Hiding The Smell of Smoked or Stored Cannabis
The smell of weed can be exciting when it hits the nostrils. It can also be so difficult to disguise, it could land you in trouble. Here is our guide to keeping the stench from cannabis under control.
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How to conceal the smell of cannabis.
We’re confident you’ll agree with us here: weed smells great—incredible, in fact. The skunky and earthy aroma of the herb provokes a sense of nostalgia and excitement at the same time. It reminds cannabis users of sessions past, and lets them know when a long day has come to an end.
However, not everyone appreciates the obvious smell of weed. Sometimes, smelling like you’ve just hit a bong for breakfast doesn’t go down too well. Whether you’re attending a work meeting, family gathering, or riding public transport, covering up the smell will put your high mind at ease.
Below, we’ll cover the most effective ways to cover up the smell that clings to your body, clothes, car, and even hair after a smoking session. Use these techniques to blaze whenever you see fit, and come out the other end smelling fresh and clean.
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How to Hide the Smell of Weed in Your Room
Smoking cannabis in the comfort of your own room trumps almost any other location imaginable. Lying on your bed with a large joint, your favourite music, and some delicious snacks has most smokers teetering on the edge of nirvana.
However, the lingering fear of stinking out your apartment block or getting busted by a neighbour or landlord often prevents cannabis lovers from experiencing complete bliss. Check out how to prevent the smell of weed from taking hold, and how to remove it when it does, below.
Prevent a Weed-Filled Room
As the age-old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure. By stopping the smell of weed from taking hold in the first place, you’ll boost your chances of staying under the radar. The cheap and simple trick of ventilation often suffices!
Before hitting a bowl or blunt, crack open a window and turn on a fan. Of course, this technique directs the smell of weed outside of your window. But many smokers prefer this outcome compared to weed fumes filling up their hallway.
Proper storage also plays a key role—weed smells even before you smoke it. Keep your stash in an airtight container to stop terpenes from leaking out into your room.
How to Mask the Smell of Weed in Your Room
If you’re smoking exceptionally smelly weed—or it’s simply too cold to open a window—the next port of call involves doing your best to cover up the scent. There are various methods smokers use to cover their tracks, with additional terpenes often serving as the best solution.
Terpenes are strong enough to underpin the smell of weed, so logic suggests they are strong enough to cover it up! Essential oil diffusers utilise terpenes found in particularly aromatic plants —enter rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender—to make rooms smell as fresh as a daisy. Use these devices to override the signature smell of weed with the aromas of more innocent flowers and plants.
How to Hide the Smell of Weed in Your Home
Most cannabis users start their love affair with cannabis in their college dorms or a room in their childhood home. Eventually—following graduation, promotion, or other avenues—they move out into their very own abode. This big move comes hand in hand with considerably more freedom, such as blazing a bong at breakfast and hitting bowls in the bath (peak pleasure for most stoners).
If you’d rather keep the smell of terpenes out of your house, check out the prevention methods below. If you’re in need of an emergency cover-up, see how to mask the ever-increasing odour.
Prevent Your House from Smelling of Cannabis
Of course, adequate ventilation still applies when smoking in other areas of your house. If you have a favourite spot to blaze, bust open a window and turn on a fan. Ideally, choose a room where guests are less likely to enter, and one with good ventilation.
Alternatively, head out to the garden. If you live in a sunny region, make the most of the vitamin D and sit among your garden plants. If you’re dealing with a cold snap, sheds and outhouses provide great refuge and will prevent you from stinking out your home.
Also, remember to store your weed wisely to prevent terpenes from leaking when you’re not even smoking. Mason jars and air-tight bags work great at trapping terpenes.
How to Mask the Smell of Weed in Your Home
After blasting your house with terpenes almost every day, your nose will become rather desensitised to just how similar your abode smells to a Dutch coffeeshop. Although far from an issue for you, it can become a cause for concern when guests announce their surprising presence within the hour. But fear not, there are several actions you can take to get your home smelling fresh and smoke-free before they arrive.
Light incense sticks and place them in the most affected areas. Much like essential oil diffusers, incense sticks release strong aromatic compounds into the air that are surprisingly good at covering up the odour of weed.
Aromatic candles also do a good job at masking terpenes in the air. With a huge selection of scents out there, choose whichever hits your nose in the right way.
Although the last resort for hemp-clad weed smokers, chemical formulas do a superb job at covering up the smell of weed. Sprays such as Febreeze and Oust rapidly replace the skunky aroma with a refreshing and effective burst of aromatic molecules.
Air purifiers work by circulating air through a series of fine filters. Not only can they help to remove smelly terpenes from the air, but they can also trap some of the potentially harmful substances found within second-hand smoke.
How to Hide the Smell of Cannabis in Your Car
Although we advise against driving and smoking weed, cars actually provide a superb smoking location when stationary. Not only will blazing in a vehicle stop your house from smelling, but cars also feature inbuilt ventilation systems and—perhaps more importantly—half-decent sound systems that add a punch to that reggae bass.
