Ever since cannabis smoking became a thing, people have looked at ways of making their joints bigger. The blunt is a natural progression of all this experimentation and came about in the sixties and seventies, especially when stronger cigarette papers were starting to appear on the market.
After all, what better receptacle for cannabis is there than a big, fat cigar.
There are plenty of different ways to get your dose of cannabis nowadays. You can smoke it, vape it, even bake it. Which works for you depends on personal preference, but if you want to create a traditional blunt and wow your friends, all you need to do is follow our simple guide below.
As with most things, how to roll a blunt is not just about technique. It takes plenty of practice too.
What is a Blunt?
Most people smoke their cannabis using a joint. A blunt is something slightly different because you basically need to gut a cigar before you start rolling your cannabis in the leaves. While not the healthiest way to get high because of all that tobacco content and the sheer size of the thing, it’s the perfect thing for that special get together with your favorite friends.
The Difference Between Joints, Blunts and Spliffs
Getting your terminology right is important if you want to make an impression in the world of cannabis.
A joint is what you normally think about when smoking cannabis. While there’s competition from vapes and dabs nowadays, as well as bongs, joints are basically the same as a normally rolled cigarette, but with that extra kick. You can get these ready rolled and to go in many cannabis stores where it’s legal for recreational use, especially around the US.
The big disadvantage is that they tend to burn a bit too quickly and you can spend a lot of time relighting them.
A spliff is practically identical to a joint but you add tobacco as well as cannabis. This is less popular in the US than it is in Europe where it’s long been the standard practice for rolling up and smoking. Of course, there are some pretty big health issues with smoking tobacco but it does help the spliff burn at a much steadier rate, something you don’t generally get with a joint.
The blunt however is the daddy of the cannabis world and designed to give you a big THC high. They are made from using specialist wraps or simply hollowing out a large cigar. Most people combine tobacco with their cannabis to add extra flavor and the quality of the cigar you choose can make a big difference. They can be loaded a lot more with cannabis which can make them extremely strong and certainly not for the faint hearted.
This is not for a quick smoke but for a dedicated session. It’s important that you learn to roll a blunt properly beforehand as you can end up loosing a lot of your cannabis on the floor if you get things wrong. You also need to be very careful about the strength of cannabis that you use.
How to Roll a Blunt Like a Pro
You don’t need much to make a blunt. You’ll require your cannabis, of course. Then you’ll need a decent sized cigar. Finally, it’s a good idea to have a very sharp knife or scalpel to break open that cigar.
Step 1: Opening the Cigar
This is perhaps the most vital step as you want to create a clean cut which is why the knife has to be so sharp. Cigars are made up of tobacco leaves rolled together. The size you chose is going to depend on personal preference but our advice is to start with something like a cigarillo.
The key here is to make a clean cut through the top shell and try not to tear the tobacco leaf. Carefully prize it open and then gut the cigar gently. Take your time over this stage as it can mean the difference between a really great blunt and a total disaster.
Step 2: Packing the Blunt
Once you’ve removed the tobacco, the next stage is to pack in your cannabis. Of course, you may want a mix of tobacco and weed and that’s fine. For a hefty blunt, however, you’re going to need around 2 or 3 grams of material whatever the constituents. If you want to add a little concentrate, feel free to do so but make sure it is all evenly distributed along the length of the cigar carcass.
Step 3: Lick and Fold
This is the slightly icky part but one that has to be done. You need to lick your casing as much as possible to make it more malleable. You’ll realize straight away that this isn’t too pleasant but you can’t avoid it if you want a really great blunt.
Next, the time has come to roll your blunt. If you know how to roll a joint, you should manage this okay. The difference is that you have to take it slow and be extra, extra careful. The outer shell is pretty delicate and it’s easy to rip things up by applying too much pressure.
Step 4: Sealing and Cooking
Now that you’ve rolled your blunt, the only thing really keeping it all in tact is your own sticky spit. Run you lighter gently over the surface, being careful not to burn it, so that the tobacco dries out. This should take you just a few minutes and by the end you’ll have the perfectly rolled blunt.
Your next step is to light it up and enjoy.
The Paper Alternative
That’s the classic way on how to roll a blunt but you can nowadays getting ready made blunt papers which come in different flavors. It’s a lot easier but not as impressive as the traditional cigar based end product. If you prefer to stay clear of tobacco, though, it’s a good choice.
For your information, the worlds biggest blunt was 5 pounds in weight and contained about $10,000 worth of cannabis. We don’t advise that you roll your blunt that big but there’s not much constraint in size. The biggest issue is making sure you create something that sticks together and doesn’t fall apart – for that you need plenty of practice.
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