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If there’s one thing you should know about the Kid, it’s that the Kid is a creature of habit.

Like anyone, I’ve established routines throughout my life. There’s a certain way that I brush my teeth, make my bed, peel an orange, and navigate my way through town. I learn everything once and I never alter my technique, even when I find out about better ways to do things. Thereby, I have been rolling joints the exact same way my brother showed me when I was 15.

Though I maintained the exact same technique throughout, I didn’t really get good at it until I was about 17, and since then I’ve rolled the exact same joints. To be fair, the method I was using was pretty flawless: The simple cone spliff rolled with a regular sized Bambu and a crutch rolled out of about an inch-long strip. I didn’t discover that there was a better way until I was 22, when someone enlightened me on the way of the backroll.

Backroll is a widely-used method for hand-rolling a cigarette. The method involves inversion of the rolling paper, so that the gum strip faces the inside. Once rolled, the gum can then be licked through the paper and torn off, thus removing any excess paper. This technique was developed due to the alleged increased heat (possibly caused by additives) generated by smoking tobacco wrapped in multiple layers of paper.

– Abraham F. Wikipedia

Backrolling a joint is an improvement on the traditional style because it minimizes the amount of paper in your joint, allowing it to burn slower, more evenly, and taste better. The first person I saw implement it was an older girl I was hooking up with. I felt incredibly schooled as I watched her place the weed onto the paper with the glue side down, slide the crutch in, roll the glue edge forward and paste it, and burn off the excess paper. I had to know what the hell this was all about but didn’t want to let on that I was a novice in any field at all, let alone the erudite practice joint-rolling. After we had smoked it, I swallowed my pride and asked for a lesson. I tried but I did a poor job, and she laughed at me. I tried to forget backrolling even existed. As I got older, I started smoking a lot more joints by myself and felt secure enough in my solitude to give it another whirl. Again, I sucked. Everyday for two weeks I began backrolling a joint, then quickly give up and rolled old school so I could fucking blaze. It’s hard to perfect the delivery method of your favorite thing while anticipating putting into your face.

The thing that I had the most trouble with was tucking the glue side around the tiny one-inch crutch. It became such minute surgery that I just couldn’t get it secure and it would unravel by the time I licked the rest of the joint. It finally dawned on me: Use a bigger crutch!

Today, I finally tried it out with a crutch that’s two inches long (before rolled), and it worked! By Moses, it worked, and I managed to do it quickly too. I’ll take you through the process.

First, the standard preparations…

Then I laid the paper in my hand, with the glue side down and towards me, and put the weed on it. The important thing here is not to fold the bottom up.

I put the big crutch in after the weed. This is a change in procedure from my standard practice of holding the crutch in the paper and then dumping in the weed and rolling it.

Now I curl up the glue end.

And the lick, starting from the crutch. Having a bigger crutch made it easier to rotate the licked glue side.

Finally, the fun part: burning off the excess paper. If you don’t get one clean burn, I’d say do a little touching up with the lighter, but don’t go crazy trying to get a perfectly straight seam. It’s not going to effect the way the joint burns. You’ll see once you light it.

And here I am, incredibly pleased with myself and rapidly getting stoned.

Like anyone, I’ve established routines throughout my life. There’s a certain way that I brush my teeth, make my bed, peel an orange, and navigate my way through town. But today, I'm trying a new way to roll.

How to roll a backroll joint (an inside out)

Whether you enjoy recreational weed or require a few puffs from time to time for medicinal reasons, learning how to roll the perfect joint can make the entire experience more enjoyable. The trouble is that it can be challenging to decide on just one type of roll when there are hundreds to choose from. There are the most basic cannabis rolls that do the job in a relatively short period of time, and then there are more artistic designs that can be time-consuming but offer a visually appealing aspect to smoking marijuana that cannot be recreated any other way. If you don’t have stellar rolling skills than you are probably going to want to stick with the most straightforward methods, and as long as you have mastered a regular straight joint roll, this one should be no trouble at all.

  • 1 gram of cannabis
  • tobacco (optional)
  • 1 weed grinder
  • 1 king-sized marijuana rolling paper
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 joint filter paper
  1. Start out by preparing the filter paper. A lot of people make the mistake of figuring out how to roll a joint, and then end up stuck when the paper is filled and ready to be twisted up. Though it will not keep its shape, the creases that are made now will help a lot once it comes time for insertion, as you will be able to roll it up and press it in with only one hand. I prefer to make an M shape by folding the tip paper back and forth until you can see a small M and then finishing it by wrapping the outside of the M one time. Once complete, set it aside for later.
  2. Next, you will need to get out a weed grinder and bust up the cannabis buds. It’s always a good idea to filter through the bud grind and remove any stems or seeds that might either negatively affect the taste, explode as you are smoking, or poke holes into the paper as it’s being rolled or handled.
  3. Once the fresh cannabis is ground up and ready, it is time to pull one king size rolling paper from the pack.
  4. Flip the paper upside down and fold the crease so that the glue strip is on the outside facing you.
  5. Now you can add in tobacco and or cannabis and set the filter at one end.
  6. Use your thumbs and forefingers to pack the bud grind down into the paper.
  7. Once you are satisfied with the tightness of the roll, lick the middle of the paper, and stick the glue strip to the end of the crease. This will leave an extra tail of paper hanging off.
  8. Use a pair of scissors to remove the excess paper.
  9. Use a dab tool or some other packing stick to press the cannabis pieces that are flaring from the tip, into the joint.

How to smoke an inside out joint

The best part about this fancy marijuana roll is that it can be inhaled just like any other typical straight or cone joint. Use a lighter to ignite the tip and take a draw.

Benefits of smoking a back-roll joint

Though many cannabis rolls will offer their own variety of benefits, back roll joints are generally enjoyed most for the following reasons.

Aesthetics
Removing additional paper makes it so that the marijuana grind is only hidden behind one thin piece of paper, so you can see many of the colors, the smoke as it travels through it, and the gorgeous resins as the build up inside.

Lung health
Marijuana rolling papers are made of one of several ingredients, but none of them are healthy to inhale as they burn. Removing excess paper can help to reduce lung irritation, especially in regular consumers.

Taste
If you’re lucky, the paper you choose will taste like nothing, but many of the healthier options like rice can influence the flavor and aroma of the cannabis within when it is smoked. Removing the extra materials makes this impact less noticeable, so you can genuinely enjoy the plentiful terpenes that are in the strains you know and love.

Burning
Many rolling papers are designed to slow down the burn of a joint or cigarette, but if you have fresh or well-hydrated weed, then this might not be too helpful. Removing the additional paper allows for a smoother, faster, and more consistent burn.

How to roll a tulip joint

If you want to roll a joint easy that will also impress, then this marijuana joint might be just what you have been searching for.

The best part about this fancy marijuana roll is that it can be inhaled just like any other typical straight or cone joint.