What Does Weed Smell Like?
That question could also be, “What Gives Weed its Distinctive Odor?” The answer to both of those questions is terpenes. Terpenes are the organic compounds found in the essential oils of all plants and some insects. Terpenes are what give each strain of marijuana its distinctive odor.
The terpenes found in various marijuana strains are also found in other kinds of flora, for example, limonene is present in lemons and limes. That means any strain of marijuana that contains limonene has a strong citrus scent. Pinene, as you can probably guess, is a terpene found in pine trees and other conifers. You can probably also guess that any strains containing pinene smell like a forest, minus the bear droppings, yes they do it in the woods.
Other strains can have a more earthy smell, or a sugary smell, or a fruity smell, there are all kinds of cannabis and all kinds of terpenes out there. Of course, that’s how weed smells when it’s raw, so to speak, what about when it gets lit up? Most of you are familiar with the sharp, smoky, somewhat skunky smell that accompanies the ceremonial lighting of a spliff. Unless, you’re a Houdini with the herb, there’s a good chance the people close to you are familiar with it as well.
How Long Does The Weed Smell Stick Around?
This varies depending on various factors like the size and shape of the room and whether there is any ventilation. So, in some cases the smell can dissipate in a few minutes and in other cases, it could take up to a few hours with no ventilation. There are a few tips and tricks that can accelerate the dissipation, and I’m sure many of you are already familiar with them, so I won’t get into them here, that’s not what this article is about after all.
Those techniques both hide the smell and/or get rid of it. However, if neither of those solutions are possible, then you can always try to mask it. Many people have used even stronger scents to mask the smell of weed, everything from scented candles to incense to body spray. Though if you’re using body spray for any reason, then you’ve got bigger problems than hiding the smell of your weed.
Ridding the weed funk from your room is just one of your problems since smoke of any kind tends to stick to stuff. That means any clothes that were in the general vicinity of your covert combustion are now incriminating evidence against you.
Does Vaping Produce a Strong Weed Smell?
By now, you should all know that there a lot of different reasons why vaping your weed is better than smoking it, so is a less noticeable odor one of them? In some ways, yes. The taste and scent from a vaporizer is far purer than that produced by smoking a joint, the reason is that the combustion of the weed produces smoke and other impurities that give you away. There is no combustion involved in vaping, so no smoke is produced.
You might be thinking that a purer scent would be even more noticeable. However, the vapor emitted from a weed vape disperses very quickly and doesn’t stick to fiber-like smoke from a joint does. So, there is no worry that the clothes you’re wearing can be used as evidence against you.
There are some exceptions to this though, like older conduction vaporizers that heat up the herb through direct contact with a heated surface. The constant heat produces a strong smell that lingers for a while. Newer conduction vapes and convection vaporizers don’t have that problem, convection vapes don’t heat up the herb directly, they just pass hot air over it. That means the smell produced by convection vapes is strong and pure, but also that it dissipates very quickly.
Other Odor-Free Alternatives
If you want to go virtually scent-free, then you might consider extract vaping. Extract vaporizers use oil and/or wax concentrates that are created by a marijuana extraction process. The end product is an extract that produces much less of an odor than one finds with dry-herb vapes. These extracts can also have higher concentrations of THC than any dry herb possibly could.
If you’re more into CBD, then there are strains of oil and wax with high levels of CBD and little or no THC, so they won’t make you high. Extract vaporizers also offer covert vaping in another way because many extract vaporizers are small, discreet, and resemble more innocent e-cigs.