Blunts vs. Joints

Cannabis is usually smoked in one of two ways: rolled up or in a bowl (unless you are using a concentrate). This post is for those who enjoy rolling up their weed. I have a question for those stoners: do you prefer to use blunt wraps or joint papers?

If you had to choose one to smoke for the rest of your life, and you could never smoke the other one again, which would it be? Drop a comment down below. But if you cannot answer this question just yet, let’s take a look at some facts behind blunts and joints, and why you may or may not want to use them.

Pros of Blunts

Unlike joints, tobacco blunt wraps add an effect that can boost your high. Many stoners call this a “head change”. What causes it is the nicotine in the blunt wrap. If you have ever smoked a cigarette or inhaled tobacco smoke in some other way, then you may know how that effect feels.

Now mix that with the effects of cannabis and you get yourself a nice little boost. And, it’s all felt in the head (like a Sativa), hence the nickname for it. However, if you are using a hemp wrap instead of a tobacco wrap, then you will not feel this added effect.

With blunt wraps, you have more options for flavor. If you are the type of smoker that wants to taste the wrap more than the weed, then you may choose blunts over joints. Many blunt wraps come in different flavors. These flavors can be tasted while smoking. Flavors can range from fruity to bitter, from natural to a mix of flavors. Depending on the type of blunt wraps you buy, you may be presented with a variety of choices in flavors.

Typically, blunt wraps burn slower. This is because tobacco blunt wraps come from actual tobacco leaves, which are thicker than what joint paper is made from. You can purchase blunt wraps that look and feel more artificial than others, but the ones that are closer to natural will burn slower. Try adding in some honey and you’ll have yourself a long-lasting blunt.

Cons of Blunts

Unless you are using hemp wraps, blunt wraps contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance that leads to around 500,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. Smoking tobacco blunt wraps may not contain as much nicotine as a cigarette, but there is still some present. If you are addicted to nicotine and wish to quit, check out our guide on how cannabis can help you quit smoking tobacco.

Especially for rookie smokers, blunt wraps may be harsher on the lungs. This is again due to the nicotine presence in tobacco blunt wraps. Hemp blunt wraps, on the other hand, may not be as harsh. The only issue with this is that tobacco blunt wraps are much easier to come by than their hemp counterpart (depending on where you live). If you live somewhere that readily sells hemp wraps, then you may want to purchase these instead.

Although unlikely, tobacco blunt wraps may cause nicotine addiction. For this to happen, you would need to smoke multiple tobacco blunt wraps every single day for a very long time. However, this is feasible, and many smokers do it. Due to the low amount of nicotine found in blunt wraps (compared to cigarettes), you need to smoke a lot of these to get addicted. Notice how the cons of blunts are mostly because of tobacco wraps? Just switch to hemp!

Pros of Joints

These are easier to roll if you use cones. Not the best joint roller (or even blunt roller)? That’s okay! Just buy some joint cones! They come practically pre-rolled, all you need to do is fill them up! On our Youtube channel, there is a quick video you can watch on how to properly fill joint cones. Check it out:

“How To Roll A Cone” Video Link

You can taste the weed more. Blunt wraps may have more flavor in the wraps, but joint papers allow for more flavor of the weed. This is because joint papers are typically thinner than blunt wraps, and do not come with their flavor (although some do). For stoners who love the taste of weed, go with joints. For those who do not like that taste, beware that when you are smoking a joint, you may not like it.

Compared to blunt wraps, joint papers are cheaper. This is mainly because joint papers come in packs of around 50 papers, while most blunt wrap packets only contain two wraps. Now, blunt wraps do usually hold more weed than joint papers, but even with this, calculations add up to joints ultimately being cheaper. If you want to be cost-efficient, the joint papers can save you money in the long run!

Cons of Joints

Depending on the roller, joints may be harder to roll. To put this into perspective, I will give you my example. When I first started smoking weed, I would only smoke blunts with my friends. They showed me how to roll a blunt and only that. So, later on in life when I came across some joint papers, I struggled to roll one properly. This shows that rolling a blunt and rolling a joint is not the same concept. Blunt rollers may suck at rolling joints, and vice versa. All in all, it depends on who is rolling. Unless, of course, you use cones.

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Common joint papers cannot hold as much as blunt wraps. An average joint can hold 0.8 grams of cannabis, while an average blunt wrap can hold 1.2 grams. This is not a huge difference, but adds up when you smoke blunts or joints often. If you are the type of stoner who enjoys smoking more in one setting, then you may want to go with blunts. However, there are king-sized joint papers and cones out there. Some of the larger sizes are much bigger than any blunt wrap you could buy! Again, this depends on where you live, and if you even have access to these large joints.

Be more careful with joints, as they are more fragile. If you were to take a rolled-up blunt and a rolled-up joint, put them side-by-side, and equally twist and drop them both, the blunt would be in better condition than the joint. Due to joint papers being smaller and thinner, they require much more care when handling. Wetting the paper too much while rolling can ruin the entire paper (this is why joint packs come with 50+ papers). Blunt wraps are more durable and better for a sloppy or messy roller.

So, after reading all of that, what is your final decision? Will it be blunts or joints? What makes you come to this conclusion? Are you more health conscious and want to avoid tobacco wraps, or do you want a better smoking experience so you avoid joints? I like to mix it up, but at the end of the day, I will always go with hemp blunt wraps. Let me know what you choose. Thanks for reading!

FAQ: Joints vs. Blunts

Q. What is the difference between a blunt and a joint?

A. Blunts and joints are both rolled marijuana cigarettes, but blunts are typically rolled using cigar or cigarillo wrappers, while joints are rolled using rolling papers. 

Q. Do blunts contain more marijuana than joints?

A. Generally yes, blunts typically contain more marijuana than joints because the cigar wrappers can hold a larger quantity of the herb. 

Q. Which style of marijuana cigarette provides a stronger high?

A. Blunts typically provide a stronger high than joints because they contain more marijuana and because the cigar wrapper helps to burn the herb more slowly.

Q. Does smoking a blunt produce a different flavor than smoking a joint?

A. Yes, smoking blunts produce a more nuanced flavor with more depth than smoking joints, because of the additional flavor notes imparted by the cigar wrapper. 

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Evan Weston

Evan Weston is a contributor to Reefer Posts, a growing community for exploring the developing market of Cannabis and CBD-related products. He spends a lot of time researching the development of health-related products that utilize Cannabis and CBD oils. He also keeps tabs on the developing legal environment regarding medical, recreational cannabis use, and production.

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