16 Best Low Odor Cannabis Strains (With Pictures)

If you need a stealthy grow, selecting cannabis seeds with a weak smell is a great starting point.

In this article, I’ll cover 16 of the best low-odor strains to grow if you need to be ultra discreet.

I’ll also provide some simple steps you can take to eliminate the smell from your plants.

My Favorite Low Odor Cannabis Strains

1. Northern Lights (Autoflower)

Northern Lights Auto
THC Content23%
CBD Content0.5%
Aroma/FlavorsEarthy, Fruity, Pine, Plum, Sour, Sweet
ClimateGreenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors
Plant size60-90 cm
Flowers50 – 60 days
GeneticsNorthern Lights x Ruderalis
Effectsa relaxed mixture of stoned & high
BlendIndica dominant

First up on our list of low-odor strains is Northern lights.

Yep, you read that right.

One of the most famous strains of cannabis is actually one of the best strains to grow if you’re looking to be discrete.

Northern lights are also one of the easiest strains to grow for beginners, which is why it’s so popular with new growers.

Both the photoperiod and autoflower varieties are known to have a low smell while growing, but the Autoflower will smell less due to its smaller size.

Northern lights have an earthy, sweet, and slightly spicy smell when smoked, making it smell more like an incense stick than a skunk.

It tastes slightly fruity and gives a lovely relaxed high.

The auto-flowering version of Northern Lights is a shorter, faster-growing plant – perfect if you’re looking to control smell.

If you need low-odor cannabis strains, then Northern Lights should be the first one on your list.

2. Jack Herer (Autoflower)

Jack Herer Auto
THC Content20%
CBD ContentInsignificant amounts
Aroma/FlavorsEarthy, Fruity, Lemon, Pepper, Pine, Spicy, Woody
Plant typeCompact
ClimateGreenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors
Plant sizeup to 175 cm
Flowers8 – 12 weeks
Yields350-450 gr/m2
GeneticsOriginal Haze x Red Skunk
EffectsEuphoric, Happy, Uplifting

Jack Herer is one of my favorite low-odor cannabis strains of all time!

This strain produces a really nice, happy, and euphoric high.

The perfect daytime low-odor strain.

The smell when growing is slightly fruity which helps to mask its smell.

3. Blue Mystic

Blue Mystic
THC Content‎18.00%
CBD Content‎1-5%
Aroma/FlavorsBerry, Blueberry
Plant size189cm
Flowers7-9 weeks
YieldsIndoor: 350 – 450 g/m2
Genetics(Afghan x Flo) x Blueberry
EffectsEuphoric, Relaxing, Sedating

The second strain to make our list of the Best Low Odor Strains is Blue Mystic.

Blue Mystic is a good-looking plant that turns lavender-blue mid-way through flowering.

It’s also great if you have a shorter growing space as it doesn’t grow too tall.

Blue mystic produces a clear-headed high that is slightly euphoric and is great for helping relieve stress and depression.

Furthermore, this strain has a very low odor so is perfect to grow indoors.

The taste of this strain is like blueberries – yum!

4. Hash Bomb

Hash Bomb
THC Content15-20%
CBD ContentInsignificant amounts
ClimateIndoors, Outdoors
Plant size90 – 140 cm
Flowers42 – 56 days
Yields500-600 gr/m²
GeneticsHash Plant x Amsterdam Skunk x Bomb #1
EffectsBody, Calming, Powerful, Relaxing, Sedative

No ‘best low odor strain’ list would be complete without Hash Bomb.

Hash Bomb is an Indica dominant strain that is very potent and will provide a more tranquilizing high.

Perfect for hash lovers, it will produce high amounts of resin and give off a faintly sweet smell while growing. 

This low-odor strain is great for growing indoors.

5. Green Ninja

Green Ninja
THC Content22%
CBD Content1%
Aroma/FlavorsSweet, Tropical
ClimateGreenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors
Plant size90cm – 150cm
Flowers56 days
YieldsIndoors: 500gr – 550gr/m2;
Outdoors: Up to 800gr per plant
GeneticsNorthern Lights x Afghani
EffectsBody, Calming, Powerful, Relaxing, Sedative

This strain was literally born to be on this best low-odor strains list.

