How to Mask the Smell of Weed

Smoking weed is great, right? But it’s not for all places and all times, at least that’s what we’re told. And sometimes, it becomes a good idea to cover tracks and make sure nothing is smelled. There are several ways you can mask the smell of weed, from DIY concoctions, to standard deodorizers, to neutralizing products.

There are lots of products on the market to help you mask the smell of weed. Whether its a neutralizing spray, odor-proof bags, or incense, you can make sure to get rid of that smell. The great thing about gummies and vapes is that these practices aren’t necessary as there is no smell to mask. We’ve got tons of great products from delta-8 THC, to hemp-derived delta-9, to THCV. Check out our deals, and figure out the best way to consume your cannabis, so you can keep it a private affair. For more articles like this one, make sure to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!

Why hide?

If you’re looking to smoke a secret joint in your church’s back room, or want to bust out some bong hits at your nephew’s birthday party, these are situations where you might not want everyone around to know what you’re doing. Maybe you’re staying at your parents and they’re super strict, or maybe your new boyfriend isn’t into dating a big smoker. Whatever the reason, whether you’re toking alone or with company, it’s best to know ways to cover your tracks.

My most egregious pot-smoking was when I used to drive, and keep a one-hitter stowed in the compartment between the two front seats. I’m not telling anyone they should smoke while driving, I technically didn’t, saved the hits for when I reached my destination, and then put my car in park so I could grab a couple tokes before going into work, or my mom’s house, or whatever else I was dreading enough to require smoking up beforehand.

I used to keep little bottles of perfume in my car, and I’d spray it down after smoking up. Sometimes I’d take a small lap around a block just to let the air through the windows. If I sprayed too much, my car smelled like a giant chemically-derived honeysuckle, and if too little, it smelled like a honeysuckle that was smoking a joint. And I, no doubt, trailed the scent with me, even if I wasn’t trying.

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Mask the smell of weed by covering it up

First and foremost, you can handle your cannabis smell issue in the same way high school kids have been doing it for generations, and how I was doing it in my car. Just spray something over it. There’s a reason why incense and cannabis go together so well. If you’re sitting in your room getting high, getting in a quick hit in a bathroom, or found some corner to light up privately in, just have something to spray, or that will cover the smell.

I used cheap perfumes because I was cheap, and that wasn’t necessarily the best solution. There are plenty of options when it comes to a spray deodorizer, and you can go full chemical, or naturally-based. The important aspect to this option is having a smell that can be used to mask the smell of weed. You can even get those little keychain spray holders to ensure that no matter where you are, you can squeeze out something fresh and non-cannabis scented.

Perhaps the best bet for stationary smoking, is lighting a stick of incense, or using an infuser for essential oils. Patchouli oil and Nag Champa have been long-used methods of covering the smell of cannabis smoke. Other oils like lavender or mint are strong and can cover up many unwanted smells. You have the options of lighting a stick of incense, using a spray, an oil diffuser, candle, or even potpourri.

Mask the smell of weed when travelling

I used perfume to cover the smell of smoke in my car, but what about when you’re travelling with flowers, and want to make sure they don’t get you in trouble if you’re stopped? Whether you’re going by car or train or bus, having cannabis in these situations is generally illegal, and precautions should be taken. Once again, there is the option of using a spray to cover a smell, but there are newer and better ways to attack this problem.

One of the newer inventions is bags and luggage that are smell proof. Everyone knowns you can Ziplock your stash, or put it into multiple plastic bags to mute the smell, but these remedies only last for so long before the smell seeps through. And they’re not powerful enough to get past dogs.

There are companies now putting out plastic products that have a higher level of smell secrecy. Like the brand Smelly Proof, or the use of stash cans. Stash cans are containers that are usually airlocked, whereas plastic bags meant for storing do a similar thing, but in a standard – but stronger – plastic bag format.

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Yet another option is a brand like Absent Designs, which makes smell-proof bags for travelling, coming in a variety of sizes from basic purse size, to full on airline luggage size. This brand, and brands like it, use absorbent materials like charcoal to literally absorb the scent before it can go into the air. According to Absent, the bags are dog-proof, and can be reinvigorated by a quick trip to the dryer in order for it to release its absorbed material and make room for new. I bought a wallet-sized pouch, and didn’t have dogs to contend with, but when zipped in, I certainly can’t smell a single thing.

Mask the smell of weed with cannabis neutralizers

There’s another way to do this, whether dealing with weed smoke, or the pungent smell of fresh flowers. And that’s to simply neutralize the smell. Now, this isn’t actually simple, but requires finding natural chemicals that can attach to cannabis particles in the air, and neutralize their scent. A couple companies are already putting out some pretty great products.

