Blunts vs. Joints vs. Spliffs: Everything You Need to Know

Blunts vs. Joints vs. Spliffs - Which is Better
August 1, 2019 By Kyle Broussard

There is a huge debate in the Stoner world about which is better – blunts or joints. Some iconic Stoners like Wiz Khalifa swear strictly by rolling with joint papers, while others like Snoop Dogg prefer blunts instead. Some even prefer the taste and experience of a spliff to both of them. 

In this guide, we will break down the differences between blunts vs. joints vs. spliffs, in order to help you learn more about which one may be best for you, and which one really is the best. 

Before we get started, we just want to note that in our opinion, none of them are superior to the others. Each one has a time and a place where they can be enjoyed, the same with bongs vs. bowls. Based on your smoking, rolling, and flavor preferences, you may prefer one over the other. People also tend to choose between blunts and joints based on the setting. 

Alright, let’s get to breaking down one of the oldest arguments in Stoner culture: Joints vs. Blunts. In this guide, you will learn: 

Let’s get started. 

Blunts vs. Joints vs. Spliffs – What Are They? 

Before we get into which one makes for the better smoking experience, let’s take a second to break down what each one of these ways to smoke are – for the newbies out there. 

What is a Blunt? 

A blunt is a cigar that has been emptied or hollowed out in order to remove the loose tobacco and replace it with cannabis. Usually, blunts are rolled with regular cheap cigars you can find in gas stations and quickie marts. This tradition got its roots in New York City from the brand Phillies and grew in popularity through early hip hop. Blunts are also referred to as “L’s, Blizzy’s, or Bleezy’s”. 

What is a Joint? 

A joint is essentially a marijuana cigarette that is rolled in joint papers – thin papers typically made from hemp paper that have a sticky adhesive on one side, which allows you to hold the joint together with your saliva while rolling. Joints have much more heritage than blunts, dating back to the 1930s, when Jamaican’s began smoking them both in the US, and in Jamaica. Joints are also known as “J’s, Jay’s, Doobies, Doinks, Jazz Cigarettes, and more…” 

What is a Spliff? 

A spliff is a joint with tobacco mixed in. Some people confuse joints and spliffs, often calling joints spliffs – depending on where you are. These little guys have been getting rolled up ever since people were rolling joints, and are known for the mixture of a slight buzz combined with the high of marijuana. The term “spliff” comes originally from the phrase “split the difference” between cannabis and tobacco while rolling. 

What is the Difference Between a Blunt and a Joint?

The main differences between blunts and joints are: 

  • How you roll them – For the most part, people consider rolling a blunt to be much easier than rolling a joint, because it is far less meticulous, and the gutted cigar already has a bit of curve to it, which makes rolling a lot easier. Blunt wraps are also much thicker than joint papers, making them more forgiving for rollers (unless they are bone dry). 
  • What you roll them with – Joints and blunts are rolled with completely different papers. Blunts are rolled with gutted cigars, using the outer tobacco leaf as a wrap. Joints are rolled with rolling papers that are very thin and are usually made out of hemp.  
  • How big they are – Usually, blunts will be about 1.5x or more the size of joints. There are king size joint papers you can purchase which are about a bit larger than blunt wraps, but there are also king size blunt wraps that put them to shame. If you are talented enough at rolling, you can stuff a regular-sized joint to have about as much herb as a medium-sized blunt. 
  • How they taste – There are various flavors of joint wraps and blunt wraps that you can purchase, however, each of them still has their own underlying taste that shines through. Blunts have a cigar or cigarette aftertaste, similar to other tobacco products. You can usually taste the herbs much more than with joints. Joints are more of a skunky, almost chemical-like taste, with a lot of hints of resin. 
  • How they smell – As you can imagine, blunts and joints smell a bit differently. Blunts tend to smell like the paper they are rolled in. Traditional ones have almost a sweet, grape-like aroma, mixed in with the cannabis. There are also underlying smells of tobacco and ash. Joints tend to smell like resin, and much more dank. Let’s put it this way – if you walk into a room after smoking a blunt, a few people may notice, but most people will say it smells like a cigar. With a joint, everyone knows. 
  • The experience you get – Typically, blunts tend to get people a bit higher, and this is due mostly to the fact that they hold more weed, and that they have a small amount of tobacco in them, which gives people a bit of a head buzz that mixes well with the feeling you get from smoking.  
  • How fast they burn – Generally, joints burn much faster than blunts. I would say they tend to burn at about 1.5x the speed, or faster. There are papers that claim to burn longer, and they certainly do, but they still burn much faster than blunts, even if you do not smoke them. 

