10 Tips and tricks for rolling a blunt into a piece of weed art

Published Mar 12, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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Some people struggle just to roll a simple joint, but there are just as many who find joy in their ability to create the perfect blunts. For them, each roll becomes a work of weed art, as they fold, bend, and glue every little piece into the perfect place, and you can get there too, with a little bit of practice, the right tools, and someone to steer you in the right direction. Luckily, we have your back, and to assist, we’ve compiled a list of ten useful tips and tricks that can make it easier to design your own weed art.

1. Rolling the perfect first blunt

The unique ability to create amazing smokable weed art starts with the simplest of actions. Finding some familiarity is the way that a paper feels when the grind is pressed together just right, and achieving confidence in your ability to make a blunt that is picture-perfect will go a long way in improving how successful you are with more intricate designs. Once you can comfortably roll a regular blunt, you will already have the hardest part done, and from there, the rest is just trial, error, and imagination.

2. Start small

It may be tempting to jump right to replicating a roll that you saw somewhere online, but it’s important to keep your goals relative to your skillset. That way you won’t be left disappointed when it doesn’t work out, because it won’t happen nearly as often. Once you have confidence with your knowledge on how to roll a blunt, a good second step is to attach two of those rolls together. This will give you an idea of how seams work, and what you’ll need to do to ensure a proper seal, which is necessary if you want your masterpiece to be a truly functional weed art.

3. Stock several different types of rolling papers

Some cannabis connoisseurs will swear by a specific brand or type of paper, but you will quickly notice that it’s a little bit different for everyone. Thin rolling papers tend to impact the flavor of a roll much less, but they are also prone to rips and tears, which is a massive problem when you are building a fancy homemade blunt. That’s why it’s a good idea to grab several different types so that you can experiment and find the one that best suits your needs.

4. Buy the biggest rolling papers you can find

Most smokable weed art isn’t created with your average rolling papers. Though there are some fantastic rolls out there that can be made with king-sized Zig-Zags, the most incredible pieces are typically molded with larger sheets. It might sound a little bit strange at first, but if you think about it, there is really no better way to make precise and unusual additions than having the ability to cut your own rolling papers from scratch. It also cuts down on struggles with sealing joints, which improves airflow, and that is exactly what you need for this kind of cannabis roll.

5. Invest in or make good quality blunt glue

Most of us are familiar with regular rolling papers. The ones that come in packs of around 50 all neatly folded into a package that fits into the pocket. These papers provide an extra benefit that you would find in larger options, and it lies in the ready to go glue strips that make sealing each piece easy. Now, depending on what you use, you could have luck with just a small amount of moisture to hold everything into place, but a good, sticky blunt glue will make the whole job a lot easier.

6. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box

When it comes to smokable weed art, the sky is the limit, because each person who tries it brings their own experience and inspiration to the table. Though sometimes it is helpful to use someone else's proven design to build from, it is always more satisfying to create a piece that is entirely your own. Crosses, flowers, braids, and giant cones have all been done, so try to expand on those shapes to come up with a unique workable design that’s all yours.

7. Incorporate cannabis concentrates for color

After making a few pieces, you might lose interest in the hobby due to the fact that it’s challenging to add smaller, more eye-catching features, but there is no reason for you to limit yourself to just one color. In fact, cannabis concentrates can come in a variety of shades, including green, red, yellow, green, and clear which can darken the natural color of whatever rolling papers you use, allowing for extra small details to be easier to pull off, and more visible from a reasonable distance away. So, paint away with your favorite cannabis products to make your design truly pop.

8. Keep the weed grind fine

Not everyone is careful about what they put into a cannabis roll, but with a challenge like this before you, it is essential that you remove all bits and pieces that pose a risk to the paper, and to bust up your weed until it reaches a nice and even grind. Any larger chunks could seriously hinder your ability to roll a smooth and even blunt, creating unnecessary air pockets, and an unsymmetrical form that could spell disaster when smoking your weed art. Hence, it’s best to avoid the risk altogether and take extra care when preparing the herb to roll.

9. Be patient and take breaths

Smokable art isn’t something that comes with specific directions or a manual, and it’s very much about trial, error, and your understanding of things like airflow and burnt rate. Unfortunately, that means that it might take more than a few attempts to get it right, which for some, can be quite frustrating, but if you get too stressed, it’s only going to interfere further with your results. Your weed art will come together much quicker if you only spend time on it when you feel up to the task and take breaks as needed when things just aren’t working out.

10. Never give up

Even if you follow every single tip and trick that’s out there, you are going to come across bumps in the road along the way, which is why you’ll need to try your best to stay motivated no matter how many times you fail. Some of the most incredible pieces of weed art in the world have been designed and created by people who have never believed that they’d have the spotlight for their talent, you just have to keep on pushing forward and trying new things until you’re happy with the results.

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