Poor dental hygiene is the top turn-off for both men and women, according to a national survey of 5,500 singles.* You know what’s associated with poor dental hygiene? Bad breath and smoking. That makes the prospect of walking around with smelly marijuana breath especially troubling.
Not only do you have to worry about the judgment that comes with people who might assume you’re a “stoner,” but it’s hard to get close to someone if they keep pulling away when you breathe.
So what can you do to get rid of the cannabis smell and eliminate weed breath?
We offer 12 science-backed ways to mask or eliminate bad smoker’s breath. Some of these methods will leave you smelling fresh as a mint leaf while others trade marijuana breath for something equally pungent but decidedly less skunky.
1) Eat Mints
Mints are a fast, simple, portable way to keep your breath smelling fresh even after a long smoke session. Mint is included in almost every toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath-freshener on the market. Why? Because it works.
Of course, there is a chance someone might ask why you’re always eating mints, but that can be an easier question to answer at the next family holiday than “Why does your breath smell like weed?”
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2) Chew Gum
Like eating a mint, chewing gum is a great, portable way to fight against the smell and taste of marijuana breath. Cheap, readily available, and easy to use on the go, gum is a simple way to keep your breath from smelling like your weed drawer.
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3) Gargle Mouthwash (or Vodka)
The liquid mint. Mouthwash not only freshens your breath, but it can play an important role in maintaining proper dental hygiene – something many cannabis smokers can struggle with.
Mouthwash isn’t for everyone – it can affect sensitive gums, for example – and it can be a bit less portable than mints (though travel sizes have eliminated much of this issue). But as long as you have somewhere to spit, a swig of mouthwash is all you need to fight weed breath.
If you don’t have mouthwash but you’re excited about swishing something, you can swish a mouthful of vodka or a mix of water and baking soda to help fight nasty mouth odors.
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4) Brush Your Teeth with Toothpaste
There are few more effective ways to refresh your breath than with some good brushing. Taking the mouthwash idea one step further, brushing your teeth with your favorite toothpaste after smoking will help eliminate the cannabis odor and taste in your mouth while keeping your pearlies healthy and white.
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5) Put on Chapstick or Lip Gloss
The smell of cannabis smoke can cling to your hair, clothes, and even other parts of your body. Applying chapstick or lip gloss isn’t a complete solution, but it’s a quick, subtle way to mask any resin odor that glommed on to your lips.
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6) Eat an Apple
Some foods mask unpleasant odors. Other foods, like apples, contain polyphenols that actually help break down the compounds causing bad breath – including those that cause weed breath. Whether you just burned one down or you’re about to get a smooch, eating an apple is a scientific way to keep your mouth from tasting and smelling like a skunk’s backside.
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7) Eat or Drink Citrus
Citrus is not only tasty and a key ingredient in preventing scurvy, but also great at fighting bad marijuana breath. It prompts the production of saliva which helps neutralize odors from cannabis smoke or a full spectrum edible.
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8) Just Eat Food
You probably figured this out from the last two points, but eating food is a simple and oh-so-satisfying strategy to smite spiteful smells. Good or bad, most food carries an odor. By eating after you smoke, you can give your breath whatever scent you want: hamburger; pizza; popcorn; cake; gummy bears.
Most foods will work to help mask marijuana breath. But if you’re particularly worried, you can always eat peanut butter, tuna, garlic, or another dish known for its unique bouquet.
The world is your oyster. Speaking of which, oysters are another great way to get rid of the weed smell (and taste) in your mouth.
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9) Drink Coffee
Coffee breath isn’t exactly a turn-on for most people. But in most settings it is more acceptable to smell like a dark roast than to smell like you’re roasted. As such, slurping on some coffee (even infused coffee) is a natural way to avoid the “stoner” stereotype that comes with a strong pot odor.
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10) Suck on a Lozenge
Whether you’re the proud owner of a bag of hard candies or you have leftover cough drops after your last cold, sucking on a lozenge once you’re done smoking can be a tasty way to fight weed breath.
11) Use a Vaporizer
If you’re just as happy with cannabis concentrates as you are with flower, vaping is a great way to get ahead of weed breath.
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This isn’t a perfect solution, though – you may still get cotton mouth from vaping, and a lack of saliva can contribute to bad breath.
And that brings us to our final tip: drink water.
12) Rinse Your Mouth With Water
Yup. Water. If you find yourself in a pinch, rinsing your mouth with water after smoking pot can help clear out odor causing compounds.
Have a tip or trick for fighting weed breath that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
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