For beginners asking “what is a blunt?” , a blunt is to a joint what the cigar would be to a cigarette. Or more simply, it’s a cigar that has been drained of its loose-leaf tobacco and full of cannabis. While not quite as iconic as the normal joint, the cultural relevance of the blunt cannot be ignored.Many prefer the added buzz created by the mix of cannabis and its tobacco wrap, while others appreciate the variety of tastes available in most cigarillos and blunt wraps.
Rolling a blunt comes with its own set of norms that are in place to keep function and tradition. To help you roll up your own, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step manual to blunt rolling.
Start by collecting the necessary supplies
Cannabis strain of choice
Cigar, cigarillo, or blunt wrap
Grinder and blade are optional but may be helpful for those new to rolling
Step 1: Grind Your Cannabis
Break down your cannabis into shake using a grinder or your hands. Using a grinder can help keep an even burn while using your hands is the more traditional method and is often preferred to help the dull burn a little slower.
Step 2: Prep the Blunt Wrap
To roll your blunt you will require a tobacco wrap. Traditionally, connoisseurs will drain a cigarillo (like Swisher Sweets, Phillies, or Backwoods), but this day you can find empty wraps in the corner store. Use a blade to cut the dull lengthwise, or if you’ve got the right touch you can “crack” the dull using your fingers. As soon as you’ve split the blunt, empty the tobacco in the center and discard (or if you like to smoke spliffs, save it for later).
Step 3: Wet the Wrap
Using just a tiny bit of moisture will make your dull wrap a lot easier to work with, shape, and help seal up any little tears that might occur while you’re emptying its tobacco innards. This is easily achieved with some spit, but if you are rolling this blunt for someone else, you might consider using the tip of your finger and some tap water.
Step 4: Fill It Up
Fill the empty tobacco wrap with ground cannabis. For a normal size cigarillo, one or two grams is a lot, though if you’re sharing your blunt, are an experienced roller, or are using a blunt wrap, you should have the ability to fit a fair amount more.
Step 5: Roll the Blunt Wrap
Roll the cannabis between your fingers to pack the dull evenly. Be careful: if you did not moisten the wrap enough, it might crack. Once you’ve packed and shaped your dull, tuck the wrapping under itself and wet the inside of the exposed edge from end to end. (Hint: if you poke a hole or if the blunt cracks at all while you are working with it, you can use the gummy glue from rolling papers to repair it.)
Step 6: Bake the Blunt
Now that your dull is rolled, you’ll want to “bake” or dry it to help seal it together and encourage an even burn. Bake your blunt by running a lighter lengthwise under the seam and around the exterior. Take care not to hold the lighter too close — you only want the warmth, not the fire.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Now that you have got your blunt rolled, all that’ left is to light the end and enjoy with some friends!
What’s your favorite trick for rolling a blunt? Share your tips, fond memories while smoking blunts, or different ways to roll a blunt in the comments below and pass along the ability to others!
Rolling blunts is nothing short of cultural heritage – distinct regions have their favorite brands and techniques, so here’s the down low to keep you rolling perfectly.
Swisher Sweet – Swishers & Bud go together like… swishers and bud!
Pro-tip: When cracking, locate the “flattest” side and using both thumbs press in and down, then gently pull away for a smooth even break down the middle
Pro-tip: Dutchies have an exterior leaf that winds around the exterior of the cigar. Wet thoroughly and, beginning end and working your way to the mouth piece, unwind this foliage. Set around a glass of water (with condensation) or flat on a desk. After the inside bit is done (the same as any other blunt) re-roll the final product in the moist exterior leaf and bake for an exceptionally slow and even burn
Pro-tip to roll a blunt: Starting at the mouthpiece, unwrap the foliage slowly. Because of the irregular shape of the backwoods, it’s Critical to re-roll it the same way it came rolled – the leaf itself is 100% organic so it will require twice as much spit for a perfect sea