Weed Confidential: Using Cannabis in Stealth Mode

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We are strange creatures – sometimes we get great kicks from keeping a secret.

Knowing something other people don’t exudes a very particular feeling of both nervousness (fear of getting caught) and adventure.

Now, when we introduce context, culture, and etiquette to the equation, the whole game becomes even more compelling.

Cannabis use over the past few decades is the perfect example of that.

Stoner culture used to be (and still is, but to a lesser degree) frowned upon, forcing potheads to explore ways to enjoy cannabis in secret.

Meaning that potheads of past times sometimes had to be super-stealth ninjas.

Nowadays, things are different.

Not only is the legalization of weed and its promotion by many celebrities helping in removing the stigma, but we also have a plethora of products that help us stay in stealth mode.

Thanks to these brilliant new devices at our disposal, it’s virtually impossible for people to figure out that we are consuming weed.

Hence, we are witnessing a major transition within the culture. Concentrates are becoming ever so popular in relation to smoking joints, because they allow a more discreet approach to consuming cannabis.

First, we’ll run through a few major alternatives for smoking weed that are far more discreet.

After that, we’ll list our top picks of inconspicuous vaporizers, and lastly, we’ll give you a few tips on how to use weed indoors, without leaving evidence behind.

Without further ado, let’s get cracking!

Smoking alternatives

As you surely know, smoking a joint isn’t the safest nor the most secretive way to consume weed.

Though sharing a blunt is a truly magnificent ritual which brings people together, and for that reason alone, it most likely won’t ever go away, other contemporary solutions allow for a more moderate, healthy, and controlled high.


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Many stoners will agree that edibles provide the most intense and tasteful high.

Smoking a joint is all fine and dandy, but with edibles, there’s no harsh taste which irritates the throat, no toxins are inhaled, and most importantly, when you pull out a sweet-looking brownie, no one will ever think that you’re about to gulp a large chunk of THC.

However, since consuming edibles can lead to a seriously intense high, you really shouldn’t use them as a means of mitigating anxiety, for example. Imagine going to a job interview while being high on edibles. Good luck with that!

Other than that, edibles take a long time to kick in. Often between 60-90 minutes. Therefore, they make timing your high a fairly difficult task.

The moral of the story is, edibles are one of the most discreet ways to consume weed, but if you’re looking to get stupendously high, you won’t have much use of your “discreet” consumption method.


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The closest you can get to smoking a joint without having to deal with the harsh and nasty smell is to use a vape pen or a portable vaporizer. Granted, you still have to deal with clouds of vapor, but they quickly dissipate and are often aromatic.

Some vaporizers, though being pocketable, are fairly chunky and aren’t as subtle as you would want them to be. That’s why, for purposes of discreetness, people often rely on vape pens and disposable vapes.

These devices are no bigger than a standard cigarette (this can also be your alibi if someone asks you what you are smoking), they’re easy to conceal and carry around.

A bit later on, we’ll share our thoughts on some of the best and most discreet vaporizers money can buy.

Sublinguals and inhalers

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When will technology cease to amaze us?

If you’re looking to go full-on stealth mode, inhalers and sublinguals are probably the best solutions for you.

Sublingual drops and sprays kick in very swiftly, and best of all, the high induced by them doesn’t die out painfully slowly. The reason why they’re considered one of the most discreet ways of using cannabis lies in the speed with which you get the job done.

Just like sublinguals, weed inhalers are also super-easy and efficient to use. They look exactly the same as the ones you’d find in the pockets of asthma patients.

Their main advantage is that they provide the most controlled high because of their precise doses. If you don’t want to, you won’t get ridiculously high. The intensity of your high depends entirely on you!

Plus, you can easily get away with using it practically anywhere by claiming to have a respiratory condition of sorts. No one will ever question your response.

Of course, edibles, vapes, sublinguals, and inhalers aren’t the only solutions out there.

Microdosing and transdermal patches are also viable solutions. They are great if you’re looking to ease up the tension and anxiety, whilst still being super-discreet. But don’t expect to get blown out of the water with these two. They aren’t meant to make you high as a kite.

Most inconspicuous vaporizers

If you take a good glance at the vaporizer market, you’ll find that discreet vapes have become a major trend within the industry.

That’s why it has become hard to figure out which devices really do deliver on their promise of inconspicuousness and which don’t.

In order to make your decision easier, we’ll share with you some of our favorite “confidential” vaporizers which will help you get the most bang for your buck.

Puffco Pro 2

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If you’re on the lookout for a decently built yet affordable vape pen, the Puffco Pro 2 is probably the device for you.

