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The Most Effective Ways to Hide the Smell of Weed

Saturday August 20, 2016

F or some, the smell of marijuana is gloriously comforting and tinged with the possibility of an exciting adventure, but for others, the smell may be unpleasant or a tell-tale sign of a stoner in the midst – which may or may not be a good thing depending on the company.

Whether it’s a dinner date with the in-laws, a trip to the grocery store, or a shift at work, the need to hide the smell of weed is an issue every consumer has faced before.

The next time you need a toke, but find yourself fearing the dreaded pungent weed cloud, try some of these tips to reduce the smell.

Marijuana in the Air

Catching a whiff of marijuana in the air at a concert can be a great thing (it means there’s a potential new friend nearby), but catching a nose-full while staying at your conservative parents’ home may not have a great outcome. When traditional fixes like candles and air fresheners don’t cut it, consider the following:

Use a doob tube:

A doob tube (aka a “sploof”) is a home-made device designed to make the smell of weed turn into the smell of fresh laundry. Just stuff a toilet paper or paper towel roll with dryer sheets or fabric lightly soaked in Febreze, then simply exhale the weed smoke through it.

Invest in an air purifier:

Air purifiers are an easy way to eliminate smoke as soon as it is produced. This is especially important for those who smoke indoors as the smell of stale smoke can accumulate quickly on carpet, walls and upholstery.

Try vaping:

Vaporizer pens offer the ultimate cannabis experience because they deliver cannabinoids directly to the brain within seconds without the carcinogens or lingering scent. You can find affordable vape pens online and in dispensaries for as low as $30-$50, as well as multi-use vape pens for around $200.

Choose a good location:

When possible, opt for a well-ventilated area. This will give the smoke somewhere to escape to instead of lingering in the area and on clothing.

Marijuana on Your Skin, Hair or Clothing

Though a shower and change of clothing is the best option for ridding the body of any stinky smell, it’s not always possible to achieve. In a pinch, you can remove the smell of weed from clothes, hair and skin with lotion, body spray or essential oils. You can also chew gum or brush your teeth directly afterward which will both take the smell of weed off of your breath and help reduce the occurrence of gum disease, an issue especially prominent in pot-smokers. Here are a few other ideas to keep in mind:

Be mindful of your hair:

Keep long hair pulled back when smoking to reduce the surface area on which smoke can attach, then let it down after you’re done to allow more air to reach individual strands.

Get outside:

UV rays neutralize odors so get out in the sun for 30-45 minutes after your next smoke sesh to burn off excess weed residue on the body and clothes.

Cooking with Cannabis

When cooking with cannabis, the kitchen – and every other room of the home – may become filled with the scent of sweet sensimilla. Though you can cut the potent scent down in a similar manner as listed above (candles, air purifiers and what-not), you can take it a step farther by ensuring your cannabis is covered during the cooking process.

If you can turn your whole day into a cook-off, all the better. Pungent foods like onions and garlic can quickly over-power the strong scent of cannabis allowing for a covert cannabis simmer – and some tasty munchie food, too!

Smell-Proof Storage

When the green is dank, it doesn’t have to be burned to be pungent. If you need to hide the smell of your dank stash, store it in smell-proof prescription bottles, baggies or odor-absorbing stash containers. STASHLOGIX offers a great option for this complete with your choice of sizes, customizable inserts and a combination lock to keep your stash protected.

There are many reasons to hide the smell of weed. No matter what yours is, try these tips to make the effort more successful.

The smell of marijuana is easily recognized, so we've all had to cover it up at some point. Here are the best ways to hide the scent of weed when you're smoking, cooking and storing your cannabis.

The Fragrance of Marijuana Before and After Consumption

Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. Cannabis has psychoactive and medicinal properties because of its chemical makeup.

Marijuana can be rolled up in a handmade cigarette (a joint), in a cigar, or in a pipe (a bong). It can be used for pain relief, to treat anxiety, or for recreation.

In many states, the sale and use of marijuana without a prescription is still illegal.

You can usually tell if someone has been smoking marijuana by detecting the scent of piney, slightly skunky grass that smoked cannabis leaves behind.

But figuring out for sure if what you’re smelling is weed can be a little difficult if you aren’t attuned to the scent. Various strains of marijuana can smell different from each other, making it even more complicated.

This article will cover what marijuana smells like in different stages of its use and consumption, as well as some differences between strains.

The strongest factor in the way marijuana smells is the age of the cannabis plant when it’s harvested. Cannabis that’s harvested earlier in its life cycles has a milder, less skunky scent.

It’s also less powerful when you smoke it. Cannabis that grows older before it’s picked and dried will have a stronger odor.

Organic compounds called terpenes are found in all plants, including cannabis. Myrcene (mango), pinene (pine), and limonene (lemon) are terpenes found in some strains of cannabis.

Terpenes change the scent of marijuana. For example, cannabis strains with pinene will smell more like pine.

Marijuana plants smell similar during the growing process and when they’re harvested and dried. They give off a slightly weedy, piney “skunk” scent that gets stronger as the plant grows older.

When cannabis flowers and blooms, the scent becomes powerful.

Indica vs. sativa

For decades, botanists and marijuana connoisseurs claimed that indica and sativa are different species with distinctly different effects on the body. Indica strain smells more acrid, while sativa smells more spicy or sweet.

But it would appear, at least to some experts, that there’s no way to smell the difference between indica and sativa definitively. Part of the reason is that there’s a lot of crossbreeding between these two particular strains.

However, one small study did find that participants who had purchased weed within the prior several months were able to smell the difference between several different strains of marijuana.

Marijuana consumers describe the scent of the plant as earthy, herbal, and woody. Sometimes the plant scent carries notes of lemon, apple, diesel, or plum.

Dried marijuana smells a lot stronger than some other dried plants.

When you’re smoking marijuana, the natural scent of the cannabis scent is amplified by the smoke it creates. Fire, smoke itself, ash, and the smell of rolling paper add additional layers to the scent.

When a person is smoking cannabis, notes of lemongrass, pine, fire, and wood may stand out. The distinct “skunk” smell of marijuana is often reported.

Learn about what gives marijuana its distinctly "skunky," strong odor, and how marijuana smells in plant form, when it's smoked, and more.