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How to Be Discreet When Consuming Cannabis

Even though legalization has led to more social acceptance of cannabis in general, responsible consumption and discretion are still important.

Jason SanderJason Sander · Oct. 12, 2020 · 6 min read
How to Be Discreet When Consuming Cannabis

Even though legalization has led to more social acceptance of cannabis in general, responsible consumption and discretion are still important. In this article, we discuss ways to consume cannabis without drawing unwanted attention to yourself.

The Importance of Responsible and Discreet Cannabis Consumption

For the last decade or so, we have seen the gradual shift away from cannabis being thought of as socially unacceptable in the eyes of the general public. For years since its prohibition in 1937, cannabis consumption was mainly accepted in counter cultures. Thankfully this is changing drastically.

Despite this, it’s not typically a look to openly consume in public or be under the influence while you engage in your daily activities. There are places where doing so is legal, and that’s not what we are talking about here. Public drunkenness and drunk driving continue to be huge social issues, even though bars outweigh public cannabis consumption greatly - but we won’t get into that here.

While cannabis is much safer than alcohol in general, irresponsible blatant public consumption (especially smoking) can lead to the unfair perpetuation of the stoner stereotype. This is one of the reasons some consumers choose to do so in a more discreet manner. Of course, the continued illegality is also a big factor as well, and we always advocate for legal consumption. With this in mind, here are some ways to consume cannabis discreetly.

"For the last decade or so, we have seen the gradual shift away from cannabis being thought of as socially unacceptable in the eyes of the general public."


Edibles are the best way to consume cannabis discreetly. There’s no need for smoke or vapor, and no bulky devices to carry around. There are also no eyebrows raised about the possibility of second-hand smoke. You’re eating a cookie or another infused treat. Some crafty canna-cooks even make butter or cooking oil infused with THC, all of which can be discreetly added to your favorite dish. Many newer cannabis consumers have been trying their hands at making their own edibles at home during the pandemic. Check out our previous articles for more information on cooking at home with cannabis.

One of the most popular cannabis consumables for 2020 has been beverages infused with CBD and THC. These teas, seltzers, and other beverages have seen a noticeable surge this year - and will only likely increase moving forward. Most of these beverages look like an iced tea or an energy drink you’d normally buy at a grocery store, making them highly discreet.

Issues for newer consumers to be aware of when consuming cannabis edibles are that it takes longer to feel the effects of vaping or smoking, the feelings tend to last longer and can be more intense. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to understand how edibles will make you feel before you try to be discreet with taking them.


According to a recent article from TechCrunch, vape companies like Grenco Science are experiencing a COVID-19 related sales boom. This sales boom kind of goes against conventional wisdom, because people consuming more at home due to quarantine would make you think discreteness would be less of an issue. Either way, the pandemic has increased interest in cannabis, and some vaporizer companies are posting record sales.


This rise in interest of vaping could suggest that discretion when it comes to cannabis consumption is becoming more of an interest to the majority of consumers. Vaporizers are less discreet than edibles, as you will blow somewhat of a cloud, no matter what vape you use. But the clouds that come with vaping with disposable cartridges smell much less like the combustion of flower and often can be mistaken for a typical nicotine vape.

While utilizing a portable vaporizer is certainly more low-key than smoking a blunt out in the open, opting for a vape pen with a disposable cartridge is your best bet when it comes to vaping discreetly. Additionally, cannabis inhalers are highly discreet, although only tend to be available in states where recreational sales are legal.


Another discreet way to consume cannabis is micro-dosing. You can ingest small amounts of any form of cannabis and feel the medicated benefits without the intense buzz. Micro-dosing precise amounts of cannabis is quickly becoming an important way for the health-conscious consumer to ingest without taking the rest of the day off or parking it on the couch.

Avoid Smelling After Smoking

If edibles and vapes just don’t satisfy your consumption cravings, we get it. To be discreet, you’ll want to take smaller tokes on a pipe you’re familiar with, as well as practicing good hygiene. After a little session, be sure to wash your hands, apply deodorant, and brush your teeth. If you aren’t able to brush your teeth, one of the best ways to mask any bad breath is to eat some peanut butter - really, it works!

If you are trying to be discreet with your cannabis consumption, you will want to avoid smoking blunts and joints, as a general rule. Not only do joints easily alert others to what you’re up to, but trying to get that stench off of your fingers after smoking one is nearly impossible.

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We hope you found value in our article on how to discreetly consume cannabis. If so, be sure to check back to our blog often, because we post fresh content every week! Connect with us on social media: @hashdash on all platforms.

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DISCLAIMER: HashDash does not advocate for the illegal sale, use, or distribution of any cannabis-related products. All information on this website is for education and entertainment purposes only.

Jason Sander
Jason SanderJason is a versatile writer and marketer with over ten combined years of experience working with clients in various industries. He couples this expertise with six years of writing for the cannabis sector as well as a passion for the business side, and the science behind the plant medicine.




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