Rolling your favourite cannabis strains into a joint is a great way to enjoy the flavour of your flower. It’s one of the more iconic ways to consume cannabis. Every cannabis smoker should know how to roll a joint. There are countless opinions on the different ways of rolling one, but whatever you do, make sure your creation burns smoothly and evenly.
How much weed should be in a joint?
When starting out, it’s recommended to use a 1/2 gram of weed and normal or 1 1/4 sized rolling papers. This is a good amount of weed for a couple of people and starting off on the smaller side will make rolling the joint more manageable.
For reference, most of the pre-rolls you buy at the store 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.
Step-by-step guide on how to roll the perfect joint
Here is a 7-step guide on the easiest way to roll a classic cone joint to help you hone your own craft, even for beginners. You will be rolling a perfect joint in no time.
Begin by gathering your rolling supplies:
- Cannabis strain of your choice
- Weed grinder
- Crutch (for the joint crutch or filter)
- Rolling papers (any kind of your choice)
- Optional: A pen, or a similarly shaped object to help pack the joint
Step 1: Grind the cannabis
Break down your cannabis into shake. It should break down easily if your cannabis is dried well. A grinder is helpful to keep your hand from getting sticky and thus sticking to the joint paper.
You can also grind the flower down by hand, using scissors, or any other breakdown methods.
Step 2: Create joint crutch/filter
You can make a crutch (also called a tip or filter) out of just about anything, but thin cardboard or business cards are solid go-to’s. Many joint papers also include crutch material with their packaging.
Roll the material to the desired thickness of your joint, starting with a few “accordion” folds at the end of the cardboard. The crutch helps to keep the shake from falling out of the end or into your mouth as you smoke, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. It can also add stability to the joint & allows you to enjoy every bit of cannabis without burning your fingertips.
Step 3: Fill joint with cannabis
Fill the paper with the shake & the crutch. Once the paper has the right amount of shake (a half gram to a gram usually does the trick), you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.
There are a lot of different types and flavours of joint papers available. Many people prefer hemp papers because they tend to be thin but strong, and burn evenly without losing the flavour of your weed.
Step 4: Pack the joint
Once you’ve loaded and shaped your joint, pinch the paper between your fingertips & roll it back and forth between them to pack the cannabis down into its final cone shape.