Although we may not think of chemical being a pleasing smell, in the world of Cannabis it can mean top quality product. Chemical aromas in Cannabis include things like diesel fuel, “skunk” smell, ammonia and bubblegum.
When we picture “earth” – we picture dirt. The earthy aromas in some strains are so much more than dirt and include everything from nuts to honey. Aromas like pine, wood and nuts are very prominent in some strains, while some tend to be closer to spices like clove and pepper, or even chocolate.
This is the sense that most people will be the most comfortable with, because we can relate to it. However, as we know from our daily lives – all fruits are not created equal when it comes to aromas and flavours. Some strains will smell like fresh strawberries, while others explode with passionfruit or lime. The terpene profile of the strain will determine which of those fruits are in your bowl.
There are few things on our planet that smell better than fresh herbs. Sure, lemon, honey and pine smell wonderful - but there is something appealing about the herbal category, and the way it adds to the overall aroma profile of the strain. Herbal aromas in Cannabis include: coffee, lavender, mint and lemongrass.
Although it isn’t the coolest name – there is an aroma category that is very prevalent in Cannabis known as “ferment”. It is exactly what you think – these strains possess aromas that are similar to ones produced when something is fermented (beer, wine, etc). Since Cannabis and hops (used to make beer) are genetic cousins, it isn’t unusual that they would possess some of the same “hoppy” aromas. Also, beautiful aromas of cheese, bread and butter can also be found in some strains, reminiscent of Champagne.