The company NSNT (No Smell No Tell) puts out an odorless spray made of organic materials, and without added chemicals, that can literally take the smoke right out of the air, and without leaving any scent behind. I tested this out along with Cannabolish, a scented spray (I got Wintergreen, but Lavender is an option too) which also did great to immediately neutralize all smell of weed, utilizing natural components. Though both sprays can be used on all water-safe materials, I only used them in the air for my test on cannabis. I did, however, spray them both on old laundry to see what would happen, and found that their powers extended past weed-neutralizing usages.

Cannabolish offers candles and gel as well as spray. While neither company went too far into the chemistry of how their products work, they both stipulated the use of natural components, and the absence of dangerous chemicals. In both cases, the explanation for neutralization came from the ability essential oil components have to attach to cannabis molecules thereby changing them, and the way they smell.

Mask the smell of weed with DIY spray

If you like the idea of neutralizing a smell without leaving heavy chemical scents in the air, but don’t feel like buying a conventional product, you can make your own at home. One of the best odor neutralizers is standard baking soda, which can be used from things like getting rid of the smell of cat urine to neutralizing cannabis smoke.

Baking soda is a naturally alkaline substance that can neutralize acidic substances, which many smells are. It does this by changing the pH balance in the air. Baking soda can be used in different ways. It can be left on a material like carpet and then vacuumed off, or it can be mixed with water to create a sprayable mixture that can be used in the air. The addition of lemon adds a great scent to the room, while also giving an extra odor-eating kick.

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Here’s a great DIY recipe for making a baking soda spray to mask the smell of weed. This simple recipe can be put together by virtually any stoner who wants to create a spray to get rid of their weed smell. Just have some on standby for your smoke sessions to ensure you can control the smell of the room, even when smoking up.

  • Get together 1 ¾ cups distilled water, one teaspoon baking soda, and one tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Mix it together and wait for the fizzing to stop.
  • Pour into spray bottle.
  • Spray where needed.


Covering up the smell of cannabis can be very important at times. It might even be the difference between sitting in a jail cell and being free. With the products and information listed above, you should be able to find the optimal way to mask the smell of weed for your specific purposes, and keep your smoking sessions completely private.

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This Thanksgiving: COVER THE SMELL – Products to Reduce Cannabis Smoke Odor

So, you want to hotbox with your friends this Thanksgiving, but you don’t want the smoke to be smelled by the more uptight members of your family and friends circle? Now you can cover the smell easily with products meant to reduce cannabis smoke odor. Perfect for getting high on the holidays, without everyone else knowing.

If you’re going to smoke a secret joint this Thanksgiving, make sure to cover the smoke smell with the right product! On the other hand, if you’re more into vapes and gummies, you can get high with way less of a problem. In fact, no one has to know at all. We’ve got a range of deals for cannabis compounds like delta-8 THC, hemp-derived delta-9, THCV, and more. Stock up on your favorites for a truly happy Thanksgiving. Remember subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter for all the latest deals. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!

Holiday smoking

Let’s be honest, every smoker wants to be high for Thanksgiving. Nothing makes turkey and stuffing taste better than toking on some fine California bud before the food is served. Plus, let’s be honest, family can be great, but there’s a reason we often move away. They can be stressful too. For some families, Thanksgiving isn’t even Thanksgiving if Uncle Joe doesn’t pick a fight with someone, and if cousin Allison doesn’t cry.

And just like we know that Joe will be rude, and Allison will cry, and the turkey will be delicious, we also know that first chance we get, we’re going to steal away to the basement with a tightly packed joint, and let off some of that dealing-with-family-steam that’s built up. Maybe smoked alone, or with some other family member who’s also just trying to make it through. Chances are, that before pumpkin pie is served, we’ll be glassy-eyed, and at least partially immune to the bickering going on around.

Truth is, while the general opinion on smoking weed has changed drastically in the last decade, it doesn’t mean everyone’s onboard, particularly the older folks who come from a generation of prohibition talk. So chances are, when you’re down in the basement smoking that joint, you’re really not going to want everyone to know. The problem with smoke? It spreads super easily, and once it’s out there, it’s hard to do much about it. You can spray perfumey scents that create a sweet-smoke mixture, or try to wave it all out a window with your hands, or just hope it weakens enough before getting to anyone’s nose.

There are tons of situations in life where you might not want those around you to know what you’re smoking. Maybe you’re in a place where you’re not technically supposed to be smoking, or around people who just aren’t cool with it. Maybe it’s just that the smoke wouldn’t mix with what’s going on, or maybe there are little kids around. Whatever the reason, sometimes its not a good idea to have weed smoke around, and sometimes you need to cover the smell.

Cover that smell with NSNT

At a point in life, I remember spraying cheap perfume in my car after smoking my one hitter before going into work most days. It smelled sickly sweet, and created a mixture of grossly sweet and smoky air, which would stay in my car, seep into the seats. It didn’t really help the situation in the end. Now, there are better options out there. Options that actually work.

