CBD products are officially mainstream. Entrepreneurs use buds grown from cheap indica seeds to create cannabis-infused goods ranging from bath bombs to craft chocolate. Is it any surprise that weed cologne is the latest craze to make its way into our vanities?
Marijuana-themed perfumes take inspiration from the earthy, woody aroma the herb is famous for. Far from smelling like smoked skunk, these fragrances combine the plant’s distinctive terpenes with flowers and spice.
The resulting scents are trendy and add a playful, perfectly legal note to the wellness market.
Let’s sniff out these new sprays to discover how manufacturers make them and if you could too.
Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD
The beauty buzzwords weed cologne on some bottle labels confuses many consumers about their ingredients. Do the fragrances contain compounds that could get you high?
Here’s a brief explanation of some cannabis-related terms to better understand what you’re buying.
The flowers from these leafy green plants are famous for their psychoactive properties that include calming and relaxing effects. Marijuana has also become a popular alternative treatment for chronic pain and glaucoma.
Scientists have documented hundreds of weed cannabinoids, each with unique properties. There’s still plenty to learn about the components, but we’ve got the best understanding of:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): The primary psychoactive compound responsible for the “high” people associate with the plant. Consume it by smoking the blooms or ingesting oils, edibles, and capsules.
- Cannabidiol (CBD): CBD is non-euphoric and doesn’t have intoxicating effects. The cannabinoid is mainly used in wellness as it might ease physical issues like aches and pain.
Hemp is the same species as cannabis but contains less than 0.3% THC and a large amount of CBD. It’s grown industrially for use in textile manufacturing, while producers extract cannabidiol from its flowers.
The edible seeds are cold-pressed to make hemp oil, which reportedly improves skin health when consumed or applied topically.
Do Cannabis Extracts Smell?
As weed perfume sprays explode in popularity, you may wonder if manufacturers use cannabis extracts to produce them.
While the smell of marijuana buds is potent, CBD and hemp oils don’t have much odor. They don’t contain any of the terpenes that give the plant its characteristic scent.
Even if producers use these materials to create the deodorants, they don’t give off herbal whiffs.
So how do chemists give CBD fragrances their unique bouquets?
Brands recreate the scent of cannabis using botanical notes ranging from pepper and musk to citrus and wood. These ingredients mix to give products a distinct smell known as an aromatic accord.
Here are some examples of weed-inspired blends:
- Natural: A combination of essential oils said to remind the user of marijuana’s earthy sensuality. Pink and black peppercorns add spice to soothing lavender on a base of patchouli, smoke, and cedar.
- Citrus: These fresh cannabis perfumes evoke thoughts of citrus strains. Pine and amber infuse lemon top notes for a forest-like feel.
- Vanilla: This sultry fusion of vanilla bean and sandalwood is reminiscent of gooey bud resin and caramelized sugar. A top layer of carissa makes the smokey fragrance almost appetizing enough to eat.
Make Your Own Weed Cologne
Create your own cologne if you’d prefer to use a spray that contains cannabinoids rather than just imitating their terpenes. Extract the oils from cured buds to capture the smell and benefits of your favorite cultivar.
The process requires a large amount of dried plant material to work. Visit one of the best places to buy marijuana seeds online and grow enough crops for an effective CBD extraction.
Gather the following tools and ingredients to begin making cannabis perfume oil:
- Dried buds of your choice
- Olive, vegetable, or coconut oil to act as the solvent
- Two small resealable jars
- Rubber band
- Perfume bottle
Once your equipment is ready, follow these easy steps:
- Use the grinder to break apart your buds. Don’t waste time removing any seeds or stems, as they get filtered out later.
- Place an even ratio of ground flowers to oil in a jar.
- Seal the container and shake well for 1–2 minutes.
- Store the mixture in a cool, dark place for 30–60 days. The longer you wait, the more cannabinoids are removed from the plant matter. Mix up the contents once a day.
- Once the extraction is complete, open the jar and place two layers of cheesecloth over the opening. Keep them in place with the rubber band.
- Strain the solvent into a clean container.
- Harvest any leftover oils by pouring the buds into another piece of fabric and squeezing out the last drops.
- Use the eyedropper to fill your perfume bottle.
If your weed scent spray is too thick for your dispenser, add pure alcohol to thin the mixture. Enhance the smell of your fragrance by dripping in essential oils that bring out the notes of your flowers.
Enjoy the Scent of Your Favorite Strain
These sprays are a novel way to enjoy the terpenes of the strain you love most. Choose a cannabis-inspired option from a big beauty brand, or create your cologne with an organic approach.
Either way, we’re happy to embrace these lighthearted additions bringing us a step closer to normalizing marijuana.
If you’re excited to try this new trend, get your hands on some perfume that smells like weed today.
Jennifer Gallagher, an experienced cannabis grower at SeedSupreme Seedbank. During a 7-year career in the marijuana growing business, Jennifer has gained a high competence in this field. As far as weed is concerned, she knows it all inside out. Jennifer is an expert in pot-growing, as well as cannabis types and their effects. She’s also familiar with all legislation nuances.