These Bags Mask the Smell of Weed—and You’ll Actually Want to Carry Them
Style and sophistication aren’t exactly the first adjectives that come to mind when you think about carrying around weed in your bag. Grimy baggies, spilled residue, and a telltale aroma that makes you paranoid that old lady you’re sitting next to on the train is judging you hard? Yeah, now we’re talking.
One company, however, is out to change all that: AnnaBis is a line of pouches and handbags designed to mask the smell of marijuana; organize your pipes, pot, and paraphernalia; and look exceptionally presentable in the process. Cofounders Jeanine Moss and Ann Shuch hit upon the idea in 2014 while they were sitting in a parking lot: They were with their friends—all successful career women, all baby boomers, all recreational cannabis consumers—and they wanted to take a few hits before a comedy show.
“We’re pulling out these baggies, and it’s all a mess—Where’s the lighter? Who’s going to roll it? Who’s got a pipe?” recalls Moss. “Finally, one of my friends finds her little kit that has a pipe in it and a lighter and some of her cannabis—it was ugly, but it was together! Meanwhile, we’re sitting in a Mercedes, and we’re pulling out Gucci purses and Vuitton purses. So that was when the light bulb went off.”
So, she set about creating something that women like her—along with style-conscious millennials, wellness-focused weed users, and women prescribed marijuana for medicinal use could all enjoy. Some of the criteria? It had to control odor, it had to be made from high-quality materials, and it had to look great—so much so that you’d want to carry it around even if you weren’t using it to tote your cannabis or your vape pen.
The interior of AnnaBis’s Melissa pouch
To that end, she and Shuch, a Parsons-trained designer whose background includes creating baby bags for Coach (where interior functionality is king), came up with three key silhouettes: the Whoopee Vape Case ($70), a slim zip-top pouch that you can slide into a tote without it looking out of place; the Melissa ($85–$175), a slightly larger clutch or wristlet with zippered side compartments for pipes, pens, or other tools and plenty of room in the middle for gum, eye drops, or any other supplies you might want to keep on hand; and the Chelsea ($295), a cross-body bag with a discreet lower compartment to stash everything you’d need for, say, a music festival. All of the bags feature “Odor-Loc” technology—a thin, flexible resin film that contains the scent, so from the outside, all you smell is leather (or vegan leather, if you choose that option).
While they considered materials that hid the odor from dogs, they settled on something a little less hardcore. “Dogs, if you just had a little residue on your fingers when you zipped it shut, they would find it,” explains Moss. Plus, their core customer isn’t trying to sneak their stash past airport security—they just want it not to spill out of their bag onto a conference room table—something Moss understands well after a 30-year career in marketing with some of the most conservative companies in the country, including the Department of Defense.
“If you wanted to just control scent, you can buy heavy-duty plastic bags that are made for that purpose,” she says. “But the whole idea is to look good and be convenient and be odor-controlled and enjoy it and give it the same dignity that you give your wallet, your iPhone case, your iPad case—it’s an expression of you and your style.”
The AnnaBis Chelsea Bag
With the marijuana legalization movement gaining momentum around the country, increasingly, attention is being directed toward the previously overlooked female segment of the market—women make up nearly half of all marijuana users in the US, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. There are new players in the market, including Whoopi Goldberg, who recently announced she’s launching a line of cannabis wellness products, as well as Foria, makers of “weed lube” and insertable cannabis for period pain.
Still, AnnaBis stands out in the field of luxury leather goods, and for that they’re earning attention—and investment dollars—from key players throughout the cannabis industry. “It’s a totally new category, and it addresses a need,” says Moss, adding that because their product doesn’t “touch the plant,” in industry parlance, it’s an attractive place for venture capitalists to put their money.
And for everyone else, well, it’s an attractive place to put your pot. And that’s been a long time coming.
Introducing AnnaBis, a line of pouches, purses, and wristlets that hide the smell of marijuana and are actually designed with fashion in mind.
The Best Smell-Proof Bags to Keep Your Weed
Being a proud stoner doesn’t always mean being a loud stoner. Whether your workplace has strict rules against cannabis, you want to avoid family or colleagues who disapprove, or you don’t want to get pulled over with your car reeking of bud, smell-proof bags can help protect you and your weed.
Plus, smell-proof bags have other benefits besides concealing odors, including controlling moisture loss, maintaining potency and preventing others (especially children) from tampering with your stash.
Finding the right smell-proof bag can be a challenge, though, as there are tons of options on the market today. So we compiled a list of the best smell-proof bags on the market, and you can rest assured that your cannabis is stored safely and discreetly at all times.
Since 2000, Smelly Proof has been creating durable, reusable bags made from medical grade plastic. Now, it is one of the most well-known smell-proof bag companies on the market, available everywhere from local smoke shops to Walmart. It’s bags come in clear or black, and in almost every size imaginable (depending on how big your stash is). You can also buy them in bulk for a super affordable price.
Available in every size, design, and color, Skunk bags are extremely versatile. These bad boys are made using activated carbon technology which traps and neutralizes odors. They have a bag for every occasion, from smell-proof duffle bags to pocket-sized pouches — my personal favorite is the convenient 11-inch Mr. Slick bag. Next on my wishlist is the Hipster , a smell-proof fanny pack that comes in 10 different colors.
Known for their novelty, Stink Sack bags feature various clever designs and can hold one gram to one pound of weed. In addition to clear and black, you can find bags that look like credit cards, packs of bacon or even condoms. There’s even leopard, skull, and camo print designs, among many others. Stink Sack is the perfect gag gift for your favorite stoner friend with a sense of humor.
If you’re looking for an inconspicuous smell-proof bag, Level 1620 offers several clutches, crossbody bags, and fanny packs that look exactly like regular bags. Each carbon-lined bag features cool artistic designs and includes a combination lock to keep unwanted snoops out. These are ideal for holding your stash, smoking accessories and even your debit card and keys.
Funk Fighter’s bags are an awesome option for people who want to stash their bud and supplies together. They make no-frills carbon-lined black bags including a duffle bag, backpack, travel bag, and pocket bag. Though the size options and colors might seem limited, don’t be fooled — these are very versatile and completely odorless. They’re ideal if you like simple, sleek smoking accessories without the fuss.
For the stoner who is always on the move, RYOT has the perfect smell-proof bags and cases. The Roller Wallet , Hard Case, and PackRatz bags are some of their portable, weatherproof options that neutralize and trap odors. Though it doesn’t really qualify as a smell-proof bag, they also sell the Destroyer , a rugged steel box that is impervious to air, water, and rough jostling. This contraption is perfect for transporting your glass and other precious cargo.
Discreet Smoker has four different options on their site, including a backpack, stash box, soft case, and the very popular 11×9-inch bag. All of them feature a child-resistant combination lock and discreet black or gray exterior. The pouch is more affordable than many other carbon-infused fabric bags and is available on Amazon.
Interplanetary Development makes amazing products if you want a classic smell-proof bag for your dankest nugs. They’re made of heavy-duty black plastic and are sold individually or in quantities of 10 or 25 so you’ll always have one on hand. They also come in five sizes, perfect for carrying as little or as much as you need. If you want something discreet you can keep in your pocket or backpack, these are a no-brainer.
Featured image courtesy of Level 1620
Being a proud stoner doesn't mean being a loud stoner. Here are the best smell-proof bags to make sure your weed is stored safely and discreetly.