Joints, Blunts and Spliffs: What’s the difference?

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What’s the difference between a joint, a blunt, and a spliff? A question that has caused many a stoned debate over the years. Well, were here to separate the fact from fiction and give you the pros and cons of each so you can can decide which is your preferred weapon of choice.

What is a joint?

hands rolling a joint

Let’s start with the basics. A joint is a rolled-up cannabis cigarette that is made with rolling papers or rizlas as many people know them. Rolling papers come in different sizes, flavors, and materials. Some people prefer to use flavored papers, while others prefer unflavored. The size of the rolling paper can also vary, with some people opting for small papers and others going for king-sized papers.

The beauty of a joint is that it’s easy to roll, discreet to smoke, and doesn’t require any extra accessories. It’s a classic way to enjoy cannabis, and many people swear by its simplicity.

Pros of joints:

  • Convenient to roll and carry around.
  • Easy to control the size of the joint.
  • No tobacco is used, which is healthier than blunts and spliffs.

Cons of joints:

  • Burns quickly, requiring frequent relighting.
  • Uses more weed so it can be more expensive (even more reason to grow your own).
  • Can be difficult to roll for beginners.

What is a blunt? 

close up of hands rolling a blunt

Blunts differ from joints and spliffs in that instead of using rolling paper blunts are made with cigar wraps. Cigar wraps are made from tobacco leaves and come in various flavors like grape, honey, and chocolate.

Blunts are known for their slow burn and thick smoke. And because they are made from cigar wraps they are much bigger than the average joint, making them perfect for sharing with friends. Plus, the tobacco wrap adds a bit of flavor to your weed.

Pros of blunts:

  • Burns slower than joints and spliffs, providing a longer smoking experience.
  • The tobacco used in blunts can enhance the flavor and buzz of the cannabis.
  • Can be easier to roll than joints for some people.

Cons of blunts:

  • Contains tobacco, which can be harmful to health.
  • May produce a stronger odor than joints.
  • Can be more expensive than joints due to the use of additional materials.

What is a spliff?

a mixture of weed and tobacco on a rolling paper making a spliff

Spliffs are similar to joints in that they use rolling papers, but instead of using only cannabis, they’re made with a mixture of cannabis and tobacco. The ratio of cannabis to tobacco can vary depending on personal preference, but it’s typically a 50/50 split.

Spliffs are most popular in Europe and other parts of the world where smoking tobacco is more common. They offer a unique smoking experience, combining the effects of cannabis with a kick from the nicotine.

Pros of spliffs:

  • Can provide a milder smoking experience than blunts due to a lower tobacco content.
  • Can be easier to roll than blunts for some people.
  • Allows for the combination of different strains of cannabis.

Cons of spliffs:

  • Contains tobacco, which can be harmful to health.
  • May produce a different flavor profile than smoking cannabis alone.
  • Can be less convenient to carry around than joints or blunts.

What’s better, blunt wraps or rolling papers?

Well, this one is entirely down to the individual. Blunt wraps add a bit of flavor to your weed and because they are made out of a thicker material they burn much slower. If you are someone that likes the occasional cigar then most likely you will prefer blunts. 

However, rolling papers are discreet, easier and quicker to use. They are also a cleaner smoke if you don’t add any tobacco. Plus if you’re not a fan of the taste and smell of cigars you will probably prefer them.

What tastes better, blunts, joints or spliffs?

Again, this is subjective. Some people love the flavor of blunt wraps, while others find them overpowering. Joints and spliffs typically have a milder taste, but the addition of tobacco in spliffs can give them a more complex flavor.

Ultimately, the taste comes down to the quality of the cannabis you’re using and how you smoke it. If you have high-grade bud and smoke your joint properly, it’s going to taste much better.

Are blunts less healthy than joints and spliffs?

For some reason blunts have a reputation of being healthier, however, rolling paper over cigar wraps is always going to be less harmful to your lungs. Blunts are made with tobacco, which is a known carcinogen which can increase the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and other health problems. However, the amount of tobacco in a blunt is typically much smaller than in a traditional cigar, so the risk is  relatively low.

Joints don’t contain tobacco, so they’re generally considered healthier than blunts. However, smoking anything can be harmful to your lungs. If you want to smoke weed in the healthiest way possible, blunts, joints and spliffs are best avoided, vaporizers are a much clearer way to smoke weed because they heat it at a much lower temperature. If you are set on smoking a blunt, joint or spliff why not try using an activated carbon filter to remove some of the bad stuff from your smoke?

One thing to note is that when many people smoke weed, they hold the smoke in for longer than is necessary. THC is absorbed within 2-3 seconds of inhaling so there is no need to hold smoke down for longer than a couple of seconds. Learning how to properly inhale will both improve your smoking experience and make it healthier.

Which gets you the most high?

This is a tricky question because it depends on several factors, including the potency of the cannabis, the amount you smoke, and your personal tolerance. In general, blunts are known for being the most potent because they are bigger than joints and spliffs because of the tobacco wrap they are made with. Therefore, a typical hit from a blunt is normally much larger than that of a joint or spliff. However, it really depends on how it’s rolled, if you really wanted to make an enormous joint, then there would be no difference between which gets you the most high. So, I guess we are saying, size really does matter.

Which is worse for your health, vaping or smoking blunts?

Blunts are made with tobacco leaves and so you are breathing in nicotine as well as weed. When you light a joint, spliff or blunt it burns your weed at incredibly high temperatures too, which are not the best for your throat and lungs. 

Vaping weed is a much healthier alternative because it allows you to heat your weed at a lower temperature. So low that it doesn’t actually burn the weed, it just vaporizes the moisture in the weed that contains the THC and terpenes. The result is a much smoother smoke. This is why you are much less likely to start coughing from vaping over smoking.

What do we recommend?

As a non-tobacco smoker, I prefer joints because they are less harsh on your throat and lungs, and you can taste the weed more. As much as I like the smell of cigars, I have never been a fan of smoking them.

Personally I prefer the clean taste of smoking weed through a vape above any other method. Vaporizers heat weed at a much lower temperature so instead of burning it its lightly toasted, just enough to vaporize the cannabinoids and terpenes. It’s a much smoother smoke and you can really taste the bud. It’s all down to personal preference really, so go and experiment with a few different options and I am sure you will have plenty of fun doing it.

Feel free to share your opinions below. Are you a blunt, joint or spliff smoker….Or like me do you prefer another option?

Joe Musgrave

Joe Musgrave is a keen 420 blogger who writes about all things cannabis. After harnessing his green thumbed skills through years of working on cannabis farms, Joe now shares his knowledge with the rest of the online 420 community.

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  1. Damien

    Where is the Joe’s website?

    1. Joe Musgrave

      Sorry for the late response, I am the author of this article, I don’t have my own website though. How can I help?

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