How to Hide the Smell of Cannabis

Cannabis users alike can recognize the distinct smell of nature’s favourite herb from a mile away. The aroma alone can induce feelings of excitement, comfort and joy. Even if you aren’t a stoner, you’re likely acquainted with the strong odour of cannabis. While we love the pungent, earthy scent the flower produces, we understand not everyone likes or appreciates it. We can all agree the aroma of cannabis is powerful, but that shouldn’t discourage you from exercising your legal right to consume the herb. Have your joint and smoke it too with these methods of concealing the smell.

It’s not uncommon for most people to have their first cannabis experience while living with parents or in their childhood home. For this reason, we feel your pain. Not everyone will have access to a space of their own to openly partake in cannabis consumption, however, there are some ways around it. If you’re attempting to smoke in a bedroom, always make sure there is a window you can open to allow air flow and ventilation. Before you even think about sparking up, roll up a damp towel and stuff it into the crack at the bottom of the door to trap any smoke from escaping the room. 

To further conceal the smell, you can use a personal air filtration device, sometimes referred to as a “sploof”. This will capture the smoke as you exhale into it that will reduce secondhand smoke and eliminate odour. If you can’t get your hands on one of these, you can create your own with dryer sheets, an empty paper towel roll and a rubber band. This will not be as effective, but it’s still better than free blowing smoke into the air. 

Another measure you can take is lighting natural incense, scented candles or diffusing essential oils. These will release strong aromatic compounds into the air that are surprisingly good at covering up the odour of weed. We recommend natural alternatives as opposed to artificial air fresheners as these tend to mix in with the cannabis smell to create an even more noticeable funky aroma. 

Smoking in the bathroom can be an additionally effective technique for those that don’t have access to a bedroom. Start by turning the shower on and make the water hot enough to create steam. The steam from the hot water will mix with the smoke and help dissipate the smell. If the bathroom has a fan, turn this on as well, as this will further help evaporate the steamy smokey mixture. Remember to use the same damp towel trick for the bottom on the door. 

After smoking, the smell can still linger on your person even if you’ve left the area. To avoid carrying the odour with you, take a shower, wash your hair, brush your teeth and put on fresh clothes. If you’re in a pinch, chew some gum and pop some eye drops in to steer clear of any suspicion. 

Cannabis has a well-known habit of announcing itself. Store your stash in air tight containers or smell-proof bags to maintain freshness and to avoid any unwanted aroma. Experiment with these methods next time you’re trying to toke up indoors and see which one works best for you. Happy smoking!