There are a lot of different ways to light up these days. From dab rigs to vape pens, there’s a world of ways to get high without smoking. But for many an old head, smoking is still an intrinsic part of the experience, and to scratch that itch, nothing really beats a good old-fashioned blunt. The taste of tobacco, the slow burn that holds a cherry until you’re ready to puff it… smoking a blunt has a certain kind of style to it that is unmatched. But despite what Method Man would lead you to believe, there’s more to it than “roll that shit, light that shit, smoke it.” There’s more than one way to skin a cigar, and not everyone agrees on the best method. In fact, right off the bat, there’s a stylistic decision to be made: are you unwrapping this blunt?

As long as the blunt is fresh, you can turn up a corner and unspool the outer leaf, usually with a knife. This is recommended for beginners, because after you roll the cigar paper into a joint, you can use this outer leaf as a second layer, effectively wrapping it twice and guaranteeing a nice tight wrap. The other recommended time for unwrapping is if you’re rolling with not-so-killer weed and you’ve got dutch masters. Those giant suckers are made for this method — their outer leaves slide off easily — and if the weed ain’t great, the resulting extra tobacco will help cover that dirt-weed flavor and add to the buzz. (Don’t forget to remove the “cancer paper”!) But those two scenarios are just about the only ones where unwrapping the blunt like an ancient mummy makes any sense.

Cracking vs Cutting: The Subtleties of Blunt Preparation

Pro tip: if you are going to go this route, wrap the outer leaf around a soda or beer can while you do the rest. It will keep the wrap moist and since you’re already turning this simple operation into a three-ring circus you might as well go for it. Photo: Sam Roos/ High Times

So, assuming you’re not trying to disassemble the whole cigar, there’s only one way to start prepping your blunt: Lick it. Yup. Like a popsicle. A couple of times. Nope, that wasn’t enough times. More times. Get your mouth on it. Down. All the way down. You’re going to have to get pretty orally fixated on that bad boy. Even with the freshest blunt, you’ll want to get it at least a little damp in a straight line tip to tail. That’s where you’re going to cut it open. Which brings you to your next choice: cracking or cutting?

The main argument for cracking is that, if done right, you can do it anywhere, without any tools. Out on the town? Well, if you’ve got weed, two dollars, and access to a gas station or bodega, you’re about to be the hero of the evening when you crack a grape game and make blunt magic on the spot. Plus, it’s cooler to crack it. It just is. It makes you looked like a seasoned pro, and that’s why people who crack look down upon people who cut, who we’ll get back to. For now, let’s look at how to crack your blunt.

After your single lick, you put your thumbs together at the tip of the blunt and try and start a small rip at the top of your lick-stripe. Just a little itty bitty one, like you’re trying to open to the middle of the smallest book you can ever imagine.

Cracking vs Cutting: The Subtleties of Blunt Preparation

Like the book has only one letter on each page. Photo: Sam Roos/ High Times

Then scooch your thumbs down as you pull, slowly tearing it open. Carefully, though; how much can you trust your thumbs, you know? How many times have those same thumbs led a Mario brother to his doom? If you rip the blunt unevenly, you’ll need an M.D. in blunt surgery to bring the patient back to functionality, and even then, saving a ruined blunt takes forever and often results in an uneven smoke with more canoeing than at a summer camp in Maine. If you mess up—hey, it happens to everyone—go get another one and start over. This is why they come two in a pack. This is also why some people prefer to cut their blunts with a knife.

Cracking vs Cutting: The Subtleties of Blunt Preparation

An all too common fate— a ripped blunt. Photo: Sam Roos/ High Times

By using a knife instead of the tiny book thumb method, you guarantee yourself a clean line. A serrated steak knife seems to work best to me, but any knife, pair of scissors, razor blade, or samurai katana will do. Of course, you need to have one of these with you, and unless you’re the type that carries a Leatherman around with you everywhere, tracking down a blade in the wild can be a challenge.

Even if you’re at home, it means getting off the couch, which, ugh. Still, once you have the tool, life gets a lot easier. Because once you’ve cut it open (don’t forget to lick first!) and discarded the blunt guts, you just pinch the two layers together where they’re wet with your spit and you’ve got a blunt rolling paper that you can twist up just like any other joint. You can even add a crutch or a filter, which is not traditional but can be a nice addition.

Cracking vs Cutting: The Subtleties of Blunt Preparation

A blunt paper, loaded with sticky-icky, rolled nice and tight, just awaiting the seal. Photo: Sam Roos/ High Times

The real benefit of this method is for when you have nice weed. Rather than rolling a huge fattie and wastefully twisting up $30 worth of primo bud, you can carefully apportion a nice thin green line, and then trim your paper down to just barely seal around it. The result is a little Pinner blunt with minimal tobacco flavor that enhances, not overwhelms, your tasty weed, while still giving you the slow burn that defines a blunt burning.

If you wanna feel like a goddamned blunt connoisseur and create a piece of art that would impress any Dutch master, this is the way to do it. Just know that you’re going to need a few minutes, a stable surface, a pair of scissors, and maybe a serrated knife too— not to mention weed, a grinder, the blunts themselves, and somewhere you can sit and perform this careful construction for a few minutes. Cutters can be irritatingly perfectionist, so remember, your friends are waiting for you, the Michelangelo of blunts, as you dissect the cigar like it’s a frog in high school science.

Cracking vs Cutting: The Subtleties of Blunt Preparation

No matter how you rolled them, it’s always awesome to have three blunts ready to go. Photo: Sam Roos/ High Times

In the end, there’s really no wrong way to enjoy this tasty marriage of tobacco and chronic. All the various styles have their pros and cons. But it’s important to know your options so that when the time comes, you have the kind of blunt rolling game that could turn into a career.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.