When you take a drug test, the goal is to pass it, right? Whether you’re diluting your urine with water, or attempting to mask cannabinoids with some other compound, no one who smokes weed wants to fail a drug test. The same sentiment applies when you’re trying to hide that you’re smoking in general. What’s the point of a spray or candle that just doesn’t work? Luckily, when it comes to getting rid of the smell, Cannabolish really hits it on the nose, with its spray that totally abolishes cannabis smoke and vapor.
Why is this necessary?
If you live in certain places, or come from certain families, you might be confused that someone else has any desire to hide the smell of their weed smoke, or vapor. But the truth is, much of the country is still weed-resistant, and plenty of people live in locations or within families where such outputs are not welcome. Plus, think of the teens out there. We know high school kids smoke weed, and they’re probably not going to stop. There are still plenty of reasons why a person might not want to go public with their weed habit.
To add onto it all, there are also many places where its not simply undesirable to smoke (or vape), but where potential fines or even jail time, are associated. Consider that every school is anti-weed, and that in some jobs, a simple weed smoke break could land you in hot water. Maybe for some, this is a good stipulation, but there are plenty of situations where the laws are a little much, considering how little damage cannabis causes.
Beyond work and school situations, it should always be remembered that everyone wants to make a buck. It’s a trend now in businesses like hotels to install not just smoke detectors, but vape sensors and THC sensors as well. And here’s the kicker, this can happen in places where weed is technically legal for recreational use. I had to sign off on such sensors for my recent stay at a hotel in Las Vegas.
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For all those times in life when you’re not doing anything actually awful, but know you can still get in trouble, it’s good to know there’s a way to cover your tracks. And if you’re simply someone who doesn’t want a lot of smoke or vapor around, it’s also wise to have a product that can neutralize the smell. Luckily, one does exist, and has now been tested well in a place where a sensor to pick up everything mentioned above, was used.
How to cover smoke odors
Cannabolish is a company that offers a line of products meant to neutralize smoke and vapor from cannabis or cigarettes. The company uses all natural ingredients like wintergreen oil, and stays away from unwanted ingredients like alcohol, phthalates, VOC’s, and other dangerous chemicals. The plant oils used in the products neutralize the byproducts of the smoke, like benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde.
According to the company, “We designed Cannabolish specifically to destroy the unique chemical makeup of weed smoke molecules. Our team of chemists and engineers use science we’ve perfected over 30 years of removing the toughest odors around the world – from wastewater treatment plants to landfills, smoke-filled hotel rooms to skunk-sprayed pets.”
The company puts out a spray which deals with offensive odors (not just smoke), as well as candles, and a gel that absorbs odors from the air around. Products are offered in both wintergreen scent and lavender, and run from about $4.99 for 2 fluid ounces of spray, to about $30 for candles, to around $90 if you want all the products. For those who prefer no odor when covering their weed smell, that’s a possibility as well with this company: NSNT. This product likewise removes odors, but leaves nothing in their place. And also does so with only natural ingredients.
Since both companies make products that neutralize bad odors in general, they’re usable for more than weed smoke. When I originally tested out these sprays I also sprayed them in a moldy smelling bathroom, and on dirty socks. In both cases, both sprays neutralized the smell, one leaving a scent, and one without. Also in both cases, the products are advertised as good for spraying in the air, as well as on clothing, bedding, curtains, and carpets.
My recent hotel experience with Cannabolish
It’s one thing to test out a product in the privacy of your own home, and another to test it out in a more relevant situation. Sure, it was nice to take the smoke out of the air in my apartment, but that didn’t help me understand if the product was good enough to get past a detector. In my recent stay in Las Vegas, I was able to test out the Cannabolish spray in a hotel room that employed both weed smoke and vapor detectors. At least according to the document I signed off on which stated I’d be charged an extra $250 if I set the sensors off.
Now, the hotel claimed to use sensors by the company NoiesAware, which actually specializes in sensors for noise levels, to help ensure guests aren’t overcrowding rooms or having parties. While I expect they do offer the sensors the hotel said they use, no information for smoke and/or vape sensors was apparent on their site.
So, I really don’t have a good confirmation for effectiveness, any information on the product, or know if it was actually used at all. The last point is important because its not an unheard of thing for an establishment to encourage good behavior by making patrons think they might get in trouble, when in reality there is nothing monitoring them.
I vaped high THC cartridges every day I was in the room, followed each time by a couple sprays of the Cannabolish in lavender. I vaped in the bathroom, and gave the spray a few seconds to work its magic before opening the door. As there was no window or fan in the bathroom, whatever was in the bathroom, eventually made its way to the main room where the sensors were.
To ensure a full test though, on one night, I brought back a co-worker and some new convention friends, to smoke up in the room, this time with blunts, and plenty of actual smoke. We did aim to get the smoke out the window, but we all know how smoke is, and how easily it makes its way around. Each hit was followed by a spray of Cannabolish.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure how it would go. I’ve certainly stayed in lower rent hotels that clearly had non-working smoke detectors, but this place was so hardcore about it, I figured they were actually monitoring us. Truth is, I still can’t say for sure, which means even the outcome of this review is contingent on something I can’t provide; details of the functionality of the senor system.
What I can say is that I wasn’t charged anything extra. Either the hotel really was just trying to instill fear in my heart, or that spray did the trick. Many of the sensors on the market now for the same purpose claim to detect cover smells as well, like standard perfume. Though Cannabolish has a scent, its strength is not in covering the smell of the smoke with something stronger, but in neutralizing it. It’s evident when testing the product that this is the case, which gives extra credence to the idea that the spray actually kept the sensors from picking anything up.
A little more on these sensors
Very little information exists on the sensors now used commonly in hotels, schools, and other smoke and vape-free locations. Most any information out there comes from the product companies themselves, which makes it hard to know how well they work, and with what kind of track record. All the companies claim the products can pick up smoke, vapor, and THC remnants. But there aren’t any official tests that I found, or confirmation for any of this.
These new age sensors that are said to detect THC and vapor are relatively new. As in, up until the last couple of years, only standard smoke detectors applied. The market therefore has very little formal information associated with it, but a push for ways to catch people. It could be that this is all a bunch of smoke and mirrors; it could be that technology is advancing, and though these might not offer all that’s said, that a newer line in a year or two might; and it could be that they do what they’re intended to do already. Unfortunately, I just don’t know.
The companies are all pretty vague, and they explain that its hard to effectively detect certain things, that vapor and smoke can travel, and that its hard to know the starting point of smoke and vapor; (which realistically messes with the justification of having the sensors). Every time I opened the door to my hotel room, the smell of weed wafted in. Clearly the hotel would have issues if it charged every person for what came into their room upon opening their doors or windows.
Since I can’t speak to the effectiveness of the sensors, I can’t give a firm confirmation on the ability of the product. But given my personal experience of both smoking and vaping in a room with both smoke and vape sensors, and not getting a fine for it; it seems Cannabolish spray certainly abolishes smoke and vapor from weed, enough to get past detectors.
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