How To Roll A Joint
A good portion of marijuana enthusiasts prefer joints to any other smoking method. Every self-sufficient stoner should know how to roll a joint. Joint rollers can save the day at a party or gathering that has weed and no smoking devices. Joints can be rolled in several ways. Two of the easiest and most common joint rolls are the cones and straight cigarette-style. We’ll give you the step-by-step on how to roll the perfect joint.
You need to pick your joint papers before you get things rolling. This is important because some companies use chemicals during the production of their papers. Bleaches like chlorine and calcium carbonate are sometimes used to make papers burn slower. Several papers and blunt wraps contain potassium nitrate which can cause lung cancer and respiratory tract damage.
Thicker papers can cause oral and lung irritation. The thinner the papers, the healthier. The less paper there is, the less smoke you’re inhaling overall. Hemp and Rice papers are popular healthy paper choices. They are usually thin, unbleached, and chemical-free. Natural gums like sugar gum make safer adhesives than harsh chemical glues. So if you want to be a healthy joint smoker, look for natural chemical-free papers with natural gum adhesives to smoke.
If you plan to roll a joint for solo session the 1 and 1/4 size will probably suit you best. If you’re smoking with extra buds king size papers are your friends.
How To Roll A Joint Step-by-Step
After you’ve got your papers and marijuana, you’ve got everything you need. You can also use a grinder, but a lack of one won’t prevent you from rolling the perfect joint. Filter tips are an excellent addition to joints as well. They prevent the weed from soaring into your throat and allow you to finish your joint without burning a finger. This is how to roll a straight cigarette-style joint:
1. Grind your weed with a grinder or use your hands to break nugs down as small and evenly as you can. You can also use a shot glass and some scissors to grind up if you don’t have a grinder and don’t want sticky fingers.
2. Grab a sheet of rolling paper, if you’re going to use paper or glass filter tip, place it at one end of the papers crease.
3. Evenly distribute the ground marijuana across the papers crease.
4. The motion to roll it up is called a tuck and roll. Use your thumbs on each end of the joint to roll up and down until the weed takes on a cylindrical shape.
5. Once you’ve got a cylinder of weed in your papers, tightly roll the non-adhesive side of the paper around the weed. Continue to roll keeping the weed as close to the paper as possible. Any gaps will cause your joint to “canoe” or burn unevenly. Your joints will get tighter as you practice and gain confidence.
6. When you feel you’ve got a tight enough roll to the end, lick the adhesive at the top and roll it shut. Run your finger across the adhesive afterwards to make sure it’s sealed shut.
7. You can make the joint a bit tighter by packing in the end with a shoelace, aux cord, straw, or pen.
8. You can lightly lick and twist the end of the paper so you can take your joint on the go without any weed spilling out.
To roll a cone joint replace step 3 with “place more and more weed as you get further away from the filter tip.” Cones are effective because there will be less weed in your roach. Most are smoked at the start of the joint. It’s also easier to roll a cone without a filter because the end will be small and weed will have a harder time flying into your mouth when inhaling.
If you’ve completed all the above steps you should be ready to smoke. Burn off the excess paper at the end before inhaling and enjoying your joint.