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
Over the last decade, new methods of consuming cannabis have emerged onto the scene including vaping and dabbing. But one thing that has never changed is the preference to smoke flower in a joint or a blunt. Although both are common, blunts are larger than joints and are rolled in either a flattened tobacco leaf or hollowed-out cigars. Some people look at blunts as an inefficient way to smoke weed (especially when traditionally rolled with tobacco), yet the opposite is true! Blunts can hold larger amounts of cannabis (vs. a joint) and can burn for a lengthy smoke that can be indulged in all at once or over an entire day. Although blunts may seem difficult to roll, it’s the same as any skill — practice makes perfect!
Why Roll A Blunt?
Blunts are a great way to enjoy weed socially, since passing it around a group of friends is an activity reminiscent of sharing a secret hideout with friends as a kid. It’s covert, yet communal. Conversely, personal blunts can be a great all day smoke. One blunt will be more than enough for multiple smoke sessions, cutting down on overall prep time, as well as being easy and discreet to travel with.
Rolling a blunt is also quite the relaxing activity that lets one slow down and enjoy interacting with the herb before it’s smoked. Akin to cooking dinner, rolling a blunt is all about prep work. There are many different ways to roll a blunt, some of which are more effective and consistent than others. See below for a step-by-step instructions for rolling the perfect blunt.
How Much Weed Do You Need for a Blunt?
To roll a perfect blunt, you will need anywhere between one gram to an eighth of weed — the more weed, the easier it will be to roll. As we mentioned before, blunts are rolled using a tobacco leaf or emptied cigar, so having less than a gram of marijuana can lead to an overly tobacco-flavored smoke. Always make sure the weed is finely ground before starting to roll.
Having said this, buying a good blunt wrap is essential in the rolling process and will vary with brand and location. Some reliable brands include Backwoods or Swisher, which can all be found at your common gas station or convenience store. If one can find a higher-end cigar and doesn’t mind wasting the tobacco, a whole world of exceptional leaves and wraps suddenly open up.
How to Roll the Perfect Blunt
Step 1: Split Your Blunt Wrap
Starting at the cigar’s open tip, carefully put a fingernail underneath the tobacco leaf and gently pull it away from the cigar. (Note that after the initial corner lifts up, it should be easier to unwrap the entire leaf.) Place the leaf aside for later. Then using a knife, cut the inner wrap vertically (end to end) to open up the cigar and remove all the tobacco.
Step 2: Add The Weed to Your Desired Level
Next put the weed that you previously ground up into the inner blunt wrap. Fill the wrap, adding the cannabis in a line in the center of the wrap. Ensure that about a 1/2 inch of excess wrap is on either side of the marijuana to allow the leaf to fully close around the weed. Remember, the more weed you use will make rolling as easy as possible — don’t worry, the excess bud will simply fall out onto the rolling tray.
Step 3: Roll it Up
Roll this wrap as if it were a joint, using your thumb and pointer finger to bring the bottom of the wrap gently around the weed. Gently roll the wrap back and forth between the thumb and pointer finger, ensuring that the marijuana is packed tightly together. Making a gentle taper or a straight cylinder are both fine. Don’t worry if thicker paper leads to a looser roll, since the outer leaf once wrapped will act to tighten up the entire blunt. This is the secret to rolling a tight blunt!
Step 4: Close the Blunt Wrap
Take the outer leaf and lick the inside leaf surface (or if sharing a blunt, take a finger and dab water very gently on the leaf). Once the inner side of the leaf is moistened, lay the entire leaf wet side up on a rolling tray or flat surface. The leaf will look like a parallelogram, similar to a stretched and angled rectangle. Locate the bottom corner (the same corner used to remove the leaf initially), then place the mouth-end edge of the rolled inner wrap onto it, making sure it’s parallel to the narrow edge of the leaf.
Next start rolling the blunt together with the leaf, which will feel similar to rolling a tortilla wrap. It’s okay to push the rolled wrap into the leaf with some force. Use good judgement — tough as tobacco leaves are, they can still tear. As the wrap rolls, more and more of the leaf will wrap around and it will start to look like a candy cane striping upwards. As this happens, don’t be afraid to pull the leaf tighter around the wrap.
Lastly, cut off any excess leaf and viola, the blunt is ready to smoke!
Notes on Rolling Your First Blunt
There are a few things to remember when rolling a blunt. First, be careful with other methods of rolling that can lead to loose blunts or leaves that don’t cover the whole blunt evenly, therefore causing uneven burning. This particular leaf wrapping method is the easiest way to roll a blunt properly, so even if it sounds confusing at first, practice a few times and it will feel more natural as time progresses. Second, blunt leaves are pretty tough, so there’s usually more than one opportunity to wrap the leaf should the first time go awry. Lastly, after the wrap is, well, wrapped, let the blunt dry for a time. This can be done by air drying or using a lighter to heat up the blunt from a safe distance. The drying process is important, as it seals the leaves together and evaporates any leftover moisture.
Hopefully, this article will give you more confidence to start rolling your own blunts. Remember, take your time, relax and have fun!
Got any tips for rolling a great blunt? Let us know in the comments below!
Over the last decade, new methods of consuming cannabis have emerged onto the scene including vaping and dabbing. But one thing that has never changed is the preference to smoke flower in a joint or a blunt. Although both are common, blunts are larger than joints and are rolled in either a flattened tobacco leaf or hollowed-out cigars. Some pe