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What Does CBD Smell Like?

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Taste. Color. Feeling.

What about the smell?

What does CBD smell like?

Don’t you love that answer?

It really does depend on the kinds of the CBD you’re smelling.

There are other important attributes that go along with that difference in smell!

We’ll get into that later.

Many people are using CBD before stressful situations since research is showing benefits in those situations.

  • A first date
  • A business meeting
  • A public speaking engagement (yes, please!)
  • Your mother-in-law

Just check out the research on CBD and Social Anxiety here.

Anyway, the last thing you want before social interaction is to smell weird!

That basically cancels out the benefits of the CBD.

So, let’s look at what to expect with CBD smell.

We’ll go through these different elements.

  • What does CBD smell like
  • Should CBD smell like weed
  • Do drug dogs smell CBD
  • What’s the best CBD to have no scent
  • What if CBD smells fishy

    By the way, CBD has been shown to grow brain neurons in two areas. the Hippocampus (memory, learning, spatial navigation, and more) and the olfactory bulb.

    Um. that’s the part of your brain in charge of sense of smell!

    ..what is CBD’s “smell”?

    What does CBD smell like

    This depends on the type of CBD and quality.

    First, there are two main types of CBD:

    • Full-spectrum (more of the plant material in the oil)
    • CBD Isolate

    CBD Isolate is usually just CBD and a base oil.

    With CBD Isolate, there’s very little if any scent.

    If anything, you’re likely to smell the base oil depending on what they use.

    The three most common base oils:

    • Hemp oil – strong “weedy” smell
    • Olive oil – strong and heavy smelling scent
    • MCT oil – extract from coconut oil – little smell and if any, sweet.

    The MCT oil option is very popular and will have a light, sweet smell if anything at all.

    We focus on CBD Isolate in MCT oil for many reasons including its smell.

    It’s also friendlier to people with allergy and histamine issues.

    Umm. that’s about 40-60% of the US population!

    This brings up the other much-touted CBD product.


    It’s pushed hard at almost every other brand and website.

    What does full spectrum CBD smell like?

    Strong. Much stronger than CBD Isolate.

    Depending on the brand (and how long you’ve had it), it can smell weedy or like wheatgrass.

    In fact, it can be very strong smelling.

    We’ve tested dozens of the biggest brands.

    One of the most popular smells very strong indeed.

    In fact, when I would put it on my skin, my husband would complain when I approached him.

    To make matters worse, women have a better sense of smell.

    The full spectrum CBD has a wheatgrass or weedy smell.

    After you’ve opened the bottle, the smell gets stronger over time which makes sense.

    There’s literally organic plant material in there!

    Check out our Does CBD Expire article.

    While you’re at it, if you have any issues with allergies, check out the CBD and Allergies page on why there’s a bigger difference than just the wheatgrass smell you’ll be rocking at the dinner party.

    Let’s dig into some questions we get often.

    Should CBD smell like weed?

    If it’s full-spectrum or in hemp oil, yes.

    Let’s face it. the scent of weed comes from the different components in the original plant.

    It’s primarily terpenes that give plant matter different smells.

    Cannabis is no different with powerful and very distinct terpenes and scents.

    Full-spectrum and/or hemp oil will have these same terpenes.

    Therefore, they will have a smell.

    It’s a bit different from the classic skunk smell of cannabis.

    More of a wheat grassy vibe.

    It can be quite strong and some people have difficulties with the smell and taste.

    CBD Isolate will not have a weedy smell.

    There’s very little scent at all.

    CBD by itself has no smell.

    So it’s just the base oil that might have a scent.

    MCT is actually an extract of medium-chain fats so it has even less smell than coconut oil which is pretty hard to detect.

    Which brings up a good question.

    We’re at the airport.

    We have CBD oil in our carry on.

    Do drug dogs smell CBD

    Please reference the topics above.

    CBD isolate should not be detected (unless in hemp oil or hemp seed oil).

    Dogs just have a much more sensitive ability to pick up on the terpenes that give cannabis it’s distinctive scent.

    CBD Isolate by itself is a white, crystalline substance with no smell.

    Think of salt or sugar.

    CBD isolate has no real taste either.

    We just want to use MCT oil as the base.

    Olive oil will also not have a problem with drug dogs but who wants to smell like an Olive Garden menu?

    Hemp oil may be picked up by drug dogs since the terpenes will be present.

    Many sites sell the benefits of terpenes and flavonoids but there in such small amounts and with very little research.

    CBD is heavily researched (see List of CBD benefits here).

    If you’re traveling, CBD Isolate with MCT oil.

    Also, if you have allergy or histamine issues.

    The best CBD to have is no scent.

    All the sections above lead to this.

    For the best CBD with no smell, it’s CBD Isolate in MCT oil.

    A popular option with 3rd party safety testing and the best cost per mg of CBD is below.

    This is also the easiest for people’s immune response to allergens.

    Another question comes up from people who probably not using CBD Isolate.

    What if CBD smells fishy

    Maybe don’t take it.

    Most likely, it’s full-spectrum CBD or hemp oil.

