Saturday January 23, 2016
By Tyler Terps
People have been smoking their herbs in papers for many years with no sign of stopping, proving that the classic method of consumption can stand the test of time. Used glass gets disgusting after a few bowl packs, but companies like EZ Wider and Dutch Master are assisting people in getting properly medicated without ruining the taste after extended use.
To properly compare the available rollable options, here are three different ways to wrap up cannabis and smoke it: Joints, Spliffs & Blunts
Similar to anything that presents the opportunity for a choice, finding a way to wrap and smoke cannabis can depend on the availability and practicality of the materials required. Smoking a spliff is not the same as enjoying a joint, since the tobacco interferes with the resulting high, but in some places it is the normal thing to puff. If a joint is too small, and tobacco isn’t an option, some people have started rolling with cannabis leaves to make a full plant cigar. Commonly known as Thai Sticks, these monstrous rods are dipped in hash oil and contain kief and other extracts as well.
If you’re fairly new to the game of rolling your own, start with a joint or a spliff because they’re smaller and easier to work with. Although any session can be made better by simply rolling everything up, pulling out an ashtray, and enjoying the age old tradition of burning one down, practice makes perfect.
A joint is a cannabis cigarette typically rolled with a single rolling paper that gets sealed by a line of glue. Joints hold anywhere from a quarter gram to an eighth of cannabis (in larger papers) to accommodate different tolerances and numbers of people sharing it. Some common materials that make up these papers are rice, flax, hemp, and bamboo. Each type available has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of smoothness, durability, duration, and how difficult they are to roll with. There’s no doubt that a healthy joint can do the trick, especially if there’s a desire for something smaller than a bong, but more powerful than a vaporizer. Ultimately, it’s up to the user to choose the rolling papers that best fits their needs.
In America and European countries, spliffs are a cross between cannabis and tobacco based cigarettes. They blend the two smokable herbs together to form a peculiar bold flavor that some prefer over pure joints or the nicotine based alternative. Pure cannabis joints are very rare in Europe, and an adjustable amount of tobacco helps level out the terpene flavor and potency that can be overwhelming for some. While the term is pretty simple, its meaning is dependent on the region it’s used in, since the West Indies and Jamaica use it to refer to a pure cannabis cigarette. Between the acquired taste and the incentive to reserve one’s stash, spliffs have found their place in the hearts of many who love both tobacco and cannabis.
Blunts are cigars that are hollowed out (also known as “gutted”) and then filled with cannabis and resealed. Due to brand names like El Producto and Dutch Masters, blunts have taken on nicknames like “El-P’s,” “L’s,” and “Dutchies.” Some consumers prefer brands like Dutches and Games which allow you to unravel the outer leaf and wrap the inner one directly around the herb. Others choose to use blunt wraps that come empty and ready to be worked with. Even though a majority of a blunt is cannabis, the tobacco content in the wrapper leaf carries with it the same risk with similar nicotine products, so they’re definitely not the healthiest choice to roll with.