10 Ways to smell less like weed

Published Jan 19, 2023 10:00 a.m. ET
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Even if you’re one of the many enthusiasts who enjoy the dank scent of cannabis, it’s not always the greatest idea to go around smelling like it. There is a time and place for everything, and it makes sense to ditch the aroma every now and again, be it for a big interview, or an intimate family dinner, but that is often easier said than done. With a notorious aroma that lingers, sticking to everything in its path, there are some things you’ll have to do if you want to smell less like it.

1. Try smell-free strains

There are a number of no-smell or low-smell cannabis cultivars on the market today, and it’s a much bigger niche than you might expect, as you’re not the first person to struggle with this problem. However, they aren’t always advertised well for boasting this quality, so it might take some research to figure out which ones are available at your local dispensary.

2. Invest in a smoke buddy

The irritating odour that clings to everything is carried within the smoke that comes from burning joints, bowls, and other cannabis products, so if you want to eliminate it at the source, then now is the perfect time to pick up a handy dandy smoke buddy or make one yourself. It surely won’t guarantee a smell-free experience. Still, it can help to reduce the amount of stank that follows you once you’re done with a sesh.

3. Smoke & vape outdoors

As we’ve mentioned, it’s mainly the smoke that makes the smell stick to moving things like yourself, so as you might have already guessed, it’s probably a good idea to keep all of your toking outside where the clouds will blow away and dissipate quickly. At the very least, it’s best to smoke in places that provide good airflow.

4. Use a scent neutralizer

Spray neutralizers will tackle the dirty task of getting rid of scents like those left behind by cannabis, and a spray neutralizer can be used to de-scent specific spots or items like furniture or clothing. You might not want to overdo it with this one, as most do rely on chemicals to get the job done but keeping a bottle on hand sure can be helpful if you’re someone who smokes or vapes a lot.

5. Maintain a smoking coat

This is an old idea that’s been popular forever since smoking tobacco became trendy, and it’s an effective one. With a smoking coat, your clothing will be mostly shielded from exposure to the scent, and it’s easy to remove before you go back inside. The most important thing to remember is to keep it washed.

6. Change clothing


Yes, it can be a serious pain, but it’s a worthwhile move if you want to get rid of the smell of cannabis. After a sesh, slide inside and find something fresh, clean and like-new to wear. That way, you’ll only carry the scents that people love, like that of laundry detergent or dryer sheets.

7. Perfume

Perfume is one of the most popular choices on this list because it’s affordable, convenient, and really easy to use. Many keep a bottle of their favourite cologne or perfume on hand anywhere, and it works in a pinch when you weren’t really given notice that warns you ahead of the time you wish you didn’t smell like a pot plant. Just remember to pick one with a long-lasting bouquet of scents that aren’t going to fade too quickly.

8. Stick to products with less scent

For many, vaping is the best solution, as the super-low temperatures do seem to reduce the smell a fair amount. Edibles aren’t going to smell like weed unless you’re in the middle of baking them, and many concentrates are so refined, they no longer contain the precious terpenes that give cannabis its distinct smell. There are options for those who don’t like the aroma if you know where to look.

9. Wear a hat (or shower cap)

You can do everything in your power to wash, change, and cover your clothing, and it’s going to do a lot to reduce the smell of cannabis, but most people forget about the hair, and how much it holds onto those stinky elements. The only way to stop that from happening is by wearing protection, like a hat, or if you’re looking to go the extra mile to keep the scents at bay, then a shower cap that’s waterproof will offer the best seal.

10. Wash daily wear items frequently

Once you’ve washed your clothes, swapped your coat, and covered your hair, what could be left? Well, all of the other items you might wear every day, like a material hat, scarf, gloves, shoes, or even a purse. These items will work against you in this pursuit of being smell-free, so don’t forget to wash them regularly.

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