Smoking has traditionally been the most popular way to consume cannabis. Not only does it give you a more enhanced and fun high, it also delivers long lasting effects.
And while knowing how to roll a joint will get you the approving looks from cannasseurs all over the world, it’s knowing how to roll a blunt, and how to roll it well that truly sets you apart from the crowd.
While there are many dispensaries today that do sell pre-rolls, we feel that this is a skill that every self respecting, cannabis enthusiast should know.
Today I will be giving you the complete, step-by-step guide to help you learn, practice, and become a master of the art of rolling blunts.
But before we do that, let’s just spend some time looking at what a blunt actually is.
What is a blunt?
Blunts and joints are quite similar. After all, both are essentially marijuana cigarettes. But never, ever refer to one as the other, unless you want to lose all your credibility as a cannabis enthusiast.
A blunt is to a joint, what a cigar is to a cigarette. Or more simply, it is an actual cigar, but one which has been emptied of its loose leaf tobacco and filled with cannabis buds instead. Even though it is not as iconic or common as the joint, blunts still have a powerful cultural significance.
But what makes a blunt a blunt? The answer to that can be broken into five simple categories:
Let’s look at each in turn.
The interior, or inside of a blunt is strictly, 100% marijuana. The strain doesn’t matter, as long as it is 100 percent cannabis.
If a blunt has been mixed with, or contains any non cannabis based products, well then, it’s not a true blunt, and should be referred to by some other name.
Unlike a joint, a blunt cannot be made with whatever rolling papers you have on hand. Instead, it is rolled in a piece of tobacco paper, or cleaned out cigar wrap that has been filled up with your favorite marijuana strain.
This is what sets blunts apart from all the other smokable marijuana products in the market.
You only get one color in blunts – brown. No wacky colors, designs or patterns here. You’ll find the same dull, brown, mud colored blunts all over the world.
Since blunts are made from wraps or papers meant for cigars, they are nearly always longer (and thicker), than your typical joint.
However, the thickness of the blunt also depends on the amount of marijuana you’re packing inside, and also the thickness of the wrapper you’re using.
Now this depends mostly on the type of wrapping you use. Do bear in mind that the taste of tobacco will be present, combined with the flavor of your favorite strain. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes it’s not.
No wonder so many potheads have such a love/hate relationship with blunts.
Advantages of smoking a blunt
You might love blunts, or you might just hate them. It depends on whether or not you enjoy the harsh smoke that is caused by the tobacco included in the blunt.
On the other hand, many people prefer blunts over joints and bongs for many different reasons:
- Heightened effects: the tobacco included in blunts often adds an additional buzz to your high
- Flavor and aroma: The smell of a burning blunt is something else altogether, especially if you use a nice cigar or a flavored wrap
- Slower burn: Blunts also burn slower than joints, and hence last a lot longer.
How to roll a blunt?
What you’ll need
- Cigars or cigar wraps
- Your favorite strain of weed
- A weed grinder
- A small knife or razor blade
- A clan tray to work on
- Some water
- Paper towels
- Lots and lots of patience
1. Buy a Cigar
Or rather, buy a whole pack, because you’re sure to make mistakes and have to start over. But don’t worry, for we promise that the results are well worth it.
Or, if you want to avoid the hassle of cutting open a cigar and emptying it, you can simply buy empty cigar wraps from your favorite online dispensary. However, the easiest way is to simply buy a premium quality pre-rolled blunt online.
But there is just something to be said about doing it yourself, and we feel that everyone should know how to roll a blunt, even if they don’t do it that often.
2. Empty the tobacco out of your cigar(s)
If you bought empty wraps, you can skip this step. However, if you have whole cigars, get ready to play with them.
Run your finger over it, and feel for a bump or “vein” that runs along the length of the cigar. This is the glue the manufacturer used to seal it, and is also where you want to split the cigar.
While you can use your fingers to do this, we always recommend using a small knife or blade to do it cleanly. Once the cigar is open, empty out the tobacco in a bowl if you want to reuse it, or simply throw it away if you don’t.
3. Grind your weed
Use a grinder, and grind up 1 – 1.5 grams of your favorite weed strain, so that you have plenty to work with. Don’t be too aggressive with your grinding though, as you want your buds to have plenty of small chunks. This will facilitate airflow, and give your blunt a smoother burn.
4. Moisten your cigar wrap
Use a damp paper towel, and gently tap the cigar wrap with it till it feels moist. Don’t go dunking it in a bowl of water though, for we only need it to be a little wet. This will make the wrap easier to work with, and prevent it from tearing.
5. Load it up
Now pack in as much weed as possible in your cigar wrap. We always recommend putting more weed in the center than at the ends. This way, when you roll it, the weed will spread evenly and fill out the ends as well.
6. Roll it up
This is perhaps the part that requires the most patience and practice. Roll your cannabis filled cigar wrap gently but firmly between your fingers and your thumbs until you have a closed tube with weed inside.
Be very careful though, for the cigar wrap can still tear up in places. If you want, you can probably practice your rolling technique using a quarter of a printer paper and the tobacco you emptied from the cigar.
7. Light it up and enjoy!
After you’re done admiring your handiwork, light the sucker up. If all goes well, you and your friends are in for a long and enjoyable game of puff, puff and pass.