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How to roll a blunt


What is a blunt?

A blunt 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 cigarillos and blunt wraps.

Rolling a blunt has its own nuances as opposed to rolling a joint, so check out our simple guide to learn how to roll one.

Advantages of smoking a blunt

People tend to either love or hate blunts. The main complaint against them is they have tobacco and can have a harsh smoke.

Some reasons people prefer blunts are:

  • Heightened effects: Tobacco adds a buzziness and energy to your high
  • Flavor and aroma: Some people love the smell of a burning blunt, especially if you use a nice cigar or a flavored blunt wrap
  • Portable: Like joints, you can take a blunt anywhere
  • Slow burn: Blunts burn slower than joints, so they last a lot longer in your smoking circle

Materials for rolling a blunt

To roll a blunt, start by gathering the necessary supplies:

  • Cannabis strain of choice
  • Cigar, cigarillo, or blunt wrap
  • Grinder
  • Razor blade (optional)—this can come in handy for breaking open cigars or cigarillos, but isn’t necessary, and not needed for blunt wraps

Any cigar or cigarillo will do, but we recommend one that isn’t completely dried out, as it’ll break easier and be harder to roll. These days you can usually find blunt wraps at any corner store—they are like one giant rolling paper made out of tobacco.

Common cigarillos you can find at most corner stores are:

  • Swisher Sweets
  • Black & Mild
  • Phillies
  • Dutch Masters
  • White Owl

How much weed should you put in a blunt?

Blunts are bigger than your average joint so you’ll need more weed. Typically, 1-2 grams should be enough for one blunt, but if you are using a big cigar, you may need more. Consider how many people will be in your smoking circle and adjust accordingly.

How to roll a blunt

Step 1: Grind your cannabis

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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

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Traditionally, connoisseurs will empty a cigarillo (like Swisher Sweets, Phillies, or Backwoods), but these days you can find empty wraps at the corner store.

Use a razor 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 tobacco wrap

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A little bit of moisture will make the blunt wrap easier to work with and also help seal up any small tears that might occur while emptying or rolling. This can easily done with some saliva, but if you’re rolling a blunt for someone else, consider dipping the tip of your finger into some tap water.

Step 4: Fill it up

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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 bit more.

Step 5: Roll the blunt wrap

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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 while you’re working with it, you can use the gummy adhesive from a rolling paper to repair it.

Step 6: Bake the blunt and enjoy!

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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.

Now that you’ve got your blunt rolled, all that’s left is to light the end and enjoy with some friends!


Will Hyde contributed to this article.