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Do Dry Herb Vaporizers smell?

October 13, 2020

Every day, millions of internet users asks Google seemingly simple questions about Cannabis. However, because cannabis is deemed to be a controversial topic the internet is rife with misinformation, bias and propaganda.

dank! is setting out to fix this by answering your most pertinent questions whether it be about herbs, CBD E Liquid or Dry Herb Vaporizers UK.

Do Dry Herb Vaporizers leave a smell?

I assume most of the people that email in have nosy neighbours because one of the most popular questions we receive from our community is ‘Does vaping weed create a smell?’!

The short answer is yes, vaporizers do emit a smell. How much of a smell depends largely on how pungent your herb is and the vaporizer you’re using.

However, the smell emitted from vaporizers is far less potent than smoking. In my personal experience, the smell from vaping cannabis is not only less when compared to smoking but it also dissipates far quicker too.

Whilst you’re not going to be able to hide what is in your vaporizer from the person sat directly next to you, a flatmate in another room is unlikely to be able to pick up on the scent.

It is also worth keeping in mind certain strains are more pungent than others.

Why does weed smell?

Every cannabis plant is full of various cannabinoids and terpenes. It is these that give each individual strain its bespoke taste and smell.

For example, some strains have limonene in them. This terpene is also found in lemons and it is this that gives strains such as Lemon Kush its citrusy taste.

Why do cannabis vaporizers emit less smell?

Smoke may appear to be a gas but it isn’t. It is actually made up of thousands of tiny, solid particles of burnt plant matter. It is main the plant matter itself that is released as part of the odour into the air and this is what your nose registers as the smell.

Because burning causes combustion of the plant matter as well as the active ingredients, there is more mass to get mingled with your hair, curtains and walls. This can take some time to disappear.

On the other hand, when you use a vaporizer, the plant matter stays in the vaporizer’s chamber. Instead, only the yummy terpenes evaporate and these are then inhaled by you. As a result, there are less ‘herbs’ floating around in the air.

How can we minimise the smell from dry herb vaping?

  1. Keep your vaporizer relatively clean or it will start to smell, especially if it utilizes conduction heating like most portable devices.
  2. Vape in a well-ventilated room. Any smell released from vaping can fully dissipate within a few minutes with just the help of aa fan and an open window.
  3. If you’re going to save your bud after vaping it, keep it in a jar because it can still give off a faint weed scent.

What type of vaporizer is best for not creating a smell?

There are two main types of dry herb vaporizers:

  • Conduction Vaporizers.
  • Convection Vaporizers.

You can think of a conduction vaporizer as similar to a stove, which heats your food by touch.

Conduction vapes such as the Black Mamba Vaporizer, creates vapour when its heating element comes into contact with your herbs. This can sometimes cause a small amount of combustion.

A convection vaporizer is more similar to an oven, which creates an atmosphere of hot air. It is the hot air then heats your herbs.

A convection vaporizer heats your herbs more efficiently and evenly. As a result, there is minimal chance of combustion.

The short answer is yes, vaporizers do emit a smell. How much of a smell depends largely on how pungent your herb is and the vaporizer you're using. However, the smell emitted from vaporizers is far less potent than smoking.

Do Vaporizers Smell like Weed?

It’s the eternal problem that every weed aficionado faces at one time or another, how to get rid of the smell of weed. Even though using marijuana doesn’t have the social stigma that it once did, not everyone appreciates the smell of weed, which is why cannabis connoisseurs try to hide their habit.

Will vaping your weed solve the smell problem? Do vaporizers smell like weed? Is there a device that won’t emit that sweetly pungent scent of marijuana? Keep reading to find out..

Does Vaping Produce a Weed Smell?

Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: Vaping does smell of weed but that smell doesn’t linger the way it does with weed smoke. Rather, weed vapor dissipates very quickly, so the scent is gone almost as soon as it appears.

It doesn’t stick around and incriminate you either. Whereas, weed smoke sticks to hair and clothing fibers, letting everyone within a fifty-foot radius know what you’ve been up to, weed vapor doesn’t linger.

How Long Does The Smell Stick Around?

It depends on whether you are out in the open or in an enclosed space. If you are outdoors, then the smell will disappear almost immediately. If you are indoors in a well-ventilated room, then the smell will go away nearly as quickly as if you were outdoors. So, what happens if you are in an enclosed space? In that case, the smell will stick around for a little longer, but not much longer.

You only have to wait for about a few seconds to a minute for the smell to be gone. The time depends on the strength of the vapor from your weed vape and the amount vaped.

Weed Smell Solutions

While you can’t get rid of the weed smell, you can suppress it with the right equipment. You can buy smell-proof, odor-resistant cases that won’t give you away. You can store your vaporizer and your stash in them and not worry that they will emit any tell-tale odors.

There are handheld portable options that you can take with you on a quick trip as well as bigger, heavier cases that are great for home storage. Either way, those cases have got you covered.

Vape Types

The method of weed consumption has a distinct effect on the kind of smell it produces. Here is the kind of odor that you can expect from the different ways of using weed.

E-Nails

E-nails use a lot of wax and create a lot of vapor so the weed smell is pretty strong when using them. Out of all the vaping methods, the scent from e-nails also lingers the longest. Fortunately, it doesn’t stick to hair or clothing fibers so once you’re done with your session, no one will be the wiser.

Dry Herb Vaporizers

As stated elsewhere in this article, the smell from dry herb vapes is pretty mild and doesn’t stick to anything. So, if you’re worried about the smell of weed, but don’t want to give it up, then dry herb vaporizers are the way to go.

Wax/ Dab Pens

These devices use wax, but they use less than e-nails, not to mention that the wax is inside of the device, whereas with e-nails and portable dab rigs, it’s out in the open. That means the smell from wax is milder than the smell from e-nails despite the fact that they both use the same substance.

Oil Cartridges

Oil extracts are milder than wax extracts and the same goes for the odor that they produce. The scent from CBD or THC cartridges is very mild and dissipates very quickly, making these the stealthiest method of using weed.

Final Thoughts

To answer the question in the title: yes, vaporizers do smell like weed, but not for long and the smell doesn’t stay with you. That’s yet another advantage that vaping weed has over smoking it. The weed smell from vaporizers is a lot easier to manage and is arguably more pleasant than the weed smell from smoke. So, you won’t be able to completely eliminate the weed smell with vaporizers, but at least it won’t outstay its welcome.

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TVG is a small team of cannabis and vaping enthusiasts that came together to create a vaping guide that’s accessible for everyone. Over the past seven years, we have collectively tested hundreds of vapes for performance, build and vapor quality, as well as ease of use and overall value. We are also passionate about graphic design, videography & video editing, fitness, food & wine.

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