Top 10 Best-Smelling Weed Strains

Last updated: 14 June 2024

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There’s nothing quite like opening a fresh jar or bag of marijuana and being treated to some cool-smelling weed. In fact, cannabis has one of the most recognizable and pungent smells of any plant. Whether you’re a beginner user or a veteran cannabis lover, different smells of weed can be one of the most exhilarating parts of growing or purchasing. But do you know what makes weed smell or the best-smelling strains overall? Let’s sniff our way into the world of cannabis and find out more about these unique scents.

Why Does All Weed Smell Different?

By now, you probably know that cannabis is a complex plant, with each genetic or strain featuring its own particular cannabinoid content, growing style, and effects. So, it should come as no surprise that all weed smells different as well. But why? The answer lies in each specific plant’s terpene profile. Terpenes, or terps for short, are found in all plants, fruits, and vegetables, and these are the aromatic centers of cannabis. Depending on the individual plant’s genetics or growth quality, every strain produces a different cannabis smell.

However, most strains share a similar combination of scents since some terpenes are more prevalent in cannabis than others. Myrcene, for example, makes up over 20% of terpene profiles for most commercial strains. Myrcene by itself has an earthy and musky scent, with hints of cloves and fruity aromas. Other common terps and flavor profiles that produce varied weed smells include:

  • Limonene – zesty & citrusy
  • Caryophyllene – spicy & woody
  • Pinene – refreshing & piney
  • Linalool – floral & herbal
  • Humulene – earthy & hoppy

Without a strong terpene balance, all you’re left with is the raw plant flavor. This will leave your weed tasting stale, off, or just downright weird. To avoid some common mistakes that will diminish your weed’s aroma and flavor, and to learn more about how to intensify them before, during, and after harvest, check out our article on how to make weed taste better.

Herbies' Picks for the Strongest-Smelling Weed Strains

Even though we don’t discriminate against any particular smells of weed here at Herbies, there are a few that really stand out from the crowd and will entice anyone with their strong and delightful flavor. From sweet-smelling weed to unique and fragrant aromas, here are our all-time favorite best-smelling strains.

Super Lemon Haze (GHS): Sweet, Lemon, and Citrus

Super Lemon Haze (GHS) Super Lemon Haze (GHS)
  • Photoperiod
  • On wings of High
  • 800 g/m² indoors
    1200 g/plant outdoors
  • 19.33 %
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Super Lemon Haze, or SLH, is a potently refreshing strain that tingles your senses from the first scent. The irresistible aromas aren’t that hard to guess at based on the strain’s name. Super Lemon Haze bursts with invigorating lemon citrus smells that have hints of candy-like sweetness. Many describe the strain as being similar to a popular hard lemon candy that’ll keep you coming back for more. In addition, the Sativa energy of Super Lemon Haze is quite exhilarating in itself.

The effects are not only stimulating but also long-lasting, making this strain a great choice for those looking to stay active and creative throughout the day. Its uplifting nature is perfect for combating fatigue and stress, providing a clear-headed high that keeps you motivated and focused. The strain is also ideal for social gatherings or solo projects where a boost of energy and inspiration is needed.

Za-Za OG (Herbies Seeds): Diesel, Citrus, and Berries

Za-Za OG (Herbies Seeds) Za-Za OG (Herbies Seeds)
  • Photoperiod
  • Prescribed happiness
  • 26 %
  • 600 - 800 g/m² indoors
    1600 - 1800 g/plant outdoors
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Za-Za OG captures the essence of Kush with its distinctive diesel aroma with the notes of citrus, occasionally complemented by hints of berries, and a rich, smooth earthy flavor. This strain boasts an impressive 26% THC content, making it even more potent than the most robust Afghani genetics from which it is derived. The well-balanced hybrid is created by crossing the Hindu Kush classic strain with Blue Dream, a top favorite in American dispensaries. The result is a powerful blend best described as intense euphoria. The high begins with an exhilarating rush of happiness that fills your mind and gradually transforms into a prolonged, blissful body high.

With 70% Indica genetics, Za-Za OG strikes a balance by controlling the vigorous growth typical of OG strains, resulting in a plant that remains manageable in size. Additionally, it has a relatively short flowering period of just 50-60 days, resulting in impressive yields of 600-800 g/m² (2-2.5 oz/ft²).

