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How to Roll the Perfect Joint

What are Joints?

Cannabis has been smoked by cultures for thousands of years. One of the oldest and most popular ways to enjoy cannabis is by smoking a hand-rolled joint. A hand joint is marijuana that has been ground up and rolled by hand into a flammable paper or leaf. Many people consider rolling a hand joint to be a craft, worthy of extra time and effort it may take. Smoke from a joint rolls into your mouth languorously, bringing along with it the unique flavor of the strain. As the smoke travels from the tip of the joint into your mouth, it passes through the flower, effectively cooling it down and making the smoke less harsh. Smoking from a joint highlights each strain’s unique flavor, from grapefruit to chocolate to an electric citrus tang.

Why Hand Roll a joint?

Why not just buy a pre-rolled joint from your neighborhood dispensary? Hand rolling a joint can be a meditative and relaxing activity. The process can provide relief from the daily hustle and bustle as you sit down and methodically prepare a hand roll for later enjoyment. Hand rolling joints also gives you the opportunity to examine and appreciate the flower you will be inhaling later. The dexterity practiced while rolling a joint can provide a welcome reprieve from daily tasks.

How Do I Roll a Joint?

Learning how to roll the perfect joint can at first seem like an intimidating task. The final product appears straightforward but can take time and patience to craft correctly. The easiest way to roll a joint starts out simply: pick your favorite strain and gather a few simple materials!

A small tray is an invaluable rolling tool, used to prepare the joint and catch any excess marijuana that falls during the rolling process. Make sure you also have rolling papers, a piece of cardstock, a marijuana grinder and lastly, make sure you have your marijuana!

With all your materials out and ready you are now ready to learn how to roll a joint step by step.

  1. Put a piece of rolling paper onto your tray, gum side on top and facing you.
  2. Cut or tear your card stock into a small half – 1 inch long and quarter inch wide rectangle and roll it into a spiral with your fingertips. Place this at the right or left end of the rolling paper, right side for right handed people, left for left handed.
  3. Grind up some marijuana. Between three-and 1 gram of marijuana is best to roll a perfect joint. Pour the ground marijuana into the paper and use your fingers to shape it into a rough oval, skinniest at the far end of the paper from the crutch.
  4. Pick the paper up with both hands and begin rolling the long edge of the paper onto the crutch of your soon-to-be perfect joint. Use your thumb and forefinger on the crutch side of the joint to pinch the paper and crutch together gently. Don’t be afraid to really use your whole thumb to guide the paper onto the crutch.
  5. Begin rolling the paper around the crutch and marijuana. As you do this gently pinch the joint closed with your other hand, using your first two fingers as well as your thumb.
  6. Keep your crutch hand gently pinching the hand roll joint at its base as you move your other hand back and forth, pinching and rolling the rest of the joint until you have a gently cone shape. Don’t be afraid to really play with the paper, they may be thin but they are surprisingly strong. If you don’t make any large motions and sudden jolts with your hands they can withstand a tremendous amount of manipulation.
  7. Lick the gum strip at the top of the paper from one end to the other. Roll the gum onto the paper using both hands, one at the crutch and one about three-quarters of the way up the joint.
  8. Spin the joint with your hands and use your forefingers, press the gum firmly onto the joint along its length.
  9. Lastly, pack the end of your hand rolled joint down. You can do this by gently tapping the crutch end of the joint on your rolling tray, this will settle the marijuana and provide a smooth, even burn. If you’re planning on saving the hand joint, gently twist any excess paper on the end into a tight spiral, this will save your marijuana from falling out.

You now have in your hands a perfect hand joint! Enjoy, and as always make sure you smoke responsibly!

Different Kinds of Joints

Described above is steps on how to roll a classic cone joint but there are many different variations of this timeless smoking method. Advanced joint rollers may enjoy the challenge of rolling a tulip joint, which has a bulbous tulip shaped tip. For parties, one can stick multiple papers together and roll extra long joints. Among the myriad of choices, many believe the classic cone rises a step above in terms of versatility and simplicity. Different kinds of joints pose can pose different and interesting challenges to any enthusiastic roller and learning how to roll the different variations can be a fun and meditative process!

