It appears the United States is approaching a day cannabis enthusiasts have long dreamed of—the legalization of recreational marijuana around the country. Indeed, nearly 40 percent of the states in the U.S. have legalized cannabis for recreational use, and over 75 percent have legalized it for medical use. As a result, Americans of all generations are using cannabis products and enjoying the vibes (and even health benefits) of cannabis and hemp products.
Even if you’ve never smoked (yet), you’ve likely heard people talk about two different ways of enjoying cannabis: joints and blunts. So, what’s the difference between the two? We’ll cover that and other popular ways to consume cannabis products.
Joints probably weren’t the first way people consumed marijuana—especially considering people have been using it for thousands of years for medicinal, ceremonial, and recreational purposes. However, it was the first method of smoking cannabis to become popular in the U.S. Indeed, many photos that capture the “Hippie Era” spirit depict young and free individuals with flowing locks or crowning afros, with a joint tucked firmly between their lips.
These days, you can find joints in pre roll containers at your local dispensary. You can get pre-roll joints in different sizes and strains of cannabis. Purchasing pre-roll tubes is a great way for beginners who haven’t mastered the art of joint-rolling to enjoy a smoke on the go. Pre-rolls aren’t like traditional joints—they’re constructed of cones that can be small enough for a quick smoke or large enough to share with a party!
Blunts have become the most popular way to consume cannabis in recent years. You roll blunts from cigar paper or tobacco leaves known as fronto leaves. The main things smokers love about blunts are that they burn slower, longer, and more evenly than joints, and the firmness of cigar papers, wraps, and fronto leaves makes them easier to roll than joint papers. You can also find blunt tubes at your local dispensary.
While blunts are the easiest to roll and offer a longer smoking experience, many beginners find that spliffs provide a “gentler” experience. Indeed, coughing is part of the smoking experience some experienced smokers consider it the best part, as coughing can give your “high” a temporary “boost.” However, coughing isn’t for everyone, which makes spliffs a great option for beginners. In a nutshell, spliffs are joints that combine weed and tobacco to provide a smoother and lighter smoke.
Finally, you have bongs and bowls, which are for advanced smokers. Bongs are pipe-like smoking apparatuses made of glass or plastic. They hold water or ice in a chamber at the bottom to cool the smoke and provide the smoothest smoking experience.
As you can see, there are many ways to consume cannabis. Many “purists” consider joints, marijuana flowers rolled in cigarette papers, to be the best smoking method. However, in recent years, blunts, which are marijuana rolled in cigar paper or tobacco leaves, have become the most popular way to smoke cannabis. Spliffs might be the optimal smoking option for beginners, as it’s a mixture of cannabis and tobacco rolled in cigarette paper, providing a lighter and smoother chiefing experience. Some experienced smokers prefer bongs and bowls, which are apparatuses that give smokers pure puffs of cannabis.
There are many other methods for consuming cannabis, one of them being edibles, which are growing in popularity, as they’re a great option for non-smokers. You can find recipes for edibles online, and you can likely find marijuana-infused treats at your local dispensary. If you’re a beginner, we suggest starting with spliffs or blunts, as spliffs are the easiest to inhale, and blunts are the easiest to roll. However, we also encourage you to try different methods until you find the best way to enjoy your vibe.