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Hemp Farm’s Odor Has Some Moriches Residents Smelling Trouble

Moriches, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A funny smell in the air has some Long Island residents complaining.

People say the smell of marijuana is overwhelming their yards.

Folks in one Moriches neighborhood loved the open space of nearby fields, until some say a farmer started growing hemp.

“It smells like a skunk,” said Moriches resident Steven Colaianni. “We thought it was one of our friendly neighbors taking a couple of puffs.”

“You don’t want to come out here and smell that morning, noon and night. And I’m not against it. I just don’t want to smell marijuana all the time,” one Moriches resident added.

But beauty’s in the nose of the beholder, reported CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff.

“To all of us its absolutely beautiful,” said Ryan Andoos of Route 27 Hemp Yard.

The folks who operate Route 27 Hemp Yard embrace the seasonal smell.

“It’s a very florally, citrus-y, pine-like smell,” said Liz Ingalls of Route 27 Hemp Yard.

They aren’t growing marijuana. Hemp is a different plant with only trace amounts of THC. Its oil makes CBD products they say do a lot of good.

“If you’re going to have any type of headache, it will help with that. Any type of inflammation,” Ingalls said.

And that potent smell lasts only a couple of months a year, when the flowers mature.

“I think this crop is much better than some other things that can be farmed, such as cow or chicks or ducks. Yes, there is a slight odor, but its only for two months out of the year,” said Andoos.

Neighbors say it belongs elsewhere.

“We didn’t have any advance notice that they were going to come into this community,” Colaianni said.

Hemp farms are all licensed by New York state. This is one of nearly 600 authorized CBS growers and processors.

The hemp season is just about over. The crop being harvested for use in a products that treat a wide range of ailments, but there is no treatment for the aroma. That will be back next July.

Hemp is also allowed to be burned on land where it is grown. The owners of Route 27 Hemp Yard said burning only takes place once a year.

Residents can call the DEC at (631) 444-0205 to report when the burning is happening.

People say the smell of marijuana is overwhelming their yards.

The Fragrance of Marijuana Before and After Consumption

Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. Cannabis has psychoactive and medicinal properties because of its chemical makeup.

Marijuana can be rolled up in a handmade cigarette (a joint), in a cigar, or in a pipe (a bong). It can be used for pain relief, to treat anxiety, or for recreation.

In many states, the sale and use of marijuana without a prescription is still illegal.

You can usually tell if someone has been smoking marijuana by detecting the scent of piney, slightly skunky grass that smoked cannabis leaves behind.

But figuring out for sure if what you’re smelling is weed can be a little difficult if you aren’t attuned to the scent. Various strains of marijuana can smell different from each other, making it even more complicated.

This article will cover what marijuana smells like in different stages of its use and consumption, as well as some differences between strains.

The strongest factor in the way marijuana smells is the age of the cannabis plant when it’s harvested. Cannabis that’s harvested earlier in its life cycles has a milder, less skunky scent.

It’s also less powerful when you smoke it. Cannabis that grows older before it’s picked and dried will have a stronger odor.

Organic compounds called terpenes are found in all plants, including cannabis. Myrcene (mango), pinene (pine), and limonene (lemon) are terpenes found in some strains of cannabis.

Terpenes change the scent of marijuana. For example, cannabis strains with pinene will smell more like pine.

Marijuana plants smell similar during the growing process and when they’re harvested and dried. They give off a slightly weedy, piney “skunk” scent that gets stronger as the plant grows older.

When cannabis flowers and blooms, the scent becomes powerful.

Indica vs. sativa

For decades, botanists and marijuana connoisseurs claimed that indica and sativa are different species with distinctly different effects on the body. Indica strain smells more acrid, while sativa smells more spicy or sweet.

But it would appear, at least to some experts, that there’s no way to smell the difference between indica and sativa definitively. Part of the reason is that there’s a lot of crossbreeding between these two particular strains.

However, one small study did find that participants who had purchased weed within the prior several months were able to smell the difference between several different strains of marijuana.

Marijuana consumers describe the scent of the plant as earthy, herbal, and woody. Sometimes the plant scent carries notes of lemon, apple, diesel, or plum.

Dried marijuana smells a lot stronger than some other dried plants.

When you’re smoking marijuana, the natural scent of the cannabis scent is amplified by the smoke it creates. Fire, smoke itself, ash, and the smell of rolling paper add additional layers to the scent.

When a person is smoking cannabis, notes of lemongrass, pine, fire, and wood may stand out. The distinct “skunk” smell of marijuana is often reported.

Learn about what gives marijuana its distinctly "skunky," strong odor, and how marijuana smells in plant form, when it's smoked, and more.