The 6 Best Places To Stash Weed At Home
Does it ever feel like you have no place to leave your weed? If you’re saddled down with nosy (so to speak) roommates or family members, you may be at a loss for good stash spots. We’ve compiled six of the safest and most secure spots for you to hide your weed, to help you keep your stash safe and your mind untroubled.
In an ideal world, we’d all be able to use pot openly, storing it wherever is most convenient. But unfortunately, weed is still highly stigmatised, and in most parts of the world, criminalised as well. Many cannabis users live with roommates or family members who are hostile to weed, and for these users, hiding their stash is sadly necessary.
There are several strategies you can use to keep your pot safe. We’ll address a few, along with lessons you can pull from different approaches.
1. DEAD COMPUTER
Got an old computer that no longer works? Stick a pack of weed inside and toss the machine in a corner. There’s a sense of privacy around electronics, and few snoopers will go so far as to crack open your hardware. Computers and their parts are expensive, and your roommates and parents are unlikely to dispose of your computer without your permission, even if they know it’s broken.
One approach would be to unscrew off the backplate, stash some weed in the machine, and re-screw a couple of the screws, leaving the rest aside. This will hide the weed while also allowing you easy access. Just make sure you don’t do this with a “live” computer, as that could be a fire hazard. Also, you’ll want to pack your weed well, as the smell will travel easily through the computer case.
2. YOUR HAIR
If you’ve got long hair or dreads, then why not put them to use? Tie your hair in a messy bun, and place your baggie of weed inside. This illustrates a crucial principle about hiding weed: keeping it on your person will generally be the most secure. Better yet, in most places it’s illegal to search you without your consent, unless you’re being arrested. So as long as you can avoid committing crimes, you’ll be able to avoid detection pretty reliably. Bonus: you’ll seem very cool when you pull that primo bud out of your bun!
If you’re using this strategy, you’ll want to have strong-smelling shampoo or hair oil to mask the scent of cannabis.
3. PET FOOD
When it comes to hiding weed, your cat or dog might be your best friend. Just stick your baggie of weed at the bottom of the pet food bag and let it hang out. Pet food smells extremely strong, and will go far in masking the dank smell. Make sure the bag is well-sealed, as a weed-and-dog-chow mess is not something you want to deal with. This strategy obviously has drawbacks if other people will be accessing the food bag, but hey: you could offer to take on full pet feeding duties. The animals will like you more, and you’ll gain the perfect stash spot!
In the case of cats, if someone does find it, you can tell them it’s catnip. Keep in mind, this may not fool someone who has a passing familiarity with weed.
4. IN BAKED GOODS
If you have the house to yourself for a day or two, consider going on a baking spree and cooking up some delicious, compact edibles. Edibles will seem like normal baked goods to most non-weed-savvy snoops, and won’t emit much of a smell (though the baking process will—which is why you need to be alone for that part).
With this strategy, your main imperative is to make sure that no one eats the edibles thinking they’re normal baked goods. You’ll need to hide them well, and stick a clear “private property” label on them.
5. ON THE BOTTOM OF A DRAWER
If you have little private space, you’ll need to get creative. Taping your stash to the bottom side of a drawer can be an effective way to hide your goods from others. Note that this doesn’t mean in the drawer: it means under it.
To stash your weed under a drawer, pull out the drawer and tape your weed to the back or bottom. Then, push it back in and close it shut. From the outside, everything seems the same; little do onlookers know that drawer is now hiding some treasure! This spot should remain secure, as cohabitants will have few reasons to pull out random drawers. Make sure you practice proper smell protection for this one—you may want to place something fragrant and innocuous, like an air freshener, inside the drawer.
6. HOLLOWED-OUT BOOK
This one is an oldie, but a goodie. On the outside it looks like a book, and on the inside: weed. You can either buy a premade hollow book, or make one yourself. To make one yourself, start by picking a long, heavy book, preferably of boring subject matter. Wheat paste together all the pages, then paste them to the back cover. Wait for it to dry, and use a pen knife to cut a hole through the now-solid mass of pages.
