Does a Dry Herb Vaporizer Smell?

Vapor drifting upwards between a plant and a window.


There are many benefits of using a dry herb vape compared with smoking. For starters, vaping is easier on your lungs compared with smoking joints. It's also more efficient with your weed.

When you smoke a joint, a combustion method, you're actually burning some of the ingredients in the herbs before you inhale. Vaporizers avoid this waste. They heat up cannabis to an exact temperature, high enough to release THC, CBD, and terpenes into vapor, but without any burning or smoke. The vapor also tastes more pure, because the flavor won't be colored by the smoke.

Another huge benefit of vaping is that it produces less odor than smoking. As you might know, that distinctive weed smell can be tough to mask. Tobacco smokers might have a harder time hiding the smell of cigarettes, but marijuana smoke still lingers in a room or sticks to clothing for a long time before the scent dissipates.

Vaporizers are definitely more discreet and produce less smells than smoking. But they're not odorless. Let's look at how vaporizers keep odor levels down, and explore ways to minimize the smell.

Furna vaporizers with swappable ovens

Does a Dry Herb Vape Leave a Smell?

There's a big difference between the odor produced by combustion and vaping. When you use a vaporizer, you put ground cannabis into a chamber or oven, then close the chamber and choose your temperature. When you turn it on and the herb gets heated, smell is produced, especially at higher temperatures. But the smell is somewhat contained, as it's all inside the unit.

When you exhale after taking a hit, the vapor will have an aroma, but it's nowhere near as pungent as weed smoke. In part, this is because there are fewer herb particles burned up and floating around in the air. Instead, all the herbs are still in the chamber, locking some of the scents inside the vape.

There's also a huge difference in smell after you're done with your session. Cannabis vapor might have a subtle scent, but it will dissipate quickly and leave no trace. Marijuana smoke, on the other hand, is still quite strong-smelling, and will linger indoors and on clothes. If you're looking to be more discreet, there's no question vaping offers huge advantages.

Weed smell: conduction vs. convection vaporizers

The heating style of a vaporizer can also impact the smell generated. Vaporizers can use conduction or convection heating. Conduction vapes are designed so that the herb chamber makes direct contact with the heating element. This makes the device more compact and portable, and improves battery life. But it creates more odor as it heats up, because the cannabis is nearer to the element and stays hotter for longer.

A convection vaporizer works by letting hot air flow around the chamber to heat the cannabis. When you take hits, the vape heats the air. But the herbs are only being heated when you take a breath and are further from the element. This reduces the smell somewhat, especially during the heat-up period. However, many convection devices, especially portable models, are actually hybrids that use conduction heating as part of their process - these will produce more odor.

 A fan near a window, surrounded by plants.

How to Reduce the Smell of Vaping Weed

Although the smell is already quite subtle, there are some easy things you can do to control the amount of odor produced when vaping. If you're using your vaporizer outdoors, none of this is necessary. The smell will be hardly noticeable and dissipate almost instantly.

If you're vaping indoors, and you want to keep smell to a minimum, vape in a well-ventilated room or turn on a fan. This will help the odor from vapor disappear faster. You can also open a window and stand near it, blowing your vapor out the window.

Tips to get rid of the smell of weed

If you're looking for a particularly discreet session, stick to lower temperatures. There will still be a detectable smell, but it will be barely noticeable. Another trick: you can also vape different herbs, such as peppermint or chamomile, to make vaporization smell like something different.

You should also clean your vaporizer regularly. Through regular use, the oven and airflow passage will get coated in particles left by the vaped herb. This residue can burn, or just amplify the weed smell. Cleaning your dry herb vaporizer is just a good idea in general: you'll get better quality vapor and more effects out of your bud.


A close-up of a cannabis plant.

Which Dry Herb Vaporizers Smell the Least?

In general, a high-end, well-maintained vaporizer will contain odor better than a low-end or dirty vape. And as we mentioned above, some convection vapes reduce the weed smell a bit. But they have some drawbacks too: they're more expensive, and not portable.

The Furna vape offers a few advantages with its oven-swapping technology. With Furna, you can instantly swap a used oven for a fresh one, letting you reduce the smell that's released when you have to clean out and re-load your vape. Also, when you're storing it in your pocket, you can flip the ovens around so that the mouthpiece is pointed inwards, letting you lock in smells more effectively.

Do concentrate vapes leave a smell?

Although they don't eliminate the scent completely, vaporizing oils creates an even subtler smell of weed. Dab pens will create a slight terpene smell related to your strain. Softer concentrates like budder are more strong-smelling than crumble or shatter. Oil vape pens often have very little odor - but they also have none of the other benefits of dry herb vaporizers. (Only buy oil vapes from a regulated, trusted source; some oil vaporizers can be harmful.)

If you want to enjoy both dry herb and concentrates, Furna is the only dry herb vaporizer that easily converts into a concentrate vaporizer. The others require awkward inserts, involve more mess, and handling potentially hot parts. With Furna, you simply swap in a concentrate oven whenever the mood strikes.


Vaporizer with dry herb and concentrate ovens by Furna