A blunt is a cannabis cigarette that looks and feels similar to a joint. However, instead of using rolling paper, a blunt is wrapped in tobacco leaf paper, which distinguishes it from a joint. The taste, smell, impact, and burn duration of many aspects of a blunt are due to this characteristic.
Blunts are a somewhat divisive topic in the cannabis community. Some smokers enjoy blunts and smoke nothing else, while others dislike them because of their often unpleasant scents and tastes. It takes practice to roll a proper blunt, so don’t give up if you don’t succeed on your first try.
What you need to roll a blunt
If you want to roll professional-grade blunts, there are a few key supplies you’ll need. Most obviously, you will need your preferred cannabis souche. You’ll also need to grind your bud before rolling it into a blunt, so make sure you have a good grinder on hand. A rolling tray will help keep your work area clean – and it’s always nice to have an end product that looks tidy!
The type of rolling paper you choose is, in fact, the most crucial aspect of a blunt since the tobacco leaf wrap is its defining characteristic. Rolling blunts requires a great deal of trial and error because blunter aficionados are extremely loyal to one particular brand of tobacco wrapping paper, using it almost exclusively.
The majority of people who use rolling paper utilize pre-rolled tobacco. You may either buy a pre-rolled cigar or cigarillo and empty out the contents, then fill the wrapper with cannabis before re-rolling it into a blunt.
Popular cigar and cigarillo brands include:
- Swisher Sweets
- Dutch Masters
- White Owl
The second form of blunt wrap is a tobacco leaf paper that is unadorned and has not been filled with tobacco. Zig Zag blunt wraps are the most frequent wrap in this category.
Step-by-step instructions for rolling a blunt
Follow our nine-step guide on how to roll your own blunt.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
- Grind your weed. Before you begin rolling your blunt, do some preparatory work. This includes having your cannabis ground up and ready to use.
- A grinder is the best way to grind your weed because it provides a more consistent grind than using your fingers or scissors would. This leads to a smoother, more even burn. If you don’t have a grinder, carefully break apart your weed with your fingers into small pieces. Be as delicate as possible to minimize damage to the cannabinoid-rich trichomes as you go along.
- Select your wrap. The wrap of choice is a common topic of conversation among die-hard blunt smokers. If you’re new to blunts, try out a few different manufacturers. A flavored wrap may be interesting to try. Experiment with a variety of brands and see which one you prefer. Alternatively, if you like several distinct brands, feel free to mix things up as desired.
- Break down the wrap. To split a cigar or cigarillo wrap lengthwise down the middle, use a razor blade. You may also use your hands to break down the wrapper, but keep in mind that you must not rip it all the way through or fracture it. After opening the cigar or cigarillo, simply remove and discard the tobacco inside.
- Moisten the wrap. To make the tobacco leaf more manageable, lightly moisten it with either water or saliva. Some people do this by licking the blunt wrap, while others use a paintbrush dampened with water. However you choose to do it, be careful not to soak the leaf; if it becomes too wet, it will fall apart entirely.
- Place weed in wrap. Continue wrapping around the tobacco leaf, holding the tobacco wrap in one hand, usually your non-dominant hand. Form a U-shaped trough with your index fingers and thumbs by placing them in such a way that they form a line down the wrap. Make sure you don’t overfill it; you’ll need enough room to wrap the tobacco leaf around a cylinder that completely covers the cannabis.
- Roll up your blunt. The best method to shape a blunt is to use both hands. Gently rock the wrapping paper back and forth with both hands. You should be tamping down and evening out the cannabis while performing this motion. The wrap will begin to form a cylinder that is uniform in thickness as you use this technique. Bring one edge of the wrap up and over the marijuana, then curl it under the opposite side of the wrap at this point. The wrap should now fully envelop the marijuana after this step.
- Seal your blunt. Take the wrap with your mouth and dampen the edge that is now on top of the other edge. Lick the interior of the wrap, then press it down on top of the other edge. The moisture should cause tobacco to stick to itself, ensuring that the blunt is tightly closed. Make sure that along its entire length, the seam you just created is fully sealed.
- Seal your blunt with fire. Finally, light a match and run it along the seam. This dries out the tobacco and secures the seam, ensuring that your blunt doesn’t fall apart when you’re smoking it.
- Light up your blunt and enjoy. Now it’s time to enjoy your blunt! Light up one end of the blunt and pull the smoke through the other end.
Why do people like blunts?
Some people are strongly opposed to blunts. Those that enjoy blunts tend to adore them. There are a few factors why blunt smokers choose this approach of smoking over others:
- Taste and smell: Many people who enjoy smoking blunts like the added tastes and smells that come from the tobacco leaf wrap. Aficionados often like mixing and matching wraps with different strains. Some blunt smokers also like experimenting with flavored blunt wrappers, introducing even more complexity to the taste and scent profiles of their smoking experience.
- Slow burn: Blunts are longer-burning than usual joints, giving smokers a sensation more akin to smoking a cigar or cigarillo slowly.
- Versatility: Blunts are more versatile than other smoking methods, like bongs or dabbing. You can roll one up anywhere without any hassle, and they work well for both solo and group sessions.
- Effects: The tobacco leaf wrap adds a new and distinct high feeling to the smoking session. It’s quite typical for first-time blunt smokers to be overwhelmed by the combined tobacco-plus-marijuana buzz. However, this is precisely the effect that many blunt enthusiasts desire.
Why do people hate blunts?
People who Blunts love them for the same reasons that people hate blunts. The main issue is with the wrap and how it affects three key elements:
- Taste and smell: Some people find the smell and taste of tobacco wraps unpleasantly.
- Smoke: The tobacco wrap, if not rolled correctly, can produce harsh smoke.
- Effects: Some people don’t enjoy the adverse “buzzy” sensations caused by inhaling tobacco smoke.
Bonus blunt tutorial: How to roll a sushi blunt
If you’re feeling extra creative, there are many ways to roll blunts outside of the standard method. With a few extra supplies, you can even use a sushi rolling mat!
What you’ll need:
- Freshly ground flower
- Loose tobacco leaf or blunt paper
- Bamboo sushi rolling mat
- Small amount of water
- Optional crutch or filter
- Optional shatter or wax for an additional buzz
How to roll a sushi blunt step-by-step
- Place the bamboo sushi rolling mat in front of you.
- Gently pat your tobacco leaf or blunt wrap down onto the sushi rolling mat.
- Be sure the wrap is flush against the edge of the sushi rolling mat that’s closest to you.
- Optional: add a crutch or filter to one side of the blunt paper, placing it closest to you, rather than in the middle of the blunt wrap as is done traditionally.
- Spread your ground cannabis flower evenly over the entire wrap. You can also choose to add concentrates, like shatter or wax, on top of the ground flower.
- Add a little water to the edge of the blunt wrap furthest from you (this is to seal the blunt).
- Roll your blunt as you would sushi, using the same techniques. Pack the sushi rolling mat closer to you as you go, carefully rolling it up. The blunt should be beginning to form now.
- To roll a blunt, first fold the paper over to meet the damp edge of the opposite side. Then seal the edge by pressing down firmly.
- Smoke up!