Rolling a blunt is a quintessential and nerve wracking experience. Have you ever been in a group of your peeps, ready start a sesh, but no one wants to roll? That’s because the shit ain’t easy, and rolling is an art. Expert rollers make it look easy, but if anyone who is new to the game tries, it quickly becomes clear how tricky it can be. It’s a multi-step process that, when done well, yields a portable, flavorful treat that burns a lot slower than joints. Get it right, and you’re a hero. Get it wrong, and you’ll probably be clowned for years to come. If you’ve read this far and decided that you still want to refine your blunt rolling technique, then never fear. We’ll get you ready. Read on for a primer on blunt rolling 101 that will set you up for success. Determining when to bust out your new skill is up to you, but we can get you started.
Blunt Rolling 101: Start with your ingredients
Start with 1-2 grams of weed, a grinder, and rolling papers or cigarillos. Any cigar or cigarillo will do, but I highly recommend to find one that isn’t dried out. These days you can even find blunt wraps at any gas station or convenience store. Common brands include Swisher Sweets, Black & Mild’s, Phillies, White Owls, and Dutch Masters. They all function like giant rolling papers made of tobacco. You can also pick up rolling papers that are made for this very purpose. Pro tip: if you’re a beginner, I don’t recommend starting with a full size cigar. Don’t ask me how I know, I just know. You’ll need your cannabis strain of choice.
Step 1: Grind it Up
To roll your blunt, start by grinding the cannabis. Break it down into shake by using a grinder or even just your hands, if you don’t have one on hand. Hand use is more traditional and helps the burn go a little bit slower, but using a grinder makes for an even burn.
Step 2: Prep the Blunt
Take the tobacco wrap you’ve set aside for this purpose. Whether you’ve emptied a cigarillo or you’re starting from an empty wrap is up to you. If you go the cigarillo route, cut the blunt lengthwise with a blade, or you can (gently!) crack the blunt using your fingers to separate the tobacco from the cigarillo. You can save some of the tobacco if you like to smoke spliffs, but you don’t have to.
Step 3: Wet the Wrap
All you need now is a little bit of moisture to make your blunt a little easier to work with and to seal it up. Most people use their tongue, but if you’re doing this for a group, you could just use the tip of your finger. However, you’ll soon be sharing the tip with others so that’s up to you, but if you’re sick, sit this part out, or skip the smoke sesh altogether.
Step 4: Fill and Pack
This is the part that takes a fair amount of practice. Make sure the flower is spread evenly throughout the wrap. One to two grams should be plenty, but you can probably get more in there if you’re experienced.
Step 5: Roll it Up
This is the tricky part. Make sure the wrap is moistened, but not wet, and not too dry because it could crack. If it’s too wet, it could fall apart. So aim for a nice balance. Once the blunt is packed and shaped, tuck the wrap under itself and wet the inside of the exposed edge from end to end. Use your fingers to hold and smooth any wrinkles, and roll it nice and tight, but not too tight.
Step 6: Light it Up and Get Baked
Now it all comes together. Bake your blunt by running a lighter under the seam and around the outside of the blunt to dry it and encourage an even burn. This part takes practice- don’t burn your hands! The trick is to hold it far away enough and to move quickly enough that you get the heat, not the flame. Just make sure not to burn it, that’s what you do at the end. Once your blunt is packed, rolled, and baked, all that’s left to do is light it up and enjoy with friends.
Do you have a favorite trick or technique for rolling a blunt? If you do, don’t be shy, share below! If this is your first 420 with others, make sure to practice beforehand, because practice makes perfect! Don’t let the flower spill all over the place, just to have your little sister swoop in to save you in a group of friends. This didn’t happen to me, I’m saying don’t let it happen to you.