The Origin of a Spliff

A spliff is any blended smoke, though the term most commonly refers to a combination of cannabis and tobacco. Consumed around the world, the terminology used to describe spliffs and other herbal cigarettes comes with an array of interesting origin stories. 

Did you know the word joint has been traced back to a French adjective meaning 'joined' (past participle of the verb joindre)? The term spliff, however, reportedly originated in Jamaica and the West Indies — referring simply to a marijuana cigarette with no tobacco. It spread to the U.K. and throughout Europe, where the word almost always refers to a smoke combined with tobacco. 

On the other side of the world, mixing cannabis with tobacco in hand-rolled cigarettes became popular among the working class in central America. The slang “roach” got its name from the Mexican song “La Cucaracha.” 

Later in the 1920's, New Orleans musicians began touring with iconic “jazz cigarettes” that became popular in prohibition-era speakeasy culture. And in the anti-war counterculture of the 1960s, smoking a joint became a symbol of peaceful nonviolent protest against a broken system. 

Today, a spliff experience is entirely personal — it’s yours to choose. 
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