Prevent Your Car from Smelling of Weed
Heated seats. Fans. Music. Pretty LEDs. Sometimes it seems like cars were made to be smoked in. If you love blazing in your four-wheeled stallion, check out these means of keeping it smelling fresh.
Blast the Fans
Before hitting the tip of your joint with a lighter, put the fans on. If you really want to avoid a smelly car, putting up with the loud noise will pay off.
Crack the Windows
Ventilation will carry terpenes out of your car, preventing them from seeping into the material of your seats. Open the windows on either side to keep a constant flow of air rushing through your vehicle.
How to Mask the Smell of Weed in Your Car
If you’re in a rush to burn a joint, chances are you forgot about prevention—no worries! Even if your car now smells more like your grow room, use the tips below to address the issue.
Nearly every car features the quintessential air freshener dangling from the rear-view mirror. Often relied upon to keep the smell of drive-thru food at bay, they also help to combat the smell of weed.
Yes. The dominant and equally addictive smell of coffee covers the smell of terpenes effectively. Place a bag of coffee grounds into your car and let them sit for a day before removing them.
Odour neutralising products don’t just temporarily mask the smell of weed, they physically bind to the aromatic molecules and remove their scent. Place these blocks in your car after a smoke to have it smelling neutral in no time.
Pay for a Deep Clean
Head to the cleaners. A deep interior clean of your car will have it smelling as good as new. A combination of industrial cleaning products and a topping of air freshener will eradicate even the stinkiest of terpene profiles.
How to Remove the Smell of Weed from Your Hair and Body
Terpenes don’t just cling to furniture after a smoke, they also linger on your hair and body. You might not detect the smell of weed on your person after a smoke, but everyone in your office will be hit by a wave of cannabis when you step foot through the door.
Prevent Your Hair and Body from Stinking of Weed
Preventing the smell of weed from clinging to your body will save you from some awkward moments at work and elsewhere. Use these tips to remain smelling fresh.
Smoking outdoors will reduce the chance of smelling like bud after a smoke. Increased airflow will move the terpenes away from your body, especially if you face away from the wind.
Change the Route of Administration
While smoking offers a satisfying ritual, it also immensely increases the chances of getting busted. Use your weed to create extracts or edibles! But be warned, edible highs are often much more intense.
How to Mask the Smell of Weed on Your Body and Hair
Once you’re coated in terpenes, your love for weed will be on full display until you utilise one of the options below.
Take a Shower
Smoking at home before you head out means you can jump in the shower first. Use a powerful shampoo and body wash to remove the smell of terpenes from your skin and hair.
If you’re smoking on the go, carry around a bottle of particularly potent perfume in your bag. Apply generously before heading back to the office to cover the smell of clinging smoke.
How to Get Rid of the Smell of Weed From Your Clothes
Not only does weed smoke cling to hair and skin, but it also resides on clothes for relatively long periods. Here are some tricks for keeping that scent to yourself.
Prevent Your Clothes from Smelling of Weed
The key to stopping your clothes from smelling like weed: don’t expose them in the first place. Check out your options below.
Wear an Outer Layer While Smoking
If you’re heading somewhere immediately after a smoke, wearing an outer layer while you light up can take the brunt of the smell. A hoodie or jacket will capture most of the terpenes and intercept them from latching onto the clothes underneath.
Before you leave your house, lay out your clothes ready to go and place them in another room. Kick back, take your time, and enjoy your joint. Once finished, take a stoned stroll into the other room, suit up, and leave the house smelling fresh!
How to Mask the Smell of Weed on Your Clothes
A quick smoke on your lunch break or just before catching the train can leave your clothes smelling very herbal indeed. Cologne works well at keeping body odours at bay, and it also helps to cover up the scent of problematic terpenes. Just make sure to apply more than usual to get rid of the obvious smell.
How to Smoke Weed Without Causing a Smell
For many cannabis users, their first time experiencing weed involved smoking a joint or bong. Many users stand sternly by this means of administration, never wavering in their loyalty. Sure, traditional smoking provides a sense of ritual and community, but there are plenty of options that are much less smelly.
Dabbing involves dropping concentrates onto a red hot nail. Although these preparations contain a lot more cannabinoids, they burn a lot less plant material than a joint. There is some smell produced, but it’s not nearly as “telling” as regular smoke. Dabbing involves using a large rig and a blow torch, but it serves as a great option just before heading out the door.
Vaporizers expose cannabis flowers and extracts to much lower temperatures than smoking. Through vaporization, these devices target cannabinoids and terpenes without burning them (causing combustion). As well as improving the flavour experience, vaporizers create much less of an odour.
If you do insist on smoking, consider using a sploof. Cheap and easy to make, they consist of a toilet roll tube, elastic band, and piece of paper towel. Attach the towel to one end of the tube and exhale smoke into the opposite end. The makeshift device helps to intercept some terpenes and reduce the smell.
What Kills the Smell of Weed?
