Guide to Hiding the Smell of Weed

While many of us truly enjoy the sweet, dank, citrusy smell of cannabis, there are some people who turn their noses away from the distinctive scent. Whether or not you enjoy it, you might not want the aroma lingering around– you know, like on your clothes, in your car, or around your house. This is especially true if you happen to be on your way to work, or stopping by grandma’s house. Unless of course she’s down with weed, in which case, good for her–and even better for you! But when it comes time to eradicate that weed smell from your home, clothes, or car, what’s your go-to solution? If you’re feeling stumped, read on for some helpful tips on how to  hide the smell of weed.

Weed Smell

Although it’s somewhat hard to describe, you know it when you smell it. The scent of cannabis comes from its terpenes–which are the essential oils of the plant–and no two strains of cannabis smell exactly alike. However, common aromas take on earthy, spicy, floral, gassy, woody, sweet, or citrusy scents. 

Fresh cannabis, when still on the stem, smells almost spring-like and grassy. Like a freshly mowed lawn, but much more unique and with a little extra funkiness thrown in the mix. Dried, cured cannabis has the most depth to it and that’s when the terpenes really come to life. Yet, once you spark up your  weed and burn it for smoking, the aroma changes. Yes, terpenes are still there, but it mixes with the smoke and causes the scent to linger a bit longer, creating something wholly complex and unique that’s truly canna-bliss

Do Weed Vapes Smell?

Most weed vapes do in fact smell. The scent is slightly different from fresh cannabis, and because you don’t actually light anything on fire, the scent doesn’t linger as long as smoking weed (you know like when you hot box in your van). This however is part of the appeal of vaping. It’s more discreet, the smell dissipates quickly, and it doesn’t leave a burnt smell on your fingers.

Does CBD Smell Like Weed?

CBD is the dominant cannabinoid in hemp. CBD on its own doesn’t produce a smell, but hemp does. Smoking a hemp joint smells the same as smoking weed, with some allowance for different terpene profiles. It would be hard to tell if someone was smoking a CBD joint or a THC joint based on the smell alone. 

Do Growing Weed Plants Smell?

Cannabis plants do smell, and it’s pretty potent. However, the weed smell doesn’t really come on strong until the plants start budding. Then, it gets stronger and stronger the closer it gets to harvest. Basically, if you were to drive by a field full of weed ready for harvest, you would certainly catch a whiff of the beautiful budding plants.

Does Weed Smell Like a Skunk?

Some cannabis strains smell a bit “skunky” but most definitely not like a real skunk This is related to the terpene myrcene, which has a pungent, earthy, musky smell. When myrcene is the dominant terpene in any cannabis strain, it can create a distinctive smell that’s both powerful and stimulating. Fun fact: myrcene is also found in hops, mangos, parsley, and lemongrass! 

How Long Does a Weed Smell Last? 

Well, pal, that just depends on how much you smoke. If you smoke weed indoors or in an enclosed area, the weed smell may linger for three to five hours. When you smoke outdoors, the smell dissipates into the air, but smoke particles can still cling to your fingers and clothing for several hours. 

How to Smoke Weed Without Smelling 

When you really want to smoke but need to keep the smell down, you might want to avoid a bowl or a bong. Smaller pipes like one-hitters and chillums are ideal because you can take small hits with less aromatic smoke. Or you can just make a “sploof,” the DIY toilet paper roll smoking device that’s been known to hide weed smell–even if it looks a little ridiculous.

Simply crumple up a dryer sheet, or even a paper towel with essential oils on it, and place it inside an empty cardboard toilet paper roll. When you take a hit, exhale into the roll, and the smell is masked by the scented sheet or paper. 

Hiding or Getting Rid of Weed Smell 

When you need to get rid of that smoky, skunky smell for good, follow these tips:

How to Hide Weed Smell in Your House or Room

Hiding weed smell and getting rid of weed smell are two different things. To mask weed smell, you can use room air fresheners like Febreze, burn some incense, or make your own scent-hiding concoction with essential oils, water, and rubbing alcohol. Spray liberally, and be sure to cover any fabrics that may be holding on to weed smoke particles. Overall dusting, vacuuming, and general tidying never hurts. Remember, a tidy stoner is a happy stoner!

How to Get Weed Smell Out of the Car

In such a small space, smoke particles can stick to every surface and seemingly last forever. This is definitely not what you want when driving around town. To help get the smell of weed out of a car, open all of the windows and let it air out as long as possible. If you use an ashtray, be sure to empty and clean it out. Look into air fresheners or sprays like Ozium to help clean the air. 

How to Get Rid of Weed Smell on Your Clothes 

The best way to get rid of the weed smell on your clothes is simple: wash them! The scent might go away after several hours up to a day, but if you need to entirely remove it, just throw your clothes in the washing machine. Adding essential oils like lavender and peppermint to a wool ball in the dryer will also add a fresh new scent to your laundry. 

How to Get Rid of Weed Smell on Your Body and Hair

Wash your hands after smoking weed to remove the smell from your fingers. Stinky hands are a smoker’s dead giveaway. To quickly and fully get rid of the weed smell in your hair, you need to wash it. If that’s not an option, use a scented hair product like sea salt spray.

Does Burning Incense Cover the Smell of Weed?

Lighting incense can definitely help mask the smell of weed, but it will not get rid of it. However, if you need to tidy up in a pinch, the cover of incense might last long enough for the smell of weed to go away on its own. 

Do Burning Candles Hide the Smell of Weed?

Much like incense, candles can help cover the smell of weed, but not eradicate it entirely. Choose candles made with pure essential oils, as higher-quality candles tend to do a better job of filling the room with fresh scents.

How to Store Your Weed So it Won’t Smell 

Keep your weed in airtight containers to help contain the potent aroma. This not only keeps the smell down, but preserves the life of your cannabis. 

One Final Toke

There are plenty of ways to mitigate the smell of smoking weed if you don’t like it, or need to hide it. Hopefully you can appreciate its unique aromas and terpene profile, and not have to worry about hiding it. Happy smoking, pals!

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