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How To Roll The Perfect Joint: Five Easy Steps

How To Roll The Perfect Joint: Five Easy Steps

A joint is essentially a cannabis flower that has grinded into small bits and rolled in a thin piece of hemp, rice straw, wood pulp, or flax paper. The cannabis is inhaled through the non-lighted end of the joint after one end of it has been lit with a lighter, just like a cigarette.

Joints should not be confused with their relatives, spliffs (a roll containing a cannabis-tobacco mixture), and blunts (a roll with cannabis inside of a cigar wrapper made of tobacco). Even if there are many hip marijuana accessories available, smoking joints is still one of the least expensive and most traditional methods to consume cannabis. 

In addition, joints are a portable and easy way to start using marijuana (no need to bring a backpack with a bong). A decent joint must be able to smolder well to be considered good. They shouldn't burn quickly and intensely like a cigarette. Many of the goods are destroyed by that bellows-like heat, and you only reap half the rewards. 

What You'll Need To Roll Your Joint

Here are the things that you need to make a joint:

  • Marijuana Flower 
  • A Grinder
  • Rolling papers
  • To aid in packing the joint, use a tamping stick, pen, or another instrument.
  • Lighter
  • Filter (optional)
  • Movable tray (optional)

Step by Step For Rolling A Joint

Here are the five (5) easy steps you can take to roll the perfect joint. 

Step 1: Grind Your Flower

Grind your marijuana into small powdery consistency; imagine a bag of oregano. You can easily accomplish this with a good grinder, but you can also use your fingers or scissors. A grinder, on the other hand, enables consistency, which will result in an even burn.

Step 2 (Optional): Make and Add Your Filter

A filter tip, which is sometimes referred to as a crutch, can be constructed from a robust piece of paper (consider thick cardboard or a business card) or purchased at a head shop or tobacco shop. 

Typically, reusable filters are composed of ceramic, silicone, glass, or wood. Filters offer stability to the joint, save you from burning your fingertips or lips, and help you take advantage of every last puff. Filter tips also prevent you from inhaling cannabis plant matter, often known as "Scooby Snacks."

Accordion folds should be made at the beginning and then the filter should be rolled to the proper thickness whether it is made of paper or cardboard. Before adding your cannabis, add it to the "gutter" at the end of the rolling paper.

Step 3: Add In Your Weed

A single one and a quarter-inch wide rolling paper (often referred to as 1 1/4, the most popular rolling paper size) typically contains one-third to one-half a gram of marijuana. 

Feel free to add more marijuana if the rolling paper is larger or if you’d prefer a thicker joint. The rolling paper is folded into a V shape to create a small gutter. Don't overfill the rolling paper as you apply the marijuana evenly. Less flower should be added toward the crutch and more bloom should be added toward the other end. Roll on a diagonal.

Step 4: Roll Your Joint

Pinch the paper between your thumb and index finger and roll it back and forth to compress the cannabis into a cone or cylinder with the adhesive-coated side facing you. Then, maintain the form as you roll the weed up toward the adhesive side by tucking the non-adhesive side over the weed. To seal the connection, lick the glue at the beginning of the mouthpiece end.

Step 5: Finish Your Joint and Enjoy!

At the joint's tip, twist the extra paper to make the end you're supposed to light. Inhale slowly as your light the end on fire with a lighter. Enjoy by yourself or with friends. A passion for marijuana will have you rolling enough joints each day to qualify as a "pro" in no time. Don't be discouraged if your initial attempts are a little distorted; you'll have learned how the paper moves and how the weed compresses. Soon, you'll spend the rest of your days creating unique joints that are evenly packed, snugly wrapped, flawlessly slow-burning, aromatic, and silky smooth.

Tips for Perfecting Your Joint

  1. Rolling paper that is thicker is simpler. Start with hemp and then transition to thinner types once you feel more at ease. Don't start with a king-sized paper; the same applies to size.
  2. Give it some time. Does the marijuana appear uniform? Before you lick, is the roll to your liking? You can save time and paper by evaluating your joints as you go.
  3. There's no need to go all out when licking the adhesive. Your joint will be sealed by a small amount of moisture, preventing it from becoming soggy.
  4. By slowly rotating the joint while lighting it, you can avoid "canoeing," which happens when one side of the joint burns more quickly than the others.
  5. Practice makes perfect. Nobody is a master roller by birth.

Once you learn how to nail roll, the realm of possibilities opens. To achieve a buzzy nicotine rush, experiment with spliffs or blunts; go nuts with styles like cross joints or braided joints; or coat the paper with kief to experience a higher level of intoxication.

Save Time With Pre Rolls

In this age of instant satisfaction, a pre-roll is by far the most convenient option. There is no need to roll or pack your cannabis on the spot; it is ready to smoke anytime you are. You have the option of rolling your marijuana or purchasing it pre-rolled from a vendor. 

Your pre-rolled joints will stay longer if you know how long they last and how to keep them. There are times when events occur, you store your pre-roll for safety, and then you forget about it. Read on to find out how to keep joints from becoming stale because you never want to squander them.

Storing Your Joints The Right Way

The most important thing to remember for storage is that you store them in a container. Although a sealed plastic bag is nominally airtight, it offers little security. You're going to be depressed and sober if you put that bag in your pocket with the expectation that everything is going to stay intact when you try to smoke later.

  • Doob tubes are another option. They fold up into your pocket or bag and are transportable and recyclable. Pre-rolled cigarettes and partially smoked joints have both been kept fresh for a while using doob tubes.
  • Since cigar tubes are already made to be airtight to protect the cigar that once resided there, they make a great alternative. 
  • If you have a doob tube available, I wouldn't hesitate to use it because they are just as strong and portable.
  • Another approach is to store several pre-rolled joints in large glass jars like mason jars. Mason jars have airtight closures, and several other types of glass jars have latching lids that will do the same.
  • At the end of the day, you'll probably use what's available. If it's a Ziploc, try to avoid taking it with you or simply re-home it before you leave.

Keep Away From Light And Moisture

Most people are aware that cannabis is fairly sensitive to the environment, even if they have never grown any of their own. You want to shield it from its environment as much as you can, even while it's rolled.

It may deteriorate if there is too much light. You run the chance of mold growth if it's too warm or humid. Your cannabis should ideally be kept in a space with a humidity level of 59% to 63%. Humidity packs are available to take care of the problem, regarding humidity level in the environment. Depending on how much you're preserving and the size of your storage container, you can get them in a variety of sizes.

The purpose of humidity packs is to either release moisture into the air or remove it. You must use a humidity pack in an airtight container for it to function. The battery pack can last for two months to a year. You should frequently examine it. It must be replaced if it starts to get crispy or dry.


Practice makes perfect. Although frustrating, rolling joints is the ideal justification for rolling another one. If you continue practicing, it will soon become second nature.

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Dennis Phillips - January 7, 2023

I would love to see a video on this

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