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Blunts versus joints

Published Aug 4, 2022 09:00 a.m. ET
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If you want to know how to get the most out of every cannabis experience, it helps to know the primary differences between the two. Luckily, you’ve got us here to explain everything you’ll need to know so that you can make an informed decision the next time you’re faced with the difficult choice since they truly are so significantly unique.

Why do enthusiasts love joints and blunts so much?

With numerous ways to indulge joints and blunts remain the most popular mode of delivery for millions of consumers, and it’s really not hard to see why. They’re easy to make, the materials are cheap and accessible, and the effects are instant albeit shorter-lived than some alternatives such as edibles. Rolls are dependable, reliable, compact, and perfect for sharing in a circle without having to constantly re-pack bowls, but that is where their similarities end.

What are blunts?

Blunts are generally rolled in a hollowed-out cigar casing, or tobacco leaves, though these days there are many other healthier options such as hemp wraps, which provide a similar bigger size with fewer adverse effects on your health. These rolls are much larger than your average joints where length and girth are concerned, making them an ideal option for those who are sharing with a group. Though joints can absolutely compete as far as size is concerned, especially now that we have so many brands looking to entice these hardcore tokers, that’s the only thing they have on blunts, in particular those rolled the old-fashioned way.

Tobacco, though highly demonized, is known to be an amplifier for the wonderfully potent effects of cannabis, and for that reason, many enthusiasts won’t enjoy smoking weed any other way, and quite a few note the lack of glue as a big drawing point that keeps them coming back for more.

What are joints?

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Joints come in a wide range of sizes and colours, filtered and unfiltered, and each type is made with its own combination of materials. Some are rice, while others are more similar to actual paper, with tree pulp, and hemp is really becoming popular in recent years. Many even boast delightful flavours that can pair nicely with terpenes, but in general, these tools do tend to be smaller, especially if you’re looking at standard rolling papers. These rolls are great for solo sesh’s and also suitable enough to share with friends.

Some use these terms interchangeably

You might notice that some, in particular old school tokers, may refer to big joints as blunts, because to them, it is simply a term used to describe the size of the roll. There isn’t necessarily a reason or need to correct them, but if you’re shopping legal, then the difference is important to know because you’ll never find cannabis in a regular rolling paper listed as a blunt at your local dispensary.

Which one is better?

Joints offer a unique set of qualities and feel, and they’re much easier to work with especially for those with less experience, but blunts make up for that in size, boosting effects, and with a delightful flavour of tobacco. Though every individual will tell you they prefer one over the other, neither is superior. It’s really a matter of personal preference over some immeasurable level of quality.

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