Pot smokers everywhere have long been aware of perhaps the only drawback to smoking marijuana, the smell. Even though many states have legalized cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, a lot of users would prefer not to advertise when they choose to toke up. Even in states where it’s legal, public use and driving while smoking are prohibited. Whether you need to mask the smell of marijuana smoke in your car or in your home, there are some tips from inventive smokers that help you reduce cannabis smell when smoking.

How to Reduce the Smell of Cannabis When Smoking

Cannabis provides a host of benefits to both patients and recreational users, although everyone knows that the aroma lacks subtlety. The terpenes in marijuana plants cause that sweet, sticky smell that can seep into your skin, hair, carpets, furniture, car upholstery, and clothing.

Here are some of our favorite tips to reduce or eliminate that weed smell we might know and love but would rather not advertise to our neighbors, landlord, parents, or coworkers. Experiment with one or more tips to see what works best for your smoking environment to cover up the smell of your favorite pungent pot.


  1. Blow Your Smoke out a Window
    This may not always be possible, but of course, it makes sense to open a window when available. As long as your neighbors or landlord aren’t right on the other side. Sometimes it helps to place the fan on the windowsill that sucks the air directly outside as opposed to air rushing in an open window and only pushing your smoke faster around the room. Find a window and ventilation that works for you, and you can combine it with other tips below to help reduce the smell of weed smoke.
  2. Use Scented Candles, Incense, or Essential Oils
    Burning some nice scented candles or using essential oils in a diffuser can help to mask the smell of marijuana while also adding some pleasing aromas to your home. Try different air fresheners and oil varieties to see which combination works best for you. There are many different aromas that help to get rid of the smell of marijuana in your home, such as lemon or lemongrass, lavender, mint, peppermint, orange, patchouli, eucalyptus, sage, tea tree, and others. Burning some natural incense is also good to cover up the smell of smoking cannabis.
  3. Smoke In The Bathroom With a Hot Shower Running
    Closing off your bathroom and running a hot shower until you have a steamy room can help to hide the smell of smoke. It also helps to put a damp towel at the bottom of the door to prevent smoke from escaping. Steam and vapor help to absorb and offset the smell of pot smoke, and the fan can whisk it all away. Jump into that hot shower when you’re done to wash off any lingering smell on your body.
  4. Try Vaping Instead of Smoking
    Ingesting your flower with a vaporizer instead of smoking is a great way to hide the smell and still enjoy a quick high. Cannabis users can vape concentrate or flower with the use of a heating device like a heat wand that gets your product to the perfect temperature to release terpenes and cannabinoids without actually putting fire to it. Vaporizing allows you to ingest the same amount of cannabinoids without releasing harmful carcinogens or a potent aroma. Vapor dissipates quickly in the air without a trace.
  5. Use a Sploof
    A sploof is a device that traps and deodorizes your smoke, like a smoke buddy. There are many different types of personal smoke filters, or you can make your own. All you need to make your own sploof is an empty toilet paper roll, a couple of dryer sheets, and some rubber bands. Fold the dryer sheets a couple of times to place over one end of your empty cardboard cylinder, and secure tightly with the rubber bands. Simply blow your smoke into the open end, and the filter will scrub the smoke smell as it goes through it.

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