Beginners Guide for Rolling a Joint

Rolling a joint should probably be one of the first things a cannabis connoisseur learns if they’re interested in smoking some dank weed boasting high THC content, or low (whatever their preference). Indeed, the last thing you’d want when you acquire some exquisite smelling cannabis is the inability to smoke it due to a lack of pipe, or a friend to help you roll it. Put simply, if you can’t roll it, you can’t smoke it. So in this article, we’ll teach you how to roll the perfect joint through a comprehensive step by step guide.

Quality Rolling Paper

First things first though; you need to pick up some decent rolling papers before you can even consider rolling a joint. Rolling papers come in a variety of types/materials but if you want to keep it purely cannabis, you can just opt for unbleached or hemp based. Once you master the technique of rolling a joint, you can start using thin papers which make it easier to taste your weed.

Break Down the Cannabis

You can’t roll a joint unless the weed is finely broken down into a good consistency. Sure, you can smoke cannabis as it is by gathering the weed up without any paper/pipe, but your lungs will go berserk and the high would barely be worth it. This is why you need to use rolling paper, grinders, and pipes. They make weed smoking easier and efficient. While you can break down the weed by hand into an even consistency, a grinder is highly advisable since it reduces the possibilities of lumps/canoeing. Also, rolling sticky weed is easiest because it will compact better and not fall out before rolling.

Get the filter in.

This is totally optional and can be ignored if you prefer smoking raw. But many people prefer using filters to prevent the loose weed from coagulating in their mouth and averting finger burns. Just tear off a filter paper and fold one side into a W or some other shape without any gaps. Then roll the other end onto the W. One problem with Filters though, is that they add in a strong paper taste.

Get it on paper.

If there’s no weed on paper, there’s no need at all. Getting the cannabis onto paper is crucial, you need to choose your style on how to do it. You can either go with a little pinner joint or aim for a fat one (bat). Pinners are normal cigarette style joints which can be passed around, and hidden as well. While cones, on the other hand, pack a bigger hit and expand from the filter outwards holding more weed at the tip, giving a strong taste of the flower and allowing for a good smoke on the first few puffs. The choice is yours and ultimately comes down to how much pot you want to consume.

For Pinners, you need to sprinkle weed evenly throughout the joint whereas, with bats, you’ll want to start off less at the filter end and increase the quantity as you go towards the cone. When you have enough weed in the joint, you just need to shape it using your fingers by rolling the non-sticky side up and down until its cylindrical.

The Tuck

The most crucial step that separates the sensei from the student. You need to master the tuck to become an expert roller. The key is to roll the papers together on bother sides using your thumb and index finger. Don’t worry about pushing the weed down, because rolling the paper together, up and down, will naturally compress the weed for “The Tuck.” The trick lies in tucking the paper at either end, before finishing off the middle.

Roll over and lick it off.

Once the joint is tucked in, you need to roll it over all the way to the sticky end and lick it to add moisture, until it’s all sealed up with no gaps. You can push the weed in using a pin or shoelace to fill in gaps, but make sure there’s enough space for air to flow. You don’t want your joint to burn out.


If your joint canoes, then it’s an indicator that there are gaps in the joint. But with practice, you’ll definitely get better at rolling joint and could even start experimenting with creative shapes. Trust us, Rolling the perfect joint is a vital skill in the arsenal of every smoker.

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