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How to Choose the Best CBD E-Liquid for Vaping

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How to Choose the Best CBD E-Liquid for Vaping

This article is sponsored by CV Sciences, Inc. CV Sciences is one of the leading suppliers and manufacturers of agricultural hemp-derived CBD bulk and finished products, namely their PlusCBD Oil and Purified Liquids brands.


So you’ve figured out that vaping CBD is the way to go. But with an abundance of CBD vape products out there, how can you be sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck?

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The problem with being on the frontier of an industry is that there are a lot of people still trying to figure things out. This couldn’t be more true than in the overlap between CBD and vaporization, two mainstream product categories that hardly existed a decade ago.

Since clear regulations for CBD vape products, particularly e-liquids, are still in the process of being established, it’s ultimately up to the consumer to decide what standards they want their product to live up to. While numerous factors can impact your experience with vaporizing CBD, the following five questions are the most important to consider.

Is the CBD E-Liquid Homogenous?

How to Choose the Best E-Liquid for Vaping CBD

“Homogenous” means “the same throughout.” Essentially, you should be looking for a product that is well mixed and uniform, and does not separate into different layers. Separation is a major issue in CBD vaporizer liquids right now, as formulators are fighting an uphill battle against the laws of chemistry. Much in the same way olive oil refuses to mix with vinegar, CBD refuses to mix with the majority of e-liquid bases on the market. This type of separation begets uneven dosages when added to your pen, making it difficult to control how much CBD you consume.

Is the E-Liquid Cloudy or Clear?

In general, the clearer the better. A well made e-liquid should be crystal clear, allowing light to pass through unhindered. You don’t drink bottled water that is murky, so why would you ingest dirty e-liquids? Thankfully, this characteristic is readily apparent as soon as e-liquid is dispensed. The bad products will look cloudy, thick, syrupy, and downright unappetizing.

Does the Product Meet Label Claims?

How to Choose the Best E-Liquid for Vaping CBD

Unfortunately, unscrupulous producers often see value in undercutting consumers on CBD content, since their cost is based primarily on milligrams of CBD contained in each product. In a young, still minimally regulated industry, there is no shortage of companies falling short of label claims for CBD. As such, it’s all the more important for consumers to be vigilant in confirming that products match up to their label claims. Ask to see test results: the only way to really know whether the product measures up is through reputable third party laboratory testing. If the product manufacturer isn’t willing to provide those results, don’t buy the product.

Will it Work in Your Vaporizer?

One of the major technical issues with CBD e-liquids is specific to CBD oil that is infused with vegetable glycerin (VG). Especially when the liquid is not homogenous, the oily CBD layer that separates from VG can wreak havoc on vaporizer tanks, especially those that rely on a cotton wick to soak with liquid. The oil tends to dry out and harden on the wicks, which can render the tank unusable.

You can get around this either by opting for a tank with a ceramic heating element, or simply choosing a liquid that is fully homogenized and proven to work in any kind of vape pen.  Also, be sure not to confuse e-liquid bottles with disposable vape cartridges. The latter, while convenient, won’t work with every vape battery, are not refillable, and are not recyclable, meaning they will eventually end up in a landfill.

Is the CBD Responsibly Sourced?

Best CBD E-Liquids for Vaping
There is no such thing as too much information about where your CBD comes from. Transparency is crucial when dealing with any CBD provider, and you want to make sure there is full traceability from seed to shelf. Make sure that whomever you are purchasing from provides quality documentation on its products and implements high standards in every aspect of its manufacturing process. Ensure that the product is free from microbiological contamination, pesticides, residual solvents, and heavy metals – none of which you want to be inhaling.

Remember, at the end of the day, it’s up to you to make an informed decision on what kind of product you want to buy. Vaping CBD can be a fun and efficient way to help balance your endocannabinoid system, but you can maximize its effects by selecting a quality liquid that suits all of your needs.

