Joints are the most famous method to smoke cannabis, and for good reason. They’re simple to consume, distribute, and transport.
However, rolling a joint can be difficult for some people. It’s not hard to make a basic joint, after all. However, making the ideal joint is a true talent. Veteran smokers know that rolling may be a real artform, and it takes time and practice to get it right.
In this post, we’ll show you how to make fantastic joints.
Materials for Rolling a Joint
Rolling a superb joint begins with having the proper tools to work with. Every great joint needs three core instruments:
- Rolling paper
- Choose the marijuana flowers (buds) you want.
- Toasting and breaking apart the buds (ideally a good grinder or scissors, but it may be done by hand)
Choosing the right Rolling Papers
It may appear to be a no-brainer to choose the correct rolling paper, but this is something that should not be taken for granted! You’re not only smoking marijuana when you smoke a joint; you’re also burning the paper!
Choosing the incorrect paper might leave your joint with an undesirable flavor. Rolling cigarettes, for example, employ papers that have chemicals to aid in the combustion of the cigarette and produce foul-tasting joints. The finest papers are those that contain the fewest additions. Organic hemp or rice papers are excellent alternatives.
It might also be worth investing in a high-quality brand, such as RAW, ZigZag, or Elements. While it’s tempting to get the cheapest option, rolling papers are low enough that it’s worth getting better ones. Low-quality papers can make smoking unpleasant. They may easily rip and don’t stick together well, making them difficult to work with.
Rolling papers are available in a variety of sizes, as are rolling papers. While there are several complicated joints that may be made from many papers, the paper’s size has an impact on the joint’s size. If you want to make a huge antique beast, King Sized papers are your greatest choice. You can also utilize smaller sheets if you only need to create a few pinners; they’ll be plenty enough without wasting any paper.
Preparing Your Cannabis for Rolling
It’s time to prepare your marijuana flowers for rolling into a joint once you’ve gathered some papers and cannabis. To begin, remove any stems, huge leaves, or seeds from your marijuana blooms using scissors or your hands.
Now it’s time to mince or chop your marijuana. A decent weed grinder is the most efficient approach to do this. Break up the flowers into small pieces and put them in the grinder. Twist the grinder for a minute or two until everything is broken down well.
If you don’t have a clean weed grinder on hand, you may use a sharp pair of scissors to chop your buds. Alternatively, if you don’t have any scissors, you might pick the buds apart by hand, but this is the least efficient (not to mention messy!) approach to prepare your bud.
To make a fluffier, lighter bundle, the goal is to produce one that’s as light as possible. You want the marijuana to be crushed rather finely that air can freely flow through the package, but not so precisely that it turns to powder.
If the leaves are not finely crushed, air will be difficult to enter the bundle and it will burn less effectively, making it harder to smoke. However, if they are ground too finely, they become a loose powdery mess that does not stick together when you try to roll it and burns too quickly, resulting in a harsh and unpleasant joint.
You must desire to achieve the correct balance. It should not be too dense or fine. Just light and airy enough to allow for proper ventilation and combustion while remaining cohesive enough to form a sturdy connection.
Use a Filter or a Crutch (Optional)
You may also add a filter or a “crutch” to your joint if you like. This can make rolling and smoking much easier. Filter tips and purpose-made crutches are available from most smoke shops. A crutch might be constructed from a piece of cardboard, such as the little box in which your rolling papers are stored.
To make a crutch, simply rip off a tiny piece of cardboard and shape it into a tiny cylinder — perhaps about a quarter- or half-inch long and somewhat smaller than the circumference of the joint you’re going to roll.
This will perform two functions:
- Makes your joint easier to roll: A cylindrical crutch serves as a basis for your joint. It aids in the creation of structural stability in the completed product. It also makes rolling easier, providing a base for your paper to easily wrap around and immediately forming the shape of a decent joint.
- Lets you smoke your entire joint: When you’re smoking a joint without a crutch, there’s usually a lot of wasted marijuana at the end. It’s almost impossible to smoke the last portion of the joint without burning your fingertips when you do it this way. It also tends to be a wet, gooey mess. But with a crutch, you have complete freedom over how much cannabis you consume and avoid burning your fingers or making an awful mess. Keep an eye out for the cardboard!
A filter tip serves both of these purposes while also capturing some of the tar and resin that would otherwise go into your mouth and lungs. This may make your joint smoking experience a little cleaner and better, but it will necessitate you to keep certain filter tips on hand, as they can’t be put together as readily as an improvised crutch.
Preparing Your Joint
You’ve gathered some excellent papers, lovely flowers, and ground it all up into a pleasant loose bundle devoid of stems, leaves, and seeds. What now?
Take your rolling paper in your right hand and position it between your thumb and index finger (usually). Using the index finger of your opposite hand, push the paper down to form an indented “U” shape along the length of the paper.
The top of the paper should have a tiny strip of glue you’ll use to close your joint later. Place the marijuana underneath this with enough paper below to fold it into the paper and hide it, which we’ll do in the next step.
