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It might be time to quit blunts, and I’m sad about it

September 4, 2019
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If you’ve been keeping up with the words of Dante Jordan over the past few years, then you’ll know I absolutely love blunts. I’m all about the ritual of rolling up, and I’m all about the long-lasting sessions that come from smoking tobacco wraps. And for these reasons, I believe flower will always be the best method of cannabis consumption.

While I still and will always believe smoking flower is the best, I’m starting to feel less connected to smoking blunts—and I’m sad about it.

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There are plenty of advantages and disadvantages to smoking blunts. For one, blunts are long-lasting because of the thickness and chemical makeup of the wrap. And that added pinch of tobaccky definitely adds a little umph to your high.

But overall, the disadvantages of primarily burning big blunts are starting to become more and more apparent to me.

The price of Swishers

This is the single biggest reason that this article exists.

Fam.

While living in Texas, the price of a 2-pack of Swisher Sweets was a smooth $1.07. However, in Seattle, because of the tobacco tax, them thangs hit you for a cool $2.41. That may be a small number for a one-time buy, but when you smoke at least three times a day, every day, that expense can really kill a budget.

When Swishers start costing more than a theater box of Gobstoppers, it’s time to look at how we’re prioritizing our funds.

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The amount of cannabis burned

When rolled properly, the average blunt will use about 0.782 grams of cannabis at the minimum. So if you cop an eighth from the local dispensary, chances are that eighth will be gone in about four blunts—or in a day or two, considering the rate at which I smoke.

That is such an inefficient way of stretching cannabis.

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Sure, you can roll skimpy-ass blunts to preserve bud, time, and resources, but the stretching of a little bit of weed through a blunt makes the entire L taste like tobacco. That just brings about endless coughing fits and the thought of I should’ve just put this in a bowl. It’s a very unpleasant experience, especially for flavor chasers like ya boy.

It distorts the taste of your weed

Speaking of flavor: While I’ve always loved blunts, I never said they were the best method for properly tasting the full flavor of your weed. You’re going to taste the wrap when smoking blunts, especially if you’re using flavored wraps (please keep Grape Swishers all the way the fuck away from me).

At a certain point—especially as we learn more about terpenes and their role in aroma, flavor, and the effects of cannabis—it’s becoming more and more important for me to reeeealllllyyyy taste only my flower upon each inhale and exhale.

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The tobacco

Last, and certainly not least, as I grow older, I’ve become more health-conscious (because age makes my body hurts). That means I have to be more selective with what I put into my body, especially when it comes to the smoke in my lungs.

Tobacco wraps are a minimal amount of tobacco (unlike spliffs), but they are still tobacco, which increases the risk of things like lung cancer and looking like you’re 49 at age 28.

Because of this, and every other reason above (especially THE PRICE OF SWISHERS), it may be time for me to walk away from my beloved big boy blunts.

And I’m sad about it. *Turns on “Good Riddance” by Green Day.*

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Dante Jordan

Dante Jordan is a Content Associate for Leafly, where he specializes in creating topics pertaining to cannabis products, strains, and dispensaries. He also manages the Leafly strain database.

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  • Gammorean Barr

    why would you want to cover the taste of weed with nasty tobacco leaves?

  • jontomas

    I’m SO happy to see this article. — I have always loved the fact marijuana has no significant harms, and have been somewhat shocked by the fad of putting marijuana into cigars to smoke. That completely destroys the healthy nature of smoking marijuana.

    This was all underlined a couple of years back when I went to a Willie Nelson concert in a small, tightly-packed, standing room only venue. The marijuana smoke would have been fine – even enjoyable. But because of poor ventilation and so many people smoking blunts, I, and my whole party, became so sickened, we had to leave early.

    PLEASE let this be the beginning of the trend to ‘weed’ tobacco out of the marijuana experience – at least in public gatherings!

  • Highway 69

    Dante,
    Yes, age seems to make us wiser! Now, you’ll have to invest in a convection vaporizer for your herb!

    When my charging cord for my vaporizer broke, I rolled up some joints to get by. It had been years since I lit up any weed, and twenty something years since I quit tobacco. Well, despite the herb being my own home grown “Tangie”, the flavor and aroma was sadly lacking. The high was satisfactory, but I couldn’t get past the burning odor and smoke, which lingered on my clothes and in the room.

    Thankfully, my new charging cord arrived the next day, and I was back to enjoying the fresh taste and “clean” feeling from vaping flower.

