How To Roll A Joint

by | Jun 5, 2023 | Consumption, Marijuana Insights, Smoking | 0 comments

The joint is a highly recognizable and popular method of consuming cannabis, offering a delightful way to savor the flavor of the flower. It is essential for every cannabis enthusiast to possess the skill of rolling a joint.

Various techniques and approaches exist when it comes to rolling a joint, each with its own advocates. However, regardless of your preferred method, it is crucial to ensure that your joint burns smoothly and evenly, enhancing your overall smoking experience.

How Much Weed Do I Need For a Joint?

Determining the ideal amount of weed to use in a joint is a common question among cannabis enthusiasts. To ensure a manageable rolling process, we suggest starting with approximately 1/2 gram of weed and using 1¼ size rolling papers. This quantity is suitable for a couple of individuals and allows for easier joint rolling.

In the retail market, pre-rolls typically contain a full gram of weed, while some are available in 2-packs of half-grams, providing reference points for joint sizes.

As your rolling skills improve, you can gradually transition to using king-sized papers and rolling full-gram joints, expanding your smoking circle and enjoying a more substantial smoking experience.

What Materials Can I Use to Roll a Joint?

Rolling papers have evolved beyond traditional tree pulp, with various materials now being used. These include hemp, rice, bamboo, and flax. White papers are often bleached, and some may contain additives like charcoal to facilitate faster burning, although this is not always the case. On the other hand, brown papers are typically natural and unbleached. It’s essential to check the packaging for the composition of the rolling papers and whether they contain any additives.

For novelty enthusiasts, there are unique rolling materials available, such as gold leaf, rose petals, goji berries, cellulose, and more.

Additionally, rolling papers can come in different flavors. These papers have been treated or infused with artificial flavors to enhance the smoking experience.

If you’re new to rolling joints or prefer convenience, consider using pre-shaped cones. These rolling papers are already conical in shape and often come with a crutch at one end. Simply grind up your weed, fill the cone, and use the included tamping rod or a pen/chopstick to pack it down. This eliminates the need for manual rolling skills.

How Do I Choose the Right Rolling Paper?

Rolling papers come in a wide variety, offering different sizes, materials, and even flavors to suit individual preferences.

For rolling joints, the standard size is 1¼ papers, measuring 1¼ inches wide and 3 inches long. These papers are popular due to their ease of rolling and ability to accommodate a crutch or filter. Orange Zig-Zags are a commonly used brand for 1¼ papers.

If you prefer slightly smaller papers, single wides are an option. They are approximately 1 inch wide and are often used as regular cigarette rolling papers. White Zig-Zags are a popular choice for single wide papers.

For those looking for larger joints, 1½ papers are slightly wider than 1¼ papers, allowing for fatter joints.

King size papers are also widely used, being wider and longer than the previously mentioned sizes. They are particularly suitable for rolling joints in larger smoking circles.

Another option is to purchase rolls of rolling paper. These rolls can vary in length, including all the aforementioned sizes and even up to 16 feet long. Simply tear off a piece of the desired length to roll a joint.

With such a wide variety of rolling papers available, you can find the perfect size and length to suit your rolling needs.

Steps To Roll a Joint:

If you’re new to rolling joints, don’t worry! We’ve got a simple seven-step guide to help you roll a classic cone joint effortlessly, even if you’re a beginner.

To start, gather your rolling supplies, including:

  • Your preferred cannabis strain
  • Rolling papers
  • A crutch (joint tip)
  • A cannabis grinder
  • Optional: A pen or similar thin object for packing the joint

Step 1: Grind the cannabis

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Using a grinder, break down your cannabis into shake. Grinding ensures consistent filling, easier rolling, and even burning of the joint. It also prevents your hands from getting sticky. If you don’t have a grinder, you can use scissors or break up the herb by hand.

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Make a crutch by folding a piece of paper or using a filter tip. Roll the crutch to your desired thickness. Filter tips or thin pieces of cardboard work well. The crutch adds stability, prevents shake from falling out, and protects your fingers from burns.

Step 3: Fill the rolling paper with cannabis

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Place the crutch at one end of the rolling paper and fill the rest with shake. Use approximately half a gram to a full gram of cannabis, adjusting according to your preference. Shape the joint with your fingers as you fill the paper.

Step 4: Roll the joint

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Pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth to pack the cannabis into a cone shape.

Step 5: Seal the joint

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Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll and lick the edge of the glued side to seal one end of the paper. Start with the crutch side to guide the rolling process. Continue tucking and sealing the rest of the joint.

Step 6: Pack the joint

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Pack the open end of the joint using a pen or any thin object to ensure an even burn. If you’re not going to smoke it immediately, twist the tip to close it.

Step 7: Enjoy!

You’re all set! Light up your joint and enjoy the experience. Remember to savor it at your own pace and within legal limits.

Enrico Bratta

Enrico Bratta

Medical cannabis professional based in Phuket, Thailand.


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Enrico Bratta

Medical cannabis professional based in Phuket, Thailand.