Whether you’re a newbie to smoking weed or a veteran of many a sesh, you’ve no doubt asked yourself the following question:
“How to get rid of the smell of weed?”
This has always been a question that stirs considerable debate, especially since weed smokers have traditionally been forced to smoke weed surreptitiously to avoid the authorities, parents, teachers, and others who would put a damper on an otherwise great sesh.
In fact, it used to a badge of honor to smoke weed in the shadows or to take a quick toke before getting caught. But times are changing.
These days, the smell of weed doesn’t draw the stares and looks of disapproval that it once did. As legislation of cannabis spreads throughout the country, cannabis enthusiasts don’t worry as much about how to hide the smell of weed.
However, the smell of weed is pungent and the smell of weed smoke tough to eliminate – and because not a lot of employers have hopped on the weed acceptance wagon, and there are still millions of people who still don’t like weed or its smell, the search for the answer of how to eliminate weed odor still continues.
There are two questions to consider regarding the smell of weed:
- How to get rid of marijuana smell?
- How to hide weed smoke?
The former refers to how to hide the smell of weed while it’s being stored while the latter refers to how to smoke weed and not smell – either during the sesh or afterwards.
The answers, methods, or recommendations on how to deal with each situation are different, so let’s take a closer look:
How to Get Rid of Marijuana Smell Before Smoking (Keeping Weed Smell at Bay While It’s Stored)
The part of the cannabis plant that you smoke is the flower, which has several beneficial functions.
One is to attract pollinators, such as bees, that spread the plant and help it proliferate. Another is to ward off predators that may want to attack the plant.
Both of these are accomplished by odor-producing chemicals called terpenes, pungent compounds that give each flower its distinctive smell. This can be both good and bad, as most the smells are pleasant, although no flower smell appeals to everyone.
There’s an old idiom: “one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter”.
Regarding cannabis, the idiom can be adapted – one person’s perfume is another person’s pile of steaming sh–…
Well, you get the point.
One of the first things you as a weed smoker might think of after getting your hands on a couple of grams of fresh, sticky bud is how to hide the smell of weed while it’s stored so the smell doesn’t permeate the entire building (other than where to smoke it, of course).
The easy answer is to store it in air-tight containers, which are plentiful and come in a wide variety of options:
- Plastic container with a lid (such as Tupperware)
- Airtight bag inside another tightly-sealed airtight bag (such as a Ziploc bag)
- Vacuum-sealed containers or bags
- Mason jar
- Coffee can
It’s best to keep it stored in a cool, dark place; if, for some reason, there’s the risk of the storage container being exposed to sunshine, a UV-protective airtight container is a good idea.
However you decide to store your weed, make sure your valuable seed stays fresh so you can enjoy the best sesh possible. No one likes smoking hard, stale, brittle weed.
How to Eliminate Weed Odor During or After Smoking
If you live or hang around with someone who doesn’t like the smell of marijuana smoke, then you should consider how to get rid of the smell of weed while smoking and what to do once your sesh is done; the methods for reducing or removing the smell is different for each situation.
How to Hide the Smell of Weed while Smoking
Let’s first consider how to get rid of the smell of weed while smoking. In fact, some of these might even reduce the smell of weed smoke completely.
Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Roll
Easy to make, this contraption can be made with simple household products:
- Empty paper towel or toilet paper roll
- Dryer sheet (for softening fabric in the dryer)
- Rubber band(s)
If used correctly, this method is almost fail-proof. Best used when smoking using a pipe or bowl or pipe.
Here’s how it works:
- Get an empty roll used to hold toilet paper or paper towel
- Place a dryer sheet at one end
- Keep the sheet in place with one or more rubber bands
- Fill the device by exhaling slowly
It’s almost certain that some smoke will escape, but if you inhale slowly, this will reduce the amount of smoke (and, thus, odor) is sent out.
Vape pens produce almost no weed smell; if any odor is produced at all, it’s sort of a burnt electronic smell. Plus, any odor diffuses within seconds. And, as technology advances, the newest iterations of vape pens have virtually no smell of any kind. Gpen have some great vape pens in their selection.
