How to Roll the Perfect Blunt…but Should You?

Article by Zoe Wilder, Merry Jane

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For the uninitiated, a blunt is a hollowed-out cigar filled with cannabis. It’s an iconic symbol in weed culture and smoking one can be a rite of passage. During a Reddit AMA in 2012, Snoop Dogg confessed to smoking 81 blunts a day, seven days a week. Part of the appeal is that blunts burn slowly and make smoke tricks easy to perform. Also, smokers can choose from a vast array of blunt “wrappers.” Wrappers come from hollowing out traditional cigars until all that’s left is the outer leaf, or using prepacked blunt-wrappers, like a cigar version of rolling papers. In both categories, there are dozens to choose from.

Blunt-rolling is a tradition all its own. People claim smoking a blunt gets you higher than a smoking a regular joint. The high concentrations of nicotine in the tobacco leaf wrapper, combined with THC in the cannabis flower, provides a stronger and more pleasant euphoria. Blunts burn longer than the average joint, so they’re easily shared. Appropriate for communal celebrations, blunts have most definitely earned their place in our quickly growing canna-society.

If you ever find yourself in a social situation sitting face-to-face with the Doggfather, you’ll want to impress him with your blunt-rolling skills. Use this step-by-step guide, which features related health information, so you can decide if blunts are right for you. Pay attention.

1) Gather supplies.
You’ll need a few cigars or blunt wraps, a grinder, a rolling tray, a small knife or blade (or fingernail), and a gram or two of cannabis. You’ll want to have several extra cigars or blunt wraps handy in case you encounter difficulties. Philly’s, Dutch Masters, White Owl, Swisher Sweets, and Backwoods are all popular cigars to use for rolling blunts. Cyclones, Zig-Zag, Bambu, XXL, Shine, and many others make convenient ready-made blunt wraps, too.

2) Break up your bud.
You can use your hands, but a grinder will provide you with the most consistent product for easy rolling and even burning. Be sure not to over-grind. You want the consistency to be a little fluffy and not too fine. If you prefer a slower burning blunt, use your hands to break up your bud. Get rid of all stems and seeds.

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