How To Make Weed Smell Better: 6 Methods

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For a lot of people, the smell of weed is a big deal, and yes, it should be. Of course, having some really awesome smelling kush is way better than having some pot that smells like hay or feet. However, how to make weed smell better is something that a lot of people don’t know how to do.

In fact, there are a variety of methods and tips you can follow to get the best smelling weed around. It all starts with choosing the right strain of marijuana to grow, but the growing conditions, the harvest, the curing stage, and many other factors can all make a difference in terms of smell.

Let’s figure out how to make your weed smell as good as can be right now.


Making Weed Smell Better

If you are looking to grow the best smelling weed around, and end up with some awesome smelling sticky icky, there are a few things you can do to ensure this.

Let’s take a closer look at how to make weed smell better with a few simple steps.

1. Choosing The Right Strain

The first step you need to take to make your weed smell better is to choose the right kind of marijuana strain to grow in the first place.

The fact of the matter is that there are hundreds, if not thousands of different pot strains out there, and they all smell different (we have covered most of them here).

This of course has to do with the terpenes contained in each strain, with terpenes being the compounds responsible for producing specific aromas. Different types of weed contain different terpenes in varying quantities, and therefore they all smell different.

Here is a list of the strongest, best smelling, and most pungent types of weed around;

  • Lemonder
  • White Tahoe Cookies
  • Gummo
  • Blueberry Pancakes
  • Golden Ticket
  • Sour Diesel
  • Cheese
  • AK-47
  • Death Star
  • Lemon Skunk
  • Super Skunk
  • White Russian
  • Space Queen

2. The Proper Growing Conditions

Something that is also going to make a huge difference in terms of how good your weed smells is how you grow it.

Yes, the right growing conditions will cause an increased production of terpenes in your weed, and the pungency of the terpenes too.

If you take great care to grow your weed the right way, and you follow all of the proper methods, it should end up smelling much better and far stronger than if you just throw a seed in the soil and hope for the best.

Here are some tips on how to grow weed properly to create some truly stinky pot;

  • Make sure that you are providing your weed plants with the proper fertilizers and nutrients. The NPK nutrients come to mind here. You need to ensure that your weed plants get the right types and amounts of nutrients during the various growth stages, which is extremely important especially during the flowering stage.
  • Watering and humidity play a large role here too. Making sure that the grow room or grow tent contains the proper humidity level, and ensuring that you don’t over or underwater your weed plants is a big deal (see our watering guide here). The amount of moisture present goes a long way in dictating how many nutrients your weed plants can absorb.
  • Another big thing to think about here is lighting. Having the proper kind of lights for each stage of growth, with the right amount of light power, and the right distance from your plants is going to play a role in the overall potency, the end result, and yes, the smell. Once again, this is especially important during the flowering stage, which is when most of the terpenes and THC are developed.

3. Flushing Before Harvest

One of the most important things that you need to do when growing weed, regardless of smell, is to flush it before harvest.

Flushing weed plants involves feeding them nothing but water for the last 2 weeks before the plants are harvested. The reason for doing so is because it helps remove any remaining nutrients and fertilizers present in the soil and the marijuana plant.

If you don’t flush your weed plants properly, when you harvest them, they will still be full of nutrients and chemicals.

Well, you better believe that this is going to make a huge difference in terms of how the weed smells and tastes.

Marijuana that has not been properly flushed often ends up tasting and smelling quite bad, or at least not as good as it would after a proper 2 week flush.

4. Limiting Chemicals & Additives

Something that can definitely help your weed smell better once it is done growing is to ensure that you limit the amount of chemicals, pesticides, and fungicides used during the growth process.

The fact of the matter is that anything you spray on your plants while they are growing will affect the end result, and this is especially true for insect, mite, and fungus killers too.

Anything you spray on the weed plant while it is growing will be absorbed by it, and yes, it will end up altering the smell and flavor, usually not in a good way.

5. Proper Drying & Curing

Perhaps the most important thing that you need to do in order to make your weed smell better is to properly cure it. The curing stage is where a great deal of the terpenes are developed and strengthened, and this goes for the THC and CBD content too.

Curing is a process which involves placing the dried weed in an airtight container, usually a large mason jar, and then letting the air out a couple times per day.

You definitely need to do some research in this regard, because weed that has not been cured properly usually does not smell very good, very strong, or really much like marijuana at all.

More often than not, improperly cured weed ends up smelling like grass clippings or hay, so make sure to use a proper curing technique for the best end result.

6. Adding Aromas

The final thing you can do to make your weed smell better is to add artificial aromas afterwards. There are lots of specialized drops and sprays out there which can be applied to marijuana once it is done curing. These come in all sorts of aromas.

Now, what you need to know here is that while sprays and drops can make weed smell better, they often do the opposite for the taste and how well it smokes.

These drops and sprays are often pretty heavy in chemicals and artificial compounds, and they just don’t taste the best when smoked. If you are going for a great smell, you could definitely try this, although any product you use should be used sparingly.

On a side note, some people choose to store their weed with things like lemon peels or banana peels to try and add a natural aroma to the weed.

However, for the most part, the smell will be temporary, and once the lemons, bananas, or whatever else has been removed, the added smell will quickly dissipate.

There is also the issue of decomposition, mold, and bacteria when attempting to create natural aroma profiles by adding organics, like fruit peels.


The bottom line is that there are indeed a few things you can do to make your weed smell better.

However, perhaps the two most important things to keep in mind here are that for one, the strain of weed you choose to grow is going to make a huge difference, and second, how well you cure the weed is going to be a difference maker too.


My passion for the sticky icky started nearly a decade ago, and it all began when I first laid my eyes on the beauty that is the marijuana plant.

I cover all aspects of growing from equipment recommendations to plant health/care tips to help both new and experienced growers.