The feeling of successfully rolling a joint for the first time is rewarding. Perhaps a friend or sibling passed on their method, or perhaps you studied YouTube videos to perfect your technique. Regardless of how you learned, many people have their preferred way of rolling that they swear by.
Joints are one of the most popular ways to indulge in cannabis. Rolling them is an artistic craft that many smokers genuinely enjoy, and they are easy to pass around with friends. They have become one of the most recognizable symbols for the marijuana movement, and knowing how to roll them well is basically a stoner requirement.
There is no exact or perfect way to roll a joint, but there are some methods that are simpler than others. We’ll discuss all the steps involved to roll the perfect cone joint, so you can impress everyone at your next gathering.
What You’ll Need
Unless you’re purchasing pre-rolled cones (an ideal option to save you time!), perfect joints don’t just appear out of thin air. You will need a few things to get started, including:
- Dry herb
- Rolling Papers
- Filter tips or cardboard to make a filter
- Pen or toothpick to pack the herb down
Once you’ve gathered your materials, you will want to find a flat rolling surface. This can be a textbook, or a cleared off table top, or a tray. Whatever you use will most likely become messy and covered in little cannabis bits, so it’s best to keep that in mind when choosing.
The very first thing you’ll need to do, no matter how you’re using your herb, is to grind it. In order to get the most out of your supply, it’s recommended that you place your buds into a grinder to break them down as fine as possible. This ensures that the cannabis burns evenly, and can prevent joint ‘canoeing’.
Canoeing is when one side of a joint burns quicker than the other, resulting in a half-smokable product. No one wants their precious herb to go to waste, and grinding it up is the best way to make sure each bit burns evenly.
If you already have filters, you can ignore this step. If you don’t own filters, you’ll want to tear off about half an inch of cardboard. Look for something that is about the thickness of a business card, and roll it into a tube shaped object. Some people roll them with little ‘M’ letter shapes in the middle, but you don’t need to get that fancy.
Filters, or crutches, or whatever you call them, are there to increase better airflow and help make your joints burn more smoothly. Some people also use an adhesive at the end to keep the filters in place, but that’s also unnecessary, so don’t worry if you don’t have any around.
Lay a piece of rolling paper out, place the filter at one end, and sprinkle that beautiful herb into the crease. Not all rolling papers come with creases, so if yours doesn’t, you will need to fold it evenly down the middle (horizontally). Depending on how large your papers are, you will want space on each side of the paper so that it can still wrap around the herb.
While there is no exact amount of cannabis that is supposed to go into a joint, there actually have been scientific studies conducted which estimate 0.3 grams as the most common amount. So keep that in mind if you ever need a reference point.
This is the hardest part of the whole joint rolling process. It takes lots of practice to master, and chances are you won’t feel you’ve got it down right away. It’s the part where you’ve probably watched other people do effortlessly and thought, “how the heck did they do that? What do they know that I don’t?”
In all honesty, it just takes doing it repeatedly until you get it right. You will want to start by picking the joint up, and holding it between the first three fingers of each hand. Slowly rub the joint in between all fingers, in a kind of slower, snapping motion. You should be lightly compressing the herbs down so they feel more compact, and tuck one side of the paper under the other, leaving room at the end.
The end without the filter should be open, creating a cone shape. Focus on compressing and folding the end with the filter tip. If you’re struggling to make the right shape, consider using less herb. Some people even roll the cone shape first, and then slide the cannabis in at the top.
Once your cone shape has been created, you will want to use a pen or toothpick to pack the herb down a little bit. Some people tap the filter tip end lightly on a hard surface to help tighten things up. If the joint is packed too loosely, it will burn too quickly, or the herb may fall out. A perfect joint is tight and smooth and burns slowly and evenly. Packing the contents down ensures all of the above occur.
After you’ve packed it down, you can twist the end into a little spiral. Ideally, there shouldn’t be too much paper left over to twist with. If your end twist is anything longer than an inch, you should consider adding more herb to your next joint.
Sit Back and Relax!
Learning about joints, rolling, and lighting them up are a quintessential rite of passage for any new stoner. The best advice for rolling cones is that practice makes perfect. Spend an afternoon messing around with fake herb and rolling papers until you feel like you’ve gotten it down. Watch how friends do it and try to mimic their techniques. Like any skills, joint rolling takes effort to master, and becoming the perfect roller doesn’t happen overnight.
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