Overall, if we had to choose one as opposed to the other, we would have to take blunts. The main reason for this is that they are more convenient, less problematic in terms of rolling or smoking, they last longer, and they smell far less, so they are a bit more casual. On top of that, they are a bit less harsh and more healthy than joint papers.  

What is the Difference Between a Joint and a Spliff?

Aside from the main difference between joints and spliffs – tobacco – there are also a few other notable differences: 

  • How they taste – Overall, spliffs taste pretty bad – unless you really like the taste of tobacco. They honestly taste like a joint mixed with a cigarette – as you might have guessed. 
  • The experience you get – Much like blunts, you get a head rush combined with your high. However, with spliffs is it is a bit stronger because there is more tobacco in them. Depending on the mix of tobacco and cannabis you choose, you will get a much different experience. It can be fun to mix around. 
  • How they smell – Spliffs tend to smell a lot more like tobacco than weed. They tend to have a mostly resin-like and tobacco-like smell to them, with hints of the fun stuff ;). This makes them a bit more casual. 

Overall, if we had to choose between joints and spliffs, we would probably choose joints. This is not to say that spliffs aren’t a good time, but they are harsher than joints, so smoking them regularly would be pretty tough unless you are used to smoking cigarettes.  

Now that we have these differences out of the way, let’s compare spliffs, joints and blunts based on some other major factors, including: 

  • Rolling Process
  • Rolling Time
  • Health Concerns
  • Price Point
  • Experience 

Blunts vs. Joints vs. Spliffs - Which is Better

Blunts vs. Joints vs. Spliffs – What’s the Difference? 

There are 5 main differences between joints, blunts, and spliffs:

  • Rolling Process
  • Rolling Time
  • Health Concerns
  • Price Point
  • Experience

Let’s go into each a bit more in-depth.

1. Rolling ‘Em Up – The Process

One of the major differences between joints vs. blunts is the way you roll them. Each process is different. 

How to Roll a Joint 

  1. Get your supplies ready – To get started, you will need your cannabis, a joint paper, a grinder, a tray or flat surface, and some joint filters. You don’t need to grind your herbs or use a filter, but they make the process easier and more enjoyable. If you don’t have a rolling tray, then you can always use a notebook or a piece of paper. You may also want to use a lighter to help dry it once you are done rolling. 
  2. Fill up your paper – The next step is to take your paper, and begin filling it with your herbs. If you have made a filter, you will want to add it to one side before placing your herbs in the paper. Fill the paper with enough herbs to fit snugly, but not so much that it will be a tight fit. For traditional size rolling papers, about .8g-1g will do the trick.
  3. Slowly begin rolling it – From here, you will want to begin slowly rolling the little boat you have, forcing the herbs to the bottom, and to begin forming a cylinder. The best way to do this is to take the corners of your paper with your thumbs, line them up, and then begin rubbing them up and down, to roll the weed into shape. A bit will fall out – that’s what the tray is for. Be sure to not roll it too long, as this will cause it to be too tight, not allowing airflow into the joint, and making it impossible to smoke once rolled. 
  4. Focus on the fold – Once you have your herbs compacted into a nice little boat, it is time for the hardest part – the fold. You need to take the side of the paper without the adhesive, and slowly fold it underneath the other side. This takes a bit of precision, and is the cause for tons of ruined joints from too many attempts which causes them to be too tight. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get it down, it’s like riding a bike. 
  5. Lick it and wrap it up – Once you have finally made the fold and gotten the side of the paper without adhesive wrapped underneath the adhesive side, it is time to lick it and stick it. Simply lick the adhesive lightly (without drooling on the whole thing), and then wrap it snugly around the outside, to seal the joint. For lighting it evenly every time with no canoes, simply twist up one side of the joint and light it from that side. 
  6. Let it dry before smoking – Before you smoke your joint, you want to let it dry. Typically, we recommend letting it air dry, but you can always throw it in front of a window, AC, or fan and get the job done faster. Some people also like to use their lighter to quickly dry it, but be careful, this can easily set the whole thing up in flames in seconds. You want to let it dry because it allows the joint to burn evenly. Otherwise, one side might burn faster than the other, causing a lot of wasted herbs. 
  7. Smoke that fool – Once you have let it dry, it’s time to smoke your joint. Please do so legally and responsibly. 

