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Article Last Updated on December 27, 2022

The smell of cannabis isn’t something that users who want to smoke cannabis privately look forward to. Even though cannabis is widely available in dispensaries in states that have legalized cannabis use, weed is still illegal on a federal level, which makes a lot of cannabis users uncomfortable using it. If, for whatever reason, you want to keep your cannabis consumption private, it’s a good idea to mask the smell of weed.

But what if you don’t know how to hide the smell of weed efficiently? Well, this article will give you all the answers you may have on the subject. We’ll discuss how to prevent weed smell as well as how to get rid of the scent after you’ve been smoking, so read on.

Preventing Weed Smell Prior to Smoking

Whether you enjoy a dab, lighting a bong, smoking a joint, or even decarbing your weed to make some cannabutter, the cannabis odor that’s a result of the terpene profile will spread around your home instantly. So why not prevent the smell before it has time to spread? Here’s how you can do it.

Purchase Airtight Containers

The first step to both preserve the quality of your weed while also preventing marijuana odor is proper cannabis storage. The best way to store your weed for maintaining optimum quality is by placing it in an airtight container that’s stored away from direct sunlight and humidity. If you don’t have an airtight container, a regular mason jar can do the trick, or even a simple Ziploc bag, just make sure that it’s sealed properly and placed in a dark corner inside your cupboard.

Smoke in the Shower

The next option would be to smoke your joint while you have the shower running, and if you have a bathroom fan on top of this, it’s even a better idea. Check our guide to see how you can hotbox in the shower while also preventing the marijuana smell from escaping the room from under the door.

How to Hide the Smell of Weed?

While you can’t hide the smell of weed completely, there are some steps you can take to mask the smell. While it’s easy to mask the smell on your body by putting on body spray, perfume, or cologne, or inside your mouth by using mouthwash, cannabis smoke tends to linger on furniture, carpets, curtains, and all kinds of materials around your home. Below, we’ll list the most common methods for masking the smell of weed inside your home.

Make a Sploof

If smoking weed inside your house is something you enjoy, there’s no reason to give it up on account of the smell of weed since you can do something about that. If you only try one thing from this list, it should be making your own sploof as it not only masks the smell of weed, but it’s also a budget-friendly option. 

To make a sploof, you only need a few household items such as toilet paper roll or paper towel roll, scented dryer sheets, and a rubber band. Add a few dryer sheets to the toilet paper roll and add an additional dryer sheet and secure it with a rubber band on one end. Light up your joint and exhale the cannabis smoke in the sploof to transform the unpleasant cannabis odor into a fresh laundry smell. Never inhale through the sploof, though, since you risk inhaling harmful chemicals.

Odor Eliminators and Odor Removers

To get rid of the lingering smell of weed, you can use an odor eliminator such as Ozium. This and other air fresheners work by releasing potent chemicals on the airborne bacteria that produce the specific smell of weed and eliminate it. Don’t go overboard when using this product since it may cause skin, eye, and lung irritation. A lot of marijuana users like using Febreze as it’s one of the most effective smell-masking fragrances on the market. Both of these options will give you great results, so you just need to pick one and give it a try. 

Use Other Masking Agents

If you prefer more natural methods of masking weed scents, you can always purchase a deodorizer, add some water to it as well as a few drops of essential oil (natural scents such as mint, lavender, lemon, sandalwood, eucalyptus, and similar scents work very well) and enjoy your high even more by exposing your nostrils to these relaxing scents. You can also spray some body spray, cologne, or some other fragrance you enjoy. Finally, you can take your scented candles out and light them up as you enjoy the psychoactive effects of the cannabinoids in your cannabis flower.

Use a Smoke Filter

If you don’t want to make a DIY sploof, you can always purchase a smoke filter that will do the job even better than a sploof. Smoke filters generally have a carbon filter that conceals the skunk smell when you exhale into it. Remember that this is a much pricier option compared to your DIY smoke filter.

Use an Air Purifier

As the quality of the air decreases in a lot of metropolitan cities all over the world due to pollution, it’s likely that a lot of users will have an air purifier in their homes. If that’s the case with you, you can use your air purifier to maintain proper airflow in your home and reduce the smell of weed. And if you pair the use of your air purifier with adequate ventilation, the fresh air will replace the cannabis smoke.

Try Other Cannabis Consumption Methods

Finally, if you want to avoid the weed smell altogether, you may be inclined to try some new cannabis consumption methods. Using a vaporizer decreases the lingering smell significantly, and you can choose from a wide variety of products at different price points online. Or maybe you want to opt for a sleek, portable vape pen that will bring your cannabis smoking experience to a new high. While on the pricier side, these products provide users with a great cannabis smoking experience.

Alternatively, you can opt for consuming edibles, such as weed brownies, or consuming a tincture. Keep in mind that edibles and tinctures give users longer-lasting and more potent effects, so they’re not a very good option for first-time users and beginners. Whichever option you choose to try, make sure that you enjoy the process and the results, because that’s what recreational marijuana use is all about.

Final Thoughts on Masking Weed Smell

As you’ve probably concluded by now, there are methods that you can use to mask the smell of weed if you do enjoy lighting a joint inside your house. A lot of the methods we mentioned above are not only budget-friendly, but they’re also easy DIYs that you can make in a matter of minutes – such as the sploof. Others are a bit of an investment, though if you’re a regular cannabis user who loves to smoke inside, this investment will be worth it as you won’t need to spend a lot of money on dry-cleaning your curtains and cleaning your couches and carpets as often. Enjoy your next smoking session!

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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