The language of marijuana is a veritable goldmine of wacky verbiage. From airplane and angola to swag and sticky icky, there’s literally a slang term for every situation. Most of these terms can be used interchangeably as the mood hits, but some common words have very specific meanings and should be used only when the right conditions are met.
Case in point: the terms blunt and joint. Along with a few others, they may be the most common words in the cannabis dictionary. But do you know the difference between blunt vs. joint? The answer might surprise you.
Even though cannabis enthusiasts are a pretty laid-back bunch, using the wrong language can be a definite give-away that you’re inexperienced or “unedumacated.” The difference between blunt vs. joint is a prime example. Sure, they both contain marijuana, but that’s where the similarities end. What’s more, there are some pretty distinct differences that set one apart from the other.
To illustrate, it’s like the difference between a car and a truck. Yes, they both have four wheels and an engine, but you’re going to get some pretty strange looks if you point at a Mazda Miata and call it a Chevy Silverado. The terms just don’t mix. The same is true for a blunt and a joint.
Not sure what makes a blunt a blunt and a joint a joint? That’s why we’re here. So sit back, relax, and prepare to be informed.
What Is A Joint?
To help you understand the differences between a blunt and a joint, we’re going to break down the construction into smaller components. We’ll focus on:
This will give you some points of reference for comparison and help you see what makes each one unique.
The interior of a joint is exclusively marijuana. No extra stuff in here, man! It can be whatever strain you choose, but it is always and only marijuana. And just so you aren’t completely confused by all the weird and wonderful weed terms out there, let’s compare the joint to another stoner mainstay—the spliff.
A spliff is similar to a joint (some might say identical), but it contains both marijuana AND tobacco, and, therefore, should not be used to refer to a joint. So when you add tobacco to your bud and wrap it in paper, you’ve transmogrified you’re joint into a spliff.
Tah dah! Bet you didn’t even know you could do magic. But wait! We’re getting off track. Back to the topic at hand: blunt vs. joint.
This is where the major difference between a blunt and a joint occurs. A joint is rolled in some form of rolling or cigarette paper. These papers can be composed of widely different materials including the classic wood-pulp to the more exotic rice to the “duh, why didn’t I think of it before” hemp.
Each type and brand of paper has different properties including, thickness, size, flavor, “rollability”, and burn length. Brand names include Zig-Zag, Randy’s, Club, Bambu, Elements, Raw and our personal favorite, NoGlu.
Back in the day, joints were always white or light tan. It wasn’t that we were somehow prejudiced against other colors (cannabis has always been a very inclusive culture). That’s just how the rolling papers were made.
We took what we could get because we really didn’t care what the outside looked like—we were going to burn it anyway. It was always about what was on the inside.
Flash forward 50 years, and most rolling papers—and by extension, our joints—are still white or light tan…for the most part. Now, rolling papers come in all sorts of psychedelic colors, so your joint can be gold, gray, polka-dotted, or even clear (for that voyeur inside us all).
Most rolling papers are about 3 inches long. When rolled, they typically resemble a cigarette. That said, they can be thinner or thicker depending on the paper used and how much marijuana you pack inside. As you’ll see when we dissect the blunt in the next section, size does matter (sorry, we couldn’t resist).
The flavor of a joint will come from the strain used to roll it rather than the paper. This is because most rolling papers are flavorless. That allows you to experience the full taste of your Fruity Pebbles without the paper getting in the way.
That said, while most papers are indeed flavorless, some flavored varieties can be found.
What Is A Blunt?
Like a joint, the interior of a blunt is strictly marijuana. Whether it’s a blunt or a joint doesn’t depend on the strain inside, just that it’s exclusively marijuana. A blunt or a joint mixed with anything else is not a blunt or a joint and should be referred to by a different name.
Again, this is where the major difference between a blunt and a joint occurs. A blunt is made by filling a piece of tobacco paper with your choice of marijuana. Alternatively, a blunt can be created with a cleaned-out cigar wrap. Cigar wraps are typically made from compressed tobacco leaf.
And while we’re on the subject of cigars, cigar wraps, and blunts, there’s a huge debate about hand-rolling vs. machine-rolling. Honest Blunts are rolled by a machine. That allows us to ensure that every Honest Blunt lives up to our exacting standards.
And really, it’s not about who or what rolls the blunts. It’s about what they’re made of. We use only the best bud and the best organic-processed hemp-leaf wrappers to build our blunts. Nothing cheap and no fillers. That’s the Honest Marijuana way.
It reminds us of the legend that the best Cuban cigars were hand-rolled on the thighs of virgins. What does that do? Absolutely nothing. The hand-rolled angle was just a way to make that particular cigar stand out. It didn’t contribute to the quality or the taste. What was inside did that.
We’ll put our machine-rolled Honest Blunts up against any hand-rolled blunt out there, and we’ll guarantee that “hand rolling” won’t make a lick of difference in the quality, the taste, or the experience.
Blunts are brown, and that’s all you get. No wacky colors or fun prints. Just the dull brown color of dirt or mud. But really, that’s okay, because the contrast between the brown wrapper (whether it’s tobacco, cigar, or hemp) and the green ganja makes each and every blunt a thing of beauty. You might even call it a work of weed art!
