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This Thanksgiving: COVER THE SMELL – Products to Reduce Cannabis Smoke Odor

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Written by Sarah Friedman

So, you want to hotbox with your friends this Thanksgiving, but you don’t want the smoke to be smelled by the more uptight members of your family and friends circle? Now you can cover the smell easily with products meant to reduce cannabis smoke odor. Perfect for getting high on the holidays, without everyone else knowing.

If you’re going to smoke a secret joint this Thanksgiving, make sure to cover the smoke smell with the right product! On the other hand, if you’re more into vapes and gummies, you can get high with way less of a problem. In fact, no one has to know at all. We’ve got a range of deals for cannabis compounds like delta-8 THC, hemp-derived delta-9, THCV, and more. Stock up on your favorites for a truly happy Thanksgiving. Remember subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter for all the latest deals. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!

Holiday smoking

Let’s be honest, every smoker wants to be high for Thanksgiving. Nothing makes turkey and stuffing taste better than toking on some fine California bud before the food is served. Plus, let’s be honest, family can be great, but there’s a reason we often move away. They can be stressful too. For some families, Thanksgiving isn’t even Thanksgiving if Uncle Joe doesn’t pick a fight with someone, and if cousin Allison doesn’t cry.

And just like we know that Joe will be rude, and Allison will cry, and the turkey will be delicious, we also know that first chance we get, we’re going to steal away to the basement with a tightly packed joint, and let off some of that dealing-with-family-steam that’s built up. Maybe smoked alone, or with some other family member who’s also just trying to make it through. Chances are, that before pumpkin pie is served, we’ll be glassy-eyed, and at least partially immune to the bickering going on around.

Truth is, while the general opinion on smoking weed has changed drastically in the last decade, it doesn’t mean everyone’s onboard, particularly the older folks who come from a generation of prohibition talk. So chances are, when you’re down in the basement smoking that joint, you’re really not going to want everyone to know. The problem with smoke? It spreads super easily, and once it’s out there, it’s hard to do much about it. You can spray perfumey scents that create a sweet-smoke mixture, or try to wave it all out a window with your hands, or just hope it weakens enough before getting to anyone’s nose.

There are tons of situations in life where you might not want those around you to know what you’re smoking. Maybe you’re in a place where you’re not technically supposed to be smoking, or around people who just aren’t cool with it. Maybe it’s just that the smoke wouldn’t mix with what’s going on, or maybe there are little kids around. Whatever the reason, sometimes its not a good idea to have weed smoke around, and sometimes you need to cover the smell.

Cover that smell with NSNT

At a point in life, I remember spraying cheap perfume in my car after smoking my one hitter before going into work most days. It smelled sickly sweet, and created a mixture of grossly sweet and smoky air, which would stay in my car, seep into the seats. It didn’t really help the situation in the end. Now, there are better options out there. Options that actually work.

I was able to speak with retailers at this year’s MJBizCon, and found two different products perfect to cover the smell of cannabis smoke. The first literally kills the smoke smell, while leaving nothing behind at all, in an almost magic trick sort of way. It’s actually rather cool, just a few sprays from the bottle into a room of smoke, and the smoke just disappears, along with all scent. Nothing heavy left, nothing overly sweet and perfumey. Just clean-smelling air. The product NSNT (No Smell Not There) Air & Fabric Odor Neutralizer and Eliminator, neutralizes and eliminates all cannabis smoke odor, and it does it really fast.


It can be used on any water-safe products like clothing, carpets, furniture, bedding, curtains etc. The spray produced is non-toxic, organic, and made in a cruelty-free way. This means not only will you get the smoke out of the air, but you won’t breathe in any bad, and unnecessary, chemicals instead.

The company produces a product with no fragrance, alcohol, phthalates, phosphates, or parabens. The company is geared toward sustainable production methods using 100% recycled plastic, and biodegradable shipping paraphernalia. The one thing I found to be missing, is a complete ingredient list. The following product options exist for interested buyers:

  • $5.25 – 2 oz travel size
  • $12.00 – 8 oz spray bottle
  • $18.75 – 16 oz spray bottle
  • $31.75 – 32 oz refill

The company also offers combination deals ranging from $15.75 to $54.25 which include multiple products per deal. As it is odor free, there is only one product scent option.