Now you have a super-stealth stash holder. If you carve out some extra space, you can add an air freshener or two to help mask the smell.
A NOTE ON SMELL
As you may have gathered, the most important part of stashing your weed is to prevent smell leakage. A whiff of weed can lead a suspicious onlooker to start searching places they wouldn’t normally look—and could lead them directly to your stash.
The most important step in keeping your weed neutral-smelling is to pack it in an airtight container. Check out this article for advice on products that’ll lock in your bud’s smell, and help keep it safe.
Looking for a good place to stash your weed? Read on for six ideas for how you can keep your stash safe from prying eyes and noses.
Leafly Readers Share Their Cleverest Hiding Places for a Cannabis Stash
Prior to cannabis legalization in each state, hiding your stash when not actively consuming was a must, and some of the most creative and clever hiding places the world has ever seen came about from the desire to light up in peace.
To commemorate the art of the stash spot, we turned to the Leafy community and asked you to share your most unique cannabis hiding places. Here’s what you said.
Secret Pockets in Your Favorite Clothes
“I’m all about the inside jacket pocket. Keep it classy.”
“Burton backpacks and clothing have super secret stash spots in the seams!”
“Nike SB Skunk’s with the stash sewn into the inside of the tongue.”
“I hide my bong in one of my long boots and stash my weed in my dresser.”
Compact Spaces for a Quick Bowl
“Ring box (under the cotton).”
“The little black containers for film rolls. My homie put me on.”
“Altoids containers are the classic.”
“My ashtray in my old car used to actually pop out and I could fit about an eighth in there.”
“The 1988 Nissan Stanza Wagon is among the uglier cars in existence, but among its virtues were almost innumerable hiding spaces for contraband, including but not limited to: Hollow arm rests with flip tops, extra space in removable speaker panels, a sliding panel over the back wheel well that pretty much had to be purpose built for smuggling.”
“I used to pop out the inside of a disposable pen and keep a joint in there. Discreet AND keeps your joint from being crushed when you toss it in your bag.”
“Deodorant stick. I would take a half used one, extend it to the end, take it off then store my dub sack in there, screw back on the deodorant stick and you’re good. But your weed may always smell like Old Spice.”
“Under some leaves to hide it from bike cops about to book us.”
Magical Stash Spots
“Under the fuel tank in my spaceship, gotta keep my 🔥 space weed away from alien thieves from other planets!!”
Turning Hobbies Into Stash Spots
“Do you remember the OG PS2? That’s where I hid my stash, when I was living with my parents.”
“A fake book that opened entirely—it’s not just a book that I cut into the middle of the sheets lol, so I can put my pipe, grinder, etc … imagine you can put 14g in it but the trick is that I got more than one in my library.”
“Hid the bong behind the washer/dryer … was always ‘doing the laundry’—such a good son.”
“The book Oryx and Crake had a character who kept his in an empty frozen orange juice container in the back of the freezer, and after reading it, I always used that.”
“I had a textbook that I had carved the inside out of. It was very ‘Shawshank Redemption.’”
“Photography kit bag was also a handy hiding spot for gear, especially back in the days of film canisters.”
Boxes Inside Boxes Inside Boxes Inside More Boxes
“In a jar, inside of a jar, inside of a jar, inside of a jar, inside of a bigger jar, inside of wooden a box, inside of an ottoman.”
“When I would go home from college over winter break I would wrap everything up into one or two ‘Christmas gifts for friends.’ Who is going to open a Christmas gift addressed to someone else? Nobody will. Worked like a charm—except for the fact that I had to re-wrap everything about once a week.”
Are We Cops or Something?
“Y’all must have da POLICE LOOKING at these comments.”
“I’d tell ya but…well you know the saying…”
“*hits blunt* wouldn’t me telling you that information defeat the purpose of me stashing it?”
Editor’s note: Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.
Prior to legalization, hiding places for your cannabis stash were—and in some places still are—a must. Check out Leafly readers' cleverest stash spots.