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The Most Effective Ways to Hide the Smell of Weed

Saturday August 20, 2016

F or some, the smell of marijuana is gloriously comforting and tinged with the possibility of an exciting adventure, but for others, the smell may be unpleasant or a tell-tale sign of a stoner in the midst – which may or may not be a good thing depending on the company.

Whether it’s a dinner date with the in-laws, a trip to the grocery store, or a shift at work, the need to hide the smell of weed is an issue every consumer has faced before.

The next time you need a toke, but find yourself fearing the dreaded pungent weed cloud, try some of these tips to reduce the smell.

Marijuana in the Air

Catching a whiff of marijuana in the air at a concert can be a great thing (it means there’s a potential new friend nearby), but catching a nose-full while staying at your conservative parents’ home may not have a great outcome. When traditional fixes like candles and air fresheners don’t cut it, consider the following:

Use a doob tube:

A doob tube (aka a “sploof”) is a home-made device designed to make the smell of weed turn into the smell of fresh laundry. Just stuff a toilet paper or paper towel roll with dryer sheets or fabric lightly soaked in Febreze, then simply exhale the weed smoke through it.

Invest in an air purifier:

Air purifiers are an easy way to eliminate smoke as soon as it is produced. This is especially important for those who smoke indoors as the smell of stale smoke can accumulate quickly on carpet, walls and upholstery.

Try vaping:

Vaporizer pens offer the ultimate cannabis experience because they deliver cannabinoids directly to the brain within seconds without the carcinogens or lingering scent. You can find affordable vape pens online and in dispensaries for as low as $30-$50, as well as multi-use vape pens for around $200.

Choose a good location:

When possible, opt for a well-ventilated area. This will give the smoke somewhere to escape to instead of lingering in the area and on clothing.

Marijuana on Your Skin, Hair or Clothing

Though a shower and change of clothing is the best option for ridding the body of any stinky smell, it’s not always possible to achieve. In a pinch, you can remove the smell of weed from clothes, hair and skin with lotion, body spray or essential oils. You can also chew gum or brush your teeth directly afterward which will both take the smell of weed off of your breath and help reduce the occurrence of gum disease, an issue especially prominent in pot-smokers. Here are a few other ideas to keep in mind:

Be mindful of your hair:

Keep long hair pulled back when smoking to reduce the surface area on which smoke can attach, then let it down after you’re done to allow more air to reach individual strands.

Get outside:

UV rays neutralize odors so get out in the sun for 30-45 minutes after your next smoke sesh to burn off excess weed residue on the body and clothes.

Cooking with Cannabis

When cooking with cannabis, the kitchen – and every other room of the home – may become filled with the scent of sweet sensimilla. Though you can cut the potent scent down in a similar manner as listed above (candles, air purifiers and what-not), you can take it a step farther by ensuring your cannabis is covered during the cooking process.

If you can turn your whole day into a cook-off, all the better. Pungent foods like onions and garlic can quickly over-power the strong scent of cannabis allowing for a covert cannabis simmer – and some tasty munchie food, too!

Smell-Proof Storage

When the green is dank, it doesn’t have to be burned to be pungent. If you need to hide the smell of your dank stash, store it in smell-proof prescription bottles, baggies or odor-absorbing stash containers. STASHLOGIX offers a great option for this complete with your choice of sizes, customizable inserts and a combination lock to keep your stash protected.

There are many reasons to hide the smell of weed. No matter what yours is, try these tips to make the effort more successful.

The smell of marijuana is easily recognized, so we've all had to cover it up at some point. Here are the best ways to hide the scent of weed when you're smoking, cooking and storing your cannabis.

How to not smell like cannabis after smoking

I’ve never been the type of person to broadcast my high in public, either due to the fact that I look high or because I smell strongly of cannabis. That’s not because I’m ashamed of it or want to hide that I smoke, I just don’t want to deal with the silent judgments of strangers I encounter in the wild.

It’s my biggest pet peeve in the world, which is why I have some tried-and-true ways to get rid of the smell of weed after smoking.

5 items to have on-hand to not smell like weed or look high

To protect myself from having to deal with awkward stares whenever I venture out, I make sure to keep a few key items on deck that’ll allow me to flourish in disguise and move amongst the non-stoned like a red-eye- and odor-free ninja.

And since I love you, I’m going to share that list below. A wise man once said, “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” (That wise man was me. Just now. You’re welcome.)

Eye drops and contact lens solution

Off-top, the most important thing to keep on deck are eye drops. I don’t know about you, but my eyes get so damn red when I’m high. All it takes is one hit of the good stuff and my eyes instantly flame up like fingertips in Hot Cheeto dust. It bothers the hell of out me, so I keep a bottle of eye drops in my car, in my backpack, and also around the house.

As for which brand to reach for, my suggestion is Clear Eyes. They’re the cheapest, come in reasonably priced, small and large bottles for the budget friendly shoppers, and will keep your eyes on Code White for at least three hours.

For the rich people with abundant disposable income, I suggest Rohto. MAKE SURE TO GET THE GREEN BOX. I don’t know why, but those are the only ones that work for me. I once smoked before dinner with parents, used a bottle of the silver Rohto, then got to the restaurant and my eyes were still on Cyclops. You don’t want to be in that situation.