It’s no bigger than a standard cigarette, it’s very light and portable, and best of all, it comes with a 430 mAh lithium-ion battery which (with moderate use) can last up to a week on a single charge.

The Puffco Pro 2 offers three temperature presets for vaping both solid and liquid concentrates. Its temperature range spans from 304°C (580°F) to 382°C (720°F).

Lastly, it’s important to mention that the Puffco Pro 2 doesn’t contain any plastic elements nor glue, which makes it one of the safest and healthiest vaporizers you could buy today.

Yocan Evolve

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In case you’re on a tight budget but you’re desperate to get your hands on a discreet vaporizer, you might want to give the Yocan Evolve a shot.

It packs a quartz dual atomizer which is responsible for delivering the purest of vapors. On a full charge and with extensive use, the battery can last one full day, and quite impressively, its heat-up time is no longer than 2 seconds!

Given that we’re talking about a low-range device, advanced temperature controls aren’t an option with the Yocan Evolve. However, the fixed temperature settings that come with the device are enough to meet everybody’s demands.

Just like the Puffco Pro 2, the Yocan Evolve is as discreet a vaporizer as you’re able to get your hands on nowadays.

G Pen Pro

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Lastly, we have the G Pen Pro.

Unlike the previous two, this one isn’t what you’d call a vape pen but a portable vaporizer. This means that it isn’t as slender as the Puffco or the Yocan, but it’s still tiny enough to be considered a stealthy device.

What makes the G Pen Pro stand out is its outstanding build quality. It’s surely one of the most durable vaporizers out there due to its aluminum exterior.

Just like the previous two devices, the G Pen comes with three fixed temperature settings ranging from 190°C (375°F) to 220°C (428°F), but unlike the previous two, the G Pen is made for vaporizing only dry herbs.

The G Pen Pro’s integrated 1300 mAh lithium-ion battery isn’t the best one out there, meaning that on a full charge, it’d last you around 40 minutes. But, you’re still able to use the device while it’s charging, and that’s great news!

Getting secretly high indoors

Sometimes, we just want to get a little buzz before friends come over for dinner, or after we’ve put our kids to sleep. We have no time to dress up and go outside to roll a joint. We just need a quick “fix” without leaving unpleasant odors behind.

Here are our favorite solutions:

Vapes and bongs make a difference

We’ve already covered the advantages of using vapes for discreet weed consumption, but we wanted to mention that bongs work great as well (for indoor purposes).

With bongs, most of the odor goes into your lungs, and if you don’t take too big of a draw, you’ll cause no irritation to your lungs.

You’ll leave no evidence behind, and with just one draw, you’ll get the kick you’ve been looking for.

Make a sploof

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Sploofs are incredibly easy to make, and they make a world of difference when it comes to concealing the smell of weed.

This is a perfect solution for those who aren’t so keen on giving up on blunts.

Just stuff a toilet paper tube with some scented dryer sheets through which you’ll blow the smoke.  It’s as simple as that.

Take a quick shower afterwards

The most natural way of concealing that you’ve smoked weed is to give yourself a good old scrub.

Just washing your hands won’t cut it. The area you should focus on the most should be your hair!

Of course, don’t forget to wash your teeth. Using mouthwash can also be hugely beneficial if you don’t want to mask the smell by eating onions or garlic.

Apart from these simple yet efficient methods, some devices can help you cover up the fact that you’ve been using weed indoors. For example, you can use a Door Filter.

This filter is actually a combination of two separate filters made from carbon and nylon. You’re supposed to cover the gap at the bottom of your door with it, and it’ll draw out the nasty smell for you.

Moreover, this filter also prevents hallway smells and pollutants from entering your flat. So, in a way, it’s a win-win situation.

It will only get easier?

Global legalization of marijuana has already begun, and that’s a good thing.

On top of that, technology keeps evolving and improving at an unstoppable rate which means that we’ll be faced with even more devices and ways to consume cannabis in stealth mode.

The hurdle that won’t be so easy to jump over, however, is the way society still feels about marijuana.

Decades of indoctrination and stigma are hard to wash away in just a few years.

Fortunately, until “better” times come, we’re provided with a plethora of solutions that allow us to indulge in our favorite practices in secrecy, without the risk of bothering those who don’t approve.

We keep acquiring new means to play the hiding game, so, in a way, things are just going to get easier for us!

About the author
Helena Miles

Experienced journalist with a decade-long experience of researching cannabis. She has been featured in many prominent outlets, such as The Growth Op, National Post and The Province.

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