Top 10 Low-Odour Cannabis Strains
5 min

Top 10 Low-Odour Cannabis Strains To Minimise Smell

5 min

The pungent odour of cannabis can sometimes make it difficult to enjoy for smokers and growers alike. However, there are numerous low-odour strains that either produce very little smell, or odours distinctly different from the typical skunky scent that has come to characterise marijuana. Explore Zamnesia's top 10 low-odour cannabis strains!

Growing and smoking cannabis can be a blast. However, most cannabis plants and buds simply stink with that skunky smell. The distinctive odour of cannabis is very quickly and easily recognisable. If it is illegal in your area, or if you are simply trying to keep a low profile, this can be a problem.

In these situations, electing to grow and consume a low-odour cannabis strain is probably a good idea. Here are 10 cannabis strains found right here at Zamnesia that maintain a discreet odour during both growing and smoking.


Jack Herer (Vision Seeds)

Jack Herer is named after the legendary cannabis activist of the same name. Due to its 80/20 sativa-dominant genetics, its powerful cerebral effects, and its impressive THC content, Jack has gained much recognition as a medical strain. These feminized Jack Herer seeds are derived from a crossing of legendary strains Skunk #1, Northern Lights #5, and Haze.

Being a sativa, Jack has a tendency to grow tall, typically reaching around 180cm in height. Its imposing stature is paralleled by its magnificent output, with yields as high as 550g/m² produced within 9 weeks of flowering time. The minimal odour produced by this strain is characterised more by sweet, earthy, and fruity tones, rather than the typical skunk stench. Some compare the smell of well-grown Jack to caramel.

Related article

Cannabis Seedfinder: Select The Best Cannabis Seeds


Auto Duck (Dutch Passion)

Thanks to its small stature, low odour, and low maintenance requirements, Auto Duck is perfect for stealthy growing. This unique strain comes from a genetic crossing of Frisian Duck and White Widow Auto. The result is a potent and flexible strain that can be comfortably grown both indoors and out. Moreover, thanks to its White Widow genetics, this hybrid delivers a robust mix of both indica and sativa effects.

Despite its relatively low final output, this strain is an excellent choice for beginner growers. These plants will be ready for harvest within 85–90 days.


Northern Lights (Zamnesia Seeds)

Northern Lights is one of the most well-known low-odour cannabis strains. Because it was specifically bred for indoor growing, this strain also flowers relatively quickly and is quite resilient to common indoor threats. Northern Lights is a powerful indica that has become a staple in the medical marijuana community due to its heavy sedative effects. This strain is an excellent option for symptoms related to insomnia, chronic pain, arthritis, stress, and anxiety, among others.

Thanks to its indica genetics, Northern Lights stays fairly short and bushy, oftentimes reaching 100–120cm in height. Growers are not only attracted by its short flowering time (roughly 7 weeks), but also by its sizable harvests, sometimes yielding well over 500g/m² of potent buds indoors.


Green Crack (Humboldt Seeds)

Green Crack is a strain that originated in California and quickly spread its roots across all of North America. Now, thanks to Zamnesia and Humboldt Seeds, this strain is finding its way into Europe. This 75/25 indica hybrid produces a fruity aroma with notes of mango, pineapple, and wood. Derived from Skunk #1 and Afghani, Green Crack is known to produce quite the cerebral effect. The high induced by this strain is at times intensely euphoric, and at others, deeply relaxing.

Growers love Green Crack for its incredibly short flowering time, which lasts around 60–65 days indoors. However, where this strain really shines is in its final output. Indoor plants are known to produce roughly 600g/m², while outdoor specimens can produce 800–1200g/plant, depending on conditions.


Durban Poison (Dutch Passion)

Durban Poison is one of the oldest cannabis strains still on the modern market. This landrace strain from South Africa was imported to California in the 1970s and has since become a staple for sativa lovers everywhere. Despite its low THC content (8–9%), Durban is adored for its 100% pure sativa effects. Its clear-headed, uplifting, and energising high makes it an excellent choice for morning and daytime smokers. Meanwhile, its odour is less skunky than most cannabis strains, instead giving off spicy and citrusy hints of licorice candy. Durban Poison is also known for producing delectable dark green buds layered with orange hairs and bright trichomes.

As one of the only naturally occurring strains in the commercial cannabis world, Durban Poison excels in outdoor and greenhouse operations. It has a standard flowering period of 8–9 weeks and is fairly resistant to mould and pests.

