Rolling a blunt is considered an art form. Like any skill, practice is key, and that certainly applies when learning how to roll a perfect blunt. Unfortunately, not all blunt wraps were created equally, and rolling a blunt is harder than it seems. But if you know just a few tips and tricks, blunt rolling can quickly become second nature.
What is a blunt?
A blunt is similar to a joint, in that it is essentially a weed 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.
Like joints, you can take a blunt anywhere. You can conveniently store them in the packaging you bought them in which will protect them and seal in the aromas. Unlike joints, blunts burn slower, so they last a lot longer in your smoking circle.
While not quite as iconic as the standard joint, the cultural significance of the blunt cannot be ignored. Many people also prefer the added buzz created by the mix of cannabis and its tobacco wrap, while others appreciate the variety of flavors available in a lot of cigarillos and blunt wraps.
Items needed to roll a blunt
Get all your supplies together so that you can stay focused once you get started. Here is what you need:
- Cigarillo or blunt wraps (it is a good idea to have extras, especially when learning how to roll a blunt)
- Small knife
A cigarillo is a mini cigar pre-filled with tobacco and is the most commonly used product for making blunts. The other type of blunt wrap is a tobacco leaf paper that comes as-is and is not a pre-filled cigar or cigarillo. The reason cigarillos are preferred is that the pre-filled wraps maintain a better shape than un-filled ones and they also maintain a better moisture level.
With that said, any cigarillo or un-filled blunt wraps will do, but try and buy one that is not completely dried out, as it can break easier and be harder to roll. It is hard to tell what you are getting with un-filled wraps until you open them up. With cigarillos, you can get an idea of how dry it may be by simply feeling the wrap in its packaging, squeezing it slightly. You can usually tell based on if there is any “give” or not. It is very easy to find blunt wraps at any liquor store or gas station.
Common cigarillos you can find in stores include:
- Swisher Sweets
- Black & Mild
- White Owl
- Dutch Masters
How much weed should you put in a blunt?
Blunts are bigger than your average joint so you will need more weed. Typically, 1-3 grams should be enough for one blunt, depending on how fat you want it. Consider how many people will be in your smoking circle.
Instructions for rolling a blunt
Step 1: Grind your weed
Before you start rolling your blunt, it is 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 have 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 do not have a grinder, carefully break apart your weed using alternative methods.
Step 2: Prep the blunt wrap
You want to find the “vein” on the cigarillo, that is where you split it. This, like blunt rolling itself, is a learned skill. The vein is the seam where the manufacturers have connected the blunt. Use a small knife to split open the blunt, always lengthwise, from one end to the other.
The cleanest and most precise way to open the wrap is to use a knife or razor blade. 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 have opened the cigar or cigarillo, simply empty out and discard the tobacco inside the wrap.
Step 3: Moisten the wrap
It is 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, do not get it sopping wet or else the entire thing might fall apart. Just moisten the wrap enough to make it easier to handle.
Step 4: Load the blunt
Carefully pack your ground cannabis into the blunt wrapper. Load it as full as possible; the blunt is supposed to be fat like a mini cigar. Besides, under-loaded blunts are structurally unsound. They tend to collapse after lighting up. Many seasoned blunt rollers load up the center of the blunt a little more thickly and gently push in on each end. That helps the blunt even out while you are rolling, filling out the ends of the rolled blunt again.
Step 5: Roll the blunt wrap
Roll the cannabis between your fingers to pack the blunt evenly. Be careful: if you did not moisten the wrap enough, it may crack. Once you have packed and shaped your blunt, tuck the wrap under itself and wet the inside of the exposed edge from end to end. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles. If you poke a hole or if the blunt cracks while you are working with it, you can use the gummy adhesive from a joint rolling paper to repair it.
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 is 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.
Finally, use a lighter and run the flame up and down along the seam. This dries out the wrap and locks the seam into place so the blunt does not fall apart while you are smoking it.
What is a vortex blunt?
A relatively new product to the blunt game is a vortex blunt. It is similar to a regular blunt except it has an inner sleeve made of tobacco paper with a rod inside, so whenever you finish rolling, you simply remove the rod and have a hollow joint. The inner hole allows for more airflow and a much smoother hit.
The beauty of a vortex blunt is that anyone can roll one with a little practice. Not only do these particular blunts offer high-quality flavor, but they also pack your weed as tightly as possible. Therefore, getting the perfect drag will never be an issue.
Vortex blunt wraps come with directions on the back that are easy to follow along regardless of rolling experience. Typically, vortex blunts can hold about a gram of cannabis, but half a gram will do just fine.
The steps to rolling a vortex blunt are as follows:
- First, open up the packaging and pull out a blunt. Open the blunt. You should see the stick that you pull out at the end. As evident, there are two sides of the stick where you can place your weed. For the best results, spread your weed evenly on both sides. Be sure to tuck one side while working on the other.
- After placing all of your weed inside the wrap, it is time to begin rolling. Begin by tucking in one side and from there simply start rolling. Roll, tuck, roll, tuck, and repeat.
- Before finishing, lick the remaining edges so that everything will remain intact. Once you are done, pull the stick out, light it up and enjoy.