What does CBD oil smell like?
CBD is quickly becoming a go-to solution for a wide range of health, fitness and recovery problems, and many people use it regularly to create balance and promote wellbeing.
Even so, the misconceptions and confusion linger on. This includes an understandable tendency to associate Cannabidiol (CBD) with the recreational drugs widely referred to as cannabis.
One of the regular questions is, does CBD oil smell like weed? Some people even become concerned about using it in case their breath smells like they’ve been smoking pot!
So, what does CBD oil smell like?
A whole different type of natural product
Well for a start, it doesn’t smell the same as the substance used for recreational drug purposes. Especially as that is often set on fire and smoked!
Cannabidiol and weed do both originate for strains of cannabis or hemp plants. However, there are many variations in this plant, and many ways to strip them of components for human consumption.
The natural materials used to produce CBD are only taken from specific species of this plant, cultivated and processed to avoid a chemical called THC. (THC is the component of recreational drugs that creates the sensation of being “high”).
Clearly then, the non-intoxicating and pure components used to manufacture CBD are already different from strong-smelling and psychoactive cannabis bi-products.
Careful manufacture to create pure versions
From this point, the active and beneficial CBD base ingredients are carefully processed to help them to do their work.
For example, sometimes the active ingredients are encased in capsules for consumption. Often though, the carefully selected components of CBD are added to a neutral base oil. The oil is used to carry the active ingredients to where they need to go, in the human body.
This expert manufacturing process – under carefully regulated lab conditions – generally makes CBD odourless.
The sweet smell of success
If it does smell of anything, it may have a slightly earthy, natural aroma; the sort of thing you would expect from any plant-based health and wellbeing product. Though this could also be the faintest of smells coming from the carrier oil, rather than the active ingredients!
This would usually not be a smell that lingers in your mouth after using CBD oil. Nor is it a scent that can trigger allergies or asthma, for example.
If you buy CBD oil for less medically supported suppliers – who are not as scrupulous in their sourcing and production methods – the situation may be different. The purity, strength and even smell of your CBD oil could vary widely. Also, if they use hemp oil as a carrier, then you may have a CBD product that has the familiar “tang” of weed in its scent.
The message is to buy from us to be sure you receive a quality product that’s been produced to avoid all side effects including a weedy smell!
CBD is quickly becoming a go-to solution for a wide range of health, fitness and recovery problems, and many people use it regularly to create balance.
What Does CBD Smell Like?
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Taste. Color. Feeling.
What about the smell?
What does CBD smell like?
Don’t you love that answer?
It really does depend on the kinds of the CBD you’re smelling.
There are other important attributes that go along with that difference in smell!
We’ll get into that later.
Many people are using CBD before stressful situations since research is showing benefits in those situations.
- A first date
- A business meeting
- A public speaking engagement (yes, please!)
- Your mother-in-law
Just check out the research on CBD and Social Anxiety here.
Anyway, the last thing you want before social interaction is to smell weird!
That basically cancels out the benefits of the CBD.
So, let’s look at what to expect with CBD smell.
We’ll go through these different elements.
By the way, CBD has been shown to grow brain neurons in two areas. the Hippocampus (memory, learning, spatial navigation, and more) and the olfactory bulb.
Um. that’s the part of your brain in charge of sense of smell!
..what is CBD’s “smell”?
What does CBD smell like
This depends on the type of CBD and quality.
First, there are two main types of CBD:
- Full-spectrum (more of the plant material in the oil)
- CBD Isolate
CBD Isolate is usually just CBD and a base oil.
With CBD Isolate, there’s very little if any scent.
If anything, you’re likely to smell the base oil depending on what they use.
The three most common base oils:
- Hemp oil – strong “weedy” smell
- Olive oil – strong and heavy smelling scent
- MCT oil – extract from coconut oil – little smell and if any, sweet.
The MCT oil option is very popular and will have a light, sweet smell if anything at all.
We focus on CBD Isolate in MCT oil for many reasons including its smell.
