How to Hide the Smell of Weed from Neighbors (15 Simple Tricks)

Most cannabis users eventually learn how to hide the smell of weed from parents, teachers, or when they get older — from neighbors or coworkers (yikes).

The unique aroma of cannabis can be very persistent, obvious, and hard to get rid of, especially if it’s in your clothes, hair, or even your furniture.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to get rid of that marijuana smell during and after smoking, with a bonus tip on how to store cannabis without spreading the odor.

Prepare the Smoking Space

Preparing the room before smoking makes it easier to get rid of the smell afterward.

Here are some simple things you can do before lighting up a joint, which will make your life easier when the couch-lock kicks in and you get too lazy to air out your chamber.


If you are growing marijuana indoors, or if you simply often smoke behind closed doors and windows, it’s necessary to have a proper ventilation system installed. It’s important to have constant airflow in order to keep the space fresh and it’s much easier to get rid of the marijuana smell from a well-ventilated room.

Hotboxing is never an option!

Pro tip: check and change the filters of your air conditioning unit regularly.

Let the fresh air in

There is nothing better than enjoying your favorite herb in a fresh room and it’s actually much harder to get the smell of marijuana out afterward if the room is stuffy and dirty.

If you don’t live in a building with a lot of neighbors or in a state/country where weed is illegal, just throw the windows wide open and light up that blunt.

The “Towel Under the Door” trick

This is the old school trick we all tried back in our college days. Marijuana smell can spread rapidly through leaks around doors and windows.

If you don’t want the smoke to spread to other rooms, or just don’t want your neighbors to smell it, nudge a dry or damp towel or blanket directly under your door.

Make sure you press it firmly against the door to close off all the leaks.

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Smoking in the bathroom

This is not the best option if you have some company over, but if you’re alone, you can get high in the bathroom. You’ll need to turn on hot water, which will cause the bathroom fan to suck in steam along with the smell of weed.

But if you’re not a fan of hot saunas, you may as well skip this idea.

How to Reduce the Smell of Weed While Smoking

There are a couple of things you can do to cover up the weed smell or prevent it from spreading in the first place.


If we’ve learned something from “That ‘70s Show” circle scene it is that lighting incense sticks during smoking can mask the smell of weed.

This can be tricky since simply owning incense can make other people suspect your marijuana habit. But, unless weed is illegal where you live, or there’s some other valid reason for hiding the smell of weed, you should only be doing it out of consideration for others people’s well-being, not because of what they’ll think.

Hit up essential oils

Essential oils are a great way of camouflaging the cannabis odor. There is a wide range of scents on the market and with the increasing popularity of essential oils over the last few years, there are now many types of essential oil diffusers available.

Make a sploof

A sploof is a simple and easy-to-make filter that supposedly turns the smell of weed into the smell of freshly washed laundry.

How to make a sploof

Yes, you read that correctly.

If you are a DIY kind of person, you’re going to love this homemade device.

All you need is a toilet paper roll (or a plastic bottle), a paper towel, scented dryer sheets, and an elastic band.

Here is how to make a sploof in four steps:

  1. Take a toilet paper roll (or a plastic bottle, and cut the top off with scissors or a knife).
  2. Fill the toilet roll tube with three or four scented dryer sheets.
  3. Take another dryer sheet or a paper towel and fold over one end of the toilet roll.
  4. Secure it with a rubber band or some tape.

And that’s it, you’re good to go.

Do not inhale through the sploof because the fabric dryer sheets contain chemicals that can be unpleasant to breathe in.

When you smoke pot, exhale the smoke into your DIY device and it will smell like you just washed your clothes.

Smoke in a bottle

If you don’t want the smoke to spread through your room, and if you are feeling very, very lazy, exhale the smoke into a big plastic bottle and then simply screw on the cap.

Plastic bottle

How to Get Rid of Weed Smell After Smoking

Besides opening the windows and turning on the fan, there are a few more tips and tricks to get rid of marijuana odor fast.

Cook an aromatic meal

If you have to get rid of the smell very quickly, cooking a nice meal in your home is actually not a bad idea.

Choose a recipe with fragrant herbs and spices and be sure to add some garlic or onions into the pan. Those aromatic ingredients will mask the smell of weed almost instantly.

Safety tip: It’s fun to cook while high, but please be extra cautious, and double-check to make sure you turned the stove off when you’re done.


