How to Roll a Joint Like a Pro - The Ultimate Beginners Guide!
So you want to learn how to roll a joint like a pro...
As any Star Wars fanatic would tell you, the rite of passage to becoming a Jedi Knight is constructing your own lightsaber; and for stoners, you have achieved ganja knight status when you master how to roll a joint! Anyone can pack a pinch of weed in a pipe or drop a dab into a bowl, but there’s more than a little artistry when it comes to learning how to roll a joint and smoke it the right way.
Expertise begins with simply knowing how to roll a joint the basic way, then perfecting your technique – your first few attempts may be sad and awkward, unsightly yet smokeable, maybe only slightly tubular; but practice does make perfect – or at least better. So, with some patience and a supply of weed and the right papers, you’ll be able to level up to advanced placement schooling in how to roll a small joint, how to roll a thin joint, how to roll a fat joint, how to roll a double joint, how to roll a cross joint, how to roll a cone joint, and how to roll a heart joint – some of these spliffs start looking like weedy origami after a while; that said, we’ll even show you how to roll a tulip joint! Don’t fret, however, no one has to attain joint Jedi Master class – but if that is indeed what you seek, then you can go full bore for cannabis contortionism; for those who are less gonzo and somewhat virginally weedy, it will likely be enough to learn how to roll a joint step-by-step for beginners. Whatever pot plateau of ability you aim for, if you follow along with our guide then before you know it, you will be mastering joint rolling techniques in no time!
Sure, there’s a lot of how-to’s, but relax! This isn’t a math quiz nor a college entrance exam and you’ll commit these things to memory by doing – if not then you can always bookmark this page and come back to it for reference. Weed should be fun and relaxing – that’s kinda the whole point, so let’s get into the nitty-gritty and the many variations on how to roll a joint!
Stuff You Probably Should Know Before You Learn How to Roll a Perfect Joint
(Joint and grinder, Hendertucky Marie on Instagram)
How Much Weed Does it Take to Roll a Joint?
How much weed you need for a joint is a little complicated because there are different-sized joints and different sizes of joint paper; giant j’s would have more weed, while smaller spliffs would contain less – that’s as basic as ganja science gets! Typically, for a standard, everyday joint the answer is at least half a gram, on up to 2 ½ grams or more for bodaciously big, badass blunts! Individual preference comes into play – some people like to roll a joint that's more bite-sized than others; while some cannabis consumers may prefer toking off a righteously huge reefer. At most legal US dispensaries a low-priced $7-$15 joint contains between .43g and .66g of pot. We say as long as you've got your favorite cannabis strain in there, you add however much you want - as long as you can still roll it, that is!
(Joint, rolling tray, and Accessories, image from NS Seaweed on Instagram)
Some Weedy Words You May Want to Know:
Adhesive strip – generally organic, vegan and non-GMO; this strip lies along the joint paper edge and is usually made from some kind of natural gum. You make the strip sticky by licking it with your tongue, and then you press the strip against the paper on the rolling sheet to glue it down.
Blunt – Famous in cannabis culture, a blunt is a cannabis cigar, sometimes made with actual tobacco leaf wraps from cigars that have had the tobacco core removed; sometimes larger joints are referred to as blunts, and these are also called fatties.
Crutch – the cardboard filter, usually handmade, for a joint. When you're joint rolling you'll need a crutch at one end of the joint. We'll talk more about this in the steps below for how to roll a joint.
Hemp wick - Made from hemp twine dipped in or otherwise coated in wax (typically beeswax); some cannabis users prefer this to a butane lighter for lighting pipes or joints because there are no butane fumes. Generally, you light one end of the hemp wick with your lighter, then put the burning hemp to your weed bowl or doobie tip.
Joint – A joint is a marijuana cigarette, a paper tube stuffed with weed, often tapered on one or both ends; also known as a j, a doobie, a spliff, a reefer and by a gazillion other nicknames too numerous to name them all. Learning how to roll a joint is a right of passage for all cannabis consumers - we're glad you've found us here to start practicing rolling techniques.
Leaf – a sheet of rolling paper. Joint rolling can't happen without a leaf of your favorite joint paper.
