If you’re new to vaping dry herb or switching from smoking, your first question will almost certainly be, ‘Does vaping dry herb smell?’ Long story short, yes, vaping dry herb does smell. But one misconception about vaporizing is that it produces smoke. That isn’t the case at all. It produces vapor, hence the name ‘vaporizer’. OK, that’s it, the end of the article. We hope you found this information useful.

In all seriousness, when you vape dry herb, the distinct combination of terpenes produces a light cannabis aroma. But when you compare it to smoking dry herb, it’s like night and day. Smoking dry herb will leave a smell for anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, whereas the smell from vaping dry herb typically dissipates within 15 minutes, tops.

How much it smells depends on many contributing factors such as the strain of herb you’re vaping and the device you’re using. In this article, we’ll discuss how long the dry herb smell lasts when vaping, why you should care about the smell, and some options to help minimize the smell.

Does Vaping Dry Herb Smell Less Than Smoking?

Unlike the classic methods of dry herb consumption, vaping does not produce smoke. Now you’re probably wondering what’s the difference between smoke and vapor. You actually burn the dry herb when you smoke it. And this combustion produces hundreds of harmful byproducts, each of which has a distinct fragrance.

Now, when you opt to go the vaping route, you don’t completely eliminate these toxins, but you do reduce toxic by-products by up to 90%. This reduction in harmful by-products gives dry herb vapor a much cleaner smell than that of dry herb smoke. The vapor aroma is due to the different chemical makeup that vapor has when compared to smoke.

The smoke is mostly composed of thick, sticky particles known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). And it’s the tar (a VOC) that clings to everything it comes into contact with. So, when you decide to remove the odor from furniture or curtains, good luck doing so without a considerable amount of elbow grease.

In opposition, dry herb vapor doesn’t contain tar or the majority of the other toxins that come with dry herb smoke. Furthermore, without the VOCs, the vapor will dissipate fairly quickly when you introduce some air circulation, which will dilute the vapor and draw it away.

How Long Does the Smell Last?

Seeing as how there’s no combustion when you vape dry herb, the smell is considerably less than when you smoke it. Given that smoke is much denser than vapor, the smoke will linger for longer, particularly if it’s not in a well-ventilated area. Touching upon what we previously spoke about, VOCs are what keep the smoke scent in the air for such long periods.

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And, if you were to vape in the same unventilated area as our smoke scenario, it still would only stick around for no more than 15-20 minutes. To cut down that timeframe, merely crack open a window to allow for ventilation, where it’ll only take a few minutes to dissipate, at most. However, if you take this same situation outdoors, the dry herb vapor will barely be noticeable at all.

And, if you throw in even the slightest breeze, the vapor will vanish in mere seconds. Another aspect that influences the amount of odor produced by the vape is the device you’re using, as not all vaporizers are made equal. If you use a convection vaporizer, the dry herb scent will be much less noticeable than conduction vaporizers, which emit a stronger smell. It comes down to where you plan on using the device and how discreet you want to be.

Why You Should Care

Should you even care about the smell of dry herb vapor? If you live by yourself in a big house with no nearby neighbors, this probably is a non-issue. But if you’re someone who goes out on the town, has a roommate, or lives in an apartment building, this is something you want to take note of out of common courtesy.


The first and most crucial reason you should care is that you should consider the sentiments of others around you while you’re in a public or group setting. If they don’t smoke/vape, or just don’t want to smell it, you should care enough to stop vaping, or simply move to another location.

Not everyone enjoys the distinct aroma of vaped cannabis, with some being quite sensitive to the smell. If you were to have lunch at the park and someone started to blare loud music, you probably wouldn’t be too pleased. It all boils down to basic empathy for your fellow human.

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Just because vaped cannabis doesn’t have the same strong scent or linger as long as smoked dry herb, doesn’t mean it’s completely discreet. When compared to smoking dry herb, the level of discreetness is raised quite a bit, but it’s still not 100%. Therefore, you want to ensure that you’re fully aware of your surroundings and anyone who’s in close vicinity when you vape.

This is particularly important if you need to conceal your vaping from someone you live with such as a roommate or a loved one. Even more so if you enjoy vaping out on the town and don’t want any unwanted attention from the authorities.