Vinegar can do wonders when it comes to cleaning your house, but also it’s very useful for eliminating odors. The smell of vinegar is not as pleasant as you might expect, but it wears off after an hour or so, taking the marijuana smell with it. Plus, it’s cheap, available in your local store, and you can use it afterward for cooking and cleaning.

To use, boil a cup of vinegar in a saucepan on your stove until the smell spreads throughout the room and masks the weed odor.

Fragrant furniture

The smell of cannabis can be very persistent, especially if you smoke often in one particular room. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get rid of the weed smell from carpets and fabrics.

Baking soda can do wonders when it comes to absorbing smells, plus it’s not harmful. You can simply add a few inches of baking soda into a shallow, wide box or dish and leave it in the room for a few days. It will take some time to absorb any odors, so it’s not a bad idea to just keep a dish in the room before, during, and after smoking.

Activated charcoal has been used for years as a smell neutralizer, especially in industries using gases and liquids. It binds to the odor molecules and attaches them to the surface. You can buy room deodorizer bags that contain activated charcoal or you can buy activated charcoal powder and use it in much the same way as baking soda.

The faster way to get the smell out of your furniture is by spraying odor removers or neutralizers onto it. Don’t forget to read the instructions first, since some of these products are not suitable for all types of fabrics or materials.

Clean yourself up

It’s good practice to at least wash your face and hands after smoking, but it’s best if you can take a shower and wash your hair as well because the hair will probably absorb most of the weed smell.

If you don’t have time for a shower, use odor-neutralizing sprays and at least change your wardrobe. And make sure you wash the clothes you wore while smoking as soon as possible.

Also, we recommend brushing your teeth or chewing gum.

Get some sun

If you’ve smoked on a sunny day, you can use UV rays to clean up. Sunlight neutralizes odors, so a relaxing walk in the sun for 30-45 minutes might do the trick.

Other Consumption Methods Instead of Smoking

To make sure you really use weed in stealth mode, your best bet is to use vape pens, bongs, or pipes. Depending on the actual accessory, they can significantly soften the smell of cannabis.

Edibles are also an option, but not if you’re home-cooking. In that case, you’ll again need some odor-masking tricks (strong spices, covering the pot, etc.).

How to Hide the Smell of Your Stash?

Dried cannabis flowers have a very intense smell. Most of us like it, but some people can’t really stand it.

Whether you are hiding your stash from someone or just don’t want your room to smell like fresh weed, it’s handy to keep these tricks in mind.

Also, you can try combining some of them. Experiment to see which trick works best for your stash.

Plastic bags

Storing your stash in plastic zipper bags or vacuum bags will minimize the smell and will also keep your pot fresh a little bit longer. Freezer bags tend to be thicker and stronger than other types of bags.

Glass or ceramic containers and Mason Jars

Depending on the material itself, cannabis can leave a strong odor on the container you keep it in. That’s why a ceramic or a glass jar with a good rubber seal is a must-have for every pot smoker.

Bonus Tip (Triple Protection Strategy)

Although I live alone and I have pretty cool neighbors, I don’t like my apartment smelling of weed. You never know who might show up unannounced. So to avoid awkward situations, I tend to follow almost all of the rules I lined out above, plus a little trick of my own.

My secret is that I use “triple protection”. It’s not stupid if it works.

This is how I store my stash:

First, I put the weed in a little plastic bag and then wrap that in an aluminum foil. Next, I put it all in an odor-resistant bag, and then I put the whole bundle in a glass jar.

Try this method and you’ll see that there is no way the smell is getting out.

83 thoughts on “How to Hide the Smell of Weed from Neighbors (15 Simple Tricks)”

    • I live in an apartment and my neighbors smoke regularly, opening their patio doors to air their place out. The smoke gets sucked straight into my air conditioning unit triggering headaches, burning noise and throat and asthma attacks bad enough for an emergency inhaler. Seems to get worse each time.

      I don’t care if people use, but for God’s sake stop killing the rest of us!

      • That’s certainly an exaggeration… you’re not getting asthma attacks from your neighbor smoking weed in their home. I’m sorry about your heatlh but don’t blame it on the weed ! @@DAWN

        • Right? I have asthma and smoke doesn’t cause asthma attacks. I take very small hits. So diluted smoke between apartments most certainly won’t. It’s just an annoyance to the person is all.

