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Road-killed skunk, piney Christmas trees and Grateful Dead concerts are a few of the descriptions often used to relate the smell of cannabis sativa. Whether you’re a fan of its signature stink or prefer your weed to be incognito, we’ve all had times when we need to stay under the radar and keep the “STONER” sign back at home.

Humans and marijuana have coexisted beautifully for thousands of years because of the symbiotic relationship that exists between the two. It wasn’t until the 20th-century that marijuana was first made illegal in the United States and therefore people had to start becoming cognizant of its potent smell that would make them easily identifiable. There are many ways to hide the smell of cannabis from prying nostrils, but only a few that actually work.

Smells like teen spirit

You may have seen or heard of the old “sploof” trick where you rubber band a dryer sheet onto the end of a cardboard tube and blow the smoke through the MacGyver-like contraption. When you’re trying to hide the smell of getting high in your parents’ basement, this seems like a viable option- at least until you realize that it doesn’t, in fact, work that great.

All it does is dilute the smell, not hide it. The burning bowl still emits smoke and any keen nose can tell that you’re definitely not just doing your laundry.

Sweetie, what’s that smell? Are you burning a load of laundry?
Yes dear, just throwing in a load of greens…

If you have a skunk problem that needs remedied, try this instead: get yourself a one-hitter and open a window. One-hitters are exactly that- one hit. These devices can look like a regular cigarette so you can even enjoy them outdoors. The nice aspect about one-hitters is that you can control the amount of smoke, and therefore smell, you emit. Batty boxes are even better because everything is contained inside a nice pine-smelling case that emits very little odor.

Vape pens are another fantastic alternative to carrying around a stinky resin-packed bowl. Easily concealable, spill-proof and minimal on scent, vape pens have taken the stoner world by storm and now come in a variety of flavored hash oils to limit the tell-tale marijuana aroma even more.

If you can’t beat’ em, join ‘em

Sometimes you just want to hit the bong or smoke a blunt like everyone else at the party is doing, but you don’t want to have to worry about going home stinking like you had front row tickets to a Cheech and Chong marathon in Weed City. When the time to take preventive action has long passed, in circumstances like this you’ll want to take reactive measures.

Always keep a pack of Altoids or strong-scented gum in your pocket. If you can tackle a bad case of “resin-breath”, one-third of the battle is won. The other two-thirds consist of addressing smelly clothes and bloodshot eyes. The eye thing is easy (Claritin) but getting the skunks out of your clothing can be much more difficult. In this case, Febreze or natural-scented body sprays are the way to go.

Above all else, have a proactive plan of attack and you’ll never have to worry about having to hide America’s new favorite pastime activity ever again.

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