How to Roll a Blunt

  1. Gut your cigar – The first step is to remove all of the tobacco from your cigar. To do this, people often cut it down the middle with a razor, keys, fingernails, or a knife. But, with some wraps, like Backwoods, you may need to unwrap the leaf in one piece because of the way it is rolled. 
  2. Remove the tobacco leaf (optional) – A lot of people like to remove the outer layer of tobacco leaf from their cigars before rolling them. Some wraps do not have this second layer. Some Stoners prefer to smoke the wrap with the extra leaf because it gives a different smoking experience. It really all depends on your personal preference. 
  3. Wet the wrap (optional) – Before adding your herbs, a lot of people like to give the wrap one good licking in order to make sure it is not brittle and that the herbs stay in place while rolling. This is recommended with dryer wraps, but is not necessary. We prefer to roll without this step because it saves time in the drying process, and leaves the wrap with its rounded shape, whereas wetting it causes it to lose most of its shape. 
  4. Fill your wrap up – Take all of your herbs, and place them evenly within your wrap. The best way to ensure even distribution is to simply use your finger to spread it all around. For the best results, we highly recommend using a grinder to get consistency with your herbs. 
  5. Roll it out & get the fold – Rolling blunts vs. joints is a bit different. Rather than grabbing the corners of the wrap, with blunts, you want to place your fingers gently on the wrap, cradling it. As long as you have even distribution, and enough herbs in there, you can simply roll the blunt to its natural shape, making the fold easy, and press it into place, making sure each part is even in width and herb distribution. 
  6. Lick it and wrap it up – Once you have your blunt in this position, simply lick the entire end of it, and seal it tight. Be careful for stems that can make holes in the side of your blunts. Also, look out for places that may not be fully sealed, as they can cause airflow problems, making your blunt difficult or impossible to smoke. Give it some time to dry. Using a lighter works much better for drying blunts, without the same risk of lighting it entirely on fire (unless you are not paying attention).
  7. Blaze it up – Now that you have rolled your first blunt, it’s time to smoke that Bad Larry down and enjoy the experience. 

How to Roll a Spliff 

Rolling a spliff is the same exact process as rolling a joint, except when you are adding your herbs, simply mix in some tobacco. You can do this by sprinkling it on top, or mixing it in within your grinder to get even distribution. This is all personal preference, but can make a difference in your smoking experience. 

One of the coolest things about smoking spliffs is that every single one is different, and there is a large spectrum of experiences you can get from them based on the amount of tobacco you choose to add. This gives you the option to mix things up a bit and try something new every time until you find your sweetspot. 

Which is the Easiest to Roll? 

To be honest, this really all depends on the type of paper you are using, the herbs you are using, your level of experience, and your smoking preferences. In our opinion, blunts are far easier to roll than joints or spliffs, but we have met people who say the exact opposite. Overall, joints seem to give more people difficulties than blunts because the paper they are rolled in is very thin, and has much less of a defined shape and form than blunt wraps. 

2. Rolling Time – How Long’s it Take?

Again, the answer to this question really depends on your experience, the quality of the wraps you are using, and the amount you are trying to fit inside of your blunt or joint. In general, the average Stoner would probably take this long to roll each item: 

Joints 

Spliffs 

Blunts

2-5 minutes 2-5 minutes 1-3 minutes 

These times may seem fast, but once you get the hang of it, the only thing that can really slow you down is your own mistakes or a bad wrap. Overall, as long as you have the right materials and enough experience, you can usually begin to get faster at rolling joints and spliffs because they are usually smaller than blunts, and you do not have to gut them to start. 

3. Which is Healthier – Spliffs, Joints, or Blunts? 

Alright, so this is where things get a bit questionable. Modern science has only been able to observe the use of marijuana in a clinical setting for a very short period of time and in a very limited number of studies. However, new studies are being done at an increasing rate due to the current shifts in thought towards the once illicit substance.

Overall, smoking anything is not healthy for you, regardless of the tobacco and nicotine it may contain. Generally speaking, in the cannabis industry, it is accepted that smoking joints is dangerous, but smoking blunts is more so. 

