10 things you didn't know about blunt wraps

Lighting up an expertly rolled blunt is one of the most satisfying ways to slip into a smoking session. While rolling papers are usually more economical, blunt wraps offer an enhanced experience. This high-brow rolling paper alternative has its roots deeply embedded in popular culture. 

Whether you are new to the world of blunt wraps or a seasoned blunt-smoking connoisseur, there are tons of interesting facts surrounding this popular smoking method that you may not be aware of. This article aims to lift the lid on the aromatic world of blunt wraps. Stay with us to find out more.

Blunt Wraps are Rooted in Hip Hop

The exact origins of blunt rolling remain murky, although we know that this process became popular in the 1990s. On the east coast of the United States, it was common practice to extract the contents of a cigar and repack the tobacco leaf shell with a herb of their choice.

The term "blunt" comes from Phillies blunt cigar which was used to create blunt. This method is still widely practiced today. Cigar companies like Swisher Sweets, White Owl, and Dutch Masters are also popular choices for DIY blunt making. These cigars can be easily found at convenience stores, gas stations, or smoke shops. Cigarillo brands are also an option for making smaller blunts. 

This method of emptying a cigar and stuffing it with a herb has become widely used thanks to hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg, Redman, Notorious B.I.G, and many others. Redman's 1992 track "How to Roll a Blunt" stands as a DIY tutorial on how to extract the tobacco from a cigar and repack it with your favorite herb. It was not the first time that a rapper would refer to blunts in a song and it would not be the last.

The art of rolling blunts would soon sweep across the nation and become a staple within the global smoking community. Rolling papers companies would eventually catch on and meet the demand by producing ready-to-roll blunt wraps, also known as cigar wraps.

These products offered a more convenient method to roll up a blunt. Today there is no need to extract tobacco from a cigar to make a blunt. However, this method is still widely enjoyed by purists.

Tobacco Based Blunt Wrap 

Considering the origins of blunt wraps mentioned above, it's not surprising that blunt wraps are still made from tobacco. Today, many producers continue this tradition by creating tobacco-based blunt wraps. Blunt wraps are made from whole tobacco leaves or pulped tobacco that creates a consistent and even sheet of blunt wrap.

The main difference between cigarette rolling papers and blunt wraps is the material used to make them. Rolling papers are made from materials like wood, flax, and hemp, which are much less expensive than tobacco. Rolling papers come in booklets that contain up to 50 leaves, while blunt wrap packages fit between two to four wraps and often cost more than a booklet of papers.

While blunt wraps offer an enhanced smoking experience, they may not suit the budget of an everyday smoker. And if a smoker is new to rolling, he may want to practice using papers before turning to blunt wraps.

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Blunt's Buzz

The tobacco used to make blunt wraps offers an added buzz to your smoking ritual, thus making them more appealing. It is also a key to understanding why cigar wrapping was used to make blunts in the early days. This buzz is one of a few ways that blunt wraps enhance the smoking ritual. It is important to note that tobacco-based blunt wraps contain nicotine, which can be addictive.

If you are not used to the effects of nicotine, you may want to consider tobacco-free blunt wraps. These products are great for those who wish for an enhanced experience without the added nicotine buzz. Thankfully, there are alternatives to tobacco blunt wraps.

Zig-Zag Hemp Wraps offer a blunt smoking experience without tobacco. Explore the variety of creative flavors such as Island Vibe, OG Purp, and Blue Dream. These premium blunt wraps offer the smooth and slow-burning experience that Zig-Zag is known for. Zig-Zag Hemp wraps come in a resealable pack of two and are equipped with packing straws. Hemp wraps are the ideal alternative to tobacco blunt wraps. 

The Size that Matters

The smoking ritual varies from one smoker to the next, yet oftentimes it is a shared experience. Settling into the evening with close friends while passing a joint around is a great way to unwind. While King-Size rolling papers may do the trick, blunts can offer a super-sized option.

While a king-size rolling paper measures 100x53mm, a blunt wrap can measure in at a whopping 110x65mm! This capacity is ideal for rolling long and fat blunts, perfect for sharing a smoking experience with friends. While blunts are great for sharing, nothing hampers you from using blunts during a solo smoking session. 

Zig-Zag's Natural Leaf Wraps have a large capacity and are made from whole tobacco leaf. If you are looking for a bigger blunt wrap, this is the one for you. The tobacco leaf goes through very little processing. Once cured, the leaf is cut to size and expertly shaped, creating a perfect wrap for rolling big blunts.

Zig-Zag's Natural Leaf Wraps offer a pure tobacco smoking experience. When it comes to flavors, you are to face an excessive choice. Mix it up with flavors like Sweet, Straight-up, Vanilla cream, and Berry Bash. Zig-Zag's Natural Leaf wraps give you a super-sized slow burn and smooth smoke. 

Great for Solo Smoking Too

As we have pointed out, blunts are one of the best options for sharing a smoking experience. However, blunts can also offer an indulgent option for solo smoking sessions. Although smoking an entire blunt to oneself may be too much for less experienced blunt smokers. Luckily, there are alternatives for those of us looking for a smaller option.

Blunt wraps can be trimmed to accommodate a solo smoking session. Just use a pair of scissors to cut down to your desired size. Cigarillo size wraps are an alternative to larger blunt wraps. Cigarillos are little cigars. 

