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 A Blunt With Notebook Paper
The urge to light a blunt can be too strong at times, especially as a regular smoker. But what do you do when there is no cigar – not even one to tide you over? You could go to the nearest store to pick up a pack, or as some people did, roll one using a sheet of notebook paper.
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that rolling a blunt with notebook paper is, more or less, the same as using cigar wrap. An exemption is that you can’t lick and seal the way you could with a tobacco wrapper. Then again, you’re in a pinch, so it will have to do.
Actually, before you even think about doing that, there are things that you need to know first.
Should You Use Notebook Paper To Roll A Blunt?
First of all, rolling a blunt is the same as a joint except for the wrapper. Whereas joints use rolling papers, typically similar to cigarette papers, a blunt uses tobacco wrapper taken from a cigar. Hence, by substituting with notebook paper, then whatever you rolled is anything but a blunt – technically.
Rolling blunt with notebook paper
There are also some important things to consider concerning health risks.
1. Chemicals Used In Making The Paper
Often, the paper is bleached, and some of the chemical residues might remain. Not only that, but there is no one way to make paper. Although the principle remains the same, there are variations to the techniques. It also means that there are a plethora of chemicals – other than bleach – used.
A quick check tells us that there are over 40 compounds that could possibly be used. Not all at the same time, of course. Nonetheless, notebook papers are not meant for human ingestion. You could expect that once combusted, some of those compounds may produce toxic by-products. You may not be inhaling nicotine – as is the case with cigar wraps – but you do inhale substances other than cannabinoids.
Common sense dictates that the risk of inhaling toxic fumes is not worth it, considering there are other methods of consumption when in a pinch. If you have a piece of apple – go ahead and make a pipe out of it, for example. If not a blunt, the make a joint – rolling papers are so cheap that you ought to keep some for emergency purposes.
2. Don’t Forget The Ink
Some people who have tried to roll weed using notebook paper would only use the top portion where there is at least an inch of space before the first line. That makes sense. Dried ink is yet another chemical that may add to toxic fumes. And if you are to do that, then you have to work with a pretty much small sheet – allowing you to roll a thin joint – or blunt, if you prefer to call it that.
3. Rapid Burn Rate
Before the dried herb burns up, the notebook paper would be first. As such, you end up wasting valuable herbs. Just for this reason alone, it is better to go to a store and buy some cigars.
4. Smoke Is Harsh
Have you ever smelled a burning sheet of notebook paper? Before you start to make a blunt out of it, try to burn and smell the smoke. Are you sure that is what you want to inhale into your lungs? One thing is for sure if you are to try it, expect to have coughing fits as the smoke produced is harsh. Meanwhile, the coughing motion and your hands shaking are going to make some of the dried herbs fall out more.
How Do You Roll A Blunt Using Notebook Paper
If there is no other choice, and you understand that you are probably going to inhale some toxic chemicals as a result of burning notebook paper, then go ahead. Make one – that is your choice.
Typically, you would take out a sheet of paper and cut to approximately the size of a King size rolling paper. That should be around 100-110mm x 55-60mm. In the imperial system, that should be around 4-1/4″ x 2-1/4″.
Unlike cigar wrap, which already has a curve, you will want to roll the paper, creating a curve to catch the weed. Then, fill it up, pack, and roll. You could try to wet the edges to help create a seal, it is doubtful that it will adhere as well as cigar wraps do.
If you wish to, you could also fashion a crutch using an index card or business card. Considering the fast burn rate of notebook paper, maybe that helps keep your finger or lips from getting burned as it sort of serves as a gap or spacer.
The Original Wrap Is Better
There is no study on the effects of smoking using notebook paper – and for a good reason too. Not only is it a bad idea, but there are also plenty of alternatives that eliminate it from being considered for use.
Smoke a blunt using a notebook paper
Any other wrapper material, then what you are doing, is a makeshift joint. If you are so keen, then use an unbleached paper. Generally, avoid white papers because they are most likely bleached. Avoid colored ones, too, as they have chemical colorants. Also, the thinner the paper, the better it is, too, as it contains fewer chemicals than thick ones.
The most prudent thing to do is to hold off a bit until you could buy some cigars. Even at odd times, there are convenience stores that may sell tobacco. Although the brands may not be what is generally recommended in the cannabis community, they are still tobacco leaves, and you are making a blunt – after all.Can you believe it? You can roll a blunt with notebook paper if a cigar is not available. Rolling is easy enough, but you need to know these things first. ]]>