How to roll a blunt
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- What is a blunt?
- What you need to roll a blunt
- Step-by-step instructions for rolling a blunt
- Why people like blunts
- Why people hate blunts
- Bottom line
What is a blunt?
A blunt is similar to a joint, in that it is essentially a marijuana cigarette. But unlike joints, the defining feature of a blunt is that it is wrapped in a tobacco leaf paper, rather than a standard rolling paper. This feature provides many of the distinctive qualities of a blunt, including taste, smell, effect, and burn time.
The defining feature of a blunt is that it is wrapped in a tobacco leaf paper. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Within the cannabis community, blunts can be a bit polarizing. Some smokers are avid fans of blunts, essentially smoking nothing else, while others are turned off by the sometimes strong smells and tastes associated with the tobacco leaf wrap. Learning how to roll a perfect blunt takes practice, so if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying!
What you need to roll a blunt
To roll and smoke blunts like a pro you will need a handful of key components. Obviously, you will need your cannabis strain of choice. Since you’ll have to grind your bud before rolling your blunt, it is best to also have a reliable grinder. To keep your work space tidy, a rolling tray will also come in handy.
To roll and smoke blunts like a pro you will need a handful of key components. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Additionally, you will need rolling papers. Rolling papers are the most important element of a blunt, since the tobacco leaf wrap is the very definition of what makes a blunt a blunt. Selecting the right tobacco wrap is at the heart of rolling blunts, as blunt aficionados tend to be very loyal to one particular brand of tobacco wrapping paper, using their brand of choice almost exclusively.
There are two main ways to procure your tobacco wrapping paper. Traditionally, you purchase a pre-rolled cigar or cigarillo, empty out the contents, and then repurpose the tobacco wrapping paper by filling it with weed before re-rolling it into a blunt. Popular cigar and cigarillo brands include:
- Swisher Sweets
- Dutch Masters
- White Owl
The other type of blunt wrap is a tobacco leaf paper that comes as-is and is not a pre-filled cigar or cigarillo. Zig Zag Blunt Wraps are probably the most common wrap in this category.
Step-by-step instructions for rolling a blunt
Step 1: Grind your weed
Before you start rolling your blunt, it’s a good idea to complete a little prep work. Most importantly, that means having your weed ground up and ready to go. That way when you’ve broken down and cleaned out your wrap, you can move right into rolling your ground cannabis.
The best way to grind your weed is with a grinder. This tool gives you the most consistent grind, which translates into a smoother, more even burn. If you don’t have a grinder, carefully break apart your weed with your fingers. Shoot for picking it apart into small pieces that are more or less the same size. As you go, be as delicate as you can to minimize damage to the cannabinoid-rich trichomes.
Before you start rolling your blunt, grind your weed with a grinder. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Select your wrap
As mentioned above, die-hard blunt smokers tend to define themselves by their wrap of choice. If you’re new to blunts, experiment with a handful of different brands. You might even want to test a flavored wrap. Enjoy figuring out which blunt wrap you like the best. Or, if you like a couple of different brands, feel free to switch things up according to how you’re feeling at the moment.
Step 3: Break down the wrap
The cleanest and most precise way to break down the wrap is to use a razor blade to split the cigar or cigarillo lengthwise down the middle. You can also use your hands; just be very careful that you break apart the wrapper without tearing it all the way through or cracking it. Once you’ve opened the cigar or cigarillo, simply empty out and discard the tobacco inside the wrap.
Once you’ve opened the cigar or cigarillo, simply empty out and discard the tobacco inside the wrap. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 4: Moisten the wrap
It’s a good idea to get the wrap slightly moist, as this makes the tobacco leaf more pliable and easier to work with. You can use either water or saliva for this. Some folks lick the blunt wrap while others use a paintbrush moistened with water. Whatever you do, don’t get it sopping wet — you don’t want the entire thing to disintegrate. Just moisten the wrap enough to make it easier to handle.
Step 5: Place weed in wrap
Hold the tobacco wrap in one hand, typically your non-dominant hand. Position your index fingers and thumbs in such a way that you form the wrap into a U-shaped trough. Now, grab a pinch of your ground-up marijuana and place it inside the tobacco wrap, forming a line that runs the full length of the wrap. Be sure you don’t overfill it—you still need enough space to wrap the tobacco leaf into a cylinder that completely encases the marijuana.
