Two of the major factors that people consider when making the choice between different cannabis strains are their aromas and flavors. Every cannabis type has a particular scent that makes it different from others and worth trying out. Weed lovers often compare the scents of their favorite types to several delectable scents, such as pine, lemon, and even candy.
However, some strains have peculiar aromas reminiscent of skunk, diesel, and soil – smells that might not be to everyone’s taste. Even so, these dank scents make certain strains extremely popular among cannabis aficionados – take, for example, Sour Diesel or the Skunk family.
You might already want to know what the best pungent strains are out there, but let’s see why some cannabis strains smell this way in the first place.
Why Is Marijuana So Stinky?
You’ve probably come across such words as “skunk”, “cheese”, or “diesel” being used to describe the aromas of different cannabis strains. The scent of cannabis is usually determined by terpenes – aromatic compounds found in most plants that serve to protect them against predators and stress.
However, recent research has shown that the skunky weed smell might come from other chemicals called volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). It turns out that VSCs can cause an odor similar to that of rotten eggs and are quite prominent when present in high concentrations. Simply put, the more pungent the marijuana, the more VSCs it contains.
Some growers say that the most potent strains are too pungent to cultivate indoors, while others may respond that there's no such thing as bad-smelling weed. Whether your tastes run toward sweet aromas or pungent flavors, we hope this list will help introduce you to some strains that will become your new favorites!
Most Pungent Weed Strains
If you want to get truly pungent, there's some strong stuff out there. The more pungent the weed is, the more likely it is to affect your respiratory system. Still interested? Here are 10 of the most pungent weed strains, ranked from least to most pungent.
Stinkin’ Bishop Feminized is a potent hybrid that can provide a relaxing escape on a hard day’s evening. It offers an intriguing mix of savory cheeses and fresh citrus with an earthy touch, making for a unique cannabis strain that's hard to pass up on. Gazing upon its buds won't disappoint either: they're dense, resin-coated rocks full of lively magenta pistils.
Effect-wise, this marijuana variety offers both Sativa (Cheese Candy) and Indica (Critical) qualities. The former has a stimulating cerebral high perfect for managing stress/anxiety, while the latter brings about calming sensations through its sedative qualities, all while being good at relieving pain too! As it matures, Stinkin’ Bishop Feminized likes to stretch out quite far – thankfully, it still produces crazy yields despite getting so tall!
One of Herbies Seeds’ most coveted new strains, Grandmommy Purple promises exceptional potency from its elevated 33% THC content alongside a powerful medical efficacy. This game-changing strain boasts unusual origins stemming from the combination of Big Bud and Purple Urkle. It has proved popular among seasoned growers across Canada who are looking for something fresh to add to their gardens.
With an 80% Indica dominance and average THC levels sitting at 28-33%, Grandmommy Purple plants are hearty enough for both indoor and outdoor growth. Indoor yields reach 500 g/m² (1.6 oz/ft²), while outdoor crops can produce up to 550 g (19,4 oz) per plant outdoors when given adequate room during the flowering stage.
Bask in the glory of life with Blueberry Hill from Herbies Seeds. Casually testing at 26% THC, this herb will make you feel comfortable and stress-free, taking all worries away. With an outstandingly aromatic terpene profile and a wide range of cannabinoids, it guarantees a delicious blueberry-flavored evening smoke alone or with friends.
Sour Diesel is a strong-smelling strain with high THC levels. This Sativa variety started out in California and is now known worldwide for its reliability. It’s also hardy and easy to grow at home, making it perfect for those who are just getting into the art of cultivating plants. With up to 24% THC, this herb is definitely going to take your body by storm. It also does an outstanding job at managing stress levels – something we could all use from time to time!
Trainwreck by Green House Seeds provides strong THC content reaching almost 22%. This strain is known to provide a long-lasting sedative state, while its healing benefits are endless. The aroma is earthy with just enough pine scent, and the smoke leaves have an unassuming yet ever-so-pleasant similar aftertaste. Trainwreck is best for those looking for high yields (up to 700 grams per square meter) and a balanced high with both Sativa and Indica effects.
Exodus Cheese is unique for a number of reasons. For decades, it had been difficult to obtain outside of the UK, and even there, it was a rarity. This fragrance-producing strain smelled just like its namesake – so potent that you'd find yourself knocked out by the overwhelming stench before anything else happened. However, if you’re open-minded enough to experience this psychedelic, one-of-a-kind sensation, we've got good news: GHS has replicated this clone-exclusive variety in seed form.
The White Widow cannabis strain has gained global popularity due to its euphoric effects and astonishing yields that it produces in just 8 weeks. This herb also flourishes even in harsh conditions and has high resistance to pests. Its flavorful and popular taste comes from a sweet blend of pine and spice, while its intense and uplifting high provides a boost to social skills and creativity alike. Thanks to these qualities, White Widow is ideal for those looking to perform creative tasks or socialize during the day.
Super Skunk is one of the most sought-after Indica-dominant strains among both medical and recreational users. This variety induces resounding psychoactive effects that are felt throughout the body, making it ideal for those who suffer from severe back or head pains due to chronic stress or long hours at work.
True to its name, this type of weed has a very strong, skunky aroma. It offers a wide selection of superb qualities that make it one of the most cherished strains in our catalog, such as yields ranging from 400-600 g per square meter during its 9-week flowering period.
Triple Cheese by Barney's Farms is an Indica-dominant marijuana strain that combines the heavy body relaxation of Skunk varieties with the uplifting high from good old-fashioned classic Cheese. However, what really sets this variety apart from other strains is its typical cheese flavor with slightly fruity notes. For those looking to unwind without rushing anything or needing company, Triple Cheese will do just fine.
00 Hashchis is a strong cheese-flavored cannabis strain from the renowned Spanish breeder 00 Seeds. This particular variety produces deliciously pungent buds with slow growth rates. With generous quantities of crystals and an easy growth cycle, it’s no wonder this plant has been so well received by connoisseurs and beginner growers alike. Notably smelly when cultivated indoors (particularly late in the flowering stage), careful consideration should be given to filtering options – or holding your breath while you harvest. Be warned: these ladies can become rather hefty!
Where to Buy Smelly Weed Strain Seeds
Herbies offers a large selection of pungent marijuana strains that are sure to satisfy your need for the strongest-smelling weed. Whether you're looking for regular or feminized marijuana seeds, we've got you covered. If you want to experience some of these pungent smells firsthand, take a walk through our inventory to find what suits your fancy best.