You also won’t burn your lips as easily, you can smoke the entire joint, and you won’t get bits of marijuana in your mouth when drawing during a hit. While a crutch is commonly called a joint filter, it doesn’t actually effectively filter the smoke. At many smoke shops, you can buy either pre-rolled crutches or perforated cardboard strips designed to be folded into crutches.
You can even buy reusable glass tips that are used to crutch joints. To make your own crutch for your joint, start with a thin card stock paper, like a business card, index card, or the cardboard flap to your rolling papers. Rip off a rectangle shaped piece the width of your desired mouthpiece. Start with a few “accordion” folds at the end of the cardboard, then roll the material to the desired thickness of your joint. Put your rolling paper on a flat surface in front of you with the adhesive strip facing up on the side furthest from you. Place your crutch where your joint’s mouthpiece will be, and then use your fingers to fill the rest of the rolling paper with your pre-ground cannabis. Be sure not to overfill it since adding too much can make your joint difficult to close. If you find yourself with excess paper, you can trim it off the side without adhesive before rolling your joint to ensure you aren’t smoking extra paper.
If you want to roll a cone-shaped joint, add less marijuana near the joint’s mouthpiece, and more towards the tip, tapering it as you do. Once you have your crutch and ground marijuana in place, with your thumbs and index fingers pinching the rolling paper, roll the joint up and down to evenly compact the marijuana into a rolled shape. Don’t worry if some falls out as you roll your joint. Take the time to work the ground marijuana into a cylinder shape to make it roll easier and smoke more evenly. If you roll your joint too loosely, it will burn quickly and unevenly. If you roll it too tightly, it may be difficult to take a hit. Once the joint seems smooth and even, tuck the side of the rolling paper closest to you into the joint and roll the joint up towards the adhesive strip. Many rolling papers feature a sticky substance on one edge that when moistened helps provide a seal. After you’ve rolled your joint, you’ll want to lick the adhesive strip and seal your joint by pressing the glue side onto the joint. Starting with the crutch or mouthpiece end, begin sealing the joint with even pressure. Once the joint is sealed along its seam, take a pen or similarly shaped item and gently pack the end of the joint you will light until it is firm. If any marijuana fell out while you were rolling your joint, you can add it back into your joint here if you’d like, pushing it in with the tip of the pen. If you’re out and about and a pen isn’t available, good solutions for packing the end of the joint can be a small stick, a key, or the tip of a shoelace or hoodie drawstring. Twist the extra paper at the end to seal your joint and keep your cannabis flower from escaping. This is a particularly helpful step if you’re not going to enjoy the joint right away. Don’t light your joint like a cigarette, inhaling as you ignite the tip. Instead, to light your joint, hold a flame to the tip of the joint, and turn it over in the flame to create an even “cherry” or burning ember at the tip of the joint. Move the flame closer to the joint until a full, slow-burning red cherry develops. When the cherry is ready, begin smoking your joint. Need cannabis to roll up in your joints, learn how to grow your own , or read our guide to finding the best local marijuana dispensary . You can also learn even more about grinders and the important role they play in smoking cannabis and properly rolling a joint. You can always discover more about medical marijuana on our Cannabis 101 page .
How to Roll a Joint for Beginners: An Extensive Guide on Rolling.
Before you learn who to roll, you need to think about how you need to get your cannabis ready to be rolled. (How cool is that?) There isn’t much that goes into the preparation of a joint, but I wanted to talk a little bit about how to prepare the cannabis for one. Some smokers like to use grinders, and you really can’t go wrong with that. If you grind up your bud to finely for a joint, however, it can lead to a joint that ends up being hard to hit and gets bogged down with resin. When rolling up a joint, it’s always best to go with a somewhat rougher grind.