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Blooming Aroma: The Rise of Cannabis Perfume

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Cannabis is now recognized as one of the planet’s most fragrant plants. It makes sense that businesses are beginning to create perfume blends with the herb, given that the majority of perfumes are made with botanical ingredients. Discover the main aromatic compounds in cannabis, the products that are currently on the market, and how to create your own, below. 

The cannabis plant is becoming more and more prevalent in the wellness, cosmetics, and even apparel industries. Currently, a few businesses are bringing the herb to the fragrance industry. To obtain cannabis products while residing in Oakland, you must obtain a medical card online. This card will allow you to legally access marijuana without facing any legal ramifications. Continue reading to find out what cannabis-infused perfume products are currently on the market and how to create your own at home.

The Botanical Origins of Perfume: A Historical Journey

In 2022, perfume sales reached a global total of $40 billion. The enormous contemporary perfume market has encouraged innovation in every field, from sustainable packaging design to biotech research aimed at exploring and experimenting with novel scents.

But the history of perfume itself is far more modest. Perfume is defined as “a liquid with a pleasant smell, usually made from oils taken from flowers or species and often used on the skin” by the Cambridge Dictionary [1]. Sounds fairly easy, doesn’t it?

Because perfume is so basic, people have been creating and using it for thousands of years. The Latin term “per fumes,” which means “through smoke,” is where the modern word originates. The earliest documented accounts of the use of perfume date to 1200 BCE and are found in inscriptions on a Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet. This archeological discovery describes the first chemist ever documented, Tapeti, a woman who worked as an overseer at the Royal Palace and invented methods for removing scents from plants.

South Asia has also made considerable use of perfume. The process of distilling attar, a fragrant essential oil derived from botanical sources, is mentioned in these old Ayurvedic texts.

Perfumery has existed on the island of Cyprus since the Bronze Age. According to excavations, a sizable plant that produced perfume on a 0.4-hectare plot of land was in operation 4,000 years ago.

Hungary’s people created the first modern perfume in Europe, taking their cues from Islamic customs. Made from alcohol solutions and botanical scents, “Hungary water” gained widespread recognition throughout Europe following its creation in 1370.

Perfume is usually made from a small number of aromatic plants, such as lavender, gardenia, eucalyptus, lemon, tobacco, jasmine, and torchwood. These plants are teeming with fragrant secondary metabolites that are produced to protect against pests and diseases and to boost the viability of the plant. Interestingly enough, though, a lot of these molecules have exquisite scents to human senses. However, a wide variety of other plant species, including cannabis, are suitable candidates for creating pleasing scents.

Cannabis: A Fountain of Fragrant Molecules

Cannabis has become widely known as a psychoactive herb in the world. The primary ingredient THC is primarily responsible for the euphoric effects of the plant. But cannabis flowers also contain a wide range of other secondary metabolites, such as more than 150 terpenes and over 100 additional cannabinoids, which are frequently disregarded.

Anyone who has smoked or grown cannabis is accustomed to its unique scent. After learning about the essential aromatic components of marijuana, read on to learn about the emerging industry of cannabis perfume and how to create your own.


Terpenes are a broad class of aromatic compounds that are present in all parts of nature. More than 30,000 of these molecules have been found in a variety of plants by researchers, with more than 150 of them being found in cannabis flowers. Every one of these molecules gives specific cannabis strains a unique aroma, ranging from fruity and earthy to sweet and flowery. Depending on their structure, terpenes are divided into various groups. The two main categories of aromatic terpenes found in cannabis are listed below:

  • Monoterpenes: Terpenes consist of branching chains with five carbon units, which are smaller structures called isoprene units. Monoterpenes are the simplest terpene molecules because they are fundamentally composed of two isoprene units. Citrusy scents such as limonene and earthy notes from myrcene are examples of monoterpenes, which are pungent and volatile compounds. Other monoterpenes present in cannabis flowers include pinene and terpinolene. The latter has a sweet, flowery scent, while the former smells like pine.
  • Sesquiterpenes: Terpenes falling into this category have three isoprene units. They are more volatile and highly aromatic than monoterpenes, but they are also larger. Among these are the herbal farnesene and the peppery caryophyllene.

Essential Sulfur Compounds

The majority of the credit for each cannabis strain’s distinct aroma goes to its terpenes. But volatile sulfur compounds, or VSCs, also have a crucial part to play. In addition to contributing aromas of tropical fruit, sweetness, and savories, VSCs also contribute to the skunk-like scent of many cultivars. The following are a few of the VSCs[2] found in cannabis flowers:

  • Dimethyl sulfide
  • 3-Methylthiophene
  • 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol


When esters react with water, they yield both organic and inorganic acids as well as alcohol. Esters can be found in weed flowers, which is why cannabis researchers are being forced to look into them more and more. Though mostly ignored until recently, these compounds give some strains unique smells, such as pineapple, strawberry, and banana.

