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Scent-Free Options

The most obvious way to use cannabis discreetly is to go the scent-free route. There are low-odor strains available, but proceed with caution as the smell will still linger on the body and clothing. Consuming cannabis orally or applying it topically to the skin is the safest bet to kick the weed smell. If you’re picturing taking a bite out of a nugget or rubbing sticky buds all over your body, that’s not quite what we mean.


The edibles market has blown up over the last few years. From gummies and chocolate to mints, cookies, and brownies, there are endless options of delicious ways to enjoy cannabis. Brands like Twisted Extracts and MOTA offer a wide range of cannabis-infused edibles with THC, CBD, or a nice little combo of the two.


If you don’t want your grandma to spot your stash of special brownies, liquid options for cannabis are worth a shot. The go-to liquids tend to be tinctures and oils, but innovative products like drinks and honey sticks are starting to pop up everywhere.


There are cannabis topicals in the form of transdermal patches, lotions, bath salts, balms, salves, and lubes. Cannabis topicals are locally applied on the skin and typically made with higher CBD concentrations, with little to no traces of THC. Transdermal patches, however, do offer a variety of isolated cannabinoids, making it one of the most discreet cannabis products out there.

Pro Tips on Smoking at Home

  • A variety of factors impact the time it takes to feel the effects of cannabis, such as consumption method, body weight, metabolism, potency, and dosage.
  • People’s most common mistakes when taking edibles are taking too much or not waiting long enough for the first edible to kick in before taking another.
  • No matter which scent-free option you’re dabbling in, it’s always best to start low and slow. It may not sound sexy, but it allows you to gauge how a product interacts with your body before diving in with both feet.

Barely-Scented Alternatives

If you want to maintain a mild sense of danger and scent-free isn’t cutting it for you, vaporizers make smoking weed around family simple and discreet. There is a vaporizer for every kind of cannabis and social setting, from top-of-the-line vaporizer models to pens that you throw out when they’re out of juice.

Choosing the right vape is all about understanding your preferences and what you’re trying to get out of your vaping experience. Vape smoke is typically soft and muted, with options to inject a more pleasant aroma using flavoured units for inconspicuous clouds that smell like strawberries or bubble gum.

Vape pens, one-hitters, and dry flower vaporizers are just a few of the travel-friendly options to smoke weed discreetly on the go. Vape pens come with liquid cannabis in cartridges, whereas dry herb vapes require you to grind your flower, put it in the chamber and smoke it using convection heat. One-hitters look like a cigarette, and although some are battery-operated, others don’t require any additional add-ons for a successful session. There are also disposable cannabis vape pens where you toss it out when you’re done instead of charging them.

Pro Tips:

  • Vaping dry herb or oils has less smell compared to combusting weed.
  • No matter what vaporizer you settle on, remember to give it a good scrub every few sessions, so every inhale can feel like the first.
  • Avoid vape oils that contain Vitamine E acetate and diacetyl. Both of these ingredients have been linked to lung injuries.

Getting Rid of the Weed Smell

In case your only option is smoking weed (whether joint, pipe, or water pipe), then let’s talk about some ways to rid yourself of the unmistakable odor.

Smokebuddy (The Blunt-in-a-Cup Method)

The Smokebuddy is a handy, portable air purifier that is shaped like a coffee cup or mug. It offers one of the most discreet ways to smoke weed without anyone noticing. Puff and blow the smoke inside the device, and it will purify and neutralize the scent.

Smoke Weed Discreetly Outside or Get Lots of Ventilation

It isn’t foolproof but opening a door or window to get lots of ventilation can reduce the smell of weed. However, smoke can often linger in the curtains, floors, and walls. Take your session outside if you can to further eliminate odors.

Air Purifiers

If you want to smoke indoors and you happen to come across an air purifier, turn it on—these work just as well as air fresheners and candles. The HEPA and ionizing filters work to neutralize the smell.

Take a Bath or Shower

Taking a long and nice bath can be an effective way to get rid of the herbal scent. However, if you can’t take a bath after every time you smoke, then make sure to wash your hands, brush your teeth, use a breath mint and, if possible, change into new clothes. You may want to come up with a good story when your family questions why you’re taking so many baths or frequently changing into different clothes. As George Costanza once said, it’s not a lie if you believe it.