Andrew Pham currently serves as the Lead Scientist at CV Sciences, Inc. He was formerly the Lead Scientist at SC Laboratories, a prominent third party analytical testing lab. He is also an executive member of the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision (CANN) of the American Chemical Society.

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How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl of Cannabis

There are many ways to smoke cannabis, but none are perhaps as well-known as smoking a bowl. Learning how to pack and smoke a bowl is a quintessential lesson in cannabis consumption that enthusiasts at every end of the spectrum can benefit from. Whether you’re interested in packing a pipe for a personal smoking session or preparing a bowl for a party, understanding these key fundamental principles will surely help you optimize your bowl smoking experience.

Exploring the Cannabis Pipe

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Cannabis smoking contraptions come in all shapes and sizes, but the pipe is arguably the most popular. Adapted from traditional pipes used for tobacco, the cannabis pipe shares all of the same key characteristics. Pipes consist of a “bowl” (thus the vernacular reference), which is a round basin deep enough to pack herbs in, as well as an airtight channel that delivers airflow through a mouthpiece. In many cases, pipes also contain a second air channel known as a carb that is used to influence the maximum delivery of airflow through the mouthpiece. Essentially, as long as a pipe contains at the very least the first two items, you can smoke cannabis out of it.

Traditionally, pipes used for tobacco smoking purposes were made out of material such as wood, bamboo, or even ceramics. However, cannabis pipes today are widely made using borosilicate glass, as the medium is incredibly versatile. While most states still widely market glass pipes as tobacco smoking accessories, they can be found in collectable and gift shops (also referred to as “head shops”). You can also find them online, at cannabis events, and even in high-end glass art museums.

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Pipes can vary widely in shape and size, as well as in complexity, functionality, and availability. Many pipes utilize water to filter cannabis smoke and cool it prior to inhalation. Other pipes are basic and take a physical form many refer to as a “spoon.” These are the best pipes to begin with if you are new to cannabis, as they are small, easy to use, and are typically inexpensive.

Packing and Smoking Your Bowl

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To pack and smoke a bowl, you’re going to need a few essential items to get started. Other than your bowl or pipe, you will need some form of heating element. The most basic heating element available is a lighter. Traditional butane lighters work well, though there is a myriad of non-butane heating elements out there to choose from. The most effective lighters and heaters will allow for optimal heating control when combusting and/or vaporizing a bowl.

Many consumers prefer to light their bowls with hemp wick, a waxy piece of hemp string that ignites easily, maintains an even burn, and doesn’t give off an undesirable aftertaste. Another heating element used often is a glass wand that can be heated to a point where it will vaporize your herb on contact, eliminating combustion smoke altogether while still delivering cannabinoids and flavor through a lighter hit.

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Preparing cannabis for smoking a bowl is essential in order to maximize airflow through your device and deliver the most even smoke possible. In order to do this, breaking down your herb is a crucial step. Doing this creates a homogenous airflow through the bowl where smoke can pass through evenly.

There are a few tricks to packing a pipe that will help to maximize airflow:

  1. Ensure that your weed is evenly broken down but not too finely ground. Hand pulling your herb is the most basic way to do this, but grinders make this process much easier. There are many ways to break your cannabis down, so don’t be afraid to get creative.
  2. Use a stem and/or a nice-sized intact calyx to stuff at the very bottom of your bowl to prevent particulates from passing though. You can also use a screen if you have one available. This will also facilitate better airflow.
  3. Pack your herb very lightly at the bottom and slightly denser at the top for an even smoke. This allows the cannabis towards the top to maintain a burn, or “cherry” while opening airflow for easy inhalation without any clogging.

Gif demonstrating how to pack a bowl of cannabis
Follow the Rules of Smoking Cannabis

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For everybody first learning how to smoke a pipe, there are a few pieces of etiquette to follow that will help ensure you have the best possible experience. When engaging in a smoking session with others, make sure that you pack a bowl that’s proportional to the size of your smoking circle. For an intimate session, packing personal bowls or “snaps” is great when alone or with one other person. This way, you take turns lighting personally packed micro bowls meant to be consumed in one single hit. For larger groups, heavier packed “party bowls” ensure each smoking buddy gets a fresh hit of green herb.