Rolling papers – Papers used to roll a joint started out as something specifically for hand-rolling cigarettes, but as weed became more and more popular there were soon specialty papers specifically made for joint rolling – Zig Zag is one such brand that has a reputation for being used chiefly for making joints, though they can be used with tobacco as well; RAW is another well-known brand for joint paper.
There are all kinds and different flavors of joint papers available. Some folks prefer hemp papers because they tend to be thin but strong, and offer an even burn without adversely affecting the flavor of your pot. The standard-size of joint paper, no matter what it's made of, is 68-70mm/2 ½ - 2 ¾ inches long by 34-36mm/1 1/3 – 1 ½ inches wide; king-size is 105-110mm/4 – 4 1/3 inches long by 42-46mm/1 ¾ inches wide.
Roach - the remains of the mouth/inhalation end of joint, blunt or roll-up cigarette after most of it has been smoked up; usually smoked using a tweezers-like device known as a roach clip. These are a great purchase, mostly because it ensures you get to enjoy every bit of whatever cannabis strain you're toking on without risking burning your fingers when the burn reaches the end of the joint.
Once you've mastered how to roll a joint, you now need to make sure you get to enjoy it down to its very, very end!
This adorable Narwhal Roach Clip will be there to keep you company while you do it!
Rolling Tray – A flat, portable surface that you can use to put your grinder, paper and weed on and use to roll your joint.
How to Roll a Joint Easy
How to Roll a Joint with a Joint Roller:
(RAW rolling machine and papers, image from Marijuana Mal on Instagram)
Okay, among the simplest ways to roll a joint is to use a toker tool known as a rolling machine to roll it for you. There are just a few easy steps to follow; generally, it all goes well and you have a nearly-instant joint. These are a great option if you need to roll in a hurry, or maybe you've rolled so many joints that your index fingers hurt and you need a break! Who are we to judge? The point is - you've got options when it comes to learning how to roll a joint, and joint rollers are a great one!
This method make seem like the easiest way to roll a joint compared to the old school way of rolling with your hands, but joint rollers do actually take a little getting used to. The best way to roll the perfect joint with joint rollers though is, of course, to practice!
Made from eco-friendly hemp plastic, this 2-way, adjustable roller from RAW is a great addition to any cannabis consumer's arsenal. Roll a joint in no time, no matter whether you're on the go or suffer from mobility issues.
And here is a handy instructional vid on how to roll a joint with a rolling machine:
Supplies for how to roll a joint:
Probably the most famous name in rolling papers is Zig Zag. Apparently, the inspiration for using rolling papers to begin with was a 19th-century French dude, known as Le Zouave, who broke his clay pipe and then had the brilliant idea to roll his tobacco in a piece of paper torn from a bag he was carrying; it is his likeness on all Zig Zag’s products – we honestly thought it was a hippy, but cool! Anyway, in 1879, brothers Maurice and Jacques Braunstein established a business in Paris to produce fine cigarette papers in flat booklets – and this and the rest, as they say, is history.
As interesting as all that is, what you need to know is that Zig Zag Kutcorners Rolling Papers are slow-burning papers designed to make it easier to roll by hand, though they work perfectly well in a rolling machine. The adhesive strip is made from natural Arabic gum, which sounds impressive! Altogether there are 32 leaves, or thin sheets of rolling paper, per pack.
You can order a pack of these rolling papers for $2.00 – and they offer free shipping on orders within the United States, with an average shipping time of only 2-3 business days!
What we love!
- Reputable historic brand name
- Slow-burning papers
- Designed to easily roll by hand, but work perfectly well in a rolling machine
- Adhesive strip is made from natural Arabic gum
- 32 leaves/rolling papers per pack
RAW rollers rock because they are made from uber-durable, specially-produced German Hemp Plastic, and they're a great option for those who need to roll on the go or find a way to accommodate a hand injury/pain. Other comparable rollers are usually made in China from lower-grade plastic and tend to break rather easily. But RAW’s manufacturing process uses a unique eco-friendly cold-injection process and their rolling aprons use double-thick vinyl with very high tensile strength, designed to last. And, in addition to being sturdy, RAW rolling machines produce reliably good joints.
This particular RAW roller is designed specifically to work with 1 1/4 rolling papers and can be had dirt cheap at $13.10.
What we love!
