The joint is one of the more iconic ways to consume cannabis, and it is 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.
There are many types of rolling papers. We recommend organic hemp papers because they are thin yet sturdy, assuring your joint burns evenly and the aroma of your strain is unaffected. They also come with filter papers which are handy.
How much weed is in a joint?
Normal-sized papers usually can hold between a half gram and a gram. This is a good amount of weed for a smoke circle consisting of a few people. Starting on the smaller side will make rolling the joint more manageable for beginners.
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 stuffed with more weed which can be smoked with more friends.
What you need to roll a joint
Before we get started with the instructions, here is a list of what you will need:
- Rolling papers
- Crutch/filter (optional)
- Pen or similar-sized object (to pack the joint)
- Rolling tray (optional)
Step 1: Grind the cannabis
Before you can properly roll a joint, you need to break up your weed first. The easiest way to do this is with a grinder, which will evenly tear up your flower. If you do not have a grinder, you can try a few other methods for breaking up buds. Just ensure the flower is dry before attempting this, otherwise, you will end up with a pile of sticky chunks that will not burn well.
Step 2: Create a crutch/filter (optional)
A crutch is a mouthpiece for your joint, also referred to as a filter or tip. Some smokers may say a crutch is unnecessary or optional, but other smokers strongly recommend it. The purposes of this filter are to:
- Assure the end of the joint remains open.
- Prevent you from burning your fingers or lips while smoking.
- Prevent anything from falling out of the joint.
- Keep the shape of the joint sturdy.
- Make smoking easier by increasing airflow through the joint.
You can make crutches out of thick paper or thin cardboard such as most business cards. 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 is 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 the joint paper with cannabis
One of the trickier steps with rolling a joint is getting the weed onto the actual rolling paper. If you have got your pack of papers with you, the cover flap on the pack should serve as a flat edge for scooping up the weed and placing it into the paper. If you do not have a pack with you, a credit card or business card also works well.
You could transfer the weed to the paper with your fingers, but this can be time-consuming and messy. Stick with a flat edge, and you can complete this step in just a quick motion or two.
Once the weed is on the paper, gently use your fingers to even out the weed pile so it is roughly uniform across that centerfold. This does not need to be perfect, but the roll will be so much smoother if you do this.
To make things easier, you can do this over a wooden or plastic rolling tray. A smaller one with edges is a good size for rolling joints and will catch any cannabis that might fall out. This way, you do not need a table as you can just set the tray on your lap.
Step 4: Roll the joint
Once you have loaded and shaped your joint, it is 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 shape. If your joint has a crutch in it then try forming a slight cone shape so that it narrows to the width of the filter. This can be tricky for beginners. If you are skipping the filter, then rolling a symmetrical tube-shaped joint is perfectly fine.
Step 5: Seal the joint
Once you have rolled back and forth enough for the shape of the joint to appear, it is time to close and seal it. Continue rolling between your fingers while tucking the unglued side slightly underneath the glued side. Once you have enclosed the weed, lick the glue of the joint paper (similar to an envelope), then fold it over to seal the joint.
Make sure you do the tucking and sealing along the length of the joint slowly and gently. You do not want to seal it up too tight, as it will be very hard to draw in smoke and will have a hard time staying lit. If it is rolled too loose, it will burn unevenly or too quickly.
Step 6: Pack the joint
To ensure a smooth and even burn, you should now pack the joint. Use the pen (or any other object that can fit in the joint) 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 the joint
Seal the open end by twisting the extra paper so it resembles a candlewick. 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.