How To Roll A Blunt
How To Roll A Blunt
How to roll a blunt shouldn’t have to be difficult and once you learn the difference between blunts, joints, and spliffs, you can start rolling on your own.
How to Roll a Blunt: The Highlights
- Break up your weed by using a grinder or your fingers.
- Empty a cigar of its tobacco, or prepare an empty wrap.
- Wet the ends of the wrap with saliva and fill it with the ground-up bud.
- Roll the blunt up with your hands or using a blunt roller.
- Seal and dry the blunt by running a lighter over it and you’re ready to smoke.
Let’s Start with the Basics: What Is A Blunt?
So, what is a blunt exactly? Traditionally, a blunt is a cigarillo that has been emptied of tobacco, filled with marijuana, and rerolled. A blunt can also be made by rolling weed into a brand-new cigar wrap. In other hands, a blunt is a cannabis cigar.
Thanks to the presence of tobacco, blunts have a characteristic hard-hitting effect that combines the energizing buzz of nicotine with the psychoactive effect of marijuana. They also tend to be larger in size because they use wraps meant for cigars rather than cigarettes.
Notably, some people opt for rolling blunts with wraps made out of hemp, corn husk, and other safe materials because of the well-established negative health effects of tobacco. Indeed, according to the National Institutes of Health, tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.
Blunt vs Joint vs Spliff Comparison
Alongside joints and spliffs, blunts are one of the three main, time-tested ways to smoke marijuana. Although these three methods may look similar, they differ in what kind of wrap and smoking material they use.
Joints contain only marijuana just like blunts, but instead of using the thicker cigar wraps, they are rolled with thin rolling paper. Because of this, joints usually burn faster than blunts. Joints are also different because they can include a paper filter known as a crutch.
In addition, similar to how cigarettes are smaller than cigars, joints tend to be smaller than blunts. For many, if not most people, smoking a joint is their first encounter with marijuana.
Spliffs are similar to joints but contain a mixture of cannabis and tobacco instead of pure weed. Spliffs are not common in North America but popular in Europe because of the difficulty of accessing quality marijuana and other factors.
The Steps to Roll a Blunt
Learning how to roll a blunt is typically the next step up from knowing how to roll a joint. Although rolling a good blunt does require some finesse, it does not have to be difficult. Let’s break it down into seven easy steps so you can handcraft your very own blunt.
But first things first, make sure that you have your materials ready:
- Your choice of cannabis
- A cigarillo
- An empty blunt wrap
- A grinder
- A lighter
Step 1: Grind
To start off, we want to break up our dry weed into smaller pieces to make it manageable for rolling. This is typically done by using a grinder, which will also help your blunt burn more evenly. Alternatively, some cannabis connoisseurs break up marijuana with their hands. This method has the advantage of a slower burn.
Step 2: Prep
Next, you want to prepare the blunt paper. If we’re rolling a traditional blunt, we will empty a cigarillo. To do this, cut lengthwise along the cigarillo with a knife or a razor.
If you’re more daring, carefully split the cigar open with your fingers, starting at the side opposite to the one you will ignite. After this, empty out the tobacco with your fingers. Alternatively, you can also purchase a pack of empty wraps.
Step 3: Lick
Now we need to wet the wrap to help it stay together and hold shape. Lick the edge of the wrap to apply saliva; you can also wet your finger with water and use the same technique.
Step 4: Fill
Next, we’re going to fill the empty wrap with the ground-up bud. For a standard blunt, use about one or two grams. Feel free to add more based on personal preference. However much weed you use, be sure to spread it out evenly, as blunts are typically rolled straight rather than as a cone.
Step 5: Roll
Now it’s time for the most important step. Compact the bud and shape the wrap around it, rolling it up into a tube. Now that your blunt had a good shape, tuck and roll the wrap over itself. Lick the wrap again before you stick it down to help it stay in place. Alternatively, you can also use blunt or joint rollers to simplify this part of the process.
Step 6: Bake
Next, we want to seal the blunt and dry out the moisture by using heat. Run a lighter along the exterior of the blunt, being careful not to move the flame too slowly or too close. The goal here is to bake the blunt, not burn it.
Step 7: Smoke
Now it’s time for the fun part – smoking a blunt.
Light up and enjoy your creation!
Adding Something Extra to Your Blunt
Considering how cannabis culture has expanded to everything from edibles to vaping, it’s not surprising that you can spice up your blunt with some fun additions. Here are three popular options for making you’re blunt more interesting.
One way to make your blunts a bit more exciting is to use flavored wraps to add a distinct taste. There are many brands of cigarillos that offer flavored wraps, such as White Owl, Backwoods, Dutch Masters, and Swisher Sweets. Common flavors offered by these brands include grape, blueberry, and peach. Alternatively, you can also use flavored hemp wraps.
A honey blunt is exactly what it sounds like – a blunt with honey added to it. This is done to impart flavor and make the blunt burn slower. The honey can be added in one of three ways: dipping the blunt in honey; smearing honey on the inside of the wrap before adding the bud, or using the honey in place of saliva to seal the blunt.
Twaxing is one of the latest trends in the world of cannabis. Twaxing involves adding a marijuana concentrate – such as shatter, wax, or kief – to the inside or outside of your blunt or joint. Twaxing not only intensifies the high but can also result in some really aesthetic-looking blunts and joints that are taking social media by storm.
If you’re looking for a simple twaxing method, sprinkle some kief on the end of your joint. The most popular (and artistic) method, however, involves heating shatter or wax until it’s malleable, stretching it into a long thin line with your fingers, and then rolling it around the length of your blunt.
You can also take things a step further by coating the sticky wax with kief.
Don’t Waste Good Weed in a Bad Blunt!
We hope this guide helped you figure out how to roll a blunt all on your own. While you may have difficulty when you’re just starting out, as the famous saying goes, practice makes perfect. Like any other skill, rolling the perfect blunt is an ability honed with time.
Having said that, if you end up rolling a bad blunt, don’t be afraid to try again. If your blunt is falling apart, may not even light up, or just looks like it’s not going to be that good, it’s better to save your weed and start over.
Better yet, let your more experienced friend roll the next one. Especially if it’s his weed!