Blunts, or ground cannabis rolled in tobacco paper (like cigar paper), are easily distinguished from joints because of their longer length and signature brown paper. And they’ve had a huge impact on pop and urban culture. Elite Daily writer David Foster said, “Bigg and Nas rapped about blunts. Smif-N-Wessun showed the showed the classic image of smoking in a cyphe in the Bucktown video. Redman came out with a song entitled How To Roll a Blunt.” Rihanna rolled a blunt on a man’s head, and even Jay and Silent Bob (well, Jay) rapped about smoking blunts.
C annabis consumers are no longer relegated to smoking a plain old joint. As cannabis has become more mainstream and legal, consumption methods have evolved, too, and there are more options than ever. Nowadays, you can take a tincture, eat an edible, use a bubbler or bong, wear a transdermal patch, dab, or vape. And even though many consumers have moved away from lighting up and to more health-conscious ingestion methods, smokable cannabis methods – like blunts – remain a popular way to consume. But are there health risks associated with consuming cannabis blunts?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking takes the lives of 480,000 Americans every year, while secondhand smoke claims an additional 41,000. Regardless of whether you are smoking a blunt or a cigarette, the act of lighting up exposes you to dangerous chemicals which are then inhaled.
We do know that the research on the long-term health effects of marijuana smoking are mixed, and there have been no meaningful studies on the effects of combining cannabis and tobacco at all. Because of continued federal prohibition on the herb, meaningful, comparative studies on marijuana smoke and long-term health effects have yet to be undertaken in a rigorous way, so health-effects, for better or worse, are not well understood.
Perhaps you’re saying to yourself, a blunt isn’t a cigarette, so can it really be that bad? It’s true, cannabis has been shown to have many healing properties, but if a blunt is your go-to way to consume, not all the power of the herb will be able to correct the damage that can be done by regularly lighting up. Maybe consider a palm leaf blunt next time you want to roll up. Whatever you do, blunt thoughtfully.
Tuesday August 6, 2019
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Nonetheless, despite their cultural impact and resonance, smoking a blunt has all the negative aspects of smoking both marijuana and tobacco. There’s no argument that smoking tobacco negatively impacts your health. The typical cigarette has more than 70 carcinogenic chemicals – meaning they have been definitely linked to cancer, heart, and lung disease – including formaldehyde, lead, ammonia, carbon monoxide, and radioactive elements like uranium.
Many prefer blunts to joints because of their slower burn, while other cannabis consumers enjoy a blunt because it delivers a different kind of high due to the nicotine/cannabis combination. Some consumers describe a pleasant, lightheaded feeling, while others say it mellows the high. And a 2009 study found that when cannabis and nicotine are used together, the THC becomes available to the body more quickly, bringing the high on more quickly.
Many cannabis consumers have moved towards health-conscious ingestion methods, however blunts still remain a popular way to consume due to their slow burn and nicotine/cannabis combination. Click here to learn more about the health risks associated with consuming cannabis blunts.
You might argue that joints are better for you because there’s no tobacco in a joint, but the benefit is minimal.
- Marijuana smoke can be just as harmful as tobacco smoke. Smoking marijuana irritates the lungs. People who smoke it often have the same breathing issues as tobacco smokers, such as chronic cough and frequent lung infections.
- Smoking marijuana may cause air pockets in the lungs. According to the American Lung Association, smoking weed has been linked to the development of large air bubbles in the lungs and air pockets between both lungs and the chest wall in young to middle-aged adults who smoke a lot of pot.
- Secondhand marijuana smoke may be more dangerous than directly inhaled smoke.Secondhand marijuana smoke contains a lot of the same toxins and carcinogens as directly inhaled smoke and may even contain more, according to some research.
According to various internet sources, blunts originated in New York as a method for smoking pot discreetly, among other things.
Both marijuana and tobacco smoke can damage your lungs and increase your risk for several serious conditions. Adding tobacco to marijuana just means you’re getting the damaging effects of tobacco, too.
Unlike spliffs and blunts, which contain tobacco, joints contain nothing but cannabis and the paper it’s rolled in. The upside to smoking joints is that you’re not exposing yourself to tobacco or nicotine.
Here are some things to consider before you get out that tobacco leaf or hit the corner store for a blunt wrap:
Joints are the simplest of the bunch. They’re just ground marijuana rolled in cigarette papers. Sometimes people roll them with a crutch, which is basically just a stiffer bit of paper to hold the weed in place.
As for the name? It comes from the Phillies Blunt cigar brand.
A spliff is a blend of cannabis and tobacco, usually in cigarette rolling papers.
A blunt can be several things, depending on who you ask. We'll take a look at what it usually refers to and how it compares to a joint or spliff.