Learning how to roll a blunt is a necessary skill if you want to earn and keep your Stoner Pro Card (patent pending).
But to truly set yourself apart from the crowd, you need to know how to roll a blunt — and roll it well.
In this article, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana give you a step-by-step guide to help you learn, practice, and master the art and science of rolling a blunt.
At its most basic, a blunt is marijuana rolled in a smokable wrapper.
But then, so is a joint and a spliff and a Thai stick. What’s more, you should never, ever refer to one as the other unless you want to lose all cred as a cannaenthusiast.
While you’re here, we’ll set you straight on the blunt angle, but for more information on joints, spliffs, and Thai sticks, take a moment to read these helpful articles:
OK, so now let’s focus on what makes a blunt a blunt. We’ll address this question by breaking everything down into five categories:
Doing so will give you points of reference for when you compare a blunt to a joint to a spliff to a Thai stick.
The interior of a blunt is strictly marijuana. The strain doesn’t matter one lick — only that it’s 100-percent cannabis.
A blunt mixed with any non-cannabis-based product is not a blunt and should be referred to by a different name.
This is what makes a blunt a blunt and sets it apart from all the other smokable marijuana products.
A blunt is a piece of tobacco paper or cleaned-out cigar wrap filled with your choice of marijuana.
Blunts are brown, and that’s all you get. No wacky colors or fun prints. Just the dull brown color of dirt or mud.
Blunts can range in size. But because they use wrap or paper meant for cigars, they are almost always longer and thicker than the typical joint.
While the length doesn’t vary all that much, the thickness can fluctuate depending on the size of the wrapper you’re using and the amount of marijuana you pack inside.
The flavor of a blunt depends, in large part, on the type of wrapping you use.
At the most basic, you’ll taste tobacco alongside your strain of choice. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes it’s bad.
You’ll have to experiment to find the right strain/wrapper combination (or you could just purchase a pre-rolled Honest Blunt — the freshest, most flavorful, longest-burning blunt available).
Now that you can distinguish a blunt from a joint from a stick in the ground, let’s discuss how to roll a blunt.
How To Roll A Blunt
What You’ll Need
- Cigars or cigar wraps
- Your favorite strain of weed
- Small knife or razor blade
- Clean tray to work on
- Paper towel
1A) Buy A Cigar Wrap
There are two ways to get started learning how to roll a blunt (hence the 1A here and the 1B below): the easy way and the hard way.
The easy way is to buy an empty cigar wrap at your local smoke shop or online — actually, the easiest way is to buy a pre-rolled blunt like the ones we make here at Honest Marijuana.
But there is something to be said about DIY, so you should at least know how to roll a blunt on your own even if you don’t do it that often.
1B) Empty The Tobacco Out Of A Cigar
This takes a little bit of doing, but the results are well worth the effort. Before you start, be sure you have multiple cigars on hand because you will make mistakes and have to start over.
Look and feel for a bump or “vein” that runs the length of the cigar. That’s the glue the manufacturer used to seal the cigar, and that’s where you want to split it.
You can use your fingers to massage and “crack” the cigar, or you can use a small knife (an X-acto or razor blade works well) to slice the cigar in half lengthwise.
Once you’ve gotten the cigar open, empty the tobacco into a bowl if you want to use it again or the garbage if you don’t.
Feel free to cut off the glue ridge with a sharp edge of your choice.
2) Grind Your Weed
If you don’t have a grinder, get one. It makes everything easier.
If you need to clean said grinder, take a few minutes to read our instructional article How To Clean A Grinder In 5 Easy Steps. Doing so — actually cleaning the grinder, not just reading the article — will improve the taste and experience of your final blunt.
Grind up 1-1.5 grams of your favorite bud so you have plenty to work with. And don’t get too aggressive with your grinding.
The goal here is a nice, fluffy consistency with plenty of small chunks. This facilitates airflow and makes the burn easier and more enjoyable.
3) Moisten The Cigar Wrap
This step is optional — and with practice, you may not need it anyway — but we want to make it easy for those first-timers out there.
With a damp paper towel, pat the cigar wrap until it feels moist. Be careful not to saturate the cigar wrap with too much liquid (so no dunking it in a bowl of water).
Getting the cigar wrap just a little bit wet will make it easier to work with and prevent it from tearing in places it shouldn’t.
4) Load It Up
Pack the empty cigar wrap with as much weed as possible. This makes the end product better because an underloaded blunt will collapse after you light it.
Pro Tip: Load up the center of the blunt with more weed than the ends. When you roll it, the weed tends to spread and fill out the ends for a nice, even thickness.
5) Roll It Up
This is the part that takes patience and practice.
Roll the cannabis-filled cigar wrap between your fingers and thumbs until you’ve got a closed tube with weed inside. Be gentle so you don’t crack or tear the cigar wrap and ruin the look and feel of your blunt.
When you’ve got the blunt all closed up, moisten the exposed edge from end to end and then seal it down (like licking an envelope).
- Practice your rolling technique with the tobacco from the now-empty cigar and a quarter of a piece of printer paper (4.25” x 5.5” or 10.8 cm x 14 cm for those of you who can handle the metric system).
- As an alternative to licking the edge before closing, you can seal your blunt with a bit of cannabis oil if you’re feeling really daring and want an extra kick.
- “Bake” the blunt by running a lighter lengthwise under the seam and around the outside to help seal everything together.
6) Light It Up
After admiring the beauty of the blunt you’ve created, light that sucker up! Toke it for yourself or puff, puff, pass with your friends.
1) Burn Time
The thickness and composition of the wrapper make a blunt burn slower than the more short-lived, flash-in-the-pan joint.
Burn time is a major bonus, especially when smoking in a group. Participants get more tokes because the whole thing lasts longer.
2) A Different Type Of Buzz
The tobacco in the cigar wrap provides a “buzz” similar to the caffeine in coffee.
This pleasurable effect often precedes the cannabis high, makes for a different type of buzz, and is a nice addition to the cannabis experience.
3) A Higher High
Blunts are usually thicker than joints, and many feel that they get higher from a blunt because of the extra cannabis.
Whether this is true in all cases or just a matter of perception is open for debate, but the addition of tobacco may have something to do with it as well.
How To Roll A Blunt: What’s Inside Matters
If you want to roll the best blunt possible, start with a high-quality, sustainably sourced, organically grown cannabis bud like those from Honest Marijuana.
At our Rocky-Mountain-based grow facility, we employ world-class organic growing methodologies to provide cannabis connoisseurs with the purest marijuana experience on the planet.
We grow our plants the way Mother Nature intended: in organic soil without chemicals or pesticides. We even hand-trim our plants so that they’re organic from the ground up.
So don’t settle for an inferior strain. Get the best strains on the planet — the Honest Marijuana strains — and experience cannabis the way it was meant to be.
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