The joint is one of the most popular ways to use marijuana, and it’s a great way to enjoy its flavor. Every cannabis user should be able to construct a joint. There are several various methods for wrapping one correctly, but make sure it burns evenly and smoothly no matter what you do.
How much weed is in a joint?
When you’re starting out, a 1/2 gram of cannabis and a 1 1/4 size rolling paper is recommended. This is enough marijuana to serve two people, so start on the small side if you’re new to it.
The most popular pre-rolls available in stores are a whole gram, although some come in 2-packs of half-grams.
When you learn how to roll, you’ll be able to go up to king-sized papers and full-gram joints, as well as increase the size of your smoking area.
How to choose the right rolling paper
Rolling papers come in a variety of designs, sizes, and materials, as well as different preferences.
Rolling joints in 1.1-inch-by-3.1-inch papers is the most common size for crutches and filters, which is sized at 1.1 inches by 3.1 inches. They have a width of 1.4 inches and a length of 3.1 inches
A cigar that is 1 inch in diameter or less is referred to as a single narrow. Single wides are roughly the same size as 1¼s, with a diameter of approximately 10cm. A common type of single wide paper is white Zig-Zags.
Because the 1½ paper is larger than the 1¼ paper, it allows for bigger joints.
King-size papers are another option, which are generally wider and longer than the preceding ones. They’re perfect for making a big smoking ring with.
You may also get rolls or paper, which could be any of the above sizes and lengths—just tear off a piece for how long you want a joint to last.
For sizes 1 to 6, a Regular and slim (or thin) type are available; slims have a finer texture and less paper taste, but they’re more delicate.
Rolling papers have traditionally been made of tree pulp, although they may now be produced from a number of different materials, including:
Some, if not all, papers are unbleached. Some papers include charcoal to aid in the burning process, although this isn’t always the case. Brown unbleached natural paper is frequently accessible. Before buying, check for any additions in the wrap to ensure that you’re receiving just paper instead of something else.
Rollers are made from a variety of materials, including gold leaf, rose petals, goji berries, cellulose, and a range of other substances.
Rolling papers come in a variety of tastes as well. Because they have been flavored or infused with substances, they are not natural.
If you’ve never smoked a joint, consider investing in one. These are pre-shaped conical joints with a crutch at the end, similar to rolling papers.
To fill a cone with weed, break it up and mix it together with a tamping rod that’s generally provided or a pen or chopstick.
How to roll a joint
Here’s a brief seven-step tutorial for rolling a regular cone joint, even if you’re a novice.
Start by gathering your rolling supplies:
- Cannabis strain of your choice
- Rolling papers
- Crutch (for the joint tip)
- Cannabis grinder
- Optional: A pen or other thin object to help pack the joint
Step 1: Grind the cannabis
On a modest scale, grind your cannabis using a grinder. When you grind cannabis, the consistency of the joint is enhanced; rolling becomes easier; and when you use a grinder, all sides of the fire burn evenly. A grinder also prevents your hands from becoming sticky and sticking to the rolling paper.
Damp cannabis should breakdown readily if it is properly dried. If you don’t have a grinder, use scissors or your hands to chop up the herb.
Step 2: Create a crutch or filter
Make a crutch, sometimes known as a tip or filter, out of wood. Form several “accordion” folds in the crutch and then roll it to the desired width of your connection.
The most adaptable crutches are thin paper filters, which can be fashioned out of almost anything. We recommend filter tips, which are small yet sturdy pieces of paper, as the most versatile crutches. Business cards or rolling paper packs may also function as bones.
A crutch isn’t necessary, but it does provide stability to the joint and allows you to consume cannabis without burning your fingertips. It also aids in the prevention of shake from falling out of the tip or into your mouth when you smoke.
Step 3: Fill the rolling paper with cannabis
Remove a third of the paper, fold it in half, and wrap it tightly. To fill the rolling paper with shake, place one end of the crutch on one end and roll it up tightly. After you’ve added enough—a half-gram to a full gram usually works well—you may begin to shape and form the joint with your hands.
