Whether you are relatively new to the world of marijuana or you simply have never known the difference between a blunt, a spliff, and a joint, this article will talk you through the differences and similarities between these options.
Marijuana consumption is becoming more and more accepted by the day, as states and countries across the world ease their laws related to its utilization. Many countries have decriminalized consumption of marijuana, or legalized it for either medicinal or recreational use.
This has led to more people starting to consuming marijuana, and they are now trying to update their knowledge base when it comes to some of the confusing terminology that may be out there.
While other, alternative consumption methods to smoking, such as vaping, have become popular in recent times, smoking will – for the foreseeable future – remain the main method of consumption for the masses. There is something about smoking weed that is entrenched in the psyche when it comes to the topic of marijuana consumption. There is an art when it comes to rolling, and it is a process that is an integral part of cannabis consumption for a lot of people.
In general terms, there are three wide-ranging categories that rolls can be divided into, and these are blunts, spliffs and joints. Each of these options will be dependent on their ratio of cannabis to tobacco and the type of paper material which is used, such as wood pulp, hemp, or tobacco.
What is inside blunts, spliffs and joints?
Both blunts and joints only have cannabis in them, but it is blunts which are rolled using tobacco paper. Usually you can tell the difference because this paper has a dark brown color and is usually thicker and heavier than other papers.
Joints are rolled using paper that is translucent and lighter. Often, joints utilize a paper filter called a crutch, and this makes the roll more stable, allowing you to consume most of the joint without running the risk of burning your fingertips.
Spliffs are pretty much a combination of the two, as they are made up of a bit of cannabis and a bit of tobacco. They are rolled the same way as is seen with joints and in general they also involve use of a crutch.
People will change the type they use depending on their own level of experience. Tobacco provides more of an initial head rush, providing an energetic buzz that can be felt physically, similar to how you would feel after consuming coffee, which happens before the cannabis effects start to kick in.
You can notice this feeling mostly with spliffs, as the presence of tobacco is loose. Blunts will usually hit you the hardest as a result of the way the cannabis interacts with the tobacco paper. Of course, the strain of the cannabis is also going to change what sort of effects are noticed.
What is the difference in the paper used for spliffs, blunts and joints?
While beginner smokers may not believe it, the choice of paper you are using is going to play a huge role in your experience. It will affect the quantity of the product you are using (because of the size of the paper), the flavor (because tobacco papers are generally a lot sweeter than the likes of hemp paper), and the quality of the burn, because thicker types of paper usually have a slower burn than thin papers.
Loose paper is normally used when rolling joints, whereas spliffs can be made using both pre-rolls and loose papers. Pre-rolls do need to be deconstructed carefully if you want to ensure that the paper is kept intact.
A big consideration when it comes to any rolling is the aroma of a given paper, but particularly so when you are rolling a joint. Certain people are in the school of thought that papers which have more intense flavors negatively affect the natural cannabis aroma, while others prefer certain brands of paper because of their distinct flavours; this is especially true for fans of blunts because they like the sweet nature of tobacco paper.
There are also considerations for how easy and functional a given paper is. Usually, the optimal type of paper is one that doesn’t tear, will seamlessly seal, can be easily rolled with your fingers, and will consistently burn. A failed roll is categorized as one that just burns on one side lengthwise.
What do the popularity rankings look like when it comes to spliffs, blunts and joints?
The popularity for these different types of marijuana smoking depends on the specific region and what the culture is like there. Spliffs are most common throughout Europe, as many people think that joints are too wasteful.
But with access to cannabis beaming more widespread, this might change in the coming years. People in the US usually prefer rolling joints as opposed to spliffs which could be attributed to the negative health consequences smoking tobacco has, as we know thanks to the media surrounding cigarettes.
There are also differences when it comes to the type of terminology used across the world Europeans generally reverse the names. A joint refers to a tobacco and cannabis roll, while a spliff contains only cannabis. This probably makes more sense, because the word joint refers to a combination of these two products.
As time goes on, there are more and more types of rolls that are being created and they may yet become more popular than the current champions that are spliffs, joints and blunts.
Generally, if you are new to the process of rolling and smoking cannabis, you should try to experiment with each of these options before you settle on one distinct type. Some people will cycle between them, depending on the specific environment they are in or the occasion at hand.