- Made from durable, specially-produced German Hemp Plastic
- RAW’s manufacturing process uses a unique eco-friendly cold-injection process
- RAW’s rolling aprons use double-thick vinyl with very high tensile strength, designed to last
- RAW rollers produce reliably good joints
- Designed specifically to work with 79mm (1 1/4) rolling papers
How to Pack a RAW Cone Joint:
(How to fill a RAW Cone joint, image from Cannalizious on Instagram)
First off, there are two different kinds of cone joints (because ‘why not’?) – pre-rolled cones and cones you roll yourself. Cones you roll yourself we’ll discuss later in the ‘How to Hand-Roll a Joint’ section – because this is the ‘easy’ section, we want to talk about filling pre-rolled cones. They're the surest bet to get the perfect cone shape! Some of the joints you get at your local dispensary or provisioning center are pre-rolled cones that they fill with weed; granted, because they are mass-producing these conical spliffs, they sometimes use joint filling machines – we are gonna presume your weed intake doesn’t necessitate a filling machine and we’ll go step-by-step on how to fill a premade joint cone.
Here we go:
Step 2: Remove cone from package – they usually come in multi-packs of 6 or more – take just one out.
Step 3: Hold the empty cone by the smaller bottom end filter and scoop your shredded bud up from your grinder catch chamber with the larger open end. Hold the cone straight up and tap the filter/mouthpiece end of the joint on the surface of the table or tray where you are doing your filling to settle the ground ganja down into the narrow/filtered end. Don’t pack the weed in with a stick, so your herb remains loose. This will ensure a more even burn.
Step 4: Then, ‘nother scoop of weed, more tapping. Lather-rinse-repeat until the weed is all the way up to the wider/open top end.
Step 5: Pinch the top/open end together and then twist to close. The twisting will slightly compact the weed down inside, that and better burning is why you want to keep the weed loosely packed as you’re filling it.
Step 6: Smoke your joint by lighting the wick-like twisted paper and let it burn to the weed; now you can take a puff and toke down to stoner town.
Take a moment to watch this video on how to pack a RAW cone and you'll be the better for it:
RAW Classic Pre-rolled Cone Pack - $2.19
As you just read above, filling a RAW Pre-rolled Cone is pretty fast and easy – yay! You can fit about a gram and a half of dried herb in one of these precision-crafted pre-rolled cones made from the same truly naturally unbleached paper as RAW King size Papers – plus they come with expertly fashioned paper filter tips. These 110mm premade paper cones are probably the fastest way to make joints from your own ground cannabis stash!
What we love!
- Amazingly easy to use
- 110mm long
- Made from the same truly naturally unbleached paper as RAW Classic Papers
- No need to cut up business cards as filters - each cone comes with an expertly fashioned paper filter tip
How to Roll a Joint with a Cigarette:
(Rolling a joint with a cigarette, image from Andrew J 420 on Instagram)
There’s actually two ways you could go about using a cigarette to roll a joint. One is to just wrap a rolling paper around the cigarette, using it as a guide, so that you can then moisten the adhesive gum strip, Then once it is sealed, slide the resultant tube off the cigarette, slide in your joint filter on one end of the joint, and then fill the newborn tube with weed. You could do similar with a pencil or a pen, too – using one of those in place of a cigarette.
Or, you can empty out a cigarette casing to then pack it with ground ganja. Who said learning how to roll a joint had to be difficult?
For the second method you will need:
- At least one cigarette of any brand or type to hollow out.
- Cannabis, weed, pot, marijuana - you know what we're on about
- The eraser side of a pencil, cotton swab, something to pack your weed in with
- Some tweezers to help pull out the tobacco
Now, this lovely gal will review the same things we just went over with you on how to roll a joint with a cigarette in vid form:
How to Roll a Joint with a Swisher:
(Swisher joint or blunt, image from Weed Queen Val on Instagram)
This is more of a blunt than a joint, and we covered this in our blog on canna cigars, but here is the deal if you want to try to roll a joint with a Swisher:
All you need is some grinder-shredded ganja and a traditional store-bought cigar or cigarillo; some of the best cigarillos for weed include Swisher Sweets, Phillies, or Backwoods.
