8 Tips on How to Smoke Weed in Your Room on the Low
Unfortunately for some of us, we must keep our weed smoking on the low. If you live in your parents’ house or a college dorm, this could be especially so. But it can even be true even if your housemates are a little bit judgemental. Well, if you have to keep things discreet, we have some advice for you in this article.
- 1. Herbal smoking blends
- 2. The wet towel method
- 3. Make your own smoke filter
- 4. Start vaping
- 5. Odour-neutralizing candles
- 6. Smoke in the bathroom
- 7. Air purifiers
- 8. Use a bong!
Because despite being a legal adult – finally free to make your own choices – you will still suffer if you get caught smoking weed in your bedroom or your dorm room. Well, at least that’s true if you live in a college dorm or with your parents. Unfortunately, not all college students are totally liberated into their marijuana experience yet.
It’s okay! Almost everybody goes through it at some stage, and it doesn’t last forever. So, in the meantime, we have some advice on how to hide the fact that you smoke weed usage. If you absolutely must smoke weed in your room, there are some ways to keep some authoritative figures from knowing what you’re up to.
1. Herbal smoking blends
Maybe your parents or college co-ordinators don’t want you smoking at all. But at the risk of getting caught smoking, you can save yourself from the lecture about marijuana. There’s far less stigma attached to herbal blends and they are legal. Mixing a herbal blend in with your weed can convince your elders that you are just enjoying the taste of some flowers. There’s nothing wrong with that, is there?
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2. The wet towel method
This method is a classic among smokers. It is a really simple way of stopping the smoke from escaping your room. It means nobody outside will smell it. However, that doesn’t really solve the problem of the smell inside the room.
Dampen a towel and roll it up into a sausage. Lay it across the gap at the bottom of the door and make sure it goes the whole way across. Open the window and smoke out the window and that will ensure that most of the smoke exits your room. Otherwise, when you open your door to go to the fridge or bathroom, a cloud of smoke will follow you!
3. Make your own smoke filter
Smoke filters catch all the smoke you exhale so that you leave no trace! They are extremely effective at catching the smoke as well as the smell and are perfect for dorm rooms and bedrooms. You can easily make one with a toilet paper roll, an elastic band, a piece of material and some cotton wool. If you don’t have cotton wool, you can just scrunch up a sock or a piece of material.
Cover one end of the roll with the piece of material and secure it with the elastic band. Stuff the inside of the roll full of cotton wool or a sock, depending on what is available. When you exhale, exhale into your smoke filter, and nobody will be any wiser!
4. Start vaping
If you’re not totally stuck on the idea of smoking joints, you can get into the habit of vaping. It makes almost no smell, and water vapour disappears quickly in a room. Smoke, on the other hand is smelly and thick, and sticks around for a long time. Vaping is ideal for anybody who wants to smoke weed on the low, because it also only requires a hit or two to do the job.
5. Odour-neutralizing candles
There are actually candles out there that are specifically marketed towards stoners who need to cover up the smell. It’s strange though, because sometimes these candles don’t themselves have an odour. However, they contain properties that cover up odours.
They can often be purchased at head shops and can definitely be found online. It is best to have a look at reviews to find out which ones are the most effective at covering up the smell of cannabis!
6. Smoke in the bathroom
Most bathrooms have a fan inside, if not a window, too. So, perhaps the best way to avoid getting caught is to pretend you are having a shower, and smoke into the fan. If there is a window then you can smoke out the window and that’s even better. The steam from the shower will take care of most of the smell in there and you can even burn a candle for ambience!
7. Air purifiers
Although air purifiers don’t get rid of the smell of weed immediately, they can do a good job of getting rid of whatever is left over after a good smoke. If you smoke in your room regularly or especially at night, having an air purifier is handy for keeping it fresh in there. Overnight, it will get rid of the lingering smell.
8. Use a bong!
At the end of the day, a bong is going to be far less smelly and obvious than smoking a joint or a spliff. Somehow, the smell when smoking through glass is far less intense than paper. So, save your spliffs and blunts for the riverside, or for hanging out in the park with your friends. Smoke the bong inside and lower the risks of getting caught.
Did we leave anything out? Did you MacGyver a failproof smoke filter? Let us know in the comments and help out your buds!
