If you want to be mindful of your neighbors or simply want your cannabis habits to stay under the radar, try these handy tricks to mask the smell of cannabis in your home.
Though legalization of marijuana is spreading across the US, there are several reasons for masking the sweet, dank smell of ganja. In many counties cannabis odor is considered a public nuisance punishable by a fine or seizure of product. Additionally, thieves looking for easy targets will identify grows in local neighborhoods by the unmistakable terpene smell of flowering bud. Maybe you just don’t want your neighbor to know you smoke. The popular website and app, Leafly, presents some great approaches to masking cannabis odor.
The Hippie Approach: Patchouli Oil
This aromatic oil is a hippie hallmark. Made from the small pink and white flowers of the patchouli plant, this oil is known for its pleasant, lasting scent and supposed antidepressant and aphrodisiac qualities. Certainly makes sense to me: enjoy a doobie, dab some patchouli behind the ears, smell nice, and make love, not war.
The Homemaker Approach: Febreeze
A household staple for many Americans living with gassy pets and gassier spouses or roommates, Febreeze is a trigger-action odor eliminator. This is not the end-all, be-all of cannabis smell reduction, but for a fresh scent in a pinch, it’s a solid option.
The Toilet Bowl Approach: Matches with the Bathroom Fan On
One of the sneakier moves on the list, the toilet bowl is an act of desperation at its core. You can’t go outside but you can’t consume inside; it’s a risky move no matter how you slice it. But if you must, bring along stick matches (preferably) and flip the switch on the fan. The combusting sulfur and wood smoke of the stick matches should cover a hit or two and the fan should take care of the rest.
The Last Resort: Burnt Popcorn
The smell of burning popcorn could make a house fire just smell like another movie night gone wrong. In my experience, few smells mask other odors better and linger in the air longer than an accidentally burnt bag of microwavable popcorn.
If you grow or smoke a lot, an investment into a right-sized HVAC system with charcoal filters and de-odorizers pays off in the long run.