          • People have a right to the undisturbed use of their property, which includes protection against noxious fumes, barking dogs, etc. Since marijuana smokers think only of themselves and their “right” to smoke, there will never be a peaceful resolution to this problem, but rather a forced solution in which the marijuana smoker is evicted from the premises or sued in court for a ton of money. I have a judgment of $50,000 against my neighbor for violating my right to the quiet enjoyment of my property over a 5-year period Nonsmokers Unite! Start with apartment manager/homeowner association/city. If they don’t do anything about the problem, which they probably won’t, then get a lawyer and sue in superior court–not small claims, which is a joke for anyone seeking justice in this type of situation.

        • Perhaps they have health issues and the medication(s) can have ad adverse effects when combined with alcohol and or smoke coming from ingesting fumes from weed. Moving is not a solution or for some even viable. Being considerate maybe easier for all involved. Some areas have no smoking ordinance get involved with legislation and for those that smoke or don’t smoke you both have rights.

      • I’m just saying I have asthma and I smoke 3-5 times a day only need my rescue inhaler when I get one of those good coughs and it enhances my high 😂🤣💨 so I don’t know what your talking about the small of weed is not gonna trigger an asthma attack little bit overdramatic

      • Yep! Exactly! Selfish idiots next door constantly smoking weed in our non-smoking apartment! Why go to all this trouble? If you’re not supposed to smoke in your apt than don’t! Get a house! Stop being assholes!

      • What have the apartment managers done? If no resolution from the apartment manager, then try the City. No resolution from the City, then first do a mediation between you, the City, the apartment management, and the offender. Still no resolution? Get a lawyer and sue in superior court. You have rights as an apartment dweller to be free of noxious fumes. Don’t let inconsiderate smokers violate your right to your freedom from noxious fumes. Don’t move, as that just allows the violator to get away with violating others rights. You must fight as long as it takes, with money. Get other neighbors who might be affected involved in this fight. Everyone will want to take the path of least resistance, which is to do nothing and find excuses for doing nothing about a problem. Only the courageous will prevail.

  1. 🙂 Great article, Helena!

    I particularly enjoyed the reference to the old “towel under the door” tactic. It still works, especially if it’s slightly dampened first.

    My 20 yr. old grandson will receive a link to this story; young people need to know these things!

    Again, great work…I’m following you now on Twitter.

    • Hi Oli,

      Thanks for your kind words. To be honest, I haven’t used the air purifier to hide the smell of weed. But, what I have found out is – it all depends on the quality of the purifier and the size of the room. Just make sure to get the right one for your home and to change the filters regularly. Hope this will help you.

      • Why are you even writing this article? If you’re hiding the smell from your neighbor, obviously you’re breaking the law or the bylaws of a building. Why not just write an article about how to rob someone at gunpoint? Not everyone is into weed and the toxins that go with it? How freaking self-centered can you be?

        • Is what your saying not also selfish? This goes both ways….. It truly is silly that people will find anything to complain about. What about those nasty cigarettes that stain the walls, clothing, teeth, and air? I received complaints all the time about how the building has been complaining of pot smells…. what about the nasty ass tobacco smells? its discrimination no matter how you look at it and your all being selfish! EVERYONE!

          • Just STOP smoking anything. It is a nasty habit that has no redeeming qualities. If you MUST smoke marijuana for medical reasons, then squirrel away in your room, close your windows, and don’t bother airing the room out. Just smell your obnoxious stench until you can’t smell it anymore.

        • I’m with you on this issue, Joe. Very self-centered group of people smokers are. They have to be forced in order to respect others rights. Nonsmokers need to unite and fight! Legally at first, of course. I have a new roommate/tenant who uses the skunk smelling weed. Can you imagine anyone being okay with a permanent skunk odor in their home?
          He denied and denied knowing what the stench was emanating from his room. I finally found out on my own by looking up drugs that smell like skunk urine and happened on this website. I have now given my roommate/tenant notice that he has to make a decision to stay and stop storing/smoking his weed in his room (prohibited from day one) or move out. He has been here four months hiding the smell in his room and bringing out all his hair gels and soaps for me to find the culprit! The room will have to be repainted now when he leaves. I don’t think he is capable of smelling it anymore himself. He must be a total addict. Can’t imagine why a marijuana smoker would even consider moving into a nonsmoking home and then pull this stunt! Sociopath perhaps?

