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How to Roll the Perfect Joint

What are Joints?

Cannabis has been smoked by cultures for thousands of years. One of the oldest and most popular ways to enjoy cannabis is by smoking a hand-rolled joint. A hand joint is marijuana that has been ground up and rolled by hand into a flammable paper or leaf. Many people consider rolling a hand joint to be a craft, worthy of extra time and effort it may take. Smoke from a joint rolls into your mouth languorously, bringing along with it the unique flavor of the strain. As the smoke travels from the tip of the joint into your mouth, it passes through the flower, effectively cooling it down and making the smoke less harsh. Smoking from a joint highlights each strain’s unique flavor, from grapefruit to chocolate to an electric citrus tang.

Why Hand Roll a joint?

Why not just buy a pre-rolled joint from your neighborhood dispensary? Hand rolling a joint can be a meditative and relaxing activity. The process can provide relief from the daily hustle and bustle as you sit down and methodically prepare a hand roll for later enjoyment. Hand rolling joints also gives you the opportunity to examine and appreciate the flower you will be inhaling later. The dexterity practiced while rolling a joint can provide a welcome reprieve from daily tasks.

How Do I Roll a Joint?

Learning how to roll the perfect joint can at first seem like an intimidating task. The final product appears straightforward but can take time and patience to craft correctly. The easiest way to roll a joint starts out simply: pick your favorite strain and gather a few simple materials!

A small tray is an invaluable rolling tool, used to prepare the joint and catch any excess marijuana that falls during the rolling process. Make sure you also have rolling papers, a piece of cardstock, a marijuana grinder and lastly, make sure you have your marijuana!

With all your materials out and ready you are now ready to learn how to roll a joint step by step.

  1. Put a piece of rolling paper onto your tray, gum side on top and facing you.
  2. Cut or tear your card stock into a small half – 1 inch long and quarter inch wide rectangle and roll it into a spiral with your fingertips. Place this at the right or left end of the rolling paper, right side for right handed people, left for left handed.
  3. Grind up some marijuana. Between three-and 1 gram of marijuana is best to roll a perfect joint. Pour the ground marijuana into the paper and use your fingers to shape it into a rough oval, skinniest at the far end of the paper from the crutch.
  4. Pick the paper up with both hands and begin rolling the long edge of the paper onto the crutch of your soon-to-be perfect joint. Use your thumb and forefinger on the crutch side of the joint to pinch the paper and crutch together gently. Don’t be afraid to really use your whole thumb to guide the paper onto the crutch.
  5. Begin rolling the paper around the crutch and marijuana. As you do this gently pinch the joint closed with your other hand, using your first two fingers as well as your thumb.
  6. Keep your crutch hand gently pinching the hand roll joint at its base as you move your other hand back and forth, pinching and rolling the rest of the joint until you have a gently cone shape. Don’t be afraid to really play with the paper, they may be thin but they are surprisingly strong. If you don’t make any large motions and sudden jolts with your hands they can withstand a tremendous amount of manipulation.
  7. Lick the gum strip at the top of the paper from one end to the other. Roll the gum onto the paper using both hands, one at the crutch and one about three-quarters of the way up the joint.
  8. Spin the joint with your hands and use your forefingers, press the gum firmly onto the joint along its length.
  9. Lastly, pack the end of your hand rolled joint down. You can do this by gently tapping the crutch end of the joint on your rolling tray, this will settle the marijuana and provide a smooth, even burn. If you’re planning on saving the hand joint, gently twist any excess paper on the end into a tight spiral, this will save your marijuana from falling out.

You now have in your hands a perfect hand joint! Enjoy, and as always make sure you smoke responsibly!

Different Kinds of Joints

Described above is steps on how to roll a classic cone joint but there are many different variations of this timeless smoking method. Advanced joint rollers may enjoy the challenge of rolling a tulip joint, which has a bulbous tulip shaped tip. For parties, one can stick multiple papers together and roll extra long joints. Among the myriad of choices, many believe the classic cone rises a step above in terms of versatility and simplicity. Different kinds of joints pose can pose different and interesting challenges to any enthusiastic roller and learning how to roll the different variations can be a fun and meditative process!

What is your favorite kind of joint to roll? Let us know in the comments below!

What are Joints? Cannabis has been smoked by cultures for thousands of years. One of the oldest and most popular ways to enjoy cannabis is by smoking a hand-rolled joint. A hand joint is marijuana that has been ground up and rolled by hand into a flammable paper or leaf. Many people consider rolling a hand joint to be a craft, worthy of extra ti

How to roll a joint

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  1. What is a joint?
  2. What you need to roll a joint
  3. How to roll a joint
  4. Why do people like joints?
  5. Why do people hate joints?

Joints are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis. There are several different types of joints in the world of weed, and a variety of methods to make them. Rolling a joint can be a highly personal, intricate craft, but with a few simple steps, any new toker can roll their very own. Read on to learn about the art of rolling a joint.

What is a joint?

