Thinking about getting your smoke on with a crutch? Also known as a filter or a tip, a crutch is used at the end of a rolled cigarette or joint to filter out any debris and give a cleaner smoking experience. There are different types of crutches out there, but the most common are made of wood and glass. So what are the differences between the two, and which should you get to have a great smoke session? As always, stay legal!
Inside and Outside Tips
Whatever the tip is made of, there are two ways one can be used. Some are made to be fitted on the outside of a joint once it has been rolled. These are generally preferred by more advanced smokers because there is more space for the actual tobacco or (in legal states) marijuana. Novices with little rolling experience may prefer the inner crutch, which helps retain the shape of the rolled product even if it isn’t that well-made.
Wooden Tips are Natural but Flawed
Wooden joint tips are more natural, which is very attractive to many smokers. The wood feels warm and soft to the touch. Depending on the type of wood used to make it, the tip can feel very natural in your mouth as well. The smoke usually comes through very well, and the wood tips can be manually shaved down to get a better fit for your mouth and hands. There are disadvantages too – wooden tips change the flavor of the smoke. If you’re a fan of the original smoke flavor, especially when smoking something like blackberry kush, you may not want to opt for a wooden tip. You also can’t clean out a wooden tip because hot water can ruin the wood, as can alcohol. This makes a wooden tip less durable over time. Some smokers say about cheaper wood tips – “Tastes like you just got hit in the face with a tree.”
Glass Tips are Synthetic and Great!
Glass tips are very diverse tips indeed. They come in a variety of designs, as the glass is man-made and can be made in any way needed. Glass has the distinct advantage of being either transparent or translucent, allowing you to see the smoke flowing through. Smoke comes through way better too because there are fewer flaws in the surface of the glass. You also can’t taste anything other than the raw taste of the cigarette or marijuana in the joint. This lack of taste-changing makes it a cleaner smoke overall. Glass tips are also far easier to clean out when done – you can boil it down and scrub it with alcohol without ruining it. the disadvantages of glass tips include a lack of adjustability for mouths. This is made up for by the durability – you can bite down on a glass tip without killing the tip.
Overall, glass tips are definitely a more naturally awesome choice than wood. Other than the obvious advantages, the only reason you would use wood tips is for the different woody taste and the more “classic” feel of the smoke.