Anyone who has indulged in the herb has been there: using fans to blow the smoke out the window; placing towels at the foot of the door; exhaling into a toilet paper roll filled with dryer sheets. All to mask the sweet scent of burning weed.
Well, it’s sweet to you anyway. Authority figures like parents or college R.A.’s might disagree, as would disapproving roomates, which is why you go to so much trouble to mask the aroma of your occasional (or more than occasional) green indulgence. But what if there were an easier way? Does vaping your weed mask its smell from any prying noses? That’s what you’re here to find out, so keep reading.
What Does Weed Smell Like?
Let’s get started with the basics first, knowing just what weed smells like in the first place. Before it gets used, cannabis has a wide variety of smells depending on the strain, that’s because each strain contains different terpenes. Terpenes are the compounds found in the essential oils of plants that give each plant its distinct smell.
Many of the terpenes found in various strains of marijuana are also found in other plants. Limonene, for example, is found in fruits like lemons and limes so marijuana that contains a lot of limonene has a strong citrus smell. There are also strains that have a strong pine smell, an earthy smell, even candy and sugar. There is a very wide variety of scents and they often taste how they smell too.
Your mouth must be watering thinking about all the delicious strains of weed, I know mine is! But stay strong and hang on until this article is over. As for how weed smells when it’s smoked, that also depends on the strain but generally there’s a pungent, smoky, skunk smell that is easily identifiable. That’s why you have to be a marijuana smoking ninja to avoid getting caught.
How Long does the Weed Smell Last?
This depends on a few factors, like the size of the room and whether there is any ventilation. So, it can take a few hours or up to a day depending on the circumstances. There are a few tricks, that I’m sure many of you are familiar with, that can get rid of, or just mask, the smell of smoked kush.
The techniques that are used to hide the weed smell from parents and other intruders also do a good job of preventing the smell from lingering. As for masking it, people have used everything from scented candles to incense to—gah!—body spray to cover up the smell with varying degrees of success.
Getting rid of the smell from a room is just part of the problem, since burning weed produces smoke and smoke sticks to stuff, the smell from weed smoking can linger on clothing and give you away. So is there any solution to the olfactory obstacles of using marijuana?
Does Vaping Weed Smell?
There are a lot of reasons to vape your weed instead of smoke it, is a more discreet scent one of them? In general, yes. The weed scent—and taste—from a dry herb vaporizer is a lot more pure than the scent from a joint since there’s no combustion to burn the weed and produce the unpleasant smoke smell. Wait, doesn’t that mean that a purer smell will make it even easier to get caught? No need to get paranoid, the smell from a vaporizer usually dissipates more quickly and doesn’t stick to anything.
I say usually because there are some vaporizers that do emit a strong odor when used. Typically, these are older conduction vaporizers like the Pax 2; conduction vaporizers heat up the herb via direct contact with a heating surface. They don’t burn the herb but they do heat it constantly, which produces a strong smell that sticks around for a while. Convection vaporizers don’t heat the herb directly, instead they pass hot air over the herb. This produces a strong, pure scent but it doesn’t linger for too long.
If you want a completely smell-free cannabis experience then you could try extract vaping. The oil and wax concentrates created from the marijuana extraction process do not produce any marijuana scent when vaped. Even better, they can have higher concentrations of THC than dry herb so you can get baked even faster.
There are also strains of wax and oil with higher concentrations of CBD if that’s more your speed. Many concentrate vaporizers are also quite discreet so you can vape out in the open without much suspicion. You can fire up a quality vape pen like the KandyPens Prism in public and most people might think that it’s a more innocent e-cigarette.
The Marijuana Smell Solution
So is a convection vape like the Firefly 2, or a newer conduction vaporizer like the DaVinci IQ, the solution to all the marijuana malodorousness? They’re not solutions exactly but they are better choices than smoking a joint. Aside from the more subtle smell, you don’t have to worry about inhaling any harmful toxicants created from the combustion.
You also get more of the herb’s flavor when vaping and vaping saves you money in the long run. You can never completely get rid of the weed smell no matter what method you use but at least with vaping you can appreciate it more and it doesn’t outstay its welcome.