Blackberry Gum Autoflower (Seedstockers): Sweet and Fruity

Blackberry Gum Autoflower (Seedstockers) Blackberry Gum Autoflower (Seedstockers)
  • Autoflowering
  • Anti-anxiety plant
  • 23-26%
  • 500 g/m² indoors
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Like blowing up deliciously sweet bubblegum bubbles, Blackberry Gum Autoflower pops with lusciously rich weed smells. Uniquely, not only does Blackberry Gum Auto taste like the candy it’s named for, but it also boasts hints of sour balsamic notes. You’ll be treated to layers of fruity goodness that solidify Blackberry Gum Auto as one of the best sweet-smelling weed strains on today’s market.

This Indica-dominant strain is also as highly euphoric and relaxing as it is alluring for its uncommon cannabis smells. Its effects offer a deeply relaxing experience, perfect for unwinding after a long day. The high starts with a wave of euphoria that melts away stress and tension, leaving you in a state of blissful calm. Blackberry Gum Auto's compact size and fast 75-day period from seed to harvest make it an excellent choice for growers seeking quick yet high-quality yields.

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Strawberry Cough (Dutch Passion): Sweet Berries

Strawberry Cough (Dutch Passion) Strawberry Cough (Dutch Passion)
  • Photoperiod
  • World of Strawberry relaxation
  • 15 - 22 %
  • 300 - 400 g/m² indoors
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You’ll be coughing with fruity delight from the pungently sweet and satisfying Strawberry Cough. Widely known as one of the best-smelling strains out there, its genetics are abundant with exquisite aromas like the fresh fruit for which it's named. However, Strawberry Cough isn’t just a one-note strain. Beyond its initial sweetness, you’ll be treated to dynamic hints of peppery spice that ignite the senses. The strain will also treat you to classic skunk-like weed smells as you enjoy its equally delightful uplifting effects.

With 80% Sativa genes, this strain offers an invigorating high that’s both uplifting and euphoric, making it a great choice for daytime use. Its energizing effects are perfect for boosting creativity and focus, allowing you to stay productive and motivated. Strawberry Cough's easygoing nature makes it ideal for social situations or solo activities where a clear-headed high is desired.

Triple Cheese (Barney's Farm): Sweet, Pungent, and Cheesy

Triple Cheese (Barney's Farm) Triple Cheese (Barney's Farm)
  • Photoperiod
  • Total tranquillity
  • 600 g/m² indoors
  • 22 %
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Triple Cheese is an Indica-dominant hybrid by Barney’s Farm ideal for fans of Cheese and Skunk varieties. Its effects offer a blend of deep muscle relaxation and a delightful body buzz, coupled with a strong sense of euphoria. As the name suggests, this strain delivers a cheesy flavor profile, enhanced by fresh herbs and spices.

With 80% Indica and 20% Sativa genetics, the Triple Cheese strain promises a profoundly relaxing experience. Triple Cheese is perfect for those special nights when you have no obligations and can take a few hours to fully unwind. Expect complete physical relaxation accompanied by intense euphoria, leaving your mind filled with only joyful thoughts.

Purple Juice Auto (Herbies Seeds): Sweet, Spicy, and Citrus

Purple Juice Auto (Herbies Seeds) Purple Juice Auto (Herbies Seeds)
  • Autoflowering
  • 23 %
  • Between soothing and energizing
  • 400 - 550 g/m² indoors
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The distinct purple hue and remarkable flavor of Purple Juice Auto are something you need to experience for yourself. This vibrant color is more than just eye-catching – it's one of the most intricate purple cannabis strains available! The unique terpene profile offers a delightful mix of sweet, spicy, and citrusy notes, resulting in a surprisingly balanced strain. Its refreshing lemony finish prevents any overwhelming sourness.

Despite its energizing effects, Purple Juice Auto actually features 70% Indica genetics. However, with its moderate 22% THC content, the common Indica couch-lock effect isn't a concern. Instead, Purple Juice Auto delivers an invigorating high that gently relaxes a tired body and helps alleviate symptoms like stress, pain, and insomnia. This strain is perfect for those seeking relief without the heavy sedation commonly associated with higher THC strains. The energizing yet soothing effects make it an excellent choice for both daytime and evening use, ensuring that you stay active while still enjoying its therapeutic benefits.

Sugar Candy (Delicious Seeds): Mango, Lavender, and Cookies

Sugar Candy (Delicious Seeds) Sugar Candy (Delicious Seeds)
  • Photoperiod
  • 25 %
  • Peaceful warrior
  • 600 g/m² indoors
    2000 g/plant outdoors
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To put it simply, Sugar Candy has a sweet-smelling weed scent that you'll practically want to take a bite out of. This somewhat elusive strain is divinely delicious with aromas reminiscent of mint, licorice, and mango. It might sound unusual, but the unique combination bursts with refreshing, fruit salad-like smells. Imagine it as a five-star restaurant dessert with a sprig of mint on top. The satisfying aromas also include a hint of floral sweetness, completing the scent profile of this amazing-smelling strain.

