Joints vs Blunts vs Spliffs: A Head To Head Comparison


When it comes to cannabis consumption, pre-rolls offer an easy and convenient way to enjoy your product.

But, with all the different types available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you – from joints to blunts, and spliffs to thai sticks, the options seem endless.

So, in this blog post, we’ll break down the differences between joints, blunts, and spliffs and explain the pros and cons of each. We’ll also discuss the various tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your cannabis pre-rolls.

By the end, you should have a better understanding of the different types of pre-rolls available and how to choose the perfect one to match your hemp flower smoking needs.

So, let’s get started and dive into the world of pre-rolls!

What is a joint?

A joint is the most basic type of cannabis pre-roll. It consists of pure cannabis or hemp flower rolled in papers such as hemp, rice, or wheat.

While there are a variety of papers that are treated with artificial flavors or other gimmicks (like these invisible rolling papers), your average rolling papers are usually processed in a minimalistic nature that allows you to enjoy the full flavor of your flower.

Joints are typically rolled to about a 1 1/4 inch in diameter and are a great way to enjoy cannabis without any additional additives. They’re usually around 0.5g to 1.0g, but can be up to 2.0g, depending on the size of the paper and the amount of cannabis used.

What is a blunt?

In comparison to a joint, a blunt is a cannabis pre-roll made from a cigar wrap, usually tobacco based, instead of rice/hemp/wheat paper.

Unlike a joint, a blunt is usually much larger in size, allowing it to contain more cannabis flower than a joint. You ever seen how much bud someone can pack into a pure tobacco leaf wrap? We’re talking 3.5g+ easily!

To make a blunt, the center of an emptied cigar wrap is filled with cannabis or hemp flower, and then sealed in a similar fashion to joints.

The appeal of enjoying a blunt boils down to the fact you can get a slow-burning, flavorful smoke that can last much longer than a joint, which makes it great for social settings.

On top of that, your average blunt will also offer a much more intense cannabis experience due to the higher concentration of cannabis flower.


A rolling paper with cannabis and tobacco


What is a spliff?

While blunts and joints are used to enjoy cannabis or hemp flower in particular, a spliff is a combination of cannabis and tobacco, usually in a rolled form. It is popular among cannabis smokers who want a more traditional smoking experience, or for those who are not ready to switch to smoking cannabis exclusively.

Spliffs are similar to blunts, primarily in the fact that they incorporate tobacco into the mix, but they typically contain less cannabis than a blunt. The tobacco in the spliff is usually the same amount as the cannabis (think of a 50/50 mix) making it a much milder smoke. The tobacco typically helps to reduce the harshness of the cannabis smoke, and can also add a unique flavor.

Differences between joints, blunts, and spliffs

While each of these pre-roll categories involve rolling cannabis flower into a cylindrical shape, they differ in a few key ways.

Joints are usually made with just cannabis flower, whereas blunts are typically made with both cannabis flower and tobacco – the cannabis inside and the tobacco as the cigar or blunt wrap. Spliffs are a hybrid of the two, containing both cannabis flower and tobacco wrapped in cigarette paper.

Joints are usually the smallest and thinnest of the three types of pre-rolls, while blunts are typically the thickest because of their tobacco content. Spliffs are usually smaller than blunts but larger than joints.

Each type of pre-roll also has their own unique effects.

Joints tend to produce a more mellow, uplifting high, while blunts tend to produce a heavier, more sedative effect due to the nicotine.

Spliffs, on the other hand, produce a combination of both effects, depending on the ratio of cannabis to tobacco used.

Pre-Roll Crutches

Rolling methods are an important part of cannabis pre-rolls.

However, rolling is an art form – so we won’t dive too much into specifics… as each roller has their own personal tricks they use to craft the perfect pre-roll.

While there are many different ways to roll your hemp flower, a key thing to consider is whether or not you’ll be using a crutch.


A person using a filter in their joint as they roll it


What is a joint crutch?

A crutch is a small filter, usually made of paper or cardboard, that is added to the end of a pre-rolled cannabis cigarette or joint. As the name may imply, its purpose is to act not only as a mouthpiece, but also to provide structural support to the joint to prevent it from falling apart while being smoked.

Rolling with vs without a crutch

When rolling without a crutch, you simply roll the paper around the cannabis, tuck and twist the ends, and light up.

When rolling with a crutch, you first make a crutch by rolling a thin, thin paper into a tight cylinder and inserting it into the joint, blunt, or spliff.

This provides the structure and support needed to keep the shape of the pre-roll and makes smoking it much easier. Depending on the type of pre-roll you’re making and the experience you’re looking for, you may prefer one method over the other.

Are pre-rolls better?

It’s no surprise that pre-rolls are becoming increasingly popular among cannabis consumers for its convenience and accessibility.

Joints, blunts, and spliffs are easy to purchase, store, and use.

Whether it’s because of their portability, the availability of a wide range of strains, or the fact that they come in a variety of sizes and packaging, there are plenty of benefits to pre-rolled cannabis.

In fact, here’s a few to consider:

  • Convenience: Pre-rolled cannabis is extremely convenient, as you can avoid all the steps of rolling your own joint, blunt, or spliff and light up easily on the go.
  • Portability: Pre-rolls are small and easy to transport, making them an ideal option for on-the-go use.
  • Variety: There are a wide range of pre-rolled cannabis products available, from different strains to different sizes, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to your cannabis experience. In fact, there are even potent pre-rolls that are infused with oil, kief, and other concentrates that make for an ultra-intense smoking experience.
  • Cost Efficiency: Pre-rolled cannabis products are often cheaper than rolling your own.
  • Quality: It can be difficult to accurately roll a joint, blunt, or spliff yourself, but pre-rolled products are usually rolled with care by professionals who… well… roll up all day!


How to store pre-rolls properly

Alright, assuming you’ve decided to get yourself a pre-roll.

Once you’ve got your pre-rolls, it’s important to keep them in a cool, dark, and dry place. This will help preserve the quality of the product and ensure that it is fresh when you’re ready to enjoy it.

You can also store pre-rolls in an airtight container or a sealed, plastic bag to help keep them fresh until you’re ready to use them.

Additionally, if you need to transport your pre-rolls, you can do so in a smell-proof container to ensure that they remain fresh and protected from the elements.

Final Thoughts: Pre-Rolls Are Awesome

Each pre-roll offers their own advantages and flavors, so it’s up to you to decide which one is the best for you. No matter your preference, each pre-roll is an easy and convenient way to enjoy cannabis.

Whether you choose to smoke a joint, blunt, or spliff, you can rest assured knowing that you have the knowledge to make an informed choice. Whatever your preference, it’s important to remember that all of these cannabis pre-rolls provide an enjoyable way to consume cannabis. So, don’t be afraid to experiment and find the type of pre-roll that best suits your needs.

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