The Nose Knows What It Wants
And what it wants is high-quality herb.
During one of my early dispensary visits in Los Angeles, I remember hearing the expression “the nose knows” and it’s one I’ve never forgotten. When I first heard the phrase, I was peppering an extremely patient budtender with questions as I tried to decide on the perfect strain of flower to buy. As is usually the case, I was feeling overwhelmed by the number of options in front of me. When the budtender recommended I choose whichever strain smelled the best to me, my expression must have given away that I was unimpressed. She continued by explaining that “actually, the nose knows what the body needs.”
“These days, I let my nose lead the way when it comes to strain selection.”
Back then, I wasn’t aware that all plants contain fragrant oils or “terpenes” that give them their unique scent. Each terpene has a distinct fragrance and associated therapeutic benefit and it’s the terpenes in cannabis that determine what kind of high you will experience. So it stands to reason that our noses are drawn to strains containing the terpenes our bodies crave. These days, I let my nose lead the way when it comes to strain selection. And on a recent Thursday night, I tried an indica-dominant strain of Alien OG flower by Caliva that threw my nose for a loop.
When I opened the bag of flower, my senses were immediately overwhelmed by its intoxicating smell. I detected sour citrus notes, plus berries and pine. As I ground up the buds, the scent became stronger and even more alluring. My senses heightened as I prepped the buds in my joint rolling machine. I could not wait to smoke this weed.