Since cannabis became legal in many states, it’s become far more common to smell it on people. As cannabis marketing experts, we’re no stranger to this particular phenomenon.
Just because it’s legal though, that doesn’t mean it’s kosher to reek of it now. If you’re consuming cannabis regularly, there are ways of avoiding smelling like marijuana.
This is especially important if you have a job or live with folks who haven’t quite embraced its legal status.
Avoiding Smelling Like Marijuana
No matter how much you may adore the smell of cannabis, the scent of burnt marijuana lingering in hair, clothing, and upholstery isn’t always so well-received. And it could put your job in jeopardy.
Fortunately, there are multiple tried and true methods for lessening the after-effects of marijuana smoke – both in your home and on your person.
If you’re not paying attention to how your store your cannabis, it could be leaving your bedding, clothes, and even furniture smelling like marijuana. Airtight containers are key for keeping the pungent smell in during storage. These include Tupperware and mason jars and zip top sandwich bags. There are also vacuum-sealed food storage containers on the market that are an even better choice.
Manufactured carbon smoke filters and air purifiers are gaining in popularity. That’s because they can swallow up huge clouds of smoke to keep your home from reeking like a cannabis den.
Air fresheners are okay, but they’re really only a temporary fix.
Incense and essential oils are a better bet since they don’t merely cover the scent, but rather transform it. Nag champa is a popular incense scent, while essential oils such as eucalyptus, citrus, peppermint, and rosemary (or a blend thereof) are effective for clearing the air. Plus, they have other benefits such as clearing the sinuses and relieving headaches.
It seems unnecessary to say it, but if you’re smoking inside, keep a window cracked. This includes when you’re in your car. Hotboxing (smoking with windows closed) might have been funny when Cheech and Chong did it, but that was the 70s and a lot of things were funny then that are just lame now.
Also, when standing outside during your smoking break, turn away from the wind so your smoke moves away from you. That’s just common sense.
Some folks even go so far as to smoke weed in the shower. Known as the Hawaiian hotbox, the idea is that the smoke will escape with the steam from your bathroom fan. Plus, you’ll be able to clean your body and hair afterward so there’s no smell.
On the topic of removing the smell from your body, if you’re smoking blunts, you can bet that your fingers are, well, stinky. Thanks to the pandemic, you probably have a LOT of hand sanitizer around the house. Turns out, it’s great for getting rid of that lingering odor. Just be sure to lotion your hands too because alcohol is extremely drying.
Once again, just because weed is legal, it doesn’t mean that people enjoy you reeking of it. Not everybody likes the smell. And if you’re in proximity to others all day at work, it’s just inconsiderate.
You may want to keep a small bottle of cologne, perfume, body spray, or (once again) an essential oil in your car, purse, locker, or desk drawer to mask unwanted aromas. This, of course, isn’t going to work if you were hotboxing. Only thing that’ll fix that is a shower.
Even if you’ve mastered a hygienic body and home virtually free of smells, don’t forget about your pie hole. Your moth is the gateway for cannabis smoke. And said smoke can leave it with a gnarly odor. So keep some gum, mints, or mouthwash on hand to wipe out weed breath. Because it’s just plain unpleasant.
Smoking responsibly means more than just not setting your couch/house/pet on fire. It also includes avoiding smelling like marijuana when you’re out and about in the world.
So take advantage of the above tips to do just that. And for more stories focusing on the cannabis industry in southeastern Michigan and beyond, keep checking back with our blog!