Zig-Zag 'Rillo Size Wraps offer the same blunt smoking experience but in a more manageable cigarillo size. This size is ideal for small groups and solo-sized single servings. These blunts come in resealable foil pouches.

Each pouch contains four 108x34mm tobacco blunt wraps ready for you to roll with. Zig-Zag 'Rillo Wraps come in various flavors and offer a slow-burning sweet aromatic taste sensation.

Rich Taste

Along with the super-size and the extra buzz, blunt wraps also offer a unique taste. Tobacco is known to deliver a rich earthy taste to your smoking experience. You may notice flavor notes such as chocolate, nut, or coffee. 

Blunt wraps are thicker than rolling papers and create more smoke when burn. In comparison to rolling papers, blunt wraps influence the flavor of your smoke to a much larger degree.

On the other side of the flavor spectrum you will find ultra-thin rolling papers. These do not impart much flavor to your smoke, which is ideal for smokers who do not want to mask the flavor of their herb in any way.

If you are looking to enhance the flavor of your smoking session with the richness of tobacco, then blunt wraps are the way to go. Blunt manufacturers go one step further by enhancing their cigar wraps with a wide array of flavors like pineapple, vanilla, berry, melon, and orange. Zig-Zag blunt wraps are available in a ton of great flavors. Don't feel as though you should settle on just one - explore the variety of sweet aromatic and flavored blunt wraps!

Cigar Smoking Aesthetic

In recent years we have seen a large burst of eye-catching rolling papers flood the market. Today you'll find translucent papers, printed papers, and different kinds of peculiar rolling papers. Yet nothing will beat the ultra-cool aesthetic of a good old blunt. 

A large brown blunt rolled to perfection offers a look and feel that reminds us of the early Hip Hop scene. After all, it was the hip-hop scene that contributed to the rise of the blunt wrap. The likes of Notorious B.I.G, Snoop Dogg, and Redman are partly responsible for the rise of the blunt wrap.

Blunts also remind us of the cigar smokers of the past. Important people in suits like the mafia mobster, sitting around in a cloud of smoke, making important decisions while chewing on big cigars. Cigar smoking aesthetic has deeply rooted in our culture.

That said, it's no wonder that blunts are one of the best ways to light up. A neatly rolled big brown blunt adds high-brow sophistication to the look and feel of your smoking experience. If you're looking for a way to step up your rolling game, Zig-Zag Wraps has you covered. 

Slow Burn

Blunt wraps are the slowest burning smoking method around. While Zig-Zag papers are known to burn slowly, blunt wraps burn even slower. The reason that blunt wraps burn slower than rolling paper has a lot to do with the thickness.

Blunt wraps have more substance to burn through than rolling paper. A slow burn makes for a longer and more enjoyable smoking session. Perfect for sharing the experience with friends.

The sheer size of blunts makes them ideal for sharing. And the fact that they offer a slower burn than rolling papers burn means that they'll burn that much longer at the party. And if you're into smoking alone in the tub or on the couch, the slow burn of a blunt wrap with help you extend your relaxation. A high-quality blunt wrap will keep you smiling and your herb burning.

Available in Pre-rolled Cones

Blunt making can be challenging, especially for the beginner. It takes practice to get the process down to a fine art. With some patience, you will soon be well on your way to rolling blunts using a blunt wrap. But what if you want an easier way to experience the world of blunt wraps?

You might be new to the art of rolling and lacking some fine motor skills. Or you may be a well-versed blunt roller who is looking for a more convenient option. In this case, you will be happy to know that Zig-Zag Wraps also come as pre-rolled cones.

Pre-rolled cones offer the ultimate convenience. These cones are pre-rolled, meaning there is no rolling required. The cone wrap is simply an empty shell ready for filling. Zig-Zag Cone Wraps are 110mm long and are tapered from the 6mm mouthpiece to the 13.5mm opening. Each pack comes with two pre-rolled cones.

There is a range of flavors available to choose from: blueberry, pineapple, and grape. To enjoy Zig-Zag Cone Wraps, break up your herb, pack the empty shell, light up and have fun!

Shelf Life

Tobacco is best consumed fresh. Blunt wraps will last a while but can dry out if not stored properly. Zig-Zag Tobacco Wraps come in resealable foil pouches that allows them to stay fresh after opening. Always store blunt wraps in a dry, cool place. If the pack is left open, the air can dry them out and make them unusable.

If your blunt wraps have been exposed to the air for too long and feel dry and brittle, don't throw them away! Boil some water and hold the dried-out wrap over the steam. It should be enough to breathe new life into your wrap. Just be careful not to scold your hand in the process!


Blunt wraps have been around for a while now and have gained popularity over the decades. It has a lot to do with the influence of hip-hop culture and the smoking community. Blunt wraps stand as the slowest burning smoking method available. 

They are ideal for social smoking as they hold more herb than rolling papers and offer a slower burn. You should be aware that tobacco blunt wraps typically contain nicotine, which can be addictive. Note that there are alternatives for those not accustomed to smoking tobacco.

The rich flavor aling with the unique history make blunt wraps a perfect conversation starter. Choose your flavor, kick back with your closest friends and light up. Enhance your smoking experience with Zig-Zag wraps!