The art of rolling a Joint. Rolling joints is really a skill that takes practice. If there is always one person in a group that can roll a joint that will impress. You need to be that person! A slow-burning nice joint is what you will want and enjoy. What I find works the best is to acquire the building blocks to get rolling. You need a grinder to turn that bud into a nice fluffy mound of herbage that will be easy to roll.
When I was younger the only papers you could buy were Zig-Zags at the corner store. At this time there were still older people that rolled their own cigarettes. Now there is a wide variety of rolling papers that are produced for the sole purpose of rolling joints. Most people I know prefer a natural rolling paper. Rice or hemp are the best and are much healthier than wood pulp papers. Hemp papers are the easiest to roll and the most popular and stay lit. Rice papers tend to be the most tasteless and burn the slowest. You can make up your own mind which you prefer once you get rolling!
Size matters when it comes to rolling. There are factors that come into play. How many people will be sharing the joint and how high do you want to get? With a very high THC content, a lesser amount will suffice. Most rolling papers these days come in wide or 1 ¼”. The preference for most is 1 ¼” for 1-3 people.
Importance of Grinders, Filter and Technique
Using a grinder is essential for rolling a great joint. If by chance you have any stems or seeds, remove them. A metal grinder is the best to provide a consistent final product for rolling your doobie. If you are stuck without a weed grinder it is also possible to use a coffee grinder or blender. Although this tends to be a bit messier and sometimes too powdery.
So now it comes down to the roll. A filter (or sometimes referred to as a crutch) is a must, especially when sharing a joint with your friends. Nobody likes a soggy ended joint! You can make your own from paper or buy pre-made paper or glass from your local head shop.
Place the desired amount of weed in your paper and place the crutch at the end. Stick a small bit of the herb at the end of the crutch to give it some grip for the roll. Place the herb in a conical shape (cone). Then roll upwards until the fat end off cone is at the edge of the corner right side gum of paper. Roll gently at first to get the required shape. Then apply pressure with index fingers to compact the herb. Back and forth until you see the perfect shape of your joint. Now create some tension and roll upwards from the crutch removing any wrinkles from the paper. Now you can lick the gum and seal it. Twist the end and cut off any excess.
The Final Touches
So now you will have a perfect joint. Do not light while inhaling. It is important to light with a lighter or match. Slowly rotate the end of the joint under the flame until you can see proper ignition. Also, do not apply too much saliva when sealing, this will affect even burning if not dry. When rolling a joint with moist weed you will need to grind it more. You can be left with chunks that are hard to roll and not burn properly. Also when rolling moist herb, leave it a little more loosely rolled. The crutch should also be less tightly wound. This allows more draw that moist weed requires. On the opposite side, dry weed needs less grinding and a more tightly wound joint and crutch.
When rolling any joint if you find you have to much paper just trim it off. Moreover, this especially applies to rolling a pinner. If you have some super high grade and you are by yourself, a pinner can be all you need. Most of the time I trim the paper and roll a thin one without a crutch.
There is also the “cross joint”. Which as you can guess is shaped like a cross. You can create this by rolling a fat joint and gently make a hole ¾ up. Usually, a sharpened pencil will do the trick. Then insert a thinner joint through the hole. Cut some glue strips from papers and seal the gaps at points of insertion. Then you can spark up all 3 ends for a super spliff. Using 2 different types of strains can also add to the novelty to impress your friends. In conclusion, rolling great joints takes practice but is not difficult to master. The results, however, make all the difference.