So you want to learn how to roll a Swisher, eh? Kudos!
Rolling weed into various packages is a skill that all cannaseurs should acquire. You just never know when you’re going to run out of the supplies you need to get your ganja on and have to improvise or MacGyver your way to your next high.
That’s where learning how to roll a Swisher comes into play — it’s just one more option in your marijuana toolbox.
In this article, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana give you a step-by-step guide to help you learn, practice, and master the art and science of rolling a Swisher.
What Is A Swisher?
In their original form, Swishers are less like cigars and more like elongated cigarettes (hence the name “cigarillo,” which is Spanish for small cigar). The classic Swisher Sweets cigarillo measures in at around 4.375 inches long by a bit over 0.5 inches in diameter.
If you’re trying to get a sense of the size, pick up an unsharpened pencil and grip half of it in your closed fist. The uncovered part is roughly the length and diameter of the cigarillo you’ll use to learn how to roll a Swisher.
There are other Swisher sizes available, so, really, go with what feels right. As long as you’re using authentic Swisher Sweets to roll your blunt, you’ll be fine.
How To Roll A Swisher
- Swisher Sweets® cigarillos
- Your favorite strain of weed
- Small knife or razor blade
- Food scale
- Clean tray to work on
- Paper towel
1) Purchase Ganja And Swisher Sweets®
The first step in learning how to roll a Swisher is having all your supplies on hand. Take a few minutes to gather everything together in one place and give yourself plenty of room to work.
If you’re fresh out of weed, and you don’t have any stray Swishers lying around, get to buying some, son.
HMJ Tip: Buy at least two cigarillos — more would be better — because you will make mistakes, and you will have to start over. Making extra trips to the corner bodega to pick up more Swishers is one of the most annoying things about the whole process.
Prepare yourself mentally and physically by stocking up on wraps ahead of time.
2) Empty The Swisher Wrapper
With the small knife or razor blade, slice the cigarillo lengthwise down the middle.
Gently tease the wrapper apart and empty the tobacco into a small container (or the garbage).
HMJ Tip: Use the sharpest, smallest cutting tool you can get your hands on. Sharp blades make cleaner cuts and make the whole process easier.
If you have access to a scalpel or one of those art knives with the triangular blades, that’s ideal. If you can’t find either of those, a razor blade is a cheap and effective alternative.
3) Grind Your Ganja
If you don’t have a grinder, get one. It makes everything easier.
If you need to clean said grinder, take a few minutes to read our instructional article How To Clean A Grinder In 5 Easy Steps. Doing so — actually cleaning the grinder, not just reading the article — will improve the taste and experience of your final blunt.
Grind up 1-1.5 grams of your favorite ganja strain so you have plenty to work with. And don’t get too aggressive with your grinding.
The goal here is a nice, fluffy consistency with plenty of small chunks. This facilitates airflow and makes the burn down easier and more enjoyable.
4) Moisten The Swisher Wrapper
This step is optional — and with practice, you may not need it anyway — but we want to make it easy for those first-time tokers out there.
With a damp paper towel, pat the cigar wrap until it feels moist. Be careful not to saturate the cigar wrap with too much liquid (so no dunking it in a bowl of water).
Getting the cigar wrap just a little bit wet will make it easier to work with and prevent it from tearing in places it shouldn’t.
5) Load It
Pack the empty Swisher wrapper with as much of the 1-1.5 grams of weed as possible. You don’t want to pack it so full that it won’t close, but you want enough cannabis inside to support the wrapper once it’s on fire.
One gram is a good starting point, but we wouldn’t suggest trying to push it much higher than 1.5 grams.
Somewhere between these two numbers makes the end product better because an overloaded Swisher will be a pain to roll and smoke, and an underloaded Swisher will collapse after you light it.
HMJ Tip: Load up the center of the wrapper with more weed than the ends. When you close it back up, the weed will spread and fill out the ends for a nice, even thickness.
6) Roll It
Remember the patience and practice we mentioned in the supplies section above? Yeah, you’re going to need those now.
Once you’ve got the wrapper loaded with a gram or so of ganja, gently and slowly tuck and roll the wrapper around the bud with your fingers and thumbs until you’ve got a closed tube with weed inside.
As you’re rolling what will become your Swisher blunt, don’t fret too much if you can’t recreate a perfect cylinder. The wrapper will “remember” its previous shape, but the marijuana inside may deform it slightly. As long as you can get it closed — and keep it closed — you’ll be good.
And, above all else, be gentle as you learn how to roll a Swisher so you don’t crack or tear the wrapper and ruin the look and feel of your new favorite blunt.
HMJ Tip: Practice your rolling technique with the tobacco you took out of the Swisher wrapper and a quarter of a piece of printer paper (4.25” x 5.5” or 10.8 cm x 14 cm for those of you who can handle the metric system).
If you already threw away the tobacco, and you don’t feel like rooting around in last night’s garbage, no biggie, you can always practice with marijuana’s stunt double, oregano.
7) Seal It
When you’ve got the Swisher rolled to your liking, moisten the exposed edge from end to end and then seal it down (like licking and closing an envelope).
If you’re familiar with rolling joints, learning how to roll a Swisher and close it correctly may require a bit more saliva to seal than you’re used to.
HMJ Tip: If you’re feeling really daring and want an extra kick, try closing and sealing your Swisher with a bit of cannabis oil instead of licking the edge.
This is a perfect way to take your Swisher from exceptional to out of this world.
When you’ve licked your Swisher into submission or glued it closed with honey oil, “bake” the blunt by running a lighter lengthwise under the exposed edge to help seal everything together.
8) Light It
If you got the knack of how to roll a Swisher right off the bat, congrats! If not, that’s okay too. Remember, patience and practice are the foundation of a good hand-rolled ganja stick.
Before you blaze away, take a moment to admire what you did. Doesn’t DIY feel good?
You know what feels even better? A deep toke from the finished product. Now, make fire and light that sucker up!
9) Share It
Toking solo is a great way to experience the joys and rewards of learning how to roll a Swisher. But for more fun than you thought humanly possible, puff, puff, pass your new creation with friends.
10) Enjoy It
But, after that, if you need something to occupy your mind, body, or both, check out these articles from the HMJ blog for suggestions:
- The Top 40 Fun Things To Do While High | Honest Marijuana
- The 50 Best Movies To Watch High
- 50 Mind-Blowing High Questions To Ponder When You’re Stoned
How To Roll A Swisher: Quality In = Quality Out
If you want to learn how to roll a Swisher the right way, it all starts with what you put inside. To put it simply, quality in equals quality out.
To get the most out of the experience, always choose a high-quality, sustainably-sourced, organically-grown cannabis bud to add to the Swisher wrapper.
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