How to Roll a Joint: 5 Steps (with Pictures)
Learning how to roll a joint is a rite of passage for the majority of cannabis users. Here’s how to do it in the next 5 minutes.
Joints, J’s, doobies, spliffs, Dutch cigs, reefers, whatever you call them — they’ve been around for quite some time.
Joints have been the staple mark of the weed industry since its initial days.
Back when cigarettes weren’t sold in packs and boxes, the art of rolling a perfect cone joint was truly appreciated and knowing a few joint rolling techniques is still a sought-after skill in the 420 community.
If not, here’s how to roll a joint the old school way.
How to roll a joint (step by step)
For rolling a joint you will need the following:
- Half a gram of cannabis
- Rolling papers – make sure you have more than one
- Aluminum 2-piece grinder (to finely grind the buds)
- A piece of hard cardboard for a filter
Step 1: Break down the bud
If you have the weed strain of your choice at hand, grab a herb grinder (if you have one) as it will make the process of breaking down weed a lot easier.
Don’t forget that strains that tend to be stickier are more prone to being harder to grind and you may have to break down those nugs by hand.
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If you don’t have a grinder at hand, don’t worry, you can also break the bud with your fingers or try other alternatives.
Step 2: Make a crutch A.K.A the filter
Most people prefer smoking joints with a crutch, otherwise known as a joint filter. They are usually made of thin cardboard sheets or thicker paper.
Some rolling papers usually come packed with as many filters as there are papers in the box so buying those types of paper can spare you the hustle of finding the perfect filter material right before going through this tutorial.
The easiest way to make a filter is to take a piece of thick paper and fold the first few millimeters of it 2-3 times and then roll it up in the same direction.
This will make it so that weed residue won’t go into your mouth through the filter hole in the middle of it.
Step 3: Fill the paper and pack the weed
Some people consider packing the joint properly to be the hardest part about rolling a joint. The way we at Greencamp do it is as follows:
- Put the filter on one side of the paper, with the sticky part of it being on the upper side and turned towards you.
- Take the weed that you previously ground and put it in the paper. You want to have a bit less of it by the filter and a bit more at the end in order to get that cone shape we are hoping for.
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Step 4: Roll it up
As you are pressing and pushing the weed down with your fingers, start rolling it up slowly with your filter thumb.
The other thumb should be going upwards from the filter, tucking in the bottom side of the rolling paper.
Doing this simultaneously while rolling the filter upwards will start giving it the cone shape.
Lick the sticky part of the upper side of the paper and slowly keep rolling the joint.
Step 5: Wrap it up
Stick a cigarette filter (or something of similar shape and weight) into the top of the joint and tap the filter against a hard surface a few times in order to pack your joint better.
Wrap the top and light up your first joint.
Congratulations — you’ve learned how to roll a standard joint.
Let’s explore more variations.
How to roll a cross joint
Cross joints gained in popularity ever since Seth Rogen introduced them to the world on the big screen in his movie Pineapple Express.
Basically, what you will need to do is roll 2 joints, one thicker and longer and one shorter, approximately the same thickness as the crutch.
Once you’ve rolled the bigger joint, use a needle to punch through it near the top, approximately two-thirds way from the crutch.
Punch the hole through the joint on both sides, and slowly and gently expand the hole with the needle.
Once you’ve expanded the hole on both sides, try to slide the thinner joint through the hole on both ends.
Use some sticky tape from the rolling papers (cut the top of the paper with scissors) to secure the cross part so that it doesn’t fall out.
How to roll a pinner
Pinners are great for people that don’t want to waste weed, especially when smoking alone. After all, they get their name after being so slim — like a pin.
Sure, there are better ways to smoke a small amount of weed, like using a vaporizer, but for some people, nothing gives a satisfying high like a joint or a blunt.
Pinners are quite easy to roll, but you have to know the basics of rolling a standard joint to make a pinner.
The technique is the same as rolling a joint, but you have to press down harder on it. The only major difference is that the top of the pinner is the same width as the crutch.
This is why you have to push down on the bud in the paper a lot harder, in order to pack it down and burn equally on all sides, otherwise, there’s gonna be a lot of canoeing.
How to roll a spliff
If you haven’t figured it by now, spliffs are just joints with tobacco in the mix. They aren’t a lot different when it comes to rolling.
The only minor difference which you’ll notice only when you’ve already rolled hundreds and thousands of joints is that tobacco and weed feel a bit different when you push down on the paper.
Tobacco is usually much drier, while weed tends to be a bit ‘spongy’ and it can push back a bit more than the tobacco.
How to roll an L joint
L joints get their name from the shape they are in before you roll them up. This is achieved by taping two pieces of paper together.
L joints are well suited for a large joint-smoking audience, as you can fit more weed than in a regular joint.
Take two papers from the box, and cut one in half, but somewhat diagonally. Take on of the halves and stick it vertically to the main paper at the and, so that you get the L shape we’re trying to achieve.
Make sure you are very careful when rolling up L joints because they are somewhat fragile due to their length.
How to roll a joint inside-out
Inside-out joints, also known as dutch joints, are very similar in size and shape to regular cone joints. However, there is one small difference in the way the joint is rolled.
Inside-out joints are rolled with the sticky part of the rolling paper on the “wrong” side.
So, keep the sticky part of the paper on the outside, fill it up with weed, and gently roll up the joint to the point that the sticky part is touching the rest of the paper.
Lick the rolling paper (the sticky part) on the outside of the joint, and stick the paper to it by constantly rolling it up.
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Once you roll it up all the way to the top, give it a minute to dry and stick, and feel free to rip off the excess paper.
Inside-out joints are favored among people who don’t like the taste of paper, so this technique is perfect for when you want to get the full taste of the weed.
How to roll a tulip joint
I rolled only a couple of tulip joints in my life because I believe them to be a waste of weed.
The tulip joint is popular among novel smokers that are in it for the high, but they are not so practical for everyday smokers.
This is another two-part joint, as you’ll need to roll a standard joint in a king size rolling paper and add a second one for the ‘tulip’.
I’ve even seen people using a sort of cardboard straw, instead of the joint for the elongated part. Make sure you don’t twist the top of this joint because the top will go in the tulip part.
Once you’ve got that handled, make a small rope from one or two papers by rubbing them together between your hands.
Take another three rolling papers, and stick them together so that you have an almost square paper surface with the sticky part on one of the four edges.
Fold that paper so that you make a cone, and stick it all together with that one sticky edge. You should now have a sealed triangle, that is actually a cone when you spread the edges.
Full the paper cone with weed, as much as you can fit in it. Now, take the joint you rolled previously and put the top of it in the open part of the tulip.
After you’ve connected these two parts, twist the edges of the tulip part around the joint, and use the tiny rolling-paper rope you made to secure the tulip to the joint.
Go crazy with it
Once you get the hang of how easy rolling actually is, you can start making your own designs and techniques.
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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 ]]>