spliff vs blunt

Blunt vs joint vs spliff

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 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 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.

Most people know what a joint is. Joints are the most widely used method of smoking marijuana, thanks to movies like Cheech and Chong.

What’s the difference between joints, blunts, and spliffs?

The popularity of vaporization has left little time for conversation on the art of rolling. However, this minimalist, easily accessible, tried-and-true consumption method still reigns supreme globally. The creative potential and skill required to craft a functional roll is celebrated among many cannabis enthusiasts.

Defining joints, blunts, and spliffs

If you’re new to cannabis, there are three broad categories that rolls fall under: joints, blunts, and spliffs. Each can be defined by their content (cannabis-tobacco ratio) as well as the rolling material, tobacco, hemp, etc.

What is a joint?

Joints are arguably the most iconic way to consume cannabis. Small and portable, you can take them anywhere and spark up where you please.

They consist of cannabis rolled up inside a thin rolling paper that is usually white, but novelty papers come in all colors and flavors. Papers can be big, small, made out of hemp, rice, paper, etc. There are all kinds of variants.

Joints often have a crutch, or filter, which adds stability to the roll and allows you to smoke your joint to the end without burning your fingertips.

What is a blunt?

A blunt is a roll with cannabis inside a cigar or blunt wrap. These wraps are made out of tobacco, which adds a buzz and energy to your cannabis high.

Typically, they’re bigger than joints and last a lot longer.

What is a spliff?

A spliff is like a joint, but it has tobacco and cannabis mixed together in a rolling paper. They usually have more tobacco than a blunt, so will have even more of the energetic, buzzy effects of tobacco. Spliffs usually have crutches too.

Spliff smokers can alter the ratio of cannabis and tobacco to their preference—lots of cannabis with a little tobacco, lots of tobacco with a little cannabis, or somewhere in between.

The paper differences between joints, blunts, and spliffs

Paper choice is important to your smoking experience; it’ll impact the amount of weed you need (the size of the paper), the flavor (tobacco papers are notably sweeter than hemp paper), and burn (thicker papers tend to burn slower than thinner papers).

Papers and blunt wraps can be flavored, but they aren’t for everyone. Some consumers think flavored papers meddle with the complex tastes and aromas of cannabis, while others are loyal to specific brands because of their distinct flavor additives (this is more common among blunt aficionados).

Consumers also choose papers based on rolling ease and functionality. The best papers don’t tear, seal seamlessly, handle well between your fingers, and burn uniformly. Nothing is a surer sign of a failed roll than a joint that runs, i.e., burns lengthwise along one side.

Global preferences for joints, blunts, or spliffs

The popularity of joints, blunts, and spliffs varies regionally, reflecting cannabis culture in different areas across the globe. Spliffs are predominant in Europe, where joints are commonly seen as wasteful. However, this has the potential to change as cannabis prevalence and accessibility rises.

Smokers in the US are more inclined to roll joints than spliffs, possibly in part due to adverse health effects of tobacco.

Global differences in terminology are also interesting to note. In Europe, for example, names are reversed: A joint refers to a roll with cannabis and tobacco, whereas a spliff refers to rolled cannabis exclusively. This is because a “joint” is a combination of two items instead of just one.

Finally, it’s important to note that joints, blunts, and spliffs are only the beginning. The landscape is expansive and the room for artistic creation is vast. This can mean multiple connected rolls (like a cross joint), or a simple, pristine cone that showcases your dexterity and precision. What do your rolls look like?

This post was originally published on January 7, 2015. It was most recently updated on April 17, 2020.

Cannabis-filled rolls fall under three broad categories: joints, blunts, and spliffs. Learn the differences between each type, from filling to paper to global popularity.