What is a Blunt?
A blunt refers to a cigar that has been hollowed out and then filled with dry herb. With cigars and cigarillos widely available and inexpensive, they became wildly popular with smokers. The actual name “blunt” comes from a popular cigar brand at the time, Philly Blunts, but is now commonly used to describe any cheap cigar, cigarillo, or wrap used for this purpose.
Blunt wraps now come in countless flavors and textures to appeal to any taste and some brands have established distinctive qualities within the market. Since the explosion of popularity, some brands now offer just the wrap, sans the tobacco inside. The most popular brands of blunt wraps are Swisher Sweets, Dutch Masters, White Owl, and Backwoods - so much so that several of these brands have become synonymous with the word blunt i.e. Swisher, Dutchie.
Swisher Sweets are probably the most popular due to their low price and learning curve. They’re easier to roll than Dutch Masters, but they burn faster. The longest burning, hardest blunt to roll by far is a Backwoods, but they offer a next level smoking experience. Backwoods have really branded themselves as the blunt wrap for serious smokers and have a social following from being mentioned by many big time rappers and other celebrities.
Many people prefer blunts over bongs or even joints because the mix of essential herbs with a tobacco leaf gives a very different high than a bong toke. Some even take this a bit further and mix their herb with loose tobacco in a blunt wrap, which is called a spliff. There’s a convenience when it comes to blunts that are, in part, what makes them so popular. When you’re done, you’re left with nothing other than a lighter.