To recap, here are some of the most effective ways to banish the smell of weed when you need to act fast:
- Air fresheners
- Scented candles
- Incense sticks
- Essential oils
- Proper ventilation
- Store your weed wisely
- Alternative methods: vaping and dabbing
- Use a sploof when possible
Cannabis produces a strong, fragrant aroma that can attract unwanted attention, so follow our guide to keeping the smell of weed under control.
On the Go? Here’s How to Discreetly Store Your Stash
Wednesday September 28, 2016
Updated on 10/26/2020
If you lucked out and have a stash large enough to save for later, you might wonder how to keep it fresh. Maybe you picked up a few different strains, but don’t have somewhere to keep them separated and organized. Or maybe you need to take your bud from point A to point B, discretely of course.
No matter what situation you may find yourself in, there are plenty of options to store your cannabis safely, especially if you’re traveling. Take a few tips from us and do your best to stay away from the old school storage solution of generic sandwich bags ,which can easily crush your delicate buds. Despite being great for convenience, plastic bags (and other cheap options) won’t protect your stash from the biggest threats like light, air, heat and moisture.
How to Store Marijuana the Right Way
To preserve the sticky, resin-soaked flowers, keep your daily supply separate from your long-term storage. Cannabis, like fine wine, cures with age for a sweeter smelling, more potent bud, so the less time you spend opening your storage option the better.
Here are a few great cannabis storage options and tips:
- Glass mason jars provide an airtight seal and protect your bud from drying out. Glass protects the flavor of your bud by leaving all of the tasty terpenes intact.
- On the same note, colored jars are also great for blocking light and can add a more decorative solution to store your weed.
- Quality, tight-sealing plastic bags are great short-term options if you’re worried about excessive odor.
- A humidor, typically usually used for cigars, can also keep your flower at the perfect humidity (50-65%) and successfully sheltered from unnecessary light and air exposure.
- Titanium jars, unlike many other metals, won’t change the taste of flower over time. If you’re not a fan of glass, titanium is your next best option.
- Remember that light degrades THC, so store your stash jar in a cool, dark place.
- Keep your bud away from warm appliances and heating elements like refrigerators and dryers, as the heat and humidity can cause mold and could destroy your flower.
Storing Marijuana While Traveling
While many states have legalized recreational or medical marijuana, all forms are still illegal according to federal law. At the end of the day, this means that traveling from one state to another with any type of marijuana is still considered to be federally illegal, even if those states allow legal marijuana use.
If you do need to travel with your stash, even locally, discretion is key — both avoiding attention to yourself and to your beautiful bud.
Out and About
Walking around town with some primo weed in your bag can draw unwanted attention if not properly contained. To enjoy your adventures without the worry, consider picking up a stash bag. Level 1620 offers some incredibly fashionable options that are perfect for daily use, and you’d never suspect double as a way to keep your cannabis concealed. Each bag is smell-proof and has a lock, so you know your stash is secure. The sleek attractive style fits any traveler, and their designs come from and help support local artists (a commitment to supporting art and artists is at the core of Level 1620’s values, so it’s a purchase you can feel good about too). You’ll likely already need a backpack or side bag walking around all day, might as well make it a stash bag!
In most states, smelling marijuana in your car can give an officer probable cause to ask if they can search your vehicle. Having said this, you actually don’t have to provide consent. The 4th amendment protects your right to deny or refuse a search without a warrant and may help with legal repercussions. With a warrant, they can search your car without consent, but this most likely won’t be the case.
To prevent a run in with the law, simply don’t smoke in your car! If you do find yourself in a car with marijuana, use smell-proof containers to prevent the pungent aroma from filling up your car.
Although “out of sight, out of mind” is a good rule of thumb to follow, be smart and hide your container in the trunk or anywhere out of reach of the driver as many states enforce an “open container” law. Despite leaving a dispensary with a dank supply, opening your goods in your car is considered an open container and you will be subject to fines if caught.
If you’re traveling via plane or train with some type of marijuana product, it will require the same attitude towards storage. Note that flying with marijuana is still 100% illegal, but most domestic terminals have bomb sniffing dogs vs. drug sniffing dogs. Today, the TSA is more concerned with people bringing weapons onto a plane than someone traveling with a personal stash of bud.
To prevent any mishaps, wrap your weed in an airtight container and hide it in your glasses case, rolled up socks, underwear, or any place in your luggage that is out of eyesight. Check your bag rather than carrying it on, as it’ll be less likely to be searched.
Storing Marijuana While Camping on Federal Land
Marijuana is federally illegal which means legal repercussions if you are caught on federal land. Using smell-proof storage options and keeping it safely hidden away as you travel through federal land will be your best bet. If you must smoke, consider cannabis oils and waxes or use a vaporizer which produces vapor with minimal scent. Make sure to follow all other park rules, considering the easiest way to get caught with weed is to be stopped for something else.
Storing your marijuana correctly will protect your weed from mold, drying out, and losing flavor and THC in delicate terpenes. Take the extra steps to ensure your green stays fresh!
Maintain the potency of your weed by storing it properly. Using mason jars, odor-proof cases, and lockable stash bags will keep you out of trouble and keep your bud fresh.