In a world increasingly dominated by bongs, bowls, dabs, and vapes, marijuana joints still hold a special place in the hearts of stoners worldwide. There’s just something ceremonial and engaging about rolling and lighting up a marijuana joint, then passing it between some of your closest friends. It can draw people together, often creating a backdrop for a great bonding experience.
But, of course, this all depends on knowing how to roll a joint. Some might argue that rolling a joint is more art than science, but we’re pretty confident that anyone can learn to roll, so we’ve put together this handy tutorial covering the basics.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you start rolling, it’s important to make sure you’ve gathered up all the necessary supplies. Here’s a quick hit list:
- Cannabis of your choice — about half a gram will do
- Rolling papers — natural, undyed papers are preferable
- Filter tips or a thin index card for the crutch
- A cannabis grinder
Grind the Herb
Whether you’re rolling a marijuana joint or packing a bowl, a grinder is one of the best investments you can make. Grinders break buds down into manageable shake without getting your hands messy, meaning the weed will pack better and, in this case, stick to your rolling paper. Plus, grinders make sure your shake is uniform, which will help your joint burn more evenly.
Grinders are pretty straightforward to use. Just pick a few buds off of their stems, load up the side with the grinder teeth, and give it a few spins — 5 to 10 rotations should do the trick. Then, simply shake the ground weed out of the grinder and you’re all set.
Create Your Crutch
A crutch or filter tip serves two key purposes. First it gives your joint a little more shape and structure for a longer lasting smoke. Second, it keeps the end from getting soggy after you start smoking. A crutch isn’t absolutely necessary, but using one can make for a better smoking experience.
Take a filter tip or thin piece of cardboard and make a few alternating folds on one end. Then simply roll the crutch until it’s as thick as you want your joint to be.
Take a rolling paper and hold it with the glue/gum strip up. Place your crutch in the left-hand side of the paper (or right-hand side — whatever feels better, really) and start packing in your cannabis. Evenly distribute the weed along the length of the paper and use your fingers to add some shape to your joint. Be sure not to over pack the joint or you’ll run the risk of tearing your paper.
Once you’ve put all of the cannabis in the paper, it’s time to pack it into its final shape. Pinch the paper together around the weed and crutch and slowly start rolling it back and forth. You’ll feel the cannabis start to pack down around your crutch. Do this a few times and be sure to avoid packing your joint too tight, as this will restrict airflow.
Get Your Roll On
Start with the crutch end of your joint and tuck the unglued side of the rolling paper snugly into the glue side. Starting with the crutch side will serve as a guide for the rest of the joint. As you work your way down the joint, add a little moisture to the glue strip to secure it. Continue all the way down the joint until the entire glue strip is secured.
Your joint is almost complete, but there’s one final step. Pack the open end of the joint to make sure it lights evenly. Use a pen or some other pointy object to pack down the weed and secure the tip with a twist. Once you’re ready, light up and enjoy!
If at First You Don’t Succeed…
Patience is key when learning to roll a joint. It may take a few tries, but stick with it. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be rolling like a pro in no time. Then you can start experimenting with different types of joints. The possibilities are endless.