Cutting Down The Odour Of Cannabis
We’ve all been there. Whether it’s an unexpected drop-in from the in-laws, or some greasy pink that just overpowers everything else – sometimes the smell of our favourite plant is -ehrm – inopportune we’ll say. Especially if you happen to live in an apartment or shared living space.
Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate all that cannabis is – including its various aromas. From the delightfully fresh and fruity grapefruit soda to anything with “Cheese” in it’s name, to a good old fashioned skunk – it’s part of the experience and I’ve come to enjoy it.
I just know that others don’t always appreciate it. Despite the amount I consume- weed isn’t a part of my personality. I don’t need there to be a non-verbal announcement that I’m *definitely* smoking weed when you come to the door. I also have the luxury of living in a house – which for many simply doesn’t make sense or isn’t readily available. That means sharing living spaces with your neighbours, which means drifting odours. It’s always better to be on good terms with your neighbours than not so using a handful of these methods to contain your stank is a great way to stay on good terms.
1. Dry Herb Vaporizers
They’ve come a long way in the past decade folks. What was once bulky, loud and unreliable is now sleek, quiet, and often portable. A dry herb vaporizer changes the smell of cannabis, to a faint popcorn like smell. Cannabis popcorn, but a very similar smell all the same. My first dry herb vape was the ungainly and loud as hell VAPIR Vap-O-Matic. I’ve tried a few portables, as well as some of storz and bickel and arizers offerings. If you have money to burn – get the storz and bickel. If you’d rather spend it on buds – get the arizers. They’re almost as good at a fraction of the price. We all know about the vapes though, sometimes you still want to have a relaxing joint, or a few rips off the bong so read on.
2. Air Purifier
A more permanent solution, an air filter and purifier is a fantastic choice – not just for removing skunky smokey smells, but just general indoor air quality. You’ll want to get a hepa filter for the most satisfying results. You can find decent ones for as little as $50 on amazon, while you’re looking at a couple hundred for a bigger room or one that gets really cloudy. Personally I’ve had good luck with the mid tier offerings from levoit. One of their offerings thats usually around $200 regularly goes on sale for $120, and it has a fantastic “auto” mode – that kicks into high speed when it detects a whiff of smoke.
3. Exhaust Fan
More than just opening a window – an exhaust fan actively removes the smelly air. Many times a bathroom fan if you have one vents the air directly outside – you can also get special window fans or repurpose a PC fan or soldering exhaust to dump that smoke right outside. It’s only this low on the list because depending on where you are – you can’t always expect to be able to open a window and relax.
The saviour of the live at home stoner in the 90’s – a sploof is a simple filter you use to exhale through and filter at the very least mask the odour of your weed. Often made out of a few fabric softener sheets – you can use activated charcoal instead if you want it to have some *actual* odour absorbing ability, not just masking.
5. The Old Classic – Towel Under The Door
Doors often have a slight seal against the door jam – not air tight mind you – but enough that it severely restricts airflow. Most air being exchanged is going under the door – so if the air stinks like weed – slow it down.Yes it’s not fool proof, but it is surprisingly effective at reducing the amount of air exchanged between rooms. Be it the single parent relaxing in the bathtub after a long day of adulting, or the new tenant stuffing a towel under the main apartment – this tried and true method will help limit the air exchanged into the rooms you don’t want.