How to roll a joint
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- What is a joint?
- What you need to roll a joint
- How to roll a joint
- Why do people like joints?
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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How to roll a joint
The joint is one of the more iconic ways to consume cannabis, and it’s a great way to enjoy the flavor of your flower. Every cannabis smoker should learn how to roll a joint. There are countless opinions on the different ways of rolling one, but whatever you do, make sure your creation burns smoothly and evenly.
How much weed is in a joint?
When starting out, we recommend using a 1/2 gram of weed and normal or 1 1/4 sized rolling papers. This is a good amount of weed for a couple people and starting off on the smaller side will make rolling the joint more manageable.
For reference, most of the prerolls you buy at the store are a full gram, although some come in 2-packs of half-grams.
When you get good at rolling, you can move up to King sized papers and full-gram joints and widen your smoking circle.
Step-by-step guide on how to roll the perfect joint (with or without a filter)
To help you hone your own craft, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step guide on the easiest way to roll a classic cone joint, even for beginners. You’ll be rolling a perfect joint in no time.
Begin by gathering your rolling supplies:
- Cannabis strain of your choice
- Rolling papers
- Crutch (for the joint crutch or filter)
- Cannabis grinder
- Optional: A pen, or a similarly shaped object to help pack the joint
Step 1: Grind the cannabis
Break down your cannabis into shake. If your cannabis is dried well, it should break down easily. A grinder keeps your hand from getting sticky and thus sticking to the joint paper.
If you don’t have a grinder, you can grind the herb down by hand, using scissors, or any number of other breakdown methods.
Step 2: Create joint crutch/filter
Make a crutch, also called a tip or filter. You can make a crutch out of just about anything, but thin cardboard or business cards are solid go-tos. A lot of joint papers also include crutch material with their packaging.
Start with a few “accordion” folds at the end of the cardboard, then roll the material to the desired thickness of your joint. The crutch isn’t absolutely necessary, but it does help keep the shake from falling out of the end or into your mouth as you smoke. It also adds some stability to the joint and allows you to enjoy every bit of cannabis without burning your fingertips.
Step 3: Fill joint with cannabis
Fill the paper with the shake and the crutch (if you’ve made one). Once the paper has the right amount of shake (a half gram to a gram usually does the trick), you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.
A quick note on papers: There are a lot of different types and flavors of joint papers available. Many people prefer hemp papers because they tend to be thin but strong, and burn evenly without affecting the flavor of your weed.
Step 4: Pack the joint
Once you’ve loaded and shaped your joint, it’s time to roll it. Pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth between them to pack the cannabis down into its final cone shape.
Step 5: Roll the joint
This step can make or break the quality of your joint. Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll, roll it up, and use the glued edge to tack down one end of the paper, using just a little bit of moisture.
Pro tip: Start with the crutch side because it can help guide the paper as it rolls around itself.
Once the paper is tacked down on one end, you can work your way down the rest of the seam by tucking and sealing the joint to the end.
Step 6: Finish your joint
Finally, pack the end of the joint to help ensure an even burn. A pen is great, but you can use just about anything.
Some good options if you’re on the go: the tip of your shoelace, the drawstring on your hoodie, or a small stick. If you’re not planning on sparking your joint right away, you may want to close the tip with a twist.
Step 7: Enjoy (and innovate!)
Other ways to roll a joint
There are limitless ways to roll a joint. You can roll them big or small. Get creative! Some people have even transformed joint rolling into an art all on its own, rolling their cannabis into a unique mix of functional origami.
Another trick is to use a dollar bill to help roll a joint. Simply fold a dollar bill in half and put your ground weed in it. Roll it back and forth, slip a rolling paper behind it, roll it up, and give it a lick. Easy peasy.
Other joint variants you can try rolling are a cross joint (two joints crossed in the middle, giving you three ends to light), a pinner (a thin joint), or an L joint or tulip, which have extra amounts of weed stuck on the end.
What’s your favorite way to roll a joint? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below and make sure to teach others this basic cannabis skill!
This post was originally published on May 19, 2016. It was most recently updated on April 15, 2020.
Every cannabis smoker should learn how to roll a joint. To help you hone your own craft, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step guide to successful joint rolling.