This is because of the extreme amount of chemicals added to the tobacco leaves that are used to roll cigars, and also due to the fact that a lot of joint papers are made from hemp now, which is significantly less dangerous than traditional joint papers. New healthier versions of blunt wraps are also coming out, ones made from hemp and healthier materials. 

Adding a filter to your joint also decreases the danger of smoking joints, but not by much. To put things in perspective, smoking bongs is considered to still be bad for you and dangerous to your health if done on a regular basis, and that removes about 99% of particulate and carcinogens from the smoke. Meanwhile, adding a filter or smoking a joint over a blunt might subtract a few or add a few measly percentage points to/from your overall carcinogen count. 

4. Price Point – Which Is More Expensive?

To be completely honest with you, if you are worried about the price of joint and blunt papers, you probably should stop smoking them, and focus your money on other things you probably need in life. With that said, smoking blunts is definitely more expensive than joints in the long run, and smoking spliffs lies right in the middle.

The reason why blunts are more expensive is that they come in much smaller amounts, and can be hard to find in wholesale situations. Even when you do, you can expect to pay about 25 cents at best for a single wrap, whereas with joints you probably average out to 1 cent or less per paper. 

When it comes to spliffs, you can use the same papers that you roll joints with, but you will need tobacco to go with it. There are a ton of choices for this. You can simply use tobacco from cigarettes, cigars, or you can choose to purchase loose-leaf tobacco on its own. 

When you take the cost of tobacco into account plus the price of the joint wrap, you will spend a bit more than on joints, but still less than you would on blunt wraps. 

Overall, if you smoke one a day, blunt wraps will cost you about $250 per year, even at wholesale prices, whereas joints will cost you about $3.50 per year at retail prices. Smoking spliffs is hard to estimate because of the different types of tobacco, and the varying amount you can use, but let’s say for the average spliff smoker, one per day will set you back about $55-$100 or so, including the cost of joint papers.

5. Experience – Which is Preferred?

In terms of the overall experience you get from blunts vs. joints vs. spliffs, you generally experience the normal feeling of being high from smoking other pieces, but a few things are different for each: 

Blunts 

Joints 

Spliffs

  • Best taste
  • Slight head buzz coupled with high
  • Good smell
  • Extreme cottonmouth
  • Possible headache
  • Possible clogged sinuses
  • Pretty bad taste, mostly like resin
  • Pretty blatant smell, not very casual 
  • Extreme cottonmouth 
  • Pretty harsh to smoke
  • Possible headache 
  • Possible clogged sinuses
  • Good taste compared to joints 
  • Casual smell, better than joints and blunts 
  • Bad cottonmouth, but not extreme
  • Possible headache 
  • Headrush
  • Possible clogged sinuses

Overall, your experience really depends on your preferences, tolerance, supply, and your own body. It is hard to tell what you will experience from smoking each type of cigarette. In general, blunts tend to be the smoothest experience, followed by spliffs, and then joints, which are by far the most aggressive high.

Answering A Few More FAQ 

At HelpingPot, we get asked a lot of questions about blunts vs. joints, and thought we would take the time to answer a few of the ones we get asked most frequently.

Are spliffs better than joints? 

It really depends on your preferences. If you like the feeling of tobacco mixed with marijuana, then spliffs are probably best for you. The same can be said if you are looking for a bit better smell and taste. However, if you like a less harsh smoking experience, and do not like to add tobacco to the equation, joints are the way to go. 

Are joints better than blunts? 

This also depends on your preferences. Joints are better than blunts in terms of cost, health concerns, and rolling time (when experienced). However, blunts are better in terms of taste, smell, and overall experience (at least in our opinion). Blunts tend to have a bit less resin in the taste, and smell a bit more casual than joints which are very blatant.

Joints vs. Blunts vs. Spliffs – Which is Best? 

To be completely honest with you, it all depends on your preferences. If you like tobacco, spliffs or blunts may be best. If you do not enjoy tobacco, joints are definitely the best option for you. 

Overall, keeping an open mind and a wide variety of ways to smoke is great for meeting new people, and consistently getting the most out of your smoking experience. Mixing things up is always good. 

At the end of the day, the answer to this question all depends on: 

  • Your budget 
  • Your taste and smell preferences 
  • How good you are at rolling 
  • Whether you like tobacco or not 
  • Your concerns with healthy smoking 

Depending on who you are, and what you like to smoke, you may prefer blunts, joints or spliffs, or maybe even like all three and prefer them at different times. 

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