What is the Difference Between Joints Blunts & Spliffs?
It’s fascinating just how diverse the cannabis community is. Medicating is something many generations partake in, and the age gap is mind blowing. In fact, as of 2022, more people are smoking cannabis than cigarettes. According to NPR, “Sixteen percent of Americans say they smoke marijuana, with 48% saying they have tried it at some point in their lives. In 1969, only 4% of Americans said they smoked marijuana.”
As generations pass, more and more young people are becoming familiar with the practice of medicating, even if members of older generations are already familiar with spliffs. It’s important to know the difference between joints blunts & spliffs, as each offers vastly different effects and creates completely different highs. Don’t know cannabis slang? We’re here to catch you up to speed.
What is A Joint?
A joint is a cannabis cigarette typically made by rolling weed in small paper. There are lots of paper variants including rice paper, hemp and even rose petals. They also come in an array of colors and sizes, depending on your preference.
At times, the tip of a cannabis cigarette has a filter, often called a “crutch”, to stop small pieces of the plant from entering the smoker’s lungs. Joints are great for quick and discreet smoke sessions. There are plenty of papers that also come with crutches if that is your preferred method.
What is A Blunt?
A blunt is a little trickier than a Joint. In fact, the only thing it has in common with a joint is that the contents are just cannabis. Blunts are made by emptying the contents of a tobacco cigarillo (which is tobacco wrapped in a tobacco leaf) and replacing it with cannabis and re-wrapping it in the tobacco leaf. The tobacco paper can also be flavored and the quality varies between brands, which can contribute to the difficulty of rolling them.
Nowadays they do make blunt papers that are specifically for medicating and do not have any tobacco inside of them. Since the paper is thicker, blunts offer a much slower burn and taste a little sweeter than a joint. Many people smoke blunts before bed or during leisure time because of the sedating effects it has.
What is A Spliff?
A spliff is somewhat a combination of a blunt and a joint. The major difference between joints and spliffs is this: spliffs have tobacco included, whereas joints do not. Spliffs are made by wrapping cannabis and tobacco in your paper of choice like a joint.
Spliffs are known to cause a more energetic high due to the added nicotine. However, including tobacco in your smoke sesh is personal preference, but we don’t recommend it if you are actually trying to medicate since it causes health risks.
Which is the Safest Way to Smoke?
While smoking cannabis can cause throat irritation and minor coughing, there is nothing outwardly harmful about smoking cannabis. Just like with everything else, it’s best to smoke in moderation and not overdo it. That being said, tobacco can cause serious health risks including heart disease, cancer, and more. So if you’re looking for the healthier route, best to leave the tobacco out.
Which is the Most Potent Way to Smoke?
That depends on a few things. While blunts and spliffs offer a boost of nicotine, the amount of cannabis and the potency of that cannabis in your rolling paper really determines how strong it’s going to be. Plus, not everyone is looking for the energetic high that comes with including tobacco.
What Do You Need to Roll?
Nothing! All it takes is some cannabis, some papers, and a little bit of skill (and maybe a little luck). Practice makes perfect, and there’s nothing more therapeutic than rolling- or at least, we think so. There are rolling trays and cigarette rollers available that can really simplify the process, and there’s no shame in getting a little help. But, neither is a necessity.
No matter which method you prefer to smoke, each comes with their own pros and cons. Tobacco infused smoking provides a unique high, but comes with its own health risks that should be considered if you plan on smoking that way often. Everything you need to get rollin’ is available at any of our Mango Cannabis stores! Not into smoking? We have a huge selection of edibles, lotions, and patches, so you always have options!