Learn | 10.12.2023

Strains Sense: These Are The Best Low Odor Strains For Growing Weed At Home

If discretion is a concern when growing cannabis indoors, try these low-odor strains.

Low-odor strains and odor-control tools are crucial to indoor growers.

Growing your own weed is fun and rewarding, but many believe it’s not an option because they live in a place where weed isn’t legal. But every stoner should grow their own plants at least once, and low-odor strains are a great way to do so under the radar.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the six least stinky strains you can grow discreetly, plus some other techniques to keep the odor from escaping your garden or closet. Now that you’re ready, here are the best low-odor strains when growing weed at home.

The Quick One From Royal Queen Seeds

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In the world of low-odour cannabis strains, Quick One emerges as the stealth champion of discreet home growing. As its name suggests, this fast strain wastes no time, going from seed to harvest in just nine weeks. If discretion is your priority, Quick One is the strain to have in your arsenal, ensuring your home stash goes unnoticed.

Quick One owes her extraordinary speed and discretion to a carefully selected genetic lineage. Royal Queen Seeds’ expert breeders combined the genetics of Lowryder #1, a stable, fast-growing autoflowering strain, with the calming, relaxing qualities of Old School Indica. This ingenious fusion resulted in consistently fast and productive offspring.

Quick One boasts a compact stature, reaching a stealthy height of 50-60cm indoors and 60-100cm outdoors. This small size makes her the ideal choice for covert indoor grows, or hidden garden nooks and crannies. However, don’t be fooled by its size; the Quick One offers satisfactory yields. Indoor plants produce an abundant 275-325g/m².

With a THC content of 13%, Quick One provides a smooth but undeniably pleasant experience.  It anticipates a smooth high that soothes the body while calming the mind. In addition, Quick One delights the senses with fruity, citrus, and earthy terpenes that enhance the overall experience.

In the world of discreet home growing, Quick One shines like a beacon of low odor and high efficiency, ensuring that your home-grown cannabis remains your little secret.

The Best Low Odor Cannabis Strains for Indoor Growing

Durban Poison

Of all the low-odor strains, Durban Poison is my favorite.

A pure Sativa landrace strain from South Africa, it provides a super uplifting, energetic high, great for daytime use and getting shit done.

Typically quite strong, Durban poison can have 20% THC or more and is naturally rich in THCV. THCV is a psychoactive cannabinoid known to be energizing. It’s often found in strains of “skinny weed,” which curb people’s appetites instead of giving them the munchies.

Durban Poison plants can be nearly odorless, which is great for stealth growing. When its flowers are cured, they have a spicy, citrusy smell and a taste that some compare to anise.

The buds are long and dark green with tons of orange hairs and trichomes. Durban Poison can be used for;

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Productivity
  • Creativity
  • Euphoria

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Northern Lights

One of the most well-known low-odor strains, Northern Lights, is a classic Indica strain.

Because it was bred to be grown indoors, it’s not only low odor, but it flowers quickly and is quite resilient. It’s a great plant to grow at home because it’s packed with THC.

Northern Lights tests between 16 and 26% THC, averaging around 20%. When buds are cured, they smell piney with a hint of citrus and taste that way too.

Northern Lights provides a relaxing body high that can be used as a fast-acting sedative or painkiller. This low odor Indica also provides an uplifting sense of euphoria while easing muscle tension.

It can be used for depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, muscle spasms, or just unwinding.

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Polar Express

Polar Express comes from auto-flowering seeds, making it low maintenance and good for novice growers.

A cross between the “OG” auto-flowering strain, Lowryder, with Northern Lights and California Kush, this Indica-dominant hybrid is both physically relaxing and mentally uplifting.

Its physical effects can be strong even though Polar Express usually only has 15% THC. But that makes it one of the best low odor strains for;

  • Pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inflammation
  • Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

Polar Express is also favored by indoor growers because these plants are not only low odor but small in size.

In fact, they rarely grow higher than two and a half feet. While they don’t produce huge yields, the buds are top-quality for very little effort.

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There are low odor strains, and then there are strains that hardly smell like weed, but more like fruit.

Papaya is exactly that. This Indica-dominant hybrid leaves a recognizable papaya scent in the air that’s tropical and sweet. Although an Indica, Papaya is famous for its energizing effects, making people feel both calm and productive.

People use Papaya for;

  • PMS
  • Cramps
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Of the low-odor strains, Papaya is also high in THC, clocking in at around 22%. The buds on these plants are dense, bright green, and often covered in orange hairs.

Papaya is good for indoor growers for its short flowering time in addition to its subtle aroma.

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Blue Mystic

Like Papaya, Blue Mystic is one of those low-odor strains that smell like fruit instead of skunk.

As you probably guessed, Blue Mystic smells like blueberries, but only faintly. It’s an Indica dominant strain with “mysterious” origins, but some speculate its genetics may include Blueberry, Northern Lights, and Skunk.

Blue Mystic provides a relaxing and happy high that many uses for pain, nausea, stress, and insomnia.

This strain has flowers with a blue tint that are covered in white trichomes. Indoor growers favor low-odor strains like Blue Mystic for their fast-flowering in addition to discreet smell. This Indica plant flowers in as little as seven weeks.

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This hybrid doesn’t smell nearly as dank as it sounds.

Sharksbreath is the last of our low-odor strains because it does have a bit of a sweet aroma, but it’s very subtle.

Not only do indoor growers like this strain for its low odor, but it’s also a short plant with giant colas that flower in about nine weeks. Not exactly for beginners, Sharksbreath really shines when growers use the Screen of Green Technique (SCROG). Read more about SCROG here.

Of the low-odor strains, this one has some impressive genetics. Sharksbreath is a cross between Lamb’s Bread, a super uplifting Sativa, and Great White Shark.

It was developed by the same cultivators who created Tangie and LA Confidential, two of the most popular strains in California and worldwide.

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Other Ways To Hide The Smell Of Weed

When planning an indoor garden, you can use a few other techniques and tools to control the smell.

For one, you want to ensure your plants are in a secure room where odor can’t leak. For larger gardens, the odor could be leaking from exhaust systems, inline fans, or old filters; you can read Herb’s in-depth article on preventing the smell of weed here.

Hopefully, by growing some of these low-odor strains, you won’t need much to control the weed smell from escaping. Some low-key tools people use to prevent minor odors include:

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