Just like the name suggests, Green Ninja is perfect if you’re looking for a Ninja growth, as It has a much weaker odor than other cannabis strains.

You can also harvest this strain in only 60 days, which means less time worrying about the neighbors smelling your flowering buds.

This should be top of the list when looking at low-odor strains, so definitely take a look at these today!

This strain has a tropical taste and a tranquil meditative effect.

6. Master Kush

Master Kush
THC Content16–22% THC
CBD ContentInsignificant amounts
Aroma/FlavorsEspecially Peppery
ClimateIndoors, Outdoors
Flowers8-9 Weeks
GeneticsSoCal Master Kush x Forum Cookies
EffectsBody, Physical, Powerful, Relaxing

Like Northern lights, Master Kush is another easy-to-grow strain with a sweet taste and a very powerful, heavy effect.

This is definitely one for smoking on the couch, as you might not want to be able to get up after a toke.

Many users are impressed at how little this strain smells.

7. Northern Cheese

Northern Cheese
THC Content21.07%
CBD ContentInsignificant amounts
Aroma/FlavorsCheese, Musky, Spicy / Herbal
ClimateGreenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors
Plant size60 – 90 cm
Flowers65 – 75 days
Yields100 – 160 gr/plant
GeneticsExodus Cheese x Northern Lights #5/Haze F2 (cutting) x Fantasmo Express F4 Regular auto
EffectsPhysical, Strong

The musky cheesy aroma that this strain produces is where it got the tasty name.

Northern Cheese is another strain that will give you a very heavy stoned feeling – be prepared for a dream-like daze after your toke.

8. BC Mango

BC Mango
THC Content25%
CBD ContentInsignificant amounts
ClimateIndoors, Outdoors
Plant size152cm – 182cm
Flowers7 – 9 weeks
GeneticsKC Mango x BC Mango

This mango-tasting strain is great for depression, insomnia, and lack of appetite.

Its resin-covered buds will produce up to 25% THC, which makes it a very popular strain in the cannabis community.

The fact that it’s also low odor makes BC Mango a must-try.

9. Wipeout Express

Wipeout Express
THC Content20%
CBD Content0.7%
Aroma/FlavorsHash, Sweet
ClimateGreenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors
Plant size80cm – 100cm
Flowers8 weeks
Genetics(Afghani Auto x Northern Lights Auto) x White Widow Auto
EffectsPhysical, Heavy, Stoned

Wipeout Express is a hybrid strain that was created by the renowned breeder known as TGA Subcool Seeds. This strain is a cross between Jack the Ripper and Space Queen and has inherited some of the best traits from both parents. Wipeout Express has a sweet and citrusy flavor with hints of diesel, and it produces a long-lasting euphoric high that is perfect for treating stress, depression, and anxiety. The buds are dense and round with a dark green color, and they are covered in trichomes that make them sticky to the touch. Wipeout Express is a relatively easy strain to grow, and it is known for producing large yields of high-quality buds.

10. Polar Express

Polar Express
THC Content15 – 20%
CBD ContentLess than 1% CBD
ClimateGreenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors
Plant size30 – 80 cm.
Flowers60 – 80 days
Genetics(Northern Lights #5 x Kush) x Lowryder
EffectsStoned – Body, Powerful, Head

Rounding off our Best Low Odor Strains list is Polar Express.

The strain gets its name from its white frosty appearance, which is reminiscent of the famous Christmas movie. The buds are dense and sticky, with a sweet and earthy flavor. The effects of Polar Express are immediate, with a deep body stone that can leave users feeling couch-locked. Though it is not the best strain for socializing, it is perfect for anyone looking to relax after a long day.

Another short-growing plant for urban growers, Polar Express will grow to a maximum of 80cm. This plant produces very dense buds and has a neutral smell when flowering.

11. Durban Poison

durban poison
THC Content25%
CBD Content0.02%
Aroma/FlavorsCitrus, Earthy, Pine
Grow DifficultyEasy
ClimateIndoors, Steppe, Mediterranean
Flowers8 weeks
EffectsEnergizing, Uplifting

Durban Poison, despite the name, is one of the most popular strains in Colorado.

