Blunts vs. Bongs – What’s Better to Use?
Let’s be blunt about it, there are lots of ways to consume legal herbs and concentrates. Nowadays you can eat it, drink it, vape it, and even take a bath in it – but most of us start out by smoking the green stuff. Smoking is the most common way to consume herb, but there are so many different ways to go about it. The most prevalent methods include rolling up a blunt and packing a bong. To some there is a clear first choice, but for others they are incomparable – each having their own place.
Like most great debates in the counterculture community, it all comes down to personal preference and which one is best for the users individual needs. However, there are some key characteristics that might help influence your choice. Let’s talk about them.
First, let’s break down the bong. The name supposedly comes from an adaption of the Thai word “baung” which refers to a bamboo pipe used for smoking. In present-day, most bongs are made of borosilicate glass and are similar to a hookah in function. They use water percolation to not only cool down the hot smoke as it travels through the piece, but filter out some small bits of tar and other combusted material before it gets into your airways.
This means you’ll get a cleaner hit, one where you can really taste your herb. The percolator works in this way by breaking up the smoke into small bits that then interact with the surface of the water in the chamber. The more bubbles there are, the more surface area there is that can be cooled by the water. Add ice and you’re in for an even cooler hit.
While users will have to clean a bong every so often to ensure that clean hit, the amount of bud that’s saved by using a bong exclusively can be considerable. You’re only smoking what you pack and it’s combusted completely. That being said, bongs are most often used in smaller groups or for a solo sesh. They aren’t portable and being stopped with one could get you slapped with a paraphernalia charge in some states. The more the piece is passed around, the higher chances of it being dropped or broken. This is a big deal if you have put a lot of money into purchasing a heady piece of glass complete with personalized bong attachments. Unless you have one of these silicon foldable bongs, best to keep the daily driver at home.
Now let’s discuss what a blunt is. A blunt is the name given to a cigar that has been hollowed out and the tobacco replaced with legal herbs. It originated in New York City by shortening the name of a popular cigar brand named Phillies Blunts, but it’s now a common term for any cigarillo or wrap. Inexpensive and available in most gas stations and corner markets across the United States, these wraps come in a slew of flavors such as standard grape to flavors like chicken and waffles. This makes it so you can personalize your smoking experience with your favorite flavor.
Blunts are most often used in a social setting as they last long and can be thrown out after finished – no paraphernalia. Smokers will need to know how to roll which can take some finesse, but once you get the hang of it you’ll understand why everyone loves a good blunt. It’s sometimes almost therapeutic.
They do require quite a bit more herb than a bong, and if you’re not a fan of roaches or filters, it can be slightly wasteful. The smoke produced also tends to be harsher due to containing tobacco. Tobacco smoke yields a stronger odor than that of just flower that tends to linger longer. If you prefer to steer clear of tobacco, there are now several organic hemp wraps
But What’s Better?
It’s important to remember that ultimately b oth will affect respiratory health. Combusting, or burning, material is a chemical reaction that creates carcinogens that you are then inhaling. If you choose to smoke blunts made from tobacco, not only are you inhaling the flower’s carcinogens, but also those created from the wrap. T obacco contains nicotine and other, more diverse, kinds of carcinogenic properties known to cause cancer.
Some studies have claimed the compounds in herb kill numerous cancer types, but the fact is smoke, of any kind, still causes cellular damage. Water in a bong does not filter out these carcinogens completely, but if you want to go the more health conscious route they’re the way to go. That’s not to say you can’t roll up from time to time.
No matter which one you choose, remember to always consume responsibly and in moderation.
Let’s be blunt about it, there are lots of ways to consume legal herbs. Nowadays you can eat it, drink it, vape it, & even take a bath in it – but most of us start out by smoking. Specifically, either smoking a blunt or hitting a bong, but which is the better choice? Keep reading as we discuss the pros and cons of each
Bongs vs. Blunts – Which is better?
So, bongs and blunts both deliver a hit of marijuana to your system. Why choose one over the other?
Largely a blunt will give you less of a hit over a longer smoke. The bong, on the other hand, will give you a crashing hit that could put you on the floor if you’re unwary! There’s more to that, as you will see in this piece…
Anatomy of a blunt – blunt vs. joint vs. spliff
Joints and blunts are different. Thus, be careful if you ask someone holding a paper-rolled joint to ‘pass the blunt’ as they will spot you as a newbie to marijuana. What is a blunt?
A blunt is pure marijuana, which you roll in a tobacco or hemp leaf case. It is almost always brown from the cured/compressed leaf casing. A blunt can be thick or thin, cone-shaped, or straight. It will largely only be as Mother Nature intended – leaf holding leaf.
You can buy your own casings – check out Swisher’s, Backwoods, White Owl’s, and Dutch Masters. Many people buy a pack of cigars, hook out the tobacco, and ram in the bud for their own. If you buy a pack of fat cigars like Phillies Sweets, do be aware that they hold a fair bit of weed!
A joint is pure marijuana rolled in a paper case. Traditional, untreated rolling papers can be brown, but many papers are bleached white.
In your new circle of friends, you may be forgiven for asking whether someone is having a joint or a blunt. Note that the texture of the casing should give you another clue as leaves aren’t as smooth as paper (just say you left your glasses at home!). Another sign it might be a joint is that it could be multi-coloured – a nice rainbow coloured cone definitely won’t be a blunt.
And don’t ask someone smoking a joint for a ‘spliff’ as that’s different too! Spliffs are part tobacco and part marijuana. Europeans love spliffs, but over here, people prefer joints or blunts.
Anatomy of a bong
A bong, also known as a water pipe, will have an air pipe leading to a water chamber, and the bowl piece will have a pipe that goes into the water. There is a small air hole above the water. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes from plastic party bongs that you can pass around and abuse, to ornamental works of glass art that will set you back a few bucks, but you wouldn’t pass round at a party.
Holding the air hole, you light the bowl of weed and inhale the smoke through the water. Then you let go of the hole and inhale hard, and the smoke will fill your lungs in one massive hit.
Some cool the water with ice cubes, with the idea that the water is there to cool the smoke as it passes through and into your chest.
The water is said to take some of the harmful impurities from the smoke and make it better on your lungs. It is meant to be better for you than the blunt. The reason being – you’re only taking in the good stuff and no tobacco from the casing/residue from the original cigar.
Hits compared – bong vs. blunt
Some say that a hit from a blunt is longer lasting. This isn’t always the case. You will find that you take in less smoke per draw from a blunt, so imagine on a graph, a lower angle line of intake compared to that of a bong. You could get very stoned on a series of blunts (particularly fat ones), but you’ll take your time getting there.
Think of a blunt as a six-pack of beer you get through while watching a movie. Think of a bong as a bottle of whisky! You will get a much bigger hit each time, and if caught unawares, you could end up wrenching and coughing hard from a blast as your body screams “WTF?!” at you.
That said, not every whisky session is about getting hammered. A bit of control hurts no-one, and learning how much to take in is a skill in itself. Your first time, you may find your way to the couch for a doze – that’s part of the world of the stoner! A small hit now and again can make your evening pass gently in much the same way as you would enjoy a blunt or two.
Here are three good bongs we have discovered for you. Check them out.
Bongs Vs. Blunts, which should you choose? If you are looking for a larger smoother hit, go for a bong. Blunts are great at masking weed smell