Visual Guide: How to Roll a Better Blunt

how to roll a blunt

You may be familiar with how to roll a joint, but do you know how to roll a blunt? The process of rolling a blunt is very similar to rolling a joint: you will simply be using a tobacco leaf instead of a traditional rolling paper.

joint vs blunt

A blunt is, quite simply, a cannabis cigar. The term originated from the Phillies Blunt brand cigars, but has since been used to refer to any inexpensive cigar or cigarillo that is hollowed-out and then re-rolled using ground cannabis in place of the tobacco. Some companies even sell blunt wraps, which do not have any tobacco inside and are sold ready to be re-rolled.

leaf vs wrap

Often, people will refer to blunts by the brand of cigar or wrap they prefer. For instance, ‘sweets’ typically refer to Swisher Sweets, ‘woods’ refer to Backwoods, and ‘dutches’ refer to Dutch Masters. Which one is best? Conclusively, the answer is: whichever one you prefer. They all serve the same function, in the end, so feel free to choose your favorite based on size, flavor, texture, and any other criteria that are important to you.

Make sure you have all the key smoking accessories for rolling great blunts: grinder, wrap, cannabis or organic hemp flower, and a lighter at the bare minimum -- and a rolling tray wouldn't hurt, either. The following steps will require the above items if you want to improve your smoking experience.

  1. Prepare Your Leaf

    The first step is to prepare the cigar for rolling. In order to hollow out the cigar, you will need to split it open. This is typically done using your fingers or a blade (there are blunt splitters expressly made for this purpose); we will demonstrate both methods. Note: If you are using a blunt wrap, this step will not apply as the tobacco leaf is not filled with tobacco.

    splitting a blunt wrap

    When splitting the cigar open with your fingers, we recommend starting at the end with the mouthpiece and working down towards the end that will be ignited. If the cigar is too dry, it will be difficult to perform this step without cracking the outside. To combat a dry cigar or wrap, forget breathing all over it or licking it (please, don't do this). Instead, try wrapping the cigar in a damp (not soaking, but thoroughly moistened) paper towel for a few minutes.  If you're in a serious hurry, you can put the wrapped cigar in the microwave for a few seconds (we're talking about 3-5, standing there the entire time.  Do not abandon your post!) to speed things along, but don't cook the gar. The alternative is to use a sharp blade, something like a knife or razor to split the cigar.

    open blunt wrap

    Regardless of the method you choose, the important part is removing all of the tobacco from the cigar (unless you're rolling a spliff -- not our style, but to each their own).

    empty blunt wrap

    If the tobacco leaf is still dry, you can give it a lick so it becomes more pliable or, preferably, press it in a dampened paper towel for a few seconds at a time until it revives a bit.  More moisture in the wrap will make for easier rolling.

    leaf wrap

    Now you should have an empty tobacco leaf rolling paper that is ready to be filled with cannabis.

  2. Grind the Cannabis

    Grab your favorite strain and grind it up. A fine, uniform grind is important as it will result in a slow-burning blunt with a smooth draw. We often use a weed grinder card positioned over a smell proof container to make it easy to grind the flower and then pour it right into the leaf. If you need to invest in your first four-piece grinder (a wise investment if you consume cannabis or hemp flower with any regularity), we recommend shopping with Billowby, they have a great selection of top brands!

    weed grinding

    For more on the importance of grinding, click here. In my experience, blunts do not require a crutch, but there is no problem with adding one!

  3. Arrange the bud for rolling

    Blunts are typically rolled straight, as opposed to coned. Thus, the next step is to evenly arrange the ground bud in the trough of the bunt/wrap to ensure a smooth, even burn and an uncomplicated roll.

    weed in the blunt wrap

    An uneven dispersion will make rolling the blunt into a straight, uniform cylinder very difficult, so really take your time with this step.  You are, in the most literal sense, setting yourself up for success in the next step:  rolling the thing.

  4. Roll slowly, compacting the flower

    The next step is to roll the ground cannabis into a cylindrical tube. For more detail on how to roll the cannabis into a cylinder, check out my comprehensive rolling guide.  Resist the temptation to focus so much on one section of the blunt that the rest falls apart on you -- try to take a holistic approach to rolling the blunt (this will be much easier if you set yourself up well in the last step).

    rolling prep for a blunt

  5. Tuck & Lick

    The tuck can be initiated at the mouthpiece or in the middle of the blunt,  --it's a matter of personal preference. If you choose to start at the mouthpiece, give that third a lick and stick it down; working your way to the end that will be lit.    

    how to roll a perfect bluntIf you prefer to start in the middle, lay down about the middle third and then work your way outward toward each end.wrapping a blunt

  6. Seal and Dry

    Once the blunt is sealed, you can use a lighter to dry out any moisture left from licking and sticking.  After the blunt is sealed, applying heat will help it hold its shape.

    lighting a blunt

    how to create a blunt

    As you can see, it requires quite a few items to roll a slow-burning blunt. If you are rolling in advance, make sure you protect your blunt because they can break easily in transit. We recommended storing your blunt and rolling supplies in a discreet smell-proof case between smokes to avoid any awkward moments with family or friends.

safety case with blunts

 

CBD Blunts:  Relief Without the Buzz

You've likely had a cannabis blunt at some point, but did you know you can also consume CBD in this classic style?  Organic hemp flower offers all the benefits of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids, as well as helpful terpenes and flavonoids, that can help alleviate chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and other symptoms.  For an extra boost, you can also twax your blunt with CBD oil (Ambary Garden's Full Spectrum Daily CBD Hemp Extracts shown in image below) or isolate for intensive symptom relief.  

We enjoy the hemp flower selection from Canna Comforts and have had great success with their variety of top-shelf, organic, high-CBD hemp strains.  Federally legal and batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency, we trust Canna Comforts for an enjoyable and therapeutic CBD smoke session.  We like rolling up a blunt of Lifter (and it would make good practice!)(shown in image below), but you could also go for a Wife Palm Wrap preroll if you prefer to leave the rolling to the experts.  

 

 

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