Gif demonstrating how to light and smoke a bowl of cannabis
Traditionally, the provider of the cannabis will determine who gets to light the first hit. To make sure everyone gets the same experience, make sure to corner your bowl by only lighting a fraction of the visible cannabis. This lets everyone get the same great flavor without leaving an ashy hit for somebody. If the bowl is already lit, feel free to pass it, but let your passing buddy know the bowl is “cherried.” Lastly, never pocket a lighter. Everybody hates a light thief!

With these tips in mind, smoking a bowl should be a walk in the park. Always remember to use proper etiquette when packing a bowl for friends, and make sure you are consuming cannabis in a safe and legal place. Otherwise, pack a fat one, call some friends, and have at it!


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EU Drug Agency Shows Europeans How to Make Hash

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction exists, according to its website, “to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate.” Which apparently includes posting what’s essentially a how-to video about making hash.

Not that we’re complaining. We share the pleasant surprise of VOC, a Dutch anti-prohibition organization that brought the video to our attention.

The video is purely informational. It’s obviously not meant as an endorsement, but it also steers clear of the drug war-style propaganda that we so often see from purportedly science-based government agencies. Instead, it walks through various styles of hash-making, from traditional sieve-and-press methods through modern bubble hash techniques.

It’s hard to imagine the US agency on drug addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, posting a video of this kind about hash. Similar to the EU’s drug center, NIDA says its mission is to “advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use”—but you don’t have to look hard to find signs of the drug war, like its tacit endorsement of the idea that cannabis is a gateway drug. That claim has been used in states like Massachusetts to push back against cannabis initiatives despite evidence that legalization can actually help reduce prescription painkiller deaths and other overdoses.

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So far the EU video, which was posted in May, has only about 2,800 views. And while YouTube commenters are notorious for assailing posters with harsh comments, the response so far has been positive.

“I didn’t know about the modern methods,” YouTube user Enrico Piazza wrote in a comment on the video. “Very interesting. I’m very happy the EU supports this kind of knowledge.”

We couldn’t agree more. #JustSayKnow


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How to Train Your Cannabis Plants for Better Yields and Potency

Whether your garden is big or small, outdoors or indoors, training your cannabis plants will greatly increase the quality and yield of your grow. Techniques are divided into two categories: LST (low stress training) and HST (high stress training). LST does not involve directly damaging your plant, while HST involves breaking or removing parts of the plant.

The goal of these training techniques is to alter the chemical balances in the plants. If left to grow naturally, cannabis will choose to produce one main cola (the topmost bud) that will reach as high as it can, but this is not optimal for yield and quality. In an indoor garden, you can only bring the light as close as the top cola allows. Buds found lower down on the plant receive less light. Training your plants properly, however, will allow for more even canopies.

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A cannabis plant’s growth is dictated by a plant hormone called auxin. In cannabis plants, auxin is highly concentrated at the top of the plant, which prompts the plant to focus most of its growth upwards through the main stalk. Training techniques are used to reduce this focused upward growth and encourage the growth of a level canopy with an increased number of colas.

Here, we’ll show you how to train cannabis plants using these two types of methods.

Low Stress Training (LST) Methods

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LST generally requires more time and effort, but will significantly improve your cannabis crop. A common training technique for indoor grows, LST can be used on plants in either vegetative or flowering stages. There are two types of low stress training methods to know about, low stress training and sea of green.

LST (Low Stress Training)

This method shares its name with the style of training, which can be confusing when first learning training techniques. The LST method involves bending the plant as it grows, tying branches down that are becoming too long. When the top of the plant is pulled downward in a loose ‘L’ shape, auxin is distributed more evenly in the plant. As the plant grows, continue to tie down the top, resulting in more of the hormone auxin being distributed.

