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How to Get Rid of Cannabis Smell and Smoke Odor in Your Car

Thursday March 5, 2020

However tempted you may be to consume cannabis in your car, it’s important to remember that doing so in your vehicle is illegal. But, let’s assume that you’ve simply gone out to the car take a couple of puffs out of your little niece or nephew’s sight (and won’t be driving any time soon), or you’ve left some unused stash in your car, giving it that oh-so-familiar dank smell.

There are a few ways you can get the smell of cannabis and smoke odor out of your car, and most of them don’t require any special materials or a lot of money. It goes without saying that the easiest way to keep your car from smelling like cannabis is to store it in air-tight containers for transportation and consume it elsewhere, or, weather allowing, consume with the windows down, and leave them open for a while afterward to get the fresh air circulating.

Here are a few other things to try to get cannabis smell and smoke odor out of your car.

Masking Fragrances

There are a lot of options in this category, some more effective than others when it comes to getting rid of marijuana smell. Masking fragrances are strong scents that temporarily cover other odors. Febreze is a masking agent, as are colognes, incense, and body sprays. You can even make your own masking fragrance utilizing essential oils, water, and a spray bottle.

Most masking fragrances only last about 4-6 hours and will need to be regularly reapplied in order to cover the smell. So, if your mom wants a ride or if you have an encounter with law enforcement, you will want to try something more long-lasting, or something to help get rid of the smell rather than just cover it.

Odor Absorbers

Activated charcoal is a very effective odor absorber and works well to eliminate pet odors, cooking odors, garbage, and yes, the smell of cannabis. The carbon in charcoal (carbon filters are frequently used at dispensaries to keep odor to a minimum) has a negative charge, which attracts dissolved gases and toxins to its surface.

The charcoal itself has no smell and is non-toxic. In addition to keeping your car free from odors, it prevents mold and bacteria build-up, and removes allergens plus harmful pollutants, a bonus if you’re lighting up in your car. Odor absorbers like activated charcoal are also very eco-friendly and cost-effective, another bonus.

Speaking of eco-friendly and cost-effective, you may already have the next odor absorber in your refrigerator. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has a long-held reputation as an excellent odor absorber. To use it in your car, sprinkle a fair amount on the seats and carpet – wait for 10-15 minutes – and then vacuum up. Another option would be to place a bowl of baking soda in your car overnight.

Other odor absorbers that have stood the test of time are white vinegar and vodka. To get the smell of weed from your car using these ingredients, there are a couple of options: you could pour a cup of one or the other into a container and leave in your car overnight. Or you could mix one cup of each with one cup of water, add to a spray bottle, and spray down porous surfaces.

Odor Eliminators

If you have some time to treat your car for cannabis odor and then wait a day, the industrial strength Ozium Air Sanitizer could be for you. By utilizing potent chemicals like triethylene glycol and propylene glycol, Ozium attaches to airborne bacteria, thereby reducing odors and pollution, and purifying the air. However, it is a very potent chemical concoction, so it is recommended to wait several hours after application before returning to the treated space.

Stash boxes are another great way to eliminate any smell left behind by leaving unconsumed cannabis in your car. By storing it in an odor-proof container like a Stashlogix, specifically designed to carry cannabis products, you can not only keep cannabis stashed away, but under lock and key to ensure the safety of any young passengers. Storing cannabis in mason jars and placing them in the trunk is another simple hack to help keep your car cannabis-odor free.

Do you have any tips for keeping your car smell fresh and clean from cannabis smell or smoke odor? Share your tips, tricks and experiences in the comments below.

Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer who has been covering the cannabis industry for more than six years. Her work – which has appeared in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, PotGuide, Civilized, Vice, Freedom Leaf, MERRY JANE, Alternet, and CannaInvestor – covers a broad range of topics, including cannabis policy and law, CBD, hemp law and applications, science and technology, beauty, and psychedelics.

Smoking cannabis in your car is illegal, however, transporting marijuana in your car is legal (in states with medical or recreational marijuana) if done correctly. Learn how to get rid of cannabis smell and smoke odor from your car with our helpful guide.

How to Get Rid of the Dank Stench of Weed

Masking the smell will only get you so far.

The stench of marijuana is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it objectively has a positive association. On the other, that smell is a dead giveaway that you have weed in your possession.

Depending on where you are, or who you’re (going to be) with, that can be a problem. Hate to break the bad news, but the usual Febreze/dryer sheet/frantic body spraying routine won’t do much.

Fear not. Here are some quick ways to shoo away the telltale, pungent odor of weed.

Nip it in the Bud

There are a few things you can do to minimize the smell of marijuana from the beginning. When you store it, use glass instead of plastic, and use containers that have tight seals. Use a vape pen, which doesn’t actually burn the marijuana, instead of smoking joints. Or just stick to edibles. If you insist on smellier forms of consumption, stick with strains that are known for being low-odor.

Mask It

Masking the smell of weed can be pretty difficult. The terpenes responsible for weed’s distinctive smell are, well, pretty distinctive. Burning incense or candles, or spraying some Febreze, may not be perfect, but they can at least dilute the smell temporarily.

If you’re not using a vape pen and are blowing out smoke, blow it into a sploof (attach a couple dryer sheets over the end of a cardboard tube with a rubber band, and stuff it with toilet paper) to mask the smell. Using activated charcoal can be even more effective.

Ventilation Is Your Friend

This is probably the most effective way to air out a closed space: open your windows. Try not to smoke indoors in the first place. Smoking outside, or in a well-ventilated area, will help distribute the smoke so the odor-causing compounds don’t linger. But if it’s too cold or you’re too lazy, or what have you, opening the window after a smoke sesh can help too, especially if you’ve been smoking in a hot, humid, closed area. Crack a window open while you smoke, and chances are good you won’t have to worry about the smell persisting on your clothes or in your hair.

Make an Investment

Home grown operations, especially in places where it’s illegal, use carbon filter exhaust systems to reduce odors while ventilating their space. These carbon scrubbers are expensive, though. But if you feel like spending several hundred dollars to deodorize a room, this is your best bet.

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