A spliff is a joint made from a blend of tobacco and cannabis with a long history in the weed culture.
It has been the subject of pothead art, movies, and countless songs, most famously the Bob Marley song "Easy Skanking," released way back in 1978. The song begins, "Excuse me, while I light my spliff."
However, the popularity of the beloved spliff in American culture has declined over the years.
Why is that? Will this symbol of weed culture disappear going the way of the lava lamp or a roach clip?
Or will spliffs continue to be popular among weed smokers even as they are eclipsed by new technologies like vapes, CBD oil, concentrates, gummies, and other edibles?
So before we get too in-depth, let's check our terminology as it can get a little confusing.
Joints are the typical and most common way to consume cannabis. It's small, portable, and easy to roll and smoke just about anywhere. Anywhere cannabis is legal, that is. It's cannabis rolled up inside a rolling paper like a self rolled cigarette but with cannabis. The papers come in different sizes, colors, and even flavors for added novelty value. Joints will often have a filter at the end. This is often just a rolled-up bit of thicker paper or thin cardboard at the end and called a roach. It helps support the joint and is something to hold when smoking it. It also lets you smoke down the joint without burning your lips.
A blunt is a roll-up with cannabis inside a cigar or blunt wrap. These wraps are made out of tobacco, which adds a nice buzz and some energy to your cannabis high. They are typically fatter and longer than joints like mini cigars. They are a little like cigarillos, you know, those thin cigars you see them smoking in the spaghetti westerns.
A spliff is like a joint, but rather than just cannabis, the spliff has tobacco and cannabis mixed inside the rolling paper. This would typically be more tobacco than you'd get in a blunt, but the exact ratio of tobacco to cannabis varies by preference. A spliff will also have a roach like joints do and for the same reasons.