Tokers are innovative people, and when it comes to consuming cannabis, there’s no end to the ingenuity, but is there a difference when it comes to a blunt vs joint?
While they may look similar to the untrained eye, these 2 smoking techniques couldn’t any more different from each other.
Stay with us and we’ll dive into how they’re different and which one you should do to get the best smoking experience!
Blunt vs Joint – What’s the Difference?
Before we get into the specifics, let’s explore some of the surface level details of a blunt vs joint.
Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the size of a blunt compared to that of a joint is huge. Blunts, on average, are larger and thicker than their joint counterparts and tend to be a cylinder rather than the conical shape of a joint.
Depending on the size, colour and shape of the paper used to roll the joint, weed joints can come in a variety of different forms. Experienced rollers can even roll shapes such as a cross, a fork and even some animals!
You also might notice that a blunt’s colour will be much darker than that of a joint. Since joints usually utilize hemp rolling papers (unless you’re using flavoured or irregular papers), they tend to be pale-white or cream coloured.
Blunts on the other hand, use tobacco paper so they tend to be dark brown with a much coarser texture. Unlike joints, blunts will also not have a filter, crutch or “tip,” at its end. For joints, these help stabilize the usually thin and delicate hemp papers from falling apart. Since blunts are rolled with tobacco paper, they tend to not have a tip at all.
All in all, what’s the major differences between a blunt vs joint? Joints will look like a cigarette while blunts will look like a cigar.
What is a Blunt? Blunt Definition
Now that we’ve discussed the surface level details of the differences between a blunt vs joint, we can explore the more nuanced differences between the 2.
To really understand blunts, we have to go back, way back. Back to 1910.
At the time, smoking weed in public was still considered illegal in the city of New York. Tokers, being as innovative as they were, came up with a unique solution to bypass this unfair restriction. Instead of rolling weed in regular hemp rolling papers, they used cigar papers instead.
This way, they thought, they wouldn’t be drawing attention to themselves since smoking cigars was already a commonplace practice at the time. Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, depending on how much faith you have in local and state-level bureaucracy, the technique worked and soon enough, almost everyone who wanted to smoke the loud in a public place used cigar papers in lieu of hemp papers.
A rather boring and unexciting origin to what is now considered a unique smoking experience but hey, not all of history can be filled with acts of valour and action!
Perhaps more mundane is the origin of the name “blunt” itself. The story goes that the these weed cigars were named blunts after the Phillies Blunt Cigar brand of cigars, a brand that was popular with New Yorkers at the time blunts were first established. Since everyone was already using Phillies Blunt’s cigar papers, it just became easier to call these weed cigars “blunts” and thus, a new form of smoking was created.
Not of experimentation, but out of necessity.
Nowadays, blunts can even be rolled with larger-than-normal hemp papers but after reading this story, perhaps you’ll have a newfound appreciation for this once outlawed practice!
Now that we have the history down, here’s a few things you need to keep in mind before you engage in this historic practice:
- Blunts hit harder than joints.
Take a look at a cigar and then look at a cigarette. You should immediately recognize the size difference between the 2.
If you’re just looking for a solo sesh with a buddy or 2 and you’re unsure of your tolerance, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Blunts contain, on average, as much weed as 4 or more joints combined.
Having trouble with one roto? You best steer clear of blunts because you’ll be hitting this one for a while!
2) Cigar Paper Is More Toxic than Hemp Papers
Unlike hemp paper, the rolling paper used to prepare blunts and cigars are highly toxic. These papers contain carcinogens such as nitrosamines that will cause long-term health impairments if consumed on a frequent basis.
With that being said, the addition of nicotine into the weed smoking experience is a sensation that many tokers enjoy. The headrush and cerebral stimulation provided by combining cannabis with nicotine is unique, so it’s up to you to decide if the health risks are worth it1
What is a Spliff? Spliff Definition
So you want to experience the effects of a blunt but you don’t have enough people around to warrant the huge undertaking?
Spliffs are your next best bet.
Unlike cigars, spliffs are very similar size and shape wise to a joint. The exact definition of a spliff might differ depending on who you ask but generally, they’re joints that are rolled in either hemp or cigarette papers and are filled with a mixture of both weed and tobacco.
The term originated in India when tokers combined the words “split” with “whiff.” The name arose from the split of cannabis and tobacco within the spliff and the strong “whiff” of odour that arose from smoking it.
Unfortunately, like their cigar and blunt counterparts, spliffs also pose a significant health risk to its users. Not only are your risks of lung damage and cancer increased, so too are your rates of addiction.
As with blunts, it’s up to you to decide if the unique experience and stimulation warrants the health risks.
What is a Joint? Joint Definition
Joints are our favourite and are the most popular way to smoke weed.
Unlike spliffs and blunts, joints typically use hemp rolling paper that’s free of additives that might pose a risk to your health. At one end, you might see a tip or a “crutch” being employed to hold the whole thing together. This provides structural integrity to the joint and provides an easy-to-hold piece while you take hits from it and makes it easier to pass to the next person.
Pre-roll joints, joints that have already been rolled, are widely available at an online dispensary Canada. They tend to be available in sativa, hybrid or indica varieties and can easily be tackled by yourself or a small group of friends.
When it comes to the blunt vs joint debate – joints win hands down – at least for us!
With all that being said, joints are not without their downsides. While joints and their rolling paper don’t contain dangerous additives, combustion still takes place and they can still damage your lungs.
How to Roll a Joint and How to Smoke a Joint
You might have relinquished your weed to a friend to have them roll a joint for you but after this 5 minute masterclass, you’ll be set to roll your own!
- Grind your weed finely. This increases the surface area and ensures an even burn
- Prepare a filter by folding it over until it’s a “W” shape. Place this filter at the bottom-end of your rolling paper.
- Begin filling the joint with your weed while shaping shaping it with your hand to maintain the shape
- Once its filled, use one hand and tuck the paper in until it forms a cylinder with the glue side up. Lick the glue side and seal it
- Load up the joint with more weed until its full and then twist off the end
And that’s it! 5 easy steps to roll a joint that will impress even the most grizzled of weed veterans.
All that’s left to do is to light it!
To smoke your joint, hold it by the tip and light the twisted end while gently breathing in. This adds oxygen to the fire and helps it light.
Once it’s lit, put filter around your mouth and form a seal with your lips. Gently inhale while the joint is against your lips and keep inhaling as you pull the joint away from your mouth. This allows the smoke to circulate in your lungs and be absorbed by your body. This is called “a hit.”
After you’ve taken 2 hits, pass to the person on your left and you’ll have learned how to smoke a joint!
Blunt vs Joint – Concluding Thoughts
While we personally prefer joints ourselves, there are just some occasions that call for a special blunt or nights where a spliff just hits the spot. Luckily, you now know the differences between these 3 classic ways of smoking weed including how to roll a joint!
If you’re lazy and don’t want to roll, you can always buy weed online at an online dispensary Canada and purchase some pre-filled pre-rolls to have some ready-to-go jazz cigarettes at your fingertips!
So what’s your favorite? Do you prefer the cerebral stimulation and headrush of a spliff and/or a blunt or do you like to keep it kosher with a strictly cannabis-filled joint? Whatever your choice is, we hope that this article has helped you grow your confidence in your rolling abilities and has helped you find your preferred way of smoking!