Spliff vs. Joint: What's The Difference?

Spliff vs. Joint: What's The Difference?

Smoking marijuana is more popular than ever, and with pot now legal in numerous places, many people are discovering new ways to enjoy it. Two of the most common types of rolled cannabis are spliffs and joints. But although they look similar, there's a crucial difference between them. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Joints and spliffs appear similar but have different effects.

  • Joints are more prevalent in America than spliffs and blunts because they don't contain tobacco.

  • Like joints and spliffs, blunts are also a form of cannabis cigarette well-liked by many.

Let's examine the key differences between a spliff and a joint.

What Is a Spliff?

A spliff is a mixture of tobacco and cannabis rolled using rolling paper, just like a joint. The ratio in a spliff varies widely from person to person, ranging from a pinch to an equal mix of tobacco and weed. In Europe, spliffs are the standard way of smoking cannabis, as many enjoy the added treat of tobacco material.

For those who enjoy cigarettes, spliffs give a nicotine kick. However, less may be the answer for those looking for a smoother experience or to lower their consumption.

How to Roll a Spliff

Before you roll a spliff, grind your weed. Many people prefer shredded tobacco for their rolls, while others prefer to use a small piece of tobacco leaf. 

Next, you need to select the paper to use for your spliff. They're typically made of rice or hemp and come in various sizes. Most people prefer the larger king-size, as it provides a larger surface area for your tobacco-weed mix. However, the rest of the sizes will work just as well.

Here's how to roll a spliff:

  1. Start by laying out the paper.

  2. Then, sprinkle weed and tobacco in the middle of it.

  3. Roll the spliff up.

  4. After you reach the end of the paper, lick the glue strip and push it down to seal your spliff.

Some people prefer to roll the ends of their cigarette papers when making their spliffs, but it's unnecessary. If you find that the filling in your spliffs is too harsh, try experimenting with the ratio of the filling. Adding more weed or more tobacco and making your spliffs thicker can make all the difference. In addition, trying different proportions will give you a better sense of what works for you.

The Benefits of Using a Spliff

Spliff smokers typically prefer to use them over joints because of the nicotine buzz from the addition of tobacco. The mixture also makes the smell of marijuana less noticeable, which is ideal for those wanting to hide the smell of cannabis smoke. 

Additionally, tobacco can act as a filter and makes smoking cannabis more enjoyable for some. Smoke sessions with spliffs also tend to last longer, as tobacco often burns slower than cannabis. The size of the spliff depends on your personal preferences and how much tobacco you want to use as a crutch or filter.

What Is a Joint?

When most people think of smoking cannabis, they usually think of joints. A joint is a rolled cannabis cigarette with only cannabis and nothing else.

Joints are a huge part of cannabis culture and are a great way to share bud with your friends. Larger joints are great for sharing, while smaller joints are ideal for solo smoking sessions.

The Benefits of Using a Joint

The biggest advantage of smoking a joint is that it's made with pure cannabis. Many people also find that the cannabis high is more tolerable since tobacco isn't present.

Plus, the dangers tobacco can have on one's life are well-known, so many health-conscious people avoid it.

How to Roll a Joint

Like with spliffs, you need to grind your cannabis before rolling. Once you have your ground-up cannabis, you can start.

Here are the steps you need to follow to roll joints:

  1. Start by laying out the paper and spreading the cannabis across it.

  2. Then, begin to roll the joint up as tightly as you can.

  3. Once you reach the end of the paper, lick the glue strip and push it down to seal your joint. 

Like with spliffs, you can roll up the end of your joint, but it's not necessary. 

Are Joints and Blunts the Same Thing?

No, a joint and a blunt are not the same. A joint is made with rolling papers, while blunts use thicker blunt wraps. These wraps contain tobacco leaves and are commonly used for cigars.

However, unlike spliffs and cigars, blunts are not typically mixed with tobacco. In addition, blunts typically contain more cannabis than joints, as cigar papers are often much larger than rolling papers.

Rolling Papers vs. Blunt Wraps 

Rolling papers are designed for joints and are commonly made of either rice or hemp. They come in various sizes, and the most popular is the king size, which is generally used for both spliffs and joints.

Blunt wraps are often comparable to tobacco paper. When selecting a wrap for your blunts, you have various options. Some companies offer non-tobacco wraps for those who don't want nicotine in their blunts. In addition, there are many different flavors and sizes to choose from.

The most popular size for blunts is regular, and they can hold anywhere from 0.3 to about 2 grams of cannabis in your blunt. If you want to use a larger size, remember that you will need more bud for your blunts.

Using a rolling paper or wrapping a blunt depends on personal preference. Some people prefer the simplicity of a joint, while others enjoy the taste and longer smoke sessions of a blunt.

How to Roll a Blunt

Rolling a blunt is slightly more complex than rolling a joint. However, it becomes fairly easy once you get the hang of it.

Before you start rolling, you will have to purchase a cigar or cigar wrap. Once you have one, break it open and remove the filling. You can skip this step entirely if you bought a blunt wrap and not a cigar.

Then, proceed to fill your blunt with cannabis. After filling it, start rolling the wrap between your thumb and index finger and check that there are no air pockets.

Once it's rolled, lick the edge of the wrap and press it down to seal it.

Final Thoughts: Spliff vs. Joint 

In conclusion, joints, spliffs, and blunts are popular ways to enjoy cannabis, and each method has unique benefits and drawbacks. Understanding the difference will help you pick the right option for your smoking needs. For example, a joint may be a better option if you're looking for a tobacco-free option. On the other hand, if you want a smoke session with a longer burn time, a spliff or blunt could be a perfect choice.

No matter which method you choose, we at Burning Daily hope you enjoy your weed and smoking experience. Check out our blog for more information about cannabis.


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