          • ok how about instead of crying on a thread to people who obviously do not support ur opinion since it on on a page for SMOKERS then how about u stop being so dramatic and act like a real adult. To be considerate and want to decrease the smell of weed for neighbors and or roommates in NO WAY means that it is also there in fact against the law in that building?!! Lol ur comment is a joke in itself comparing to armed robbery. Grow up and stop acting as if the world is yours

  2. How about preventing the smell to spread to your neighbours in a condominium? Using room sprays or any deodorants you just pollute the condominium complex. I can sit in my condo living room and be smelling a little bit of weed, some candy like vape smell, then glade and fabrese. Some of these scents causes me to sneeze and have a sore throat. Is there a more environmentally friendly way to smoke weed and not bothering other people? Especially young children around you. May be smoke outside and meditate indoor for relaxation.

  3. I have tried everything! Trying to get rid of pot smell in my hallway of my apt..the smell comes in my apt.ive tried talking to management but that was a waste of time..

    • It’s time for you to bypass the manager. Send a letter to the owner of the apartment building expecting action. Contact the City and lodge a complaint. Get a petition from other apartment dwellers. Get a mediation started between you, others affected, the City, the apartment owner, and the offenders. Then, when mediation fails to eradicate the problem, get a lawyer and sue in superior court for big bucks. Keep logs of all offenses. Don’t let up. Eventually, the offender will decide to move or go bankrupt. Your apartment manager will think twice next time about ignoring the nonsmokers rights. The owner of the apartment building will also be forced to think twice about ignoring your rights. They have the deep pockets and are ultimately responsible for providing a safe, noxious free environment to their tenants. They will have to make a choice between nonsmokers living in their apartments or smokers and potheads.

  4. best thing to do is vape flowers. i use an arizer extreme q and an arizer solo 2. i keep my stash in glass containers (leak proof) with 62% boveda packs to keep my herb fresh. the smell is very faint as opposed to smoke, you can use the heater on an extreme q and diffuse essential oil. keep the vaped buds in another mason jar and when you have a couple ounces, flush with water a few times, then make oil or butter. you dont have to decarb because the vaped bud is already decarbed! you will barely smell anything from vaping the flower, and you get the added benefit of not smoking. i do it through water pipes for even smoother hits.

  5. How do I keep the smell out of my apartment? I’ve spoke to management and of course the neighbors lied and said they don’t smoke weed, but I smell it daily inmy apartment and I have a young child. Any and all suggestions would help. I also triggers my migraine headaches.

    • Move to a house or ask for a different unit. People should be able to do whatever they please in the place they pay rent for. I’d rather smell weed than cigarettes.

      • Wrong! The smoker is the one who needs to move to a house. Apartments/townhomes/condos are no place for smokers of any substance to live.

  6. I can relate because I get headaches from the second hand smoke as well. If it is entering via the entrance door try a good weather seal around perimeter the door where it mates with the top and sides of the door frame. Use a door seal at the bottom of the door.

  7. I smoke outside, but I have a feeling a certain neighbor (a cop) who lives on the next street over has his nose poking around where I dont want it. What candles work best to help mask the smell?

      • It doesn’t matter whether it is legalized or not. Smokers exude a stench to others within close proximity. Noxious fumes are not something you will ever have a right to force upon anyone. That includes tobacco, meth, crack cocaine, marijuana, pipes, cigars, hookah, vaping. Put it in your car and smoke it there with windows up where no one else will have to smell it. When time to air out, go for a drive with your windows down once you are out on the street. Problem solved!

  8. I usually place a fan facing outwards towards an open window. This will forcefully push the smoke out. Make sure you are near the fan so that you have a better chance of smoke not escaping. Usually my apartment still has a light smell of Mary Jane which I can easily eliminate with smoke odor candles purchased at smoke shop. These steps work great with hiding the smell from neighbors.

  9. For storing, put your flower in a regular plastic baggie, roll it up amd then put that bag in a vacuum seal bag and seal it with vaccuum sealer. This is THE single best method for keeping flower from stinking. Also, keep your water pipes amd other accessories clean.

