For those who aren’t familiar with the concept of a spliff, it’s a joint that contains both weed and tobacco. While many stoner purists (as far as North America goes) may be opposed to the idea of mixing the two, it’s actually quite a common practice in parts of Europe and the UK. Not only is it better for achieving a more subdued high, many people also mix in tobacco for the taste. If you’re looking to try out a spliff, here’s a step-by-step guide to rolling one.

  1. Before we get into rolling the spliff, make sure you have the following materials on hand: skins (Rizla Red Kings for beginner, or Silver Kings for the rolling veteran), tobacco, weed, and a thin piece of cardboard (to make the roach).
  2. Take a skin, gum side (the sticky bit) facing you, and put it on a hard surface that you can easily reach with your hands. A dish or tray is a good starting point.
  3. Roll your cardboard into a roach and if you’re right handed, put it on the left end of your spliff (right end if you’re left handed).

    Weed and Tabac How to Roll a Spliff
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  4. Spread a thin layer of tobacco onto the skin, and then distribute your weed over top of the tobacco. A typical starting ratio is 60:40 tobacco to weed, but you can change up the quantities of each based on your individual preferences.
  5. Pick up the skin and start rolling the spiff into a cylindrical shape, while mixing the weed into the tobacco evenly. The idea is to get the skin to catch under itself, wrapping around the contents snuggly. While this is a bit of trial and error, you’ll get better at it with more practice. 


    Rolling Spliff How to Roll a Spliff
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  6. Once you have your spliff rolled up tightly, lick the gum, and seal your roll.


Holding Spliff How to Roll a Spliff
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  1. Twist the end of the spliff (without the roach) to finish, and you’re ready to light up!




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