I was able to speak with retailers at this year’s MJBizCon, and found two different products perfect to cover the smell of cannabis smoke. The first literally kills the smoke smell, while leaving nothing behind at all, in an almost magic trick sort of way. It’s actually rather cool, just a few sprays from the bottle into a room of smoke, and the smoke just disappears, along with all scent. Nothing heavy left, nothing overly sweet and perfumey. Just clean-smelling air. The product NSNT (No Smell Not There) Air & Fabric Odor Neutralizer and Eliminator, neutralizes and eliminates all cannabis smoke odor, and it does it really fast.


It can be used on any water-safe products like clothing, carpets, furniture, bedding, curtains etc. The spray produced is non-toxic, organic, and made in a cruelty-free way. This means not only will you get the smoke out of the air, but you won’t breathe in any bad, and unnecessary, chemicals instead.

The company produces a product with no fragrance, alcohol, phthalates, phosphates, or parabens. The company is geared toward sustainable production methods using 100% recycled plastic, and biodegradable shipping paraphernalia. The one thing I found to be missing, is a complete ingredient list. The following product options exist for interested buyers:

  • $5.25 – 2 oz travel size
  • $12.00 – 8 oz spray bottle
  • $18.75 – 16 oz spray bottle
  • $31.75 – 32 oz refill

The company also offers combination deals ranging from $15.75 to $54.25 which include multiple products per deal. As it is odor free, there is only one product scent option.

Cover that smell with Cannabolish

This is the second product I found that I really liked. First and foremost, this product name rocks. I fully admit that I’d likely take it off the shelf before NSNT (with all other things being equal) just because of its name. Good marketing truly has value, guys! The main difference between this and the previous option? A scent.

Cannabolish comes in Wintergreen scent or Lavender scent, and can come as a spray or a candle. I have the wintergreen spray and think it smells a bit more like sandalwood, but I like the scent regardless. It did hang in the air for a little while after spraying, but in a generally light way. For those who don’t like scents, an odorless product like NSNT would probably be preferable. Much like with NSNT, Cannabolish truly did neutralize the scent immediately, with the spray taking the smoke right out of the air with about 4-6 sprays, and this after several bong hits. I went out of the room and came back in several times to test it out…there was no smell of smoke in the room after a few sprays of either product. Cannabolish product options include:

  • $14.99 7 oz Wintergreen or Lavender candles
  • $4.99 2 oz spray, Wintergreen or Lavender
  • $11.99 8 oz spray, Wintergreen or Lavender

The company also sells odor removing gel for $9.99 (7 oz) or $15.99 (15 oz), and Kits comprised of multiple products, starting at $17.98. Interested buyers can even purchase apparel including hats for $20, and T-shirts for $25.


How do these products work to cover the smell of smoke?

NSNT breaks it down like this: “the simple chemistry is to have one molecule in our formula attach itself to one molecule of a cannabis related smell and together they quickly become totally neutralized, returning your environment to a completely smell-free environment!”

Of course, the company goes on to stipulate: “Finding a formula to make it work was quite difficult. While there are products on the market that seem to use this theory, they fall short because they still utilize fragrances and alcohol. Adding to the challenge to find a workable product with no fragrance at all is to make a green product which is biodegradable, eco-friendly, sustainable and safe for humans and pets.”

Cannabolish makes similar claims, stating on its site: “Traditional air freshener products just cover up unwanted odors with perfumes. They claim essential oils or natural plant extracts but use harsh chemical compounds and harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when they spray. They’re unsafe to use and should be avoided.

Cannabolish is made from natural plant oils and water (a blend we’ve perfected over 30 years), absorbing and removing odors without toxic ingredients. It’s safe to use around animals and people, in large or small spaces, as often as you need it.”

This company does provide a partial ingredient list, but keeps its proprietary plant oil blends a secret, saying: “Marijuana smoke contains a multitude of chemicals produced from the combustion of the plant—resulting in toxic and odorous chemicals such as benzene, ammonia, and formaldehyde. Cannabolish candles and sprays were designed by investigating the causes of smoke odors (benzene, toluene, formaldehyde). Then a blend of plant oils was designed to cancel out those odorous chemicals.”

Neither company was any more specific than this. Interested consumers can do a little research into how the process of neutralizing odors works, to understand better the difference between these products, and standard perfumes and smell-covering agents.

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Word to the wise

Not every odor neutralizer will be created equally, and many will employ unwanted chemicals. Do your homework if you’re looking for a more natural product. The two mentioned here are about as good as I could find, and although they don’t release all information, they do release enough to know they’re environmentally friendly, and produce naturally-based products.

For those less concerned with chemicals, or who aren’t looking to neutralize an odor, there are a range of products available that can help with changing the smell around you. However, for those who want a high class, and well working product, these two companies have certainly nailed it.

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Holidays are a great time to remember that smoking a joint can be the key to relaxing in a stressful family environment. Do so this year with added certainty that you can cover the smell of your weed successfully, and keep your private joint smoking moments…truly private.

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