Step 3: Fill the now-empty cigar or cigarillo wrapping with your freshly ground cannabis – for a standard-size cigarillo, one to two grams is all you will need. Have more handy if you have a bigger wrap.
Step 4: Roll the fresh ground weed between your fingers to pack your blunt evenly.
And if you are dazed and confused by any of this info, then this ganja gal will help clear things up in her vid on how to roll a Swisher joint, or blunt:
How to Roll a Joint with a Clipper Lighter:
(Clipper Lighter and flint with packing tool, image from Smokea)
So, if you have a cone or a hollowed-out cigarette tube, you can use your Clipper lighter to tap down and pack the loose weed in either one because Clipper lighters come with an attachment for that very purpose – handy that! There is a multi-tool that you can access by pulling up on the lighter’s flint roller – the part that you flick when you ignite a lighter. The tool slides out and you can use it to tamp down the weed or roll a joint paper around it as a handy guide. That’s it – short, simple and to the point! Some people might prefer Bics over Clipper lighters, but to each his or her own and the hidden packing tool is a plus, especially for anyone who may need to roll on the go.
See what we mean in this video showcase about how to pack a joint with a Clipper lighter:
RAW Clipper Lighter - Full Size - $4.99
Clipper lighters are pretty popular lighters for weed aficionados! Clippers are famous for their reliability and quality; some folks prefer other brands - it’s like Apple computers versus PCs, you have ardent defenders of both!
Each Clipper tiny torch is made in Spain from a superior nylon material, stronger than the cheap plastic lesser brands use. This one boasts all kinds of fine features such as 3000 lights per each lighter, it also helpfully opens beverage cans with ease, has that integrated poker/packer that we told you about above and it’s refillable!
Two eco-friendly reasons to love Clipper lighters is that they have a high recycled content incorporated in each one and every time you refill you save many milliliters of butane over buying a new lighter.
If you want for yourself some versatility in a lighter, then we are gonna tell you how you can get yourself a RAW Clipper lighter: invest just $4.99 for an incredibly useful and durable refillable lighter, which they can ship to virtually any address in the world – some restrictions apply, because life is that way!
What we love!
- Clippers are famous for their reliability and quality
- 3000 lights per each lighter
- Helpfully opens beverage cans with ease
- High recycled content incorporated in each
- Integrated weed poker/packer
And, since we mentioned it above in the 'How to Roll a Joint with a Cigarette' section, here is How to Roll a Joint with a Pen:
How to Roll a Joint with a Dollar Bill:
(Rolling a joint with a dollar bill, image from Marijuana Metripolitan)
You are not smoking the dollar bill in this technique; it merely is a means to make rolling a joint easier. Obviously, the inks in a dollar bill would be toxic if you smoked it, but it does make a pretty handy substitute roller.
Now, grab you some money and you can follow along with this video on how to roll a joint with a dollar bill:
How to Hand-Roll a Joint
(Hand rolling a joint, Image from Stocksy on Pintarest)
Okay, we’ve done the ‘How to Roll a Joint for Beginners’ section – the ‘How to Roll a Joint Easy’ or ‘How to Roll a Joint for Dummies’ methods using joint roller machines or premade cones – now are you ready for more intermediate level joint rolling? Prepare yourself as much as you are able, because now we are gonna get into hand rolling without a tool, no training wheels - this is the old school way; we will attempt to teach you how to roll a perfect joint step-by-step with just some kinda papers, your fingers, a few nugs of weed and, hopefully, the skill you develop as you practice packing pot into papers for the purpose of doing some puffing!
How to Roll a Joint By Hand - Basic:
This may take a few attempts to get right, but it’s a time-honored technique that tokers have used to make themselves marijuana cigarettes, or reefers, for many, many years.
Here is comic actor and noted stoner Seth Rogen giving his take on how to roll a joint:
Now, let’s try some variations on your simple standard spliff.
How to Roll a Cone Joint with RAW or Zig Zag Papers:
(RAW Cone hand joint, image from Mr Weedoq, on Instagram)
That’s it, you now oughta have a cone joint to smoke and enjoy!