To tie down the plant, you can use green plant tape which can stretch to prevent the plant from being choked off. The end goal is to have the stalks of the plant snake around the pot, exposing a large number of bud sites at a level height. Once the plant enters its flowering stage, the colas will then sprout upwards from the sideways plant and produce an even level of healthy colas.

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SOG (Sea of Green)

Similar to LST, the sea of green (SOG) method involves using a screen to create a canopy. Instead of tying the plant down, you wait for the plant to grow through the screen. Once the branches begin to make their way through, you simply tuck the branches back down into the screen, essentially weaving the branches around it. When it comes time to flower, you will have a well-supported garden that will produce more even colas.

High Stress Training (HST) Methods

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These HST methods are much more useful for large outdoor gardens than LST methods, and they generally require less time and materials. Although HST should primarily be done in the vegetative state, “super cropping” can be done early on in flowering, but stressing your plants during flowering is not recommended.

Topping

Topping is a simple HST method and requires no tools besides your fingernails. The goal is to remove the top of the plant, which will result in the top buds turning into two new branches. Additionally, it sends a shock to the rest of the plant that promotes growth in the lower branches.

This process can easily be repeated multiple times as the plant grows in its vegetative state. It will produce a well-rounded, healthy plant with numerous colas.

FIM (“Fuck I Missed”)

A more complicated version topping, FIM involves removing a very specific amount of the top portion of the plant. By scoping out only the topmost region of the new growth, the goal is to produce four off-shooting branches instead of two. Because of the complexity, this method takes significantly more time. It also puts your plant at greater risk of infection because you’re no longer making a clean cut on the stalk of the plant.

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Super Cropping/Stem Mutilation

Stem mutilation is a more aggressive version of LST. Instead of tying down the top of the plant, you’re bending the branch until the fibers break and it folds over. The goal is to not snap the branch or even tear the skin of the stalk. You simply want it to kink and bend over.

To best do this, find the location you wish to break the branch and begin to roll and squeeze the stem. You will able to feel it weaken and break down, and it will eventually be able to fall over. This method will give the rest of the plant more exposure to light and time to catch up to this top stalk.

What other tips do you have for cannabis growers looking to increase yield and potency? Leave your best advice in the comments section below!


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How to Make a Joint Burn Slower and Last Longer

Proper joint rolling is considered a fine art in many social circles. There’s something special about a properly rolled, evenly burning joint that seems to last as long as you want it to. Unfortunately, not all of us have the magic green touch and joint rolling can be somewhat of a cumbersome task.

One opportunity that plagues rollers from all levels of experience is being able to extend the life of a joint. Understanding how to make a joint burn slower is a question that has surfed the cannabis forums for some time. To achieve longer, more leisurely smoke sessions, here are a few tips to help make your joints last longer.

1. Grind Your Cannabis

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Ensuring an even and fine grind is imperative not only to achieving a longer lasting smoke, but a far more even burn on all sides of the joint. Try to find a grinder that gives a good fine grind when packing a joint. Be sure not to over grind, as powdery herb will prevent proper airflow and may compromise your smoking experience.

Grinders come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to pick one that will accommodate the capacity of your joint so you aren’t left having to pack multiple loads. When time is of the essence, you’ll want to avoid long preparations to save time for what matters: puffing.

2. Source Quality Starting Material

joints with higher quality marijuana bud will burn slower and last longer

Cure time will affect the burn rate of the cannabis inside of your joint, so buying properly cured cannabis is going to ensure you a much longer lasting experience. Cannabis that has been under-cured will burn very slowly, as opposed to dry or old cannabis that will burn far too quickly for a proper joint. Sourcing your herb from reputable establishments is the first step to finding a product that works best.

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Another great tip is to have a conversation with your budtender or cannabis retailer about your intentions so that they can find a cannabis cultivar that fits your exact needs. In this case, you’ll want to ask for something that breaks down easily and will provide an even and long lasting smoke. Many shops sell shake bags that consist of partially ground cannabis, which is a great starting point.

