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How to Make a Joint Burn Slower and Last Longer

Proper joint rolling is considered a fine art in many social circles. There’s something special about a properly rolled, evenly burning joint that seems to last as long as you want it to. Unfortunately, not all of us have the magic green touch and joint rolling can be somewhat of a cumbersome task.

One opportunity that plagues rollers from all levels of experience is being able to extend the life of a joint. Understanding how to make a joint burn slower is a question that has surfed the cannabis forums for some time. To achieve longer, more leisurely smoke sessions, here are a few tips to help make your joints last longer.

1. Grind Your Cannabis

Ensuring an even and fine grind is imperative not only to achieving a longer lasting smoke, but a far more even burn on all sides of the joint. Try to find a grinder that gives a good fine grind when packing a joint. Be sure not to over grind, as powdery herb will prevent proper airflow and may compromise your smoking experience.

Grinders come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to pick one that will accommodate the capacity of your joint so you aren’t left having to pack multiple loads. When time is of the essence, you’ll want to avoid long preparations to save time for what matters: puffing.

2. Source Quality Starting Material

Cure time will affect the burn rate of the cannabis inside of your joint, so buying properly cured cannabis is going to ensure you a much longer lasting experience. Cannabis that has been under-cured will burn very slowly, as opposed to dry or old cannabis that will burn far too quickly for a proper joint. Sourcing your herb from reputable establishments is the first step to finding a product that works best.

Another great tip is to have a conversation with your budtender or cannabis retailer about your intentions so that they can find a cannabis cultivar that fits your exact needs. In this case, you’ll want to ask for something that breaks down easily and will provide an even and long lasting smoke. Many shops sell shake bags that consist of partially ground cannabis, which is a great starting point.

3. Choose the Right Paper

Rolling papers come in all shapes and sizes, and some are much better at providing a long lasting, even smoke than others. Finding the right rolling paper is a matter of preference, but some popular brands include RAW Rolling Papers and Zig Zags. Both of these brands offer highly recommended rolling papers that come in varying sizes. Hemp rolling papers offer a nice even smoke, and many claim that corn husk rolling papers will extend the life of your joint.

4. Use Multiple Sheets

When rolling your joint, consider using an extra paper for fortification. Using more than one sheet will prevent burn runs from overtaking a side of your joint, leaving you with an uneven and undesirable burn. A second sheet may also help contain airflow, channeling it through a tighter space. This will help to prevent expedited burning.

5. Roll Tight

Airflow is the name of the game when it comes to having control over your joint’s burn rate. The easiest way to control airflow is to roll a tight, even joint. There are many methods for achieving a tight roll, and even machines that will help eliminate the guess work and dexterity required to achieve a precise roll. Opt for help if need be, because rolling a joint with the perfect tightness requires practice.

One method that works well for novice rollers is the canoe method. Fold a rolling paper in half and twist the folded side of one of the ends into a cone. This creates a “canoe” that can be easily packed and rolled. The twisted end contains your herb while you focus on getting the tightest roll possible. Try not to roll too tight, as you’ll risk splitting your paper as well as creating an airflow obstruction.

6. “Twax” Your Joint

“Twaxing,” or the process of adding cannabis concentrates to your joint, is a terrific way of delivering an extra boost of cannabinoids to your system while also acting as a buffering agent for burn rates. Adding wax either to the outside of your joint or packed in with the ground cannabis will help to significantly slow down the rate at which your joint burns. This method will give you more hits that should pack a considerable punch.

Using butters or crumble works well inside of a joint, whereas shatters and saps do a wonderful job when molded and wrapped around the outside of your rolled apparatus.

7. Recycle Roaches

Typically, the end of a joint will yield the last few remnants of your cannabis. Don’t let this go to waste — there are several ways of recycling roaches in order to extend your smoking experience.

Using a roach clip or roach stone will allow you safe handling for getting those last few puff in. Loading a roach into a bowl or water pipe is also a great way of extending the last legs of life out of your roach. If all else, fails, don’t hesitate to pick the last bit of green goodness out of your expired joint to repurpose somewhere else. Having your grinder nearby is a perfect storage place for that last little bit of leftover ground flower to save for your next smoking adventure.

Hopefully, some of these tips will help you to extend your joint smoking experience a bit longer the next time you decide to partake. Remember, if you really want to make your joints last longer, the trick is to find a balance between quality cannabis, reputable rolling papers, and a roller who knows how to get the job done.

Bonus tip: Quality and quantity will always ensure a longer experience. If you want your smoke sash to last longer, try rolling bigger joints (and more of them). Remember, sharing is caring!

Many cannabis consumers struggle with extending the life of their rolled joints, so here's tips to make your next one burn slower and last longer.

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:

  1. Put the filter on one side of the paper, with the sticky part of it being on the upper side and turned towards you.
  2. 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.

Did you know that there are organizations that fund competitive joint-rolling? Yep, not only that but there are hundreds of people competing every day. Just check out the video below about one of the best rollers in the world.

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