Few have contributed as much as Durban Poison has to Cannabis genetics.

The strain itself leaves you with an energizing high.

The pure Sativa strain is laced with a beautiful citrusy taste and an underlying earthiness.

The scent follows along the same lines having a sweet hash smell that is also lemony.

The scent is not as overpowering as other strains, rather mild comparatively, but still retains potency.

The pleasant, low odor is yet another reason this strain remains so popular.

12. Papaya Cannabis

THC Content23%
CBD Content1%
Aroma/FlavorsMango, Papaya
Grow DifficultyEasy
Flowers9 Weeks
GeneticsJack Herer x Skunk #1
EffectsRelaxing, Calming

Given Papaya Cannabis its name, the aroma of this strain should come as no surprise.

After smoking, it leaves behind a scent filled with fruity notes and slight acrid burning.

The scent induces a further calmness; reminiscent of an evening spent by the beach on a cool summer evening.

The taste is not far behind, retaining the same tropical theme.

The theme carries to its appearance as well, with pink and white flowers that stand out from other strains.

The buds are fluffy and look like they have a light dusting of morning dew.

Unfortunately, the only tropical part of the buds is the orange hairs that cover them.

13. Blue Mystic

Blue Mystic Auto
THC Content21%
CBD ContentMedium
Aroma/FlavorsFlowery, Blueberry
Grow DifficultyEasy
Flowers9 weeks
Genetics(Afghan x Flo) x Blueberry
EffectsEuphoria, Creative, Energized

If you’re looking for a potent strain to give you a balanced high, then the Blue Mystic is going to be right up your alley.

While its parent strains are unknown, the strain will leave you feeling light, euphoric, and mildly sleepy.

You won’t be couch-locked but might think twice before going to the kitchen.

For those worried about the scent, you need not. The scent is not as powerful as some diesel strains.

The mystical strain gives off a flowery scent that isn’t likely to attract any untoward attention.

14. Sharksbreath

THC Content15%-26%
CBD Content1%
Aroma/FlavorsSour Orange, Flowery
Grow DifficultyEasy
ClimateGreenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors
Flowers9 Weeks
GeneticsGreat White Shark x Jamaican Lambsbread
EffectsCerebral, Relaxing, Focused, Sedated

Much like its namesake, Sharksbreath is a quick high that progresses.

The sour citrus flavor gives way to a high that is both manageable and productive in the right amounts.

Whether you’re looking to ponder the meaning of life or ease some stress-related issues, Sharksbreath does the job.

The sour orange taste permeates into the scent as well.

The scent is aromatic, sweet, and bold.

Despite this boldness, the smoke is quite palatable.

While the scent is noticeable, it definitely is more on the citrusy side.

15. White Gorilla Haze

White Gorilla Haze
THC ContentHigh
CBD ContentLow
Aroma/FlavorsCoffee, Pine, Citrus
Grow DifficultyEasy
ClimateGreenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors
GeneticsDreamy, Creative, Psychedelic
EffectsDreamy, Creative, Psychedelic

White Gorilla Haze isn’t a strain to be taken lightly.

Even the most experienced smokers need to be careful when smoking the strain.

The effects are said to be dreamy and creative and more suited to daytime use because of the energy boost.

The plant overachieves when yielding, leading to incredible harvests.

Despite the potency and high yields, the White Gorilla Haze has a low odor. With an undertone of coffee, the scent is palatable and discreet.

16. Nicole Hindu Kush

Nicole Hindu Kush
THC Content23%
CBD Content25%
Aroma/FlavorsSandalwood, Incense, Lemongrass
Grow DifficultyEasy
ClimateIndoors, Outdoors
Flowers9 Weeks
GeneticsAfghani x US Kush Hybrids
EffectsRelaxing, Contemplative, Euphoric

The Nicole Hindu Kush is a strain that overachieves in all aspects.

It has high levels of THC and CBD, produces high yields, and can trip up even the most experienced of smokers.

This is a strain that induces a powerful high.

It is important to smoke in moderation

Nicole Hindu Kush does not produce too much odor when growing.

When smoked, however, releases a pleasant fragrant scent. The scent is almost incense-like and calming and palatable.

