Rolling a Blunt for Beginners
There’s nothing more satisfying than pearling a blunt.
Unfortunately, not all blunt wraps were created equally, and rolling a blunt is actually harder than it seems.
If you want to be a pro blunt roller, it’s going to take time and, most importantly, a lot of practice.
Hey, on the bright side, at least you get to smoke all of them… you’ll definitely be pretty smacked by the time you master the art of the roll!
Anyway, in this guide, you’re going to learn how to roll a blunt like a pro, so you and your friends can smoke fat doinks whenever you want.
Without further ado, let’s learn how to roll!
How to Roll a Swisher
There are many different kinds of blunt wraps, and some are easier than others to roll. Swishers are uniform, easy to split, and they’re pretty easy to roll as well.
If you’re a beginner, swishers are probably your best bet. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to roll a perfect swisher in under two minutes!
How to Roll a Blunt in 5 Easy Steps
- Gut the blunt wrap
- Prepare Your Weed
- Fill the blunt wrap with weed
- Tuck the blunt over the weed
- Lick, roll, and get baked!
We’ll be using a Game wrap, but our rolling technique applies to just about every regular blunt wrap.
Before you get rolling, you’ll need:
- A blunt wrap
- A lighter
- Blunt splitter (recommended)
- A rolling tray (recommended)
Believe it or not, you actually don’t need a grinder if you want to roll a blunt.
In fact, I prefer to break up my weed by hand, at least when I’m rolling a blunt.
If you’re rolling a joint, on the other hand, a grinder is crucial.
Anyway, let’s get started!
Step 1: Gut the Blunt Wrap
Pay attention, because this part is important:
Unless you bought yourself a cigar wrap without any tobacco in it, you’re going to have to gut your blunt.
I’ve only smoked a blunt with tobacco in it once, and it’s never happening again – that shit is gross!
There I was, trying to get high as a kite once again. I had a blunt in one hand and some Green Crack in the other (some super OG kush).
It took way longer than necessary, and I ended up ruining the blunt because I couldn’t cut it straight to save my life.
Now, keep in mind I was already 3 blunts, 2 joints, and a fat gravity bong rip deep, so cut me some slack.
Anyway, before my high ass ruined the other one, my friend (also baked) walked over, grabbed the blunt, and popped it in his splitter.
I couldn’t believe it – that high bastard split the blunt perfectly and it took 2 seconds.
Sure, I was toasted and it probably wasn’t actually that cool, but to me, it was mind blowing. It was the best thing since sliced bread.
Moral of the story?
Blunt splitters are dank.
In any event, if you want to roll a blunt, you’re going to have to get rid of the stuff that’s already inside of the blunt wrap.
Unless you want to hate your life and look like a total noob, we highly recommend using a blunt splitter.
Blunt splitters are little tiny devices that can fit on your keychain.
All you have to do is push a blunt through it, and the blunt splits perfectly every time!
They’re super dank too because you can use them to split a blunt no matter where you are, and they’re way easier than using a knife.
Keychain blunt splitters like this insanely cheap 5-pack on Amazon come with free next-day shipping too.
I know you’ve already killed most of your brain cells by this point, but come on – this one is a no brainer.
But if you can’t spare $5, I got you bro – it’s a hard on these streets.
Though it’s not as easy, you can be a broke boy and use a knife – preferably a box cutter – instead.
Sure, you won’t be Smokephisticated if you use a knife, but it’ll get the job done.
It’s much easier to roll the blunt back up with weed if you split the blunt straight down the middle.
The blunt should only have one cut down the middle, and you should do everything you can to make sure it is as straight as possible.
If you don’t have a knife or a blunt splitter, you can always use your thumbs.
Ever wonder why stoners have long nails?
They’re splitting blunts all day, and it’s easier to use your thumbs if you have nails!
The more you know, right?
Anyway, if you are using your thumbs, take your time.
It’s best to go slow and have a well-split blunt than to rush and have a cluster-fucked blunt wrap to work with.
Once the blunt is split, take your finger and brush the tobacco into the garbage. You won’t be needing it.
Step 2: Prepare Your Weed
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just throw a few big nugs in a blunt and call it a day?
