What Does CBD Flower Smell Like
Hemp flowers and marijuana buds are both variations of the same cannabis plant, C. sativa, and contain similar levels of both CBD and THC. But unless you have lab analysis, it's hard to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana plants by smell.
It's not all about appearance, though: Both cannabis plants and hemp flowers also have distinct aromas that are produced by compounds called terpenes. Understanding these terpenes and their role in scent can help you find a more enjoyable experience with your CBD products.
Weed Smell: Pinene and Myrcene
If you haven't tried CBD vaporizers or vape liquids, it's easy to confuse them with weed, because they both have the same scent, if not a stronger one. They both produce a woodsy, musky fragrance that's reminiscent of pine and coniferous trees, as well as basil, parsley, and orange peel.
Marijuana Smell: Myrcene and Caryophyllene
Both myrcene and caryophyllene are the primary terpenes responsible for the musky, skunky, or "weedy" smell of cannabis strains. Myrcene is more commonly found in high-THC strains, but it can be present in low-THC ones, too.
As its name suggests, pinene is the main terpene present in the scent of pine trees and many hemp flowers. It's also a powerful antioxidant and antibacterial.
Linalool is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which makes it an ideal terpene for helping ease pain and anxiety. It also contributes to the calming effects of CBD. Often used in the extracts of hemp strains, it has an almost floral scent that's calming and soothing.