What's The Difference Between a Joint, Blunt and a Spliff?

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There are thousands of weed-related words and slang terms in today growing market. They range from reggie and schwag to ditch weed and sticky icky, there’s literally a slang term for every situation. Most of these terms can be used interchangeably within a sentence, but some common words have very specific meanings and should be used only when the correct conditions are met.

Blunt, joint, and spliff along with a few others, might be the most common words in the weed thesaurus. They all involve combusting weed and inhaling the by-product. These are all considered old-school methods of consuming marijuana each one having a different popularity in all parts of the world.

To help you choose and understand the differences between smoking a blunt, a joint, or a spliff, we’re going to break down the composition of each one and focus on:

  • Joint vs Blunt vs Spliff Benefits
  • Spliff vs Blunt vs Joint Exterior Composition
  • Joint vs Spliff vs Blunt Interior Composition
  • Blunt vs Joint vs Spliff Color
  • Joint vs Blunt vs Spliff Size
  • Blunt vs Spliff vs Joint Flavor Profile

This will give you some points of reference for comparison and help you see what makes each one unique.

What Is a Blunt?

Blunts contains only contain weed. Because of the size of the leaf they are rolled in, they can hold more weed than a joint or spliff. They will also last longer and provide a harder hit.

Blunt Interior:

Same as a joint, the inside of a blunt is all weed. A joint and or a blunt that has anything mixed in with the weed is no longer considered a blunt or a joint and should be called under a different name. The purity of the weed inside is what separates a blunt and joint from a spliff.

Blunt Exterior:

This is your biggest difference between a blunt, joint and spliff. Filling a piece of Cigar wrap or hemp-leaf with your choice of weed makes a blunt. Cigar wraps are mostly comprised of compressed tobacco leaf and wrapped around the exterior of a blunt to hold the weed together.

Blunts can be made either by hand or using an auto roll devices. Weed connoisseurs prefer to roll the blunt by hand, with some considering it weed art!

Blunt Color:

Blunts are mostly brown depending on the brand of cigar that you are using. Dull brown dirt or mud color. The brown color can actually be a positive creating a sharp contrast with the weed being wrapped.

When comparing a blunt vs joint color will set the three apart the most. With joints mostly being white and blunts the color of brown.

Blunt Size:

Same as spliffs and joints, blunts can range in size. A blunt uses a cigar or a hemp leaf to cover the weed, this leaf is usually almost twice the size and thickness of a paper used in a joint or a spliff.

The width of the leaf used in blunt plays another major role increasing the thickness of the blunt is much easier then with a joint or a spliff. Some like a blunt packed fully so that they resemble a Cuban cigar.

Regardless of the width, it’s what’s covers the weed — rolling paper vs cigar wrap — that makes a blunt a blunt.

Blunt Flavor:

The type of cigar or hemp leaf being used will affect the flavor profile of a blunt. The combination of combusting weed mixed in with the branded flavor of the cigar, will equal the unbeatable flavor of a blunt.

Where Are Blunts Common?

Blunts are mostly common in the United States for a couple reasons. Just like joints, it looks like blunts are found in locations where weed is easily accessible. The price is also lower in these areas. It is more affordable with a higher. Blunt will be more available in weed legal states.

Blunt brands like dutchie and white owl can be found in most gas stations and CVS’s nation wide.

Blunts seem less common in places like Europe, which is because of the high cost of weed. European legality of weed plays a role, being that most countries in Europe have not yet legalized consumption of weed.

What Are The Benefits Of A Blunt?

Burn time is the biggest benefit gained by smoking a blunt. The thickness and composition of the outside leaf allows it to burn slower than a joint or a spliff. This is the bonus for most. Those who do not smoke cigarettes on a regular basis can also get a bit of a buzz from the wrap, which gives it another minor advantage over the three.

Another benefit of a blunt is they are usually thicker than joints and spliffs and many feel that they get higher from a blunt because of the extra weed packed inside.

Pros and Cons of Blunts:

There are always pros and cons when comparing blunts with joints and spliffs:


If you want to get super stoned, you might want to try a blunt! Most experienced consumers will tell you single blunt hit will usually suffice. Addition of the tobacco leaf wrap will also benefit the high.

Blunt wrappers are far thicker than the rolling papers used for joints. As a result, a blunt will burn for a lot longer.

With a blunt, sharing became much easier.


The biggest con associated with a blunt is the ability to roll it. This requires skills, practice and time, which most people don’t have.

Another negative associated with blunts is the amount of weed needed to roll. Most people live on a budget and can’t really afford to waist this much weed.

How To Roll A Blunt?

  1. Break up the weed
  2. Damp the cigar with spit
  3. Peal of the leaf covering the cigar
  4. Cut a cigar leaf in half
  5. Clean out the inside of the cigar
  6. Replace the inside with grounded weed
  7. Roll, Dry and Enjoy

What Is a Joint?

A joint is rolled with rolling papers and contains only weed. Most of the time you can fit about a gram of weed inside a joint.


Joint Interior:

The inside of a joint is filled with weed. It can be an indica or sativa, however always weed. This is similar to a blunt however differs from a spliff. Will learn later on in the article that a spliff is actually a joint mixed with tobacco.

Now, let’s get back to the discussion at hand: difference between a blunt, joint and spliff.

Joint Exterior:

This is where you will see the biggest difference between a blunt, joint, and spliff. A joint is rolled with some form of paper. These papers are made out of different materials including the classic, hemp and rice paper. In comparison to a blunt, these papers are smaller in length and with thus creating something smaller then a blunt.

