How to Roll the Perfect Joint
Apprehensive about rolling a joint? Have no fear; our concise step-by-step guide will teach you exactly what to do, with tips, tools, and recommendations to make the process easier.
For maximum enjoyment of a prime strain of cannabis, knowing how to roll the perfect joint is key. For a smooth smoke, it should have a shape that allows it to burn evenly. Rolling a good one takes skill, but we will gladly show you how to get the hang of it. Additionally, we have some useful recommendations for rolling papers and tools to make it easier. By following our step-by-step guide below, you will master the art of rolling joints in no time.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO ROLL A JOINT
Before we get started with the instructions, here’s a list of what you’ll need:
• Your favourite strain of weed
• Rolling papers
• Pen or similar object, to pack the joint
• Rolling tray
STEP 1: BREAK UP YOUR MARIJUANA
If you are using high-grade cannabis such as ours, simply feeling it between your fingers will begin to release its sweet smell. Although you could go at it with your hands, we recommend breaking your bud up into a suitable size using a quality grinder. This method saves time, plus it will prevent your fingers from getting too sticky to roll the paper later. You want to render your bud down into small particles, but not into dust. This will allow for optimal airflow and burn rate.
STEP 2: CREATE A CRUTCH FOR THE JOINT
A crutch is basically a mouthpiece for your joint, also referred to as a filter or tip. Some smokers may say a crutch is unnecessary or optional, but we strongly recommend it. A crutch:
• assures the end of the joint remains open
• prevents you from burning your fingers or lips while smoking
• prevents anything from falling out of the joint
• keeps the shape of the joint sturdy
• makes smoking easier by increasing airflow through the joint
You can make crutches out of thick paper or thin cardboard, like most business cards are made of. For long rolling papers, a piece of approximately 5.5 x 1.7cm will suffice. You can also buy special crutch paper, and many rolling papers already come with some.
While a lot of people simply roll the crutch paper into a cylinder, this method leaves a hole that might let weed fall through or get pinched closed while smoking. Therefore, it’s better to make a few accordion folds at one end before rolling the rest completely around it. Make as many folds as you want the width of the final crutch to be.
STEP 3: FILL UP YOUR JOINT
There are many types of rolling papers—have your pick. We recommend our organic hemp papers because they’re thin yet sturdy, assuring your joint burns evenly and the aroma of your strain is unaffected. Moreover, they come with filter papers as well.
Take out your rolling paper and hold it so the glue side is facing your feet and the fold is in your direct sight. Fold the paper gently in the opposite direction and roll it between your fingers gingerly until it retains the shape you need.
Place the cannabis in your paper with one hand, distributing it in such a way that there is less at the end where the crutch is going to be. You want to end up with a cone-shaped joint later. Straight joints are easier to roll, so for your first attempts, this is fine too. Ultimately, a cone-shaped joint will offer a way smoother smoke.
STEP 4: ROLL YOUR JOINT
Holding your paper containing the cannabis, start rolling it gently as you move your fingers from left to right to distribute the particles evenly. Insert your crutch from Step 2 into one end of the paper and then get to rolling. Make sure your fingers are near the filter. The closer together they are, the better.
Roll the paper back and forth to ensure the edge of the paper crosses over the crutch. You’re on your way to the perfect joint now! To make things easier, you can use our handy wooden rolling tray. It’s the perfect size for rolling joints and will catch any cannabis that might fall out. This way, you won’t need a table as you can just sit the tray on your lap.
STEP 5: LICK AND SEAL YOUR JOINT
Once you’ve rolled back and forth enough for the shape of the joint to appear, it’s time to close and seal it. Continue rolling between your fingers until the paper is pulled tight and the edge can be easily folded in with the tip. Roll until the glued side is just tucked slightly underneath the unglued side. Then, lick thoroughly through the outer layer to hit the glue layer, sealing up the sides and leaving the end open.
Make sure you do the tucking and sealing along the length of the joint slowly and gently. To prevent smoking too much paper, you can burn off the excess after sealing it. You don’t want to seal it up too tight, as it will be very hard to draw in smoke and take a hit. If it’s rolled too loose, though, it will burn unevenly or too quickly.
STEP 6: PACK YOUR JOINT
To ensure a smooth and even burn, you should now pack the joint. Use the pen (or any other object that will do the trick) to carefully press down the cannabis through the open end. You can also put back in anything that fell out earlier, or simply save it for another time. While holding the joint upright from the filtered end, gently tap it on a flat surface to compact the cannabis and push the crutch in for reinforcement.
STEP 7: TWIST THE END OF YOUR JOINT
Seal the open end by twisting the extra paper so it resembles a candle wick. This way, there is no possibility for any weed to fall out. You can keep your joint stored away like this if you are not going to smoke it right away. Once you are ready to smoke, the twisted end will be your lighting point.
