Cannabis use has a long and storied history, dating all the way back to ancient China. But blunts did not come about until recent years.
The term "blunt" comes from Phillies Blunt Cigars. These legendary cigar blunts hit the market in the late 1800s. A few decades later in the 1970s, cannabis users in New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia started rolling weed into their Phillies Blunts.
But there's more than one way to roll a blunt. There are also the cousins of blunts: joints, spliffs, cannagars, and more. All in all, there are plenty of ways to get you stoned.
If you're curious about the different types of blunts, you've come to the right place. We'll explore all your blunt options here. We'll even venture into the world of joints.
Hold tight, the journey's just beginning...
What Are Blunts?
Blunts are basically cannabis cigars. But do not get cannabis bunts confused with tobacco blunts. The tobacco industry refers to cigars that are larger than cigarillos but smaller than coronas as tobacco blunts.
Unlike a tobacco blunt, the interior of a cannabis blunt is entirely filled with marijuana. Doesn't matter what strain, as long as it's weed.
Rolled marijuana mixed with other substances has different names, depending on the substance. When you roll cannabis and tobacco, for example, that is a spliff.
The exterior of a blunt is what distinguishes it from joints. You roll blunts using blunt wraps. Some people also like making their blunts with a cleaned-out cigar wrapper, which is usually just a compressed tobacco leaf.
How Big Are Blunts?
Depending on what you choose to make your blunt out of, you could fit one to four grams of weed in a regular blunt or up to 12 grams in a cannagar. This makes blunts great for sharing or great for those with wicked high tolerances.
You can pack a blunt as full as you want, too. Some people enjoy packing their blunts completely full so that they resemble a typical tobacco cigar. Others like to pack them light so that they look like brown drinking straws.
Whatever your preference, blunts are a great option for a heavy smoke sesh.
What Does a Blunt Look Like?
Blunts resemble tobacco cigars or cigarillos most of the time. They have a rich brown color that is appealing to many smokers.
The thick tobacco leaf wraps also burn slower than the thin paper of joints. Additionally, blunt wraps may come in a variety of different flavors that can affect the taste of your smoke. For example, Backwoods offers flavors such as Honey Bourbon and Wild Rum.
How Do You Roll a Blunt?
Most smokers prefer to hand-roll their own blunts. There are also blunt-rolling machines to make the process a bit easier.
Rolling a blunt takes practice. Start by grinding your weed. You don't want it to be too fine, but you should also avoid any massive chunks.
Next, prepare your wrap by cutting it open and emptying the contents. Once it's empty, moisten it with a bit of water and your finger. This will make it easier to seal when you are ready to finish up.
Now, tap your weed from your grinder into the wrap. Try to keep it in a relatively even line.
Tuck one side of the blunt wrap under the other, making sure to roll it into a tight cylinder. You may have to compress the weed a bit to get it into the right shape.
Then, dampen the edges with some water, your tongue, or some rolling glue, and seal it closed.
Finish off by running a lighter across the length of the blunt. Don't let the flame touch the roll, but allow the heat to dry up any excess moisture.
Pre-rolled blunts are also available, as are cones, which are much easier to pack.
What Is a Cannagar?
A cannagar is basically a cigar made entirely out of marijuana. Like tobacco cigars, they burn slowly and contain a large amount of tightly compressed weed wrapped around a wooden skewer.
This wooden skewer allows airflow to travel through the cannagar, giving you a smooth, even hit every time.
Cannagars can burn for hours. This makes them perfect for events or hangouts, and some people even like to feature them at weddings.
Many smokers compare cannagars with big blunts. However, a cannagar is more similar to a Thai stick.
What Is a Thai Stick?
Thai sticks originated in Thailand and were basically the original cannagars. Dipped in hash oil, Thai sticks feature the same wooden skewer and compressed cannabis as cannagars.
To make a Thai stick, you wrap the compressed cannabis with a cannabis leaf. Then, you tie the cigar up with hemp wick to keep the shape and cured via a vacuum seal.
How Are Cannagars Made?
Cannagars have a similar production process to Thai sticks. Place compressed weed around a skewer and wrap it in hemp leaves, or any wrap of choice. Then, you can tie it up with thread and cure it in a mason jar.
Some smokers enjoy coating the hemp leaf wrapping with concentrates and kief to enhance the high. You can light cannagars with a torch or lighter, but a torch is recommended. Light it until you spark the cherry.
You can easily make your own cannagars using a cannagar kit.
Cannagars vs. Blunts: What's the Difference?
Cannagars and blunts both offer a slow smoke that's easy to share. However, cannagars are a bit more elevated than blunts and can last 4x longer than blunts.
Usually, the hits that come from cannagars are much smoother and easier to hit. This is thanks to the hollowed core that allows airflow throughout the roll. Many cannagars also feature mouthpieces, so your wrap doesn't get moist.
Additionally, many blunt wraps come from compressed tobacco leaves, whereas cannagars usually feature cannabis leaf wraps. Wrapping with cannabis can create a smoother hit and more canna-friendly flavor profile.
