August 25, 2021 3 min read

Delta-8-THC has many advantages, like being federally legal and milder than many THC products, which makes it a good option for new users. But how discreet is it? Does Delta-8 smell like weed?

Not exactly. Delta-8-THC in its purest form doesn't have much of a smell at all. Different types of Delta-8-THC products, however, have different smells that range from fruity fragrances to oily aromas and yes, to the herbal scent of weed.

Whether you’re looking for a product that’s entirely discreet or you want something to mimic the sweet fragrance of cannabis flowers, here’s what you need to know:

A person holding a dropper full of Delta-8-THC oil

What Does Delta-8 Smell Like?

As we mentioned, Delta-8-THC doesn’t really have a scent of its own. Most of cannabis’ scent comes from terpenes, and the rest of the aroma comes from plant compounds like chlorophyll. The different extraction methods and formulations used all affect how much plant material makes it into the final product.

The scent of a particular product just depends on how it’s made since some products do contain terpenes, as well as flavoring and other ingredients that add to the fragrance.

So the answer is—it really depends on what type of Delta-8-THC product you choose and on the actual ingredients used in the product.

Delta-8-THC Products With a Discreet Smell

If you’re looking for Delta-8-THC products that don’t smell like weed you’ll probably want to opt for an edible or tincture.

In general, edibles don’t smell like cannabis or contain much leftover plant material, and instead will smell like whatever flavoring, sweetener, or other food ingredients are used. Edibles like Delta-8 candies or gummies are easily the most discreet dosing option.

Delta-8-THC tinctures generally don’t smell like cannabis either, although some contain terpenes that give them an herbal aroma. Some tinctures contain flavoring and sweeteners and smell more like an edible, but tinctures are distinctly different from standard edible products. Still, tinctures can be pretty discreet since they don’t leave behind any weed smell.

Delta-8-THC flower, which mimics the smell of traditional THC cannabis products.

Delta-8-THC Products That are Less Discreet

Some Delta-8-THC products mimic the smell of cannabis a bit more intensely, and for obvious reasons. Delta-8-THC flower, for instance, is a natural hemp flower product with Delta-8-THC concentrate added to it. That means that it has a strong herbal fragrance that perfectly mimics the aromatic experience of traditional cannabis flower.

Delta-8-THC vaporizers are kind of on the fence. Some have added ingredients that make them taste sweet, and those vaporizers may not really smell like weed. Some Delta-8 vapes take a more natural approach and include only hemp oil, Delta-8 distillate, and terpenes. Those vaporizers may have an herbal smell that mimics the smell of cannabis, although not as intensely.

The smell from a vaporizer usually dissipates more quickly than hemp flower when it is smoked, too, so vaporizers are sometimes still useful as a discreet dosing option.

Vida Optima Elev8 Delta-8-THC Candies

Where to Buy Discreet Delta-8-THC

Thanks to Delta-8’s federal legal status, you can buy Delta-8-THC products online. But the source of your Delta-8 does matter, and you want to be wary of cheaply made, untested products.

Our Elev8 Collection is third-party lab tested and 100% Farm Bill compliant. We ship discreetly and offer many different discreet dosing options, like our unique sublingual-style Delta-8 Candies and potent Delta-8-THC Flower.

Have any questions? Reach out to us today or read our Delta-8-THC User Guide.


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