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Joints, Blunts, and Spliffs – What’s the Diff?


Joints, Blunts, and Spliffs – What’s the Diff?

It’s hard not to love cannabis rolls. They’re portable, shareable, and easy to procure. You can purchase them pre-rolled or learn to roll them yourself (see YouTube).

When it comes to pre-rolls, the selection is staggering. There are bargain joints for the budget-conscious and luxury joints rolled in gold leaf. There are giant party-sized super-joints and hard packs of mini-joints. Some are plain, others contain extracts, are drizzled with cannabis oil and/or rolled in kief. Some are hand-rolled, others machine-rolled. Some have crutches, some don’t.

Crutch: A filter or tip rolled into a joint to aid in smoking. It creates a space between your fingertips and the lit end of the joint – the cherry. It helps prevent a soggy end while sharing with friends and makes passing easier.

If you want to roll your own, you can learn how from any one of hundreds of instructional videos and illustrated guides online. If manual dexterity isn’t your thing, you can purchase rolling machines to make it easier. You can even purchase an automatic rolling machine; just load and wait for your perfectly rolled joints to appear like magic.

There’s more than one way to roll a joint. Check out this guide for a variety of rolling styles.

Joints, Blunts, and Spliffs, Oh My!

Rolled cannabis comes in three basic varieties: joints, blunts, and spliffs. Here’s what they are and how they differ from each other.

Joints: refers to the traditional cannabis cigarette, hand or machine-rolled using cigarette papers.

Rolling papers: You can find rolling papers anywhere, from smoke shops to gas stations. Smoke shops will have the most variety. You can purchase papers in a variety of sizes and materials, from wood pulp to plant cellulose.

Blunts: Blunts contain ground cannabis like a joint but are almost always rolled with tobacco leaves. but You can make your own blunts by hollowing out cigars and refilling them with cannabis or buy blunt papers, which are thicker and larger than wood pulp papers. Some users enjoy the taste as well as the combined effects of the nicotine.

Spliff: a spliff contains a mixture of ground cannabis and tobacco, which can be a nasty surprise to someone expecting pure cannabis. The addition of tobacco gives the smoker more of an initial head rush as well as an energy boost from the nicotine.