Woman blowing a cloud of vapor after smoking a vaporizer

Author: Michael Jacobs

While several states have made cannabis legal recreationally and several more have made medical marijuana legal, there may still be plenty of reasons you don’t want to get caught using it. Maybe your parents don’t approve. Maybe your lease has a strict no-smoking policy. Maybe your partner or roommates don’t like the smell. If you’re driving, you might get pulled over and you don’t want the cops to detect the odor of cannabis. 

Recreational users have begun making the switch to vaporizing their cannabis, and for one major reason. Vaping makes it harder to smell that you’re using cannabis, and therefore, makes you less likely to get caught. But is this reality or an urban legend like drinking pickle juice will help you pass a drug test? Read on to find out the truth about whether vaping will make it harder for you to get caught. 

So what are my chances of being caught?

There are a lot of reasons that the switch could make it easier to slide by, particularly in public while amongst other people vaping e-juices that come in an array of fragrant flavors. The barely-there odor of vapor from cannabis does tend to dissipate quickly and gets lost among the jumble of e-juice scents. 

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Keep in mind that if your ultimate goal is blending in, dry herb vaporizers might not be friendly in this regard. This is because even though vaporizing dried cannabis flower is less telltale than smoking it, there is still some lingering odor that will out you. Your best bet is to scope some concentrate oils, which have much less odor than the dried herbs. In medical and recreational states, oil cartridge vape pens have become mainstays. They even have come out in flavors akin to their e-cig cousins, meaning that you can get the flavor of berries and other flavorings, which come with the same smell. 

Sales of portable vaporizers and other dry herb and concentrate vaporizers are rising. These devices can range in cost from around $20 to $30 all the way up into the hundreds of dollars. They are easily portable and the concentrate varieties allow medical marijuana patients to treat their conditions on-the-go. 

Concentrate vaporizers are almost indistinguishable from their e-cig counterparts and you can even usually screw them into most box mods, provided you lower the wattage or the voltage. However, dry herb vaporizers look different from most box mods and from e-cigarettes, meaning that someone who knows what they’re looking for might be able to spot the difference. 

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Even desktop dry herb vaporizers like the popular Volcano Vaporizer by Storz and Bickel leave little tell-tale aroma. This can make it easier for medical patients who may live in apartments where smoking is not allowed to be able to medicate themselves without getting caught. 

There’s another bonus to vaporization. Because you are only inhaling better, studies indicate that it is healthier than inhaling the carbonized smoke produced by traditional smoking methods. It may also help to save you money because more of those cannabinoids that you want are released with less product. Vaporization also helps to release those delicious aromatic terpenes that are burned up by smoking.

Long story short, the answer to the question of whether or not vaping makes you less likely to get caught is yes, particularly if you are smoking in public. However, it also works in the privacy of your own home or among a small group of friends. 


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Author: Michael Jacobs

Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with  a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined with healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points 


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