7 Steps To Rolling A Perfect Blunt
Published : Jun 7, 2018
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A blunt is a cannabis cigar that’s normally made with the wrapper of a cigar or cigarillo. However, not everyone knows how to roll a proper blunt! In our guide, we show you the steps to rolling a perfect, no-nonsense blunt.
For those who don’t know, a blunt is a cannabis cigar. It is usually made from a cigar or a cigarillo that has been emptied of its tobacco and then re-rolled with ground cannabis. The name “blunt” comes from Phillies Blunt brand cigars that, at one time, were sold simply as blunts. Since the 1980s, “blunt” has widely come to mean “marijuana cigar”. Some companies also sell blunt wraps, which are cigar wraps that come without tobacco, so you can skip an entire step.
Just like rolling a nice joint, rolling a perfect blunt is an art that first needs to be learned. But don’t despair! Even if you have never rolled one before, with our guide and some practice, you will be able to craft a proper blunt in no time!
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO ROLL A PERFECT BLUNT
• Cannabis strain of your choice
• Cigar, cigarillo, or blunt wrap
• Grinder (optional, but will greatly help)
• Small sharp knife (optional as well)
HOW TO ROLL A NICE BLUNT IN 7 STEPS
STEP 1: GRIND UP YOUR WEED
Using your grinder, grind up your cannabis. The finer and more uniform you grind your weed, the more even it will burn for a nice and smooth draw. Alternatively, you can use the traditional method and break up your weed with just your hands, which will make your blunt burn slower.
STEP 2: PREP THE BLUNT WRAP
Unless you got an empty blunt wrap without tobacco, you will need to isolate the outer wrapper from a cigar or a cigarillo. For this, you need to first cut open the wrap. Take the sharp knife and carefully slice open the wrap lengthwise. Once it is all the way split down the middle, empty out the tobacco. (Some more-experienced blunt rollers don’t even use a knife to cut open the wrap: If you’re careful, you can also use your fingers to crack open a cigar).
STEP 3: MOISTEN THE WRAP
The blunt wrap may be a little brittle and could even have some cracks and tears. To make the blunt easier to roll and seal up, you can moisten the wrapper. The best way to do this is to slightly wet your fingers using a bowl of water. You can also use saliva for this, although this is probably not the most hygienic way to do it, especially if you’re gonna share it later on.
STEP 4: FILL THE BLUNT WRAPPER WITH YOUR CANNABIS
Now it’s time to fill the blunt wrap with your ground weed. If you use a smaller, cigarillo-sized wrapper, one to two grams of cannabis will be all that you need. If your wrap is bigger, such as if you use the wrapper from a cigar or a ready-made blunt wrapper, you may need more cannabis to fill your blunt.
STEP 5: ROLL YOUR BLUNT WRAPPER
To get your blunt nice and even all the way, roll the wrapper between your fingers when you pack your blunt. Be careful and make sure that you don’t crack the wrapper, especially if it’s still dry. Once your blunt is readily packed and has a nice shape, tuck the wrap under and wet the insides of the exposed edges from end to end. If there are still wrinkles and other uneven spots, use your fingers to smooth them out. Should there be any cracks or holes in your blunt, you should be able to fix them with the adhesive from rolling papers.
STEP 6: DRY THE BLUNT
When you have rolled your blunt into a nice shape, you want to dry it so it stays together. Drying your blunt will also make for a better and more even burn. Take the lighter and run it a few times lengthwise across the blunt, especially near the seams. Make sure you don’t run the flame too close to the blunt for too long—you don’t want to burn it!Learn how you can roll the perfect blunt with our step-by-step blunt rolling guide! It's a lot easier than you might think!
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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 ]]>