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Should I Roll A Spliff Or A Jay?


world's largest marijuana joint seattle hempfestHow many times have you heard that statement? Probably way too many to count! Jesus, I can hardly imagine the amount of times I have heard this. However, it is an important question to ask before rolling. I like to think of this as the “controversy” in pot culture. This is the big divide. There are those that like spliffs and those that do not like spliffs.

I will make the assumption that most people that like spliffs also like having a straight-up joint. I don’t think I have ever heard somebody complain that “just weed tastes nasty, and they need tobacco in it.” Sure, some may argue that spliffs are less strong for obvious reasons, but if someone is worried that a jay is too potent or too weak, they can simply change the amount they are smoking.

On the other side, people that like joints can be resentful of spliffs. Spliffs have tobacco in them, and this can be pretty scary to the non-cigarette smoker. Cigarette smokers spend tons of money a year on an activity that is not even close to comparable with marijuana smoking. Plus, some people just don’t like the taste. Enjoying the taste of tobacco is usually an acquired taste and can normally turn a lot of stoners off. Perhaps, like black coffee, spliffs are something you learn to enjoy.

However, as many smokers will tell you, the effects of spliffs and joints are pretty different. While, quite obviously they taste completely different, their effects are perceivably different as well. Spliffs give an easier and calmer high that allows the smoker to function more easily. Spliffs are nice for doing your chores, reading a book, and relaxing after work. Jays give you a much stronger high that isn’t eased in and out. It is good for your weekend hangouts, gatherings, and video game splurging, but in my opinion, put you are out of commission for a couple hours.

The choice is yours, but I would always weigh in for a spliff. No matter what, I enjoy it a lot more. Plus, it is good for the bank. Instead of rolling all your green gold away, save it and mix it with tobacco. Your wallet and productivity will thank you forever.


About Author

John Knetemann currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he is a chapter leader for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. John has had a passion for drug policy reform since he was a senior in high school, and hasn’t looked back since. Along with his work in SSDP, he is a part of the North American Executive Board for Students For Liberty. You can find John on Twitter.


  1. Spliiiiiiiiff. the best for chillun or working. always good with a beer or coffee. doesent get me all stoopid

  2. Research has shown anti-carcinogenic effects from smoking straight Cannabis – an effect that disappears when you add tobacco to the equation.

  3. An occasional cigar (2 or 3 times a year) to puff on, but not inhale, is my limit on tobacco. But under no circumstances do I want to intentionally inhale tobacco.

  4. Chocoholic Girl on

    I never knew there was a difference between a spliff and a joint. I thought they were different names for the same thing. I’ve never smoked a joint, i.e. pure weed. It was hash when I started smoking, but I haven’t seen it in years. I prefer grass anyway, although my asthma prohibits me from smoking it any longer. I haven’t tried vaporising it, but have been told it won’t affect my lungs. I’m keen to see if it helps alleviate my MS symptoms. I’m just waiting for it to be legalised so I can obtain it easily. I don’t know of any dealers in my neighbourhood.

  5. Legalize freedom on

    how about this, a vapor pen, nicotine e juice, and cannabis e juice, mixed together ? what would we call it ?

  6. Robert Dewayne King on

    Most folk here in the UK roll spliffs (hash or weed) ! I don’t and never have smoked tobacco and burn my hash in my little glass bong . What lasts me for the better part of a month wont last the spliff huffers a week and I only get as high as I feel I want at the time !

  7. I would guess that the tobacco in a spliff is addicting and will lead to all sorts of nasty things–like death. I’ll stay with the trusty joints.

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