How to roll a cone
Joints are among the most popular ways to partake in a bit of cannabis, and among the most obvious visual signifiers of cannabis use. Once portrayed as a wad of twisted toilet paper, the joint has become a sleek symbol of the modern weed consumer, and their conical cousins are not just a goofy avatar of cannabis past, cone joints are big business.
A joint is considered a cone when the tip is wider than the mouthpiece. This method of rolling is preferential for anyone invested in the aesthetics of smoking, as the cone joint is a counterculture icon. Most crappy joints are as smokeable as a perfect cone, but one “looks” the part while the other is simply utilitarian.
This is why people sharpen their rolling skills — being able to pull out a beautifully executed cone is membership in the cult of stoner personality. It’s a rebel yell, it sticks out, clearly exclaiming that it is not a cigarette. Here’s how you can craft your own perfect joint.
A step-by-step guide to roll your own cannabis cone joint
First things first: choose your favorite cannabis strain.
Keep in mind that cones aren’t always mondo-sized behemoths with gram after gram of fancy weed inside. They come in pretty much any size, so try using the same amount of cannabis you’d put in a typical joint, then adjusting to your preferences. What makes a cone a joint is the shape, not the size (though they tend to lean a little girthy).
- Cannabis strain of choice
- Rolling papers
- Crutch or filter tip
- Pen or toothpick (used to pack down the weed)
Directions for a hand-rolled cone
Step 1 — roll your crutch
Roll a ½” diameter crutch with lightweight cardboard or purpose-made tips. Hold it on the rolling paper in the fold or crease with the adhesive gum at the very top
Step 2 — fill your roll
Sprinkle your desired amount of well ground flower along the centerfold, this can be anything from a half gram to an entire eighth.
Step 3 — shape your cone
Fold the excess paper up over the crutch and the flower using your thumbs and gentle pressure. Using a motion similar to snapping your fingers in slow motion, tuck the paper into the flower as you begin to form a joint.
Step 4 — twist it up
When you creep up to the top of the paper, lightly moisten the gum strip. Quickly finish the twist upwards to seal the joint. Tuck or twist the tip and you’re ready for fire.
Tip: If you usually roll with your fingers evenly placed on the paper, then to get a cone shape it’s helpful to position them much closer to the edges. Some people make an angled crease in the paper before beginning to create a guide, maintaining a tighter wrap on the bottom with a slightly loose arrangement on the top.
Play with the tension you use at the top. Just like any joint, tight is good, but too tight means a sub-par burn. Conversely, if you roll or pack a cone too loosely, you’ll end up with a floppy and unreliable joint.
Directions to fill a pre-made cone
Step 1 — funnel your cannabis
Using a creased business card or sheet of paper, create a funnel for your herb. Depending on the size of the cone, you will need between ¾ gram and 2 grams of ground material to fill it up. Use the funnel to add a pinch of flower at a time into the cone.
Step 2 — pack it down
Using a pen or toothpick, push the ground material down gently, without too much force. Continue to add and pack the flower until you reach the tip.
Step 3 — twist it up
Twist or fold the last ¼” of the cone into itself to create a bit of kindling for the flame of a lighter, match, or hemp wick.
The pros of cone smoking versus regular, uniform thickness joints are strictly personal. One doesn’t burn better than the other as long as they’re rolled proper.
Featured image by Gina Coleman/WeedmapsThis method of rolling is preferential for anyone invested in the aesthetics of smoking, as the cone joint is a counterculture icon.
How to roll a joint
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- What is a joint?
- What you need to roll a joint
- How to roll a joint
- Why do people like joints?
- Why do people hate joints?
Joints are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis. There are several different types of joints in the world of weed, and a variety of methods to make them. Rolling a joint can be a highly personal, intricate craft, but with a few simple steps, any new toker can roll their very own. Read on to learn about the art of rolling a joint.
What is a joint?
A joint is a cannabis cigarette often hand-rolled by an individual. Some dispensaries offer prerolls, or joints rolled in-shop, for consumers to purchase, saving a few steps. A cannabis joint that includes both cannabis and tobacco is called a spliff, while a blunt is a joint rolled with heavy, dark, tobacco papers.
A joint is a cannabis cigarette often hand-rolled by an individual. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
What you need to roll a joint
To roll a joint, you’ll need to assemble a handful of essential materials. First, select your favorite cannabis strain and set aside the amount of flower you want to smoke, typically about a third of a gram. Use a grinder to break apart your bud evenly. A rolling tray will help you keep your workspace neat and tidy.
