For many stoners, there is one age-old debate that rivals that of the chicken and the egg. What is the difference between a blunt and a joint?
In the end, when the cannabis has turned to ash and the munchies have begun, it might not even matter. But whether one prefers a blunt or a joint, the difference is important to know for any cannabis consumer.
How to Tell the Difference
Some argue over whether a blunt is defined by size. Others claim that a joint is anything that comes pre-rolled, or that joints are cannabis mixed with pipe tobacco (referred to as a spliff, according to WeedMaps).
Blunts are typically larger than joints. But the main difference between a blunt and a joint is the type of paper used. Blunts are rolled with tobacco papers, although there are some exceptions. But the thin rolling papers used for joints typically do not contain tobacco.
Types of Blunt Wraps
Blunts originated in the form of tobacco leaves, which are dried, pressed, and wrapped around ground cannabis. Tobacco can often complement the taste and mask the smell of the cannabis. In addition, many report that nicotine used with cannabis can result in a more energizing high.
Tobacco leaves are the time-honored, traditional blunt wrap. But many smokers are more familiar with cigar and cigarillo papers. Often sold at gas stations, consumers can find these tobacco-rich papers in a wide variety of flavors. For example, Backwoods cigars are legendary among stoners for their vivid flavors and quality tobacco content.
When blunt wraps are sold individually, the rolling process is simply a matter of practice and skill. However, some smokers prefer to remove the tobacco from pre-rolled cigars or cigarillos and use the paper wrap. By cutting the wrap or gently removing the tobacco from the cigar, blunt-lovers can ensure freshness and flavor.
Though blunt wraps are typically made with tobacco, some people prefer a more natural option. Some companies have developed hemp wraps, which mimic the thick texture and slow-burning qualities of tobacco wraps. Other nontraditional blunt wraps include banana leaves, which offer a nicotine-free, natural vehicle for smoking cannabis.
Passing the Joint
While blunts are wrapped with thick, large, and commonly tobacco-rich papers, joints are far more delicate. Consumers roll joints with thin, small, rectangular papers — often with a built-in gum sealant. These papers burn more quickly than blunt wraps and usually do not contain nicotine.
To make rolling joints easier, some companies offer the papers in a cone form. Users only need to pack the flower, twist the top, and enjoy a relaxing session.
Like blunt wraps, joint rolling papers can also come in different flavors. These flavors are less intense than blunt wraps and often aim to enhance the subtle notes of the cannabis flower. Many rolling paper brand’s have also experimented with patterns — we’ve seen fruit-covered, polka-dotted, and neon rolling papers.
The Blunt or Joint Experience?
Some people prefer the nicotine buzz that accompanies blunts, while others prefer the more natural high that joints bring. But, when choosing between a blunt or a joint for a session, it can often come down to more than the tobacco level of the wrap. Blunts tend to be larger and burn more slowly than joints, which makes them great for sharing. However, joints are perfect for a quick, tobacco-free smoke session — or for capturing that Pinterest-perfect aesthetic with fun patterns.
Many people think rolling joints is easier than dealing with the complexity of the blunt-wrapping process. Rolling papers are often cheaper than blunt wraps, though blunt wraps can be easier to find at gas stations. Blunt wraps can often have a stronger taste, while joints allow natural flavors of the cannabis to shine through.
Whether a cannabis-lover prefers rolling and smoking blunts or joints, knowing the difference can drastically change a smoking session.