There are times where I accidentally neglect my armpits, I'll go weeks without washing them nor put on deodorant and they start to smell like regular BO until a couple days later they smell like pot/weed and it confuses me because I don't smoke at all and I'm never around that stuff. My question is, is this normal or could it have something to do with my biological mother smoking pot/weed while she was pregnant with me?
Hi, I have heard and even smelled this frequently. There is nothing abnormal about this, and it has absolutely nothing to do with you/your mother, or anybody in your wide presence, smoking weed. This has nothing to do with actual cannabis. The smell is basically a breakdown product from your apocrine sweat (only present in the armpits - also anogenital region). The underarm bacteria are to blame for this, and more specifically Staphylococcus hominis. There are normally also some Gram-negative bacteria involved in this process. Best, Chris
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