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Follow your nose: the smell of cannabis

The significant cannabis smell is tell-tale. Sniffers can recognize consumers and growers by their smell. But how strong and, above all, how far does cannabis smell? That should be sniffed out in this post. First, one mistake has to be cleared: It's not the THC or the CBD that smells. Every hemp plant smells, only some more intensely than others. Even the blossom of industrial hemp smells of the typical weed smell, but not that strong. But if it's not the THC, what does the plant smell like?

The ingredients that create the smell of hemp are called terpenes. These occur naturally and in abundance in humans, plants and animals. One of their functions in plants is to protect them from parasites. In return, they create a strong smell and taste. Terpenes are made up of a large group of molecules and contribute to the aroma of the buds in hemp. They also have a psychoactive effect and contribute to the overall effect of the respective hemp variety. The high that comes from consuming cannabis is 30% terpenes and terpenoids. Among other things, they have an anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effect. In addition to the terpenes, the flavonoids also contribute to the special smell and taste of hemp. These are aromatic chains of molecules that are found in many different plants. Those flavonoids that occur in cannabis are called cannaflavins and provide the good, sweet note in the smell.

The intensity depends on various factors

Just like other plants, cannabis uses smell to attract beneficial insects and repel parasites. The impact of the odor ultimately depends on the severity of the terpenes. These are determined by many factors: climate, weather, fertilizer, nature of the soil, degree of ripeness of the plant and the time of day.

A cutting has already developed terpenes, the typical marijuana smell is already there very easily at this stage. If you hold your nose to the cutting, you will easily recognize the smell. Just one gram of hemp smells strong enough that you can smell it from your backpack without any problems. Activated charcoal mat bags help against this odor. If the packaged marijuana is well packaged in it, you can only smell it if you hold your nose directly to the bag. The vaporizer ensures odor-free consumption. This is a device for vaporizing hemp. At approx. 185 degrees the grass is vaporized directly and releases its odorless ingredients. The medical benefits of vaporizing cannabis are being followed with great interest in research, as no harmful combustion products are created during this vaporizing process. Anyone who grows an entire cannabis plant must therefore primarily take care of neutralizing the smell. Among other things, there are air filters for this, often carbon filters and strong room sprays that can destroy odor molecules. The smell of the plant is still limited until pre-flowering, a flowering plant can be smelled several meters against the wind without taking precautions - and not only by drug detection dogs.

The smell of hemp is often annoying because it is too intense and therefore attracts a lot of attention. As a grower or consumer you do not want this kind of attention and should therefore use sprays or filters. But behind the smell lies the fascinating world of terpenes, whose properties impress with far more than an unbelievable variety of aromas. The terpenes have the ability to interact with other active substances in a plant. Terpenes determine how much THC gets across the human blood-brain barrier. They influence the extent to which dopamine and serotonin are produced or broken down during consumption. The consumption of cannabis is largely determined by the terpenes. In addition, they also give countless other, intensely smelling plants their unique aroma. For example with eucalyptus species, celery, pepper and juniper.

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