For centuries, tobacco and cannabis have been a part of traditions and rituals. Some people mix them together, while others just use them one after the other. Whichever the preference, both create a smoking experience that is quite different from just smoking pure weed.
Also called a spliff, there is a controversy surrounding the mixture of cannabis and tobacco in a cigarette roll. Although the combination is not something new, weed fans are divided as to whether or not they will join the spliff bandwagon. If you have not tried the mixture yet, you probably want to know its difference from smoking straight weed as well as its effects.
Why Are Spliffs Getting a Lot of Attention?
Spliffs are quite popular in many parts of the US and to pot smokers around the world. For one, nicotine in tobacco reaches the brain in just 10 seconds. It almost instantly releases adrenaline to the body, giving more energy and creating pleasure.
The same is felt with cannabis, but the released sensations are more powerful with a more active brain yet relaxed body. Both have plant chemicals that work on the same part of the body – the nervous system. However, when the two are mixed together, the smoking experience is much, much different:
Sedating with no brain fog: Spliffs create some kind of “mellow high,” where you could feel calm and sleepy but without a confused mind. Of course, the resulting sensation could be different from one person to another, but the probability is high for getting that pleasantly relaxing feeling.
Euphoric: Both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and nicotine induces a euphoric feeling, so smokers of the mixture can expect to be happier and more blissful. Conversations with other people will remain calm and interesting.
More THC: Speaking of THC and high THC weed seeds, there are studies that support the claim that the combination gives way to increased THC. As a result, the effects of weed are felt quicker and it will be in higher amounts in the body. In fact, a 2009 study showed that a spliff with only 25% weed contained 58.90 mg/g of THC whereas a pure joint’s smoke had 32.70 mg/g THC. The researchers of the study concluded that tobacco might intensify the THC efficiency by up to 45%.
More Head-High: If you are used to smoking weed, you already know the head rush sensation you get from a session. Cannabis seeds stimulates the production of adrenaline, causing your heart to pump faster and giving you more energy. Because of the increased THC with the combination, you will feel an even stronger head rush. You get the lively buzz from the nicotine while cannabis gives you euphoria and philosophical reflections.
However, not all things are great. If those effects listed above make you want to try the combination of tobacco and weed, you may also want to know that there are health risks associated with tobacco. For decades, it has not been a secret that tobacco and its smoke are dangerous to our health. In this case, smoking a spliff is not an exception. There are negative consequences whenever you use tobacco, especially over the long-term.
If you have decided that you will smoke tobacco with weed, diseases such as lung cancer may not develop – only if you smoke occasionally. The health risks only arise after incessantly smoking tobacco. However, it still pays to be aware, so you should know what you are getting into especially when it comes to potential health problems, which may include:
- Lung cancer
- Throat cancer
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD
- “Hairy” tongue
- Tooth and gum related diseases
The health risks above are indeed frightening. However, since marijuana has long been praised for its medical and health benefits, you could be wondering if these health problems can be alleviated with spliffs. As mentioned, tobacco has detrimental effects on the body and brain when used continuously. When smoking spliffs, the negative consequences may be different, and there are some factors that may come into play:
How much tobacco would you be smoking in a spliff?
Cigarette smokers get addicted to nicotine easily, so they do not just stop at one stick. In fact, surveys have shown that Americans would smoke an average of two to four daily – that is at least 1,000 a year. For those who smoke more, the risk is greater.
With spliffs, however, the situation is a little different. Cannabis is a strong component with robust effects, so it is not common to find chain-smokers of spliffs. Therefore, it can help reduce exposure to smoke from tobacco and in return, it also lowers the negative health consequences.
If there is less tobacco in the spliff, it is possible to enjoy more health benefits than the negative effects, particularly if you will only smoke occasionally. Cannabis has anti-cancer benefits, which is why even habitual weed smoking is not associated with lung cancer and other serious diseases. Theoretically, this positive health effect from cannabis can protect the smoker from the cancer-causing tobacco smoke. However, this is only true if you will smoke infrequently with less tobacco than cannabis.
Will you use a filter?
Cigarette filters still get criticized for their ineffectiveness in catching tars and toxins from tobacco. However, there is no evidence that they fail to perform that job. You probably already know that unfiltered smoking increases tars and carcinogens in the air, resulting in bigger health risks with the tobacco smoke. Smoking a spliff though typically does not involve the use of filters. If you use blunts, filters are definitely absent.
To Mix or Not to Mix?
On the one hand, cannabis has been strongly linked to anti-cancer benefits, but on the other hand, tobacco has been proven to be cancerous. While it is true that adding a hint of cannabis to tobacco can lower the amount of carcinogen when you smoke the mixture, it does not fully provide you with protection. If you are worried about the health effects of spliffs, there is a much easier solution: smoke weed – just straight weed.