11 sneaky tips to hide the smell of marijuana
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The smell of weed and cannabis plants is usually strong and unmistakable. And while most cannabis users will say they love it, many people try to conceal it. This can be because cannabis is still illegal where they live, or because they don’t want to bother others or attract unnecessary attention.
But just how do you cover that iconic weed smell that anyone can recognize from a mile away? From building a sploof to using a room deodorizer, there are plenty of tips out there on how to cover up the smell of weed. But which ones can you really trust?
1. TAKE IT OUTSIDE!
This might seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Using cannabis outdoors is probably the best way to avoid a build of that dank, instantly noticeable weed smell. Well, besides not smoking any…
So, if you’ve got a balcony, a terrace, or a yard, you’re best bet is to enjoy your weed out there.
Or, if you live in an area where cannabis is decriminalized or legal, why not take short walk? This will ensure that no smoke or odour build up in your home and also gives you an excuse to get some fresh air and exercise. While you’re out there, you might even have the chance to catch some Pokemons.
The smell of weed, either from smoking, cooking, or growing it, is most noticeable in stagnant conditions. To try and minimize the smell of weed smoke or live plants, make sure you create plenty of airflow.
For growers, this might involve investing in some heavy-duty equipment. Alternatively, try opening two opposing doors or windows to create some natural airflow. Setting up a fan also helps.
3. COVER YOUR WEED
Another effective way of minimizing the smell of weed is by covering your buds or plants. This helps to contain the odours in a small place and avoids contaminating more air than necessary.
If you’re growing, try to keep your plants in a confined space like a storage room or broom closet and cover them with plastic whenever you have people over whose attention you’d preferably not attract.
In general, you should store your cannabis correctly in order to preserve its flavor and aroma, as well as protect it from mold caused by humidity. But of course this also prevents the smell from coming out.
The same goes for your roaches. A regular open ashtray can really stink up an environment, so try tossing your buds in a jar and sealing it with a lid. This will stop those fumes contaminating your area.
4. USE A SMOKE FILTER
With the legalization of cannabis and changing attitudes towards its use comes a whole lot of new technology and equipment specially designed to help users maximize their experience when using weed.
This rise in technology has given way to some really awesome smoke filters that help users minimize the odour produced by bongs, blunts, and joints.
While these devices come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colours, they all basically work the same; you take a hit from a bong or joint and exhale the smoke into the device. The device will then carbon filter the smoke or filter it and cover it with some flavored essence.
5. BUILD A SPLOOF
If you can’t get your hands on a smoke filter, you can easily build one at home with some basic household items. A homemade filter is often called a “sploof.”
All you’ll need is the cardboard cylinder from a toilet roll, a dryer sheet, and an elastic band. Simply fold the dryer sheet a few times, place it over one end of the cardboard cylinder (so as to create a filter) and then secure it with the elastic band.
Now take a hit from a bong or blunt and simply exhale into the uncovered end of the sploof. The drier sheet will filter the smoke and works wonders to dilute that dank weed smell.
6. ROOM DEODORIZER
A lot of cannabis users swear by air fresheners such as Febreze and Ozium as a simple, surefire way to cover up the fact to your roommate that you’ve spent the whole afternoon blazing on the couch watching the Discovery Channel and re-runs of Beavis and Butthead.
And we agree; air fresheners work really well. Simply use them after your session as per the instructions on the packaging and you should be good to go.
7. INCENSE, SCENTED CANDLES OR ESSENTIAL OILS
If you can’t get your hands on either of these brands, try to stay away from the regular room deodorizers available at the supermarket. These generally won’t cover the smell of cannabis, but instead just mix with it to create some funky mix of weed and whatever scents the deodorizers claims to imitate.
Instead, try some natural alternatives. Potent essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, or citrus are a great way of freshening up the smell of a room and might just be enough to hide the lingering smell of your last smoke session.
Natural incense like sandalwood or palo santo also works quite well. Scented candles might work (depending on how bad the situation is) but not as well as the oils.
Whichever of the three you go for, make sure to air out your area for at least an hour or two beforehand. This will help get any stale, stagnant air out of the area. Then, shut the windows and doors, light your incense/oils, and hope for the best,
8. CLEAN YOURSELF UP
Sometimes it's not the room or home that smells like weed, but you! If you’re trying to hide the fact that you’ve been using cannabis, make sure you clean yourself up properly afterwards.
This means taking a good shower, brushing your teeth, and getting into a clean change of clothes (make sure to wash the old ones as soon as possible to avoid having them stink up the area any more).
If this isn’t an option, at least invest in some mouthwash and chewing gum, and make sure to give your hands and face a good wash.
9. USE A PIPE OR A ONE-HITTER
Pipes are a great alternative to bongs and joints because they produce noticeably less smoke. So, if you’re trying to conceal the fact that you use weed, make sure to invest in a solid pipe and keep it on you for emergency situations.
One hitters are another popular alternative these are basically slim pipes with a tiny bowl that, you guessed it, has just enough space for one hit of cannabis.
One-hitters come in a variety of shapes and styles, but some of the most common ones are actually shaped like normal cigarettes for extra stealth points.
10. PACK LIGHTER BOWLS
If you smoke bongs or pipes, a great way to minimize the smell of smoking is to pack lighter bowls. A lot of the time, the smoke that comes directly from the bowl is actually a lot stronger than the smoke that’s drawn through the mouthpiece.
This is especially true for bongs because the smoke that passes through a bongs mouthpiece has been partially filtered and cooled by the water, which helps to minimize the smell of it.
By packing lighter bowls (try to pack just enough for a hit), you’re able to minimize the amount of smoke coming from the cone, which should help you to at least be little more subtle.
If you’re really worried about keep your cannabis use discreet and minimizing the smell when you use, we suggest you invest in a vaporizer. Not only will you avoid many of the health risks associated with smoking, but you’ll also get the most out of your weed and produce much less odour.
This is because vaporizers don’t actually combust cannabis. Instead, they heat it to just the right temperature in order to extract the maximum amount of cannabinoids without actually “burning” anything.
Plus, the vapor produced by a vaporizer has a much less potent odour than that of a joint or bong and also just smells a lot better.