In addition to eye drops, if you wear contacts, make sure to keep solution on you as well. Just because your eyes aren’t red doesn’t mean they aren’t dry as hell. Even with moisturizing eye drops, your lenses might still slide into an ultra-dehydrated state. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used eye drops and my contacts still dried up into glass spheres of death.

Rule of thumb: If your mouth is dry, so are your eyes. Protect yourself, my friends.

Gum/Mints/Mouthwash

Let’s be honest, if you smoked then your breath stinks. I don’t care what flavors you tasted on the inhale, I promise the exhale was not as pleasant. There are very few things in this world that are worse than having a conversation with a bad-breath individual. One of those things is being that individual with bad breath.

Even the coolest human can’t pull off stinky tonsils, and that’s why you should have some kind of breath-freshening device on hand to help get rid of weed breath.

This item is almost as important as eyedrops. In fact, they’re 1A and 1B; they go hand in hand. Whether it’s gum, mints, mouthwash, or my preferred Listerine strips, just make sure you keep them ready to rock at all times. Hell, even if you didn’t smoke, chances are you need fresher breath. I mean, you brushed your teeth at 7:00 a.m. and it’s almost 3 o’clock now. Think about it.

Hand sanitizer and lotion

I smoke blunts so my fingers always smell like cannabis and hard work. It’s a part of the game that I’ve learned to accept. Sometimes in life you have to take the good with the bad, and if my fingers have to stink for me to float above the clouds, that’s a price I’m willing to pay.

But that doesn’t mean I have to let it linger. Neither do you. Always keep some hand sanitizer on deck because your fingers are definitely green from pulling apart the nugs and your fingers definitely smell like your last session. The hand sanitizer is essential for the On-The-Go cleaning kit. Throw a little bit on your palms, toss a little bit on your fingertips, and rub it all around until you’re no longer DJ Green Thumbs.

The only problem is hand sanitizer dries your hands out tremendously and you’ll be left with the ashiest mitts possible. Yes, even you, white people. That’s when lotion comes into play. Your mitts are dry and you don’t want to run the risk of starting a fire with your bare hands. You aren’t a boy scout. You aren’t Havok or El Diablo. You don’t need to be out here placing lives at risk because you didn’t lather up, so make sure to keep lotion on hand. (As always, pun intended.)

Wet wipes/Facial cleansing pads

Ever been so high that you had to splash some cold water on your face to wake up? If not, it’s time to get a better strain and take yourself to infinity and beyond. If so, then bring it in, let’s hug it out; we’re family. Sometimes I get so high that the only way I can bring myself back to life is to head to the bathroom and slap myself with a fistful of puddle.

But what do you do when you don’t have any H2O on hand? You don’t fret, that’s what. Because you’ve got wet wipes or facial cleansing pads handy. These two items are more than sufficient for the aforementioned purpose.

For the facial pads, I suggest Clearasil pads. Not because they’re special, but mainly because at first glance “Clearasil” looks like “Clarissa,” which reminds me of Clarissa Explains It All, the most un-talked about great show of my childhood.

For wet wipes, I suggest barbecue for dinner. Not only will you get a delicious meal, but you can ask for as many wet wipes as you need without question or judgment. Load the fuck up. You paid for the food, you get the wet wipes. That’s a little something I like to call killing two birds with one debit card swipe.

Cologne/Body spray

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people reek of cannabis. I know that sounds a little get-off-my-lawnish, but that’s how I feel. When people hotbox their cars, then walk around in public pretending they have no clue why everyone is staring at them, it annoys the shit out of me. Mostly because it’s inconsiderate of others. You can’t just go around throwing canna-smells into strangers’ faces without their permission.

That’s exactly why you should keep some real cologne or body spray on deck at all times. It’ll minimize your aroma while also minimizing unwanted attention. I very rarely smell like smoke, but when I do, a couple sprays of that Polo Red and I’m good money. If I don’t have cologne, it’s whatever body spray I have in my gym bag. Usually it’s Axe, but I suggest you go with Old Spice because it’s stronger and fights odor for longer.

Note: If you hotboxed your car then neither cologne nor body spray can help you. You reek of cannabis now, you’ll reek of cannabis later, and this will remain your truth for the entirety of the day until you shower and change clothes. Please crack a window or tilt the sunroof next time. I’m not saying that out of judgment, I just want you to live your best life. Because I respect you as an individual.

Proactive ways to reduce smelling like weed

Aside from carrying these five things with you when you smoke on-the-go, here are some other things you can do before you start smoking to not smell like weed.

  • Don’t stand downwind when smoking, so smoke doesn’t blow all over you
  • Keep your weed in an airtight bag so it doesn’t stink up your pocket or backpack
  • If you’re smoking inside, crack a window to let the room breathe
  • There’s always edibles

This post was originally published on March 31, 2017. It was most recently updated on April 20, 2020.

Let's face it: Nobody likes to stink like weed after smoking. Try these tips from Leafly to get rid of the smell of weed to leave you smelling (and feeling) so fresh and so clean.