And a little video backup and review on how to roll a cone joint with RAW - or any other - rolling papers:
How to Roll a Joint with No Filter:
(No filter joint, image from Neko Stoner on Instagram)
Unsurprisingly, rolling a joint without a filter has much in common with rolling a joint that does have a filter. All you’ll need for this is some ground ganja, a rolling paper and something to tap the weed down into the paper cylinder. No need to worry about ripping up business cards or making accordion folds.
How to Roll a Tight Joint:
One of the ways you can learn how to roll a slow-burning joint – and consequently longer-lasting joint – is to roll it tightly. Rolling a tight joint isn’t a different kind of joint so much as a technique. So, whether you’re rolling a filterless or filtered joint, tight rolling is how you can achieve a little longevity with your doobie, Scoobie! Obviously, if you roll it too tightly it won’t burn, so it is a method that takes a bit of practice – like everything else, patience and practice will take you places in life and potentially improve your pot smoking, so keep that in mind.
Using a pen or pencil or even another joint as a guide to wrap your paper around is one technique you can use to roll a tight joint; you can wrap the paper tightly around the pen or whatever and then slide it out and pack in your weed with a tool to fill the joint. Again, pack tightly but not too tightly, something that will, again, take some practice. Using a crutch, or filter, to roll your joint also helps you make tighter joints because at least one end will be wrapped tightly around something solid. But mastering your rolling technique, so that the joint rolls up tightly, is key to reliably tight and slow-burning reefers.
How to Roll a Small Joint:
(Small joint, image from Indorshop on Instagram)
Some dispensaries sell what are called Mini J’s, pint-sized joints! The nice thing about tinier tokes is that they can help you micro-dose or manage your high. Plus, in some situations, like at a concert, you can smoke a smaller joint faster before anyone is the wiser – we’re not recommending that you do this necessarily, but it’s one reason smaller joints are popular.
One way to roll a smaller joint is to tear a third off the long, non-adhesive side of your rolling paper – then roll it up much thinner. That is also how to roll a skinny joint, too, come to think of it. Skinny joints are sometimes known as pinners or pin joints. So, a smaller joint could be skinny, either way you have less weed and a less intense high.
Another way to roll a small joint is to roll the joint using the smaller ends as sides; basically, you’re using the rolling papers sideways. Honey works as a makeshift adhesive, and you might want a little something else because the adhesive strip will be on the end and not along the side when using a rolling paper leaf sideways. Generally, just wetting the paper with your tongue should make it stick together – there are some joint aficionados who prefer adhesive-less wrappers and manage to get their joints to stay together with just spit alone.
These are two ways you could roll a smaller, more manageable marijuana cigarette.
How to Roll a Fat Joint:
(Fatty joint, image from Backyard Farmer 707 on Instagram)
Also known as a torch or a double-wide joint, this is the proverbial fatty – the big one, not for newbies, this is a serious amount of weed in one joint and will hit some people like a sledgehammer. Make sure you have a friend to smoke this with or have a comfy place to rest if you're attempting to smoke the whole thing on your own.
Now, we talked about premade cones above and obviously they do make monster-sized fatty pre-rolled cones (RAW makes cones up to 1 foot long) for rolling a fat joint, but where’s the artistry in that? At least try to roll a joint this way once or twice before breaking down and buying a premade cone for your thicker tokes.
Fatty fans of the world, rejoice - here is a video on how to roll a fat joint, so take a look and a toke:
How to Roll a Joint without Paper:
(Gum wrapper Joint, High School Stoner, on Instagram)
We intended this ‘How to Roll a Joint’ blog to be exhaustive, covering everything you could possibly want to know – fortunately we have plenty of weed for inspiration. Suppose you have yourself plenty of weed, but no papers and no quick way to get some – maybe you’re out of gas or it’s a zombie apocalypse outside; so, what can you use as a substitute for rolling papers in a pinch?
- Have you ever wondered how to roll a joint with a gum wrapper? Whether or not you have, we’re gonna tell you how you can use the silver foil sheets that sticks of gum come wrapped in for an emergency backup rolling paper. You have to try to rub the silvery stuff off the paper with a coin or spoon – smoking anything metal can mess up your lungs.
If you can get the silvery coating scrubbed from the paper, without tearing or shredding the paper, the sugary-gummy residue left on the other side of the paper should help stick it together when you lick it – gum adhesive from chewing gum powder.
