When people start growing weed they’re usually focused on growing big, dank, delicious smelling buds.
And if you’re doing it right, you’ll definitely be able to smell that distinctive marijuana scent. (Check out carbon filters if you want to make sure nobody else can smell it).
But you might notice that right after you harveset your plants and start to dry/cure your buds, they have a distinctive hay smell.
Don’t worry. Your weed isn’t ruined. That beautiful dank smell will come back in a few weeks.
The reason your weed smells like hay is because it was recently harvested and still has chlorophyll in it. Once the plant dries out completely the chlorophyll will break down and the hay smell will naturally go away.
How to Avoid the Hay Smell
If you want to avoid the hay smell issue entirely, the best method is to dry your plant as slowly as possible.
The optimal conditions for drying and curing your plant are:
- 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit
- 60% relative humidity
- Complete darkness
- Fan gently moving air around without directly blowing over the buds
- More time
One of the biggest things you can do to avoid the smell of hay in your freshly chopped bud is to let it dry for as long as possible.
When you dry too quickly, either by having high temperatures, low humidity, or fans blowing directly on the weed, you’re preventing the chlorophyll from breaking down and leaving the plant.
When the chlorophyll gets trapped inside of the plant it leaves a strong hay smell and the only thing you can do then is wait it out.
How Long Until My Weed Stops Smelling Like Hay
The good news isthat the hay smell will go away. But depending on how quickly the weed was dried and cured will affect how long the hay smell lingers.
Typically the hay smell in cured weed will go away within 2-4 weeks.
It’s very rare for the smell to linger past a month but if it does, just keep waiting. Eventually it will go away and you’ll be left with dank, glorious buds that are ripe and ready to smoke.