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Does CBD Oil Smell Like Weed?

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is a natural substance derived from the cannabis plant, the same crop that produces hemp and marijuana. Because of this, it has attained a measure of controversy. Most are aware of the psychoactive effects that marijuana has on the body, and for this reason cannabis plants in general have gotten an awfully bad reputation. In many parts of the world, these plants are illegal, with growers receiving hefty fines and even prison time for even having them.

The tragedy here is that such sweeping laws and bias means that these places are being deprived of all the other possible uses for cannabis plants, aside from the cultivation of marijuana for recreational purposes. One such use is CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, which has been found to have remarkable success in treating a vast array of medical conditions. Everything from mental health concerns to cancer has shown responsiveness to CBD oil as a treatment.

Those that continue to dispute its legitimacy often fall back on the fact that it comes from the same plant as the illicit substance marijuana. But it’s important to remember that the active ingredient in marijuana which produces the “high” feeling, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is absent from most CBD oil. This means that CBD oil is not addictive and will not cause the “high” sensation.


Does CBD oil smell like weed?

The negative connotations associated with marijuana have led many people to be concerned about being judged for using CBD oil. To worry that the substance will smell like marijuana, or “weed” or “pot” as it’s also commonly known, is a very real and justified concern. People from all walks of life can potentially benefit from using CBD oil, which includes police, prison staff, counsellors, teachers, and security guards; all prime examples of professions which could result in very real consequences if they arrived at work smelling like marijuana.

So does CBD oil smell like weed? The good news is that most CBD oil products do not come with a strong odor. The substance is most commonly taken in drop form, held beneath the tongue for up to thirty seconds before being swallowed. Users do not report the oil tasting like weed or giving them concerning breath. The better news is that you can even get flavored oils, which add a pleasant taste and do have an odor, but it’s usually that of whatever has been used to add the pleasurable taste.

Another common method is vaping the oil, and this is usually the method that elicits the most concern about the smell, given that it produces a cloud of vapor which can be easily detected by others. Some users do report a faint smell of weed from using this method. But when tested more carefully, it once again has been found that the smell is too minimal to be able to confidently say that it smells like anything.


But I’ve smelled CBD oil and could definitely smell weed

It’s important to be aware of the fact that CBD oil can differ greatly depending on quality. Low-quality CBD oils have more commonly been found to smell like weed. These are also the kinds of oils that do contain THC. If you’re using CBD oil for medical treatment, you should avoid these kinds of oils at all costs. Not only are they “high” inducing, but they can also be addictive. Take care, use caution, and stick with high quality CBD oil from reputable producers and you will have no issues.


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