  • Noble Teal

    “(please keep Grape Swishers all the way the fuck away from me).” Bro I gave you an invisible dap on that😂. But I’m with you. I remember when niggas thought smoking bowls was a cardinal sin lol. I have a DGK dry vape I use first, then I’ll take the flower out once vaped and load my bowl so I’m really getting my $ worth. Only thing with that is once you’ve vaped&then put it in a bowl, it’ll have a funny smell&taste but still has same effect. It’s genius and definitely stretches that 7 or 3.5! 👊🏾

    • Marie Medeiros

      What do you think about rolling weed in CBD wraps? I use to smoke weed in Swisher’s, not anymore,I prefer CBD wraps now.

  • hmmmmm ok that cool

  • Jake

    I’m not a blunt guy but I hear ya on the amount of weed used. I love my beloved Raw cones but even the small ones use up about 0.7 grams.

  • Divergence Krazy

    Although that sucks. You should hop on the bong express instead

  • SquawPeakHiker

    “…chances are that eighth will be gone in about four blunts—or in a day or two, considering the rate at which I smoke.”

    Well, there is certainly no lost irony when expressing your concerns about the health consequences.

  • TheShapeOfThings

    Blunts are bad.

    I made a gravity bong. At the last third of the burn, and the smoke turned yellow. The extra high feeling was probably carbon monoxide.

    I found a glass bowl on a bong with a glass filter produces the most consistent blue hued smoke, which is fuel rich, and doesnt waste much bud. You can flip the screen quite a few times between cleanings. Sucks when you knock it over though.

  • Barry White

    There’s really no need to smoke that much weed anyway. Just smoke less. You’ll get used to it. Take some time off and it will barely take any to get you where you need to be. Everybody is different I guess. I can make a gram last for days, but of course I go days or weeks and sometimes longer without smoking and when I do smoke, I try to smoke just enough to do the trick and no more. Smoking anything isn’t all that good for you and even though I make good money I’m not one to throw it away. If you roll a blunt with almost a gram of weed in it, you’re setting yourself up to smoke that whole thing. I have a pipe with a lid on it. I can take a couple of hits, set it down and come back to it if I feel the need.

    Again, everybody is different though. I was always the first one to say I’ve had enough when a joint got passed around. It never took much for me and I really don’t like getting super high anyway. I can’t do the wake and bake smoke all day thing either. I have to work a lot and have to make a lot of decisions everyday with a lot riding on those decisions. People count on me and I need all of my wits about me at work, and at home I have a wife who doesn’t smoke weed and stuff to do and grandkids coming over a lot and that police officer son-in-law who comes over a lot, so this small town lawyer in the South where weed is very much not legal can’t mess around with it like I might be able to in a different state with a different career. I doubt I’d smoke that much either way. I did the wake and bake smoke all day thing in college, but now I’m old and it’s just not that fun for me anymore. I get tired of it. Hell, I haven’t smoked in a couple of months, too much stuff going on and I can’t buy less than a quarter because we don’t have dispensaries and my guy won’t sell less than that. If I have it, it’s like having a bowl of candy on the counter. I tend to smoke a little most every evening and a quarter lasts me a couple of months at least. I wish we could buy grams here, half grams, whatever. Someday that will happen.

  • Trillium Hummingbird

    Wait, writing this trash is your job?

    Most efficient use of flower is to smoke a tiny hit in a pipe, on a screen. Fat joints are wasteful…

  • Ivan van Ogre

    If I understand correctly blunts were originally a way of disguising marijuana use from the police. That’s no longer necessary.

  • ✡DreadLocked✡

    If I ever stop smoking blunts I’ll just switch to concentrates.

  • Fun Please

    Seattle taxes killing business
    Who knew?

  • Fun Please

    Word

  • Fun Please

    Or a pen like the youcan evolve plus XL

  • Fun Please

    Vape pen

  • Marie Medeiros

    What do you think about CBD wraps, is it better for you?

  • Marie Medeiros

    Is CBD wraps better for you?, I use to smoke weed in Swisher’s sweet s all the time, but now I roll my weed up in CBD wraps feels better to me.

  • MrMhmToasty

    This is not true. Tobacco as a plant is just as harmless as cannabis. When you burn either you get carcinogens, which cause cancer when inhaled. Most studies have shown that cannabis actually produces more carcinogens than tobacco, but you typically also smoke less of it, so it balances out. Rolling a blunt or a J are pretty much equally bad for your lungs.

  • Fiendish1

    Thanks for the 411. Just got my medical marijuana card and the script combines both THC and CBD. I like getting high and am exposed to enough buzz kills.