If you’re using a crutch or a filter tip, position it at the end of your connection (usually the right hand side.) Now sprinkle your ground up flower throughout the length of the paper.
You may now choose what you want your joint to look and smell like. Medium-sized, evenly positioned joints are the easiest to roll. To achieve this, use the same amount of weed in each section.
Another alternative is the “bat” shape (slightly more difficult to roll for novices). This takes advantage of more marijuana at the end (the end that you light) and gradually reduces in diameter as you go down. Simply fill the far end with more weed and use less of it as you descend.
Make sure to use the right amount of cannabis! If your joint is packed too firmly, it will be “tight,” restricting airflow and making it difficult or nearly impossible to smoke. It will be thin and flimsy if you pack it lightly.
Twisting Up Your Joint
Between your thumbs and index fingers, take the paper and weed. Gradually roll the bundle upwards using both hands until you’ve achieved the form you want for your joint.
Now you must fold the end of the paper closest to your body under the bundle of marijuana. This might be difficult. It’s made easier by using a filter or crutch. The objective is to build a layer of paper above and below the weed bundle, which may then be rolled up inside the last sheet.
For optimum results, wrap the paper around the bundle starting at one end of the join, then progress it along the length of the paper with your thumb.
It may take a little practice, but this is the secret to getting an evenly rolled joint!
Don’t worry if you don’t get it the first time. Just try it again until you’ve mastered it.
Lick the adhesive at the top of the paper after everything is tucked in. Then, using delicate and incremental movements, gradually roll up the tuck portion until your bundle is completely covered.
Voila! You’ve just rolled a joint.
To finish your joint, apply a tiny instrument to the open end gently press it down. You want to compress the bundle somewhat and leave a little empty space at the end of the link.
You can twist this open end down, which might assist with lighting the join, or make a lovely enclosed connection that you may save for later.
It’s time to start smoking! When lighting it, introduce the joint to the flame of your lighter gradually and twist it about. You want the flame to burn all of the end of the joint evenly, which will aid in ensuring a consistent burn down the entire way through.
Simplified Rolling Methods
Rolling a joint by hand is an artform that requires practice and patience to master, as we previously stated. There are still some simple methods to obtain a fantastic joint if you find rolling a great one by hand too difficult.
Using Pre-Rolled Cones
Pre-rolled cones are offered by many cannabis shops, which may be employed to quickly produce a “bat” joint. These cones are simply paper that has been wrapped around a filter on one end and has a big, open mouth on the other.
Simply follow the instructions above to grow your marijuana in a cone. After that, just fill the cone with a loose bundle of weed.
You’re off to the races after that, just like that.
Using a Rolling Machine
Tuck and twist your joint, which is the most difficult part of the rolling process, using a rolling machine.
As previously said, prepare your marijuana into a loose bundle. To be sure everything is in position, place the package within the rolling machine’s chamber and roll it up (without using paper) to ensure there are no gaps or holes. Use just enough bud to make your joint smokeable without making it too tight or difficult to burn.
Place the marijuana on top of the device while it’s still wet, and then attach a paper with the adhesive strip sticking out of it at the top. Work the roller up gradually until only the adhesive strip remains. Give the strip a lick and finish rolling upwards to make an attractive, uniform joint.
Because the types of rollers available on the market today vary widely, it’s suggested that you consult your roller’s instruction manual (if accessible) for the finest methods to use your specific rolling machine.
Advanced Joint Rolling
We’ve gone over the basics of how to make a decent joint, but if you want to improve your joint rolling abilities, there are plenty of options open to you.
Rolling a Cross Joint
A cross joint is made by rolling two joints together into a X pattern. You now have three (or more, if you make many “crosses”) ends from which to light the joint.
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Rolling a cross joint is essentially the same as rolling a normal joint; here’s a quick rundown:
- Step 1: Roll a large joint.
- Step 2: Roll a smaller joint.
- Step 3: Take a sharp tool, such as a nail or a knitting needle, and make an incision halfway through the larger joint. Your nail or needle should be roughly the same diameter as your smaller joint.
- Step 4: Insert the smaller joint into the hole you made in the larger joint.
- Step 5: Tear off a few strips of rolling paper and wrap them around the holes where the larger and smaller joints are connected to form a seal.
You may now light up all three ends of your cross joint and start smoking.
This is where the fun begins. You may create a multi-cross joint by repeating the process once or twice!
It’s very important to practice. Get some cannabis, chop it up, pick out your favorite papers, and sit down to twist up some practice joints until you’re more confident.
The ideal joint has a uniform diameter from end to end, and it burns evenly throughout its length. This is the quickest method to determine what a decent joint should (and does) look like. You might discover that your first joints are either too thin and loose or too thick and dense. The key to producing a successful joint with a good hit and that burns uniformly down the entire length is working out how to get there.
Good luck! With a little practice, you’ll be rolling joints like a pro in no time.