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.
How To Make a Crutch: a Step-by-Step Guide
The art of rolling a joint is sacred within stoner culture, the gospel of group smoke sessions and true cannabis connoisseurs. To make the most of that freshly twisted joint, most weed smokers lean on the simple, yet effective crutch when rolling up.
Also known as a filter or tip, a crutch is an essential part of the joint rolling process. You can’t roll the perfect joint without one. It functions as an extension that keeps fingers and lips from being burned by the fiery cherry, and also makes it easier to hold and pass around in a social setting.
Another benefit of using a crutch is that it allows for better airflow, preventing the bottom tip of the joint from closing in on itself or becoming clogged with sticky resin buildup. Not to mention, you also use your weed more efficiently, as the crutch allows you to burn through all of your bud before you reach the end of the rolling paper.
Still wondering why the crutch is such a coveted part of the joint rolling process? Here’s what the internet has to say about it …
I’m not rolling up or smoking a Joint without making or adding a crutch ☝🏾🤷🏾♀️ https://t.co/BxHNrkTO9f
[rolling a joint]
Friend: Do you have any crutch paper?
Me: *hands them my social security card*
It may seem like origami, but relax, creating a crutch isn’t hard. In fact, it’s incredibly easy to do and, once you get the process down pat, takes just a matter of seconds. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a crutch and bring your joint rolling skills to the next level.
- Cardstock paper or index card
- Joint papers
- Ground weed
How to Make a Crutch
Step 1 – Tear Cardstock Paper
Take the cardstock paper or index card and evenly tear off a piece that is roughly a half-inch wide, or a little more than 1 centimeter. If you’re rolling with longer king-size papers, you may want to increase the width to three-fourths of an inch, or about 2 centimeters. You don’t have to be extremely accurate with the width, just eye it out to the best of your ability if you don’t have a measuring tool handy. Fold a crease into the paper to help ensure that you get an even tear.
Step 2 – Fold the Paper
Take one end of the paper and fold it into a zig-zag “M” shape. To do this, make four creases folded back-to-front until the tip of the paper resembles the letter M. Try to keep an adequate amount of length leftover for the next step.
Step 3 – Wrap it Up
Taking the remaining length leftover from the folded tip, wrap it around the folds until there’s a circle surrounding the zig-zag M-shaped pattern. If there’s not enough paper left over to complete the wrap, you can unwind your M and try to remake it with smaller folds.
Step 4 – Crutch, Meet Rolling Paper
Once you have the perfect crutch folded and rolled up, drop it into the tip of the rolling paper.
It’s easiest to grind up your weed and put it inside of the rolling paper after inserting the crutch. Depending on whether you want a pinner or cone-shaped joint, place the crutch at the end tip and disperse the ground weed accordingly throughout the inner crease of the rolling paper.
Step 5 – Roll it up
Now that you have your crutch and weed situated in the rolling paper, you’re at the final stretch. Simply roll it up, seal it up, sit back, spark it up, and enjoy.
And remember, when desperate times call for desperate joint rolling measures, a potential crutch can come to you in many unexpected forms.
your business card a crutch in my joint
Frequently Asked Questions
What Material Can You Use for Joint Filters?
Thick paper or cardboard makes for the best joint filters, commonly called crutches. A crutch allows for better airflow through the joint, prevents excessive moisture from making the end wet and reduces waste. Glass and wooden crutches are great alternatives to paper and can be found at tobacco shops, head shops and some dispensaries.
Where Can You Get Joint Papers?
Most dispensaries and delivery services carry joint papers, also called rolling papers. Brand-name joint papers like Joker and ZigZag are for sale behind-the-counter at most gas stations and grocery chains. Papers are also available at head shops, your local tobacco shops and online.
Can You Reuse Filter Tips?
Whether you can or should reuse a filter tip depends on what it’s made with. Paper crutches absorb oil and resin left behind in the process of smoking a joint. While you can use a crutch more than once, it will likely alter the flavor and become less effective with each re-use. Glass tips are meant for reuse and can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.
Can You Use Cigarette Filters in Joints?
Yes, you can use cigarette filters in cannabis joints if you have them available. The generic cigarette filter tip is made of cotton, cellulose acetate fiber, paper or activated charcoal.
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