What Does CBD Smell Like?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. It does not give users a “high” but instead, it helps to alleviate pain, anxiety, and stress.
Hemp-derived CBD products typically smell a lot like marijuana extract because they come from the same plant species and contain similar terpenes. But a high-quality, premium CBD product won’t smell like marijuana.
Full-Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs CBD Isolate
Hemp oil is extracted from industrial hemp, which looks almost identical to marijuana plants. After being extracted, it is separated into a base oil (such as coconut or MCT) and then distilled to produce a distillate.
The final product is a full-spectrum extract that contains all the phytocannabinoids and terpenes present in a marijuana plant. Since it has a higher concentration of terpenes, this type of CBD extract typically carries the same aroma as weed.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that plants and insects release to protect themselves from predators or herbivores. While most terpenes are non-toxic, some have anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties. They include limonene, myrcene, linalool, and Pinene. They also contribute to the entourage effect, which is when multiple cannabinoids combine to provide a more potent effect.