Rolling a joint is the most traditional way to smoke and is a great way to enjoy your favorite cannabis and CBD flower strains. Every weed smoker should learn how to roll a joint, and while there are countless opinions on the best way to roll one up, here is how we roll a like a pro at Mile High Glass Pipes.
How much weed is in a joint?
If you're not a rolling pro, try using a 1/2 gram of weed and normal or 1 1/4 sized rolling papers when starting. This is a good amount of ganja for a personal sesh, and starting on the conservative side makes rolling a joint a lot easier.
Most of the prerolls cones you get at the dispensary are a full gram, and some come in packs of half-gram joints. When you get good at rolling a joint, you try using King sized rolling papers and full-gram joints to refine your new rolling skill.
Step-by-step guide on how to roll the perfect joint
To help you hone your craft, we've prepared a simple seven-step guide on the easiest way to roll a classic cone joint, even for beginners. You'll be rolling a joint like a professional in no time with the following smoking accessories.
Start by gathering your rolling supplies:
Step 1: Grind the cannabis.
Break down your cannabis into the shake. If your cannabis is dried well, it should break down easily. A grinder keeps your hand from getting sticky and thus sticking to the joint paper.
If you don't have a grinder, you can grind the herb down by hand, using scissors or any number of other breakdown methods.
Step 2: Create a joint crutch
Make a crutch, also called a tip or filter. You can make a crutch out of just about anything, but thin cardboard or business cards are solid go-to's. A lot of joint papers also include crutch material with their packaging.
Start with a few "accordion" folds at the end of the cardboard, then roll the material to the desired thickness of your joint. The crutch isn't necessary, but it does help keep the shake from falling out of the end or into your mouth as you smoke. It also adds some stability to the joint and allows you to enjoy every bit of cannabis without burning your fingertips.
Step 3: Fill your joint with cannabis
Fill the paper with the shake and the crutch (if you've made one). Once the paper has the right amount of shake (a half gram to a gram usually does the trick), you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.
A quick note on papers: There are many different types and flavors of joint papers available. Many people prefer hemp wraps because they tend to be thin but strong and burn evenly without affecting the flavor of your weed.
Step 4: Pack the joint.
Once you've loaded and shaped your joint, it's time to roll it. Pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth between them to pack the cannabis down into its final cone shape.
Step 5: Roll the joint.
This step can make or break the quality of your joint. Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll, roll it up and use the glued edge to tack down one end of the paper, using just a little bit of moisture.
Pro tip: Start with the crutch side because it can help guide the paper as it rolls around itself.
Once the paper is tacked down on one end, you can work your way down the rest of the seam by tucking and sealing the joint to the end.
Step 6: Finish your joint
Finally, pack the end of the joint to help ensure an even burn. A pen is great, but you can use just about anything.
Some good options if you're on the go: the tip of your shoelace, the drawstring on your hoodie, or a small stick. If you're not planning on sparking your joint right away, you may want to close the tip with a twist.
More ways to roll a joint
There are limitless ways to roll a joint. You can roll them big or small. Get creative! Some people have even transformed joint rolling into art all on its own, rolling their cannabis into a unique mix of functional origami.
Another trick is to use a dollar bill to help roll a joint. Fold a dollar bill in half and put your ground weed in it. Roll it back and forth, slip a rolling paper behind it, roll it up, and give it a lick.
Other joint variants you can try rolling are a cross joint (two joints crossed in the middle, giving you three ends to light), a pinner (a thin joint), or an L joint or tulip, which have extra amounts of weed stuck on the end.
What's your favorite way to roll a joint? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below, and make sure to teach others this basic cannabis skill!