A joint is a cannabis cigarette often hand-rolled by an individual. Some dispensaries offer prerolls, or joints rolled in-shop, for consumers to purchase, saving a few steps. A cannabis joint that includes both cannabis and tobacco is called a spliff, while a blunt is a joint rolled with heavy, dark, tobacco papers.

A joint is a cannabis cigarette often hand-rolled by an individual. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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What you need to roll a joint

To roll a joint, you’ll need to assemble a handful of essential materials. First, select your favorite cannabis strain and set aside the amount of flower you want to smoke, typically about a third of a gram. Use a grinder to break apart your bud evenly. A rolling tray will help you keep your workspace neat and tidy.

To roll a joint, you’ll need to assemble a handful of essential materials: your favorite cannabis strain, a grinder, a rolling tray, joint paper, and a filter/crutch. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Round up your joint paper of choice. Dispensaries and smoke shops offer hemp, unbleached paper, and other materials to fit various preferences. Grab a filter, also called a crutch, or a thick piece of paper to create one, and you’ve got everything you need to roll a joint. If you don’t have a glass crutch handy, it’s easy to make a crutch on your own.

How to roll a joint

Step 1: Grind the cannabis

Use a grinder to grind up and separate the flower evenly. A grinder produces a consistent size and texture, which provides a smoother, more even smoke. If you don’t have a grinder, pick the bud apart with your fingers. Make the pieces more or less the same small size and work gently to minimize damage to the cannabis’ trichomes.

Use a grinder to grind up and separate the flower evenly. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 2: Make a crutch

Many smoke shops sell pre-made crutches to serve as the mouthpiece of a joint. While crutches aren’t essential, they help reinforce the mouthpiece and make a joint easier to hold. Crutches also boost the airflow through a joint and minimize the risk of burning your lips or inhaling tiny bits of marijuana during a hit.

To make a crutch, fold a piece of thick paper or cardstock into an accordion shape then wrap the last bit of paper around the accordion part. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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To make a crutch, grab a piece of thick paper or cardstock and rip off a rectangle-shaped strip about the width of your joint’s mouthpiece. Fold most of the paper into an accordion shape then wrap the last bit of paper around the accordion part.

Step 3: Load the joint

Lay the rolling paper on the tray with the adhesive side facing away from you. Position the crutch where you want the mouthpiece to be and sprinkle marijuana onto the paper. Evenly spread the flower throughout the joint and avoid overstuffing it.

Evenly spread the flower throughout the joint and avoid overstuffing it. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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To roll a cone joint, sprinkle less weed near the mouthpiece and more towards the tip, tapering as you move.

Step 4: Roll the joint

It’s finally time to get rolling. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the paper into a taco shape, sifting the paper back and forth to distribute the bud evenly. It’s okay if some flower falls out,you can stuff it in later. Work the weed into a cylinder shape, not so loose that it burns unevenly and not so tight that it restricts airflow.

Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the paper into a taco shape, sifting the paper back and forth to distribute the bud evenly. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Tuck one side of the rolling paper into the joint and slowly roll it back towards the adhesive side, tucking in the bud as you go. Lick or wet the sticky adhesive and start at the mouthpiece end to slowly seal the joint.

Lick or wet the sticky adhesive and start at the mouthpiece end to slowly seal the joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Once it’s sealed, grab a pen, toothpick, or another long cylindrical object to pack down the cannabis towards the mouthpiece. This is where you can add back any weed lost during the rolling phase.

Once it’s sealed, grab a pen, toothpick, or another long cylindrical object to pack down the cannabis towards the mouthpiece. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 5: Seal the deal

Twist the extra paper at the tip of the joint to seal everything shut.

Twist the extra paper at the tip of the joint to seal everything shut. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Finally, it’s time to spark up your joint and inhale through the mouthpiece. Enjoy!

Finally, it’s time to spark up your joint and inhale through the mouthpiece. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Why do people like joints?

Cannabis consumers love joints for a wide variety of reasons. For many, joints serve as the entry point into the cannabis world and smoking. Some like the way terpenes smell as the joint smoke spirals into the air. Others appreciate the fact you only need to spark up once to enjoy a joint, compared to the constant lighting of a pipe or the heavy-duty torching that dabs require.

Joints are also highly mobile, easy to share in a group setting, and easy to store if you want to smoke some and save the rest for a later day. According to an analysis by the RAND Corporation, an average joint fits about 0.32 grams of weed, making it a potent cannabis experience for an individual or enough for everyone when shared in a session. When completed, there’s little to clean up except for the roach and some ash.

Many joint rollers find the process of crafting joints therapeutic and consider the ritual an essential part of their consumption process.

Why do people hate joints?

Joints aren’t the most efficient way of consuming weed, and many users choose other methods to stretch their budget and maximize the experience of their bud. If you don’t smoke a joint fast, the flame on the tip will burn off precious trichomes and terpenes. Joints aren’t the best choice for marijuana consumers seeking a leisurely, lengthy smoking session.

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