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What Does CBD Oil Smell Like?

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is obtained from the cannabis plant and while it’s a natural substance, it has seen its fair share of controversy. The primary area of concern is that the cannabis plant also produces marijuana, a recreational drug that has psychoactive effects on the body, producing a “high” sensation. Cannabis plants themselves are illegal in many parts of the world. People that grow them in these areas risk fines and imprisonment if they are caught. 

But cannabis plants have uses other than the cultivation of marijuana for recreational purposes. CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, is one example of this. Studies have found that it can be useful in treating many different medical conditions. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, chronic pain, and even cancer have shown responsiveness to CBD oil as a treatment.

For those that doubt its legitimacy, it’s important to remember that the active ingredient in marijuana which produces the “high” feeling, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is absent from most CBD oil. This means that CBD oil is not addictive and will not cause the “high” sensation.


What does CBD oil smell like?

Given the most common methods for taking CBD oil are vaping, swallowing, or rubbing on the skin (and depending on the particular condition you are aiming to treat, a possible combination of these), whether it produces a concerning smell or not is a very valid question. Nobody wants bad breath, or to offend other people with vapor that emits an unpleasant odour.

So what does CBD oil smell like? The good news is that most good quality CBD oil products do not smell like anything. In the case of taking it orally, users report that it does not have a strong odor or flavor and does not cause bad breath. In addition, oral oil taken by droppers often comes in a variety of delicious flavors, which note only makes this method more appealing, it can actually make your breath smell even better.

The same is true for vaping the oil, which is another common method of use. Given taking the oil in this way creates a cloud of vapur which can be easily detected by others, the smell is something many are mindful of. But as with taking the oil orally, vape CBD oil also has a variety of flavors available, which can create a pleasant smell and taste.

Perhaps the most concerning method where possible odour is concerned, is topical application of rubbing the CBD oil into the skin. The creams and lotions containing CBD oil do not tend to have “flavors” given they are not taken or vaped orally, with emphasis being more on effectiveness than scent. But here there is more good news — as with the other methods, CBD oil used in these preparations does not have an odor.


Does CBD oil smell like weed?

This is an important question and very valid concern, particularly for people who work in jobs and industries where perceived marijuana use can be extremely problematic (for example, police). Given CBD oil is obtained from the cannabis plant, many people fear that it will smell like marijuana. It’s true that low quality CBD oils can come with a weedy smell, but these are also the oils that usually have a high THC content. CBD oil is like anything else — you get what you pay for. If you choose to use low quality, cheaper CBD oils, you’re far more likely to have higher doses of THC and that concerning marijuana smell. Take your time, do your research, and choose the reputable CBD oil companies.