Does CBD Smell Like Weed?

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What Does CBD Oil Smell Like?

In 2018 Hemp and cannabinoid (“CBD”) became legal under the United States Farm Bill. Per that legislation, the Cannabis Sativa plant and the CBD hemp flower are considered to be hemp when their THC content is less than .03%. CBD hemp oil being legalized has also brought forth quite a few questions for both, hemp, CBD, and cannabis.

This article will answer a common question that frequently comes up about primarily smokable hemp and CBD on whether or not it has the weedy smell that we are all so familiar with. First, I will list the US Government CBD definition. In the end, if you are interested, I will summarize the reported benefits of CBD oil.

Buyer Beware – The FDC does not regulate CBD products. Therefore, it is the wild west when it comes to purchasing CBD. Therefore, for the purpose of this article, when I am addressing the smell, effects, etc. of CBD, please assume that I am talking about pure CBD and not counterfeit.

CBD Is Here To Stay!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you are aware that CBD has been quite popular these past few years. You also might be wondering if CBD is also a flash in the pan. Well, you never can be sure. But, according to market statistics, CBD use is set to grow like wildfire in the coming years.

Below are some stats that back up CBD’s popularity. The CBD market in 2020 was worth an estimated 967.2 million, and it is expected to grow to nearly 5.3 billion in 2025, which accounts for a compound annual growth rate of over 40% between 2020 and 2025.


What is CBD Oil And Hemp Oil?

Legalized Hemp is from the Cannabis Sativa plant and is defined by law as being less than 0.03% THC Therefore, other than the THC, hemp is the same as a cannabis plant. This means that hemp, like the marijuana plant, contains, numerous terpenes, trichomes, and flavanoids,


Does the Hemp Plant, and Final CBD Products Smell Like Weed?

Hemp Crops

CBD and the hemp plant can be defined as a cannabis flower minus the fun parts. (THC) Hemp won’t get you high. But, the CBD from hemp just might help you with various health ailments.

As stated, hemp products, under US law, must contain less than .3% THC. contains Terpenes, and trichomes, and not THC content is the reason for a cannabis plant’s specific odor. This means that hemp fields, especially when the plant is approaching harvest, will have a distinctive cannabis smell.

Hemp Farming Controversy

The aroma of a hemp plant is so pungent that in Baltimore, Maryland, hemp farm neighbors have complained of hemp’s skunk-like smell.

As stated, a hemp plant does contain terpenes, and terpenes are the reason why a hemp plant smells the way it does. This smell has caused, homeowners near the Broadway Hemp Farm in Baltimore, Maryland, to *claim that during the hemp growing season, from July to November, they are subject to an obnoxious odor that causes a number of health problems ranging from breathing problems to headaches.

As a result of these complaints, legislation (Bill 94-20) was proposed that would restrict where a hemp farm can be located. Specifically, the bill states that an industrial hemp facility CAN NOT be located:

  • Within 2000 feet of any residential property
  • Has to be 500 feet away from the boarders of its property
  • A farm must be at least two miles from another hemp farm

*These health claims though are not proven. But the complaints, against industrial hemp facilities do show that hemp farming, like cannabis, does have a distinct, recognizable odor.


Be Careful What You Purchase?-Hemp and CBD rolling paper

Hemp’s and CBD’s legalization has resulted in hemp and CBD rolling papers. So, be sure to carefully look at the papers you are buying if you roll your own smokes and do not want to bring attention to your habit.

Zig Zag Rolling Papers Organic Hemp King Slim (24 Booklet Carton) 110 mm

What Is The Difference Between Hemp CBD Oil and Cannabis CBD Oil?

It can be quite confusing knowing the difference between hemp and cannabis-derived CBD product. The general difference between the two is that hemp CBD is extracted from hemp bud and marijuana-derived CBD is extracted from a traditional cannabis plant.

The cannabinoid chemicals in hemp and marijuana are the same. As an example, there is not any difference, in the cannabinoid, between CBD cigarettes, and a hemp CBD tincture. As a result, for a consumer, other than for curiosity’s sake it does not matter your CBD source.

Does CBD Oil, Hemp Oil, and Other CBD Products Smell Like Weed?

As it was mentioned, a Hemp plant is the cannabis plant minus the THC. Therefore, like various cannabis strains, there are hemp strains and CBD strains that are known for their specific terpene profile. As a result, CBD and smokable hemp have a cannabis scent that resembles the strain’s terpene profile.

The reason for CBDs smell and how strong the aroma is depended upon the following:

The Particular Cannabis Strain or Hemp Strain

The particular hemp strain or more accurately, cannabis Sativa strain is the number one indicator of how much and what type of smell your plants will have. For example, terpene myrcene, which is the most common terpene in cannabis, is the reason for cannabis’ skunky smell. Also, the terpene limonene is the reason that a weed strain might smell like lemon pine-sol.

Is Your CBD, Full Spectrum, or Isolated CBD?

How strong the weed smell for a CBD product also depends upon if you purchase Full Isolate CBD or CBD Isolate. With Full Spectrum, all of the terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavors in a particular plant are extracted for use. The only thing that is missing is the THC.

On the other hand, Isolated CBD is the only chemical extracted in the hemp plant. As a result, Full Spectrum, as it contains all of the terpenes in a particular hemp strain, will almost always have a stronger smell than CBD isolate extracts.

Final Thought

As hemp and CBD are legal in the US, you should not worry that much about the “CBD Smell”. The only issue that I could see that could occur is that you are hassled by law enforcement who might assume you are smoking weed in public. So, my advice is to avoid smoking hemp, CBD, or the equivalent. Instead, to get your CBD fix, try vaping CBD, a CBD tincture, gummies, etc. when you are away from your home.

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