Grab a pinch of your ground-up marijuana and place it inside the tobacco wrap, forming a line that runs the full length of the wrap. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 6: Roll up your blunt
Use both hands to gently rock the wrapping paper back and forth. As you engage in this motion, you should be tamping down and evening out the marijuana. This technique will begin to shape your blunt into a cylinder that is uniform in thickness. When you’ve got the right shape formed, bring one edge of the wrap up and over the marijuana, and tuck it underneath the opposite side of the wrap. At this point, the wrap should completely encase the marijuana.
As you gently rock the wrapping paper back and forth, you should be tamping down and evening out the marijuana. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 7: Seal your blunt
Hold the edge of the wrap that is now on top of the other edge and use your tongue to dampen it. Lick the inside of the wrap and, when it’s moist, press it down on top of the other edge of the wrap. The moisture should make the tobacco stick to itself, thereby sealing the blunt shut. Be sure that the seam you just made is sealed along the entire length of the blunt.
Lick the inside of the wrap and, when it’s moist, press it down on top of the other edge of the wrap. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Finally, use a lighter and run the flame up and down along the seam. This dries out the tobacco and locks the seam into place so the blunt doesn’t fall apart when you’re smoking it.
Finally, use a lighter and run the flame up and down along the seam. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 8: Light up your blunt and enjoy
Now it’s time to light up one end of your blunt and pull the smoke through the other end. Enjoy!
Now it’s time to light up one end of your blunt and pull the smoke through the other end. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Why people like blunts
Many marijuana consumers have strong feelings about blunts. Those who love blunts tend to really love them. There are a handful of reasons why blunt lovers prefer this method of smoking above other methods:
- Taste and smell – Many blunt fans enjoy the added tastes and smells that come from the tobacco leaf wrap. Aficionados often like mixing and matching wraps with different strains. Some blunt smokers also like experimenting with flavored blunt wrappers, introducing even more complexity to the taste and scent profiles of their smoking experience.
- Slow burn – Blunts tend to burn a bit longer than standard joints, giving smokers an experience more akin to slowly puffing on a cigar or cigarillo.
- Versatility – Compared to other, less mobile smoking methods, such as a bong or dabbing, blunts are incredibly versatile. You can easily and quickly roll one up anytime and anywhere, and they’re equally effective for solo and social smoking.
- Effects – The tobacco leaf wrap introduces a new and often heightened sensation of feeling high. In fact, it’s fairly common for first-time blunt smokers to feel a bit overwhelmed by the combined tobacco-plus-cannabis buzz. But this is precisely the effect that many blunt fans want.
Why people hate blunts
Interestingly, the reasons some people love blunts are also the reasons other people hate blunts. Specifically, people who hate blunts tend to be turned off by:
- The smell and taste of the tobacco wrap.
- The sometimes harsh smoke produced by the tobacco wrap.
- The additional “buzzy” effects typically produced by inhaling smoke from the tobacco wrap.
Blunts are excellent choices for cannabis connoisseurs who favor strong aromas and flavors accompanied by a slow burn and intense high.
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How To Roll A Blunt With A Cigar
Many cannabis smokers also enjoy tobacco. If you are one of them, then what are you waiting for? Relish your pot while having a bit of baccy pleasure through blunts. They are found in the glass displays of dispensaries commanding jaw-dropping prices. Unable or not in the mood to spend serious cash on weed cigars? That’s alright because we can teach you how to roll your own in six easy steps. You can choose your preferred cigar and flavor as a shell for your favorite strain. Plus, you can do this whenever and wherever you are – freshly rolled blunt on demand!
What Is A Blunt And Why Roll With A Cigar?
If you are new in the cannabis scene, you might have wondered why dispensaries offer packs or boxes of cigar-looking products labeled blunt. What is it, and why are they sold in a marijuana store?
These rolls that look exactly like your grandfather’s cigar are weed sticks, usually of popular strains, wrapped in dried and fermented tobacco leaves. Besides appealing to our curiosity, its identical semblance with cigars means cannabis enthusiasts can light up ganja without drawing attention. This is not something you can do with a joint, which is easily recognizable.
Man holding marijuana cigar blunt
This is also how it came into existence. In the clandestine days of weed in New York, the stuffed tobacco of the cheap cigar brand Phillies Blunt was hollowed out and replaced with pot. The term “blunt” caught on and is now one of the three types of cannabis roll, along with joints and spliffs.
