Ask a Stoner: Why does my weed smell like pine trees and oranges?

Dear Stoner: Why does my weed sometimes smell like pine trees, other times like oranges, and other times like hay?

Sniff Test

Dear Sniff: I'm going to get a little cosmic here. The cannabis plant actually has elements of other plants and living organisms in it called terpenes. Okay, all living beings produce them. They're basically tiny molecules of smell and flavor and are what make up things like essential oils and resins. That orange smell? Limonene, which is also found in actual oranges. The pine-tree odor is probably from delta-3-carene, which is also found in cedar and pine sap. And the same calming linolool found in lavender oil is found in Lavender Kush.

It's not just about smell and taste, though: Terpenes can enhance the buzz from THC. Earthy, hoppy mycrene, which is also found in mangos (and Kushes), is said to enhance the THC buzz in the brain. As for the hay? It's because someone got lazy and didn't grow, dry and cure their herb well enough to preserve those terpenes. Go back to the guys with the orange and pine-tree weed.

Dear Stoner: What is hemp really good for aside from making clothes that only a hippie would wear and sails for boats nobody uses anymore?

Suspicious Mind

Dear Suspicious: You need to open your mind more, man, and we suggest a joint to start. Then look into things like the growing interest in using hemp stalks as building materials. When mixed with lime, hemp can form sturdy, concrete-like building blocks. The downside is that their compression strength is about 5 percent of that of concrete, so it's mostly used for insulation or walls that aren't load-bearing. And no, living in a hempcrete house won't get you stoned.

There's also a real use for food — and not just for Boulder granolas shopping at Whole Foods. Livestock can be fed the plants. In fact, a butcher in Washington has begun feeding his pigs the leftover stalks from medical cannabis gardens — and that's just the waste from a few medical weed shops. Think what a few acres could do.

But, really, if you need one use for hemp besides hippie pants, look no further: TheHempShop.com offers 100 percent organic hemp lingerie — so you can get your green on while you get your freak on.

 
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24 comments
Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

If you even have to ask that question you really need educated

Joshua Trotter
Joshua Trotter

one can make any number of things besides clothes for it is an excellent fiber(hemp was used to save George H. Bush in WWII as it was what the life jacket was made out of that he wore after he had to eject from his plane & float) & the Dupont Corp.,one of the leading lobbyist for keep marijuana illegal ,particularly HEMP(made from the male plants that cannot even get u high, cause Dupont is the leading, very rich company that makes synthetic fibers & sees it as a threat to their healthy profits...

Derek Dwreck Wynn
Derek Dwreck Wynn

Is this a serious ?.... lol. EVERYTHING from fuel to building supplies...

Monkey
Monkey

I agree mostly with the answers, but there are more possibilities.

With the commercialization of weed, many companies have come up with additives, like tobacco companies. Fertilizers and sprays with artificial aromas are the most popular to cover up poor cultivation/curing technics. That's right, they spray their buds with additives, such as artificial pine and citrus. I believe soon, if it hasn't already happened, these same frauds will put more addictive additives on their herb, again like big tobacco.

As for Hemp, it's probably the most suppressed substance on the planet, thanks to chemical companies. it's many uses are nothing compared to potential uses, but testing is illegal in this country. Back when it was legal, scientists were going crazy with it, but renewable building blocks aren't as profitable as chemical building blocks, so big money snuffed it out. Here is just one example of Hemp possibilities, but we wont see it any time soon.

10 times the strength of steel without denting. They made fuel with it too, but big oil made that go away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLKDTfQMhfg

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


Dear Bongsucker Billy,


Sometimes when I go to bed with an itchy butt,
I wake up with smelly fingers.

Why does that happen?


Your pal,

Donkey

ps: it doesn't smell like pine trees either.

shamanhawk
shamanhawk

2 documentaries to watch;  on Youtube or Netflix. 

"Hemp Can Save the World" and "When We Grow" 

Both will give you the knowledge that NOT growing hemp is just an insane government policy.  

tonysoto5
tonysoto5

Agreed Juan_Leg. Also, there are over 50,000 uses for hemp! Google it!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Quite often if a person is sitting on an amount, one can use orange peel, an apple slice, or a fruit similar, to keep the product fresh . I'm surprised the 'Authoritative Voice' on marijuana FAILED to mentioned this ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Nick Murphy ... ironic.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Joshua Trotter "hemp was used to save George H. Bush in WWII"

Minus 2pts for hemp.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey "As for Hemp, it's probably the most suppressed substance on the planet, thanks to chemical companies."

Nonsense. Hemp is LEGAL and has been COMMERCIALLY / INDUSTRIALLY CULTIVATED in China, France, Russia and even Canada for decades ... if it had any viable competition to  "chemical companies", those chemical companies would simply INVEST in it and/or dominate it's production/distribution, like Cargill does with AgFood products.

If it's such a "miracle" crop, then why haven't these LEGAL farmers/producers made BAZILLIONS of $$$ ??



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tonysoto5 .... there are over a BAZILLION uses for Duct Tape! ... Google It!

Mike
Mike

@Juan_Leg Did he fail to mention it or was it irrelevant to the conversation at hand?  The person's question was about smell not about keeping products fresh.  Stop being so eager to please your master.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay

You are such an ass !!!

This site wouldn't be SHIT,

W/O/YOU !

:) !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Mike @Juan_Leg  

Try putting orange peel in w/ your stash & you will OBVIOUSLY smell and taste the fruit .....

AND, Master ? Use masters if you so choose, for there are five I follow regularly ....

stuka1
stuka1

@Juan_Leg   Keep running your mouth on the internet, punkass. You sure wouldn't dare say shit to my face. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mike "Why would someone put that into their bag and then ask why it smells like it?

SSAASSD!

hth

ps -- smell my sack!

Mike
Mike

@Juan_Leg Think of your logic there.  Why would someone put that into their bag and then ask why it smells like it?  The question was why it smelled like it to begin with which he answered.  It had nothing to do with keeping the product fresh.  Stop being so eager to criticize, he didn't mention it because it wasn't relevant to the question he was asked.

 
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