How To Smoke A Blunt: Tips And Tricks From The Pros
- How To Smoke A Blunt: Tips And Tricks From The Pros
How To Smoke A Blunt: Tips And Tricks From The Pros
- 7 Aug, 2023
What Is A Blunt?
The first step in learning how to smoke a blunt is recognizing what you’re holding in your hand.
A blunt is marijuana — and only marijuana — wrapped in tobacco (or cigar or hemp) paper. That’s pretty much it. Not super difficult, was it? No need for a Ph.D. here.
Because of the tobacco paper, blunts are usually brown, or real close to it. They’re also one of the bigger smokables you can put in your mouth (unless you’re Cheech or Chong in Up In Smoke).
And as for flavor, your chosen blunt will taste like the strain inside (e.g., Fruity Pebbles) mixed with a hint of tobacco from the wrapper.
So that’s a blunt. But what about the other smokables? How can you tell the difference? Read on, friend, to find out.
Blunt, Joint, Spliff: What’s The Difference?
We’ve established that a blunt is ganja wrapped in tobacco paper. What about the joint and the spliff, though? How do those compare?
Let’s go back to the same variables we discussed in the blunt section and use them to discuss joints and spliffs.
The variables were:
Here’s how these variables break down for joints and spliffs.
Like a blunt, the insides of a joint are marijuana and nothing but marijuana. It can be whatever strain you choose, but it’s always and only Mary Jane.
The outside of a joint (or “exterior” for those of you who are into high-falutin’ words) is rolling paper or cigarette paper. These papers can be composed of widely different materials, including the classic wood-pulp to the more exotic rice to the “duh, why didn’t I think of it before” hemp.
Joints are usually white or light tan because of the rolling paper, but you can also find other colors, like gold, grey, or polka-dot.
Most rolling papers are about three inches long. When rolled and sealed, they typically resemble a cigarette. That said, they can be thinner or thicker depending on the paper you use and how much marijuana you pack inside.
The flavor of a joint will come from the strain used to roll it rather than the paper. This is because most rolling papers are flavorless.
That allows you to experience the full taste of your Yoda OG without the paper getting in the way.
Just like blunts and joints, spliffs contain marijuana. But unlike blunts and joints, spliffs aren’t all marijuana inside.
Instead, spliffs contain a combination of marijuana and tobacco — usually less than 50 percent tobacco because, really, if you wanted more tobacco, you could just buy a cigarette.
Spliffs are wrapped in rolling paper just like a joint, so they often look the same to the untrained eye. As for color and size, it all depends on the rolling paper you use.
And, finally, the spliff is a mix of pot and tobacco, so it will taste and smell more like a cigarette than a joint.
In fact, you’ll find that spliffs and blunts taste and smell a lot alike — they do have roughly the same part weed and the same part tobacco, after all.
If you’re still confused about the details, here’s a simple table to help you out.
Now that you know what makes a spliff a spliff and a joint a joint, let’s turn our attention back to the topic at hand: how to smoke a blunt.
How To Smoke A Blunt: Pro Tips
Smoking a blunt is really pretty simple — just light it and breathe in the smoke, man — but we’ve got some tips that will make learning how to smoke a blunt your best day ever.
1) Assemble Your Supplies Beforehand
You don’t need a lot of supplies to smoke a blunt. But there are few things worse than settling into — yes, into, not onto — the couch only to find you don’t have the essentials for a successful smoke.
Gather your gear — fire, ashtray, sploof, beverage, fave music or movie, cannabis lube (gotta be prepared) — before you find a place to perch so you’ll be relaxed and in the right frame of mind for the experience to come.
2) Inhale, Inhale, Inhale
Like the prime rule in real estate — location, location, location — there are few rules more important when learning how to smoke a blunt than inhale, inhale, inhale.
If you’re not sure you’re doing it right, try breathing through a straw for a minute or two to get the hang of it.
And, remember, if the smoke doesn’t make it to your lungs, you won’t get high.
3) Try Holding In The Smoke
Once you’ve mastered the inhale, kick it up a notch and try holding the smoke in your lungs for longer than you normally do.
This gives your lungs extra time to absorb more of the cannabinoids and terpenes into your bloodstream. That can make for a quicker, more intense high.
And before you try holding your breath until you black out (don’t do that), even just keeping the smoke in for a count of one or two will heighten the experience.
4) Hydrate Like A Champ
This is just a good rule for your daily life in general. But when cannabis is involved, it’s doubly important to hydrate like you just ran a marathon.
Try chugging two cups of water before your smoke sesh, and then make it a point to drink more water after.
Sometimes, we’ll even fill a water bottle with our favorite liquid (NOT alcohol) and make ourselves finish the whole thing within an hour or two after our last inhale.
5) Take It Slow
Blunts are big!
The average length is around six inches (that’s twice as long as most joints). What’s more, the girth (distance around the outside) is about the size of a dime. That’s a lot of marijuana!
So, take it slow and don’t be afraid to stop if you’re already feeling your best high. There’s no shame in quitting midway through. That just means you’ve got more for later.
6) Prepare For The Munchies
If you’re doing it right, you will feel hungry after smoking your blunt.
Instead of harshing your buzz by leaving the house and trying to decide where and what to eat — you’ll inevitably make the wrong decision — prepare for the munchies ahead of time.
Before you blaze that blunt, assemble your favorite food and drink or order delivery within the next half hour.
That way, you can enjoy both the high and the bliss of a large pepperoni pizza without having to peel yourself off the couch.
7) Don’t Exceed Your Limits
If the only running you’ve done is the mile for time back in high school, you really don’t think you’d be able to complete a marathon tomorrow, do you?
The same principle goes for how to smoke a blunt.
If you’re flying high after a toke or two off a joint, there’s absolutely no way you’re going to make it to three or more off a blunt (remember, a blunt is much girthier than a joint).
Plus, it can actually be dangerous to try to finish that much.
Know your limits — and, by all means, push them now and again — but you don’t have to go 10 feet over the line when an inch will do.