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Joint vs Blunt – The Ultimate Guide

Blunts vs Joints, what’s the difference and what do you need to know about each one of them? In this article, we are going to take a look at the ins and outs of blunts vs joints and help you find the perfect choice for you. In addition to giving you the breakdowns you need to understand the lingo better, we are also goings to take a look at some of the specific products and categories and how they can enhance your experience.

What are joint and blunt? And whats the difference?

Even if you’re new to smoking, likely, you’ve probably heard both of these phrases before, let’s look at the difference between the two.
The paper is the main difference. Blunts tend to be rolled using tobacco paper, which is usually brown and quite thick. A joint uses a thinner rolling paper that is generally made from non-wood fibres and is a lot thinner.  Joints also tend to use a filter, so you can smoke it right down to the end without burning yourself. Blunts, on the other hand, do not usually have a filter, so keep an eye on your fingertips!

Are blunts or joints more wasteful?

In this day and age, we are all trying to do our bit for the environment, so this all depends on what you’re wanting to get from your cannabis and how strong you want your smoke to be.
Blunt paper is a lot bigger, therefore you can add a lot more cannabis into this; when compared to its counterpart. Typically, a blunt can hold the amount of cannabis required for 4-6 joints, depending on how big you roll them. If you’re looking at saving paper – blunts are the way to go. Remember to take into consideration that blunt papers are made from tobacco, so look out for tobacco-free blunt papers if you’re wanting to steer clear of the nicotine buzz. It is also worth mentioning that there are some fantastically sustainable joint papers available on the market such as the King Palm Oil Organic Pre-Rolled Leaf which are made mainly from palm leaf rolls and with corn husk filters meaning they can be produced without cutting down trees!








Are joints easier to roll than blunts?

Rolling papers come with a lot fewer complications than blunt papers do as there are not as many factors to pay attention to. Rolling papers have a longer lifespan too, whereas, with blunt papers, you need to make sure your paper is fresh. If they’re exposed to nature for too long, they can get dry or mouldy. You can also run into issues when removing cigar tobacco to replace with cannabis. If you tear the wrap or it gets accidentally perforated – it becomes near impossible to smoke.

Blunts vs joints pros and cons?

This all comes down to personal preference. Blunts burn a lot slower, therefore, prolonging your smoking experience, this makes them ideal for larger groups as you’ve got more to ‘puff puff pass around’, but they also require more cannabis. Joints burn quicker due to the paper, so they tend to be an ideal option for smoking solo or in a small group, as they are smaller in size and can’t hold as much cannabis.

Is a spliff a joint or blunt?

Spliff’s are slightly different to blunts and joints, purely because they also contain tobacco. A spliff is rolled with regular rolling papers but instead of it containing pure cannabis; there is a mixture of both cannabis and tobacco within the wrap. By doing this you’re adding in a nicotine buzz as well as slightly masking the smell too. You can also add tobacco into a blunt or a joint – it’s more down to personal choice.

Why do people call joints, blunts?

There can be a lot of confusion around the correct terminology to match the wrap. The reason for the confusion between joints and blunts is purely down to branding and slang from cities such as New York and Philadelphia, to name a few. Blunts get their name from Phillies blunt brand cigars, although you can use any brand or type of cigar paper. Depending on where you are in the world, the meaning of a joint and a spliff can be reversed, so the confusion will likely forever continue.

Whats a doobie? And what are Backwoods/Swisher blunts?

There are lots of different slang words for cigarettes containing marijuana, it just depends on your location. You may have heard the word ‘doobie’ in this context. A doobie is just another slang word referring to a joint. Backwoods and Swishers are the same as a regular blunt, the reason for the name refers to the brand of cigars used to roll the blunt, that being Backwoods Cigars and Swisher Sweet Cigars, both of which come in a large variety of flavours ranging from Honey all way down to Russian Cream! You’ll still get a dose of nicotine, too as they’re still made from tobacco leaves.








Just like with a regular blunt, these can dry out! So, keep your blunts stored in optimal conditions. Considering a pack of 5 cigars range from £15-20, it can be a costly mistake! Due to these cigars being imported, you’ll have a hard time buying them in singles. A pack of 5 is the minimum quantity you’ll most likely be able to get your hands on. You may also have a hard time finding some of the less popular flavours. Blunt papers are also an option if you want to save time unrolling and rerolling cigar papers. Blunt papers also come in wide varieties of flavours, depending on the brand.

Are hemp wraps healthier than blunts?

If you aren’t a tobacco smoker, it can be understandable that blunts may be off-putting due to the usage of the tobacco leaf. You may also be wanting to avoid the nicotine rush that comes with blunt papers. If that’s the case, then maybe hemp is for you. Hemp wraps are a lot harder to roll in comparison to blunts, so you may be spending a bit more time on your first few tries when using this type of paper. Hemp wraps also don’t always come with the glue strip like tobacco leaf blunts, so you may find it a bit more difficult to seal. A small price to pay if you want to stay away from tobacco and some fantastic products to choose from such as Jay’s Terpene Enhanced Hemp Blunt Wraps.

Are pre rolls joints or blunts?

A pre roll refers to either a joint, blunt or spliff that has been rolled in advance; so, you don’t have to spend time preparing the wrap before smoking. Pre rolls can be purchased either filled with marijuana and ready to smoke, or an empty casing ready for you to pack yourself. Both of which are purely intended to save you time and get you high quicker. Brands like Futurola offer pre rolled cones ready to pack. These wraps are also tobacco and nicotine-free, so a nice alternative to hemp if you’re still wanting the feel of a blunt. Their papers are refined without any chemical additives as well as using organic Arabic gum and FSC certified paper tips.

What does terpene mean?

As time has passed; different strains of marijuana have emerged and we have lots of different names referring to different strains of weed. We also have a huge variety of smoking apparatus in comparison to years ago. Terpene infused wraps are now increasing in popularity too.  Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in plants that give them their distinct smell, this is why we have characteristic scents for many different varieties of plants and why cannabis has such a potent smell.
You can buy a wide variety of terpene infused rolling papers; Futurola teamed up with Mike Tysons brand, Tyson Ranch, to bring us the Toad Terpene Blunt Wrap. The unusual name derives from Tyson’s favourite cannabis strain – The Toad. This is a strain that was derived from two different strains, those being chemdawg og and girl scout cookies.









Does CBD Isolate contain terpenes?

Cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, has become increasingly popular in recent years and with that, comes many different varieties. CBD can contain small traces of the compound THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol – this is the compound that gets you high. CBD has been used for many reasons; it can be used to reduce anxiety, relieve unmanageable pain, reduce PTSD symptoms, the list goes on. CBD Isolate is one of the cheapest entries into trying out these oils, although as suggested in the name – this is the isolated compound. CBD isolate is made by pulling CBD from the plant and removing everything else. It doesn’t contain any THC so it won’t get you high, it also lacks the beneficial terpenes to provide unique tastes and smells.

With the everchanging laws and overall acceptance of marijuana becoming more of the norm, expect to see a lot more variation in types of weed and smoking accessories to hit the shelves soon, as well as an influx of new slang to go along with it.

Final Thoughts

At Shiva we like to think we know our industry pretty well, we always work hard to help our customers make an informed and beneficial decision. This article only scratches the surface in terms of the terminology and lingo used around cannabis but we hope that it has been beneficial for you. If you have any questions about the things we discussed in this article or would like to know more about our products and information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.