Smoke Near A Fireplace
Okay, so this may only work if you’re in a house or apartment with a fireplace. But it works well because the fragrant burning of wood – which seems to be almost universally liked – is very good at masking the smell of your sesh, particularly if you’re alone or with one or two others. It probably goes without saying (though we’ll say it anyway) that this is perfect for wintertime seshes.
Alternatively, you could light candles or incense during your sesh.
Smoke In A Freezer
If you’re at home, this entails taking a toke, exhaling into the freezer, and then closing the freezer door. If you’re trying to sneak a toke at work or anywhere else with a walk-in freezer, such as a restaurant, having chilly sesh can reduce weed smoke.
If someone happens to walk into the freezer room where you’re smoking, they probably won’t be able to tell that your exhalation is from smoking weed or just the product of warm breath in a very cold environment.
One thing’s for sure, though: no smell is virtually guaranteed.
This is a traditional “how to smoke weed and not smell” method, but you have to be careful, as swirling winds or the wrong wind direction can send the smoke right back in your face.
This method is great if you’re around someone who dislikes the smell of weed. Here are a few guidelines to follow so that you ensure success:
- Bowl or one hitter only – Smoking a joint or from a bong causes too much smoke, making it very difficult to mask
- Crack, don’t open, the window – If you open it all the way, the smoke will dance right back in
- Take a big hit but not too big that you cough or have too much to exhale -It’s a delicate balance, so be careful at first by taking a small hit
- Slowly exhale while leaning very close to the cracked window
- Watch the smoke blow away
“Hawaiian Hotbox” (Smoking while the shower is running)
This doesn’t mean smoking while taking a shower, although you’re certainly welcome to do that. Instead, this simply means smoking your weed while the water is running.
If you turn the water temperature up to its maximum hotness, the steam that is created will help mask the smoke smell; if there is a fan, it will suck the smoke up and out of the bathroom.
Veteran’s trick for even more effective odor-masking → stuff a towel or other cloth at the bottom of the door to keep the smell from escaping. You can even spray a few of your fragrant toiletries to keep the smell at bay.
It’s always a good idea to take a walk and smoke, particularly if you’re near a park or some other type of outdoor area conducive to smoking.
How to Air Out a Room after Smoking Weed
Another question is “how to smoke weed and not smell up the room”. Never fear – here are some options:
This might be the simplest, most common answer to how to hide weed smoke. For one thing, a variety of sprays are available. Well-known brands such as Febreze air freshener are effective, as are eco-friendly air fresheners. It’s not the perfect solution, but it is a solid air-freshening option.
Cologne is also an option. Results are mixed, however, as it either masks the smell for only a short period or it worsens the weed smoke when mixed with certain types of cologne.
Another popular spray is Smoke Out Spray, an excellent odor-neutralizing spray that also leaves a pleasant minty fragrance instead. This is no odor-masker; it’s a genuine odor neutralizer favored by hotels and cleaning professionals. It’s so good that even you won’t realize that you just enjoyed a great sesh.
Some smokers swear that vacuuming a room after smoking is an effective how to hide weed smoke method, but this seems to bring inconsistent results. You can vacuum the furniture – sofas, couches, recliners, etc. – as well as the floor or carpet. Some even vacuum other parts of the room, such as pillows, blankets, and window curtains or blinds.
Deep Clean Combination – Spray AND Vacuum
If you’re really into ridding your sesh area of weed smoke, an effective method is to combine the spray and vacuum methods. Spray the air first and then vacuum; for even better aerating, sprinkle odor-reducing powder onto the carpet before vacuuming. Some veterans even spray once more after vacuuming.
The result should be a refreshed carpet and fragrant air.
Cigarette smoke is excellent at killing any other smell, including that of weed. Even if you despise the smell of cigarette smoke, using it to mask the smell of your weed smoke might be worth it.
You can sneak a hit or two near people who are smoking cigarettes if you’re out in public, or just light one up yourself. If you’re inside, you or one of your sesh partners can light up a cigarette, even if it’s just briefly.
