This article will give you a step by step guide to help you learn, practice, and master the art and science of rolling the prefect blunt.
How To Roll A Blunt
What You’ll Need
- Cigars or cigar wraps
- Your favorite strain of weed
- Small knife or razor blade
- Clean tray to work on
- Paper towel
1A) Buy A Cigar Wrap
There are two ways to get started learning how to roll a blunt (hence the 1A here and the 1B below): the easy way and the hard way. The easy way is to buy an empty cigar wrap at your local smoke shop or online — actually, the easiest way is to buy a pre-rolled blunt too but there is something to be said about DIY, so you should at least know how to roll a blunt on your own even if you don’t do it that often.
1B) Empty The Tobacco Out Of A Cigar
This takes a little bit of doing, but the results are well worth the effort. Before you start, be sure you have multiple cigars on hand because you will make mistakes and have to start over.
Look and feel for a bump or “vein” that runs the length of the cigar. That’s the glue the manufacturer used to seal the cigar, and that’s where you want to split it. You can use your fingers to massage and “crack” the cigar, or you can use a small knife (an X-acto or razor blade works well) to slice the cigar in half lengthwise.
Once you’ve gotten the cigar open, empty the tobacco into a bowl if you want to use it again or the garbage if you don’t. Feel free to cut off the glue ridge with a sharp edge of your choice.
2) Grind Your Weed
Grind up 1-1.5 grams of your favorite bud so you have plenty to work with. And don’t get too aggressive with your grinding. The goal here is a nice, fluffy consistency with plenty of small chunks. This facilitates airflow and makes the burn easier and more enjoyable.
3) Moisten The Cigar Wrap
This step is optional — and with practice, you may not need it anyway but we want to make it easy for those first-timers out there. With a damp paper towel, pat the cigar wrap until it feels moist. Be careful not to saturate the cigar wrap with too much liquid (so no dunking it in a bowl of water).
Getting the cigar wrap just a little bit wet will make it easier to work with and prevent it from tearing in places it shouldn’t.
4) Load It Up
Pack the empty cigar wrap with as much weed as possible. This makes the end product better because an underloaded blunt will collapse after you light it.
Pro Tip: Load up the center of the blunt with more weed than the ends. When you roll it, the weed tends to spread and fill out the ends for a nice, even thickness.
5) Roll It Up
This is the part that takes patience and practice. Roll the cannabis filled cigar wrap between your fingers and thumbs until you’ve got a closed tube with weed inside. Be gentle so you don’t crack or tear the cigar wrap and ruin the look and feel of your blunt. When you’ve got the blunt all closed up, moisten the exposed edge from end to end and then seal it down (like licking an envelope).
- Practice your rolling technique with the tobacco from the now-empty cigar and a quarter of a piece of printer paper (4.25” x 5.5” or 10.8 cm x 14 cm for those of you who can handle the metric system).
- As an alternative to licking the edge before closing, you can seal your blunt with a bit of cannabis oil if you’re feeling really daring and want an extra kick.
- “Bake” the blunt by running a lighter lengthwise under the seam and around the outside to help seal everything together.
6) Light It Up And Enjoy
After admiring the beauty of the blunt you’ve created, light that sucker up! Toke it for yourself or puff, puff, pass with your friends so all of you can enjoy it.