Here at 710Pipes, we have every imaginable smoking product and accessory. Our Denver and Northglenn smoke shops are packed with JUULs and other vaporizers, pipes, water pipes, hookahs and so much more. Still, sometimes it’s refreshing to go back to basics by rolling up a little paper. We recently reviewed the different types of rolling paper and the advantages to each. But once you've bought your papers - then what? There are three basic categories of rolled cannabis: spliffs, joints, and blunts. Even the newest smoker on the block has usually heard these names dropped in passing, but the divisions between the three groups can get a little hazey. Today we'll go over the basics of each category, and the pros and cons to each type.
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Joints are simple to craft and consume. You only need rolling paper and cannabis flower to make your own. Ideally, the flower is dried and ground with either an electric or handheld grinder. Grinding isn’t technically required, but it definitely simplifies the rolling process. They’re very similar to tobacco cigarettes, but unlike spliffs, joints are packed with cannabis alone. Joints are very versatile, as they can be made from a vast array of papers. In a rush? Wanna hold off on the high? It’s easy to pack joints away and subtly sneak a puff or two while you’re out. Taking a quick hit at any juncture of your busy day can be done without much time or hassle. Better yet, because of the minimal necessities to make one, you can usually snag a joint for less money than you’ll drop on blunts or spliffs. Ready-made joints are usually available for sale (to adults over 21) at any Denver dispensary.
If you’re a new smoker, you may need practice rolling before joints become your thing. Newbies may get aggravated at the need to relight their joints more than other options. To avoid this, be sure to use cannabis that is very dry. Striking the right balance between a loose roll and a tight one also makes a world of difference. Check out our tips on how to roll the perfect joint to become an old pro in no time.
While spliffs seemingly aren’t a big hit here in the United States, they're a common preference of smokers in Europe. In many respects, spliffs are a crossover of blunts and joints. Like joints, they’re generally rolled with thin, white rolling paper. They’re also fairly portable and easily made – though they require a little more effort to prepare than joints do. While blunts contain tobacco in their casing, spliffs are packed with a combination of tobacco and cannabis leaves. When you’re burning a spliff, you’re bound to feel that rapid head rush that a blunt will bring. Spliffs are an excellent option for those who enjoy the contrasting effects of cannabis and nicotine in one, and the nicotine naturally keeps you awake and alert. This can be really helpful if you enjoy the calming effects of Indica but want to stave off the sedation it brings. But if you’re set against tobacco (as many stoners are), there’s always coffee.
Joints are to cigarettes what blunts are to cigars. Blunts seem to exude the novelty of cigars amongst cannabis connoisseurs. Both command some reverence in their respective communities, as neither is for the faint of heart. While joints are quick to prepare, blunts require more effort to prepare than joints or spliffs do. And while joints are easily enjoyed anywhere, blunts are harder to hide. Specialty blunt papers are typically used to roll them. Unlike regular old rolling papers, blunt wraps contain tobacco. They’re thicker, wider, and often longer than their joint-ready alternatives. You can also hollow out a cigar and pack your weed inside the outer layer. The truly daring can use large cannabis leaves as a blunt wrap. This option’s really putting a hat on a hat, but if you try it, hats off to you.
Blunts are not to be toyed with – if rolled right, they pack a powerful punch. If you’re using a wrap with tobacco, you’ll likely feel a rapid head rush. This is because the stimulant effects of nicotine can blunt the sedative effects of the cannabis. The effects of blunts aren’t always felt with the same immediacy of joints. It’s a good idea (as always) to pace yourself as you puff and pass, because the strong effects may sink in slowly.
710Pipes carries a wide variety of products including papers, pipes, accessories and much more! Stop by our Northglenn head shop between 8AM-10PM, seven days a week. We have two Denver smoke shops open daily from 12-8PM (11AM-9PM Thursdays through Saturdays) – on Colfax and on Evans near DU. Denver University students get 10% off with a valid student ID!
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