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What To Do With Those Blunt Roaches

By Bryson K.
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Different practices of using cannabis more efficiently have been studied and used for many years. Some users find ways to get the most out of their weed, smoking it to the very last bit. Others may not care about using that last bit of resinated weed, or the small amount of shake that did not get packed into that bowl/ joint. This is fine, however, using that small amount of weed could eventually make a difference.

If you are a cannabis smoker that wants to use weed more efficiently, and you smoke blunts, then you came to the right post. Do you know what a blunt roach is? Well, a blunt roach (or just roach for short) is the end of a blunt that typically does not get smoked. It is the part of the blunt that you hold and when the blunt is being smoked; the roach is usually thrown out. However, in most cases, there is still a small amount of weed left in the roaches. Now, it may be a small amount, and it may be resinated, but it still contains THC and can get you high. So, with that being said, here are some ways on what you can do to use those blunt roaches.

Keep The Weed

This method of efficiently using a blunt roach is probably the most obvious one. You could always save the weed that is left inside a roach. Simply unwrap the blunt and let the weed fall out. It may be a tiny amount of weed, but it’s still weed. And if you save up enough weed from blunt roaches, you could get enough to roll a whole new blunt!

Now, the weed may not look the same as when you first rolled the blunt, since it has been resinated. This is fine, though, since the weed still works. THC (what gets you high) is still active in resinated weed, and will actively work once smoked. So, why not save the resinated weed? It may not look or smell as good as weed that has not been used yet, but it still works.

Pack A Roach Bowl

If you do not want to dissect your roach and only want to smoke the rest of it, then you could pack it into a bowl. There are three ways that this can be done. One way is to simply put the roach in a bowl (pipe, bubbler, bong, etc.) and smoke it like that. Put the end of the blunt that you hit it from facing into the bowl, where the small hole is. The end of the blunt that gets lit should be facing up. Now you hit it like a bowl! Spark the roach and inhale it through your smoking piece.

You could also add weed to the bowl for the bowl to be more complete. Since roaches tend to be very small, it may only count as half to even 1/4 of a bowl (depending on how big your bowl is). If you want to do this, then use the method above to set up your roach. Once the roach is in place, sprinkle some shake around the roach inside the bowl. You can fill the bowl up, then smoke it and get an extra high!

Some smokers want to use the weed left in a roach, but not the rest of the blunt wrap. Afterall, a blunt roach still contains tobacco, unless you remove the blunt wrap. If you want to only smoke a bowl of weed, then unwrap the roach and dump the weed inside your bowl. Now you can smoke the roach weed without smoking the roach tobacco!

Smoke A Roach Blunt

If you like to collect blunt roaches, then you may have a stash of them already. These can be used in a number of ways. You could always save all the weed until you have enough to roll a new blunt. Let’s say, as an example, that each roach contains 0.1 grams of weed. A normal blunt contains 1 gram of weed. That means you only need to save 10 roaches (0.1 x 10 = 1) in order to have enough for a full blunt!

As stated above, the weed from a roach may not be as good as new, unused weed, but it still gets the job done. And, if you do manage to save enough for a new blunt, then it’s almost as if you got a whole blunt for free! Think about it, since most users throw out their blunt roaches, the weed inside those roaches is free weed. This does not mean you should use random blunt roaches you find on the ground (I strongly recommended you do not do that); only use the blunt roaches in which you know where the weed came from.

Another way of using blunt roaches for a new blunt is to roll them up as is. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean instead of removing the weed from the roach and putting that in a blunt, just put the whole roach in the new blunt, Now, I personally do not recommend doing this, since you would be smoking more tobacco than weed. If you are more of a weed smoker, I suggest using the method above and removing the old blunt wraps first. If you enjoy smoking tobacco, however, and smoke it often, then go for it, give the roach blunt a shot.

Wu Tang The Roach

Last, and probably least recommended, we have wu tanging the roach. This is the least recommended only because it is not very efficient, but it is a way to use a roach. If you are not sure what this is, then check out our post that is all about Wu Tanging a blunt roach:

To simplify it, wu tanging a blunt means swallowing the roach. Yes, you have to fully ingest a blunt roach in order to say that you have Wu Tanged it. Now, there is a step-by-step method to doing this, to ensure that you do it right and don’t choke on the roach. If you are going to attempt this, I strongly recommend that you read the article above first. It will give you everything you need to know about Wu Tanging. And yes, the article does talk about how this is all related to the Wu Tang Clan.

