8 Steps to Rolling the Perfect Joint

The complete beginner’s guide!

If you are a semi-regular marijuana user, learning how to roll a joint is a necessity. It is cannabis 101! Besides, you will annoy your friends if you keep begging them to do it for you. Joint rolling is also rather easy and quick when you know what to do. In this quick guide, we provide you with 8 steps to rolling the perfect joint.

We would LOVE to hear from newbies reading this page. Let us know if, and how, this short guide helped you. (By the way, the pics in this post are for illustration purposes.)

Step 1 – Choosing the Type of Joint.

You can choose from numerous joint ‘styles.’ Here are a few of the best-known with brief descriptions:

  • Standard: This the style we outline below. It involves sprinkling the flower into some gum-side up rolling papers.
  • Pinner: A thin joint where users often look to disperse the herb evenly. You typically roll a pinner when you are running low on supply.
  • Tulip: This classic joint involves creating a large ‘cherry’ that ensures your masterpiece resembles a tulip.
  • The Cross: Those who have watched Pineapple Express know how to roll one of these! It is a crucifix-shaped roll-up that looks exceptionally cool.
  • The Fatty: This option seems like a blunt without the need for tobacco wraps. The Fatty, as the name suggests, is HUGE and filled with the herb.
  • The XXL: A gargantuan joint reserved for special occasions. It takes a LOT of time and herb to get this one right.
  • Cone: As the name suggests, this is a conical shaped joint. It begins thin and straight but gets wider as the cone increases in length. You need to include a filter to prevent the weed from falling out.

Step 2 – The Ingredients

Before you get started, make sure that you have all your supplies. When it comes to rolling joints, it is very much a case of ‘buy cheap, pay twice.’ Invest in quality now and reap the rewards later. Crucial supplies include:

Step 3 – Grind & Add Filter

Ideally, you have well-dried marijuana, as it makes the grinding process more straightforward. You can use your hands, but a grinder stops them from sticking to the rolling paper. Well-ground weed is also less likely to give you a coughing fit. Alternatives include scissors if you don’t have a grinder available.

You can create a filter from all manner of materials, including thin cardboard. Remember that irritating guy who handed you his business card? Finally, it comes in handy! Begin by adding a few folds that resemble an accordion. Next, roll the material to the thickness of the joint. You don’t strictly need a crutch, but it keeps the joint stable, prevents weed sprinkling out, and stops your lips from hurting!

This is subjective, but we prefer to let the tip (aka the crutch) stick out of the rolling paper’s end, as shown.

Step 4 – Arrange the Bud & Pack the Joint

marijuana pinner joint

This depends on if you want to roll a pinner joint or a cone. For a pinner joint, place the bud evenly throughout the joint. The end of the joint should contain slightly more bud, but don’t overdo it. For a cone, put the bud in a conical shape. You want it nice and fat! In general, aim for up to 0.5 grams per joint for a typical joint, and go bigger if you want a juicy cone.

Step 5 – Roll the Paper

rolling a pinner joint

This will come with practice. The idea is to move the paper back and forth between your fingers, shaping it into a pinner joint or a cone. You want to condense the bud, but not squash it. Try to keep the shape that you’re looking for.

Step 6 – Tuck, Lick, & Stick

This part will determine how fast the joint burns. The idea is to start from the crutch, focusing on eliminating all slack in the rolling paper. Your hand should tuck the first part of the paper (from the crutch) and slowly slide towards the end, tucking in the rest. You might need to pull the end of the paper to eliminate any lines. Once you tuck the entire roll, keep rolling. Now it’s time to lick the glue strip and stick it all together.

Some find it easier to lick the glue on the first half close to the crutch and then move on to the other half. Some lick the whole strip and stick it all at once.

Step 7 – Lock Down the Crutch

Have you noticed that in the movies, they bang the joint on the table before smoking it? The idea is to give the crutch a little tap to connect it to the cannabis. After that, you can lick around the crutch to make it stick.

Step 8 – Pack the Tip

twist and seal pinner joint

To smoke the perfect joint, you need to put in extra effort and make sure it is nicely packed. You don’t want too much air, or else it will not burn evenly. There are a few different techniques for this. The Twist & Seal method is one of the most commonly used. Once you pack the herb, give the tip a twist to seal and keep the flower inside.

Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy!

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