How to make your weed smell better

Published Jun 5, 2019 11:24 a.m. ET
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If you have ever wondered if it was possible to improve on the smell of your cannabis, then you are not alone. There is an entire sector of the cannabis industry that is dedicated to just that. Whether you are seeking a way to scent the smoke after it’s been inhaled artificially or prefer to boost this characteristic while either growing marijuana, or just before you smoke it, we’ve got you covered. Here you will find three ways to enhance the smell of your cannabis at any stage of its life.

How to strengthen the smell of the buds when you are growing marijuana

If you are seeking methods or ideas that might help you to improve on the scent of your cannabis plants while they are still being developed, then this section is perfect for you.

  1. Begin with a marijuana strain that produces a strong smell naturally. This is the easiest way to grow strong smelling plants that are already known for their ability to provide a scent that you might enjoy.

  2. Use additional nutrients and supplements. There are hundreds of different types of supplements and nutrients on the market that is made specifically to improve the smell of cannabis plants artificially, but many of them remain unproven to make much of a difference. What you need instead is the best base ingredients possible for a living soil as well as other living nutrients and supplements that will help the plant to thrive naturally. Since marijuana will produce higher amounts of terpenes as well as cannabinoids when the plants are fed well, this way is much safer than filling it with unknown products that may or may not work and could potentially cause adverse effects once ingested.

  3. Provide high-quality lighting. The smells that we enjoy so much from cannabis plants are naturally occurring terpenes which take a lot of energy to produce, which is why a good quality light set up is an essential tool for anyone trying to enhance or strengthen the scent during the process of growing marijuana.

How to add smell directly to cured cannabis buds

If you have already cured marijuana flowers that you want to enhance, then this section is where you want to be.

1. Terpene juice/spray
Several different types of terpenes are produced by each marijuana strain, and they are categorized by their boiling points. Light terpenes are some of the most potent and enjoyable scents, but they are also the very first to dissipate as the plant materials are cured. By the time the colas are ready to smoke, there are only heavy terpenes remaining, which will dramatically affect how strong the smell is. Luckily, we have options like terp juices that can come in a sprayable or droppable form, making them easy to apply to a bud immediately before it’s packed into a marijuana pipe or bong.

2. Fruit peels
This method is only recommended for the driest cannabis buds, as the added moisture can increase the risk for mold and other contaminants that will ruin the product. Marijuana plants are not the only type that produces natural oils, and fruit contains many of the same terpenes that we see across the most popular weed strains. This makes the two a perfect combination in moderation. To use fruit peels to enhance the smell of your buds, just add a few to your regular storage container for 24-48 hours. Once you are satisfied with the scent, the peels can be disposed of, and the bud will have a nice additional boost in delicious aromas.

3. Manufactured synthetic bud sprays
Many different man-made sprays are explicitly made for this purpose, but you will want to be careful and choose one that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. Since this portion of the market has yet to be regulated, it is essential to always check the ingredients before buying. This can also be done by purchasing flavored marijuana rolling papers, for a more straightforward way to flavor and enhance the smell of your cannabis while on the go.

How to add smell directly to cured cannabis buds

If you have already cured marijuana flowers that you want to enhance, then this section is where you want to be.

1. Vape
Some people believe that vaping produces absolutely no scent, and that isn’t entirely true. It’s just a much lighter one than you would get from using a marijuana pipe, which makes it much less noticeable. This method also offers the option of additional additives that can change both the taste and the aroma of your marijuana smoke.

2. Add smells directly to the marijuana bud flowers
Most people use these additives to improve upon the aroma of their cannabis, but it can also help to mask the pungent smells carried by cannabis smoke that are typically less than discreet.

3. Blow your smoke through a smoke buddy or sploof
This one is most frequently used by people who live in shared spaces and need to keep their marijuana use privately for one reason or another. There are manufactures options like the smoke buddy that can be ordered on Amazon for around $20, but if you find yourself in a quick pinch, you can always throw together a sploof with regular household items.

How to make a sploof

To make a sploof you will need one elastic, one toilet paper or paper towel tube (empty), and one dryer sheet, or paper towel that’s been infused with some essential oils. Place the cloth over one end of the tube and use an elastic to fasten it into place. Take a draw from your smoking device of choice and exhale the smoke through the uncovered portion of the sploof. This will filter out the marijuana smoke, and make it smell like freshly dried laundry.

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