- Use a corn husk – all-natural, soft, flexible and fibrous; if you live in the country, like in a farming community, they are literally everywhere; elsewise, city and suburb stoners may have some corn in the fridge, or you can get some from the store – though at that point you could also just buy another pack of rolling papers, which are usually sold anywhere that sells cigarettes and tobacco products. But yeah, you can use and safely smoke a corn husk.
- This one we cannot really recommend, but some say they know how to roll to a joint with Bible paper. Some inexpensive Bibles like you find in hotels and motels are made with really thin paper that is much like rolling paper material. However, you should consider that not only is it sacrilegious, but that paper also contains ink which is probably hazardous to inhale. Pretty much any printed paper would make a risky replacement for rolling papers because of inks or dyes.
Neither would we suggest learning how to roll a joint with printer paper – thicker-weight paper can make your smoking experience harsh; but if you wanted to cut off a rolling paper-sized piece of the printer paper that would be one way to potentially use printer paper as a substitute. Printer paper might make a better source material for making a crutch or filter than actually using it as burnable joint wraps.
You should also avoid looking into how to roll a joint with a receipt, or magazine page, or anything containing hazardous materials.
- This seems obvious, but smoke from something else… like a weed pipe, or even heat up knives and let your weed smolder in between while you breathe the fumes in through a straw. Or you could vape, dab, take a THC pill, some THC tincture or eat an edible.
So, did you think we were kidding when we told you how to roll a joint with gum paper - not so, check out this guy's video take on it:
How to Roll a Rose Joint:
(Rose joint, image from Deftones Junkie on Instagram)
Since we just discussed substitute rolling material for joints, one alternative is rose petals. Although roses don’t have ink like Bible papers or artificial chemicals like printer paper, you want to use organically grown roses if you are going to do this, as commercial roses could be sprayed with chemical fertilizers. Rolling papers and cannabis are known quantities, smoking everything else should be approached with caution.
That said, assuming you’re comfortable with rolling a joint with rose petals, we can tell you that the appeal for many people is that the petals look pretty, some really enjoy the taste and odor, and there is the essential oil aspect of rose purportedly being a good treatment for stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, menstrual cramps and pain and menopause symptoms – and since weed helps with most of those things, too, they ought to make a good combination.
So, what you will need is your usual weed ground up for making joints, you’ll also need some washed organic rose petals, a baking sheet, and your lighter. Your rose petals should be fresh, and you should trim off the hard base of the petal where petal connects to flower. Removing the thicker part of the petals should reduce any thick spots in the rose petal wrap.
Here is how to roll a rose joint for your special someone in video presentation form:
How to Roll a Dutch Joint (or How to Roll a Backwards Joint):
(Dutch joint, or backwards joint, image from Legalized Patient on Instagram)
A Dutch joint can be a couple of different things: one is a joint that mixes tobacco with weed (which we don’t personally recommend because tobacco is a known carcinogen) and the other is the ‘backwards joint’ kind of Dutch joint – which we are going to give you another step-by-step guide to rolling.
If you're all turned around and confused about how to roll a backwards joint, or Dutch joint, then maybe this vid will help clear it up for you:
How to Roll a Boat Joint:
How to Roll a Hash Joint:
We wanted to throw this one in because it isn’t a style of joint, nothing fancy or complicated like in the next section, rather it’s just including some cut up or pulled apart chunks of hash in with your crushed and shredded cannabis when you roll a joint. We’d recommend using hash in a smaller to standard-sized joint, just because hash is a concentrate and hella strong!
You could also call this ‘How to Roll a Kief Joint’ or ‘How to Roll a Joint with Wax’ – or concentrates or whatever. Mixing weed leaf with other forms of weed is cool and isn’t dependent on how you roll your joint, so you could just as easily add hash to your marijuana in a pre-rolled cone, or in a Swisher blunt; some folks like to seal their joints with cannabis oil or melted weed wax, that is chill as well. Just be sure you know what you are getting yourself into and proceed cautiously, maybe taking a couple of puffs of your hash joint and then leaving off for an hour or more so that you don’t get over-high, shaky, nauseous or paranoid – we’ve been there and it isn’t fun, it so isn’t fun! Otherwise, have at!
