experienced grower.

But, where does the smell come from? The potent odor being released by your plants is created by various components in the terpene oils that are developing in the trichomes of the plant.

The following terpenes are those most commonly found in cannabis and are responsible for their irresistible aroma.

  • Myrcene
  • Limonene
  • Linalool
  • Beta-caryophyllene
  • Pinene

These terpenes can often be found in other plants as well. Limonene, for example is also found in lemons, as the name suggests. These terpenes also come with a number of medical and therapeutic benefits.

Cannabis smells and flavours have been described in many ways. Most cannabis strains smell entirely different to one another because of the different levels of certain terpenes present in the plant. Myrcene is predominantly what gives cannabis it’s strong earthy smell but the intensity of other terpenes is what makes weed smell more lemony, piney or floral, amongst others.

Terpene Aroma Also Found In
Myrcene Musky, Earthy Mangos, Thyme
Limonene Citrus Lemons, Oranges
Linalool Floral, Sweet Lavender, Mint, Rosewood
Beta-Caryophyllene Spice, Clove, Wood Black Pepper, Cinammon, Oregano
Pinene Pine Pine Trees

Vegetation

Cannabis plants start to smell during the vegetative cycle. The leaves of the plant do have a scent but it is not the same as the smell that comes from the flowers. It sounds quite obvious spelling it out, but weed leaves smell much more weedy and flowers smell much more floral.

Don’t expect your plants to smell like dank weed as soon as they break the surface of the soil. The first signs will come after week 3 of vegging, depending on the strain.

That lovely, aromatic smell of a sticky cannabis plant ready for harvest will get any grower's ganja sense tingling. Let's take a look at when cannabis plants start develop their scent and how you can follow your nose along the way.