3. Choose the Right Paper

some joint rolling papers burn slower than others

Rolling papers come in all shapes and sizes, and some are much better at providing a long lasting, even smoke than others. Finding the right rolling paper is a matter of preference, but some popular brands include RAW Rolling Papers and Zig Zags. Both of these brands offer highly recommended rolling papers that come in varying sizes. Hemp rolling papers offer a nice even smoke, and many claim that corn husk rolling papers will extend the life of your joint.

4. Use Multiple Sheets

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When rolling your joint, consider using an extra paper for fortification. Using more than one sheet will prevent burn runs from overtaking a side of your joint, leaving you with an uneven and undesirable burn. A second sheet may also help contain airflow, channeling it through a tighter space. This will help to prevent expedited burning.

5. Roll Tight

roll joints tighter for a slower burn rate
Airflow is the name of the game when it comes to having control over your joint’s burn rate. The easiest way to control airflow is to roll a tight, even joint. There are many methods for achieving a tight roll, and even machines that will help eliminate the guess work and dexterity required to achieve a precise roll. Opt for help if need be, because rolling a joint with the perfect tightness requires practice.

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One method that works well for novice rollers is the canoe method. Fold a rolling paper in half and twist the folded side of one of the ends into a cone. This creates a “canoe” that can be easily packed and rolled. The twisted end contains your herb while you focus on getting the tightest roll possible. Try not to roll too tight, as you’ll risk splitting your paper as well as creating an airflow obstruction.

6. “Twax” Your Joint

adding cannabis wax to joints can help them burn slower

“Twaxing,” or the process of adding cannabis concentrates to your joint, is a terrific way of delivering an extra boost of cannabinoids to your system while also acting as a buffering agent for burn rates. Adding wax either to the outside of your joint or packed in with the ground cannabis will help to significantly slow down the rate at which your joint burns. This method will give you more hits that should pack a considerable punch.

Using butters or crumble works well inside of a joint, whereas shatters and saps do a wonderful job when molded and wrapped around the outside of your rolled apparatus.

7. Recycle Roaches

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Typically, the end of a joint will yield the last few remnants of your cannabis. Don’t let this go to waste — there are several ways of recycling roaches in order to extend your smoking experience.

Using a roach clip or roach stone will allow you safe handling for getting those last few puff in. Loading a roach into a bowl or water pipe is also a great way of extending the last legs of life out of your roach. If all else, fails, don’t hesitate to pick the last bit of green goodness out of your expired joint to repurpose somewhere else. Having your grinder nearby is a perfect storage place for that last little bit of leftover ground flower to save for your next smoking adventure.

Hopefully, some of these tips will help you to extend your joint smoking experience a bit longer the next time you decide to partake. Remember, if you really want to make your joints last longer, the trick is to find a balance between quality cannabis, reputable rolling papers, and a roller who knows how to get the job done.

Bonus tip: Quality and quantity will always ensure a longer experience. If you want your smoke sash to last longer, try rolling bigger joints (and more of them). Remember, sharing is caring!


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Identifying Old or Bad Cannabis Past its Shelf Life

Cannabis can have an indefinite shelf life, but only if all of the proper conditions have been met. For cannabis to truly stand the sands of time, one must not only handle each process of the growth and harvest cycle carefully, but also store the cannabis properly. If all of these conditions are met, one could be enjoying their favorite strain 10 years from now with little quality degradation.

Unfortunately, not all cannabis is cultivated with this level of precision and since consumers can’t control the quality of their cannabis before it reaches their hands, having the ability to identify mishandled cannabis that is typically labeled “old” or “bad” is an imperative last line of defense. After all, nobody wants to puff a bowl of bone dry and/or moldy ganja.

Here are five cues you can use to sense if your cannabis is old or bad.