Sugar Candy isn't just about its mouthwatering scent; it also delivers a powerful and balanced high. This hybrid features a 60% Indica and 40% Sativa genetic split, ensuring a blend of relaxation and euphoria. With THC levels of up to 25%, it provides a potent effect that soothes the body while uplifting the mind. Ideal for both daytime and evening use, Sugar Candy is perfect for unwinding after a long day or sparking creativity and focus.

Do-Si-Dos OG (Original Sensible Seeds): Sweet, Pungent, and Cookies

Do-Si-Dos OG (Original Sensible Seeds) Do-Si-Dos OG (Original Sensible Seeds)
  • Photoperiod
  • 28 %
  • Liberate your mind
  • 600 g/m² indoors
    800 g/plant outdoors
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Out of all the genetics on our list, Do-Si-Dos OG is the most classic regarding best-smelling strains – it has that quintessential, natural plant aroma that smells incredibly fresh. Do-Si-Dos begins with a strong citrusy and fruity scent with a hint of refreshing mint. From there, the strain delights with the kind of earthy and herbal aromas you’d expect from any top-shelf cannabis. Under it all, Do-Si-Dos’ funky and floral notes blend all together for a superior cannabis fragrance experience.

However, the appeal of Do-Si-Dos OG doesn’t stop at its aroma. This strain boasts a well-rounded high thanks to its balanced hybrid genetics and high potency. With THC content that can reach up to 30%, Do-Si-Dos OG offers powerful effects that start with a cerebral rush, lifting your mood and sparking creativity. As the high progresses, a wave of relaxation washes over your body, easing tension and stress. Ideal for evening use, Do-Si-Dos OG is perfect for unwinding after a long day or enjoying a relaxed social setting.

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HulkBerry (RQS): Sweet, Earthy, and Diesel

HulkBerry (RQS) HulkBerry (RQS)
  • Photoperiod
  • 27 %
  • Sky-high THC content
  • 400 - 450 g/m² indoors
    650 - 700 g/plant outdoors
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HulkBerry stands out as a strain that’s pungent, potent, and visually stunning, making it a favorite among cannabis connoisseurs. The scent and taste of HulkBerry are nothing short of extraordinary; its complex terpene profile offers a blend of sour and fruity flavors, further enhanced by spicy diesel and earthy undertones.

Not only does this Sativa-dominant hybrid spark your taste buds, but it also comes from two renowned strains – OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel – resulting in a highly potent combination. With a THC level of 27%, HulkBerry delivers a powerful cerebral high that hits quickly with a wave of exhilarating and euphoric energy. In addition to boosting your mood, HulkBerry enhances creativity and promotes motivation, making it an excellent choice for daytime activities.

Blue Gelato 41 (Barney's Farm): Sweet, Earthy, and Citrus

Blue Gelato 41 (Barney's Farm) Blue Gelato 41 (Barney's Farm)
  • Photoperiod
  • 25 %
  • Potent psychedelic pleasure
  • 600 - 700 g/m² indoors
    2500 - 3000 g/plant outdoors
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Blue Gelato 41 is a delectable Indica-dominant hybrid created from a three-way cross of the sweet Blueberry, the feel-good Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, and the fruity Sunset Sherbet. This cannabis strain from Barney’s Farm has gained a dedicated following worldwide thanks to its resin-coated buds bursting with citrusy and earthy terpenes. The aromas are fruity and refreshing, like diving into a cool, tranquil lake.

This strain is meant for seasoned smokers only, with its powerful effects reaching up to 25% THC. Blue Gelato 41 offers strong, energetic effects that keep you focused, motivated, and clear-headed, making it an excellent choice for daily use. If you're dealing with any aches or pains before smoking, Blue Gelato 41 will help relieve them, easing tension in your body.

Best-Smelling Strains – The Nose Always Knows

In the cannabis culture, they often say ‘the nose knows’ when it comes to choosing a strain. With this list of best-smelling strains, you can help point your nose in the right direction. Whether you’re into earthy and natural cannabis smells or different weed scents like citrus or berries, keep sniffing until you find the sweet-smelling weed that perfectly suits your tastes.

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By far the stinkiest weed in the world is by far koshur kush. Most smelly buds you would think smoke the best do people lean towards them majority of the time💯
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