Not all stoners have been liberated into smoking weed freely in their rooms. If you’re one of those stoners, learn how to smoke on the low by reading here.
Which Room in the House is Best for Growing Weed?
by Sammy Spade (with contributions by Nebula Haze)
A lot of new growers rush into setting up their indoor garden without a proper plan. And dare I blame you? As an exciting new chapter in your life with great rewards, you’re anxious to get started… but it’s also an endeavor rife with challenges. Challenges you need to take very seriously.
Deciding which room of your house to use for producing home-grown weed presents a complex problem, and reserving some meaningful consideration goes a long way towards making your job easier and your grow a more successful endeavor.
Would you launch a business without a plan? Probably not. Or perhaps your answer is yes. Perhaps you would start a business by just moving forward and winging it as you went along.
Fair enough, so would I, to be completely honest with you. But even so, I strongly encourage a methodical process for setting up your grow. Although it’s possible to wing it with growing cannabis, there is so much at stake and so much room for failure that the importance of a plan is crucial to saving you a lot of time and more importantly money!
Let’s look at some of the different aspects you want to take into account before choosing a room to try out your green thumb.
7 Guiding Principles To Creating the Perfect Grow Room
A smart grower puts a lot of effort into concealing their grow from the public. Even if you are growing medical marijuana and have gone through all the motions demanded of a legal pot farmer (and I still highly encourage you to do so), you don’t want the whole world knowing what you are up to.
Even though you can run a legitimate operation these days, headaches are no less real if the authorities decide to give you a little trouble, even if just to make you uncomfortable. On top of that, you face a real danger from burglars, many of who are armed and dangerous.
So, secrecy is paramount.
Look at the different rooms in your house and consider how easy their location will make it to hide your grow once it’s set up. If growing inside, will guests notice something fishy going on, or can you just keep them away from the door to the room and call it good?
A stand-alone room separated from the main house is a stealthy location for minimizing damages and keeping it away from guests (dogs loose in the yard serve as a fantastic burglar deterrent), but how will you keep light from spilling out the door every time you enter the room during the “day cycle?”
2. The Exhaust System
Your exhaust system creates another challenge. With any powerful grow light (even LEDs start getting hot once you get to the larger models that pull more than 250W of power out the wall), your room will surely need a nice system that pulls out hot, stale air and replenishes the garden with cool, fresh air.
A common option (this is what I do and probably what most hobbyist growers do) is to vent heat out a window using a fan plus ducting to suck air out of your grow space. The main challenge with this is making sure that your window still looks normal from the outside so no one can tell you’re using it as a vent. There are several ideas on how to do this!
If you can’t vent out a window for whatever reason, there are possible solutions for building your exhaust system directly in your house if that option is open to you, but safety is a huge concern when covering new territory. One idea to vent your hot air is to cut a hole in the ceiling and run insulated ducting through the ceiling. The ducting should run all the way to an outside vent to prevent heat and moisture buildup in your attic, which can ruin the structure up there, so make sure the crawlspace is big enough for you to get up in the attic and work.
If you’re doing this, make sure to check out the gaps between your ceiling beams ahead of time to make sure you can run the ducting through without cutting through any important framework. Running ducting into the floor and under the house offers another option (if you don’t mind a little tangling with cobwebs). If you happen to have a convenient chimney near your grow spot, that can also be a lucky option. Always get a second opinion regarding safety if you’re making any structural changes to your home.
No matter what, figure out your exhaust system ahead of time when first choosing your room!
How much home-grown weed do you want to produce? How many patients are you serving?
- Stealth Boxes, Small Tents, and Cabinets (up to 2’x4′ or 3’x3′) – yields up to several ounces
- Hobbyist Size Tent – (larger than 3’x3’, but no larger than a 5’x5’) – yields from several ounces up to about a max of 2 lbs
- Large Rooms/Tents – (larger than 5′ x 5′) – yields 1-2 lb and greater
- A Few Example Setups
Remember that you need enough height to support both your lights and plants, so a 3′ tall cupboard isn’t going to cut it if you’re using LED grow lights! If you’re using CFLs or fluorescent lighting you can get by with a short space, but with LEDs or HPS you need to give yourself at least a foot (and usually more) between the light and the top of your plants, so don’t forget to consider that! The more you want to yield, the more height you need (up to a point of course) because bigger plants tend to yield more bud than small ones.
