The Differences Between Blunts And Joints

by Doug

Blunts vs. Joints: How much weed is needed?

Cannabis used to be illegal everywhere, but recent political movements have inspired many more states to legalize recreational marijuana use. However, this recent legalization has also resulted in a lot of newcomers trying out multiple ways to smoke weed and not fully grasping what it is they’re doing.

This isn’t entirely their fault. Smoking marijuana can be a habit with lots of complexity (and plenty of personal preference)! There are multiple ways to enjoy weed, ranging from bongs to bowls to vaporizers. But most newcomers will probably encounter joints and blunts and might even be asked to roll their own.

Then they’ll run into a problem: when it comes to rolling a blunt versus a joint, how much more weed is needed?

To answer this question, we’ll break down the big differences between blunts and joints and go over how much cannabis is appropriate for use within each smoke. By the end of this guide, you’ll know exactly how much weed to put in your smoke for maximum enjoyment.

Terminology: What are blunts and joints?

Lots of marijuana newcomers or beginners will use the words blunt and joint pretty interchangeably. But although both are ways to smoke marijuana, they’re actually two distinct types of products. They’re similar, sure, but there are a few subtle differences between both types that can affect your overall smoking experience and whether or not a blunt or joint is best for your situation.

Both types of smokes use dried, typically grinded cannabis flower, but that’s where the similarities end. Let’s break down the big differences between blunts and joints before moving onto how much weed you should use for both.

All about blunts

Blunts are a little more complex than joints. The first way to tell a blunt apart from a joint is by the color.

You see, a blunt is rolled using cigar or cigarillo wraps. These wraps use thicker paper, and they also usually have some tobacco content still contained within the paper fibers. The result? A darker paper that, due to its thickness, is also able to hold more weed content inside (more on that later). 

For the most part, blunts are tan in color and may have a smooth exterior or have some veins depending on the source of the cigar or cigarillo paper.

Blunts also differ from joints based on taste. You see, the leftover tobacco from the cigar or cigarette product the paper was originally used for adds to the flavor of the marijuana contained within. As a result, blunts are usually a little harsher in terms of flavor profile than joints.

You should keep in mind that this necessarily means your lungs will absorb a little tobacco product (i.e. nicotine, plus some possible carcinogens) when smoking a blunt versus a joint. So if nicotine doesn’t agree with your system, joints might be a better choice.

Lastly, blunts are different from joints based on their burn time. Blunts usually burn relatively slowly, and some larger or fatter blunts can burn for up to 30 minutes. This makes them a better smoking instrument for passing around a small group as opposed to smoking down yourself. This is also true since it usually takes a little longer to prepare and wrap a blunt compared to a joint.

All about joints

As you can guess, joints are different from blunts in almost every opposite way.

For instance, they’re rolled using relatively thin and either white or off-white paper. This paper can be made from plant fibers or hemp. This results in a number of differences:

For one, joints don’t have tobacco paper used for their exterior wasn’t previously used for cigars or cigarillos. This also means they’re a good choice if you only want marijuana instead of marijuana plus a slight hint of tobacco.

This affects the flavor – joints are arguably better for getting pure weed flavor compared to the mingled flavors of most joints.

Joints can be rolled a little faster since the paper is thinner and you don’t stuff quite as much marijuana inside.

Additionally, joints burn a little faster than their blunt counterparts. In most cases, a well-rolled joint can burn within 3 to 5 minutes, making them a much better smoking instrument for solo enjoyment or for passing between one or two people

Should you smoke a blunt or joint?

Ultimately, both blunt and joints can be enjoyable ways to smoke weed, but it’s important to choose the right one for your situation. Smoking with a group that doesn’t mind a little nicotine? Choose a blunt. Want to smoke yourself and enjoy the flavor of high-quality cannabis? Pick a joint.

How much weed should you put in a blunt vs. a joint?

Now the million-dollar question: how much weed is correct for a blunt versus a joint?

As mentioned above, blunts are usually made with thicker paper, and they usually have a little more interior volume. This means you can fit more weed into a standard blunt than you can with a similar joint.

Keep in mind that the below values are just estimates. How much weed you want to put in your blunt or joint is ultimately dependent on you and your personal preferences. But do remember that trying to overstuff your joint could result in a subpar smoking experience since your crushed cannabis flower could fall out of the tip.

For blunts, stuff them with between 1 and 3 g of top-tier cannabis. You can even go a little farther if you have a particularly long paper for rolling.

For joints, only use between 0.5 and 1 g of cannabis per roll. This will prevent you from overstuffing the joint and allow you to enjoy some truly choice hits as you smoke it down

Does the strain in your joint or blunt matter?

Absolutely. Whether you’re after the straight flavor of top-tier marijuana or you want to mingle the taste of cannabis with a hint of tobacco, you should only ever use high-quality crushed marijuana flower for your blunts and joints. Try a licensed and regulated cannabis delivery service like Emjay to make sure you only get the best crushed cannabis for your smokes.

This is important for a few reasons:

Obviously, it affects the end flavor of the blunt or joint. But more importantly, well-crushed cannabis flower is easier to pack into either blunt or joint paper. If you’ve ever tried to make a blunt or joint with subpar crushed cannabis, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

You can sometimes crush your own cannabis flowers if you have the right tools, but it’s not recommended if you don’t have experience. In most cases, it’s smarter to just get quality pre-crushed marijuana flower that’s already the right size and consistency for rolling into your own blunts and joints.


Altogether, the amount of weed you put into your blunt or joint is a personal decision, and the above outline is more like a basic guide than a hard and fast rule. Remember that the key differences between a blunt or joint are tobacco presence and size. Use these differences to determine which you want to roll and which type of smoke you want to purchase supplies for.

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