One of the most beautiful things about cannabis is that it can be combined with other herbs, terpenes and even tobacco to enhance one’s experience. Spliffs are a way of doing just that. What is the difference between a joint and a spliff? While the rolling process of a spliff is not much different from that of a joint, spliffs usually have some tobacco mixed in with the pot before rolling, while joints just contain cannabis. Interestingly, spliffs in places like Europe or Asia are what people in North America call joints (only weed).
But why smoke spliffs? There are a few good reasons. For some, the kick one gets from nicotine is enticing enough to go with spliffs for some with the extra energy and stimulation making their high just a little better. There’s also when someone goes dankrupt and needs to ration their loose leaf where this could also come in handy. Tobacco can also help improve the smoke-ability of a spliff, depending on the quality of your weed and help tone down the pungent odour of cannabis.
How do you roll a spliff easily?Rolling a spliff is not much different from a joint in how it’s rolled. In terms of materials, you will need some rolling paper, paper for a crutch, cannabis, a grinder and some tobacco. Most people mix the pot and tobacco together, although you could also keep most of it at the top or bottom of the spliff if you so prefer.
Step 1: Choose and grind your cannabis
For you to be able to smoke a spliff, you’ll need to choose and grind your cannabis first. Most dispensaries have a decent selection of nugs that range between high THC for energized and intense highs and those with higher CBD for mellow and relaxing highs. Once you’ve chosen your cannabis, put it in a grinder and crush it for a few seconds. Don’t crush it for too long as the loose leaf will become too fine and kief-like, which can impact airflow. Make sure you remove any stems and seeds that might be there as well.
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Step 2: Choose and mix your tobacco
Tobacco is once again a personal preference with regards to strength, flavour, smoke etc and you can customize and choose your tobacco of preference. Once you’ve got a hold of it, mix the cannabis with the tobacco. Most tobacco comes in long flakes and strands, so make sure you break it up and mix it for a smoother smoking experience.
Step 3: Make a crutch for your spliff
A crutch is similar to a cigarette filter, placed at the end of the joint to help with handling, the shape of the spliff and with airflow. If you’re purchasing rolling paper from a shop, you should be able to get a small booklet that acts as crutch paper. Paper used in a crutch should be thicker than the rolling paper.
To make a crutch, make several folds into an “M” or “W” shape. Once that’s done, roll the crutch into a cylinder and your crutch is ready!
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Step 4: Choose your rolling paper and put the dry herb mix in it
Rolling paper is available in a variety of sizes (mini or 1/4th, and king), quantities, and materials. Popular materials include hemp paper and rice paper.
Once everything is ready, place the crutch at one end of the rolling paper. If you’re unsure about how loose or tight the joint might be, place the crutch in a way that it sticks out a little, so you can pack the crutch into the spliff if loose. Start putting some of the dry herb mix of cannabis and tobacco into the rolling paper. Ensure that the sticky end of the rolling paper is facing up.
Take the other end of the paper and fold it towards itself to ensure the dry herb gets into a cylindrical shape. Add or remove some dry herb if necessary.
Step 5: Roll the spliff
Once you’ve got the amount of dry herb right, start rolling the open end of the paper into where the pot and tobacco mix ends and roll the open end of the paper over. Start rolling it further until it becomes cylindrical. If you want it to be tighter, either use a spoke or a small stick to pack it in, lightly tap the base of the spliff on a flat surface or pinch the top and shake the spliff to shape the dry herb perfectly. It should ideally be cone-shaped or cylindrical.
Once it’s ready, lick the sticky end of the paper and stick it over the spliff. For the end that has no dry herb, pinch it together or take it off if you like. That’s it! You’re done with the roll!
Step 6: Smoke the spliff!
Once your spliff is ready, it’s time to smoke! Don’t worry if the joint doesn’t look the most shapely or if there’s some sideburn as long as it smokes and gets the good vibes going! There’s a few other ways to enjoy cannabis as well, like in the form of edibles or vapes/vaporizers. Vaping can be better in many ways including customizability and control over the entire experience and the lack of smoke. Bongs are also a great way to smoke up and can be a more efficient way to smoke compared to joints or spliffs.
The specifics don’t matter as much as long as the end experience is a pleasant one for you! There’s many simple ways to enhance your highs as well! Drinking green tea or having mangoes, for example, which are rich in terpenes similar to THC, gives a little boost to the high. Some people are about to have a lot of mangoes in a munchies induced stupor.
*This article is not to be interpreted as a statement of any form by Spliff but merely a compendium of information compiled from other sources. These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada, FDA or any other regulatory body. Consult your doctor before ingesting or smoking any herbal product.*