As cannabis use continues to become more mainstream in society, it’s important to understand the various ways to consume it. Two of the most common methods are smoking a joint or a blunt. While both are forms of smoking cannabis, there are some key differences between the two.
What is a Joint?
A joint is a cannabis cigarette that merges cannabis and a rolling paper. Typically, rolling papers are made of wood pulp and are sold in packs at tobacco stores. Rolling a joint is a common practice with cannabis users because it is pretty easy to roll and allows for a relatively small amount of cannabis to be consumed at a time.
To roll a joint, you first break up the cannabis buds, remove excess stems and seeds, and roll it up into a paper cone. The paper is then twisted at one end to keep the cannabis inside. The cannon is then lit, and the cannabis is smoked. Many people like joints because they are easy to roll and convenient to share with friends.
What is a Blunt?
Blunts are a bit more complicated than joints. In short, a blunt is a cigar that is hollowed out and replaced with cannabis. A blunt can be made from any cigar, and some brands even sell cigars specifically for this purpose. A blunt is a bit larger than a joint, so it requires more cannabis to fill it. Because of this, blunts are typically more popular with experienced smokers who want a stronger hit.
To make a blunt, you will need to cut it open lengthwise, remove the tobacco from inside, and fill it with cannabis. Then, you will have to roll the cigar back together, lick it to seal it, and let it dry. Once the blunt is ready, it can be lit and smoked like a joint.
Blunts are popular because they can hold more cannabis and often burn slower than joints, allowing for a longer and stronger high. It’s also worth noting that blunts typically turn into a cherry (the burning end), meaning you don’t need to keep lighting it like a joint.
Differences Between the Two
The primary difference between joints and blunts is the wrapping paper. Joints are typically wrapped in rolling papers while blunts use cigar wraps. This means that joints are thinner and more flimsy while blunts are thicker and sturdier. Joints are also generally smaller than blunts.
Another difference between joints and blunts is the taste. Rolling papers typically have a slightly sweetened taste, which can sometimes overpower the cannabis’ flavor. On the other hand, cigar wraps can have a slightly bitter or harsher taste, which is sometimes desirable among heavy smokers.
Blunts also require a bit more preparation than joints. You have to hollow out the cigar and replace it with cannabis, which can be a bit more involved than simply rolling a joint. This is why many beginner smokers prefer joints.
FAQs about Joints and Blunts
Which one is stronger?
Blunts are typically stronger than joints because they can hold more cannabis. However, this depends on the amount of cannabis you use and the strength of the bud.
Which one is healthier?
Neither smoking method is particularly healthy and both methods release harmful toxins. However, many people prefer the thinness of rolling papers as they have fewer chemicals than cigar wraps.
What are the pros and cons of smoking a joint vs. a blunt?
Joints are easy to roll, require less cannabis to fill, and are less harsh on the throat due to the thin paper. Blunts, on the other hand, hold more cannabis, burn slower, and can offer a stronger high. However, blunts are more difficult to roll and can be harsher on the throat.
Which one should I use?
This choice depends on your personal preference, experience with smoking, and desired effects. If you are new to smoking, it may be best to start with a joint to get a feel for how cannabis affects you. More experienced smokers may enjoy the strength and flavor of a blunt. It’s important to note that both methods should be enjoyed responsibly and in moderation.
Joints and blunts are both popular methods for smoking cannabis. While they may look similar, there are some key differences between the two. Ultimately, the choice comes down to your personal preference and desired effects. Just remember, cannabis should be consumed responsibly and in moderation, no matter which method you choose.