What is your favorite kind of joint to roll? Let us know in the comments below!

What are Joints? Cannabis has been smoked by cultures for thousands of years. One of the oldest and most popular ways to enjoy cannabis is by smoking a hand-rolled joint. A hand joint is marijuana that has been ground up and rolled by hand into a flammable paper or leaf. Many people consider rolling a hand joint to be a craft, worthy of extra ti

How to make joint art

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  1. Make your own smokeable art
  2. Bottom line

Joints are the penultimate smoking method, and the style that each roller deploys is as personal as it gets. Naturals to the craft create stunning examples of cones, pinners, bats, and other classic joint shapes, while others are simply functional with little aesthetic appeal.

Joints are an expression of the fun and whimsy of cannabis, so it’s not surprising that so many stoners have channeled their creativity into their joints. From Seth Rogen rolling cross joints to Tony Greenhand’s mind-boggling creations, the spectrum is vast. Specially designed custom joint art can even run upwards of a few thousand dollars depending on the shape and amount of flower used.

Joints are an expression of the fun and whimsy of cannabis, so it’s not surprising that so many stoners have channeled their creativity into their joints. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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The quality of the weed and the strain you select is equally as important as the shape you roll. But if you’re nervous about botching your first few attempts, try practicing with shake or weed that might be slightly past its prime. The lower the stakes, the more fun you’ll have.

Make your own smokeable art

Using the same tools you use to roll a humble joint and some basic joint-rolling skills, you can create masterpieces in no time at all.

What you’ll need:

  • a grinder
  • high-quality rolling papers
  • filters
  • a toothpick
  • scissors

Master joint rollers know that the sticky strip on rolling papers can be used for a number of crafty purposes. When lightly moistened, this sticky strip provides a natural gum that is just right for smoking. It doesn’t create any excess weight or add unknown chemicals which aren’t combustible to the mix. And it stays put provided you don’t overwet the paper.

Here are two joint shapes to get you started.

The cross joint

Start by rolling a beefy joint with a filter. The more cannabis in your joint, the easier the cross joint is to build. If you need a refresher, check out our guide to rolling joints. Next, roll a thin joint to use as the “cross” section of your cross joint. This one does not need a filter.

Using your toothpick, poke a hole approximately three quarters above the bottom of your fat joint. Be gentle and slowly navigate the toothpick all the way through the joint, gradually widening the hole. Eyeball the width of your thin joint and try to make the poked hole slightly smaller.

The next crucial step is to poke a hole straight through the middle of your skinny joint, again wiggling the hole wider. This small hole allows the smoke from the smaller joint to flow up through the larger joint and into your mouth. Take the time to be precise — get this wrong and your cross joint will be unsmokable.

Now you’re ready to assemble your cross joint. Carefully insert one end of the thin joint through the hole of your larger joint. Slowly twist, push, and pull the joint through the hole until the small hole in your thin joint is inside the fat joint. The closer you can get the small hole to the center of the fat joint, the better and more evenly your cross joint will burn. Be careful not to move too fast or roughly to avoid breaking either joint.

Lastly, you’ll want to reinforce the cross-section of your cross joint. Simply use scissors to cut off the sticky strip on a rolling paper and wrap it around the intersection of your joints. This extra step adds structure and keeps the joint completely airtight.

Once you’re ready to smoke your epic cross joint, recruit a friend or two, grab three lighters, and spark up all three ends simultaneously.

The braided joint

Start by rolling three thin joints with filters. Again, if you need a refresher, check out our guide to rolling joints.

Stack the joints in a pyramid and wrap a few sticky strips from other unused rolling papers around the filtered ends of the joints. Moisten them to form a seal and wrap until the joints are bundled snugly. Let the strips dry before moving on to the next step.

Braid the flower-stuffed parts of the joints like you would a lock of hair. Once you reach the end, twist the ends together to lock the flower in. Light up and enjoy.

Bottom line

Whatever shape you roll, make sure all the parts of your art have airways leading to the same filter, or you won’t be able to smoke any of the appendages or additions to your primary joint. At the end of the day, your artistic smokeables don’t have to be perfect, you just have to enjoy what you are smoking.

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