Bong vs. Joint: Which Is Better?

It can always be tricky to compare two different smoking devices, and a lot of it can just boil down to opinion. But, who is the true winner: Bongs or joints?

The Joints

Joint: Average THC that reaches user: 20-26%

The Pros:

  • To roll a joint, you just need a single paper, which will cost only a few cents.
  • Joints are the smaller of the two and are easier to take with you on the go.
  • Passing a joint around a cypher can be a very social experience, likely to include some good conversations.
  • You can roll a big old fat spliff or a tiny little personal joint
  • Leaves no physical evidence (such as a dirty bong) once smoked, other than a good smell in the air.
  • They progressively get stickier with resin; thus possibly tastier, thicker hits, nice roach to smoke, etc.
  • Cannot be irreplaceably broken (in comparison to glass pieces). Can fall on the floor and be fine, or if ripped none-too-severely, can be repaired with tape/rolling paper gum.
  • Minimal upkeep, as it’s lifespan is done when the weed is gone.
  • You only have to spark the lighter/match once.
  • Possibly the most concealable and much more concealable than i.e. bongs
  • A joint is a great mobile smoking option & disposable incase of an emergency. Also, it is easily disguisable as a home-rolled cigarette.
  • Whereas you definitely need a cigar to roll a blunt, if you do not have rolling papers you can MacGuyver rolling paper out of many household items…just be careful of harmful chemicals.

The cons:

Joints are the most popular method for inhaling marijuana. They can be fun and all but there are some serious downfalls.

  • Can end up with you having resin smeared all over your lips.
  • An overall loss of psychoactives, due to constant burning and or uneven burning.
  • Depending on how much/the type of bud you’re rolling, and the rolling impliment, it requires considerable amount of skill.
  • Joints are amongst the worst for your health of any of the major smoking options.
  • For some rolling a joint is not that easy, it can be time consuming and if the roll is loose then you can even end up wasting your herb when the paper burns too quickly.
  • Your fingers are going to stank of weed for the rest of the day. Purell is your friend.
  • Many smokers add tobacco to help keep their joint lit, this poses so many more health risks than the smoke from your herb.
  • Some people believe joints and blunts are a waste of weed. Since it stays burning even when you’re not taking a drag, you lose a lot of weed to smoke that never gets inhaled.
  • When ripping a joint, you’re not just inhaling marijuana. Instead, you’re also smoking paper that can be made from different materials such as hemp or corn.
  • Hotter to smoke.
  • Easily inhale bits of weed.
  • Ashes

The Bongs

Bong: Average THC that reaches user: 40.4%

The Pros:

  • The water filters out larger particles, such as toxins, in the smoke that you would have inhaled if you were smoking a joint. These include ash, tar and even the butane emission coming from your lighter.
  • Bongs can be some of the most creative/unique of all smoking devices.
  • More condensed smoke per square inch, than other smoking methods.
  • With a bong, you’re only smoking cannabis, there is never any need to add other substances as the lighter will keep it lit for as long as you require.
  • Bongs will drastically cool your smoke with their water chambers whilst allowing the smoke to also travel and cool at the same time.

The Cons:

  • Unless specifically designed for stealth, totally impractical and unsafe to transport anywhere, unless for a very warranted reason.
  • Bong water gets pretty damn disgusting. Water must be frequently changed, both to keep the smell down and for better taste of the hits to come
  • If a well used, uncleaned bong is spilled, it could stain carpeting, and or leave a nasty smell for days to come.
  • If gravity or waterfall style bong, it can involve too much of a process to operate, for the average stoned person.
  • The major drawback bongs is that they seem to trap more THC than unfiltered devices.
  • Easily breakable.
  • Costly.

What Gets you Higher, Bong or Joint?

At the end of the day were all smoking to get high. So, what can science tell us about which one gets you higher? Well, unfortunately, there hasn’t been much research done on smoking marijuana. Thankfully, though, there are a couple of studies that we can look at to answer some of our questions and guide us towards a winner. The only problem, though, is they’re old as crap. Thanks to the DEA’s strict monopoly on the study of marijuana, though, things such as THC transfer rate haven’t been apart of an official study in quite some time.That brings us to 2004, where the last study in THC transfer rate took place.

We’ve been able to learn that about 60-80% of THC is lost right off the bat.It disappears in into the slipstream smoke, pyrolysis and adhesion to the pipe stem and bowl. The average THC transfer rate for a joint is 20-26% while the average THC transfer rate for bongs came in at 40%. Well, we can tell that if you smoke a .5 gram joint, you would only need to smoke a .25 gram bowl to intake the same amount of THC.

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