Smoking a joint is undeniably one of the most popular methods of consuming weed. No matter if you’re an experienced stoner or you’re just about to roll the first joint in your life, knowing how to do it properly is essential to get the best of your smoking session.
With the growing popularity of cannabis, people are coming up with more and more rolling techniques. However, the crucial thing when it comes to rolling a joint is to make sure it burns smoothly and evenly. Thus, we’ve prepared a simple 5-step guide on the most basic method of rolling a joint. Let’s start with the basics!
Step 1: Prepare Rolling Supplies
Before you even start rolling your joint, you have to make sure you have everything you need to create this perfect-burning pack of weed. Here is a quick checklist of what you need to prepare for rolling a joint:
- your favorite cannabis strain
- rolling papers
- marijuana grinder
- pen or pencil for helping you pack the joint.
Step 2: Pick Rolling Papers
Choosing quality rolling papers is mandatory if you really dream about rolling a perfect joint. Since papers come in a range of shapes, sizes, and designs, it may seem hard to pick the best type for your needs. Then, you can also decide on the colors and even flavors of your rolling papers! With the abundance of options, it may be overwhelming, especially for the first time users.
What’s the most recommended to create the ideal joint? Use wheat straw or thin rice papers in the standard or king size. The thinner and finer the rolling papers are, the better.
You can get quality papers at tobacco shops, convenience stores, or your local dispensary. However, many people prefer purchasing rolling papers online, since you can find just what you need within seconds and have it delivered right to your doorstep.
Step 3: Grinding Time
Now that you’ve gathered all the supplies needed to roll a joint, it’s time to prepare the weed. Before grinding it up, keep in mind to get rid of any stems, leaves or seeds. It’s essential to grind your weed evenly, but don’t grind it too much, as it will give you a hard time rolling a joint.
All in all, your weed should be perfectly and evenly ground, but not turned it into dust. On the other hand, leaving larger pieces will slow down the process of burning your joint, but these may also cause your stuff to burn unevenly.
Have you ever heard about kief? It’s popular for having the high concentration of THC and many people love to sprinkle it over their weed before packing a joint.
If you want to collect kief, choose a grinder with a dedicated sieve for collecting this potent material. What to do with the rest of weed to save its precious features? It’s best to store your marijuana in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.
You’re probably wondering how much ground weed is needed to roll one joint. It depends on a few factors, including the size of your papers and whether or not you’re smoking alone.
People typically use about half of a gram in one joint. However, if you’re planning to share the joint with some friends, you may need to grind up to 1 gram of weed for your joint.
Now, do we smoke joints with pure weed?
Step 4: Prepare Your Mix
For those of you, who prefer smoking clear weed, skip this step and go straight to the next section.
One of the secrets to rolling a perfect joint is creating the perfect mix, as it allows your joint to “breathe”. What can you mix your weed with? It can be marijuana leaves or tobacco, but the key is to get rid of any “woody” parts or lumps of marijuana to make sure you get the proper consistency of your mix.
In terms of adding cannabis leaves to your joint, choose the top ones from a female flowering plant to get the most of them. These leaves may be potent, too. As for tobacco, it’s probably one of the most common additions to joints around the world. Once you add it to your weed, you’re actually making a “spliff”.
More experienced stoners may want to add hashish to their joint to take their sesh to the next level.
Step 5: How to Roll a Joint
Once you’ve prepared your favorite mix, it’s time to create a filter a.k.a. tip for your joint. These thin cardboards are usually available with rolling papers as a whole kit. However, you can also make these with business cards or cardboard.
To make the filter, fold the tip three times to create a pleat before rolling it to the desired thickness.
Now, take one of your rolling papers, keeping the glue side up before filling it with your mix.
Once your favorite weed blend is in your rolling paper, add the filter tip to it and start forming and shaping your joint.
Don’t forget to pack your joint evenly to prevent it from canoeing. It’s recommended not to add too much mix, as it will give you hard time closing the joint. In order to finish your joint at the end, use a pencil or a pen to make sure it’s evenly filled. Last, but not least, twist the end of the rolling paper to close your joint and make sure your mix won’t fall out.
As you can see, rolling a joint, which one of the most iconic ways to consume weed, is not difficult. Although there are many ways to create an ideal joint, with our guide you’ll understand the basics before getting creative with your work.
Some people claim rolling a joint is a true art and a part of their weed relaxing routine. Do you have any favorite technique of rolling a joint? Let us know your best tips and tricks!