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Pipe vs joint, which one is better? When it comes to smoking your bud, there’s a lot of options to choose from. Two of the oldest methods for smoking your sweet ganja are pipes and joints. 


The use of a pipe is one of the earliest known ways to smoke cannabis dating back about 3,000 years

Pipe Pros

There are many reasons people still love pipes.

  • Ease: Pipes are extremely easy to use. All you have to do is pack the bowl, light it, and inhale.
  • Discrete: Many pipes are small and there’s no lingering smell on your hands. 
  • Variety: You’re sure to find a pipe that suits your personality. They come in all different shapes, sizes, materials, colors, and designs.
  • Minimal product: A little goes a long way with today’s cannabis strains. Pipes don’t require much product.

‌Pipe Cons

Depending on the pipe, there can be some drawbacks.

  • Not discrete: If you choose a larger pipe, it’ll be harder to carry around.
  • Fragile: Many pipes are made out of glass and can easily break.
  • Hard hit: Metal pipes can burn hotter and make for a harsh hit that burns your throat.



Rolling joints have a long history dating back to 1856. It’s believed the practice of adding cannabis to tobacco started with a pharmacist in Mexico. Today, joints remain very popular in the cannabis community, and for good reasons. However, they do have a few drawbacks.

Joint Pros

What’s so great about joints? There are many reasons joints have stuck around for so long.

  • Rolling papers: These are cheap and easy to come by. No matter where you are, you should be able to easily find some rolling papers at the nearest convenience store. 
  • Inconspicuous: Joints are easy to hide and discard. Some states have very strict laws about transporting cannabis and pipes or bongs are illegal in some states.
  • Socialize: Puff-puff pass! Joints are great for smoking with friends. It’s an age-old pastime to pass a joint and hang out.

‌Joint Cons

Now that you’re pumped to roll a joint, let’s talk about the drawbacks.

  • Skills required: First you have to learn to roll a joint. Rolling the perfect joint can take some practice. If it’s too loose, the bud burns too fast. If it’s too tight, you won’t be able to get a good drag and it may not stay lit. 
  • Requires a lot of bud: No matter what size joint you roll, be prepared to use a lot of your bud. The exception would be to roll a small “pinner” joint, but then you’re smoking mostly paper.
  • Wasteful: Since they burn the whole time, a lot of product gets wasted when you’re not actively smoking.
  • Too strong: Cannabis strains are getting more potent every year. It doesn’t take much to get high. Smoking a whole joint with today’s new strains can easily get you too high.
  • Lingering smell: The smell can linger on your hands, even after you wash them.

Light it Up

Pipes and joints have their benefits and downsides. One isn’t better than the other depending on the situation. The bottom line, do whatever is most enjoyable for you and fits your lifestyle needs!