Does CBD Flower Smell Like Weed?

Does CBD Flower Smell Like Weed?

When it comes to consuming CBD or hemp flower, you shouldn’t have to worry about smelling like marijuana and the stigma that follows. Let’s take a look at the aromatic make-up of CBD flower and how you can reduce its scent.

Does CBD Flower Smell Like Weed?

Hemp is just another form of cannabis, so it generally smells similar to traditional marijuana. However, the scent of hemp flower has varying degrees of pungency.

Like fine wine or gourmét coffee, CBD products come with a variety of descriptors that help consumers pinpoint which type of CBD will appeal to their flavor palette. Anyone who smokes or vapes CBD flower knows that there are several flavor profiles that products can fit into, for instance:

  • Fruity: Hints of tart berry, sweet citrus, and other full-bodied flavors.
  • Earthy: A natural flavor profile with herbal, woody, and nutty overtones.
  • Flowery: Fresh and fun with notes of lavender, rose, and violet.
  • Sweet: Typically found in e-juice form – cotton candy, watermelon bubblegum, and sour strawberry are some examples.

Hemp flower contains chemical compounds called terpenes that give the plant its unique aroma. While terpenes are found in many plants, hemp plants contain high concentrations of them, with researchers IDing over 100 terpenes in a single plant.[1] These compounds are used to attract pollinators as well as protect the plants from predators in the wild.

Generally, manufacturers are able to make their CBD products smell more or less strong depending on how long the hemp flowers are left to mature. Harvesting hemp flower early leads to fewer terpenes in the plant and a less noticeable scent. On the other hand, when left to bloom, hemp smells more like traditional weed. Regardless, terpenes can exist even in the absence of THC and are an important component of all hemp strains.

Note: Although some hemp products produce the same aroma as marijuana, the user does not get the same intoxicating “high” that they would if they were consuming THC. CBD is regulated by the FDA to contain less than 0.3% THC, the main psychoactive compound found in weed. In other words, users get some similar sensations to marijuana – like a sense of relaxation – with no high.

Tips to Decrease the Scent

Although the tide seems to be shifting in terms of public opinion, regular marijuana users are still stigmatized. And, while smoking CBD doesn’t produce the same intoxicating results as smoking marijuana, a pungent weed-like aroma may not be ideal in say, a professional work environment.

If you want the freedom to consume CBD for its health benefits without the marijuana smell, there are a few things you can do to reduce the scent and prevent any speculation that you’re high: 

Vape Rather Than Smoke

While vapes still give off an aroma when used, the smell of hemp is much less intense than when smoked via traditional methods like cigarette or pipe.

Vapor also provides a cleaner hit, as a substance that doesn’t stick to clothing, breath, hair, fingers, and other areas. Plus, you can choose various flavors profiles, like fruity or minty, that can help mask overly pungent terpenes.

Smoke CBD Isolate

Full-spectrum CBD, as the name implies, includes a more natural representation of the hemp flower with terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids in all of their glory. This type of CBD will include many of the traditional smells you’d find in a THC-based product.

CBD isolate, on the other hand, is a concentrated form of the cannabidiol compound which does not carry as many of the odors associated with marijuana.

Try Edibles or Oil Drops

The great thing about CBD is that it comes in a variety of forms. It’s not only smokeable, but edible as well. At a retail location, you can usually find tincture drops and pill capsules for a more direct form of consumption. 

Or, if you want to get creative, you can purchase hemp flower, grind it up into some cooking oil, and prepare any sort of edible you want. From delightful desserts and hearty dinners to tasty beverages—the possibilities are endless.


The best way to find out whether or not a certain CBD product will make you smell like weed is to try it. Experiment with various strains to find one that smells pleasant to you. Each type of plant has its own unique level of terpenes and other substances that will affect its aroma and taste.

Light a Candle, Burn Incense, Use Oil Diffuser

If you’re worried about the smell indoors, such as if you live in an apartment building or condominium, candles, incense, and diffusers can help mask the smell until it has time to dissipate.

You can also try purchasing or creating a DIY sploof. And, don’t forget to turn on a fan and open a window!

Even though the aroma of CBD flower can be intense, with the proper care, you don’t have to go throughout your day smelling like weed. Keep the above information in mind so you can continue to enjoy your CBD products worry-free.



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