why does cbd smell like marijuana

Should CBD Smell Like Weed?

Especially if you’re about to go to a business meeting or meet your mother-in-law for the first time.

Let’s not get off on a bad foot!

The type of CBD oil that you buy can definitely affect this question.

There’s a whole class of CBD oil that has a strong hemp smell.

Another subset has a very little scent at all.

We’ll explain the difference and why it’s more important than just the weed smell.

SO, in order to avoid scaring the parents when you go in to teach their children, let’s see if we can avoid the weed smell with CBD.

The two main types of CBD oil and weedy scents

First, there are two main types of CBD available on the market:

  • CBD Isolate
  • Full Spectrum CBD and/or hemp oil

The CBD Isolate should have very little smell at all and no discernable weed smell.

It’s basically the crystalline CBD substance itself (has no scent. like salt or sugar) added to a base oil.

Now, we have to be a little careful with the base oil in our calculation.

There are three common options:

  • Hemp oil
  • Olive oil
  • MCT oil (from coconut)

Hemp oil can have a weedy smell depending on how concentrated it is and what parts of the plant they use.

The clearer the oil, the less it smells like weed but there will always be some of the scent there.

It is the cannabis plant after all.

That being said, hemp generally has a milder smell than marijuana which is just a function of the level of THC and terpenes in the plant.

Olive oil has its own distinctive smell and you probably don’t want to go on a first date smelling like Olive Garden either.

MCT (extracted fats from coconut oil) is the least noticeable scent.

It has a slightly sweet smell and taste but barely discernible.

Again, it’s an extract from coconut oil. not coconut oil itself.

Very little smell and if added to CBD Isolate, no weed smell at all.

That’s one reason we focus on CBD Isolate and MCT oil at IndigoNaturals.

Finally, the second type of CBD. Full Spectrum CBD.

The weedy smell of Full Spectrum CBD

This type of CBD is pushed everywhere due to the slick marketing term “the entourage effect”.

Basically, there’s a lot more of the hemp plant in the bottle.

This can give it a weedy smell, taste, and color!

It’s not unusual for it to be green and goopy.

The weedy taste and smell can be a dealbreaker for some people.

Keep in mind that a great deal of our taste comes from the scent of what we’re consuming.

Researchers just found scent detectors on our tongues!!

There’s another issue with Full Spectrum.

A good percentage of the US population has allergy and histamine issues.

Roughly 40% and up to 60% for women (maybe higher if over the age of 40).

They are likely to have negative reactions to all that plant material.

The very things that many brands are selling can make people feel bad!

We’ve seen where side effects from full-spectrum disappear with CBD Isolate.

We’re not surprised!

Also, the research is mainly for CBD itself.

There’s no real scientific backing for the entourage effect.

Till we see research, it’s just great marketing to push a product that easier and cheaper to make (bigger margins).

You can get more info on this from a reputable source here:

Also, it can have a distinctive weedy smell.

It can also degrade more quickly since there is organic plant material in the bottle.

It’s not uncommon for it to get darker, more smelly, and thicker once the bottle is opened.

The MCT oil and CBD isolate retain its general viscosity, color, taste, and lack of scent for longer than you’ll probably have any left in the bottle.

You can check out our Does CBD expire page for more detail.

When we tested the big brands, roughly 90% of them had full-spectrum CBD and most had a distinct weed smell.

This brings up one other issue.

Can you travel with CBD?

I was in Vegas just the other week for a trade-show.

Going through security at the airport, the drug dogs we’re winding their way through the people waiting in line.

The dogs are trained to recognize the distinctive marijuana smell in bags and on people.

They are not trained for the smell of CBD (which generally has no scent).

Last we checked, coconut oil wasn’t on their radar as well.

The full-spectrum CBD and/or hemp oil base may be an issue there.

Now, in some states, marijuana is legal.

It’s still a question mark in many other places, especially internationally (Asia comes to mind).

For that reason, CBD Isolate with MCT oil is the safest bet for airport security.

There’s no THC or cannabis plant material to give off a scent!

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.

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Plant & Hemp
Mar 12 · 3 min read

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, 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?

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