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

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It’s hard not to love cannabis pre-rolls. They’re portable, sharable, and easy to procure. You can purchase them pre-made or learn to roll joints yourself.

When it comes to pre-rolls, the selection is staggering. There are bargain jays for the budget-conscious and luxury joints rolled in gold leaf. There are giant party-sized super-joints and hard packs of minis. Some are plain, others contain extracts, are drizzled in cannabis oil and/or rolled in kief, some are hand-rolled, others machine-rolled. They may have crutches, others 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.

It’s Easy to Learn how to Roll Joints with online tutorials

If you want to roll your own, you can learn how from hundreds of instructional videos and illustrated guides online. But we’re slightly partial to this How to Roll the Perfect Joint Every Time video guide. 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 with ground cannabis and wait for your perfectly rolled cones to appear like magic. Or purchase a bag of pre-rolled, empty cones and use a gadget this like to grind your herb and fill them up!

Fun fact, 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: The term “joint” 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. You can purchase papers in a variety of sizes and materials, from wood pulp to plant cellulose. You can even purchase flavored wraps. Our favorite for cool-looking, even rolling joints is Trip Clear Rolling Papers.

Blunts: Blunts contain ground cannabis like a joint but are almost always rolled with tobacco leaves. You can make your own blunts by hollowing out cigars and refilling them with cannabis. 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.


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