    The hemp oil could have gone bad or is just getting long in the tooth.

    We’ve tested some of the biggest brands and some of them will get pretty goopy and smelly after a few weeks unless refrigerated.

    Even then, full-spectrum has a lot of plant material in the oil.

    What happens to lettuce when you leave it out.

    Even if refrigerated, that lettuce isn’t going to last forever.

    That fishy smell may just be the full-spectrum hemp oil smell.

    We’ve spoken to many people where it’s a deal-breaker.

    Keep in mind that most of our what we taste comes from the smell.

    If CBD smells bad, it’s going to taste even worst!

    We have to able to take this to get the benefits of CBD.

    CBD Isolate in MCT oil.

    We designed our CBD to be clean and smell likewise:

    The safest bet for no smell CBD.

    Always work with a doctor or naturopath with any supplement!

    The information provided here is not intended to treat an illness or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified healthcare provider.

    The type of CBD can smell like weed, wheat grass, or worse. Or it can be pretty unscented. What Does CBD Smell Like?

    Does CBD Smell Like Weed?

    We’ve covered the differences between THC and CBD a few times in these pages, but there’s a question we are yet to cover, does CBD smell like weed?

    It’s a simple question, but one we are asked often, especially considering the dry flower strains we have such as Purple Haze , which has a specific smell expected to come alongside the name.

    There’s a few reasons why you could be curious about this, but whether you want to know so you can enjoy the smell yourself, or you’re worried that a notable scent usually specific to something else may get you some unwanted attention, we’re here to help and to give you an answer.

    The answer to the question is not straightforward, however (when are they, really?) so to get there, we have to make a few stops.

    Terpene Profiles

    When it comes to THC heavy cannabis, the scent of a strain, along with the flavour, depends heavily (but not exclusively, we’ll get to that) on the terpene profile.

    Purple Haze cannabis, for example, is heavy in caryophyllene, which gives that well known peppery, spicy scent, and myrcene, which provides that famed herbal aroma recognisable in most marijuana strains.

    With the CBD version of Purple Haze, the terpene profile cannot be identical, but we make sure it’s as near as dammit.

    Basically, our priority in the cultivation of CBD strains is to ensure that the CBD count is where we claim it to be, and that the trace THC levels stay within the limitations set out for us by EU law.

    So while CBD Purple Haze you buy from us may not smell identical to the Purple Haze strain you may be familiar with (we’re not here to judge) it is certainly close enough to be recognisable, and you can rest assured it’s a lovely, spicy, relaxing scent.


    Stable genetics are the other important factor when it comes to CBD smelling like its THC heavy counterparts, with the possibility for differences in phenotypes, but we try and avoid that.

    The higher the rate of stabilisation, the less difference there is in genome expression, and therefore the more similarity there is in the scent.

    Other factors can be at play too, down to even the soil where the particular strain is grown, so essentially, it’s impossible to create a CBD Purple Haze strain that smells exactly like a comparative THC heavy marijuana strain.

    The only way you could hypothetically get an identical aroma is with the use of chemicals, and if you know anything about us, you know that is really not our way and not anything we are ever going to do.

    Does CBD Smell Good?

    Now here’s a question with a straighter answer, and let’s face it, it’s the more important question. Whether the scent is similar to something you know or not, what you want to know is that the strain ahs a nice smell, and that we can guarantee.

    While Purple Haze, which has been our example up to this point, has a genetic profile similar to the other Purple Haze, and therefore has a tasty smell that is similar to its psychoactive cousin, we have other strains that have been designed uniquely by us, not based on other strains, and put together to create an amazing smell all of their own.

    This Summer Mix , for example, is as lovely to smell as it is beautiful to look at. The aromatic profile is sensational, creating a fresh, summery vibe with more than a scent of pine and a little touch of citrus on the nostrils to create a refreshing blend of fabulous aromas.

    All our dry flower products, and indeed any other CBD products you get from us, will always smell beautiful, because we’re people who are very fond of sensual pleasures, we like our sinuses to be softly stroked by the sweetest of scents, and we know you do too.

    That’s why anything that we produce, we smell test, to check it makes us feel sublime, and to ensure it will make you feel much the same way!

    What’s your favourite smelling CBD product from our collection? What would the perfect scent for a CBD product to have be for you personally? Let us know in the comments, and if we like the idea, we might see if we can find a way to create it for you!

    The products we sell do not have proven health benefits. While research is being carried out, these products are not, and should not, be considered to be medical products.

    Any information we give in these articles is taken from scientific research, but should not be considered as a statement of fact. Links and information included in these articles do not reflect the opinion of Plant & Hemp. Any link to scientific studies is for information only, and not intended as a proof of any specific fact, or to validate any specific opinion.

    We are simply bringing you the information needed to make an informed decision on what you want to use CBD for, and what you are comfortable using our products for.

    CBD products should not be used as a replacement for any prescribed medication, under UK and International Law.

    We’ve covered the differences between THC and CBD a few times in these pages, but there’s a question we are yet to cover, does CBD taste like weed?