Commercial blunts, cannagars some call it, are often encased in either extra elegant or eye-catching containers with labels that proudly announce they are hand-crafted. The products are in demand with big spenders and are popular gifts to high-minded friends and family.
Do not mistake blunts as the pot-filled rolls for those with deep pockets. While commercial brands are not for the penny pinchers, rolling your own blunt, and using your preferred cigar to house your favorite cigar is inexpensive. The most common brands used are Game by Garcia y Vega, Swisher Sweets, Dutch Masters, 4ks, Backwoods, and White Owl.
Whether you go for store-bought or self-rolled blunts, expect these benefits to enhance the smoking experience:
- More Weed. Joints typically have a meager half gram, while fat Js can hold up to one gram. Blunts, on the other hand, contain one to three grams. In a simple illustration, six joints amount to just one blunt.
- Longer Burn. A properly compacted and rolled blunt with a high-quality cigar case burns in 30 minutes. This ensures less of your precious pot burns away without going through your lips.
- Perfect For Group Toking. Because blunts contain more ground ganja and burn way slower than joints, it is ideal for group sessions. No need to light more than one roll as a single blunt is more than enough to pass around.
- Additional Flavors. Dried tobacco leaves have a sweet and slightly spicy taste, which goes well with the dankness of weed. Many brands of cigars are also offered in various flavors. It adds a subtle layer of aroma and taste to that of marijuana.
How To Roll A Blunt With A Cigar?
Rolling a blunt with your choice of cigar and cannabis strain is like savoring your favorite dish and dessert in one spectacular yet affordable meal. Now, who does not want that? You know what else? You can do it in six simple steps with the materials below in just a few minutes.
- Cannabis buds
- Cigar or cigarillo
- Grinder (optional)
- Blade or blunt splitter (optional)
1. Break Down The Flower
You can either do this by hand, which most blunt rollers do or through a grinder. The manual route produces moderate size ground weed, which slows the burn even more. However, some THC or CBD crystals will stick on your fingers and just be washed off. Using a shredder, on the other hand, is convenient, but you must not over grind as you could end up inhaling fine specks of cannabis dust.
2. Split And Hollow Out The Cigar
Again, you have two ways to do this – by hand or using a blade or blunt splitter. Regular blunt rollers use their fingers to pinch one end of the cigar or cigarillo and roll and split it open. Apply even pressure on each side to produce a clean, lengthwise cut all the way down to the other end. If this is not something you can do without breaking the wrap, use a cutter. Once you have the cigar open, hollow out all the shredded tobacco, leaving but a shell.
Note: Dry cigars will most likely crack regardless if you have the gentlest hands or the sharpest blade. To make it usable again, wrap it in a moist paper towel for a couple of minutes. You may also heat the wrapped tobacco stick in the microwave no longer than three to five seconds.
3. Fill Up The Cigar Wrap
Pack the cylindrical wrap with ground weed. If you desire to enjoy your blunt with the added potency and flavor of a concentrate, sandwich the extract between two films of ground marijuana.
4. Even Out The Contents
Run your index or pinky finger up and down the roll to even out the ganja log. This step ensures that the burn is even and smooth.
5. Rock, Lick And Seal The roll
Using the thumbs and index fingers of both hands, rock the blunt back and forth to pack the contents tightly in place. Then, tuck the side of the wrap that is closer to you underneath the other. Moisten the bottom part of the exposed side from end to end.
6. Bake It
To seal all the contents in and help the roll hold its shape, run a lighter back and forth over the wrapper. It will dry the seam and tighten the entire blunt. Once this is done, you can enjoy your weed cigar and fly high.
Rolling A Blunt With A Cigar
With blunts, you can enjoy both cannabis and tobacco at the same time. Got no blunt wrap for rolling? No worries! Cigars make the perfect shell for your weed. They even allow inconspicuous pot-smoking since cannagars look exactly like regular cigars and cigarillos. Plus, they add flavor, carry more marijuana, and lengthen the burn rate of the roll, enhancing the entire experience with the addition of just one inexpensive material. Sounds like something you want to light up? Follow the easy 6-step guide and be blunting in a few minutes.
Blunt with a cigar shell hold more weed and burn slow – perfect for your next group sessions. Learn how to roll one like a pro with our easy 6-step guide.