A word on papers: Rolling papers come in a variety of styles and scents. Many people prefer hemp papers since they are thin but sturdy, burn evenly and do not taint the taste of your marijuana, and are biodegradable like many other paper products.
Step 4: Roll the joint
It’s time to roll your joint when you’ve loaded and molded it. Using your fingertips, roll the paper back and forth to compact the cannabis into its final cone form.
Step 5: Seal the joint
The quality of your connection will be determined by this stage. Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll, then wrap it up and lick an edge of the glued portion to tack down one end with just a little bit of moisture.
Pro tip: Place the crutches along the bottom edge of a clean, flat area and roll them over one another. Work your way down the rest of the seam by tucking and sealing each junction as you go.
Step 6: Pack the joint
Finally, to help the burning of equal portions, fill the open end of the connection. A pen is ideal, although anything thin and wide enough will work.
A shoelace tip, a hoodie drawstring, or even a tiny stick are all viable alternatives if you’re on the run. If you aren’t going to smoke your joint right away, give the end of your shoelace a twist to keep it from unraveling.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Tips for rolling the perfect joint
Rolling a joint is difficult to get the hang of. You might not be able to produce the ideal cone your first try, but don’t give up; you’ll figure it out eventually. Here are some tips for rolling a fantastic joint.
- Using a grinder makes it easier to roll marijuana. It’s easier to roll weed when it’s the same consistency. Breaking down cannabis with a grinder will save you time and money.
- Remove the stalks and stems from the cannabis. You may avoid this problem by tensioning the hemp before it goes into your joint.
- Gentle approach; begin with thick papers. Joint rolling is a challenging skill that demands a light touch. Avoid utilizing papers that are thin or slim for beginners.
- Don’t overroll. A new type of joint-rolling machine is more likely to roll and re-roll in order to try and tuck in the paper. Only a few rolls between the thumb and finger are required; more than that, drawing with the wrist might be difficult.
- Tuck in one side first. Take the paper and fold it in half to make an even joint. Tuck one corner of the paper into position, usually with your dominant hand. Then smooth out any wrinkles and tuck in the remainder of the paper.
- Lick slowly. The paper’s gum does not require a lot of saliva to close it. If employed frequently, the paper will become damp as a result of this.
- Pack it, twist it, and seal it with a plastic bag. Use the end of a pen or a chopstick to softly press down on the weed to keep it in place. Then turn it upside down so that the grass does not fall out.
Different ways to roll a joint
Rolling a joint is not as simple as it looks. You may make them huge or tiny, and you can get creative if you like. Some people have taken the art of joint rolling to new heights, developing bespoke combinations of practical origami such as Tony Greenhand.
A dollar bill is an excellent tool for rolling a joint. Simply fold a dollar bill in half and fill it with your ground cannabis. Roll it back and forth, then wrap it up with a rolling paper. It’s that simple.
A concentric connection, for example, might also be used (two joints that cross in the center, giving you three ends to light). A pinner (a tiny connection) is another option. The L joint or tulip, which has more cannabis at the tip, are two other possibilities for rolling joints.
What to use when you’re out of rolling papers
Rolling papers are readily available and reasonably inexpensive. For less than $3 a pack, you can purchase them at any gas station or corner shop. They aren’t necessarily high-end grade, but the papers from the corner store will suffice if you’re in a pinch.
You may also mix cigarettes and cigars by putting cannabis in the tobacco. Keep in mind that the combination of flavors and effects from both items will result in a more powerful spliff or blunt.
If you run out of papers, consider smoking marijuana in a different way, such as via a pipe or bong. Here’s how to make an apple pipe if you don’t have any glassware.
Alternative papers such as toilet paper, gum wrappers, and bible pages should not be used to roll cigarettes. Alternative materials include toilet paper, gum wrappers, and bible pages; however, they are not meant to be breathed and may contain chemicals or toxins that are hazardous to your lungs and body.