Your Belongings

When you frequently vape dry herb indoors, even if you keep windows open, over time your curtains, bed sheets, etc. may begin to take on a faint cannabis odor. Sure, it’s nowhere near as bad when you smoke indoors. But if you vape inside regularly, your belongings can begin to take on a slight cannabis scent over time. Opening your windows and doors can help dramatically with this issue.

Just make sure you consider your neighbors in addition to your living situation. Especially if you are in an apartment complex where you and the other residents share a ventilation system.

How to Reduce the Smell When Vaping Dry Herb?

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So, vaping dry herb leaves a smell. What now? There are many things you can do to help minimize the cannabis scent when you vape dry herb. Depending on your vaping needs, some will work better than others. Therefore, we recommend you go through and try out each suggestion until you find one or multiple that works best for you.

Mask the Odor

This is the route that most people typically take to deal with the smell of dry herb vapor indoors. It doesn’t always work (hence the word ‘mask’), but it’s a viable option for some, so it’s worth checking out. You can use scented candles, air freshener, or make yourself a ‘sploof’. A sploof is simply a toilet paper roll with a couple of laundry dryer sheets stuffed inside. You blow your vapor through one end and when it comes out the other, there is little to no discernable cannabis odor to speak of.

Keep a Clean Vaporizier

Simply put, once a dry herb vape has seen a fair amount of use, it will begin to emit a cannabis odor. It’s nowhere near as bad as a dirty bong or pipe, but there is still a noticeable scent. You can easily diminish the smell by keeping the device clean. The device manufacturer should have easy-to-follow instructions on how to clean your unit. If not, contact them or search for a cleaning tutorial online. This should keep your device odor-free, not to mention functioning properly.

Vape in Open Spaces

We don’t mean to merely go outdoors and vape. As this is the most optimal choice if you’re looking to reduce the odor, it’s not your only option. Simply opening a window to get some circulation going can make all the difference. Particularly if you’re able to open multiple windows and get that cross-ventilation action. You can always throw in a fan or two for some extra circulation if necessary. Ideally, vaping outdoors as previously stated is the best way to go if you want the best chances of the aroma disappearing quickly.

Our Recommendation

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We realize you have a slew of options concerning dry herb vaporizers. And before you make any investment, you must do your research to ensure you end up with a device that’s a perfect fit for you and your needs and doesn’t end up as an overpriced paper weight. While we may be biased, our Tera Vaporizer for dry herbs is an excellent choice for anybody wishing to get started with dry herb vapes.

Dual Battery Design

It is on the bigger side of the portable vaporizer spectrum, but that’s primarily due to the two rechargeable 18650 batteries it houses. It’s this dual-battery design that allows for nice, long sessions, which are ideal for group settings. And the fact that the batteries are replaceable allows you to keep the device operational for as long as you have a working set of 18650s.

Buy It for Life

This is what they refer to as a BIFL (Buy It For Life) vaporizer. In contrast, a portable vaporizer without replaceable batteries will only last as long as the lifespan of the battery/batteries. The Tera features fully digital temperature control with a range of 140 ° – 428° for dry herb and up to 500° when in concentrate mode.

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Fantastic Grip

As previously stated, it’s bigger than your average portable vaporizer, which can be a positive, and not just for the extra battery juice. We find that the thickness of the device along with the exterior design lends itself quite nicely to a firm grip. This is ideal for portable devices so as to not accidentally drop the sucker. When the time comes to clean the Tera Vaporizer, it couldn’t be any easier than brushing away any extra plant material and wiping down the chamber with some isopropyl alcohol.

Vapor Production

And we’re sure that you’re curious about how well the vapor production is with this unit. Well, we’re happy to say that the Tera Vaporizer can produce some full and flavorful vapor clouds that are enough to satisfy new and seasoned vapor enthusiasts alike.

Final Thoughts

Whether it’s when you’re out and about, or surrounded by others who don’t smoke, knowing that dry herb vapor does leave a smell can be extremely beneficial. You can take this knowledge along with our suggestions to help reduce the scent for your future sessions. As a result, you will become a more conscientious smoker as well as a better all-around human being. And that’s something we think everyone can get on board with.

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