There are many different brands selling papers for weed joints with some coming in different sizes, colors and flavors. You might have seen brands like Zig-Zag, Bambu and Raw at any gas station or a convenience store.

Joint Color:

If we had written this article 20 years ago then joint color would be a major difference when talking about blunts vs joints vs spliffs. Today, rolling papers come in all sorts of psychedelic colors, so your joint can be pink, brown, polka-dotted, or even see through.

Joint Size:

3 inches long is the average size for weed joints. When they look like a twin of a cigarette. The size and thickness are dependent on the brand and size of paper which makes a joint very similar in size to a spliff however usually about half the size of a blunt.

Joint Flavor:

The flavor is another factor we can use to show our difference. A joint will have a flavor profile from the strain mixed in with paper which is mostly comes non flavored. This is however different from a spliff or blunt. A spliff will have a flavor profile of the strain mixed with tobacco while a blunt will taste in combination of strain and cigar leaf used to wrap.

That said, while most papers are indeed flavorless, some flavored varieties can be found thus throwing this whole argument in the drain.

Where Are Joints Common?

Joint and blunts have this in common being available in places where weed is cheap and easily available. Joints and blunts unlike spliffs use pure strains with no mix of tobacco thus wasting more weed then an average spliff. As you will see below, spliffs are mostly common in European countries where weed is more expensive and readily available.

What Are The Benefits Of A Joint?

There are many benefits to a joint over blunts and spliffs. Most notably, the size of a joint makes it easy to carry or smoke around others. They are also easier to store or hide depending on your surrounding’s.

Another benefit to joints is the ease of rolling and getting high. The papers used to roll joints is designed to be relatively easy to handle. Most of us don’t want to spend hours rolling; we just want to get high. Unlike a blunt, which can take time to find and roll.

Purity of the substance is your other advantage over blunts or spliffs. A joint is really the closest form to purity that there is.

Pros and Cons of Joints:

There are always pros and cons when comparing joints with spliff and blunts:


  • Quick
  • Pure
  • Easy
  • Convenient


  • Burn faster
  • Less Potent
  • Harder to light

How To Roll a Joint?

  1. Always break up your weed first.
  2. Include a filter at the end
  3. Roll it tight with room for air
  4. Use as little paper as possible
  5. Twist the far end tightly closed 

What Is A Spliff?

A spliff is similar to a joint, but it has tobacco and weed mixed together with paper. It usually contains more tobacco then a blunt as a result of only using the leaf vs an actual cig.

Spliff Interior:

Same as blunts and joints, spliffs are comprised mainly of weed. However unlike joints and blunts, a spliff will have tobacco mixed in with the weed.

Most of spliffs are made with atleast 50% weed vs tobacco content. This is really what separates a spliff from an average cig.

Spliff Exterior:

While the inside of a spliff is completely different from a joint or a blunt, the exterior of a spliff is exactly like a joint. Most of us would never be able to tell them apart. That’s because a spliff is rolled in paper, similar to a joint. In fact, joints and spliffs may look exactly alike from the outside, so be sure to ask before you smoke.

Spliff Color:

We can say the same about the color, joints and spliffs are made with same material in terms of paper and will therefore share a color. Majority of spliffs you see will be white or tan. Most brands that sell rolling papers for spliffs and joints will have a white and tan profiles as there base.

Spliff Size:

The size of your spliff depends on the size of the rolling paper you choose. Most spliffs will be about three inches long and with similar thickness thickness to a joint. The length will mostly depend on the size of the paper used.

Spliff Flavor:

The flavor profile of a spliff will be completely different than of a joint but very similar to a blunt. Lets not forget, a joint is pure weed, so the strain will set the flavors and aromas. A spliff is a combo of weed and tobacco, and therefore will be dominated by the cig a like taste.

You’ll also notice that spliffs and blunts flavor and fragrance are lot alike because they both come with weed and some form of tobacco. Just to make sure we need to remember that tobacco will be on the inside in a spliff and on the outside in a blunt.

Where are spliffs common?

Spliffs are more common in places where weed is expensive and readily available. Because a spliff unlike joint or blunt is made half way with weed, mixing in a pinch or two of tobacco is an ideal solution to conserve not only money but that precious weed. Tobacco can provide an extra boost of energy due to its nicotine content.

What Are The Benefits Of A Spliff?

Due to the presence of tobacco, a spliffs burn slower and and more even than a joint. A blunt will burn better then both a spliff and a joint.

Another benefit is the ability to smoke less and get an extra high from the nicotine leaf inside. Tobacco stimulates your adrenal gland (releasing adrenaline) during combustion causing your pancreas to decrease production of insulin resulting with a raise in sugars.

Pros and Cons of Spliffs:

There are always pros and cons when comparing spliff with blunts and joints:


  • Cheaper price
  • Better burn
  • Tobacco high


  • Less THC
  • Risk of Health
  • Risk of Addiction

How to Roll a Spliff?

Rolling a spliff is the same process as rolling a joint, with one huge difference. Instead of filling the paper with weed, you will use a combo of tobacco and weed. The ratio is really up to you and mostly depends on how high you would like to get.

What’s Better a Joint, Spliff, or a Blunt?

All three options have their pros and cons as you have read above, Now its time for you to try and decide. To find out exactly what you like whether its blunt or joint or spliff, we recommended buying only high-quality versions of each. This should give you the chance to find out which you prefer without letting the bias of bad weed affect your decision..

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