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Improve The Burn Rate Of Your Joint With Backwards Rolling And More

Do you want to adjust the burning rate of your joint? We got you covered. Let’s see what makes the joint burn fast and what makes it burn slowly.

All marijuana connoisseurs want to enjoy ultimate joints. There are many factors that decide whether a joint is dank or rank. The burning rate of a joint is a crucial factor that can make or break the experience. So, let’s get to it, what affects the burning rate of a joint.


The moisture level of the bud will determine the burning rate of a joint. When the cannabis plants are harvested, they are subject to curing techniques, which allow the moisture to evaporate from the buds. If the buds disintegrate when you touch them, like dry leaves, the buds are probably too dry and will burn rapidly. The ultimate moisture levels of the buds should be around 10%. If you mix with tobacco or other substances, consider their moisture levels.


Another significant factor is the quality of the rolling papers. First of all, the thickness of the papers will determine the burn rate. With thinner papers, a larger amount of air is able to pass through, causing the joint to burn slower. Second, smoking papers are made from different materials. Papers can be made from flax, hemp, rice, wood pulp etc. So choose the ones that burn the best. Third, the additives can cause the papers to burn fast, so if you want a slow burning joint and a healthier smoke, thin additive-free papers are a great choice. Some smokers add an extra paper over the joint to prevent sideburns and make the zoot last longer.


Tightly packed joints burn slower than airy ones. The diminished airflow passing through a condensed joint stagnates the burn rate. If the joint is too tightly packed, it will be hard to smoke, and you will make strange facial expressions. If the joint is packed loosely, it will burn quickly, the mixture might be falling out, the burn rate will be uneven and the experience will be undesirable. So pack it tight, but not too tight!


The weed needs to be ground evenly for an ultimate joint. If the buds are uneven in size, which happens often when crumbled by hand, the joint will burn unevenly. Make sure to buy a quality grinder that cuts evenly throughout the entire grinder.


Let’s get the obvious out of the way. If you inhale the joint intensely, it will burn faster. So if you want the joint to burn slower, pace your inhalation intensity and relax.


Some cannabis connoisseurs like to add cannabis wax into their joints. It makes the joints burn slower and it adds a nice cannabinoid boost. The wax is spread thinly on the inside of the joint before adding the mix. Some mavericks are reported to be using honey on the inside of the joint to slow down the burn rate and get a nice honey tasting. Some people glaze the outside of the joint and sprinkle some ganja on it, which looks pretty cool. But things can get messy pretty fast.

Some tokers like to smoke fast, some like to chill and pace themselves, either way, now you have the knowledge to improve the burning rate of your joint. So next time you’re rolling with your friends, use the provided knowledge to create an ultimate joint and gain instant respect.


Backwards joints are an excellent way to improve burning rate. Toking on a joint is supposed to be a relaxing and therapeutic process, but it can quickly turn south when it burns too fast or keeps going out. Rolling a backwards joint is a reliable way to produce a stick that burns slowly and smoothly. Plus, it means inhaling less paper smoke.

Rolling a backwards joint might seem tricky at first. But, it’s just as simple as rolling a traditional joint, with some impressive pyrotechnics involved!

Here’s a step-by-step guide to rolling a backwards joint.


Take your rolling papers of choice and remove a leaf. You’ll also need a tip or a “roach”. Tear a strip of cardboard from the flap of your rolling paper packet, then roll it into a cylinder. Some smokers prefer to use manufactured wooden or glass tips.


When rolling a standard joint, you’ll be used to loading the herb along the natural crease in the paper. To roll a backwards joint, fold the paper back on this crease. The gum strip should be on the surface closest to you and pointing downwards.


Place the tip or roach into one end of the paper. Fill the rolling paper with as much herb as you want, but be sure to leave a little space at the end to prevent any from falling out.


Start to roll the joint using your thumbs and forefingers to pack down the herb, creating a dense column.


Once the weed is densely packed, begin to tuck the gum strip over the bud until it touches the other side of the paper. But don’t cover it up just yet! Now that the gum strip is in position, give it a lick to make it sticky.


Now it’s time to tuck the wet gum strip under until the paper completely covers the herb. Roll the joint until the gum strip is completely attached to the other side of the paper.


You’ll be left with a joint with a lot of excess paper hanging off the side. Now for the fun part! Apply a flame to one of the corners of the extra paper and watch it burn away. The wet gum strip will prevent the flame from damaging the rest of the joint.

The burning rate of the joint is a significant factor that contributes to an ultimate cannabis experience. Let's see how to speed up or slow down the burn.

