Many cannabis consumers that know how to roll a joint agree – knowing how to roll a blunt is a different game. Knowing how to roll a blunt is something that takes more know-how and experience. This is not only because a blunt is much longer and fatter than an average joint, the paper is also much more coarse and grainy, which makes it a bit more difficult to roll and to get to stick together.
If you're a first-timer or a beginner, we built this step-by-step guide for you. We created this guide on how to roll a blunt beginner friendly..
We will cover:
Why choose a blunt, to begin with
Which type of blunt wrap to choose
How to prepare your marijuana for a blunt
Tips to roll consistent blunts
A 5-step guide to rolling expert blunts
Rolling Your First Blunt: Why Do It?
Blunts are a popular method of smoking weed. A blunt is commonly thought of as a larger, fatter joint that is wrapped in a tobacco or cigar wrap. They last longer, hold more, and carry with them aroma and effects that marijuana on its own does not.
If you are interested in learning about how to roll a blunt, you are likely interested in what these additional effects are - both in paper and in practice.
Blunts commonly are rolled using hollowed tobacco wraps. These tobacco wraps impart flavors and a small amount of nicotine into the experience of smoking the blunt. Much like spliffs, which mix cannabis and tobacco before being rolled into a paper, blunts are known to provide a small headrush and physical energy right after smoking.
This is an effect purely linked to tobacco, and it’s among the main reasons blunts are popular. Second, blunts are popular because they can add flavor through the cigarillo wrap used to roll them. That flavor both adds to smoking the blunt and helps to obscure the aroma of cannabis.
How To Roll A Blunt for Beginners in Five Steps
We understand that many of us have never rolled our joints or blunts. It is a skill that can be learned and perfected, but not without practice and someone to show you the way. Since there is no “How to Roll A Blunt for Dummies”, we created a step-by-step ourselves. You’ll have to go buy some marijuana or have some around to move forward - at least if you want a hands-on learning experience.
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Let’s get roiling.
Step 1: Break Up Your Buds
You'll need to break up your weed into small pieces to roll it in a blunt. You can use any flower strain you want at this point. To save some money, you can go for discount buds, shake, and trim rather than the premium top-shelf flower. If you want this smoking experience to be as luxurious as possible, go for premium flower and luxury wraps or cigarillos.
Blunts, by design, last longer - so a good strain is a good plan, but not necessary to learn how to roll a blunt.
Step 2: Buy a blunt or a blunt wrap
A traditional blunt wrap uses an actual cigar with the tobacco hollowed out of it. Many people opt for a cigarillo such as Swisher Sweets, which are both cost-effective and available in numerous flavors, rather than an actual cigar when learning to roll a blunt.
If you don’t feel that you want to start by ripping the guts out of a cigar and then licking the paper back together, commercially-made blunt wraps are available as well.
Both cigarillos and wraps are usually sold in packs of two and are available at most convenience stores.
If you're a beginner at blunt rolling, your best bet is to choose a commercially made blunt wrap as these are much easier to work with. Zig Zag has a good variety of flavored blunt wraps if you like your blunts on the sweeter side. If you want to go the more old-school route and start with a cigar, a Phillies is the classic full-flavor blunt experience.
Step 3: Prepare your blunt wrap
If you've opted to start your first blunt with a traditional cigar, you'll need to empty the tobacco first. Slit the cigar down the middle vertically and empty the tobacco, or gently twist until you get all the tobacco out.
If you've chosen a blunt wrap, simply bend it in half as you would with a rolling paper when rolling a joint.
If you have never rolled a joint, not to worry - we’ve got a tip: Wrap the blunt wrap around a pen, lick the paper, and seal it around the pen just loose enough to slide off once dry enough. Most wraps come with a plastic tube in the center which can be used to pack the blunt.
Step 4: Prepare your weed
When learning how to roll a blunt, you'll want to make sure your weed is broken up evenly and without any thick chunks, stems, or seeds. The more consistent the weed is broken up, the easier it is to roll or pack. But be careful, if it's ground too fine, the smoker may not be able to hit very well.
Step 5: Roll the Blunt
If you're using a blunt wrap or a cigar that's been split down the middle, simply roll it as you would roll a joint. Add your weed down the middle and spread it out so that it's nice and even. Once it’s evenly distributed, hold it with your thumbs in the middle while you use your index fingers to keep everything in place as you roll it up as tightly as possible.
Lick the wrapper along the upper edge, seal it up, and it's ready to smoke. If you've chosen to empty the tobacco of your blunt without cutting it, you'll need to carefully fill it with weed, packing it down as you go. A small funnel made out of construction paper and a straw or other thin object will come in handy here and make your job a lot easier.
Once you have your weed in and it's filled up completely so that it's nice and fat, simply light it up and get to toking.
Want to Learn How to Roll a Blunt with Video Instead?
If you're still not feeling confident about how to roll a blunt, you might want to check out this video tutorial. Rolling a blunt isn't too difficult, but it does take a bit of practice so don't be too disappointed if your first-timer blunt rolling attempts aren't the greatest. Practice makes perfect, so try again.