Joints are arguably the most common way to consume weed. It’s easy to put one in your pocket and spark it up wherever, and novices can learn from the experience of more seasoned stoners. Rolling is a skill that any seasoned stoner has learned over time, making joints one of the easiest ways for a newbie to get high. While joints are popular, there are other ways to roll up weed. Blunts can be quite great as long as you know what you're doing. To help you out, here's a brief breakdown of everything you need to know about blunts.
What Is a Blunt?
A blunt is a cigar filled with cannabis. These cigar wraps are often flavoured and double as a buzz and energy source for the cannabis high. Typically, they’re bigger than joints and last a lot longer. Blunt wraps are often sold at grocery stores, corner stores, and gas stations, and come in 1- or 2-packs. You can also roll your own by emptying a cigar, cutting it open, and filling it with cannabis.
The term blunt originated with an American brand of cigars, Phillies, which cannabis consumers emptied and filled with tobacco as a cheaper alternative. Phillie's cigar company makes a cigar called a Blunt that's wider than a cigarillo but not as wide as a Corona. It's designed to be smoked more quickly than its full-size counterparts. This, and the fact that it's machine-made rather than hand-rolled, makes it cheaper than most cigars. Because it is less expensive, cannabis lovers may have chosen it when trying to find the most discreet way to enjoy smoking pot. Cannabis blunts first became popular in cities in the Northeast, but over time people have taken to calling any cigar cut-open with marijuana inside a blunt.
How Do You Roll a Blunt?
As mentioned above, die-hard blunt smokers tend to define themselves by the wraps they prefer. Since you're new to blunt smoking, try out a variety of brands until you find one you like. You might even want to experiment with flavoured wraps. Enjoy figuring out which one you like best. Or, if you enjoy a couple of different brands, feel free to switch things up according to how you're feeling at the moment.
The next thing you need to do is to break down the wrap. A clean and precise way to break up a cigar or cigarillo is to use a razor blade to cut it lengthwise down the middle. You can also use your hands; just be careful not to tear the wrapper or crack it open. Once you've opened up the cigar or cigarillo, simply dump out the tobacco inside.
To roll a blunt, place a pinch of marijuana into the centre of a thin tobacco wrap. Place your fingers in such a position that you create a hollow trough in the wrap and use your thumbs to tuck the marijuana into the trough. Roll the tobacco into a cylinder that completely encloses the marijuana.
Lastly, hold the bottom edge of the wrap that is now on top of the other wrap. Dip your tongue in water and lick the inside of the wrap, making it wet. The water will cause the tobacco strip to stick to itself. Press the wetted edge of the tobacco strip down on top of the other edge of the wrap. Ensure that you have pressed the wetted edge of the tobacco down all along its length, from one end to another, thereby sealing it shut. This should create a seam along its entire length.
How Fast Do Blunts Burn?
One of the main reasons someone would choose a blunt over a joint is how much time it takes to burn. Blunts tend to burn longer than joints because they are wrapped in thicker papers. Thicker papers and slow-burning papers allow you to smoke the joint more slowly. This gives blunts an advantage when you’re smoking with a large group of people who are passing the joint around. Joints take less time to smoke than blunts, and this may be better for sharing with a small group of people that have come together for a social smoke and have time to pass the joint to each other.
We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to furthering your understanding of what blunts are and how they work. While you may not know how to roll a blunt, the information that we’ve laid out here should help make things infinitely easier.
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