In some circles, these three words are used interchangeably, but they are not actually the same thing. There are quite a few differentiating factors between spliffs, blunts, and joints.
Here’s What You Need To Know About Spliffs
Spliff is a combination of tobacco and marijuana, and it typically gets rolled up in papers. So this is one of the rolled-up marijuana clan.
Spliff is a blend of two words.
- Split: this refers to the split between tobacco and cannabis.
- Whiff: it is believed to either represent the fragrance of the smoke, or the fact that tobacco covers up the smell of weed.
So you might think that since there is less cannabis added within the rolling paper, that might turn up to be a good thing. Well, not really. The smoke released by both tobacco and marijuana carries the potential risk of causing irritation to, or even damaging, your lungs. From smoking both tobacco and weed, damage can also be done to your heart and small blood vessels.
Before committing yourself to spliffing, you might want to keep something in mind. According to studies, smoking cannabis and tobacco together might increase your risk of addiction.
The reason why the spliff can be so attractive to many is that smoking tobacco and pot together seems to balance out the side effects that could be brought on by the two individually. Together they also have this incredible ability to enhance their enjoyable effects.
A spliff, even though it contains less tobacco than a cigarette, still creates unfiltered tobacco smoke. This is highly relevant because unfiltered tobacco smoke does increase your risk for lung cancer, and even death.
Blunts: The Tobacco-Free Cigars
Blunts do not contain tobacco, only cannabis. Tobacco leaf wrappers are oftentimes used in rolling up blunts.
But, there are a few things worth knowing by anyone who considers smoking blunts.
The amount of weed a blunt contains is significantly high. Smoking a blunt is not the same as smoking a joint, it is more like smoking six joints together. Because cigars are much bigger in size, they have the ability to hold a lot more marijuana. So you might want to find your tolerance level before committing to a blunt.
Consider the risk toxins can present. Cigars and their wrappers are known to contain a significant amount of toxins, which means that by smoking blunts you are exposing your health to some risks. If you are thinking that you can just simply remove the tobacco and this problem gets solved…well, not really. Even if you decide to remove the tobacco in order to avoid the risks, high concentrations of toxins still remain present. Plus, cigar wrappers are more porous in comparison to simple rolling papers. This means that the burning part is not full, and this causes higher concentrations of toxins to be released.
How About Joints?
If you want simple, then you’ll want joints. Joints simply require for cannabis to be ground and rolled up in cigarette papers. One of the really good aspects of joints is that they do not contain any tobacco, which means that you are free from the risks of tobacco or nicotine. But, they are still smoked, so there are some aspects to consider.
Unfortunately, cannabis smoke can irritate your lungs, just like tobacco smoke. Many, who are smoking joints encounter the same breathing struggles as those who smoke tobacco. These breathing challenges usually include lung infections and chronic cough.
Smoking marijuana has also been associated with air pockets and larger air bubbles being formed between the lungs and the chest wall. This can cause a number of complications, such as breathing difficulties or collapsed lungs.
So, when you look at the facts about these three options of smoking marijuana, you realize that one is not necessarily better or safer than the other. All three carry risk-factors that should be taken into consideration.
Here’s Some Good News
If your main reason for wanting to smoke marijuana is to enjoy its benefits, whether for recreational or medical purposes, then you have plenty of other options that are also safe for your health.
You may consider using edibles. The sky is the limit here. You can ingest cannabis in the form of gummy bears, chocolate bars, summer drinks, butter, brownies, tea, coffee- basically in any form of drinks and food.
Cannabis can also be found in the form of oils, pills, capsules, tinctures, lotions, and more. So, find which is best suited for you and enjoy!