Obviously, that’s not the case.
Next, you have to prep your weed for the blunt.
Although some rollers prefer to grind their weed, I choose to break up my grass by hand.
Blunts are essentially rolled in tobacco.
Unlike a joint, which is wrapped with a thin paper, a blunt wrap is a bit thicker and burns more slowly.
If you grind your weed before you roll a blunt, the weed will burn a bit too fast, especially when compared to the rate at which the blunt wrap itself is burning.
Instead, if you break up the weed by hand into tiny pieces – that aren’t completely ground, however – the blunt will burn more evenly and slowly, giving you a better high for your supply.
With the nugs in between your fingers, firmly rub them together until each bug is properly broken up.
The weed should look something like this when all is said and done:
The pieces of weed in this image are about the size of grains of quinoa, maybe a tad bigger.
Now that your blunt wrap and weed are prepared and ready to go, it’s time to begin the rolling phase!
Step 3: Fill the Blunt Wrap with Weed
This is probably one of the easiest steps when it comes to rolling a blunt.
All you have to do is lay your blunt down and open it up a bit.
Take the weed that you’ve prepared and sprinkle it in the blunt wrap.
Notice that, unlike a joint which requires you to distribute the weed lightly by the filter and gradually increasing towards the end, you distribute the weed evenly in a blunt wrap.
Joints are supposed to have a cone shape, whereas blunts are more like a uniform log.
Once you have all of your weed in the blunt, it’s time for the fourth step… which also happens to be the hardest.
I know you’re probably high af right now, but don’t screw this up – the fate of your blunt depends on it!
Step 4: Tuck The Blunt
Ah yes, it’s time for the tuck.
Perfect tuck technique is hard to come by, and it takes a while to get the hang of it.
However, like most things in life, tucking is much easier after some practice.
Begin by picking up the blunt with two hands, and rolling it back and forth a bit in your hands.
This way, you’ll make sure the weed is sitting flat in the bottom of the blunt wrap.
If some weed falls out during the process, it’s okay. That’s why we recommend buying a rolling tray.
Metal Raw Rolling Tray
Raw Rolling Tray
They’re cheap, stylish, and most importantly, they’re practical – all of the weed that falls during the rolling process is collected in one place.
I always hate cleaning up weed crumbs from my desk, as most of them end up being wasted.
Once you have the weed flat against the wrap, tuck the side of the blunt wrap closest to you over the weed and underneath of the other side, like so:
Great, your weed is in the blunt, and the closer edge should be tucked properly. It’s time to begin the last step.
You’re almost there!
Step 5: Lick, Roll, and Bake!
With the closer side of the blunt wrap tucked, lick the opposite edge that’s still popping up.
After that entire side has been licked you can finish the rolling process.
It’s pretty easy from here:
Just press the upper edge – that should be lightly coated with saliva – down over the tucked part of the blunt wrap.
If you did it right, the saliva should make the wrap stick together again.
You may have to lick the wrap a bit more as you’re rolling.
The key is licking it enough to make the blunt stick together again without drowning the wrap in spit.
When you’re finished rolling the blunt, it’s probably going to be a bit moist from your saliva.
Nobody wants to smoke a soggy doobie.
Take your lighter, and quickly run the flame back and forth across the blunt, slowly rotating the blunt to heat every side evenly.
You’ll be killing two birds with one stone:
- Toasting the blunt dries the saliva and makes the wrap firm again
- You’re also (hopefully) killing some bacteria – or, at least your friends think you are. Smoking a soggy blunt is gross!
Congragulations! You have just rolled yourself a blunt.
Now it’s time for the last part of the process:
Find a nice place to smoke with your buddies, and get baked!
It’s time to face your blunt, and let it deface you!
In this tutorial you’re going to learn exactly how to roll a blunt. We’re going to teach you how to become a blunt rolling master!
How to roll a perfect blunt: A step-by-step guide
What is a blunt?
A blunt is to a joint what a cigar is to a cigarette. Or more simply, it is a cigar that has been emptied of its loose-leaf tobacco and filled with cannabis. While not quite as iconic as the standard joint, the cultural significance of the blunt cannot be ignored.
