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Yeah, it’s a complete understatement to say that smoking is a popular way to enjoy cannabis. There’s nothing quite like taking your favorite cannabis grinder (the best way to cut your flowers, bar none), rolling it in your favorite paper, and letting the good times come over as you inhale deeply during a lazy afternoon, or during a cool get together with friends. With such a simple ritual, you would think that smoking cannabis should be a cut and dry issue, right? How complicated can it be? However, while the haze is still taking over, one lingering question might still occur in your mind: What is the difference between “joint” and “blunt”? Why do people call it different things? Those are the same thing, right? Is there actually some merit to this varied weed taxonomy?
Well, dear stoner, if you know how to light a joint, these questions might be distracting you while you are trying to get as high as a kite, you certainly came to the right place to find some wisdom. Because, surprisingly, there *is* a difference between joint and blunt, and we’d like to discuss and analyze all the nuances between these two similar, but at the same time, very different approaches to smoking the best plant in the world, so you can impress your friends next time the topic comes up (and it will!). So grab a bowl of your favorite kush, roll whatever-you-name-it, light it, and let’s learn something new about the ever expanding culture that cannabis enjoyers share everywhere. Thanks for checking out the HØJ blog today, and have fun!
Why do we light up weed? Cannabis is mainly consumed through smoking because, surprise, it is the most efficient method of delivering its active compounds to your body. When cannabis is set alight, the heat causes the cannabinoids inside it, such as THC and CBD, to get vaporized and enter the lungs, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and quickly reach your brain, where it’s where you want these elements. This rapid onset of effects is the point of enjoying some weed.
But beyond this amazing chemical effect, smoking cannabis allows users to control the dosage more tightly, and quickly adjust their level of intoxication. This is because, as we said, the effects of smoked cannabis are felt almost immediately, and users can decide whether to continue smoking or wait for the effects to subside. However, it's important to note that smoking any substance (cannabis or not) can have negative effects on the health of your lungs, because the smoke itself increases the risk of bronchitis and even cancer. Other popular methods of consumption, such as edibles, tinctures, and vaporizers, can deliver the benefits of cannabis without the harmful effects of smoking, so you might want to consider these alternatives if these risks are concerning enough for you. However, in moderation, lighting up some weed is still a very enjoyable experience, and the most traditional way to get the full effect from this plant. And, oh boy, you sure have options when it comes to enjoying this inhaling experience.
Truth is, there are many ways to smoke cannabis because people have different preferences for how they consume it. Some people may prefer a certain method because it delivers a more potent or immediate effect, while others may prefer another certain method because it is more discreet or has a more pleasant flavor. And beyond that, some methods may be more convenient or practical in certain situations. Here’s where the difference between joint and blunt comes in.
On one hand, a joint is made by rolling ground cannabis in flavored joint papers that are usually white or translucent. Joints are typically thinner than blunts and can be either pre-rolled or rolled by hand. They can be made with various types of papers, such as rice paper, hemp paper, or even flavored papers. Joints are usually smaller and contain less cannabis than blunts, making them a good choice for a single person or a small group. A blunt, on the other hand, is made by rolling ground cannabis in a tobacco leaf, often from a cigar or cigarette. Blunts are typically thicker than joints and can be longer, allowing them to hold more cannabis, which is always good. But, because the tobacco leaf is thicker than the paper used in joints, the smoke from blunts tends to be harsher and have a distinct tobacco flavor, which not everyone likes, nevermind the additional chemical compounds you might be consuming along with it.
As you can probably guess by now, there are some differences in the potential health risks associated with smoking joints versus smoking blunts. So while joints are typically rolled using paper that is made specifically for this purpose, and thus are often made from natural or organic materials, such as rice, hemp, or flax, blunts tend to be harsher on you. Yeah, inhaling any kind of smoke can be harmful to the lungs, but smoking a joint is generally considered to be less harmful than smoking a blunt, because the paper used to roll joints tends to be thinner than the tobacco leaf used for blunts, and therefore produces less smoke to go into your lungs
This means that all types of blunts, on the other hand, are typically rolled using tobacco leaves (the best blunt wraps), which can contain nicotine, tar, and other harmful chemicals that weed usually doesn’t have. Smoking blunts can increase the risk of nicotine addiction and the negative health effects associated with smoking tobacco, such as lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory issues, although the complex flavor that results from them is enough for many people to enjoy it regardless.
Our final words
In conclusion, while neither joint nor blunt smoking is completely safe, smoking a joint is generally considered to be less harmful than smoking a blunt, because the paper used to roll a joint is typically thinner and produces less smoke than the tobacco leaf used to roll a blunt, so alway keep that in mind when looking for the option that best suits you. Here at HØJ, however, fall firmly on the “joint” team due to the fact that a good paper really makes all the difference in the world (especially with the proper filters!) when it comes to cannabis, and it’s less harmful overall. Anyway, enjoy it your favorite way and see you next time!
Disclaimer: HØJ is not a medical advice blog, so please consult with a doctor if you have any questions regarding smoking!