Aromatic Cues

Aromatic cues for identifying old or bad cannabis
Terpenes are fickle; they don’t want to stick around for very long if they aren’t being treated well. Take this as an easy first cue in determining whether or not your cannabis is smoke-worthy. A vibrant bouquet of terpenes is typically an indicator that your cannabis is fine, although it’s important to detect other penetrating scents that may indicate a compromise in quality.

Musty, mildew smells may be a red flag for mold presence. Chemical aromas could be a sign of improper pesticide use or flushing opportunities. Improperly stored cannabis may also draw scents from their containers. Any of these unwelcome smells that you may come by should prompt you to put the herb down and reconsider. Even no smell at all is fishy, so if you’re concerned, see if any of these additional cues also raise red flags.

Visual Cues

Visual cues for identifying old or bad cannabis

Cannabis has a wonderful way of showing off its aesthetics when it’s healthy, even “post-mortem,” so to speak. Conversely, undesirable cannabis has a way of letting you know when to say “pass,” as well. One identifier of cringe-worthy cannabis is whether or not you can even tell if it’s cannabis at all. Old and dried out cannabis will break apart into a fine powder with minimal effort. Not to be mistaken with kief, broken down, dried cannabis will contain particulates such as stems or even seeds in some cases. Where seeds and stems are not indicative of bad cannabis, their presence can sometimes be an identifier.

In most cases, mold on cannabis can be identified visually. Mold can take on several appearances, but one easy way to identify the differences between mold and trichomes is by seeing where the concentration is. Mold will grow over trichomes, appearing as a powdery white mass that can penetrate every surface of the afflicted flower. Keep in mind that mold can also occur beneath the visible surface of cannabis nugs, which is why breaking apart flowers can help determine their quality.

Tactile Cues

Tactile cues for identifying old or bad cannabis
Handling your cannabis can be a great way to identify critical quality cues. If you have identifiable nugs, pull them apart. Are they over-compressed? Does there seem to be any moisture content? Does the herb disintegrate in between your fingers? All of these cues can be identifiable by making physical contact with your herb. Furthermore, deconstructing your flowers is a great way to identify penetrating mold that may not be initially available to the naked eye.

Audio Cues


This may sound a bit like a stretch of the imagination, but listen to the sound of your nugs breaking apart between your fingers. Properly dried and cured flowers will audibly “snap.” Dried stems will also snap. These are good audio indicators that your buds are still within their moisture sweet spot.

Brittle, old, and dry cannabis will sound crackly between your fingers. Not only will you be able to feel the dryness, but that sound should be a clue as well. Conversely, cannabis with too much moisture content won’t make any sound at all, as it will be much more difficult to pull apart.

Taste Test

Taste test to identify old or bad cannabis
At the end of the day, if your cannabis looks good, smells good, breaks apart with no issues, and gives you that wonderful snap sensation, try it out. If you haven’t taken the time to inspect your herb first, I don’t advise skipping straight to smoking it before determining if it’s old or bad. That said, bad cannabis does not smoke well, which you’ll figure out very quickly into your first puff. Sometimes you just have to dig in and give it a try (although you should, at the very least, inspect for mold first).


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How to Roll a Perfect Blunt: A Step-by-Step Guide

For beginners asking “what is a blunt?”, a blunt is to a joint what the 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 most cigarillos and blunt wraps.

Rolling a blunt comes with its own set of norms that are in place to maintain function and tradition. To help you roll up your own, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step guide to blunt rolling.

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

Step 1: Grind Your Cannabis

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

How to Roll a Blunt step 2: prep your 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 day 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 Wrap

How to Roll a Blunt step 3: wet the 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

How to Roll a Blunt step 4: fill the wrap with cannabis
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

How to Roll a Blunt 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 at all while you’re working with it, you can use the gummy adhesive from rolling papers to repair it.)

Step 6: Bake the Blunt

How to Roll a Blunt step 6: bake the blunt
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.

Step 7: Enjoy!

How to Roll a Blunt step 6: enjoy your blunt!
Now that you’ve got your blunt rolled, all that’ 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!


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