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A blunt is a cigar that has been hollowed out and filled with cannabis. It is rolled with the tobacco-leaf "wrapper", usually from an inexpensive cigar. The practice originated in New York City. Blunts take their name from Phillies Blunt brand cigars, although any commonly available inexpensive cigar or cigarillo is likely to be used, depending on suitability and availability. Another common term for a blunt is an "El-P" or "L", a reference to the El Producto brand. Another commonly used nickname is "Dutch" when referring to Dutch Masters. Backwoods, Swisher Sweets ,White Owl and 4ks cigars/cigarillos are also popular with those who smoke blunts.
Blunts also come as ready made tobacco wraps with hundreds of flavors across numerous brands.
In the tobacco industry, a blunt is defined as a cigar that is wider than a cigarillo and not quite as wide as a Corona. A cigarillo that has been split and re-rolled with marijuana is called a blunt in cannabis culture.
Due to the tobacco content in the wrapper leaf, blunts carry with them the risks of tobacco use, including nicotine addiction. In addition to using cheap cigars and cigarillos to smoke cannabis, cigar wraps or "blunt wraps" are also used.
- Australian Government Department of Health: National Cannabis Strategy Consultation Paper. 2005. page 4. "Cannabis has been described as a 'Trojan Horse' for nicotine addiction, given the usual method of mixing cannabis with tobacco when preparing marijuana for administration."