    • Yes. Notify the City. Try to find the offender. Get other neighbors involved. First try mediation so you will be able to recover your attorney fees if it comes to that. Be prepared to go all the way with this. Be willing to take the matter all the way to superior court for big bucks with the help of a lawyer. Once the offender is served with a superior court summons suing him/her for a number of ordinance violations, they will have to fork out $5,000 to a lawyer just to answer the complaint. Unless they are rich, they will see the wisdom in moving on to the country where their stench will not be disturbing anyone.

  10. Or you could just stop smoking it if you live closely enough to affect your neighbors. Nobody wants to live next to the asshole who doesn’t care about how their behavior affects others.

    • I think the asshole in this is you and the others that think just like you. We’re living in a country thats finally appreciating the love for weed but we still have those nosey cry babies that love to make it difficult for the rest of us.

      • It’s not being nosey. The thing with weed is that the smell travels and if you don’t indulge, it’s offensive to some and unhealthy for others. It’s your choice to smoke, it’s mine not to. Unfortunately, if we live in a condo I still get the smell. If the smoker doesn’t take precautions, there’s nothing I can do to stop it from getting into my home.

        • I totally agree and feel the same way that it’s super annoying, i used to have a neighbor who smoked right by my kids bedroom over 10 times a day. I smoke outside because I hate the smell on walls and furniture, clothing, the yellowing of everything. But now my neighbor says it all goes into their apartment ( which I feel is a bit exaggerated but who am I to judge since I smoke) I feel super bad, I really want to find solutions to please everyone. Not every smoker doesn’t care if in bothers you. Trying to find solutions and this article was very interesting.

      • Right!!! It’s a lot of them out here!! Would you rather smell flower or cigarettes.. if I rent somewhere I should be able to do whatever I want in the place I pay for!

  11. I bought my first house a couple of yrs ago, a semi-detached and my luck I live next door to two of the biggest, most useless human beings on the planet, who wake up smoking pot and go to bed smoking pot. They don’t give a shit about their two small kids, so why expect they will care about how my house reeks of their shit. Smoke all you want as long as it doesn’t affect others!!!! Not happening with current laws. I want to move, but buying a detached home in southern Ontario requires more than I can spend on my own. Don’t my rights end where someone else’s begin? how is that not the case for marihuana smokers?

    • You are right, Cristina. You must fight the good fight. Unite your other neighbors. Complain to the City. There must be an ordinance protecting people’s right against noxious fumes, which is what this is. Don’t you be the one to move. You be the one to organize the neighborhood, complain to all available legal resources, try mediation, and when all else fails, get a lawyer and sue in superior court for big bucks ($50,000 is about right). Sue everyone who had a duty to protect you from the noxious fumes but who failed you because they didn’t want to bother with it. We have to fight to gain our rights in a world that doesn’t care about defending anyone’s rights. You can force your neighbors to be the ones who move or they can face bankruptcy and you will have a lien on their home, bank accounts, wages, etc. for years to come. I’ve done it. It works! It requires courageousness and a commitment to protecting your rights. Don’t let up.

  12. I notice you do not leave any helpful comments for those of us suffering from inconsiderate stoner neighbors who do not care if they are preventing us from enjoying our apartments. My apartment routinely smells like a bevy of skunks lifted their tails and ran. I have neighbors to the left, top, bottom, and right. Management doesn’t care.
    Marijuana use is still illegal in NYS and by federal law. It gives me a headache and it makes me feel irritable and upset. Why can you not leave helpful hints for us.
    I was against stop and frisk. Now I see the unintended consequences since it was stopped.

    • Hi Sophie, thank you for your comment and I apologize for not being considerate enough. This particular article was focused on how not to bother others with the smell of weed from the consumers perspective. Let me do some research to see how you can protect yourself from the smell.

    • Lol okay Karen. Don’t worry about medical users and disabled/ chronically I’ll people who use it for managing symptoms.

      • My sentiments exactly I smoke due to medical reasons and I know not everyone tolerates the smell of cannabis so I’m always looking for ways to try and minimize the odor of the smoke.

  13. I do the old school trick of turning the shower on, humidify the bathroom first. It helps to keep the smoke out I find.

  14. Helena, if you come up with ANY more tips to help us non smoking neighbors PLEASE leave them. I CAN’T afford to move. I am NOT against the rights for them just trying to protect my health at 65.
    Bless you.

  15. I acually peel an orange, clementine, lime or lemon and use the skin in the container/baggie I store my stash in. Smells great while eliminating odor!

