If you love marijuana (or just listen to rap) you've at least heard of blunts - if not tried your hand at rolling one yourself. But let's face it: not all of us are hip enough to fully appreciate the difference between Snoop's favourite way to smoke marijuana and a regular, garden-variety joint. For those who always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, here's the difference.
1. The paper
Put simply, a joint is usually a standard, single-wide (a.k.a 2.75 x 1.4 inch) paper - Elements or Zig Zags or root beer-flavoured or whatever you prefer. Rolling a blunt, on the other hand, involves slicing or breaking a cigar down the centre, emptying out the tobacco, and then re-rolling the marijuana in the cured tobacco leaf.
2. The size
Given the size of a cigar, even a loosely-rolled blunt is going to be both longer and thicker than a typical joint. One gram is a pretty standard amount; a joint could be half that, or less. Hence, blunts are great for special occasions - when you're striving to relax on a level unattainable via mere pipe or bong.
3. The burn
Thicker tobacco paper means that a blunt burns more slowly than a joint. If you're leery of tobacco, you can get a similar appearance/feel, if not effect, with blunt wraps, which stay moist and require a little less dexterity. Practice makes perfect - and with wraps like Bambu, you pay a buck or two for 33 chances to learn as opposed to countless bucks for wasting cigars. Pro tip: to avoid waste, practice with tobacco.
4. The taste
The mellow sweetness of the tobacco leaf is something you won't get with wood pulp, hemp, or rice papers. The flavour profile will depend largely on what kind of cigar you use, and (of course) the quality of the marijuana. On that note: indica strains work well in blunts - but hey, a contrasting sativa is also cool. Whatever you like best.
5. The high
As previously mentioned: blunts get you higher than joints or spliffs - not just due to their size, but also the interaction between tobacco paper and marijuana. As the abstract for this hilarious scientific study puts it, "the cigar wrapper contains tobacco and nicotine, which may interact with the cardiovascular and subjective effects of the marijuana to produce a different set of effects [...] Anecdotally, marijuana smokers report that blunts are more potent than joints." Expect a head rush and coffee-like energy boost before the cannabis hits; then, sit back and let the good times roll.