How to Roll a Perfect Blunt
If you've ever seen a music video, or Snoop Dogg in public for that matter, you know how decadent a stunningly rolled blunt looks. The perfect creaseless exterior and the thick curly rise of smoke is a powerful image. Their size makes them perfect for sharing in a big group and many enjoy the light added buzz from the tobacco in the wrap (unless you're using non-tobacco Hemp/Palm/ETC wraps).
While rolling a blunt and rolling a joint, if you're familiar, are similar in process, there are some key differences that we're going to highlight for you here to make sure you get the perfect blunt, every time!
Here's what you'll need;
- Strain of choice
- Cigar, cigarillo, or blunt wrap
- Crutch (If desired)
Step 1: Grind Your Cannabis
Grind up your product! Easy. You can try this with a couple different grinders - you'll find that depending on their blades they make for either a course or fluffy grind. The fluffier the grind, the more even the burn - the coarser the grind, the slower the burn. Ultimately this is a matter of preference.
Step 2: Prep the Blunt Shell
To roll a blunt you'll need the shell of a cigar, essentially. Traditionally, you would empty a cigarillo (like Swisher Sweets, Phillies, or Backwoods), but today you can easily find empty wraps at the corner store. Using a blade (key, crazy sharp fingernail, letter opener, whatever is available) blunt lengthwise, preferably along the "seam" or if you’ve got the right touch you can “crack” the blunt along the seam. Empty the tobacco and throw away - word to the wise, cigars and cigarillos made for blunt rolling have some nasty, foul, tobacco inside. Don't plan on saving it or smoking it. If you're looking for a real cigar, go to a real cigar shop.
Step 3: Moisten the Shell
In general, the shell will be dry out of the packaging and not ideal for molding and shaping. If it's relatively fresh, a blast over of hot air will moisten it perfectly (the way you would frosh over a window on a cold day, with your breath). A dryer blunt will require a lick or two, but you know, don't make out with it. Too wet is also bad - just evenly coat it with one or two solid licks. At a nice dinner party? Rolling for a patient? Use your finger and a glass of water to slightly moisten the shell.
Step 4: Fill It Up
Fill up your shell! Now's the time to insert your crutch, if desired. A normal sized blunt should house between .75 and 1.25 grams - you don't want to overfill it or it will be hard to pull.
Step 5: Roll the Blunt Wrap
Pick up the filled blunt gently from both ends. Roll it back and forth slightly - we're gently pressing but we're not over-compacting (again, that will make for a hard pull). Tuck the side of the wrap closest to you down and lick, or moisten, the opposite edge thoroughly. Starting at one end, press the moistened edge down and gently press towards the end of the blunt, smoothing it as you go.
Step 6: Bake It
Using the very tip of the flame of your lighter, run the heat along the edges of your blunt, especially around any wet spots and the seal. You're returning the blunt to a "dry" state, like when you first opened it, so that it is optimal for smoking.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Grab your sesh buddies & light it up.
Pro-tips: Blunts Around the World
Rolling blunts is nothing short of cultural heritage - different regions have their favorite brands and techniques, so here's the down low to keep you rolling perfectly.
Swisher Sweet - Swishers & Bud go together like... swishers and bud!
- Pro-tip: When cracking, find the "flattest" side and using both thumbs press in and down, then gently pull away for a smooth even break down the middle
Dutch Master - The East Coast Special
- Pro-tip: Dutchies have an exterior leaf that winds around the exterior of the cigar. Wet thoroughly and, starting end and working your way to the mouth piece, unwind this leaf. Set around a glass of water (with condensation) or flat on a table. After the interior bit is done (the same as any other blunt) re-roll the finished product in the moist exterior leaf and bake for a exceptionally slow and even burn
Backwoods - Growing in Popularity
- Pro-tip: Starting at the mouthpiece, unwrap the leaf slowly. Because of the irregular shape of the backwoods, it's crucial to re-roll it the same way it came rolled - the leaf itself is 100% natural so it will require twice as much saliva for a perfect seal