Many prefer the added buzz created by the mix of cannabis and its tobacco wrap, while others appreciate the variety of flavors available in a lot of cigarillos and blunt wraps.
Rolling a blunt has its own issues, as opposed to rolling a joint, so to help you roll up your own, we’ve prepared a simple guide to blunt rolling.
Advantages of smoking a blunt
People tend to either love or hate blunts. The main complaint against them is they have tobacco and can make for a harsh smoke.
Some reasons people prefer blunts are:
- Heightened effects: the tobacco adds a buzziness and energy to your high
- Flavor and aroma: some people love the smell of a burning blunt, especially if you use a nice cigar or a flavored blunt wrap
- Portable: like joints, you can take a blunt anywhere
- Slow burn: Blunts burn slower than joints, so they last a lot longer in your smoking circle
Get your materials for rolling a blunt
Start by gathering the necessary supplies:
- Cannabis strain of choice
- Cigar, cigarillo, or blunt wrap
- Grinder and blade are optional, but may be helpful for those new to rolling
Any cigar or cigarillo will do, but we recommend one that isn’t completely dried out, as it’ll break easier and be harder to roll. These days you can usually find blunt wraps at any corner store, which are like one giant rolling paper made out of tobacco.
Common cigarillos you can find at most corner stores are:
- Swisher Sweets
- Black & Mild
- Dutch Masters
- White Owl
How much weed should you put in a blunt?
Blunts are bigger than your average joint so you’ll need more weed. Typically, 1-2 grams should be enough for one blunt, but if you are using a big cigar, you may need more. Consider how many people will be in your smoking circle.
How to roll a blunt
Step 1: Grind your cannabis
Break down your cannabis into shake using a grinder or your hands. Using a grinder will help maintain an even burn, while using your hands is the more traditional method and is often preferred to help the blunt burn a little slower.
Step 2: Prep the blunt wrap
To roll your blunt you’ll need a tobacco wrap. Traditionally, connoisseurs will empty a cigarillo (like Swisher Sweets, Phillies, or Backwoods), but these days you can find empty wraps at the corner store.
Use a blade to cut the blunt lengthwise, or if you’ve got the right touch you can “crack” the blunt using your fingers.
Once you’ve split the blunt, empty the tobacco from the middle and discard (or if you like to smoke spliffs, save it for later).
Step 3: Wet the tobacco wrap
Using just a little bit of moisture will make your blunt wrap easier to work with, shape, and help seal up any small tears that might occur while you’re emptying its tobacco innards. This is easily done with some saliva, but if you’re rolling this blunt for someone else, you might consider using the tip of your finger and some tap water.
Step 4: Fill it up
Fill the empty tobacco wrapping with ground cannabis. For a standard size cigarillo one to two grams is plenty, though if you’re sharing your blunt, are an experienced roller, or are using a blunt wrap, you should be able to fit a fair amount more.
Step 5: Roll the blunt wrap
Roll the cannabis between your fingers to pack the blunt evenly. Be careful: if you didn’t moisten the wrap enough, it may crack.
Once you’ve packed and shaped your blunt, tuck the wrap under itself and wet the inside of the exposed edge from end to end. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles.
Tip: If you poke a hole or if the blunt cracks while you’re working with it, you can use the gummy adhesive from a rolling paper to repair it.
Step 6-7: Bake the blunt and enjoy!
Now that your blunt is rolled, you’ll want to “bake” or dry it to help seal it together and encourage an even burn. Bake your blunt by running a lighter lengthwise under the seam and around the outside. Be careful not to hold the lighter too close—you only want the heat, not the flame.
Now that you’ve got your blunt rolled, all that’s left is to light the end and enjoy with some friends!
What’s your favorite trick for rolling a blunt? Share your tips, fond memories while smoking blunts, or different ways to roll a blunt in the comments below and pass along the skill to others!
This post was originally published on September 1, 2016. It was most recently updated on April 17, 2020.
Rolling a blunt comes wit its own nuances that maintain function and tradition, so use our step-by-step guide to learn how to roll your own.