The joint is one of the most iconic ways to consume cannabis, and it’s a great way to enjoy the flavor of flower. Every cannabis smoker should know how to roll a joint.
When starting out, we recommend using a 1/2 gram of weed and 1¼ size rolling papers. This is a good amount of weed for a couple people and starting off on the small side will make rolling the joint more manageable.
For reference, most pre-rolls sold in stores are a full gram, although some come in 2-packs of half-grams. when you get good at rolling, you can move up to king-sized papers and full-gram joints and widen your smoking circle.
Rolling papers have traditionally been made from tree pulp, but there are a variety of different materials used to make them these days, including:
White papers are often bleached, and some papers have additives like charcoal to make them burn more quickly, but not always. Brown papers are often natural and unbleached. Be sure to check the package to see what rolling papers are made of and if they have additives.
Here are the six steps to roll a joint:
Grind the marijuana: Use a grinder to break up the marijuana into smaller pieces. This will make it easier to roll and will ensure an even burn.
Prepare the rolling paper: Hold the rolling paper between your fingers and use your other hand to sprinkle the ground marijuana onto the paper. Spread it evenly along the length of the paper, leaving a bit of space at one end.
Create a crutch: Roll up a small piece of paper or cardboard into a cylinder and place it at one end of the rolling paper. This will act as a filter and prevent bits of marijuana from getting in your mouth.
Roll the joint: Hold the rolling paper between your fingers with one hand and use the other hand to tuck the paper under the marijuana. Use your fingers to roll the paper back and forth, gradually tucking and sealing the paper around the marijuana.
Seal the joint: Once the paper is rolled around the marijuana, use your tongue to moisten the glue strip on the edge of the rolling paper. Press the glue strip down onto the paper to seal the joint.
Pack the joint: Use a pen or other thin object to pack the marijuana down into the joint, making it firm and even. Twist the end of the joint to keep the marijuana from falling out. And that's it! You have successfully rolled a joint. Remember to use marijuana responsibly and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.