That’s all for this post. Have you tried any of these roach methods? If so, drop a comment about it below. Happy smoking!

If you are a cannabis smoker that wants to use weed more efficiently, and you smoke blunts, then you came to the right post. Use blunt roaches to get high!

How to Roll a Better Crutch for Your Joint or Spliff

A crutch—also called a filter or a tip—is one of the easiest improvements to make to the standard joint. It’s effectively a mouthpiece, and it serves a number of purposes: It keeps the end of your joint open (even when sharing with your wet-lipped friends), blocks bits of plant matter from getting in your mouth, and ensures you don’t burn your kisser as you puff your way down to the roach.

Some people, including a few of my best friends, insist on rolling joints without crutches. I think those people are silly. Others include a crutch but treat it as an afterthought. While I respect that everyone has their own methods, I thought I’d share my preferred way of building a crutch. It’s quick, easy, and has earned the seal of approval from co-workers here at Leafly.

What are Crutches Made From?

Unless you opt for a reusable glass tip, the best material for a crutch is stiff paper. You’re looking for something thicker than printer paper (which is too flimsy) but thinner than a cereal box (too bulky). Some of my favorite options include:

  • An index card
  • A manila file folder
  • The back flap of a checkbook
  • A magazine subscription card
  • Some business cards (not the thick ones)

There is also a bunch of pre-cut crutches on the market these days. My favorites are RAW’s standard tips, which use long-fiber paper made on a special mill. They’re designed specifically to roll up smoothly and have enough rigidity to hold their shape in your mouth. (I initially thought these were dubious marketing claims, but after two years of using ‘em, I’m convinced.)

I’m partial to use these RAW tips, which is what I’ll be using to demonstrate. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

The Easy (but Flawed) Way

Most people I’ve smoked with tend to roll a crutch by literally rolling it into a cylinder. When viewed head-on, it looks like a spiral.

One of the most common methods to make a crutch or filter tip is to roll it into a cylinder. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

This is an easy technique, but it has some drawbacks. The main weakness is that the opening in the center of the crutch is big enough to let through small pieces of plant matter, which can end up getting in your mouth. Another problem is that it’s not particularly sturdy and can sometimes pinch closed. Does it work? Sure. But there’s a better way.

The Better Way

You can make a much better crutch simply by adding a few accordion-style folds before rolling it up. It takes a tiny bit of practice to master, but the end product will keep those pesky flecks of cannabis out of your mouth and ensure a smooth draw.

To start, make a few folds at the end of your crutch material. Make the folds about as wide as you want the final crutch to be. Be sure not to crease the paper when you’re folding it; otherwise the final crutch will be too tight.

Start by putting a few accordion-style folds in your crutch material. Keep in mind, the space between your folds will determine the crutch’s width. Don’t crease! (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

How many folds to use is up to you. Some people talk about making an M shape inside the crutch, while others opt for a simple V. I tend to toss in a few more. Experiment to find out what you like best.

Once you’ve made those first few folds, roll the remaining crutch material around the folded part. Make sure you have enough unfolded paper to wrap completely around the crutch—you want the final product to roll easily between your fingers.

After a few folds, start to wind the remaining paper around the folded part. Make sure to leave enough left over to wrap all the way around the crutch. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Wrap up all the excess paper—you can rip some off if you have too much—and roll the finished crutch between your fingers. You might find that it wants to unroll or expand on its own. That’s OK. Once you roll the crutch into your joint, that springiness will help keep the crutch from falling out of the end of your joint.

Your finished crutch should look something like this. Just keep winding that excess paper. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Put the crutch at the end of your rolling paper and roll it into your joint. I like to leave a little of the crutch exposed, then push it flush with the edge of the rolling paper once I’m finished rolling.

Here’s what it looks like when I’m done:

The accordion-style crutch helps keep bits of plant material out of your mouth while still allowing for a smooth draw. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

The More Expensive Way

Can’t be bothered to practice tiny origami? That’s fine. Either buy a reusable tip, skip the crutch altogether, or opt for a pre-rolled crutch. There are all sorts of pre-rolled options these days, including choices by RAW, Elements, and a handful of others.

The tips work just fine, but they’ll cost you a bit more. RAW’s standard tips, which I used above, cost around $0.75 for 50. The company’s pre-rolled tips go for about $1.75 for 20—or more than twice as much.

What are your tips and tricks for rolling the perfect joint? Share them in the comments below or give me a shout on Twitter.

Want to make a filter for your joint? It's known as a crutch and here's how to roll one for your joint or spliff.