If you have family or friends unfamiliar with cannabis, you may have to find yourself explaining terminology every now and then. One topic I have been asked on multiple occasions to explain is the difference between a blunt and a joint. While this may seem like common knowledge to many, the lines can be blurred for non-cannabis users.
A joint is a marijuana cigarette rolled in paper usually made out of rice, hemp, or another variation of paper. Typically, joints will either contain a half or full gram of ground cannabis. However, the amount can vary. Users can either roll a joint themselves or buy them prepackaged in a local dispensary. Hemp joints can usually be found in headshops and other stores where tobacco products are sold (depending on the state laws).
A variation of a joint containing tobacco in addition to cannabis (or smokable hemp flower) is referred to as a spliff. Each person who smokes cannabis will have a differing opinion on spliffs. The best advice I can offer to someone of legal age in a legal state is to try one for yourself to formulate your own opinion.
On the other hand, a blunt uses wrappers made from the same tobacco leaf as cigars. They will typically have at least a gram of cannabis, but will often have more. Just like spliffs, people can have varying opinions on them.
Cannabis is a versatile product that can be smoked in a multitude of ways. Joints, spliffs, and blunts are just a small number of possibilities. If you are a cannabis user of legal age in a state with legal marijuana, I encourage you to talk with your budtender to find the best method for your needs. No two people are alike when it comes to cannabis, take the time to find out what works best for you.