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Do you need filter tips for joints?

Updated: Sep 27, 2022

Do you need filter tips for joints? The short answer is no; plenty of people smoke without filter tips, but it is one of those things that is better to have than not to have. We like to compare using filter tips to wearing shoes. Sure, you don’t necessarily need shoes to go out, and plenty of people walk around without them, but try going to a bar barefoot and see how your night goes. Your toes would get crushed, you might step on glass, and your feet would get filthy. Overall, it would be an uncomfortable, totally avoidable experience. The way we see it, smoking a joint without a filter tip is like going barefoot to a bar.

When not using filters, your joint will lack structure. You will end up with a floppy joint that might fall apart at any point during your smoke. Not only that, but smoking in a group will be a nightmare. Every time you pass the joint, you risk it falling apart like a Jenga tower.

Now, let’s talk about the risks you take when smoking without a filter. Imagine you’re taking a nice fat hit, not a worry in the world, then, with no warning, you’ve lodged a piece of flower in your trachea. One of the filter’s primary purposes is to act as a goalkeeper between the flower and your mouth. If that risk isn’t enough to convince you, wait till you read about the next.

The other big risk, maybe worse than the first, is looking like a noob. What’s worse than the humiliation of being a smoker who doesn’t know the ins and outs of a proper smoke? It’s like watching a soccer game and having to constantly ask what the rules are. Not a good look, my friend.

As we’ve seen, a filter tip is there to provide structure to the joint, serve as a goalkeeper, and save you from smoker’s humiliation, but its biggest purpose is to preserve airflow. A joint without a filter tip will not have the necessary structure to allow for proper airflow. Without a filter tip, your joint will feel like a straw with something stuck in it. Sure, you’ll still get some smoke out of it, but no one likes a clogged joint. A joint with a filter tip lets the air flow freely and makes the experience much more pleasant.

So, do you need filter tips for joints? As we said in the beginning, it isn’t absolutely necessary. However, as you hopefully know by now, the difference between smoking with and without it is enormous. If you are still hesitant about whether or not you want to try it, you don’t need to spend any money. Try making a filter tip yourself. All you need is a thin piece of cardboard, and that’s about it. Once you’re ready to smoke like a pro, we recommend you check some of our filter tips. They’re all sleek, sustainable, and specifically designed to make your smoking experience the best it can possibly be.

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