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How to roll a perfect blunt: A step-by-step guide

September 1, 2016
For beginners asking “what is a blunt?”, a blunt is to a joint what the cigar is to a cigarette. Or more simply, it is a cigar that has been emptied of its loose-leaf tobacco and filled with cannabis. While not quite as iconic as the standard joint, the cultural significance of the blunt cannot be ignored. Many prefer the added buzz created by the mix of cannabis and its tobacco wrap, while others appreciate the variety of flavors available in most cigarillos and blunt wraps.

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Rolling a blunt comes with its own set of norms that are in place to maintain function and tradition. To help you roll up your own, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step guide to blunt rolling.

Start by gathering the necessary supplies:

  • Cannabis strain of choice
  • Cigar, cigarillo, or blunt wrap
  • Grinder and blade are optional, but may be helpful for those new to rolling

Step 1: Grind your cannabis

How to Roll a Blunt step 1: grind your cannabis
Break down your cannabis into shake using a grinder or your hands. Using a grinder will help maintain an even burn, while using your hands is the more traditional method and is often preferred to help the blunt burn a little slower.

Step 2: Prep the blunt wrap

How to Roll a Blunt step 2: prep your blunt wrap
To roll your blunt you’ll need a tobacco wrap. Traditionally, connoisseurs will empty a cigarillo (like Swisher Sweets, Phillies, or Backwoods), but these day you can find empty wraps at the corner store. Use a blade to cut the blunt lengthwise, or if you’ve got the right touch you can “crack” the blunt using your fingers. Once you’ve split the blunt, empty the tobacco from the middle and discard (or if you like to smoke spliffs, save it for later).

Step 3: Wet the wrap

How to Roll a Blunt step 3: wet the wrap
Using just a little bit of moisture will make your blunt wrap easier to work with, shape, and help seal up any small tears that might occur while you’re emptying its tobacco innards. This is easily done with some saliva, but if you’re rolling this blunt for someone else, you might consider using the tip of your finger and some tap water.

Step 4: Fill it up

How to Roll a Blunt step 4: fill the wrap with cannabis
Fill the empty tobacco wrapping with ground cannabis. For a standard size cigarillo one to two grams is plenty, though if you’re sharing your blunt, are an experienced roller, or are using a blunt wrap, you should be able to fit a fair amount more.

Step 5: Roll the blunt wrap

How to Roll a Blunt step 5: roll the blunt wrap
Roll the cannabis between your fingers to pack the blunt evenly. Be careful: if you didn’t moisten the wrap enough, it may crack. Once you’ve packed and shaped your blunt, tuck the wrap under itself and wet the inside of the exposed edge from end to end. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles. (Tip: if you poke a hole or if the blunt cracks at all while you’re working with it, you can use the gummy adhesive from rolling papers to repair it.)

Step 6: Bake the blunt

How to Roll a Blunt step 6: bake the blunt
Now that your blunt is rolled, you’ll want to “bake” or dry it to help seal it together and encourage an even burn. Bake your blunt by running a lighter lengthwise under the seam and around the outside. Be careful not to hold the lighter too close — you only want the heat, not the flame.

Step 7: Enjoy!

How to Roll a Blunt step 6: enjoy your blunt!
Now that you’ve got your blunt rolled, all tha’s’ left is to light the end and enjoy with some friends!

What’s your favorite trick for rolling a blunt? Share your tips, fond memories while smoking blunts, or different ways to roll a blunt in the comments below and pass along the skill to others!

  • Rain Kushman

    Or just gently roll the tobacco out with ur fingers

    • Q Tip

      You just saved my little OCD life!! Sooooo, much easier for my novice nerdy self!

  • Jake

    Speaking as a tobacconist in an upscale cigar shop unfortunately located in a college town’s bar district…
    PLEASE don’t go into a fine cigar shop and ask which cigar to use to roll a blunt. Gas station cigars are not really cigars. They use what’s called RST (reconstituted sheet tobacco), which is tobacco which has been shredded, mixed with water, fillers, and chemicals, and homogenized into a sheet. It is flue-cured just like cigarette tobacco before being shredded, so most of the chemicals and acidity is burned out, maing it easier to inhale. Real cigars are the actual leaf right off the plant having undergone nothing but air curing, leaving a lot of chemicals your throat really hates to inhale. Instead, buy a really good cigar that you can genuinely enjoy with a side of cannabis, or just get your blunts at the gas station

    • SisterSafetyPin

      So you’re saying using a real cigar leaf would be too harsh? I’m curious because I find things like swishers to be harsh, but backwooks and 1882’s which are just leaves usually give me no problem

      • Jake

        Using a traditionally cured, cigar tobacco leaf would be too harsh because of the natural chemical content and acidity of the smoke. There are so many different kids of tobacco that I have a hard time wrapping my head around it, and I work 40 hours a week in a fine tobacco shop. The tobacco in a cigarette, for instance, is traditionally a blend of virginia and turkish tobacco, which come from different seeds entirely than the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper on my cigar. My guess would be that the wrappers on backwoods are loaded with so much flavoring that it dampens the harshness of the cigar leaf. Either that, or it’s flue cured (with heat) so it’s cured more like cigarette tobacco, or that they use pipe or cigarette tobacco instead of cigar leaf. The most likely scenario is it’s all 3. That’s not even taking into account that the binder (just underneath the natural leaf wrapper) is almost always RST, and the filler is shredded RST. In a premium cigar the leaves are “long filler” which means that all the leaves in the filler run the entire length of the cigar, whereas blunts are shredded RST.
        Fun fact:
        Because the seeds of pipe and cigar tobacco are so different, they need to be grown under different conditions. That’s why you won’t find cuban pipe tobacco. Their soil just isn’t suitable for growing tasty pipe tobacco. They do make shredded cigar tobacco for pipes, however this is exponentially stronger than what most smokers would put in a pipe.

        • eliezercazares

          cigars are like tacos.

    • Jason Dyer

      What’s your thoughts about hemp wraps , I use high hemp wraps

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    • Jason Dyer

      I use high hemp organic wraps I assume that’s the brand you’re talking about if not enlighten me , vegan 100% organic hemp GMO free 100% tobacco free CBD+.. they are thebest imo

  • Christi Juarez

    I don’t split the paper apart. I just push all the tobacco out through the ends and then fill it up with the weed. Using a small stick, tooth pic or Q-tip can work. Fill it up making sure there’s no empty area’s. But I like the idea of wetting it so the paper is more pliable. I’ll try that next time.

  • Libertarian Kyle

    Fucking worthless article written by people who have never smoked weed in their life. Use different instructions as these ones are worthless retard garbage. You have to be functionally retarded to think LICKING IT actually accomplishes anything other than ruining it.

    • trina d firey

      I don’t love it. Kyle brings negativity to this conversation. Most ppl quit using the word “retard”decades ago bc it’s degrading & offensive to intellectually limited ppl. And, licking is essential to rolling a joint when there is or is no accessibility to H2O.
      Vanilla bourbon or strawberry flavored cigar wraps sound like heaven to me.

  • Jason Dyer

    I wouldn’t really recommend a q-tip unless ya want to take the chance of smoking cotton if it’s real cotton…, A pencil with an eraser works perfect