September 2, 2021
How to Roll a Backwood Blunt
So you want to learn how to roll a blunt…
Maybe it’s because you want to experiment with a new method of smoking. Maybe you’re sick of being the friend that can’t roll the backwood. Whatever your reason is, we’re here to help! We’ve outlined below how to roll a backwood blunt step-by-step, along with a video for all of our visual learners. If you’re really committed to learning how to roll a perfect blunt, may we impart some advice that was given to us when learning to roll: Sit down, turn on some good music, grab a bunch of weed, and just roll, roll, roll. Because like all things, practice makes perfect.
You can also watch our video tutorial on how to roll a backwood blunt.
What is a Blunt?
Like a joint, a blunt is at its core, just a marijuana cigarette. Though both cylindrical and long, the blunt breaks away from your average joint when it comes to its wrapping. A blunt is wrapped in tobacco leaf paper, which affects the taste, smell, burn time, and your type of high.
Pros of a Blunt:
For the most part, people tend to either love blunts, or love to hate them. The various changes that can happen due to using tobacco leaf paper are not for everyone, so it’s important to think about those factors before diving in. So before we proceed let’s battle it out, Blunts vs Joints. Joints are the OG’s of the smoking world. They’re flexible in size so they can be consumed solo or by a group. They’re relatively easy to roll. And they can look deceivingly like a cigarette, for those who are trying to be a little more incognito. On the other hand, blunts have also been around for a long time, and though they can have a bad rep, they have a dedicated following. Here are some of the pros to smoking a blunt:
Taste & Smell: Cigarillos and blunt wraps can come in a variety of different flavors, which can add a distinct aroma. If you’ve ever smoked flavored hookah and thought, “wow, I wish I was getting high from this” then you’ll probably be a fan.
Heightened effects: Since you’re using tobacco leaf paper, there’ll be an added energy and head rush to your high.
Burn Time: Blunts burn slower than joints. Definitely something to consider when you’re smoking with multiple people.
Before you get started, make sure you have everything you’ll need. Here are a few things you should have:
Weed (dealers choice)
Backwoods — For this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to roll using specifically a backwood, but in general you can use any type of cigarillo or blunt wrap (We recommend having a few — like we said earlier, practice makes perfect and it might take you a few tries before you get it right)
[Recommended but not necessary] Scissors or a razor blade — there are multiple ways to roll a blunt. In the way we will be showing you, a pair of scissors is fine. For other methods, a razor blade is often recommended. If neither are available to you, careful ripping with your hands will suffice.
[Optional] Other weed rolling accessories: Grinder and Rolling Tray
You can get cigars/cigarillos and empty blunt wraps at most corner stores these days. The main difference between the two is that for cigars/cigarillos you’ll have to discard the tobacco filling before using it.
Some of the most common cigarillo brands are:
Backwoods (What we’ll be using in this tutorial)
Black & Mild
How to roll a Backwood Blunt:
[Optional] Put on “How to Roll a Blunt” by Redman. If that doesn’t work, start at Step 1:
Prep the blunt wrap: This is a tutorial specifically using backwoods. Start by rolling the cigarillo in your hand and loosening the leaf. Find where the Backwood wrapping ends and start unrolling the leaf. Toss the filling back into the bag, or in the trash, and brush off the excess tobacco.
Fill the blunt: Start by placing your ground up weed into your wrap. Many people often cut their blunt wraps before rolling to their desired shape. We are fans of doing it the other way, where we place the flower in first so we can see the shape it’s going to roll in, and then we trim it once we’ve finished rolling. Either method works fine, so choose whichever makes you feel more comfortable!
Start rolling the blunt: Using both of your hands, rock the blunt back and forth between your fingers. Use this time to spread the weed evenly along the blunt. Choose one side to start on and tuck the edge under the opposite side of the wrap.
Trim & Lick: Keeping the edge tucked under, moisten the inside of the opposite side of the wrap (most people just lick it, but if you’re not a fan of that water works too, but be sure to get it damp). Once the opposite side is damp, continue tucking the rest of the wrap under itself until you have a cone-like shape with extra wrap hanging around it. At this point, if you have them, you’ll want to grab your scissors. If not, you can gently tear with your fingers. Start cutting all the excess wrap that’s before your starting edge and the leftover wrap along the edges. If you’re nervous about cutting just do a little at a time. Remember, you can always cut more but once it’s gone, you can’t put it back. Now that you’ve trimmed the excess, just keep rolling and tucking. Once you’ve finished rolling it, lick the seam to help seal the blunt.
Light up: You can either wait a few minutes and let the blunt sit while it dries, or you can grab a lighter and run it along the seam. This will help lock it in place and keep it from falling apart while you’re smoking.