Does Cannabis Smell Even When it’s Growing Outside?
Key Takeaways –
- The smell of cannabis is often compared to skunk, and it’s a smell that’s difficult to get rid of
- There are ways to control the odor of your plants – both indoors and outdoors
- If you’re growing outdoors, make sure to use a strong scent blocker like carbon filters
- If you’re growing indoors, invest in an odorless exhaust system
If you’re thinking about growing cannabis, you may be wondering if the plants produce an odor when grown outside. Thankfully, odor control for outdoor plants EXISTS.
The truth is, there are many ways to control the pungent smell of your plants, whether you’re growing them indoors or outdoors. You can keep your grow operation smelling fresh (well fresher) with a little preparation.
For example, you can use odor-absorbing plants to help mask the smell of your grow operation. Some good options include lavender, lemon balm, and peppermint. You can also use carbon filters to mask the aroma.
This guide discusses why weed plants smell even when growing outside and how you can reduce the smell to make it less obvious. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s settle down and get that weed garden smelling a little less suspicious.
Do Weed Plants Smell Outside?
When growing cannabis plants, you don’t have to worry about the smell until the flowering stage. At this point, female plants will start to produce a more potent scent that can be detected outside (it is STRONG, even outside).
How do cannabis growers manage the smell? Well, they use quite a few methods – which we will go into later.
You can keep your grow operation smelling fresh by using an odour control system. There are many different ways to control the smell of your plants, whether you are growing them indoors or outdoors. With a little preparation, you can keep your operation smelling like roses.
Quick Tips to Keep the Weed Smell Down
Here are some tips for keeping the smell down when growing cannabis:
- Use an odor control system
- Make sure your grow room is well ventilated
- Keep your plants healthy and happy
- Use odor-neutralizing plants or products
- Don’t forget to harvest on time
Why Do Weed Plants Smell?
The main reason why weed plants smell is due to the flowering stage. Once female plants reach FULL MATURITY, they produce a noticeably stronger scent that can be picked up from outside the area.
This is because they are trying to attract pollinators, such as bees, using the cannabis terpenes that occur naturally in the plant. The smell is also a way for plants to communicate with each other (a bit like when we use perfume).
As the flowers mature, they produce more and more of these compounds, which is why the smell can become OVERWHELMING.
How to Get Rid of the Weed Smell When Growing Outdoors
You’re never going to have no smell during flowering unless you only have male plants (and that’s never a good idea).
It doesn’t matter how many plants you have; all cannabis enthusiasts are going to encounter some cannabis odour issues at some point.
So, let’s look at how you can at least reduce that outdoor grow smell in a little more detail.
Use Low Odor Cannabis Strains
The first step in reducing the smell of your outdoor grow operation is to choose low odor cannabis strains. These strains have been specifically bred to produce less of the aromatic compounds that are responsible for the weed smell.
Some good options include:
- Durban Poison
- Jack Herer
- Girl Scout Cookies
These strains smell much fainter than your classic cannabis, which is why they are also particularly good for indoor growers. They make for a nice form of natural odour control.
Pro Tip: By choosing a low-odor cannabis strain, you can reduce the smell of your plants during the flowering stage.
Plant Your Cannabis in an Odor-Absorbing Medium
Another way to REDUCE the smell of your cannabis plants is to plant them in an odor-absorbing medium. Some good options include charcoal, coffee grounds, and baking soda.
By planting your cannabis in an odor-absorbing medium, you can help reduce your plants’ overall smell.
Plant Odor Neutralizing Plants
Outdoor plants that absorb odors or produce a pleasant smell can help to reduce the overall smell of your cannabis grow operation. Some good options include lavender, lemon balm, and basil.
These are also companion plants and work nicely with your garden to provide a more natural ventilation system.
Keep Your Cannabis Plants Healthy
Last but not least, keeping your cannabis plants healthy is important. Healthy plants produce less of the aromatic compounds that are responsible for the weed smell.
Pro Tip: Plants that are healthy and happy are less likely to give things away when they are growing freely outside.
Use an Odor Control System
Odor control systems are designed to help reduce the overall smell of your cannabis grow operation. There are many different types of odor control systems available on the market, so be sure to do your research to find the one that best suits your needs.
DIY grow room odor control systems can include things like activated charcoal filters, ozone generators, and aeration systems.
Always Harvest on Time
One of the most IMPORTANT things to remember when growing cannabis is to harvest on time. If you wait too long to harvest your plants, they will start to produce a more potent smell.
By harvesting on time, you can help to reduce the overall smell of your cannabis grow operation. Odor control during harvest doesn’t need to exist as long as you are punctual.
How to Get Rid of the Weed Smell When Growing Indoors
If you’re growing cannabis indoors, you’ll need to take precautions to keep the smell from escaping your grow room. Need indoor odor control? We’ve got you covered.
Use an Indoor Grow Box – No Smell
One easy way to do this is to use an odor-proof grow box. You can also use an activated carbon filter to ABSORB any unwanted smells. An odorless grow box will make living with indoor weed plants much more tolerable during the flowering period.
Similarly, an odor control grow tent, or a smell-proof greenhouse will work wonders if you want to cultivate a larger number of plants in a more enclosed setting.
Use an Air Purifier
Another way to control the smell of your indoor grow operation is to use an air purifier. Air purifiers are designed to remove contaminants from the air, including unwanted smells.
There are many different types of air purifiers available on the market, so be sure to do your research to find the one that best suits your needs.
Pro Tip: Installing carbon filters can work quite nicely as well, as can using an ozone generator to help keep the air clear.
Keep in mind that air fresheners and standard air filters will not be nearly enough for you to mask cannabis odours or even reduce them.
Keep Your Grow Room Clean
Finally, make sure you keep your grow room clean and organized; a cluttered space will only exacerbate the smell of cannabis plants.
How Far Does Weed Smell Travel Outside?
The smell of cannabis can travel quite far, depending on a number of factors. These include the strength of the strain, the size of the grow operation, the time of day, weather conditions, and more.
In general, the smell of cannabis will travel further at night than during the day. This is because the TEMPERATURE inversion during the evening hours traps smells closer to the ground.
Additionally, the smell of cannabis will travel further in humid conditions than in dry conditions. This is because humidity provides a moist environment for the aromatic compounds to travel through.
Cannabis plants do produce an odor, but there are many ways to control the smell. By using an odor-absorbing medium, planting odor-neutralizing plants, keeping your cannabis plants healthy, and harvesting on time, you can reduce the smell of your grow operation.
If you’re growing indoors, you can also use an air purifier or an odorless grow box to help keep the smell under control.
We hope that this guide has been able to help you discover new ways to reduce that classic marijuana smell when you are growing weed outside (as well as inside).