Unless you live in hippie commune in the early 70s, it is likely that there have been a few times—or more than a few times—when you’ve had to mask the smell of your green indulgence. That’s especially the case if you use a joint or bong when you light up. Chances are, you’ve tried all of the tricks: placing towels at the foot of the door; exhaling into a toilet paper roll filled with dryer sheets; using a fan to blow the weed smoke out of the window.
All to fool the authority figures at home, or at your college dorm, but hopefully not at your workplace. You’ve probably always wondered if there is an easier way, and since this is the Vape Guide after all, you may be wondering if vaporizers are the solution to your pungent problem. So, what’s the answer? Keep reading to find out if they can prevent you and your room from smelling like an outdoor music festival.
What Does Weed Smell Like?
That question could also be, “What Gives Weed its Distinctive Odor?” The answer to both of those questions is terpenes. Terpenes are the organic compounds found in the essential oils of all plants and some insects. Terpenes are what give each strain of marijuana its distinctive odor.
The terpenes found in various marijuana strains are also found in other kinds of flora, for example, limonene is present in lemons and limes. That means any strain of marijuana that contains limonene has a strong citrus scent. Pinene, as you can probably guess, is a terpene found in pine trees and other conifers. You can probably also guess that any strains containing pinene smell like a forest, minus the bear droppings, yes they do it in the woods.
Other strains can have a more earthy smell, or a sugary smell, or a fruity smell, there are all kinds of cannabis and all kinds of terpenes out there. Of course, that’s how weed smells when it’s raw, so to speak, what about when it gets lit up? Most of you are familiar with the sharp, smoky, somewhat skunky smell that accompanies the ceremonial lighting of a spliff. Unless, you’re a Houdini with the herb, there’s a good chance the people close to you are familiar with it as well.
How Long Does The Weed Smell Stick Around?
This varies depending on various factors like the size and shape of the room and whether there is any ventilation. So, in some cases the smell can dissipate in a few minutes and in other cases, it could take up to a few hours with no ventilation. There are a few tips and tricks that can accelerate the dissipation, and I’m sure many of you are already familiar with them, so I won’t get into them here, that’s not what this article is about after all.
Those techniques both hide the smell and/or get rid of it. However, if neither of those solutions are possible, then you can always try to mask it. Many people have used even stronger scents to mask the smell of weed, everything from scented candles to incense to body spray. Though if you’re using body spray for any reason, then you’ve got bigger problems than hiding the smell of your weed.
Ridding the weed funk from your room is just one of your problems since smoke of any kind tends to stick to stuff. That means any clothes that were in the general vicinity of your covert combustion are now incriminating evidence against you.
Does Vaping Produce a Strong Weed Smell?
By now, you should all know that there a lot of different reasons why vaping your weed is better than smoking it, so is a less noticeable odor one of them? In some ways, yes. The taste and scent from a vaporizer is far more pure than that produced by smoking a joint, the reason is that the combustion of the weed produces smoke and other impurities that give you away. There is no combustion involved in vaping, so no smoke is produced.
You might be thinking that a purer scent would be even more noticeable. However, the vapor emitted from a weed vape disperses very quickly and doesn’t stick to fiber like smoke from a joint does. So, there is no worry that the clothes you’re wearing can be used as evidence against you.
There are some exceptions to this though, like older conduction vaporizers that heat up the herb through direct contact with a heated surface. The constant heat produces a strong smell that lingers for a while. Newer conduction vapes and convection vaporizers don’t have that problem, convection vapes don’t heat up the herb directly, they just pass hot air over it. That means the smell produced by convection vapes is strong and pure, but also that it dissipates very quickly.
Other Odor-Free Alternatives
If you want to go virtually scent-free, then you might consider extract vaping. Extract vaporizers use oil and/or wax concentrates that are created by a marijuana extraction process. The end product is an extract that produces much less of an odor than one finds with dry-herb vapes. These extracts can also have higher concentrations of THC than any dry herb possibly could.
If you’re more into CBD, then there are strains of oil and wax with high levels of CBD and little or no THC, so they won’t make you high. Extract vaporizers also offer covert vaping in another way because many extract vaporizers are small, discreet, and resemble more innocent e-cigs.
The Weed Smell Solution
Vaporizers don’t exactly solve the weed smell problem, so much as they make it easier to manage. That is because the scent they produce is more subtle than that of a joint, even better is that they don’t produce any smoke, which means that they also don’t produce any of the harmful toxicants that accompany smoke.
Weed vapes also deliver a stronger, purer flavor than joints do, so you’ll enjoy your session even more. The weed smell can never completely be eliminated, but with vaping it is a lot sweeter and it never outstays its welcome.