Blunts Vs. Joints: What Is The Difference? (Fully Explained)

Marijuana is a highly popular recreational drug that has its own large subculture organized around it, where members can celebrate its use, and share their own tips and tricks to help make the most of it.

However, as with any subculture, there comes with it its own set of unique terminology and concepts that only those with insider knowledge will be able to wrap their heads around!

Blunts Vs. Joints What Is The Difference (Fully Explained)

In fact, we’re willing to bet that you’ve landed on this page because you often find yourself confused as to the difference between a ‘Blunt’, and a ‘Joint’, right? Well, you could not have come to a better place.

Today, we are going to show you the distinct differences between these two terms, so you can use them both with confidence, without attracting embarrassment from using them in the wrong context!

Let’s dive right in down below!

What’s The Difference Between A Blunt And A Joint?

The most distinct difference between joints and blunts is generally what the two are wrapped in (Also check out Are Blunts Bad For Your Health?)


Joints tend to be wrapped up in ordinary thin paper for use with smoking, while blunts are wrapped up in tobacco leaf, to create a slightly more luxurious experience.

Generally, the term ‘Joint’ is an umbrella term, under which the term ‘Blunt’ appears.

What Is A Joint?

Put simply, a ‘Joint’ is a type of rolled cannabis cigarette that, unlike pre-rolled tobacco cigarettes, is usually hand rolled by the individual that intends to smoke it.

These can be rolled using standard rolling paper, or different varieties of rolling paper, such as tobacco paper.

What Is A Blunt?

If a joint is rolled up with tobacco paper rather than ordinary rolling paper, then it would be referred to as a ‘Blunt’.

What Differentiates A Blunt From A Joint?

Let’s take a look at some of the factors that can help you to distinguish between a blunt and a joint.

Blunts Vs. Joints What Is The Difference

Rolling Material

Of course, one of the most important things that can help you to notice if you are looking at a blunt or a joint is to take a look at the material that the cannabis is rolled up in.

If the cannabis is rolled up in simple rolling paper that you might find on a standard cigarette, then it would simply be referred to as a ‘Joint’.

If the paper surrounding the cannabis is tobacco paper, then it will generally be referred to as a ‘Blunt’.

You can normally identify a blunt by sight by looking out for the brown color of the paper that the cannabis is wrapped up in.

The Size

Blunts and joints actually differ quite massively in terms of their overall size and shape, and this can help you to easily identify between the two.

Blunts can usually be distinguished from more ordinary joints because they tend to be a little bit thicker, and a little bit longer, which makes them look very distinguishable when directly next to a standard joint.

Blunts tend to contain a slightly higher amount of weed than joints, and this is often thanks to the greater size of tobacco paper.

Blunts tend to have around half a gram, and even in some cases, a gram of weed rolled into them, while standard joints tend to have around a third of a gram worth of weed rolled into them.

If you are deciding whether to roll a joint or a blunt, make sure to consider just how much weed you can handle, as blunts have a much higher concentration, and are much stronger!

How Is It Rolled?

Weed aficionados have often noted that blunts tend to be much harder to roll, thanks to the unique texture of tobacco paper.

Standard rolling paper is usually much hardier and thus is easier to work with especially when moistening the paper to fasten it down.

Tobacco paper, on the other hand, is much more fragile, and you must be careful not to moisten up the paper too much, or it may rip.

This also makes it harder to wrap the blunt tightly because the paper is more likely to rip.

As such, you may often see blunts that are rolled a little more loosely, and thus appear much thicker!

The Overall Effects

If, for some reason, you were to smoke a joint or a blunt without first knowing which of the two it was, you would be able to distinguish between the two by taking note of the effect it had on you.

The most distinct effect that a blunt has on you is down to the fact that it contains some amount of tobacco thanks to the tobacco content in the rolling paper.

Tobacco is highly addictive, and this can mean that smoking a blunt is more likely to result in you becoming addicted to smoking marijuana!

As well as this, tobacco has also been linked to issues with lung health, such as the development of ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’!

What Is A Doobie?

Blunts Vs .Joints What Is The Difference

The term ‘Doobie’ is simply one of many colloquial terms used to describe a joint, and does not have any typical defining qualities that help to differentiate one from a standard ‘Joint’.

Other such terms include ‘Spliff’, and ‘Zoot’.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Blunts And Joints?

Now that we have taken a look at some of the most distinct differences between both joints and blunts, it can be helpful to take a look at what some of the pros and cons of each are!

Pros Of Joints

Easy To Roll

Joints are most commonly rolled using standard rolling paper, which is known to be very durable, and thus much easier to roll.

You won’t have to worry too much about ripping your rolling paper as you work with it, because the paper is designed to retain its integrity as you work with it.

Much Smaller

Because joints are much easier to roll up, it also means that you are able to roll up much smaller and thinner joints that you can more easily store or pass around.

This also makes it great if you need to roll up multiple joints, or you simply want a quick one that you can pass around and share with your friends.

Easier To Put Out

Easily one of the best things about joints is that you can put them out at any time to save some for later whenever you want, as the paper is much stronger.

Cons Of Joints

May Require Experience

Rolling joints can be quite challenging, especially if you are rolling one up for the first time ever. It may take you a few times to roll up a good joint that is able to accurately retain its integrity.

Pros Of Blunts

Easy To Spark Up

Because blunts make use of slightly more fragile tobacco paper, they are much easier to burn, which in turn means that they are easier to spark up and get to smoking.

This means you can quickly light your blunt and get right to smoking it.

Different Flavors

Tobacco paper itself naturally has a distinct flavor, and this means you can create a very pleasant-tasting joint that is a little more pleasurable for you and some friends to smoke.

Tobacco Heightens The Effects

Tobacco is known to produce a slight buzz when it is smoked and can help a person to feel a little more energetic, this means that when it is combined with cannabis it can help to create more powerful highs.

Cons Of Blunts

Harmful Effects Of Tobacco

Of course, while tobacco can be used to increase the high of a blunt, tobacco is also linked to numerous lung diseases, and it is highly addictive.

Difficult To Roll

While it is difficult to roll joints of all kinds, it is even more difficult to roll a blunt thanks to the fact that tobacco paper is incredibly fragile, and may rip if wrapped too tightly.

When rolling a blunt, you need to apply just the right amount of force to roll it up tight, while also not forcing the paper too hard until it rips!

Tobacco Has A Strong Flavor

For many, the prospect of a joint having a strong flavor is a very unattractive one. Tobacco paper used to roll blunts can be very strong in flavor, which can ruin the experience of the blunt.

To Wrap Up

There you have it! Though the terms ‘blunt’ and ‘joint’ may often be used interchangeably, they are two very distinct terms.

To help memorize it, just remember that ‘joint’ is the umbrella term to refer to all rolled cannabis cigarettes, while terms like ‘blunt’ are words for specific types of joints!

Zack Finch

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