Inspired by: http://www.popsci.com/sensitive-noses-flavor-excerpt
As some of you may be aware, your nose is filled with potent chemoreceptors. The nose can pick up on chemicals which only advanced instruments can detect (IE different chiral molecules). And while it isn’t perfect, it’s usually pretty accurate.
So if your cannabis doesn’t smell quite right, or the drink doesn’t, your nose is probably right. If you are familiar with what the “perfect” cannabis from a strain smells like, you should be able to tell if you’re on the right track.
In a similar vein, some of my older chemistry professors in college could actually tell rough proportions of chemicals in solution just by giving them a brief whiff. It was really fascinating. They’d tell us stories about their professors, who could guess percentages very closely.
For me personally, my sense of smell is way better than my fiancee’s. I can smell meat going bad when there’s nothing visually wrong with just because it doesn’t smell quite right, but she can barely smell rot until it’s visible.
How about you? How’s your sniffer?