As commonplace and cool as cannabis is becoming, it is still not welcome everywhere. It’s also pretty illegal to partake publicly, especially when travelling or visiting a new place. Covering up those fragrant clouds that give you pleasure may be the only way to indulge when in the presence of haters and people that can get you in trouble.
Masking weed smells is pretty new in the context of weed. We’ve had weed in sarcophagi of ancient Egyptians for 5000 years but prohibition for less that 100 years. Rest assured that won’t last for too much longer as we pass the tipping point of legalization and hopefully normalization.
We chatted with five proud consumers about what steps they take to avoid the narc patrol. Though us consumers may love the intricate and unique smell of each type of cannabis we consume, we want to exist under the radar sometimes. Let these tips help you stay low key.
Erik Whalen, Barber, Los Angeles
“Generally I prefer to light sage or palo santo, maybe some nag champa, but let’s be real it’s just gonna end up smelling like weed sooner or later.”
Jessica Faria, Project Coordinator, New York
“[Growing up] It was a mixture of hotboxing the car and then waking around the mall paranoid that I was convinced my friends and I stunk, we probably did too. [Today] I just try to air out. Nowadays I don’t care if I smell like weed, get over it your breath stinks of whiskey!”
Ben Cassiday, The Terpene Guy at True Terpenes, Portland
“I use essential oils to cover the smell of cannabis, generally I’ll put some lavender on the back of my right hand and maybe some lemon balm on the back of my left hand and if someone asks I tell them I’m an EO freak and I wear a ton of them and the combination MAYBE smells like marijuana to them. And I let them smell the two hands independently if they want ([this]has happened 2 out of 100 times). At home I use essential oils in a diffuser or burn sage or Palo Santo.”
Linalool is a floral terpene with spicy overtones and an aroma reminiscent of lavender and lily of the valley. Strains known for their content of Linalool include UK Cheese, Chemdawg, and Skywalker OG. Isolated Linalool can be naturally sourced from a variety of plants, most commonly those in the mint family (Lamiaceae), the laurel family (Lauraceae), and the citrus fruits family (Rutaceae). Linalool is credited with being one of the most sedative, relaxing terpenes. Research has supported the effectiveness of Linalool as both an anti-anxiety and anticonvulsant agent. Linalool is anti-nociceptive (blocks the stimulus that causes us to feel pain) and anti-inflammatory. Studies have linked Linalool to decreased depression symptoms likely due to its amplification of serotonin-receptor transmission rates. #terps #terpenes #trueterpenes #aromatherapy #aromatic #essentialoils
Rena, Singer, New York
“In desperate times i’ve boiled fabuloso because it smells so strong that it will literally cover up any smell (i don’t recommend anyone boil chemicals lol). I’ve stopped caring about covering the smell of weed now, so these days I just light an incense after I smoke.”
Maya Shaw, Shaw Shop, New York
“As much as I love the smell of a smoking session I also want to be courteous of my neighbors. I crack open a window and I burn my Fern + Moss Candle by Brooklyn Candle Studios. It’s in my web shop as the only candle because I really did test it to make sure that it covered up the weed smell but not in a way that made the weed smell worse. It’s a green, natural scent and really plays with the aroma of weed—- if anyone comes knocking I can says it’s my candle.”