Choosing Low Odor Cannabis Strains

The smell of cannabis is distinctive, to say the least…

To most growers, the pungent, delightful smell of healthy buds is an enjoyable experience.

However, if you’re trying to grow stealthily and not attract any unwanted attention, the smell of weed can be your worst enemy, and you really need to focus on a low-odor grow.

There are several ways to control the smell of cannabis in your grow room.

Choosing a low odor strain is definitely one of them

However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind before selecting a low odor strain.

1. Pick smaller strains

The best low-odor cannabis strains are small ones.

Smaller cannabis plants and strains smell less than larger ones ( go figure )

Therefore, if a completely discrete grow is essential, it’s best to pick Auto-flower strains that will grow short and compact.

These strains also offer quicker flowering times, which means less time worrying about having to control the odor!

2. All strains will smell slightly

Even though the cannabis strains on this list smell much less than other strains, you’re still going to have to take extra steps if you want to eliminate all of the odor with any strains.

I’ve covered the best methods of odor control at the end of this article.

5 Other Ways To Reduce Smell

Picking a low-odor cannabis strain is a great start, but all cannabis strains will still smell a little bit.

Here are some quick tips to ensure that your grow is as stealth as possible.

1. Use a grow tent

Buying a decent airtight grow tent with at lead 600D fabric walls will keep the smell contained and make it much easier to manage. Most grow tents will come with built-in ports for adding ventilation to…which brings us to our next tip.

2. Use ventilation and a carbon filter

Weed smells stronger when it’s in a warm environment. Keeping your grow room temperature as low as you can ( without harming your plant’s health ) will ensure that you minimize the smell.

3. Control your heat & humidity

Weed smells stronger when it’s in a warm environment. Keeping your grow room temperature as low as you can ( without harming your plant’s health ) will ensure that you minimize the smell.

4. Grow fewer plants

Ok, I’ll admit this one’s pretty obvious, but fewer plants will mean you’re dealing with a less intense smell no matter what strains you’re using. If growing stealthily is extremely important to you, I recommend first growing one plant with one of the cannabis strains listed above to see how you manage the smell. You can always add more for your next grow.

5. Ona Gel

I’ve never actually used this method, but many growers like it. You simply open a couple of tubs of Ona gel and place them around your grow room ( outside the tent) Works best if you’re only growing a few plants.

6. Careful when drying and curing

The smell of weed usually intensifies when you’re drying or curing. Make sure you dry and cure your buds inside your grow tent with the carbon filter/scrubber still running.

Looking to clean up the smell of growing weed in a hurry? Check out this useful video 🙂

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Do Indica and Sativa smell different?

Indica strains tend to be slightly more pungent than Sativa strains, due to having more terpenoids per mass. However, it would take a well-trained nose to smell the difference.

What does Durban Poison smell like?

Durban poison smells very fresh, like sweet lemons and licorice.

How do I stop my buds from smelling?

Smell-proof zip locks bags or air-tight mason jars can reduce bud smell while storing it. If growing, a carbon filter and extractor fan will help reduce the smell of your stinky buds.

How do I make my buds smell better?

To make your buds smell better, try not to handle them too often, flush your plants before harvesting, and wet trim your buds after harvest. Drying and curing your buds correctly is also vital to improving bud smell.

Final Thoughts – Low Odor Strains

That concludes our list of the Best Low Odor Strains.

Remember, these low-odor weed strains are a great start when trying to control the smell of weed.

However, be warned – All weed will smell a bit, even if you use weed strains with no smell.

If you want to completely remove the smell from your grow, you will need to use other methods, such as a carbon filter.

James Alexander James Alexander
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6 thoughts on “16 Best Low Odor Cannabis Strains (With Pictures)”

  1. Hi there.
    You mention Northern Lights Auto,the photo along side the info is the Royal Queen Seeds variety.
    When I click on Northern Lights it takes me to a very well known Seedbank and shows that the one you mention is infact the Sensi Seeds variety.
    Thanks again.

  2. Why is a plant illegal is beyond my thought process which is logical ..based on that logic shouldn’t tomatoes and peppers be illegal also ..the United States is nothing more than government control are we truly free here


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