Although unique flavours and aromas can be a decisive factor for buying a particular cannabis strain, the smell that stays after smoking weed is not something that every consumer likes and wants to have in their house.
The smell that lingers after smoking cannabis can be skunky and unpleasant for many people.
That’s why we compiled a list of tips on how to get rid of weed smell in your house.
How to Get Rid of Weed Smell?
The following tips can do the trick when you want to eliminate or cover up the smell of marijuana in your home:
1. Let the fresh air come into your room
It is a good idea to open the window and ventilate the place even before lighting a joint. This way the air will circulate and the weed odour won’t be lingering in the room.
Blowing smoke through the window will also minimize the amount of weed smell that stays inside. Additionally, you can turn on a fan and place it towards the window to improve room ventilation.
2. Use air purifiers, air fresheners, and essential oil diffusers.
Using an air purifier, freshener, or humidifier can be very helpful when you want to get rid of the cannabis smell.
Air purifiers or air cleaners, as some like to call them, can be found in many homes since their main purpose is purifying the air and eliminating any kind of bad smell in the room.
When it comes to weed smell, the purifiers with HEPA and carbon filters are considered to be a good option for eliminating cannabis odour. For minimizing the marijuana odour, the air cleaner should be turned on from the start of the smoking session.
Air purifiers with HEPA and carbon filters can eliminate cannabis odour, while air cleaners and air fresheners are usually used for minimazing or masking the skunky smell.
Using air fresheners after smoking weed is an old tip for getting rid of the skunky smell. They come in various interesting fragrances and while some are made only for masking the odour, there are others who can actually remove it.
Although air humidifiers can’t eliminate the stench from smoking cannabis, they are very good at masking the smell and refreshing the room with a pleasant scent of essential oils. Because of their unique strong smells, essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and peppermint are pretty good at covering up strong scents.
3. Use white vinegar.
Vinegar itself has a very strong aroma so it is very good for eliminating odours.
Vinegar can be used in two ways: you can put it in a spray bottle and spray the room or you can put some vinegar in the bowl and let it sit for a couple of hours to evaporate and remove bad smell from the air.
4. Use incense sticks and scented candles.
These scented products, usually a mixture of various essential oils, are good allies in covering up the unpleasant scents.
They are very easy to use, and most people have them in their house, being cannabis smokers or not.
Candles and incense sticks offer a great variety of fragrances to choose from.
Candles and incense sticks are made in a wide range of interesting scents: from fruity and floral to the ones with vanilla, cinnamon and other candy-like scents. The fragrance options are close to infinite.
Some producers even offer candles and sticks that are specially crafted for eliminating odours from weed smoke.
5. Clean the room.
Weed odour is not only present in the air after a smoking session, but it can also be caught on various home surfaces and fabrics: sheets, pillows, curtains, or carpet.
To get rid of weed smell, change the pillows and sheets, wash the curtains, mop the floor and clean all the surfaces with a fragranced product for cleaning.
If your sofa or carpet smells after smoking weed, try baking soda. Simply sprinkle it all over the sofa and carpet, let it sit for a couple of hours and then do the vacuuming. Baking soda tends to absorb unpleasant smells and can be very helpful in situations like these.
How to Prevent Weed Smell?
Since we covered up the tricks for getting rid of the weed smell after smoking, let’s take a look at steps you can take to prevent the cannabis smell.
1. Consider using personal air filters for weed smoke.
Personal air filters for weed smoke that minimize odour and reduce second-hand smoke can be a great way to prevent pungent weed smell.
Alternatively, you can make a DIY version of this weed accessory, called sploof, that won’t be as effective as the store-bought one, but it can help in reducing the amount of weed odour.
2. Store cannabis properly.
Sometimes people forget the importance of properly stored weed.
When weed is stored in containers that are not smell proof, the cannabis odour will appear in your home even when you are not smoking. That’s why it is good to invest in smell proof, airtight containers, and prevent the smell of strong strains from spreading through the room.
3. Consider using some other methods of weed consumption
Apart from smoking cannabis, other methods of consumption include vaping, using cannabis-based edibles, beverages, tinctures or capsules.
Why Cannabis Can Have a Strong Smell?
If you are an experienced cannabis user or you’ve been around cannabis smokers, you could notice that not all cannabis strains have the same smell and odour intensity.
Have you ever wondered why marijuana has a strong smell?
The main reasons why weed smoke is sometimes pungent and skunky are terpenes. Terpenes are organic compounds that can be found in all flowers, not only cannabis.
Terpenes are the main compound responsible for the smell of weed.
Terpenes give flowers a specific scent and flavour. So far, over a hundred different cannabis terpenes have been discovered. Various terpenes create a unique terpene profile in cannabis strains which distinguishes one strain’s aroma and taste from another.
The most common terpenes found in cannabis flowers are myrcene, limonene, pinene, linalool, and caryophyllene. They all have different scents and taste:
- Myrcene has an earthy, musky scent,
- Limonene has a citrusy smell,
- Pinene has a pine smell,
- Caryophyllene has a peppery and spicy smell, and
- Linalool is citrusy, floral, and sweet.
If you are one of those consumers who’d like to avoid a strong, pungent smell after smoking cannabis, you should search for strains that have a discreet aroma and avoid the ones with skunky odours (e.g. Death Star and Sour Diesel).
Also, you should keep in mind that the type of marijuana strain is not the only thing responsible for the odour that stays in the air after smoking.
When you light a joint, along with the cannabis parts, rolling paper and tobacco also burn (if they were mixed with marijuana). So, the smell of weed is mixed with smoke and ash, and altogether they create a specific after-smoke smell.