Related article

How To Eliminate Cannabis Odour


White Rhino (Greenhouse Seeds)

This indica-dominant hybrid is derived from a crossing of Afghan, Brazilian, and South Indian genetics. White Rhino induces a deeply relaxing high that is at times also quite cerebral and euphoric. This strain features a delicious flavour profile that is primarily sweet and fruity, but never overwhelming. Connoisseurs have come to appreciate White Rhino for its ability to alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, and insomnia. Undoubtedly, its success can be at least partially attributed to its impressive THC content, which can reach as high as 20%.

White Rhino grows short and bushy like many indicas. Its structure makes it an excellent choice for training methods such as SOG and ScrOG. However, despite its small stature, it is capable of producing copious amounts of bud. When grown indoors, this strain can produce up to 900g/m². Meanwhile, outdoors, a single plant can produce around 1.2kg within a flowering time of roughly 9 weeks. As indicated by its name, this strain’s thick, resinous buds are covered with a white layer of trichomes. Due to its subtle but splendid flavour and high potency, White Rhino is a great choice for making hash or BHO.


Blue Mystic (Royal Queen Seeds)

Similar to many other strains on this list, Blue Mystic smells more like fruit than skunk. This should come as no surprise since Blue Mystic comes from the same lineage as other fruity icons. This 80/20 indica-dominant hybrid derives from the crossing of potent indica Northern Lights with delectable hybrid Blueberry. Like Northern Lights, its indica genetics make it much easier to grow indoors than most other strains. In these conditions, mature plants reach a height of 60–100cm. Outdoors, however, this strain has been found to exceed 220cm.

This strain produces up to 425g/m² indoors and 450g/plant outdoors, significantly less than many of the others on this list. However, its superb THC content of 20% and delicious flavour make it very much worth growing.


Sharksbreath (Grow Your Own Collection)

Despite its name, and the nature of this post, Sharksbreath does not smell like fish. Instead, this 80/20 indica features a very subtle, sweet aroma that makes it an outstanding choice for indoor growers. Sharksbreath plants stay short, but produce dense, resinous buds with thick pistils. Despite its obvious advantages for indoor growing, this strain is certainly not for beginners. Its dense flower clusters are known to be more susceptible to bud rot than many others. Moreover, growers tend to achieve the best results by using training techniques like SOG and ScrOG; something which, for beginners, may be hard to do.

However, the reward could be worth the effort. Not only is Sharksbreath quite potent, but its delicious indica buds are sure to knock you off your feet. Within 9 weeks of flowering time, this strain can be expected to produce up to 600g/m² indoors.


Papaya (Nirvana)

As you can probably tell by its name, Papaya is a strain that overwhelmingly smells like fruit, specifically, well, papaya. This sweet and fruity indica-dominant strain has been optimised for indoor growing.

Papaya gives off a mildly fruity and tropical aroma during the height of the flowering phase. When smoked, it stays true to its name, producing a fruity and spicy herbal experience. Within a relatively short flowering period of 7–9 weeks, Papaya is capable of generating roughly 350–450g/m² of potent and delicious cannabis. Best of all, Papaya is hard-hitting, often reaching a THC content of up to 20%.


Quick One (Royal Queen Seeds)

Quick One is a modified version of Lowryder, a strain known for its small stature and quick grow time. This indica-dominant strain has been noted as having a mild fruity odour reminiscent of limes. Containing 13% THC, Quick One’s effect is stoney but easily manageable, making it a great beginner strain to grow and smoke.

Carrying a significant amount of ruderalis genes, Quick One is a small plant, typically maxing out at 50–60cm indoors. If grown effectively, this strain is known to produce 275–325g/m² or more after approximately 9 weeks from seed to harvest.


Of course, there are times when growers are dead-set on growing a specific strain, regardless of its pungent odour. Remember that there are several ways you can reduce the amount of smell in your grow room. Apart from making sure that your grow room is properly filtered and ventilated, you can also make use of things like incense or odour-neutralising gels.

Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
With an AB Mass Media and Communications degree, Miguel Ordoñez is a veteran writer of 13 years and counting and has been covering cannabis-related content since 2017. Continuous, meticulous research along with personal experience has helped him build a deep well of knowledge on the subject.
Seedshop Top Lists
Search in categories