The ultimate guide on joints vs. blunts

Everything there is to know on the difference.

Jan 15, 2018
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Joint vs Blunt: Everything You Need To Know

This is a no judgment zone. We’re all friends here. You can get sloppy with your shorthand sometimes. But eventually, if you keep getting your joint vs blunt terminology wrong, someone’s going to call you out on it. It doesn’t matter that ‘a big ol’ blunt’ is more fun to say.

Diiiiiid you smoke a joint? Diiiiiiiid you smoke a blunt? Why would you smoke one over the other anyway?If these joint vs blunt questions plague you, then we’re glad you’ve ended up on this webpage and we’ll do you proud. It’s time to throw it down, the major difference between a joint and blunt.

The Difference Between A Joint And Blunt

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Wondering how to figure out a joint vs blunt? It isn’t rocket science. If a joint is the cigarette model of cannabis then blunts are the cigars. Quite literally. One of the most obvious differences between a joint and a blunt is that a blunt is marijuana wrapped in a tobacco leaf, similar to how a cigar would be.

The Paper Difference Between Joints And Blunts

In the joint vs blunt debate, it’s all about what you’re using to roll. Blunt papers are thicker, heftier and have more character. They also typically add their own hints of flavor. There’s a lot of cheap convenience store cigars and cigarillos out in the world that aren’t being smoked as intended. “Swisher Sweets,” says the mock-spokesman. “There’s just something about ‘em.” Empty out one of those things, refill it with marijuana and presto change-o, you have yourself a blunt. 

Blunt craftsmen will hollow those suckers out and load them back up with marijuana, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But savaging a tobacco product isn’t the only way to roll a blunt these days. Because we are no longer living in the middle ages, many head shops around the world will have wraps designed explicitly for blunts, including textures and flavors that would make you pretty corny for trying to blend with a traditional cigar/cigarillo. Dutch Masters are a great option. They come in flavors like honey and green leaf. 

Using the regular rolling papers of the world will just leave you with a joint. Regular wrapping paper has one purpose: to burn, pulling well enough for the marijuana inside to be smoked without interruption. It tends to be about 3 inches long and translucent. You can buy paper out of rice or hemp. Some high-end cultivators will even sell their bud with rolling papers that have precut filters so you don’t have to make one. Two of the most popular go-to brands for joint papers are still RAW and Zig-Zag. 

Joint vs Blunt: What Are The Benefits Of Blunts?

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When you’re smoking a blunt, you’re not only smoking marijuana but you’re also smoking tobacco. That means you’re getting the effects of the tobacco and the marijuana combined, even if they’re subtle. This doesn’t make you more “high,” but it can feel that way. When comparing blunts vs joints, some swear by the added jolt of energy from the tobacco in a blunt.

But let’s be clear: tobacco isn’t the only reason to smoke blunts vs joints. ‘Batching’ can happen with all kinds of smoking methods. You can batch a joint, turning it into a spliff. A lot of people do it to save money on pot. When you pack some marijuana into a cigarette and smoke it through a bong, you are performing a ‘popper,’ a Southern Ontario favorite. It is pretty common to batch blunts as well, but they aren’t a requirement. With or without tobacco mixed in, if it’s wrapped in a tobacco leaf, you are smoking a blunt.

Really, most people prefer blunts vs joints because of the smoking experience rather than the high itself. For many, it’s about the taste. You can experiment with how different strains mix with different flavored tobacco papers. Or if you’re smoking some schwag, the tobacco paper can help cover the taste of your bud altogether.

One of the main benefits of blunts vs joints is that tobacco leaves are commonly larger and tougher so they tend to hold more marijuana. The average joint might hold a gram of weed whereas a blunt can pack two to three grams. Some people like their blunts thin like a straw, while other people pack them real thick like the width of a cigar. They also tend to burn slower than joints. This means a blunt can make a few more rounds around the circle, or you can Bogart the whole damn thing like a king at the table.

Joint vs Blunt: What Are The Benefits Of Joints?  

Joints are arguably the most classic way to light up. If you’re averse to tobacco, they’re the way to go. Also, if you’re enthusiastic about trying weed strains or tasting your high-quality flower, then joints will allow you to do that without the flavored paper getting in the way.

Some people find joints easier to roll too. The papers often come ready in an easy to store package and if you mess up, they’re sold in bulk so you’ll have more. If you’re rolling a blunt by dumping out a cigar and then refilling it, it definitely takes more time and space than a joint (where are you gonna put all that tobacco?). Lastly, when the joint is rolled and ready, it’s more compact and easier to store. 

Joint vs Blunt

Alas, it’s time to decide where you fall in the joint vs blunt debate. Do you like a hint of flavor, the kind that nibbles the tongue from a cindering tobacco leaf? Then go with the blunt. Do you like just the natural flavor of an indica? Then stick with the joints. Do you want a big, brown smoke with a bit of weight to it, stuffed with weed to pass between your pals? Then live it up with a blunt. Do you want to make a defiantly large joint, the kind to solicit ‘wows’ from friends and families? We’re not gonna stop you. Time to get rolling.

Jan 15, 2018