It's true that some smokers can make truly elevated blunts. However, your average blunt and your average cannagar really don't compare.
What Are Joints?
If cannagars and blunts are marijuana cigars, then joints are marijuana cigarettes. They contain only cannabis unless you are rolling a spliff, which we will talk about more in-depth later. Most joints can fit up to a gram of weed in them.
Joints are generally made from cones or rolling papers. Raw papers and cones are some of the most common types of joints. However, there are a wide variety of joint papers, some of which even come in different colors, flavors, and styles.
Generally, joints are the size of a cigarette and can be great for a single-person smoke or for sharing with a friend.
How Do You Roll a Joint?
Like a blunt, you should practice rolling joints. It can take a little while to get it right.
The process for rolling a joint starts the same as with a blunt. You'll want to grind up your weed to that nice, chunk-free consistency. Remember, try not to grind it up too fine.
Next, you'll want to make a filter. This step is completely optional but highly recommended.
Use a small piece of cardboard as a filter, or purchase filter papers. Roll this into a tube and place it at one end of your joint rolling paper.
Now, place your ground weed into the rolling paper, keeping it in a mostly even line. You'll want to keep about a half-inch of paper-free. This half-inch should be on the opposite end of the filter, as this is where you'll close up the joint when you're done rolling.
Once the weed is in position, tuck one side of the rolling paper over the other and roll into a tight tube. Again, you may have to compress the weed to get it to roll into a nice cylinder.
Make sure your filter stays in place as you roll. To seal, lick the glue on the paper and press together, twisting the open end shut.
How Are Joints Different From Blunts?
Joints are much smaller and burn much faster than either blunts or cannagars. The paper, which is actual paper and not a tobacco or cannabis leaf, adds little flavor.
Joint papers used to be the best option if you wanted to taste more of your bud (compared to a blunt), however, you would still be able to taste paper when sparking up. If you truly want to taste only bud, Native Leaf Co. is the best option to do so.
In general, joints are a more laid-back smoking experience. They burn faster, are much smaller, and are easier to roll. Joints are a better option for a solo smoke.
Additionally, joints don't have any tobacco unless they are spliffs. So, if you don't really like the side effects of smoking tobacco, a joint may be a better option.
Cannagars are also great options if smoking tobacco isn't for you, because you can choose the type of wrap you use. You can use your favorites, but also choose from cannagar hemp shells and hemp paper shells to make it easier on yourself.
What Is a Spliff?
Spliffs are definitely for people that enjoy smoking tobacco. A spliff is a combination of cannabis and tobacco that is rolled in either cigarette or cigarillo rolling papers.
You can customize spliffs to your preferred experience. For example, some smokers like spliffs that more closely resemble blunts, while others like them more like joints.
However, in general, spliffs don't feature more than 50% tobacco. You can use less or more depending on your preferences, but if you're smoking more than 50%, you might as well have a cigarette.
Why Do People Smoke Spliffs?
There are lots of reasons people may enjoy a spliff. For one, it can be cheaper than a full blunt or joint, since half of it is comprised of easy-to-get tobacco. Secondly, you'll get the effects of both cannabis and nicotine.
People usually prefer to use joint rolling papers for spliffs. Spliffs are particularly common in Europe, especially in the UK. However, people all over the world enjoy the combo-treat.
How Do You Roll a Spliff?
You roll a spliff the same way you roll a joint or blunt. The only difference is that you add some tobacco when filling your roll.
It's up to you and whomever you're smoking with to decide how much of each substance to put in your spliff. Most people, though, prefer a 50-50 split.
Which Types of Blunts Are the Best?
The choice of which type of blunt or roll to smoke is entirely up to you. Do you want to add a tobacco flavor and nicotine high? Or do you want to keep it going with a pure cannabis experience?
If you want a pure cannabis flavor, go for cannagars. Remember that cannagars will last much longer than regular blunts.
For those that want a little tobacco, blunts are best. Blunts will feature the tobacco in the wrapping.
As for types of blunt rolls you can use, you can try out tobacco or hemp wraps such as:
- Native Leaf Co.
Of course, smoking tobacco can come with added health effects that you should take into consideration. Tobacco and nicotine can be highly addictive and lead to a variety of health problems, including cancer. If you're concerned about your health, it's best to stick to tobacco-free options.
Smoking blunts generally won't expose you to too much tobacco, but it's a bit more than you'll find in cannagars, which don't contain any at all. You can also use a hemp wrap if you want a blunt experience without the tobacco.
Blunts and cannagars are sometimes compared to each other. Both are great for sharing and can even help you preserve your weed for a longer period of time.
But cannagars will offer you the smoother hits and a significantly longer smoke (like 4x longer). They are also a more elevated way of smoking.
Elevate Your Smoking Experience
As you can see, there are plenty of different types of blunts and other cannabis rolls. It's easy to find one that gives you that perfect high. If you're ready to elevate your smoking experience, cannagars are the way to go.
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