To roll a joint, you’ll need to assemble a handful of essential materials: your favorite cannabis strain, a grinder, a rolling tray, joint paper, and a filter/crutch. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Round up your joint paper of choice. Dispensaries and smoke shops offer hemp, unbleached paper, and other materials to fit various preferences. Grab a filter, also called a crutch, or a thick piece of paper to create one, and you’ve got everything you need to roll a joint. If you don’t have a glass crutch handy, it’s easy to make a crutch on your own.
How to roll a joint
Step 1: Grind the cannabis
Use a grinder to grind up and separate the flower evenly. A grinder produces a consistent size and texture, which provides a smoother, more even smoke. If you don’t have a grinder, pick the bud apart with your fingers. Make the pieces more or less the same small size and work gently to minimize damage to the cannabis’ trichomes.
Use a grinder to grind up and separate the flower evenly. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Make a crutch
Many smoke shops sell pre-made crutches to serve as the mouthpiece of a joint. While crutches aren’t essential, they help reinforce the mouthpiece and make a joint easier to hold. Crutches also boost the airflow through a joint and minimize the risk of burning your lips or inhaling tiny bits of marijuana during a hit.
To make a crutch, fold a piece of thick paper or cardstock into an accordion shape then wrap the last bit of paper around the accordion part. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
To make a crutch, grab a piece of thick paper or cardstock and rip off a rectangle-shaped strip about the width of your joint’s mouthpiece. Fold most of the paper into an accordion shape then wrap the last bit of paper around the accordion part.
Step 3: Load the joint
Lay the rolling paper on the tray with the adhesive side facing away from you. Position the crutch where you want the mouthpiece to be and sprinkle marijuana onto the paper. Evenly spread the flower throughout the joint and avoid overstuffing it.
Evenly spread the flower throughout the joint and avoid overstuffing it. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
To roll a cone joint, sprinkle less weed near the mouthpiece and more towards the tip, tapering as you move.
Step 4: Roll the joint
It’s finally time to get rolling. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the paper into a taco shape, sifting the paper back and forth to distribute the bud evenly. It’s okay if some flower falls out,you can stuff it in later. Work the weed into a cylinder shape, not so loose that it burns unevenly and not so tight that it restricts airflow.
Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the paper into a taco shape, sifting the paper back and forth to distribute the bud evenly. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Tuck one side of the rolling paper into the joint and slowly roll it back towards the adhesive side, tucking in the bud as you go. Lick or wet the sticky adhesive and start at the mouthpiece end to slowly seal the joint.
Lick or wet the sticky adhesive and start at the mouthpiece end to slowly seal the joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Once it’s sealed, grab a pen, toothpick, or another long cylindrical object to pack down the cannabis towards the mouthpiece. This is where you can add back any weed lost during the rolling phase.
Once it’s sealed, grab a pen, toothpick, or another long cylindrical object to pack down the cannabis towards the mouthpiece. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 5: Seal the deal
Twist the extra paper at the tip of the joint to seal everything shut.
Twist the extra paper at the tip of the joint to seal everything shut. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Finally, it’s time to spark up your joint and inhale through the mouthpiece. Enjoy!
Finally, it’s time to spark up your joint and inhale through the mouthpiece. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Why do people like joints?
Cannabis consumers love joints for a wide variety of reasons. For many, joints serve as the entry point into the cannabis world and smoking. Some like the way terpenes smell as the joint smoke spirals into the air. Others appreciate the fact you only need to spark up once to enjoy a joint, compared to the constant lighting of a pipe or the heavy-duty torching that dabs require.
Joints are also highly mobile, easy to share in a group setting, and easy to store if you want to smoke some and save the rest for a later day. According to an analysis by the RAND Corporation, an average joint fits about 0.32 grams of weed, making it a potent cannabis experience for an individual or enough for everyone when shared in a session. When completed, there’s little to clean up except for the roach and some ash.
Many joint rollers find the process of crafting joints therapeutic and consider the ritual an essential part of their consumption process.
Why do people hate joints?
Joints aren’t the most efficient way of consuming weed, and many users choose other methods to stretch their budget and maximize the experience of their bud. If you don’t smoke a joint fast, the flame on the tip will burn off precious trichomes and terpenes. Joints aren’t the best choice for marijuana consumers seeking a leisurely, lengthy smoking session.How to roll a joint Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents What is a joint? What you need to roll a joint How to roll a joint Why do ]]>