It’s also friendlier to people with allergy and histamine issues.
Umm. that’s about 40-60% of the US population!
This brings up the other much-touted CBD product.
It’s pushed hard at almost every other brand and website.
What does full spectrum CBD smell like?
Strong. Much stronger than CBD Isolate.
Depending on the brand (and how long you’ve had it), it can smell weedy or like wheatgrass.
In fact, it can be very strong smelling.
We’ve tested dozens of the biggest brands.
One of the most popular smells very strong indeed.
In fact, when I would put it on my skin, my husband would complain when I approached him.
To make matters worse, women have a better sense of smell.
The full spectrum CBD has a wheatgrass or weedy smell.
After you’ve opened the bottle, the smell gets stronger over time which makes sense.
There’s literally organic plant material in there!
Check out our Does CBD Expire article.
While you’re at it, if you have any issues with allergies, check out the CBD and Allergies page on why there’s a bigger difference than just the wheatgrass smell you’ll be rocking at the dinner party.
Let’s dig into some questions we get often.
Should CBD smell like weed?
If it’s full-spectrum or in hemp oil, yes.
Let’s face it. the scent of weed comes from the different components in the original plant.
It’s primarily terpenes that give plant matter different smells.
Cannabis is no different with powerful and very distinct terpenes and scents.
Full-spectrum and/or hemp oil will have these same terpenes.
Therefore, they will have a smell.
It’s a bit different from the classic skunk smell of cannabis.
More of a wheat grassy vibe.
It can be quite strong and some people have difficulties with the smell and taste.
CBD Isolate will not have a weedy smell.
There’s very little scent at all.
CBD by itself has no smell.
So it’s just the base oil that might have a scent.
MCT is actually an extract of medium-chain fats so it has even less smell than coconut oil which is pretty hard to detect.
Which brings up a good question.
We’re at the airport.
We have CBD oil in our carry on.
Do drug dogs smell CBD
Please reference the topics above.
CBD isolate should not be detected (unless in hemp oil or hemp seed oil).
Dogs just have a much more sensitive ability to pick up on the terpenes that give cannabis it’s distinctive scent.
CBD Isolate by itself is a white, crystalline substance with no smell.
Think of salt or sugar.
CBD isolate has no real taste either.
We just want to use MCT oil as the base.
Olive oil will also not have a problem with drug dogs but who wants to smell like an Olive Garden menu?
Hemp oil may be picked up by drug dogs since the terpenes will be present.
Many sites sell the benefits of terpenes and flavonoids but there in such small amounts and with very little research.
CBD is heavily researched (see List of CBD benefits here).
If you’re traveling, CBD Isolate with MCT oil.
Also, if you have allergy or histamine issues.
The best CBD to have is no scent.
All the sections above lead to this.
For the best CBD with no smell, it’s CBD Isolate in MCT oil.
A popular option with 3rd party safety testing and the best cost per mg of CBD is below.
This is also the easiest for people’s immune response to allergens.
Another question comes up from people who probably not using CBD Isolate.
What if CBD smells fishy
Maybe don’t take it.
Most likely, it’s full-spectrum CBD or hemp oil.
The hemp oil could have gone bad or is just getting long in the tooth.
We’ve tested some of the biggest brands and some of them will get pretty goopy and smelly after a few weeks unless refrigerated.
Even then, full-spectrum has a lot of plant material in the oil.
What happens to lettuce when you leave it out.
Even if refrigerated, that lettuce isn’t going to last forever.
That fishy smell may just be the full-spectrum hemp oil smell.
We’ve spoken to many people where it’s a deal-breaker.
Keep in mind that most of our what we taste comes from the smell.
If CBD smells bad, it’s going to taste even worst!
We have to able to take this to get the benefits of CBD.
CBD Isolate in MCT oil.
We designed our CBD to be clean and smell likewise:
The safest bet for no smell CBD.
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.
The type of CBD can smell like weed, wheat grass, or worse. Or it can be pretty unscented. What Does CBD Smell Like?