How to Roll a Joint of the Stylin’ Super-Badass Likes
This is where things get fancy and potentially more complicated – this is the advanced placement stuff, so hopefully you’ve mastered some of the more basic ‘How to Roll a Perfect Joint’ techniques or watched some of the ‘How to Roll a Joint’ videos because those methods will also come into play in these groovier doobies.
How to Roll a Double Joint:
(Double or Shotgun joint, image from X of RM on Instagram)
There’s a couple of different ways to roll what some term a double joint. One is to just roll a fatty joint like we outlined above. The other is to roll a shotgun joint, there you lay two pre-rolled joints side by side on a rolling paper, and wrap the paper around both joints, making sure the filter ends stay even and then you smoke them that way, lighting both inner joints and pulling through both crutches at the same time.
One other way to roll a joint that is sure to impress is as follows:
And boom again - here is a vid about how to roll a double joint:
How to Roll a Cross Joint (or How to Roll a T Joint):
(Cross joint, image from Weed Smoker 420 on Instagram)
Okay, some people get confused – it’s an occupational hazard with stoners. The alternate name for a cross joint is a T (as in shaped like a lowercase letter t) joint – now some people mix up T joints with tea joints. Tea joints are a thing, but they involve people smoking actual tea, as in the beverage, and that is a potentially very bad idea, so we are not going to teach you how to roll a tea joint, but we are going to help you learn how to roll a T joint, as in a cross joint.
How to roll a joint shaped like a cross or t:
Were you expecting a video on how to roll a cross joint? Well, here it is:
How to Roll a Tulip Joint:
(Tulip joint, image from The Real Bean 420 on Instagram)
For this one you’re gonna want to grind a bit more weed than your standard joint – probably at least as much as you did for the cross joint, or T joint, above. You’ll need king-sized rolling papers for the flower; you can use king-sized papers on the stem, too. One other important ingredient will be a roll of hemp wick or hemp twine.
Get your hot, fresh vid on how to roll a tulip joint right here:
How to Roll a Heart Joint:
(Heart joint, image from Maryjane_ Diary on Instagram)
You’re going to want to have on hand:
- At least a quarter-ounce of weed
- A half-dozen king-sized papers to roll with
- Many extra sticky strips torn from extra rolling papers (like, 10 or more of them)
- 3 filters/crutches – premade or made by you
Aiight, we got one more of these fancy joints left in us, here goes…
How to Roll a Braided Joint:
(Braided joint, image from Kaita Suka on Instagram)
Okay, let’s do this!
You are gonna need:
- No less than 2 grams of mulched marijuana
- 3 king-sized rolling papers – plus a couple extras to remove the sticky strip from
- 3 filter tips/crutches – premade or yours
Let's twist again and review much of the same info we just gave you in this video on how to roll a braided joint:
How to Roll and Smoke a Joint
(Smoking a joint, image from Jess Andrea on Instagram)
So, you’ve just been shown how to roll a joint of just about every type known to mankind… well, no, there are all kinds of variations – joint windmills, joint sharks, joint planes, joint Spider-man, but the ones we’ve given you are the most popular, and we’ve given you a step-by-step guide on how to roll each of the joints we’ve discussed.
Joints are marijuana cigarettes, technically, and they require, at minimum, some papers to roll your precious herb up into and a quantity of shredded weed; usually joints are rolled as cylinders or cones. Even the more artsy joints tend to be made from cylinders and cones. Gummed adhesive strips are what holds most joints together – it becomes sticky when you lick it and then tapes the rolling paper to itself or another rolling paper. So that’s the basics of how to roll a joint, but what about how to smoke a joint?
Seems like it would be simple enough: light, puff, and pass (usually on the left-hand side) – unless you’re smoking solo, then it’s just light and puff. And generally, it is that simple, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
- When you light your joint, rotate it so that the entire cylinder ignites evenly, at the same time – this should produce a reddish glow called a cherry and, if you do so, your joint should burn pretty smoothly and evenly. Elsewise, you could canoe your joint, meaning it might burn unevenly.
- Don’t put the joint all the way in your mouth, just rest the very tip on your lips so it doesn’t get all slobbery, wet and disgusting.
- Your hits should be small when you inhale to avoid the dreaded lung-busting coughing fit – the quality of your weed can have an effect, too.
