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Sorry, but your place smells… like weed

Sorry, but your place smells… like weed

The best ways to de-skunk the smell of cannabis before company comes calling

Whether you’re smoking, dabbing or hitting a bong, marijuana creates a smell. If you’re a moderate to heavy user who smokes indoors without a deodorizer, you might not even realize your place has developed a chronic odour.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to eliminate the skunk—ones that don’t involve blowing smoke into a freezer or down a toilet to disperse the smell.

Air purifiers

Two of the most common air purifiers used to keep that eau de pot scent in check are carbon filters and high-efficiency particulate absorbers (HEPA).

Carbon filters remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released when a compound is burned. The problem with carbon filter systems is that, eventually, the filter will stop working because it’ll have absorbed all of the VOCs it can. Carbon filters also don’t absorb micro-particles from the air (which get into the lungs from secondhand smoke)—just the odour.

HEPA filters, however, remove 99.9 percent of air pollutants and target microscopic-sized particles up to 0.3 microns. Filters still need to be changed to stay effective.

To get the best of both worlds, try Molekule’s one-of-a-kind, hybrid system that combines the technology of HEPA and carbon filters. The new-to-the-market air filtration company uses a patented technology called photo electrochemical oxidation (PECO) that oxidizes odour and pollutants with free radicals. The silver device is portable and can be controlled by your smartphone. At US$799 on the brand’s website, it’s certainly an investment—but one that’s getting rave reviews.

Air fresheners

You can douse your walls, curtains and couch with a traditional air freshener, but you’re not doing your body any favours by inhaling the chemicals found in most of them. Plus, many air sprays don’t actually remove the smell.

“Most air fresheners cover up odours, or mask them with fragrance, which can include harsh chemicals, alcohol and other harmful ingredients,” says Melinda Adamec at Cannabolish, a plant-based air freshener alternative. “Cannabolish products eliminate odour so you are left with no smell, as opposed to typical air fresheners which will blend fragrance with the odour in an attempt to cover it up.”

Cannabolish, which comes in two forms—candles and sprays—fights fire with fire by using plant terpenes to essentially “attack” the cannabis terpenes that cause the odour in the air and neutralize them. The exact types of plant terpenes that Cannabolish use is part of a proprietary formulation, so for now, we’ll continue to think of it as some kind of sorcery.


If you need to cover up the smell of cannabis fast, trusty old incense will do the trick. Remember, though, this is a quick-fix solution that masks the smell rather than rids your space of it completely.

A HEPA filter combined with incense can be an affordable and winning combination as you’ll remove the particles and improve air quality while adding an earthy scent to your space.


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