In addition to the space needed by your plants, you also need room to get in and around your plants so you can tend to them. Resist the urge to fill every space in the room because if working on your plants becomes a hassle, you may not do it at all, a negligence that will surely lead to problems with mold or bugs in the future.
What about the other appliances needed for growing premium homegrown weed? Where will you hang your fan and carbon filter? Will you mount your oscillating fans on the walls, or will they just stand in the aisles? Do you have room for a dehumidifier or even a heater should the need for either arises?
When your grow space is completely filled with cannabis plants, it becomes almost impossible to tend the plants near the back and sides
Break out a paper and pen and draw a to-scale diagram of your room, deciding where each item will go beforehand. You will likely need to redraw the diagram over and over before coming up with the perfect layout for your room.
If I have one piece of advice, always give yourself a little more space than you think you need! It’s better to have too much than not enough!
4. Noise and Smell
Perhaps your neighbors cannot see your room, but will they hear it through the walls–the rattle of oscillating fans, your exhaust, and the hum of the ballasts? Perhaps your guests will never pass by the door to your grow, or perhaps the door will be cleverly concealed to the point of invisibility. But will the location adjacent to the living room make it impossible to mask the smell?
Will the grow affect your social life, or can you find a location in your home more fitting?
Of course, there are ways to deal with smells and noises, like carbon filters, hanging equipment from inside the tent, sound boards as well as other techniques, but plan ahead so you know which measures you need to take if any.
5. Moving Supplies In and Out
No matter how well-concealed your room, you will need to move supplies as well as finished medical marijuana in and out each time you harvest. If living in a residential area, you can find a house with an attached garage so you can easily pull your vehicle in to unload. However, many growers with garages find it the optimal place for farming home grown weed (lots of space, minimal damages, and easy to hide from nosy guests).
If you’re growing in a room in your backyard, as discussed before, how will you get stuff in and out in front of the eyes of suspicious neighbors? How will you move harvested plants out? Smuggling stuff in boxes, contractor bags, and plastic totes at night could help provide the answer… Plan, plan, and plan some more!
How will you discreetly move stuff (including plants and supplies) in and out of the grow space?
6. Running Electricity
Running electricity provides yet another challenge. The wiring in a spare bedroom may prove inadequate for running a set of 1000 watt lights as well as the other high-voltage electrical appliances like ACs. If you’re going for a big grow, chances are you’ll need to run a whole new source of power from the fuse box. And the farther you run that power, the more inefficient it becomes. Where will you run the power cables to keep them from being seen? Through the attic? Under the house? Always consult with an electrician before attempting to make any changes to the electrical system in your house!
However, for a smaller hobbyist size grow your house will likely be able to handle the electricity! At that point, it’s more a matter of figuring out how much electricity is going to cost!
Finally, damages to your home present another major concern for the indoor medical marijuana grower. Measures for minimizing the effect of humidity and heat go a long way, but given time, these elements take a toll nonetheless.
Can you afford to sacrifice a little wear and tear on that extra bedroom? Using a room meant for utility purposes, like a shop or garage, could spare the home interior, or should you just take all the necessary precautions and set an additional fund aside for repairs later?
One thing that may help is to use a cannabis grow tent, since these are at least designed to contain spills and other common causes for damage!
But aside from a grow tent or building a room specifically for growing home grown weed, you will surely find that every room has its advantages and disadvantages. You cannot change that. But you can plan well in advance, and by foreseeing future challenges, you can come up with a plan that minimizes or dissolves all of them from the get-go!
To find out more about planning out your indoor grow room, you might want to check out the complete marijuana guide I recommend and e-Book, Growing Elite Marijuana. Learning how to grow weed indoors takes time and energy – rely on those who have gone before you and reap the rewards!
About Sammy Spade
Sammy Spade is a Humboldt County native and writes articles about growing premium pot to help new growers succeed on every single grow.
If you grow weed indoors, this list of 7 guiding principles will teach you how to create the perfect grow room.