So why is this important to our discussion of blunt vs. joint? Because color sets the two apart. Joints are rarely brown (unless you go out of your way and pay through the nose to get brown rolling paper), and blunts are never white, gold, or—god forbid—polka dot.
Like joints, blunts can range in size. Because they use wrap or paper meant for cigars, they are almost always longer and thicker than the typical joint. While the length doesn’t vary all that much, the thickness can fluctuate depending on the amount of marijuana packed inside.
Some like their blunts packed full so that they resemble a commercial cigar. Some like their blunts packed less than full so that they resemble a drinking straw. Regardless of the size, it’s what’s on the outside—tobacco paper or cigar wrap—that makes a blunt a blunt.
The flavor of a blunt will be affected by the type of exterior wrapping you use. At the most basic, a tobacco flavor will be mixed in with the flavor of the strain you choose. Sometimes this is good. Sometimes it is bad.
It may take some experimentation to find the right strain to mix with the blunt wrapper of your choice (if you roll your own, of course). A better option is to let the professionals construct your blunt for you. That way, you’ll be guaranteed to get the freshest, most flavorful, longest-burning blunt possible.
What Are The Benefits Of A Joint?
The benefits of a joint are myriad, which is why it has been around as long as it has. Most notably, the size of a joint makes it easy to store and transport. A vast number of them can be stored in a regular plastic bag, stuffed in the back of a sock drawer, or buried at the bottom of a duffel bag.
Ease of rolling is another factor that makes joints a great choice for all your marijuana smoking needs. The papers used to roll joints are designed to be relatively easy to handle.
Unlike a blunt, which many people construct by first dismantling a cigar, joint papers are ready to go. An experienced smoker can roll a joint in two to three minutes, while it might take double or triple (or even quadruple) that to get a blunt going.
Another benefit of consuming your cannabis in joint form is that there’s no other material added. You can be sure that nothing is coming between you and your favorite strain of Mary Jane.
Oh, and let’s not forget about tradition. Joints have been around for a long time and are a tried-and-trusted method for smoking pot. The joint is the most widely recognized way to get marijuana into your system (followed closely by the bong).
When you smoke a joint, you can feel proud that you’re part of a tradition going back many thousands of years.
What Are The Benefits Of A Blunt?
Burn time is a major benefit that can be had by smoking a blunt. The thickness and composition of the wrapper make a blunt burn slower than the more short-lived joint. This is a major bonus for many, especially when smoking in a group. Participants get more tokes because the whole thing lasts longer.
The added material (tobacco) can be thought of as a unique benefit of the blunt. Tobacco can provide a “buzz” similar to the caffeine in coffee. This pleasurable effect often precedes the cannabis high and can make a nice addition to the experience.
Another benefit of a blunt is the quantity of material inside. Blunts are usually thicker than joints and many feel that they get higher from a blunt because of the extra cannabis. Whether this is true in all cases or just a matter of perception is open for debate, but the addition of tobacco may have something to do with it.
Tips For Rolling Your Own Blunts & Joints
DIY is the heart and soul of cannabis culture, so it’s no wonder you’re looking for the best way to roll your own blunts and joints. In this section, we’ll give you all the tips you’ll need to roll the prettiest blunts and joints on your block.
Want to roll your own blunt? Here’s an important tip:
Sure, there are some simple ways to remove tobacco from a cigar wrapper in order to roll your own blunt, but we don’t recommend them.
Second-hand cigar wrappers (those that were once cigars) are brittle when unrolled and can break or crack when you’re trying to get your ganja in. That can ruin your blunt completely and put a major kibosh on your pot-smoking plans.
Don’t let the hassles of DIY-blunt-rolling harsh your buzz. Just purchase your blunts pre-rolled (like those from Honest Marijuana) so all you have to do is concentrate on getting high.
Want to roll your own joint? No warnings here! If you want to be a real stoner, you should learn how to master this essential DIY skill.
- Always grind your ganja first.
- Include a filter or crutch at the end so your joint doesn’t get soggy.
- Take your time.
- Roll your joint tightly (but not too tightly).
- Use as little paper as possible while still making sure the joint closes.
- Try packing the end of the joint with a pen to ensure an even burn.
- Twist the far end tightly closed to keep everything in.
- Practice, practice, practice.
It may take a while to master the skill of rolling your own joint, but once you get it, you’ll feel like a million bucks.
And if you want to add a hefty kick to your beautifully rolled joint, here’s a handy tip from your uncle HMJ: try adding some kief, wax, or oil to the marijuana before you wrap it up. The added ingredient (don’t worry, it’s still a joint) can provide a powerful kick that can take your smoking experience to a whole new level.
Blunt Vs. Joint…Which Do You Choose?
Partaking of your cannabis collection via blunt or joint is, like choosing a favorite strain, largely a matter of personal preference. The nice thing about this debate is that it gives you the opportunity to try the different methods of consumption and decide for yourself. Any excuse to smoke some ganja, right?
To determine whether you like the blunt or the joint, we suggest purchasing a high-quality, pre-rolled version of both first. This will give you the opportunity to find out which you prefer without letting the construction process sway your decision. Once you’ve decided based on smoking alone, you can try rolling your own versions and see if that changes your mind.
For more information on all things marijuana and to check out our 100-percent all-natural cannabis products, visit HonestMarijuana.com today.