Blunt vs joint vs spliff

Published Jan 29, 2019 02:36 p.m. ET

Easy Step by Step Guide to These Three Rolling Techniques And the Pros and Cons

Most people know what a joint is. Joints are the most widely used method of smoking marijuana, thanks to movies like Cheech and Chong. Even those who don’t partake have a good idea of what a joint is. The terms spliff and blunt, however, are often used interchangeably to describe a larger joint. Watering down many people's perceptions and understanding of what they are. To many, rolling is considered an art, but any of these are easily made by beginners with a few simple tips and instructions. After reading this article you’ll be able to tell the difference between a blunt and a joint, as well as a spliff.

What is a joint?
A joint consists of a paper, generally white, filled with dried marijuana flowers.

The effects
The effects of a joint are caused by the active ingredient THC in the dried bud.


  • Generally, joints are considered the easiest to smoke and are the purest way to ingest cannabis outside of using a bong or other paraphernalia.
  • Rolling papers are cheap and easily accessible at just about any variety store for only $1-$2.
  • Joints are the most discreet option with their ability to imitate cigarettes.
  • Joints are most widely accepted. There are many people who would love to share in a joint, who may not be interested in anything that looks different than they are comfortable with.
  • For skilled users,joint papers offer the flexibility to create new and exciting joints. They are malleable making them perfect when you want to experiment with something like the infamous cross joint.
  • The materials required are the easiest to access on a budget, this keeps joints as the most widely used method of rolling.


  • Joint papers come fairly limited in size
  • Papers have all kinds of tastes which can ruin the flavor of the weed it contains.
  • Joints can be difficult for beginners to learn

What is a spliff?

A spliff is made by rolling tobacco and dried marijuana that has been mixed into a paper.

The effects  

The effects of the mixture are thought to magnify the high. Tobacco adds an instant head rush to the experience and is often compared to caffeine because of its ability to provide a more uplifting energetic high.


  • Larger paper gives the ability to roll more marijuana than a joint in one shot.
  • Tobacco paper provides strength to the roll and tends to keep a clean straight appearance when being passed around.
  • Stretches weed further when rolling joint sized spliffs but also offers the option of larger rolls.
  • The tobacco mixed with marijuana offers a naturally magnified high.


  • The firmer paper will easily break when bent.
  • For many, the taste of tobacco is overpowering so it may not be the most popular.
  • More challenging to roll even for experienced users.
  • Must have access to tobacco.
  • Tobacco itself contains harsher chemicals than marijuana, which can cause more negative health effects for the user.
  • Harsher toke, they will likely make any non-cigarette smoker cough.

What is a blunt?  

 What does a blunt look like? A blunt is rolled with tobacco paper and is filledwith only marijuana. The paper is usually quite dark and brown. Some people will empty the contents of a cigar and replace it with dried bud, but you can also purchase tobacco papers.

The Effects

The effects of smoking a blunt are known to be like those of a spliff, only multiplied. Since tobacco paper tends to be larger, blunts usually contain the most marijuana of all the rolling techniques.


  • Blunts are most often rolled for showduring social gatherings.
  • A blunt can hold more marijuana than any other technique in one roll.
  • Long lasting, since a blunt has on average two or more times the marijuana in it when properly packed a blunt will last the longest.
  • Tobacco paper adds the benefit of the amplified effects without as many chemicals as adding tobacco.


  • Not very discreet.
  • Easily broken due to the thickness of tobacco paper
  • tobacco paper is more difficult to manipulate, making rolling more of a challenge for beginners and experts alike.
  • More expensive, this paper can range in price from 2-5 times the cost of regular rolling papers.
  • Tobacco paper is more expensive than traditional white paper.
  • Tobacco papers are usually only sold by cigarette or cigar specialty stores.
  • Adverse health effects from the tobacco paper make this a less healthy option.
  • Due to the average blunts size, they do require more marijuana to make.

Which technique is the best?

When choosing a technique to use, you should always consider your personal preferences. Some people love the smooth taste of tobacco papers, while other detest everything including the way they smell. If your daily pot budget is a struggle than it’s likely best you stick with joints for everyday use, but that doesn't mean you can’t break out a nice spliff for special occasions. The verdict is still out on which one is “best” of the three, but I would certainly recommend trying all of them. Each one offers an entirely different feel and experience for the user, and once you master all of them, you can officially consider yourself a master roller.



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