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.How to roll a blunt Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents What is a blunt? What you need to roll a blunt Step-by-step instructions for rolling
How To Roll The Perfect Blunt: The Foolproof Guide
Learning how to roll a blunt is a necessary skill if you want to earn and keep your Stoner Pro Card (patent pending).
Rolling a joint will get you accepted— all cannaseurs should acquire that skill — and rolling a cross joint will get you the adoring looks you’ve been craving all your life.
But to truly set yourself apart from the crowd, you need to know how to roll a blunt — and roll it well.
In this article, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana give you a step-by-step guide to help you learn, practice, and master the art and science of rolling a blunt.
At its most basic, a blunt is marijuana rolled in a smokable wrapper.
But then, so is a joint and a spliff and a Thai stick. What’s more, you should never, ever refer to one as the other unless you want to lose all cred as a cannaenthusiast.
While you’re here, we’ll set you straight on the blunt angle, but for more information on joints, spliffs, and Thai sticks, take a moment to read these helpful articles:
OK, so now let’s focus on what makes a blunt a blunt. We’ll address this question by breaking everything down into five categories:
Doing so will give you points of reference for when you compare a blunt to a joint to a spliff to a Thai stick.
The interior of a blunt is strictly marijuana. The strain doesn’t matter one lick — only that it’s 100-percent cannabis.
A blunt mixed with any non-cannabis-based product is not a blunt and should be referred to by a different name.
This is what makes a blunt a blunt and sets it apart from all the other smokable marijuana products.
A blunt is a piece of tobacco paper or cleaned-out cigar wrap filled with your choice of marijuana.
Blunts are brown, and that’s all you get. No wacky colors or fun prints. Just the dull brown color of dirt or mud.
Blunts can range in size. But because they use wrap or paper meant for cigars, they are almost always longer and thicker than the typical joint.
While the length doesn’t vary all that much, the thickness can fluctuate depending on the size of the wrapper you’re using and the amount of marijuana you pack inside.
The flavor of a blunt depends, in large part, on the type of wrapping you use.
At the most basic, you’ll taste tobacco alongside your strain of choice. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes it’s bad.
You’ll have to experiment to find the right strain/wrapper combination (or you could just purchase a pre-rolled Honest Blunt — the freshest, most flavorful, longest-burning blunt available).
Now that you can distinguish a blunt from a joint from a stick in the ground, let’s discuss how to roll a blunt.
How To Roll A Blunt
What You’ll Need
- Cigars or cigar wraps
- Your favorite strain of weed
- Small knife or razor blade
- Clean tray to work on
- Paper towel
1A) Buy A Cigar Wrap
There are two ways to get started learning how to roll a blunt (hence the 1A here and the 1B below): the easy way and the hard way.
The easy way is to buy an empty cigar wrap at your local smoke shop or online — actually, the easiest way is to buy a pre-rolled blunt like the ones we make here at Honest Marijuana.
But there is something to be said about DIY, so you should at least know how to roll a blunt on your own even if you don’t do it that often.
1B) Empty The Tobacco Out Of A Cigar
This takes a little bit of doing, but the results are well worth the effort. Before you start, be sure you have multiple cigars on hand because you will make mistakes and have to start over.
Look and feel for a bump or “vein” that runs the length of the cigar. That’s the glue the manufacturer used to seal the cigar, and that’s where you want to split it.
You can use your fingers to massage and “crack” the cigar, or you can use a small knife (an X-acto or razor blade works well) to slice the cigar in half lengthwise.
Once you’ve gotten the cigar open, empty the tobacco into a bowl if you want to use it again or the garbage if you don’t.
Feel free to cut off the glue ridge with a sharp edge of your choice.
2) Grind Your Weed
If you don’t have a grinder, get one. It makes everything easier.
If you need to clean said grinder, take a few minutes to read our instructional article How To Clean A Grinder In 5 Easy Steps. Doing so — actually cleaning the grinder, not just reading the article — will improve the taste and experience of your final blunt.
Grind up 1-1.5 grams of your favorite bud so you have plenty to work with. And don’t get too aggressive with your grinding.
The goal here is a nice, fluffy consistency with plenty of small chunks. This facilitates airflow and makes the burn easier and more enjoyable.
3) Moisten The Cigar Wrap
This step is optional — and with practice, you may not need it anyway — but we want to make it easy for those first-timers out there.
With a damp paper towel, pat the cigar wrap until it feels moist. Be careful not to saturate the cigar wrap with too much liquid (so no dunking it in a bowl of water).
Getting the cigar wrap just a little bit wet will make it easier to work with and prevent it from tearing in places it shouldn’t.
4) Load It Up
Pack the empty cigar wrap with as much weed as possible. This makes the end product better because an underloaded blunt will collapse after you light it.
Pro Tip: Load up the center of the blunt with more weed than the ends. When you roll it, the weed tends to spread and fill out the ends for a nice, even thickness.
5) Roll It Up
This is the part that takes patience and practice.
Roll the cannabis-filled cigar wrap between your fingers and thumbs until you’ve got a closed tube with weed inside. Be gentle so you don’t crack or tear the cigar wrap and ruin the look and feel of your blunt.
When you’ve got the blunt all closed up, moisten the exposed edge from end to end and then seal it down (like licking an envelope).
- Practice your rolling technique with the tobacco from the now-empty cigar and a quarter of a piece of printer paper (4.25” x 5.5” or 10.8 cm x 14 cm for those of you who can handle the metric system).
- As an alternative to licking the edge before closing, you can seal your blunt with a bit of cannabis oil if you’re feeling really daring and want an extra kick.
- “Bake” the blunt by running a lighter lengthwise under the seam and around the outside to help seal everything together.
6) Light It Up
After admiring the beauty of the blunt you’ve created, light that sucker up! Toke it for yourself or puff, puff, pass with your friends.
1) Burn Time
The thickness and composition of the wrapper make a blunt burn slower than the more short-lived, flash-in-the-pan joint.
Burn time is a major bonus, especially when smoking in a group. Participants get more tokes because the whole thing lasts longer.
2) A Different Type Of Buzz
The tobacco in the cigar wrap provides a “buzz” similar to the caffeine in coffee.
This pleasurable effect often precedes the cannabis high, makes for a different type of buzz, and is a nice addition to the cannabis experience.
3) A Higher High
Blunts are usually thicker than joints, and many feel that they get higher from a blunt because of the extra cannabis.
Whether this is true in all cases or just a matter of perception is open for debate, but the addition of tobacco may have something to do with it as well.
How To Roll A Blunt: What’s Inside Matters
If you want to roll the best blunt possible, start with a high-quality, sustainably sourced, organically grown cannabis bud like those from Honest Marijuana.
At our Rocky-Mountain-based grow facility, we employ world-class organic growing methodologies to provide cannabis connoisseurs with the purest marijuana experience on the planet.
We grow our plants the way Mother Nature intended: in organic soil without chemicals or pesticides. We even hand-trim our plants so that they’re organic from the ground up.
Not only does that make all your smoking, dabbing, and edible experiences infinitely better, but it also means that the blunts you roll are better, tastier, and well worth the effort.
So don’t settle for an inferior strain. Get the best strains on the planet — the Honest Marijuana strains — and experience cannabis the way it was meant to be.Want to learn how to roll a blunt? The all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana have created this foolproof guide to help you do just that. ]]>