  16. Yes please, I am not a smoker and do live by others under me that do. Unfortunately they do it right under my kids window and the smell gets in even with the windows closed. Anything would help thank you

  17. When I was younger and living with the parent, I would tape a garbage (I would use a scented one these days) bag to the end of the cardboard tube from a roll of paper towel or toilet paper, sequester myself in my walk in closet and then blow the smoke into the contraption. This allows you to capture more exhalations than a bottle or something. Then when done I would take it outside and squeeze the exhaled smoke into the wind. (away from other windows and vents.

    I also used a cap or placed a coin on top of the bowl after my hit to keep the ember from staying lit between hits. I’m not sure how well it works bc I’m nose deaf to the smell, but I never got called out on it.

    I used to think the bathroom vent would disperse the smell, but the outlet of the vents in apartments are often directly below your neighbors window and some share the same ducts, so be mindful of that. it can go straight from your bathroom to theirs.

  18. I have had anxiety and depression since I was very young, preteen. I got diagnosed with severe endometriosis at the age of 20, and I have damage on my spine from the epidural they inserted when I gave birth to my son at 22. I have run the gamut of non-addictive medications to manage my various conditions, none of which work. I also am apparently unable to properly metabolize edibles, they do not work for me unless I eat a special diet for several days preceding consumption and I take multiple antacids and even then its anywhere from 1/2 as strong to as little as 1/4 as strong as it should be. I cannot afford to drop 300+$ on an herb vaporizer. I began smoking marijuana at 18 and it has been a literal blessing, a godsend in many forms. For all of you complaining about the smell of marijuana I understand but also…this is some peoples medications. Does your “right” to not smell a smell override my right to a medication? Should I cease taking my medication and become suicidal and non-functional because of the pain I endure on a daily basis? Would you complain to your landlord if your neighbor had a health condition that required them to use a medication or device that was loud or unsightly? Probably not. I can’t imagine going to my friends and complaining about how my neighbor is in such poor health that I can’t enjoy myself because their medication irritates me. In any case, you could use all of the scented products outlined above to rid your own home of the significantly lessened smell of secondhand pot lightly drifting through the air, or you could speak to your neighbor like an adult. Let them know you get migraines, or have asthma, or have children. Ask them if they are doing anything to prevent the smell of their smoke escaping their apartment. If they are using medicinally and have some empathy, they will most likely work with you to prevent as much as they can. Maybe if you’re passive aggressive and you can’t handle confrontation then you could print o UK t this article and slip it in their mailbox or underneath their door. Sometimes people are unaware of how their medical use is affecting others. Have some compassion for your neighbors, be an adult and communicate. Work together to stop the problem. If they aren’t willing to do that then the only thing you can do is report it to the landlord and wait. Also there us a product called “cannabolish” that include non-consuming neighbors in their marketing, maybe look into that. But remember that the neighbor you feel is being inconsiderate may only be trying to medicate themselves and are unaware that they are even bothering anyone. They don’t live with you, they can’t read minds. They don’t know what is bothering you until you talk to them.

    • Move to the country away from other people so you don’t interfere with their right to be free of noxious fumes. Keep your “stash” in your car where only you will be in the car and smoke it there. Air out by driving around town with your window open. You do not have the right to force your noxious fumes on anybody else no matter what your medical condition. Nonuser’s rights take precedence over user’s rights. It is your responsibility not the nonuser’s to make sure you are not creating noxious fumes that others are forced to inhale. If they can smell it, then it is getting into their lungs.

      • You want the users to put the stash and smoke it in the car? Are you a moron? Last time I checked, doing that is pretty much as bad as drinking and driving.

        While I do feel bad about your situation about the “noxious fumes” that you have to deal with on a daily basis, non-smoker’s rights does not go above over smoker’s rights, and vice versa. I do condemn your way of thinking on what the smokers should do as an alternative.

        I am a non-smoker and would like to find ways to keep my home as cleared from the marijuana smell as possible, and I do find your comments profound and asinine.

        Both of my neighbors are regular smokers (one has a medical condition with chronic back pain and it also helps with his anxiety and prefers this option over opioids, and the other does it for recreational purposes), and we get along well, considering that I am not into the whole smell of it. I have talked to both of my neighbors briefly about the issue and they both understand and have been helping out on trying not to let the smell linger over to me.

        Now I don’t smell it as much and as often, because I have said something about it with both of my neighbors, instead of trying to waste my time and money trying to complain to the city and state with lawsuits over an unpleasant odor.

