From Redman’s classic, “How to Roll a Blunt” to Parks & Recreation’s DJ Bluntz, this stoner staple has been a part of the community – and pop culture – for decades. For those who may not know, a blunt is basically just a joint that, instead of being rolled in rolling paper, is rolled in tobacco leaf like a cigar. This wrapper is secured from either emptying out a cigar or cigarillo or by purchasing a blunt wrap that isn’t already rolled.
Since not everyone is born with the innate gift to roll blunts, we can turn to Redman to give us the perfect step-by-step guide to rolling a blunt. As Red says, “when you get the hang of it, you’ll catch more blunts than Archie Bunk.”
1. Get Some Weed
“First of all you get a fat bag of ism…from uptown, any local store sells the sh*t friend…”
Redman’s first instruction on how to roll a blunt is pretty straight forward: buy your cannabis (that’s what he is calling ‘ism’ here.) You may be wondering what kind of “ism” to pick up, especially if you have a particularly vast selection at your fingertips. The good news is the type of paper, at least as far as what you are going to find at smoke shops, will not affect your high at all. Since the blunt papers, which we will get into later, are essentially only changing the overall flavor, you are better off grabbing strains that can stand up to the flavor of the paper.
*The only exception to this is if you decide to buy hemp wraps, your high will be different because you don’t have the tobacco mixing with the weed.
High-quality strains, like Purple Punch and this writer’s favorite, GG4, are also going to give you a better experience thanks to their inherent moisture and better grind. Choosing high-quality flower with a lot of flavor, combined with the blunt paper, will give you a top-tier experience.
2. Buy A Cigarillo Or Blunt Wrap
“Purchase a Phillies…not the city of Philly, silly punk, I’m talking ’bout the sh*t called the Phillie blunt…”
Despite what some writers may say, there really is not one specific, perfect, unmatched brand of blunt paper. In fact, the popularity of the blunt may actually be responsible for the success of some cigarillo companies, as their products went from pre-filled cigarillos to selling just the tobacco wraps. You can also find blunt wraps made out of hemp instead of tobacco.
Most brands are national, or even international, and can be found at nearly every corner store, bodega, gas station, and smoke shop. Dutch Masters and Swisher Sweets are classic, flavorful cigarillos wraps, and the ever-present Zig Zags can be a fine stand-in if you don’t mind your wrap burning too quickly. Backwoods are another popular choice, but if you’re reading this article on how to roll a beginner blunt, then you’re probably not ready to roll a Backwood.
3. Split And Dump Your Blunt
“Lick the blunt and then the Phillie blunt middle you split…Don’t have a razor blade, use ya f*ckin’ fingertips…”
If you are looking to honor tradition, or just like doing things the hard way, this next step is to simply remove the tobacco from your pre-rolled cigarillo. The easiest way to do this is to carefully run a razor blade down the side of your cigarillo of choice, cutting one side of the wrapper, and allowing the contents to be dumped out by running your finger through the split in your cigarillo. The other way to remove your contents is to pick the side of your cigarillo that you want to split open and lick it to make it. Using your thumbs, make a small tear at the top of one side of the blunt, and slowly split your cigarillo open by making a succession of tears along the area that you licked. Cigarillos can be pretty dry since they just sit in their packaging, so the line that you lick just makes it easier to split apart. If you find yourself rolling a lot of blunts, you may just want to invest in a blunt splitter.
Of course, if you decide to go the route of buying blunt wraps that aren’t already made into cigarillos, you can skip this step completely as they just come in sheets. I personally think that blunt wraps are easier to roll because they’re more moist and malleable. It feels more like you’re rolling a super thick joint paper. However, I do also know people who think rolling a pre-made cigarillo is easier because once you split it open, the wrap is already in the shape of a blunt. Again, this is a matter of personal preference, and you won’t know which you prefer until you’ve done both, so make sure you spend some time experimenting.
4. Put Your Weed In Your Blunt
“Crack the bag and then you pour the whole bag in…Spread the ism around until the ism reach each end. Take your finger and your thumb from tip to tip…”
Anyone who has rolled a joint knows this step, adding the cannabis! Talking with old heads, the true way to roll your blunt is to break apart your flower with your fingers, then fill your blunt wrapper appropriately.
This is mostly just a matter of personal opinion, although if you break up your weed by hand, you’re less likes to get scooby snacks in your mouth. On the other hand, if you grind up your weed, your blunt is more likely to burn evenly. I also think that it’s easier to roll a blunt with ground up weed because the weed is more moldable in smaller pieces. This means when you get to the next step, it’ll be easier to roll your blunt since you already have your weed packed into a blunt shape. I definitely prefer to use a crutch with my blunts if the weed is ground up though, because scooby snacks are the worst, but some people will pinch the end of the blunt to prevent this, or will use a slightly bigger piece of weed to block the smaller pieces from flying into your mouth every time you inhale.
If you’re a beginner, I have two quick tips for you on this step:
- Don’t try to roll too much weed until you get the hang of it. Make sure your blunt is a manageable size until you get the hang of it.
- Make sure you have backup blunt wraps. If this is your first time rolling, you’re extremely likely to rip your blunt on your first attempt
5. Roll Your Blunt
“Roll it in a motion then the top piece you lick…Seal it, dry it wit ya lighter if ya gotta.”
If you are taking on a blunt, it is likely you are already halfway decent or better at rolling joints, and a similar method should be used here. Holding your blunt with a hand on each end and your thumbs facing you. Roll the wrap back and forth between your fingers to shape your weed and get rid of any odd air pockets (for even burning). Once your weed is shaped, roll your blunt from the bottom up like you would a joint, and seal it up by licking the top piece of your wrap and adhering it to the bottom. Keep in mind that if you’re using a cigarillo that you split by hand, there won’t be a glue strip to secure your blunt like you find on joint papers and empty blunt wraps.
Once you have your blunt rolled up and ready to seal, lick the underside of the flap that you need to seal to the blunt, then depress and rotate the blunt in the direction away from you under your top lip. As you rotate the blunt, inside of your upper lip will help to seal the wrap to itself. Repeat this motion from one end of the blunt to the other, until the entire blunt is sealed and ready to smoke. At first, it seems like a difficult process, but once you figure it out, you’ll be doing it in your sleep.
Bonus Tip: If the wrapper feels too moist from your tongue, quickly run your lighter across the seal on the paper, back and forth, a couple of times until you are satisfied. This will evaporate the saliva and more firmly seal the wrap.
“The results, mmm, proper.
That’s how to roll a blunt,
That’s how to roll a blunt,
That’s how to roll a blunt.”