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How To Stop Weed Smelling in a Bag: 3 Hacks for Odor Removal

By Last updated on May 9, 2024Last updated on May 9, 2024No Comments

The smell of weed may be an aroma to a cannabis user’s nostrils, but you have to admit, not everyone is excited about the prospect of being in the proximity of weed.

If your roommate irks at the idea of you bringing a brown bag home or you’re worried about the pungent smell of weed seeping out of your bag while on public transit, there are a few ways to stop the weed from smelling in a bag. Let’s discuss a few.

Why Does Weed Smell?

Cannabis users describe weed’s smell to be herbal, skunky, and earthy. Depending on the strain, the plant may have notes of apple, plum, lemon, or diesel.

Weed smells due to the presence of terpenes, which are tiny molecules the plant creates. Biologically, terpenes deter mammals and insects, keeping the plant safe from being eaten.

Ways to Stop Weed Smelling In a Bag

Ways to Stop Weed Smelling In a Bag

You get a few odd stares from people in the elevator as you’re going up to your floor with a bag of your week stash for the week. Understandably, you feel uncomfortable. Do this the next time to avoid these unpleasant stares.

Get a Smell Proof Bag

It’s quite easy to get your hands on a smell-proof bag from Amazon or your local dispensary. These bags are designed to keep the smell of weed from passing through the material.

Most of these stash bags also have straps or handles for easy carrying and accessibility. The thick mylar lining and carbon filters do a great job of masking the smell, so it won’t seep through.

Don’t use a plastic zip-lock bag, though. Even with the air-tight seal, these bags let smell pass through.

Air-tight jars can work as substitutes for smell-proof bags. But they’re too fragile to carry around. Also, they’re not exactly discreet.

Use Essential Oils or Scented Candles

One way to do this is to get yourself a new scented candle every time you get your monthly weed stash. Head over to your nearest Target, grab a scented candle, then go over to the dispensary, and carry both items in the same bag to mask the smell of weed.

Or, you can take a scented candle from home and keep it in the bag the dispensary gives you the weed in. Besides scented candles, essential oils can also make the bag smell better.

Some essential oils you can use include eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree.

Use Air Freshener

Another way to keep a weed-filled bag smell free is to hang a small air freshener inside. It will mask the smell of cannabis, saving you from questionable glances from people walking next to you.

Or, you can take your own bag from home for your next weed run. Spray the inside of the bag with a Febreeze to make it smell fresh.

How to Mask the Smell of Weed In Your Home?

If you keep your weed stash in the kitchen, you will notice your kitchen getting a smell. Here are some ways to make this smell go away.

Store Weed Properly

Do not store weed in the bags the dispensary gives you. Instead, put them in air-tight bags or mason jars. These containers prevent the smell of terpenes from leaking through.

Do not keep the jars or bags out on the counter. Store them in the top cabinet to keep the smell away from your cooking station. It also keeps your stash out of kids’ and pets’ reach.

Burn Incense Sticks

Incense sticks are a cheap and quick way to mask the smell of weed in your home. They release aromatic compounds, such as benzoin, that neutralize the odor of cannabis.

Keep an Air Purifier

If you’re a once-in-a-blue-moon smoker, you don’t have to worry about the smell lingering inside your home. Just open a few windows and let the air freshen out.

But if you’re an enthusiast, you’d need a longer-term solution. An air purifier has a series of filters that remove the smell of terpenes from your home air.

They also trap harmful substances in second-hand smoke, such

as carbon monoxide. Plus, they remove smoke, exhaust particles, and microscopic soot that can cause allergies or other respiratory issues when inhaled.

How to Hide the Smell of Weed In Your Car?

Let’s say some of the smell escaped while you were transferring weed from the dispensary bag to a smell-proof bag. Now, your car smells a bit woody. Here’s how to get the smell out.

Turn the Fans On

We know it gets a little loud and noisy, but blasting the fans will help circulate the air and take out some of the smell.

Open Your Windows

If you can’t stand the fans blasting in your face, crack down the window. Ventilation is a lifesaver when it comes to ridding any space of weed smell. Open the windows on the driver and the passenger side to get the smell out quickly.

Use an Air Freshener

Pick up a car air freshener on your next trip to the dollar store and hang it from the rear-view mirror. It will mask the smell of weed and keep your drive-thru food’s aroma out too. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

Some air fresheners also go in the air vents, but make sure to check the labels first. Alternatively, buy an odor neutralizer and stick it in the AC vent. A neutralizer binds to the terpene molecules to remove them instead of only masking the smell temporarily.


If you’re a weed enthusiast, the smell of marijuana would be anything but repulsive to you. On the contrary, it’s an invitation for a good time.

But non-smokers might not be too fond of the smell. Or you may not want to make people living with you uncomfortable or uneasy because of the smell.

The methods mentioned above will help mask the marijuana smell in the bag, your storage jars, and even in your car. While other methods work just as well, we’d recommend investing in a few smell-proof bags and keeping them in your car and home.

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