The Rise of Cannabis in the World of Perfume

Given that cannabis is a botanical rich in aromatic compounds, it makes sense that perfume companies are looking to it for inspiration when creating scents. For people who already adore the herb and those who are inquisitive about its distinct scents, cannabis’s novelty to the market acts as a compelling selling point.

While the market for cannabis perfumes is still relatively new, a few products are already on store shelves. Expensive cannabis scents include Fragrance du Boise’s Cannabis Blue, a skillfully blended blend that costs a substantial £249. There are, however, also cannabis fragrances that are a little less expensive. At £86, Malign & Goetz aptly named “Cannabis” offers notes of flowers, smoke, and herbaceous undertones. For those on a tighter budget, Permacol’s £18.20 Cannabis Garden spray, which is rich in terpenes from marijuana and has notes of jasmine and cannabis, is a great way to wear the aroma of cannabis.

Major brands are likely to start incorporating cannabis into their formulas if consumers show a sufficient level of preference and demand for cannabis-infused perfumes.

What Effects Does Cannabis Perfume Have?

Some conjecture surrounds the possible effects of cannabis perfumes, given the plant’s connection to the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. THC is not one of the aromatic components found in these formulations. Moreover, the way THC produces its euphoric effects is through cannabis perfume, which is not consumed. It makes sense that customers would instantly link wearing cannabis perfume to getting high, but that is a complete misconception.

Having said that, a variety of molecules found in cannabis perfumes have been linked by science to a mild range of cognitive effects, including clarity and relaxation. For example, it is known that inhaled beta-caryophyllene, myrcene, and pinene can affect the body’s and the brain’s biochemistry.

Does Cannabis Perfume Cause a High?

The basis for the cannabis high is laid by THC. Although terpenes work in concert with THC to influence the effects of each strain, they don’t have any significant psychoactive effects on their own. Furthermore, perfumes don’t contain cannabinoids, so they don’t have a psychoactive effect.

Creating Cannabis Perfume at Home

You now know about the rise in popularity of cannabis perfume as well as the main aromatic components of the plant. You can create your own at home if you’d like a scent that reminds you of marijuana! See what you need in the ingredients list below, and learn how to blend them to create a floral and fresh scent.

Ingredients & Equipment

Gather the supplies and ingredients listed below:

  • Hemp essential oil: Hemp essential oils are readily available online. Despite being virtually the same plant as cannabis, hemp is allowed in many nations due to its incredibly low THC content. All of the terpenes present in cannabis plants raised for either medicinal or recreational purposes, however, are present in this oil.
  • Jojoba oil: This ingredient is used as a carrier oil in perfume formulas and is derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant.
  • Alcohol: Use perfume alcohol or vodka for your alcohol. Alcohol aids in the stabilization, preservation, and airborne dispersion of perfume.
  • Distilled water: This component aids in formula clarification and dilution.
  • Glass 100 ml perfume bottle: Purchase a glass bottle with a screw-cap pump so you can immediately use your infused oil.
  • Glass mixing bowl: Use a glass mixing bowl to combine your ingredients.
  • Small pipette or air syringe: A tiny pipette or air syringe can be a useful tool for pouring perfume into a bottle.


Now that you have all the ingredients, follow these steps to assemble your DIY hemp perfume:

  • Fill a mixing bowl with 60ml (4 tablespoons) of jojoba oil.
  • Fill the bowl with 4ml (or about 80 drops) of your hemp essential oil.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons (30ml) of perfumer’s alcohol or vodka into the bowl.
  • Then add 6 ml of distilled water to your mixture.
  • After giving your mixture a good stir, let it sit for ten minutes.
  • Transfer your blend into its bottle using a tiny pipette or air syringe.

To ensure that your marijuana perfume lasts as long as possible, store it somewhere cold and dark. You are welcome to experiment with various hemp essential oil blends and carrier oils until you find a scent that truly appeals to you.

Ganja Cologne: Is it the Next Big Trend in Perfumery?

The rapidly growing cannabis market has already caused waves in the cosmetics industry and is currently doing the same in the perfume industry. There’s already a wide variety of ganja colognes available on the market, ranging from pricey, high-end choices to more reasonably priced scents. These blends vary in price, but they all have a lot of aromatic cannabis-derived molecules in common. Now that you have everything you need to make your own, you can use hemp essential oil and other readily available ingredients to create inventive formulas.

Having a valid medical marijuana card is crucial if you want to possess marijuana products in Oakland because it will protect you from any legal repercussions. On our website, you can conveniently apply for a medical marijuana card or search for “Dispensary near me” to obtain authorized access to cannabis products.