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How to Smoke Weed Discreetly Around Your Family

If your family doesn’t share your enthusiasm for a little herbal indulgence, fighting the urge to smoke cannabis may prove difficult during holidays and other gatherings. Even if cannabis is legal where you are, it doesn’t mean your family has accepted it.

So, what’s a cannabis user to do when they have to spend long periods of time with their loved ones who are not so cannabis-friendly? We have compiled some useful tips and scent-free options to help you smoke weed discreetly around family while avoiding potential conflict and looks of dismay.

Scent-Free Options

The most obvious way to use cannabis discreetly is to go the scent-free route. There are low-odor strains available, but proceed with caution as the smell will still linger on the body and clothing. Consuming cannabis orally or applying it topically to the skin is the safest bet to kick the weed smell. If you’re picturing taking a bite out of a nugget or rubbing sticky buds all over your body, that’s not quite what we mean.


The edibles market has blown up over the last few years. From gummies and chocolate to mints, cookies, and brownies, there are endless options of delicious ways to enjoy cannabis. Brands like Twisted Extracts and MOTA offer a wide range of cannabis-infused edibles with THC, CBD, or a nice little combo of the two.


If you don’t want your grandma to spot your stash of special brownies, liquid options for cannabis are worth a shot. The go-to liquids tend to be tinctures and oils, but innovative products like drinks and honey sticks are starting to pop up everywhere.


There are cannabis topicals in the form of transdermal patches, lotions, bath salts, balms, salves, and lubes. Cannabis topicals are locally applied on the skin and typically made with higher CBD concentrations, with little to no traces of THC. Transdermal patches, however, do offer a variety of isolated cannabinoids, making it one of the most discreet cannabis products out there.

Pro Tips:

  • A variety of factors impact the time it takes to feel the effects of cannabis, such as consumption method, body weight, metabolism, potency, and dosage.
  • People’s most common mistakes when taking edibles are taking too much or not waiting long enough for the first edible to kick in before taking another.
  • No matter which scent-free option you’re dabbling in, it’s always best to start low and slow. It may not sound sexy, but it allows you to gauge how a product interacts with your body before diving in with both feet.

Barely-Scented Alternatives

If you want to maintain a mild sense of danger and scent-free isn’t cutting it for you, vaporizers make smoking weed around family simple and discreet. There is a vaporizer for every kind of cannabis and social setting, from top-of-the-line vaporizer models to pens that you throw out when they’re out of juice.

Choosing the right vape is all about understanding your preferences and what you’re trying to get out of your vaping experience. Vape smoke is typically soft and muted, with options to inject a more pleasant aroma using flavored units for inconspicuous clouds that smell like strawberries or bubble gum.

Vape pens, one-hitters, and dry flower vaporizers are just a few of the travel-friendly options to smoke weed discreetly on-the-go. Vape pens come with liquid cannabis in cartridges, whereas dry herb vapes require you to grind your flower, put it in the chamber and smoke it using convection heat. One-hitters look like a cigarette, and although some are battery-operated, others don’t require any additional add-ons for a successful session. There are also disposable cannabis vape pens where you toss it out when you’re done instead of charging them.

Pro Tips:

  • Vaping dry herb or oils has less smell compared to combusting weed.
  • No matter what vaporizer you settle on, remember to give it a good scrub every few sessions, so every inhale can feel like the first.
  • Avoid vape oils that contain Vitamine E acetate and diacetyl. Both of these ingredients have been linked to lung injuries.

Getting Rid of the Weed Smell

In case your only option is smoking weed (whether joint, pipe, or water pipe), then let’s talk about some ways to rid yourself of the unmistakable odor.

Smokebuddy (The Blunt-in-a-Cup Method)
The Smokebuddy is a handy, portable air purifier that is shaped like a coffee cup or mug. It offers one of the most discreet ways to smoke weed without anyone noticing. Puff and blow the smoke inside the device, and it will purify and neutralize the scent.

Smoke Weed Discreetly Outside or Get Lots of Ventilation
It isn’t foolproof but opening a door or window to get lots of ventilation can reduce the smell of weed. However, smoke can often linger in the curtains, floors, and walls. Take your session outside if you can to further eliminate odors.

Air Purifiers
If you want to smoke indoors and you happen to come across an air purifier, turn it on—these work just as well as air fresheners and candles. The HEPA and ionizing filters work to neutralize the smell.

Take a Bath or Shower
Taking a long and nice bath can be an effective way to get rid of the herbal scent. However, if you can’t take a bath after every time you smoke, then make sure to wash your hands, brush your teeth, use a breath mint and, if possible, change into new clothes. You may want to come up with a good story when your family questions why you’re taking so many baths or frequently changing into different clothes. As George Costanza once said, it’s not a lie if you believe it.

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The Parents’ Guide To Consuming Cannabis Discreetly At Home

There are myriad reasons for wanting to get high, and just as many for not wanting to smell like marijuana – especially around your little ones. In an age of vapes and edibles, it is becoming easier to conceal cannabis use, but for many people smoking is still their preference.

So for the old-school smokers out there, here are a few tips to help hide the habit at home.

Tagteam effort

First, you’re going to need at least five minutes to yourself. If you’re married with children, ask your partner to play blocker. If not, a locked door and digital babysitter may be required.

Airflow is key

Find a place in the house that has positive airflow, pulling air outside. In a home with oil heat, the furnace has an exhaust vent you can blow your smoke out of. Alternatively, windows that slide open vertically can often give you a small opening for your mouth. If a horizontally opening window is the only option, use a 2×4 to block most of the opening. Give yourself a four-inch by four-inch hole to blow smoke out of, using the 2×4 to block the rest of the open window. Smoke will often blow back in the room otherwise.

Accessorize for the occasion

The next thing you need is a good quality water pipe. Using a bong allows you to take your hit in one lungful, keeping that stinky smoke from entering the environment. By packing the bowl tight, and taking the hit as one long breath, you pull 100 percent of the smoke, and the smell, into your mouth. Hold for as long as you dare, then slowly release into the positive airflow, pulling it outside. As long as the water is relatively clean, and smoke was drawn uniformly, it should produce no coughing.

Post-sesh hygiene

Head directly to the bathroom for a thorough hand washing, and reapply deodorant – preferably a scented variety to help mask any lingering aroma of marijuana. Brush your teeth and use mouthwash, then finish with gum. Drinking water will help with the pasties and red-eye. If you’re a microdoser, and you’re heading to the bathroom to brush your teeth for the third time this morning, consider strong, flavoured coffee as a good way to mask any smell instead. Peanut butter is nature’s cure to almost any breath ailment. Seriously.

Game on

By familiarizing yourself with a good bong and using a little bit of forethought, you can sneak away for a sesh without smelling like you just took a spin in Willie Nelson’s bus. Having the ability to take small tokes allow many parents to be on their A game, instead of couch-locked from an unreliable edible or jacked-up vape. Control the smoke with a bong and a vent, and you’ll come out smelling like a lady or gent.

There are myriad reasons for wanting to get high, and just as many for not wanting to smell like marijuana – especially around your little ones. In an age of vapes and edibles, it is becoming easier to conceal cannabis use, but for many people smoking is still their preference. So for the old-school smokers out there, here are a few tips to help hide the habit at home. ]]>