7 Odd Tips For Rolling A Great Joint
While there are lots of pre-rolled joint brands available on the market, most core stoners would often prefer to roll their own joint. The reason behind the choice is the flexibility it offers and in so many ways, bragging rights of being ground solid in the game.
For every stoner, knowing how to roll a crisp, clean joint by hand is somewhat of a rite of passage; a ritual if you call it so. However, gone are the days of simply rolling a fat spliff and lighting up. Rolling a Joint in 2020 is an art form, and in this article, I will be showing you a few tips on how to roll a great joint.
There’s more than one way to roll a joint!
Like an old cat in the game, I would introduce you to some of the popular joint frames and also list my 7 odd tips for rolling a great joint.
Type of Joints by Frame
- The Classic Joint, a Timeless Piece: This joint piece is the most common. The frame is even, smooth and burns nicely. The technique for rolling the classic joint is fairly simple and straightforward. It doesn’t require many skills and can be built by even the most inexperienced stoner.
Pro Tip: Be careful to pack the bud to the same width as your filter. This will help keep your smoke smooth and even. Avoid over-grinding the herb. It makes it too dense and limits airflow.
- The Cone Joint: This is also one of the classics and makes for a feel-good joint. As its name implies, the joint is shaped like a cone. The end with the filter is narrow, with the joint being wider at the tip.
Pro Tip: To roll this joint, it is best to roll the paper first, keeping it tight over the filter and manipulating it with your other hand to give a cone finish. Once the paper is dry, pour your ground weed into it and pack accordingly.
- Double Shotgun: This is by far my favorite when I am alone. Don’t mistake this joint for the smoke technique of blowing smoke in a loved one’s mouth. It is a rolling technique of having two classic joints in one. Rolling a double shotgun requires some expert skills and finesse.
Pro Tip: Sorry there are no pro tips for this. If you can roll a fine classic joint, you can roll this one with a little practice.
Now we have cleared some of the joint frames you can build, let’s get on to the 7 odd tips for rolling the best joint you’ve ever made.
7 Odd Tips For Rolling A Great Joint
Step 1: Choose the Right Flower
The evolution of rolling a joint starts with choosing the right flower. Knowing your flower strains and what works under certain conditions can help you choose the right techniques for rolling the joint. For instance, Sativa strains are less dense and as such need not be ground too much to achieve bud consistency. Some strains are more pungent than others, and some others offer a much stronger effect. In all anyways, your satisfaction starts with your choice of flower strain, so choose right.
Step 2: Your Paper is as important as Well
There are plenty of paper types to choose from. There is the classic white or brown, pulp paper, rice paper, flavored paper and others in-between. Certain types are more health-conscious, and the others offer an improved flavor. Some burn lightly, others do not. So, depending on your preference, you have an array of paper types to choose from.
Knowing and picking the right paper for you can enhance your experience by half.
Step 3: Grind Your Flower Right
Aside from choosing the right rolling papers, getting your flower to the right consistency is the third most important prep work you can do. You want your ground-up weed to be crumbly and free of stems so the final product burns evenly. To get there, drop a nug in your grinder and twist 10-12 times, or until you can twist without much resistance.
Notice some powdery stuff hanging out in the bottom chamber of your grinder? That’s kief and it’s loaded with THC. You can either sprinkle it on top of a packed bowl or add it back to your joint for additional potency.
Step 4: Always Use a Filter
While you don’t absolutely need a filter, it is important you always use one. The filter helps to create a barrier between your lips and the burning herb, and also help to keep bits of flower from slipping out into your mouth as you smoke. Remember: How thin or thick you roll your filter will determine how thin or thick your joint will be, so plan accordingly.
Step 5: Fill That Paper
The trick is to place your rolling paper on a tray, plate, magazine or any flat surface. This would allow for ample space to organize the weed on the rolling paper and to catch any excess weed that may drop off. Once set, drop some of that freshly ground herb along the creases of your paper. Leave enough room to place your filter at one end.
Step 6: Pinch and Roll
The secret to getting a tight and cylindrical joint is to grab the flower-filled paper by both ends, pinch the tops of the paper with your thumbs and forefingers, and rub your fingers together in an up-and-down motion. By doing so, you effectively push the flower into a tight little log the same width as the filter. Once you’re there, you’re ready to tuck the unglued side of the paper around the filter and roll. Don’t expect to get it right the first time as this part takes patience and finesse.
Pro tip: Focus on getting the paper tight around the filter first. From there, the rest of the joint will follow.
Step 7: Lick, Tap and Twist
Once it’s all set, you lick the glue end and seal. Tap the filter against a hard surface to help the flower settle in or pack the flower in with a pencil, chopstick, or similar pointy object and finally twist the excess paper at the top of your joint to keep everything in place.
For extra fineness, you can use scissors to trim both ends to meet your satisfaction.
Joint Rolling Troubleshooting Tips
- If your joint gets loose halfway through rolling it, back up and start again with a tighter pinch around the filter.
- If your joint burns unevenly, your flower maybe a little too chunky. Grind the flower a little more next time.
- If you need to keep lighting it to get any smoke, the flower is too finely ground and preventing air from flowing through. Ease up with the grinder next time.
If all else fails, you can check out some pre-rolled cones here. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.