- When crutchless joints burn down small enough they become a roach, you may want to use a tweezer-like device called a roach clip to keep you from burning your fingers and lips off.
In order to help you learn how to roll and smoke your own joints, we’ve showcased a few accessories you’ll want to buy to be able to roll your own joints – papers, cones, rolling machines, lighters with built-in tools; but one thing that you might need to complete your cannabis toking apprenticeship is a complete rolling kit. Let’s showcase one of those so that you know what we’re talking about, shall we?
RAW Rolling Kit - $21.49
The only thing that this awesome kit doesn’t come with is actual weed; sadly, that is sold separately. But it does have everything else that you need to roll a basic joint, so it has that going for it. You get a whole slew of rolling goodies, making it easier to roll a joint. We also love the hard shell travel case it comes with, which gives you safety of mind knowing you can roll a joint on the go and all of your precious materials will be safe. This may not be enough material to build one of the fancier tulip, heart or twisted joints, but it will get you started practicing how to roll a joint of a more normal fashion.
Should you decide to get all of your joint rolling supplies in one kit, then this collection will cost you just over $20. A wise investment in your mastery of all things joint rolling.
This bundle includes:
- RAW Pre-Roll Wallet
- Hippie Butler Rolling Paper Size Grinder Card
- RAW Natural Unrefined 1 1/4 papers
- RAW Hemp Plastic Roller - 79mm
- RAW Unbleached Roll-up Tips
- RAW Hemp Wick that's 10ft/3meters long
And now that you are supplied up and ready to roll, and because we know that you have always wanted to know how to roll a joint like Wiz Khalifa, here is a vid on exactly that:
(Various kinds of joints, Artxst Keena on Instagram)
Summary of how to roll a joint like a pro:
At this point, if you haven’t grasped how to roll a basic joint, then there’s no hope for you! Just kidding, rolling a joint isn’t easy for everyone, lots of cannabis consumers have a hard time learning how to roll a joint at first, but it is a skill that all cannabis completists should at least try once in their weedy life. With patience and practice, you should be able to learn how to roll a perfect joint… or at least how to roll a joint that's smokable. The point of this step-by-step guide on how to roll a joint was to expose you to the rolling techniques used by tons of tokers to roll up splendiferous smokes. That’s why we started with a ‘How to Roll a Joint for Dummies’ (no offense) beginner section and worked our way up to more and more complex methods of how to roll a joint.
Between ‘How to Roll a Joint for Beginners’ and ‘How to Roll a Braided Joint’ we wanted to show you how to roll a joint with and without papers, how to roll a joint with and without a filter; as well as explaining ‘How to Roll a Fat Joint’, ‘How to Roll a Tight Joint’, ‘How to Roll a Cone Joint with RAW Papers’ and a whole bunch of other ‘How To’s’! There are a lot of variations on how different people roll their pot; some people want to know how to roll a joint with a roller, while others prefer learning how to roll a joint by hand. Some folks are content knowing how to roll a small joint, yet others want to meet the challenge of rolling a big joint, or fatty – or maybe they’re interested in how to back roll a joint. We did cover how to roll a rose joint, using petals instead of papers, but we did not get into how to roll a tea joint – instead we did discuss how to roll a t-joint as in ‘How to Roll a Cross Joint’. So, there was some stoner schooling on a wide range of joint styles and complexities.
If an overindulgence of ganja makes you forget, and you can’t remember much more than how to roll a joint - even a basic one, or how to roll a joint with a pen, then fret not because you can always bookmark this ultimate guide on ‘How to Roll a Joint Like a Pro’ and come back to it again and again whenever you want to refresh your memory on things like ‘How to Roll a Tulip Joint’ or ‘How to Roll a Joint with a Swisher’ or ‘How to Roll a Joint with No Filter’ – or even how to roll a joint filter. Over time, these things will stick in your brain and you’ll be wowing your friends and family with your impressive joint rolling skills. With some mulched marijuana and a stack of rolling papers, using the reefer recipes we have given you, you should be able to go from beginner-level joints to advanced origami spliffs that are as beautiful to look at as they are sublime to smoke down on. So, roll, roll, roll your weed, gently on your tray, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily – life is but a dream!
Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)
Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University. She's the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing, and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.
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