Smoking a joint is one of the most famous and classic ways to consume cannabis. It is one of the greatest ways to enjoy the flavor of the flower.
Every cannabis consumer should know how to roll the perfect joint. With the help of Leafly, we are going to help teach you in just seven easy steps.
There are various ways of rolling a joint, many cannabis users will do it differently, but it is important to make sure the end product burns evenly and smooth.
- Flower of your choice ( Grab some from us, of course!)
- Rolling papers
- Crutch (for the joint tip)
- Optional: A pen or other thin object to help pack the joint
STEP ONE: GRIND YOUR CANNABIS
Using your ginder, grind the cannabis flower into shake. This will allow the filling of the joint to be consistent and make the rolling process much easier and even. Also, this will ensure that the joint burns evenly all around.
A grinder helps keep your fingers from getting sticky and sticking to the rolling paper.
If you do not have a grinder, don’t worry. It is easy enough to break up the flower using your hands.
STEP TWO: MAKE A CRUTCH
Make a crutch aka a filter or tip. Begin with a few “accordion” folds and then roll the crutch to the desired thickness of your perfect joint.
Thankfully, a crutch can be made from just about anything you may have at home or in you wallet. Leafly recommends filter tips, which are thin yet stiff pieces of paper. Business cards, rolling paper packs, or other thin pieces of cardboards.
A crutch isn’t necessary, but it does add stability to the joint without burning your finger tips. It will also helps keep shake from falling out or into your mouth as you smoke.
STEP THREE: FILL PAPER WITH SHAKE
At one end, place the crutch on thee rolling paper and fill the paper with shake.
Once you have added the right amount; roughly a half-gram to a full gram, you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.
Quick tip: There are many different types and flavors of rolling papers available. Many users prefer hemp papers because they tend to be thin but strong and burn evenly without affecting the flavor of your weed. Remember if you are using flavored papers, that is not “natural”.
STEP 4: ROLL, ROLL, ROLL
It’s time to get rolling.
Once you have filled and shaped your joint, it’s time to roll. Pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth to pack the cannabis into it’s final cone shape.
STEP 5: SEAL IT
This step is very important as it can make or break your smoke sesh through the quality of your joint. Don’t panic, you can do it!
Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll, roll it up, and then lick an edge of the glued side to tack down one end of the paper with just a little bit of moisture.
Once the paper is tacked down on one end, you can then work your way through the rest of the seam by tucking and sealing the joint.
Leafly Pro Tip: Start with the crutch side because it can help guide the paper as it rolls around itself.
STEP SIX: PACK THE JOINT
You’re almost done. Now, it’s time to pack the open end of the joint to help get that even burn.
A pen is great, but you can use anything thin. Don’t have a pen? Grab a shoelace or the drawstring on your hoodie/sweatpants.
If you’re planning on saving this joint for later, twist the tip to close it up.
STEP SEVEN: ENJOY!
You did it, now go and enjoy!
Learning to roll a joint takes a lot of patience and practice. It’s okay if you don’t roll the perfect one your first time around. Just keep practicing and soon enough you’ll be a professional.
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