How to make a joint burn more slowly

10 simple tips to get the most out of your joint

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    Learning how to roll a slow-burning joint can take a person’s current smoking experience to a higher level. The trick to a slow burn, however, is packing it tightly with high-quality, nicely ground weed and using rolling papers that like to take their time.

    Once these boxes have been checked, the result will likely be a joint that burns more evenly and offers a stronger high, since it will take more time to break down all of the active compounds present in cannabis flowers. Ready? Then consider these 10 tips.

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    The quality of the cannabis being used is the first important consideration for rolling a slow-burning joint. Properly cured buds burn nicely and evenly, while under-cured buds burn too slowly and old and dry weed burns much faster.


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    Use a grinder

    First things first: Grinding the weed before rolling is a must; a loose grind and larger pieces of cannabis burn more quickly and more unevenly. To get an even burn, break the cannabis into even pieces. And the best way to do that is to use a grinder, although there are a few other options that don’t require using a grinder.

    Metal grinders break weed into smaller pieces and have a smoother grinding action than grinding cards or a person’s fingers. Hand grinding is generally alright only in a pinch, but if necessary, still make sure to grind the cannabis into the smallest pieces possible.

    While a good grind is important, don’t overdo it. Weed that’s too finely ground can prevent the air from circulating through the joint and ruin the smoking experience.

    Choose rolling papers wisely

    Rolling papers—which come in different sizes, materials, flavours and thicknesses—are crucial for making slow-burning joints. By allowing more air to pass through, thinner rolling papers make the joint burn slower. That may be a reason to forego rolling with flavoured papers, since they are usually quite thick and burn faster. Cigarette papers, too, may simply be too thick to get the desired burn.

    Rolling papers are usually made from wood pulp, hemp or rice. While wood pulp papers are the most common in dispensaries, they, unfortunately, also burn more quickly and are usually bleached, which, again, alters their burn rate. That said, they are a good option for beginners.


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    Although rice rolling papers have the lowest burning rate, most experienced users prefer to use hemp rolling papers. The latter burn slower than wood pulp papers, but are sturdier than rice papers, making them a solid choice overall. Additionally, hemp rolling papers are usually unbleached and additive-free.

    Inside-out for an even burn

    Keep in mind that parts with overlapping paper burn more slowly than the rest of the joint. Try rolling inside-out joints to minimize paper overlapping and get that more even burn.

    Roll and pack tightly

    Loosely rolled joints burn more quickly than those that are packed tightly. If cannabis is falling out and there is too much air, the joint will not burn evenly. Once the joint is rolled, pack it even more tightly from the top by sticking a toothpick, pen or other thin object into the top of the joint and tapping the tip a few times on a hard surface.

    Of course, take care not to roll too tightly, or airflow will be blocked and it may even be hard to smoke the joint. If that does happen, help improve the airflow by taking the toothpick and pushing it from the top of the joint all the way to the tip, making a small tunnel.

    Baptize the joint before smoking

    Baptizing a joint means moistening it in your mouth before smoking. To do it properly, hold the top part of the joint and pull it through your mouth, moistening it with your lips. During actual smoking, another tip is to put a little bit of saliva on your finger and carefully moisten under the burns.


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    Transform into a twax joint

    Twaxing is a term coined to describe the process of adding weed concentrates to the outside of the joint. Adding some hash either on the rolling paper or in the mix will slow burning speed and provide a stronger high. Remember, however, that twaxed joints are far more potent. Concentrates contain higher levels of cannabinoids and should be used only by experienced users who’ve developed a bit of a tolerance to THC.

    Although rice rolling papers have the lowest burning rate, most experienced users prefer to use hemp rolling papers. Photo by iStock / Getty Images Plus

    Coat the joint with honey

    If a joint can be coated with honey-like cannabis concentrates, why not coat it with real honey? Some experienced cannabis smokers report that coating the outside of the joint with honey helps slow the burn. For an added boost, consider sprinkling the honey-coated joint with some kief.

    Light the joint evenly

    After rolling that perfect joint, it’s important to make sure to also light it properly. Remember that joints don’t burn like cigarettes; hold the joint over the lighter flame and rotate it as it is being lit.

    Also, while lighting up, take smaller, even puffs, and don’t inhale the first draw. Taking deep breaths will likely encourage a faster burn right away. When the joint is lit, look to ensure the burning area is nice and circular.

    Take lighter and longer hits

    While smoking, try not to draw too much at once. Smaller and longer hits will make the joint burn more slowly. is an educational website dedicated to shedding the light on many unexplored sides of medical and recreational cannabis. Aside from informing people of safe cannabis use, Greencamp also provides technology for finding optimal cannabis treatment.

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