For a bolder way of masking that weed smell, you could light up a stogie. That will definitely do the trick!
Lighting Matches or Small Pieces of Paper
A veteran move is to light a match or two – or even a piece of scrap paper. Though you have to be careful to put them out carefully, the smoke they produce is usually good enough to remove the smell of weed smoke.
To make this work even better, turn on a fan (provided you have one). This will disperse the weed smoke faster and circulate the fragrant smells produced by burnt matches and/or paper.
How to Hide the Smell of Weed Both During AND After a Smoking Sesh
Some methods are effective at how to get rid of marijuana smell not just during your sesh but also after it.
Let’s take a look:
This is a time-tested, classic approach to stifling the smell of weed – and it works as well while smoking as it does after smoking. If you’re new to smoking weed, you may think of incense as the domain of practitioners of yoga and/or meditation.
However, cannabis smokers have been using incense to hide the smell of weed for decades. Common scents effective for doing just this – and subsequently leaving the room smelling fantastic – include the following:
- Nag Champa
Certainly, incense favorites vary from smoker to smoker, so you should choose a fragrance you enjoy. However, these are common strong scents that smokers find consistent and useful.
This is another time-tested method that answers the question of how to hide the smell of weed. Patchouli oil is derived from the flower of the patchouli plant and produces a pleasant, aromatic scent that lasts. In fact, many people use the scent of patchouli oil as an antidepressant and/or aphrodisiac.
No wonder it’s so popular!
A Smoke Filter
A smoke filter can do the trick pretty well. The concept is simple – the filter catches your exhaled smoke and filters out the unwanted smell in favor of more pristine air.
One popular such smoke filter is the Sploofy, a compact carbon device ideal for its versatility and portability, so you can use it for a home sesh as well as a mobile one. It has a replaceable filter that you can change out regularly after it successfully takes in huge clouds of smoke and then dispenses with unwanted odors.
Fruity, Herbal Cleanses
If you’ve ever properly washed your share of dishes, you know how effective lemon juice is not only at breaking up food residue on a plate, cup, or bowl but also at eliminating odors from your hands and fingers.
Lemon juice is also effective for eliminating the smell of weed. It’s even more effective when combined with regular herbs and spices that you may already have in your house.
In fact, here’s a mixture that refreshes a room or home anytime, which can be mixed into a bowl and left out to freshen the air or mixed together with water than be sprayed on hair, hands, clothes, furniture, cushions, curtains, etc.:
- Lemon wedges
- Diced celery
If you have eucalyptus and/or peppermint, you can add them to your mix for even better results.
How to Hide the Smell of Weed Using Extreme Methods
Sometimes, you may be desperate or seeking extreme measures to eliminate the odor of a good weed sesh, so here are a couple that you can try, although consequences and results could vary.
A Smoke Suit
One extreme measure is to don a disposable plastic raincoat or even a huge trash bag. You may look unusual in your temporary attire, but either of these effectively keeps the weed smell from sticking to your clothes, body, and hair.
Eliminate from Your Life Those Who Complain about the Smell of Weed
Like we said, these are extreme measures. This is not really recommended, but perhaps you can see where we’re going with this!?
Perhaps the Worst Option of All
If none of the above works, perhaps you shouldn’t smoke!
(Don’t take that seriously – find a way to eliminate the smell of weed by thinking outside the box and inventing your own unique method)
Respect Is Key
To many weed smokers, the odor of cannabis and/or marijuana smoke is heaven; however, not everyone shares this opinion.
The odor is an unfortunate signal of your sesh, and it can cause complications in the wrong place or situation or around the wrong people.
Despite the fact that many people smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes, it’s still prohibited by the federal government. This means discretion is still your best game plan.
It’s advisable to respect your neighbors and those around you; the tricks and suggestions above can help you enjoy your sesh without disturbing others. Besides, as great as cannabis smells or as much as you may love the smell of its smoke, it can go stale quickly.
But by keeping the smell to a minimum, you can enjoy your sesh more – and those around you won’t be any wiser!