STEP 8: LIGHT AND ENJOY
At this point, you are ready to indulge in your smoke. Now there is nothing between you and the sweet cannabis you just rolled. All you have to do is light it and enjoy. Your joint tastes the best the first time it’s lit. Therefore, try to smoke it all at once and not relight it. Relighting is bad for the taste, and we want you to enjoy every single puff so you get the most from your buds.
STEP 9: SHARE YOUR JOINT
For an even better experience, share your joint with some friends. Not only will it prevent you from having to relight it later, but you will have the chance to really take in its aroma and effects while you are waiting in-between turns. Lastly, it’s just a lot more fun to enjoy the high with your mates. Good times ahead!If you want to learn how to roll the perfect joint, follow our step-by-step guide for tips and tricks to make the process as simple as possible.
The Complete Guide to Rolling Your Own Joints
The joint is the classic—and most common—way to smoke weed. It’s simple and beautiful, and whether you’re going to smoke weed for the first time, or you’ve been burning devil’s lettuce since people unironically called it devil’s lettuce, knowing how to roll a perfect joint is an art form worthy of admiration. Save the party, impress your Tinder date, make Thanksgiving with your family more bearable—no matter why you need one, knowing how to roll one like a pro isn’t just important, it’s a critical life skill.
If you’ve never done this before, you may have (mistakenly) come under the impression that the stuff you roll the marijuana in is inconsequential to the overall finished product of a joint. Of course, every part of the joint is crucial to its success. Wood pulp is far and away the most common type of rolling paper, and these were the types your mammy and pappy grew up with in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Today, rolling papers are also commonly made from rice paper and even hemp paper if you can find it, each material offering their own strengths and weaknesses.
Our favorite guide to rolling papers can be found at GreenCamp , where you’ll find a helpful and intuitive infographic explaining the differences between each type. And if you’re looking for specific paper recommendations, our friends over at Heavy put together an excellent guide to selecting the brand that’s right for you.
Selecting the Right Bud
We could write an entire guide just on picking the right bud for your mood, but we don’t have that kind of space here. Besides, maybe we will.
The truth is, there are hundreds—literal hundreds—of strains of marijuana, and aside from a unique and usually silly name, each comes with its own specific profile—flavor, effect, type of treatment, area of affectation, etc.
The kind of weed you pick to fill your joint has nothing to do with how you’re smoking it. For instance, there aren’t really different types of weed that are better to smoke out of a joint compared to, say, a bong or a vaporizer. Strain selection really has more to do with the kind of experience you’re looking to have. This guide gives an excellent look into the two main types of marijuana—indica and sativa—and which strains are specifically relevant to things like pain management, anxiety, sleep, etc. This guide from Herb is exceptionally thorough and easy to understand.
There are even apps! Leafly is considered by many to be the Yelp for medical marijuana. It’s an encyclopedic database of hundreds of strains of marijuana, complete with user reviews, symptoms, etc. You can even plug in specific symptoms you’re having and Leafly will make recommendations to suit them.
How to Grind
Another thing people tend to criminally under-consider is grinding. The consistency of your weed greatly determines how likely you are to get a smooth smoke out of it. Coarsely ground or oddly packed bud can lead to things like canoeing (AKA uneven burning of a joint), which can be a huge bummer for any joint. Weed that’s ground too finely can make it difficult to smoke.
Investing in an solid grinder is the best way to get a consistent joint every time, but if you’re making do, there are some pretty useful hacks to consider, too. You can also give it the old hand-grind, or get yourself a handy-dandy portable grinder card grinder card .
Now that you know the finer details, let’s get down to the nitty gritty: How to roll one of these beautiful bastards.
GQ put out this simple guide that we like a lot, because it’s brief and simplified, and includes some illustrations. The only thing is it may not be detailed enough for all the legitimate amateurs in the room.
This explainer from Leafly is also excellent, and includes .gifs to help illustrate every point of the process.
For the complete novices, this video from Merry Jane features one of our generation’s most trustworthy weed aficionados, Seth Rogen, as he explains how he likes to roll a basic joint. It’s the perfect thing for anyone who wants to know the ins and outs of joint rolling from front to back. Your training could probably end there, but if you master that and want to move on to something more technical, then here’s another video of Rogen rolling one of his famous cross joints .
And if you start feeling ballsy and want to really kick it up a notch, you can check out how this artist is taking the joint game to a whole new level . Apparently as weed goes mainstream, people can get creative with how they roll.
The Rolling Machine
Finally, when all else fails and your fingers just can’t do it right, there are a multitude of joint-rolling machines that, novelty aside, are pretty cool.
Auto rollers come in all different shapes and sizes, and they’re great because if you don’t know how they work, it’s kind of like a little magic trick every time.
Our favorite rolling machine by far, however, are the famous RAW Two-Way Rollers . They’re incredibly easy to use , are super affordable, and can accommodate just about any size rolling paper you can throw at ‘em. They’re the perfect little joint rollers.Whether you're a novice smoker, or you've been burning devil's lettuce since people unironically called it devil's lettuce, rolling a perfect joint is an art. ]]>