For those that haven’t mastered hand-rolling (or even ventured into it), joint rolling machines allow almost anyone to roll a joint with minimal time and energy invested. It’s the first and easiest step to stop relying on others (be it more costly jays at a dispensary or bugging a friend), and allows you to take command of your cannabis consumption. Beside, sometimes after a long day, it’s just easier to let the machine get it. If you’re new to hand-rolling, your jays might not be the most dependable cannabis delivery method.
With a machine, you’ll know what to expect every time. While many mean it as a put-down, the “training wheels” description has some merit to it. Hand-rolling takes practice, so in the meantime, you’ll have something to fall back on. If you’re still getting up to speed and don’t have time, product, or papers to risk, consider a roller. Although cannabis is gaining international acceptance, many still attach a stigma to bigger joints. The clean, uniform, cigarette-like appearance that joint rolling machines produce is simply easier to blend-in in social settings, and closer to what non-smokers are used to seeing consumed.
The standard 1¼ inch size is a manageable dose on the go that’s less likely to attract gawkers (though the smell still might). As with anything in life, there are several cons to weigh in when determining if you want to use a joint rolling machine. At the end of the day though, none of the following aspects are detrimental to your cannabis consumption experiences. However, they are things that should be considered if you’re new to joint rolling and want to learn about all your options thoroughly. Take a look at some of the most common complaints surrounding joint rolling machines: Bad Machines Make Bad Joints. We highly suspect that most people against joint rolling machines have either never used one, or only used poorly made ones, and poorly made joint rollers are everywhere, so it’s a decent guess. The key element to a joint roller is the rolling sheath. These can vary in material from high-quality synthetics to old-fashioned vinyl. The vinyl ones, while cheap and readily found, tend to roll joints unevenly or too tight. You’re left with a joint prone to canoeing and tough to draw; ultimately, less desirable to smoke. Another thing to look for is that some cheaper joint rollers have a loose close, with a tendency to spring open if packed too tight. They’ll sending flower flying if you even look at them wrong. A roller should be able to sit closed with product in it without you holding it clasped, but still roll freely. All machines take a little trial and error to find the right fill amount, but if your joint roller is constantly making bad jays and flinging product at you, it’s worthwhile to ditch it for a better one. Joint rolling machines are fairly cheap, so if you buy one you don’t like, at worst, you’re out $6-8. While joint rolling machines are consistent, they are also inflexible. Beyond a small amount of variation, the machines will require a set amount of cannabis each time. Many smokers adjust the size of their joints to whatever the intended occasion calls for – a big fatty for social occasions, or a pinner for a quick lift, etc. Rolling machines typically come in two standard sizes, a 1¼” cigarette-sized standard, and 5” or “blunt”-sized. There are a few other non-standard sizes, like king size, so be sure to check that the roller you’re purchasing matches the size of your desired papers. Hand rollers can fit an impressive amount of flower in a standard joint paper, or almost nothing. As you progress in your pursuit of joint smoking, it’s likely that this one-size-fits-all won’t always cut it. If you don’t desire the size or shape that that machine makes, you’re out of luck. Some cannabis enthusiasts deride those who can’t or don’t hand-roll. Sure, hand-rolling is a useful and enjoyable skill for any smoker to acquire, but it’s in no way necessary.
It’s possible, even probable, that some snob will make a comment about a machine-rolled joint. If someone makes fun of your joint, feel free to not share with them. Finding a quality joint rolling machine can sometimes be a bit of a mission depending on what head shops you have access to. To this writer’s experience, OCB makes the best widely available rollers on the market. They have a smooth action, churn out quality jays, and the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sheaths can last a few years on daily use. There are products to be found above the OCB standard, but they are more difficult to come by for the typicall consumer. The disdain that the common cannabis smoker has for joint rollers is uncalled for. Weigh in below with your own joint rolling experiences. Matt Mongelia holds an MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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