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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Roll a Marijuana Joint

When it comes to rolling a joint, there’s a lot to think about — particularly if it’s your first time. The process can feel like a daunting one, but it’s nothing to stress about once you get the hang of it.

Luckily, our guide can help you through the entire process. Read on to learn everything you need to know about rolling a marijuana joint, how to get started, and even the specifics on joints vs. blunts.

What Is a Joint?

A joint is a cannabis cigarette that’s most often hand-rolled, but can also be found in pre-rolled packs.

A roll containing both tobacco and cannabis is called a spliff, and a hollowed-out cigar rerolled with cannabis is a blunt.

Blunts are typically longer than joints, and they’re typically found in the heavy, darker papers used for cigars or cigarillos.

Blunts come with whatever flavor the paper has on it, but joints are usually just a rolling paper with cannabis placed inside.

What You’ll Need

To get started with rolling your joint, there are a few things you’ll need:

  • A grinder
  • Cannabis
  • Rolling tray
  • Rolling papers
  • Filter, crutch, or the stuff to make one
  • Chopstick, pen, or another cylindrical item

A few of these items might seem confusing or even random, but we’ll explain more as we go along.

Rolling the Joint

Once you’ve gathered all your materials, it’s time to get started. The process itself isn’t very complicated, but it can be hard at first. We’re going to go through it all step by step.

1. Grind the Flower

While this can be done by hand, it’s best to use a grinder to ensure everything is even and consistent. This is going to help you achieve a cleaner hit each time.

If you don’t have a grinder, though, using your hands works just as well. Just take your time and be gentle so you minimize any damage done to the cannabis trichomes.

2. Make Your Crutch

A lot of smoke shops sell crutches to place inside your joint, but you can also make your own with an index card. This is going to serve as the mouthpiece to your joint, and it’s also going to make it easier to hold. They help boost the airflow into your joint and minimize the risk of burning yourself.

If you’re making your own, you just need a thick piece of paper (like an index card). You’re going to cut or rip off a strip that’s about a half-inch wide.

Fold the paper accordion-style, and then wrap the last bit around the accordion. Now you have a crutch.

Alternatively, you can find reusable glass and wooden crutches at most smoke shops to use for your joints.

3. Load Your Joint

One of the biggest things you might be wondering about is how much cannabis to roll into your joint. A study found the average joint contains 0.32 grams of marijuana, but you don’t have to follow this number.

As you roll more joints, you’ll be able to tell how much you prefer to have in your joints and it’ll become a lot easier.

If you’re not quite sure what to expect, but have access to pre-rolls (THC or CBD), getting a pack can be a great place to start. Not only will you be able to answer the question, “How long do CBD Hemp pre-rolls last?” but it’ll give a base to start from with your joint rolling.

If you want a cone joint, simply sprinkle less weed near the bottom and more towards the tip to create a tapered cone shape.

4. Roll

Once everything is placed inside, it’s time to get things rolling. To start, ensure that the adhesive-coated side of the paper is away from you.

Using your thumbs and index fingers, pinch the paper into a taco shape. Sift the paper as you do so, making sure the cannabis is evenly distributed and packed down. It’s OK if some bud falls out here, you can always stuff it back in later.

Next, tuck the non-adhesive side of the rolling paper over the weed and slowly roll it towards the adhesive side, tucking the flower as you go. Your thumbs are going to roll while your index fingers support the outside.

Once you get to the end, lick or wet the adhesive — starting at the mouthpiece — to seal everything up.

5. Pack the Joint

Once everything is sealed, you’re going to grab your chopstick or pen and begin packing everything in. If you’re in a pinch, the end of your hoodie drawstring or a small stick can work as well.

This is also where you can add back any of the cannabis that fell out while you were rolling. You’re going to pack the weed towards the mouthpiece, but be gentle. If you pack too harshly, you may break the work you just did.

6. Seal It Up

Once everything is rolled, packed, and good to go, you just have to twist the end to seal everything inside.

You can keep things simple and just do one twist at the end. Some people get creative with their joints, however, and like to make cat ears with two smaller twists on either side at the end.

Enjoy Your Marijuana Joint

Once you’ve rolled your first marijuana joint, it’s time to light up and enjoy it.

When you’re first starting, it’s important to remember that not every joint is going to be perfect. Even people who have rolled joints for years have the occasional slip-up, and it’s nothing to beat yourself up over.

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