Cover that smell with Cannabolish

This is the second product I found that I really liked. First and foremost, this product name rocks. I fully admit that I’d likely take it off the shelf before NSNT (with all other things being equal) just because of its name. Good marketing truly has value, guys! The main difference between this and the previous option? A scent.

Cannabolish comes in Wintergreen scent or Lavender scent, and can come as a spray or a candle. I have the wintergreen spray and think it smells a bit more like sandalwood, but I like the scent regardless. It did hang in the air for a little while after spraying, but in a generally light way. For those who don’t like scents, an odorless product like NSNT would probably be preferable. Much like with NSNT, Cannabolish truly did neutralize the scent immediately, with the spray taking the smoke right out of the air with about 4-6 sprays, and this after several bong hits. I went out of the room and came back in several times to test it out…there was no smell of smoke in the room after a few sprays of either product. Cannabolish product options include:

  • $14.99 7 oz Wintergreen or Lavender candles
  • $4.99 2 oz spray, Wintergreen or Lavender
  • $11.99 8 oz spray, Wintergreen or Lavender

The company also sells odor removing gel for $9.99 (7 oz) or $15.99 (15 oz), and Kits comprised of multiple products, starting at $17.98. Interested buyers can even purchase apparel including hats for $20, and T-shirts for $25.


How do these products work to cover the smell of smoke?

NSNT breaks it down like this: “the simple chemistry is to have one molecule in our formula attach itself to one molecule of a cannabis related smell and together they quickly become totally neutralized, returning your environment to a completely smell-free environment!”

Of course, the company goes on to stipulate: “Finding a formula to make it work was quite difficult. While there are products on the market that seem to use this theory, they fall short because they still utilize fragrances and alcohol. Adding to the challenge to find a workable product with no fragrance at all is to make a green product which is biodegradable, eco-friendly, sustainable and safe for humans and pets.”

Cannabolish makes similar claims, stating on its site: “Traditional air freshener products just cover up unwanted odors with perfumes. They claim essential oils or natural plant extracts but use harsh chemical compounds and harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when they spray. They’re unsafe to use and should be avoided.

Cannabolish is made from natural plant oils and water (a blend we’ve perfected over 30 years), absorbing and removing odors without toxic ingredients. It’s safe to use around animals and people, in large or small spaces, as often as you need it.”

This company does provide a partial ingredient list, but keeps its proprietary plant oil blends a secret, saying: “Marijuana smoke contains a multitude of chemicals produced from the combustion of the plant—resulting in toxic and odorous chemicals such as benzene, ammonia, and formaldehyde. Cannabolish candles and sprays were designed by investigating the causes of smoke odors (benzene, toluene, formaldehyde). Then a blend of plant oils was designed to cancel out those odorous chemicals.”

Neither company was any more specific than this. Interested consumers can do a little research into how the process of neutralizing odors works, to understand better the difference between these products, and standard perfumes and smell-covering agents.

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Word to the wise

Not every odor neutralizer will be created equally, and many will employ unwanted chemicals. Do your homework if you’re looking for a more natural product. The two mentioned here are about as good as I could find, and although they don’t release all information, they do release enough to know they’re environmentally friendly, and produce naturally-based products.

For those less concerned with chemicals, or who aren’t looking to neutralize an odor, there are a range of products available that can help with changing the smell around you. However, for those who want a high class, and well working product, these two companies have certainly nailed it.

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Holidays are a great time to remember that smoking a joint can be the key to relaxing in a stressful family environment. Do so this year with added certainty that you can cover the smell of your weed successfully, and keep your private joint smoking moments…truly private.

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DisclaimerHi, I’m a researcher and writer. I’m not a doctor, lawyer, or businessperson. All information in my articles is sourced and referenced, and all opinions stated are mine. I am not giving anyone advise, and though I am more than happy to discuss topics, should someone have a further question or concern, they should seek guidance from a relevant professional.

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Sarah Friedman

I look stuff up and and write stuff down, in order to make sense of the world around. And I travel a lot too.