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How to Roll a Blunt – A Simple Step by Step Guide

Learning how to roll a blunt is an essential skill for cannabis connoisseurs. The following is a rudimentary, uncomplicated breakdown of one of our favorite pastimes, rolling a blunt.  This particular description is brought to you by an East Coast smoker, who’s go-to leaf is the Dutch Master.

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What is a Blunt?

A classic blunt is a roll of cannabis inside of cigar or blunt wrap of your choosing.  When smoked, they create an elevated effect due to the tobacco in the leaf/wrap.

In comparison to a joint, blunts are usually larger and burn slow, making it last longer. You do not need to decarb your weed for this.

What You Need to Roll a Blunt

What you’ll need

Blunt Rolling Steps

Step 1: Grind Weed

Remember to grind your weed to a nice, fluffy consistency that will fill the blunt with some breathing room.

Grind Weed

Step 2: Gut Blunt

Cut at seam from end to end, empty tobacco leaving only the leaf.  Toss the guts.

Gut cigar

Step 3: Fill Blunt with Ground Bud

Be generous, not extra; and use a filter as a crutch to the blunt.

Fill Weed

Step 4: Begin your Roll

With your thumb nails facing you, use your thumbs to push the weed down in the blunt.  Take your time to form the weed in the blunt by using your thumbs to push and fold on the bottom leaf closest to you, and continue by folding it under the top leaf.

Rolling Blunt

Step 5: Squeeze and Tuck

Starting from one end (or the end with the filter), squeeze and push down weed, use thumbs to tuck paper from one end to the other…Remember, it helps when its fluffy, ground-up bud.

Tuck Blunt

Step 6: Lick Blunt like a Joint

That’s right, lick (or use water if you’re sharing blunts and grossed out.  But remember your saliva is an adhesive and will always be the most important and natural glue.)

Start to lick the top layer of the leaf as you tuck the lower layer under.  Sort of like licking the glue of a stuffed envelope and sealing it without letting anything escape. 

Again, continuing from the same end, tuck lower layer and stick top layer to rolled paper.  Working your way down to the other end doing the same…tuck and stuff bud, secure flap top leaf over.

Lick Blunt

Step 7: Lick and Roll

Continue to lick as you go…Secure top flap rolled around bottom flaps.  To finish seal, smooth out edges.

Step 8: Dry Time

You’re just about done, but before blazing, use lighter to gently dry damp blunt.

Light Blunt

Step 9: Just Blaze

Smoke Blunt

That’s it. You’ve put in the work. Now is the time to get lifted from the fruits of your labor. Grab a cocktail, kick up your feet, spark your blunt, and get cross faded. This is the way. Learning how to roll a blunt takes time and practice. Keep at it and don’t give up.

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2 Comments
  1. How do you prevent the uneven quick run on just one area of the joint when you light and take a hit? The burn will rapidly run down the joint and make it burn uneven. I know the remedy is to stop and wet the area just under the quick run burn and light the opposite (high)side so it will burn down to where the quick burn was stopped. Can you tell me what causes this major malfunction and what to do to prevent it. Does packing the joint’s end before light up help to prevent this?

  2. Foggy BD,

    This is called canoeing and it happens to everyone. There are several reasons it happens to joints and blunt. Air flow, uneven flame and hard pulls are a few reasons. Make sure the blunt is rolled tight. That will stop air from getting in unevenly.Try and make sure to light your blunt evenly.
    Take it easy when you pull on the joint or blunt. A lot of the times people pull to hard and that triggers the canoeing process.Yeah and wetting the side that has the run will stop it.

    That should help. Let us know if that works.
    We will also write a full article on canoeing for you
    because canoeing sucks, unless you are in an actual canoe
    on a glorious river. That’s bomb.

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