Spliffs, joints and blunts are all similar ways of consuming cannabis, but they’re made using different methods and materials.
A spliff is rolled using a mixture of tobacco and cannabis. It is popular in Europe and other parts of the world. However joints are rolled using only cannabis and are one of the most common ways of consuming marijuana.
Below you’ll learn more about the differences, where the name spliff originated, the benefits and drawbacks.
What is a spliff?
As mentioned above, spliffs are rolled cigarettes that contains a mixture of tobacco and cannabis. However it can also sometimes refer to a cigarette that is made with other types of herbs or substances. The term is most commonly associated with the cannabis culture, particularly in the Caribbean and Europe. The mixture of tobacco versus weed can range anywhere from 50/50, 80/20 or whatever ratio the user prefers.
Why is it called a spliff?
The origin of the word “spliff” is most closely associated with Jamaica and the Rastafarian culture that developed there in the early 20th century. It’s thought to be a combination of the words “split” (referring to the split between tobacco and cannabis in the mixture) and “whiff” (referring to the smell of the smoke). However, it’s possible that similar terms for a mixture of cannabis and tobacco may have existed independently in other cultures or regions.
The word “spliff” is known to have been in use in other parts of the Caribbean by the 1950’s and it’s likely that the term spread to other countries from there. But it’s unclear if the word was independently coined in other places or if it was borrowed from Jamaican usage. It is also commonly used in parts of Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, and it may have been influenced by the Dutch word “spliffen,” which means to puff on a cigarette.
What are the benefits of smoking spliffs?
Smoking spliffs can have a variety of effects on a person. Some people may find that smoking helps them to relax and reduce stress, while others may find that it enhances their creativity or helps them to have a more enjoyable social experience.
One potential benefit of smoking a spliff is that the tobacco can act as a filter, which can help to reduce the harshness of the smoke and make it easier to inhale. This can make smoking a spliff more comfortable for some people.
Another potential benefit of smoking a spliff is that it can help to reduce the amount of cannabis needed to achieve the desired effects. This can be useful for those who are trying to conserve their cannabis supply or who want to limit their intake.
Additionally, some people might prefer the taste of a spliff over smoking cannabis on its own.
What are the disadvantages to spliffs?
Smoking spliffs can have negative effects on a person’s health. The negative effects are similar to the negative effects of smoking cigarettes, as well as smoking marijuana. These can include:
- Increased risk of lung and respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, emphysema, and lung cancer.
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke due to the nicotine in the tobacco.
- Increased risk of mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis.
- Increased risk of developing a chronic cough and phlegm production.
- Increased risk of respiratory infections.
Do spliffs get you higher than joints?
Spliffs can have a different effect on a person’s level of intoxication than smoking marijuana alone. Some people may find that smoking spliffs increases the level of euphoria or “high” that they experience, while others may find that it reduces the intensity of the marijuana’s effects. The effects of smoking spliffs can also be influenced by factors such as the ratio of marijuana to tobacco used in the spliff, the method of preparation, and the individual’s tolerance to the substances.
The key difference is the type of rolling paper or wrapper used, spliff is a mix of tobacco and cannabis, whereas joints are a rolling paper with cannabis only and blunt is a cigar emptied and refilled with cannabis.