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When did you first learn about the majesty of cross joints?

For those familiar with this holy grail of grass consumption, the answer is quite likely to be the 2008 film Pineapple Express, a stoner action-comedy in which the two lead characters discuss and consume the fabled cross joint. While Saul (a pot dealer played by James Franco) gets credit for rolling all the joints in the script, in reality, it was Franco’s co-star who actually put his finger skills to use.

Yes, noted cannabis aficionado Seth Rogen is the man responsible for the cross joint’s debut in mainstream pop culture. Ironically, his character, Dale, is utterly mystified by the first cross joint he encounters. “You can SMOKE this?” he asks in shock, reflecting what could be said is a fairly universal response to see such marijuana elegance in the flesh. Dale is immediately given the good news: he can most certainly smoke that.

However, before we go over the steps required to construct and consume your own cross joint, here are a few details on what these complex contraptions actually are.

What Are “Cross Joints”?

Without wishing to invoke blasphemy, cross joints are essentially a crucifix of cannabis — at least from a physical standpoint. Technically speaking, a cross joint consists of a larger joint that has a second, smaller joint inserted horizontally through its middle. The name “cross joints” is thus because these architectural wonders of pot literally resemble crosses. If you prefer an agnostic descriptor, they also resemble a lower-case letter “t” (minus the bottom hook). Whatever shape you see, by lighting all three ends, one can create what Saul emphatically calls “a trifecta of joint-smoking power.”

The main trick to making your cross joint work involves a few carefully-placed sewing needle holes to ensure even air flow from three ignition points. Once those points (top and both sides) are burning, the fun begins. Despite their appeal, novice rollers may wish to start with something a bit more basic before tackling the cross joint.

For those who feel qualified (or just really love being frustrated), read on for a step-for-step guide on how to make this doobie dream come true.

How Do You Roll a “Cross Joint”?

Seth Rogen has alway carried himself as a man of the people, so naturally, he made a video documenting the process of how to roll a cross joint in hopes of sharing this coveted knowledge with the wider world. Here’s what he suggests you do to successfully craft your own cross joint.

In quarantine, we all have plenty of time to twist up crazy doobs. Now let’s learn how to make a marijuana masterpiece with this guide for rolling cross joints.

How to roll a cross joint

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  1. What do you need to roll a cross joint?
  2. How to roll a cross joint

Whether you want to impress friends or simply relive the glorious cannabis moment from the film “Pineapple Express,” rolling a cross joint is undeniably impressive. The cross joint may seem complex but never fear — it’s easier than you might think to make this respect-commanding super joint. Read on to achieve true stoner brownie points and roll your own cross joint.

What do you need to roll a cross joint?

You’ll need to assemble the following materials to construct a cross joint:

  • Your favorite strain of cannabis.
  • Grinder.
  • Full-size rolling papers.
  • Small rolling paper.
  • Pin, needle, or other small, sharp object.
  • Scissors.
  • Some friends to light the extra tips of your finished cross joint (optional).
Assemble the materials you need to construct a cross joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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How to roll a cross joint

1. Roll a Fat Joint

First, roll a fat joint using the full-size rolling paper. Grind up your favorite strain of cannabis — if you haven’t already done so — and stuff this bad boy full of much more bud than you would for a typical smoke session. The more cannabis in your joint, the easier the cross joint is to build. When finished, leave a little bit of an empty twist on the end to make your joint easier to light when it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

First, roll a fat joint using the full-size rolling paper. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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2. Roll a Thin Joint

Next, roll a thin joint to use as the “cross” section of your cross joint. Rolling a thinner joint makes it easier to assemble, while one closer in size to the larger joint makes for a more even burn. Practice makes perfect, and trying both methods is a great excuse to roll two cross joints. When finished, leave a twist at both ends of your thin joint.

Next, roll a thin joint to use as the “cross” section of your cross joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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3. Poke a Hole in the Fat Joint

With your joints complete, it’s time to make a few modifications. Take a pin or needle and poke a hole approximately three quarters above the bottom of your fat joint. Be gentle and slowly navigate the needle all the way through the joint.

With your joints complete, poke a hole approximately three quarters above the bottom of your fat joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Once you’re in, use the needle to gently wiggle the hole wider. Don’t worry about gouging a large hole, as a smaller opening creates a better seal once you insert the second joint. Eyeball the width of your thin joint and try to make the poked hole slightly smaller.

4. Poke a Hole in the Thin Joint

Set aside the larger joint for now. Grab your thinner joint and use your needle to poke a hole straight through the middle, again wiggling the hole wider. This hole should be smaller than the first one you made, approximately twice the diameter of the needle you’re using to poke it. 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 poke a hole straight through the middle of the thinner joint, and wiggle the hole wider. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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5. Assemble the Cross Joint

Here comes the hard part: assembling the 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.

Carefully insert one end of the thin joint through the hole of your larger joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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6. Reinforce the Intersection

With the pieces assembled, it’s time for some last-minute reinforcements. Grab your scissors and two more rolling papers, regardless of size. Cut the glue off the rolling papers and wrap the glues criss-cross around the crux of your cross joint, reinforcing the section where your thin joint passes through the large one. This extra step adds structure and keeps the joint completely airtight.

Cut the glue off two rolling papers and criss-cross the pieces around the crux of your cross joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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7. Light Up the Cross Joint

You’re finally ready to light up your epic cross joint. Recruit a friend or two, grab three lighters, and spark up all three ends simultaneously.

Recruit a friend or two, grab three lighters, and spark up all three ends simultaneously. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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