        In conclusion, I will prefer smelling a little bit of the marijuana stench every now and again, knowing my neighbors are doing their part to enclose the smell of it, than to have a neighbor addicted to painkillers and becoming the irritable neighbor trying to get money and becoming a nuisance over a foul smell.

        While I do empathize on how you feel, I completely disagree with what you are saying and how to go forth with it.

  19. Any tips for those of us who are not smokers, but have no choice in the matter with the stench coming from the next door neighbors who are very heavy smokers, and smoke outside all the time?

    • 1. complain to apartment managers, apartment owners, homeowner associations, the City and insist on your right to freedom from noxious fumes.
      2. Mediation if #1 doesn’t prove fruitful. Include all parties who should have protected you.
      3. Lawsuit in superior court. Hire a lawyer. You can get $50,000 judgment for this type of annoyance on all parties who ignored your rights. You will be able to place a lien on their real property, personal property, bank accounts, and wages until you are paid.
      4. Don’t move. Fight. Make the offender decide to move or face bankruptcy.

  20. If you smoke, stop judging others who do not. Your habit shouldn’t be our burden and if you have to use it for medical purposes please work with your provider to get proper air cleaners. It’s that simple. For the pot smoker who claims she has asthma and it doesn’t bother her so she thinks it shouldn’t trigger asthma for anyone else, you are not informed. Asthma – like allergies and other medical conditions – can have any multitude of triggers. Your experience is not – not will it ever be – the same as everyone else’s. If your pot smoke is making your neighbors sick – LISTEN to them, have some compassion, and do something to help. They aren’t complaining because they don’t like you – they are suffering! If it weren’t for the fumes that are toxic to them they would have NO idea what you’re doing and could care less! It isn’t just the smell that’s “inconvenient”- like cigarette smoke, it is toxic for those of us who are allergic or sensitive to it! And – for those of you who are paranoid – sometimes your neighbors have no clue who exactly is smoking, they just know someone is and it’s either annoying as frick or actually making them sick.

    The pot in my building is so bad (and FYI this is the second time I have moved – sacrificing MY finances to try to find a clean, safe place to live only to run right back into the same problem again) wakes me up and my daughter – who has asthma, btw.- up out of our sleep! We’ve tried air cleaners, stopped being able to open the windows at night to enjoy fresh air, so we run the a/c constantly, spend extra money and time changing air filters and STILL can’t escape the headaches and burning eyes from the neighbor’s pot. Believe me – I’m trying to move again, but i take a financial hit every time and can’t afford a house. I’m writing this in the middle of the night because my neighbor smokes usually between 11:30 pm and 4:30 in the morning which means we get NO SLEEP when they are using. It’s unfair and effed up. I would never treat other people the way pot smokers treat the rest of us!! If it gives you relief from a medical condition god bless you and I hope it helps, but just like I wouldn’t expect you to take my chemotherapy, I shouldn’t have to be subjected to the side effects of your drugs either. We can and should find solutions that help all of us. And please – if you have kids or pets – get help to get over your habit, addiction, whatever you want to call it. Please! They are helpless and don’t deserve the torture of being trapped in your smoke.

    • Remember when you were taught that “life isn’t fair”? This is one of those unfair times. You guys are only complaining because it has a certain smell to it, people in apartments smoke cigarettes too, I don’t see that as a complaint……but you also can’t smell it as strong.

      Get over yourself and stop being dramatic. Idk how some of you managed to make it through life. You guys are insufferable, I’d find it hard to believe this is the only “it’s not fair” complaint 🙄

    • Don’t move. Fight! If your apartment manager and owner will do nothing, take it up with the City. Code enforcement first, but don’t stop there. Write to the mayor and city council members. Set up a mediation to try to get a solution that works for you. Still no help? Get a lawyer and sue everyone who failed you in superior court. You will end up getting back everything you spend in legal fees plus plenty more from the numerous complaints your lawyer will find to sue everyone who failed to take you seriously. I’ve done it . It works, but it takes courage and documentation. We have to fight for every right we expect to have respected.

  21. Still one of the biggest barriers to adoption of the mainstream audience for “Weed” is the smell. The smell is easily identifiable and still has that stigma. You can have your freedom and anonymity back with the WeDANK 5000 Air Purifier specifically designed to remove weed smell.

