While a traditional joint is the simplest way to use cannabis, it can be too “basic” for old-time users or “a bit boring” for newbies. If you want to mix things up, rolling a blunt can spice up your experience. But if you’ve never had one, learning how to roll a blunt is your first step.
What is a Blunt?
A blunt is a cigar that has been emptied of tobacco and filled with cannabis. It might not be as iconic as the standard joint, but it has its charm. Many people prefer the mix of cannabis and tobacco wrap, while others are fans of the different flavors of blunt wraps.
Rolling a blunt has its nuances compared to rolling a joint. The process might seem the same, but not quite.
What Do You Need Before You Start a Weed Blunt?
Before you learn how to roll a blunt, secure your supplies. Make sure you have the following:
- Cannabis. Start with your favorite strain of weed. Weed is the main character of this process; otherwise, you’re left with an empty cigar wrapper. You’ll need at least a gram or two of your preferred strain.
- Blunt wraps (aka rolling papers). Blunt wraps, rolling papers or joint wraps are the second leads in the blunt rolling process. Wrappers or papers for blunts are a bit different than regular joint wraps. A tobacco leaf wrap is the essence of blunts. You can either buy rolling papers or buy a cigar and empty out its contents.
- Weed grinder. While you can use your hands to break apart the weed buds, the process can be messy. It can also be more difficult to ensure an even consistency. Instead of dealing with a messy task, get yourself a weed grinder.
- Rolling tray. Rolling a blunt can be just as messy as grinding your weed. Apart from emptying the contents of a cigar, you’ll be dealing with ground weed. A rolling tray offers enough surface to roll your weed blunt. This tray isn’t a must, but it’s a helpful tool. After all, no one wants weed falling on the floor.
- Something sharp. If you want to roll a blunt using a cigar wrapper, you’ll need a sharp tool to open it. Knives are the go-to tools, but anything with a sharp edge will work.
- Lighter. To smoke your weed, you’ll need a lighter to ignite it.
How Do You Roll a Blunt?
Once you have all the supplies, you’re ready to roll. Keep the following steps in mind.
Step One: Grind the Cannabis
Typically, the process starts in the same way as rolling a joint: grind your cannabis. As mentioned earlier, you could grind the bunds with your hands, but it’s not the cleanest or most efficient way to do so. Make your job easier with weed grinders. These tools grind the weed consistently without the need to dirty your hands.
At the same time, a grinder preserves the trichomes, which could fall off if you grind the cannabis with your hands. If you’re thinking about the cost, there are plenty of high-quality grinders available at affordable prices.
Step Two: Prepare the Blunt Paper
Once you’ve ground your cannabis buds, prepare your blunt wraps. You can always use an empty paper and start from scratch. You can also take a cigarillo or cigar and empty out its contents. If you go with the latter method, use your knife to break the cigar down (instead of using your hands). Once you’ve opened it, dump out its contents.
Blunt smokers have different preferences when it comes to blunt wraps. The type they choose eventually becomes their preferred wrapper for blunt rolling. If you’re a newbie, feel free to experiment with different types of blunt wrappers until you find the one you like the most. Use quality wrappers (and don’t use tissue paper to roll a blunt!).
Step Three: Wet Your Blunt Wrap
Next, moisten the blunt wrap a bit. This makes it easier to manipulate.
To wet your wrap, you can use your saliva since some people lick their wraps. It’s not everyone’s preferred method, but it does the job. Another option is to get water and apply it to the wrap with your finger.
Regardless of the method you choose, avoid wetting the wrap too much. Excessive moisture makes the wrap more difficult to handle. It can cause it to tear or disintegrate. If you attempt to smoke a too-moist blunt, it could burn unevenly. Damp your paper enough so that it’s more pliable and workable.
If you get the wraps too wet, you can still do damage control. Dry it out carefully with the flame of your lighter. Just don’t go overboard since you can burn the wraps.
Step Four: Fill the Blunt
Your next step is to fill the wrap with ground weed. Get your rolling tray before you fill the entire wrap. Hold the wrapper and use your fingers to create a trough. Start filling it out carefully. Grab a pinch of weed and deposit it through the wrap.
Watch how much you use. Even if you want the wrap to be full, avoid overstuffing it. You should still be able to seal it.
Step Five: Roll and Seal the Blunt
Before you smoke your weed, roll and seal it. Carefully move the wrap between your fingers to distribute the weed evenly. No one loves lumpy blunts with bulges and weak spots anyway. Once you’ve distributed the weed, bring one edge of the wrapper over your bud and tuck it under another side. Seal the entire thing with water or saliva.
If you’re going with the latter approach, lick the inside of the wrapper before pressing it down. You can also dip your finger in water and apply it to the inside of the wrap.
Step Six: Light It Up to Smoke
Before you light up your blunt, “bake” it. Strike the lighter and run the flame along the wrapper’s seam to lock it. Once you’ve baked it, ignite the end of it and enjoy a better night (or probably a better mental health status, too).
Rolling a Blunt: Tips and Tricks
Rolling a blunt is a straightforward process. If you’re new to the process, it might take some trial and error to get things done. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you.
- Don’t forget to bake the blunt. As mentioned above, you should bake your blunt before igniting it. Baking the blunt dries out the moistened edge and seals everything inside. If you forget to bake, the blunt might fall apart while you smoke.
- Avoid rolling the blunt too tightly. While you want the weed to remain secure inside of your wraps, avoid rolling the blunt tightly. A blunt that’s packed too tightly restricts the airflow inside, which can make it difficult to get a good pull. Pulling your wrapper too taut might cause it to rip or tear.
- Avoid rolling it too loose. At the same time, you don’t want the blunt too loose. If you don’t make it tight enough, some of the weed might fall out.
The Bottom Line: Rolling a Blunt is Easy
If you’re tired of the traditional joint or just want something different, try a blunt weed. Rolling a blunt and smoking it is different from one joint to another, which enables you to mix and match your cannabis consumption.
The best part is learning how to roll a blunt is an easy and straightforward process. As long as you have the right supplies and know the right techniques, you’re good to go. Just keep learning the process and you’ll eventually develop the habit of rolling your own blunt.