Learning how to roll a joint can feel like an intimidating task for beginners, but fortunately, the process becomes easier with practice.
By following the tips and directions below, you’ll learn how to roll a perfect joint in no time. It takes a bit of practice, but knowing how to easily roll a joint is a skill you almost never forget after learning.
What Is A Joint?
A joint is a highly common, popular way to smoke cannabis. They’re made by rolling cannabis flowers into a paper ‘tube’ and they tend to resemble cigarettes. Joints differ from blunts being that they are smaller than blunts, and blunts are usually rolled with tobacco leaves rather than rolling paper.
Joints are readily available pre-rolled at dispensaries, but many cannabis users would like to learn how to roll a joint on their own.
Below are several things to consider and steps to take when rolling a joint at home.
How To Roll A Joint for Beginners
There are several ways to roll a joint, so it’s worth experimenting with different rolling methods to determine which way works best for you.
There are, however, a few common steps in each rolling method.
For one, you’ll want to have all of your supplies already gathered and accessible before you start. Depending on your rolling method, you’ll need
- Your weed (about half a gram will do)
- Filter or crutch material
- A grinder
- Rolling papers
- Optional: a packing tool (like a pen or pencil)
Start by grinding your cannabis flowers. Ground cannabis makes weed rolling much easier than trying to break up big clumps while you’re rolling.
Once your flowers are ground, prepare your rolling paper by placing a crutch (the end or filter) on one end of your rolling paper, around the center of one end, halfway off and halfway on the paper.
(Note: You’ll need to roll the filter material into a thin tube if it isn’t already rolled for you.)
Fill the rolling paper with the ground flowers. It’s a good idea to place them in a strip along the middle of the rolling paper, in line with the filter.
Hold the rolling paper in a “U” shape, where the long ends are touching, then pack the joint by gently rolling the section of paper containing the ground flower. Make sure your fingers are keeping the flowers compacted so that they don’t spill out as you roll.
Be sure to keep a little space at the end of the joint that’s opposite the filter.
Once you’ve compacted the flower enough to where it’s getting dense and tube-like, it’s time to learn how to roll a joint.
Catch one of the long edges against the densely rolled flower and continue rolling the joint as tightly as you can until you have one tab of paper still lifted.
Lick the tab just enough to moisten the paper’s edge, but not enough to make it soggy. The goal is to make it stick to itself.
Seal the joint with a final roll and stick the tab down.
If your joint still feels a bit loose, use a pen or packing tool to slide into the joint and pack the flowers down against the filter.
Once your joint is effectively packed, twist the tip of the joint against your packed flowers.
You should have a tight, slightly conical-shaped joint.
How To Roll A Cone Joint
A properly rolled joint will be at least somewhat conical-shaped in any case, but if you’d like to learn how to roll a cone joint specifically, it may help to know how to roll paper into a cone.
When you’re practicing, place a little more pressure on the filter side of the joint as you roll. This way, you’ll push a bit more of the flower upward toward the middle and tip of the joint.
To keep a cone shape, you’ll want more flowers in the middle of the joint than at the filter, and more flowers around the tip than the middle.
Use the filter as a guide. If the paper is rolled conically, packing the joint will help it keep the conical shape more easily.
Rolling Joints with VS without Filters
When learning how to roll a joint, it’s advisable to use a filter. Not only do filters make joints easier to pack, but they also help manage heat and keep users from being burned.
However, some users choose not to use filters, possibly due to them being difficult to hold onto for beginning rollers.
We have covered how to roll a joint with a filter above, but let’s take a look at how to roll a joint without a filter for individuals who would rather not use them.
Fold the rolling paper once, so that the long ends are touching. This will give the paper a “V” shape once it’s unfolded. A few of the following steps are the same. Grind the flowers and place them in a strip along the middle of the joint. Hold the paper in its “V” shape and perform the same back and forth packing motion.
Instead of using the filter as a guide, use the paper’s center fold. Put a bit more pressure on the end you intend to smoke from and start shaping the joint as usual.
When the time comes to fold one end under and start rolling, do so at a bit of an angle, starting your tuck closer to the end you’ll be smoking from to give it a bit of a point.
Continue rolling, then pack your flowers while gently pinching or blocking the end you’ll be smoking from.
Twist the end and if you’ve rolled correctly, your joint will be conical and packed almost all the way to the end.
Rolling a joint without a filter may take more practice than rolling a joint with a filter.
How To Make A Joint Filter
When learning how to roll a joint, some individuals struggle with filters. While several rolling paper types come with a crutch or filter, many do not and it leaves a beginning joint roller to fend for themselves.
A joint filter differs from a cigarette filter due to its composition. It’s not made to filter in the way that cigarette filters do. Joint filters are instead rolled up pieces of thick paper or thin cardboard that give the user a way to avoid burning their fingers and lips when the joint burns down to a certain level.
A joint filter is easy to make. A user can take a business card, sheet of thin cardboard, or thick paper and tear off a strip that’s about as long as the top knuckle of your thumb.
Roll this material as tight as you can, but be sure that you don’t roll so tightly that you’re incapable of smoking through. When you get to a thickness that’s slightly smaller than the diameter of a pen, cut off the excess.
For a more effective, but slightly more difficult to make filter, start with a couple of “accordion-style” folds before rolling the rest of the cardboard around it. Tightly wrapping the accordion folds ensures you’ll be able to smoke properly without getting any excess flower into your mouth.
When learning how to roll a joint, some people struggle with the rolling material they use. If you find that your rolling paper tears all the time when you roll, one of two things may be the problem.
- Your flowers are not ground finely enough.
- Your fingers are too rough on your rolling paper.
If you’re tearing your rolling paper constantly, try practicing on thicker, stronger paper until you get the hang of it. There are several types of rolling paper available on the market, some of which come in different thicknesses.
Additionally, some rolling papers are scented, colored, or flavored.
How To Roll A Joint with Paper
Rolling a joint with paper may take a gentle hand, depending on how delicate your papers are.
Whether you’re using papers of different thickness, color, scent, or flavor, the rolling method is usually the same.
However, as you become more familiar with the basics of rolling, you may want to try out some of the more stylistic and complicated rolling techniques.
For example, some smokers create extra long or extra full joints. Some create intricately-shaped joints. Some use a piece of rotini pasta in lieu of a paper crutch. Some users roll joints using a cigarette, which we will explain below.
How To Roll A Joint with A Cigarette
If for some reason, you decide that you’d like to roll a joint using a cigarette, removing the tobacco leaves is relatively easy. Simply turn the cigarette to where the tip is facing downward and roll it between your fingers, applying gentle pressure. The cigarette contents will fall out.
Once you have an empty cylinder of paper, you’ll need a funnel of some sort to pour finely ground cannabis flowers into the cigarette tube.
When you have poured enough flower into the tube, pack it, twist it at the end, and trim off at least half of the cigarette’s filter to avoid fast clogging.
Learning how to roll a joint is a skill all cannabis users should have. It will come in handy if you don’t have a pipe with you or you’re not in the company of another individual who knows how to roll. Rolling papers are typically very cheap and easy to come by, so being aware of how to properly use them is an all-around benefit.
Keep practicing. Your joints will look better and burn more evenly every time.