  22. I find it interesting that a lot of people commenting arent smokers and are shaming those who are saying we should quit all together. (And I *only* mean the nonsmokers who are shaming, the others who are voicing their opinions/complaints, that’s fine it’s whatevs)
    This article isn’t for that, it’s for smokers to find ways to contain/hide/get rid of the smell. People keep saying how inconsiderate smokers are when in fact a lot of us try really hard to get rid of and minimize the smell.

    If your neighbors aren’t making any type of effort then it makes sense to be upset. But you don’t know if they are/aren’t so I suggest talking to them. Ask if they’re making an effort to get rid of the smell, I know I try to, and I greatly appreciate my roommate who has told me when it stinks and we’ve worked it out together, now we have no issues because we COMMUNICATED. If my neighbors can smell it, which none have complained as of yet, I want them to talk to me too, we smokers don’t know you can smell it unless you tell us. I generally assume people can smell it 90% of the time so I do my part to minimize it but there’s only so much I can do, especially if no one has said anything. Suggesting to move, to smokers and nonsmokers alike, is ridiculous, not everyone can afford that. Saying they shouldn’t be doing it at all is your opinion, if I get caught smoking weed that’s not your problem. I’ll deal with it cause that’s the risk I’m willing to take, it’s my choice. Again the main point is communication, if they are assholes about it then go further like telling the landlord. I’m not against outing someone as long as they’re ACTUALLY being an asshole, ie they don’t make any effort, they don’t listen to neighbors, it’s causing others harm like some people have mentioned, etc. then I think it’s fair. (however I do know that in a lot of states now police won’t even do anything so realistically talking to them is probably the best bet or the landlord, I know here cops are worried about rising crime. No cap I was almost robbed at gunpoint a few weeks ago, luckily they got scared off and I kept my possessions and my life. But I got lucky others not so much. If you think I’m lying here are links to what’s been going on, crime is on the rise in my city: I’d prefer cops focus on that rather than someone smoking weed. And honestly I hope you do too.)
    But if they’re minding their business, are a decent person who is probably trying to hide the smell whether you know it or not, unless it’s hella bothersome, please leave them alone. And I will repeat myself cause someone is gonna try and come for me, you have every right to be comfortable in your own home without the smell of weed, but talk to them first before calling a landlord/police. If you’re scared of confrontation maybe slide a note, or this article, under their door letting them know you can smell it, and ask them to hide the smell and if that’s not possible then ask them to smoke elsewhere. Of course this depends on the laws where you live, for me it’s legal medically, illegal recreationally but I will always make the effort to minimize the smell regardless of the laws. Even if it is illegal please still talk to them, I know that here if you get caught, depending on the amount, you could get a hefty fine and as a 20yr old child I don’t have a lot of money so I’d much rather you talk to me first before telling the landlord or calling the cops. But if they call the cops/landlord on me I wont be mad at them, yea I’d be annoyed and upset but only cause they didnt tell me it smelled first. I’m totally fine finding a new smoking spot, I honestly would prefer it I don’t want people to smell it, none of us do. So just ask.

    In the end this is my choice and it’s a risk I’m willing to take so I’m not telling you that you *must* to talk to them, I’m just explaining from a smokers perspective that it would be the best approach for the both of us. I don’t get the cops called, you don’t smell weed anymore. Idk just food for thought I guess, reading some of the comments were frustrating cause people were only using examples of really shitty neighbors when most of us just wanna smoke in peace without bothering anyone. Everyone in the comments have decent points, so I wanted to add another one. This is all my opinion obviously.

  23. Thank you Helena, genuinely.
    I have fibromyalgia and MH illnesses, & do smoke in home.. im moving home so was nervous about new neighbours.
    I don’t want to be a nuisance neighbour with the smell of weed, however I do smoke it for myself & for health too (not much help for fibro weed is simple & effective).
    And regarding the snowflakes that are bothered by the smell and commenting on this thread –
    (..I’m sure there must a different webpage better suited to their grievances..)
    – I think whilst they are annoyed by the smell .. it would be such a wonderful world if people would consider maybe some of the possible reasons why people smoke weed.. and that quite very possibly people like myself have come by your article in order to avade being a nuisence & considerate to the best capacity to other neighbours..
    Anyway I just wanted to give you some kind words and thanks for all informative article! ✌🏽x


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