Joints Joints Joints! An Easy Guide To Rolling Joints

By Luna / November 29, 2017

Joints are pretty vital to the marijuana community.  If you ask any stoner about the first few times that they decided to try to smoke weed I can guarantee that many of them would mention a joint in their story.  A joint is the same concept as a cigarette, but instead of Tobacco there is Marijuana packed inside. Joints are very simple and are a staple to every pot smokers life.  Eventually every avid weed smoker learns how to roll a joint.  You are just in luck because I will go though the simple steps to rolling a joint!

How To Roll A Joint

Step 1

First things first, you need to find the right rolling paper to smoke.  The type of rolling paper you choose effects the flavor you are shooting for.  You will want to choose either paper made of hemp or rice.  Hemp papers are good for beginners learning to roll because they stay lit and are easier to roll.  If you are looking for a something more tasteless and has a slow burn, I would go with rice papers.

Step 2

Now let's size everything up.  The most common size of rolling paper is the 1-1/4".  This is known to be the "standard" for joint rolling and is ideal for one to three people.  The amount of weed packed into this size is great for pot smokers with low to moderate tolerances.

Step 3

Grind it out.  You need to break up your weed. There are different ways to grind your weed, for instance, you can use your hands, a grinder card, or a grinder. This makes for packing your weed into your joint a whole lot easier.

Step 4

When you have ground up your weed you need to make a tip, which is just a filter that also acts a handle that helps with airflow.  Also, having a filter helps with keeping the joint dry.  No one likes being passed a spit soaked joint. Yuck.

Step 5

Now that you have your paper, ground weed, and tip you can now get started on the rolling process.

  1. You are going to want to place the tip/filter at the end of the paper. It is best to let part of hang out the end of the paper about a centimeter.
  2.  You are then going to take your ground up weed and arrange it evenly centering with the tip/filter.  Do not rush during this process, just be patient.
  3. Now roll the paper around the bud and use the tip/filter to help center it in place.  The tip/filter should help you roll the paper back and forth so that you get your desired shape for your joint. After you have done this for a good amount of time, the bud should keep its cylindrical shape.  If it does not, you need to continue this process and add more pressure until it is tightly packed.
  4. Now it's time to actually roll. You are going to want to start by tucking the paper first at the tip/filter and roll it forward/away from you.  Focus on removing the looseness of the paper, depending on how tight you roll you will determine how slow and how smooth the lit joint will be.  Just continue rolling until have entirely tucked in one side.  When you have reached this point you are going to lick the the glue strip and stick it down to the tip/filter end first.  Then work your way across.
  5. Remember we left part of the tip/filter sticking out at one end? Well now you can push the filter in towards the ground weed.  This will close that gap between the weed and the tip.  You can then lick and stick the end of the paper to the tip. This should help the tip/filter to not fall out.
  6. Finally, you can pack the end of the joint with a pen or a blunt skinny object to compress the ground weed. Then you will want to stand the joint up right and tap the filter end of the joint on a table a few times so that gravity helps the weed settle in the joint.
  7. Now you can twist and seal your joint. Take the end of your joint and twist it, this should seal the joint.  Now there you have it! You have rolled a joint and are ready to light it up and have a fun night either by yourself or with a few friends.

To Conclude

I hope this was the slightest bit helpful.  I know when it is your first time the entire process can be a bit confusing.  But practice makes perfect! Keep trying and you will be a pro in no time!

About the author


Luna is an avid smoker and is always ready to see what new and exciting developments there are in the cannabis community. Please excuse her writing, she's still trying to figure her way around words. Practice makes perfect! If you wish to learn more about her please be sure to check out the "About" page!

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