The smell of weed is like riding a bike. You never forget the smell. Many equate the smell of marijuana to that of a skunk and find the scent repelling. Some individuals find the aroma to be pleasing and aromatic. In this article, we shall discuss what marijuana smells like and why. At Cannaplayground.com we say there Is no right or wrong answer as to what constitutes weed aroma. Marijuana strains are broad and smells can be subjective. Yet this article shall shed some light on the subject matter.
Let’s begin by stating that not all marijuana gives off the illicit odor. Whilst some strains have an amazing aromatic fragrance. The main reason for marijuana’s skunky scent is due to the “terpenes within the cannabis plant” secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD.
Terpenes are aromatic oils that color the various cannabis variations with distinctive flavors like:
Currently, on the market there are a few terpenes that make most of the cannabis products:
The strange scents of weed come from the portions and blends of terpene aromatics yielded by that strain. Depending on the terpenes, you will smell a diverse odor. Yet, two different strains with a similar terpene profile will have a similar smell.
There’s a growing list of cannabis scent groups yet the more common are:
- Musk of clove delivers sedative, relaxing effects (high level of the terpene myrcene).
- Piney smells help promote mental alertness and memory retention (high level of the terpene pinene).
- And lemony aromas are favored for general uplift in mood and attitude (high level of limonene).
Many terpenes smell like thiols, create a skunky smell. The stronger the skunk smell the more potent the strain (you will get more stoned). An indication of high amounts of terpenes.
Many pot enthusiasts use the term “skunk” characteristically indicating the effectiveness and potency of a highly medicinal strain.
There are two main types of marijuana plant:
Each plant has a unique characteristic and blended together can produce some potent strains of weed.
You might be asking yourself, “Is there a way to smell the difference between Indica and Sativa?
It’s commonly standard that Sativa strains are described as having a:
- grassy smelling, fruitier and sweeter.
Indica strains have a more:
- herbal, earthy scent, containing a potent smell—either sweet or sour and spunkier.
Note: If it’s hard to differentiate, chances are you got a hybrid strain.
The Creator of The First Skunk Weed
Skunkweed can be attributed to a cross of Colombian Gold with Afghan Male. The strains were the springboards of the initial hybrids in the history of cannabis. Skunk #1 was the weed that transformed the entire marijuana culture dating as far back as 25 years. It is considered the benchmark due to its genotype influencing hundreds of strains.
Considered to be a stale homogeneous plant, skunk #1 it is often used to develop new hybrids such as Haze x Skunk (typically used for its hash production) or Hawaiian Skunk (frequently commended for its aroma that is similar to a musky and fruity smell due to its balanced genetics).
As aforementioned, some marijuana enthusiast refer (no pun intended) to potent weed as “skunky” an indication that the strain is full of thiols. Whereas there are others who would avoid “skunky” weed altogether due to the strong smell ( in an attempt to avoid that neighborly judgment).
If you want to avoid the skunk odor or embrace the scent, here is a list of the most popular skunk and non-skunk strains:
Golden Ticket -Fresh lemon scent created by Willy Wonka himself (just joking). Its aroma is an alluring mixture of sour skunk, tangy lemon and sweet lime, with an enticing mix of tangy lemon.
Death Star– Earthy aroma with a mixed taste that has a very potent scent that will not be simple to hide.
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Lemon Haze– a Citrus scent that has been considered as smelling of fresh peeled lemon slices with a similar palate.
Alpha Blue– The aroma is a blend of sour candy and tart blueberry, creating a pungent combination of earthy berry and Haze upon exhale.
Orange Bud– This strain has the aroma of orange and nectarines.
Kali Mist – Has earth, citrus and sweet smell to it.
Northern Lights– Pungently sweet, spicy aromas release from the crystal-coated buds, which sometimes reveal themselves in hues of purple.
Luckily for you, a research team led by Avery Gilbert and Joseph DiVerdi who conducted a peer-reviewed scientific journal placed 48 odor descriptors before contributors in a study.
The study used participants to survey the aromatic traits of various weed strains, using assessment scales to visualize the Cannabis aroma.
In the peer-reviewed study, Gilbert found that the dissimilar scents can impact how we perceive different strains of weed.
What’s The Conclusion?
There wasn’t any official jargon to define the sensory traits of cannabis:
- Beer (grainy, warming, sour)
- Wine (crisp, oaky, tart),
- Coffee (malt-like, resinous, ashy)
Sensory lexicons (used by professional taste testers to develop and detail the sensory perception) were missing for the marijuana aromatics perception.
The 11 Strains That Defined Marijuana Aroma
Don’t go licking your weed yet. Gilbert set out to revolution this by observing eleven different strains:
- Alien Dawg– Large chunky buds radiate with sweet and sour fruity notes dominated by the zesty scent of lemon.
- Durban Poison– It has gained popularity worldwide for its sweet smell and energetic, uplifting effects.
- Fruity Pebbles– is an aromatic hybrid strain with an aroma that is more floral than that of its sour-smelling relatives.
- G13– A heavy hitter in the Indica family. Legend has it, that it was invented by the CIA and FBI.
- Jilly Bean– flavors of tangy orange and mango
- Lamb’s Breath– The sour, full-forward terpene profile of Sour Breath makes it loud out of the jar, so be prepared for a room-filling aroma.
- Lemon Diesel– The buds have been described as smelling fruity and sweet, with a hint of a skunk.
- Mob Boss– sweet floral aroma with undertones of citrus and herbs.
- OG Kush– a hybrid with a unique terpene profile that boasts a complex aroma with notes of fuel, skunk, and spice.
- Snoop OG– The blend is grown with Snoops Dogs top hits playing subtlety in the foreground (Just kidding, but that would make for some great conversation). The diesel aroma of Snoop Dogg OG dominates the less prominent lemon notes.
- Super Skunk– A predominantly Indica variety, Super Skunk takes its robust flowers from its parent strain Skunk #1. Thanks, David Watson.
Thus, creating a 48 odor descriptor, ranging from scents such as:
The 2 Major Aromas That Define Weed
The use of rating gauges reveals that the strain‐specific aroma of dried Cannabis flower revealed two major collections:
- Earthy, woody, herbal
- Citrus, lemon, sweet, and pungent.
Can you guess the outcome of the results from those collections? What does this all mean? Has Gilbert solved the unequivocal palindrome of the word “high” spelled backward? Wait, high spelled backward won’t sell high.
The results from the rating gauges study created two major scent clusters mentioned above. To sum it up, weed can be distinguished by a skunk type aroma. Thanks again, David Watson.
Many people are smoking a lot less weed than in the past due to marijuana potency. Concluding that a skunky aroma has become synonymous with quality products. The skunky aroma has caused discrete methods of smoking weed. One of those methods is vaping.
For instance, the scent of weed is gearing more and more towards a floral smell. Thus allowing individuals to utilize an e-pen containing cannabis oil, producing a more subtle scent.