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How to roll a joint

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  1. What is a joint?
  2. What you need to roll a joint
  3. How to roll a joint
  4. Why do people like joints?
  5. Why do people hate joints?

Joints are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis. There are several different types of joints in the world of weed, and a variety of methods to make them. Rolling a joint can be a highly personal, intricate craft, but with a few simple steps, any new toker can roll their very own. Read on to learn about the art of rolling a joint.

What is a joint?

A joint is a cannabis cigarette often hand-rolled by an individual. Some dispensaries offer prerolls, or joints rolled in-shop, for consumers to purchase, saving a few steps. A cannabis joint that includes both cannabis and tobacco is called a spliff, while a blunt is a joint rolled with heavy, dark, tobacco papers.

A joint is a cannabis cigarette often hand-rolled by an individual. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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What you need to roll a joint

To roll a joint, you’ll need to assemble a handful of essential materials. First, select your favorite cannabis strain and set aside the amount of flower you want to smoke, typically about a third of a gram. Use a grinder to break apart your bud evenly. A rolling tray will help you keep your workspace neat and tidy.

To roll a joint, you’ll need to assemble a handful of essential materials: your favorite cannabis strain, a grinder, a rolling tray, joint paper, and a filter/crutch. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Round up your joint paper of choice. Dispensaries and smoke shops offer hemp, unbleached paper, and other materials to fit various preferences. Grab a filter, also called a crutch, or a thick piece of paper to create one, and you’ve got everything you need to roll a joint. If you don’t have a glass crutch handy, it’s easy to make a crutch on your own.

How to roll a joint

Step 1: Grind the cannabis

Use a grinder to grind up and separate the flower evenly. A grinder produces a consistent size and texture, which provides a smoother, more even smoke. If you don’t have a grinder, pick the bud apart with your fingers. Make the pieces more or less the same small size and work gently to minimize damage to the cannabis’ trichomes.

Use a grinder to grind up and separate the flower evenly. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 2: Make a crutch

Many smoke shops sell pre-made crutches to serve as the mouthpiece of a joint. While crutches aren’t essential, they help reinforce the mouthpiece and make a joint easier to hold. Crutches also boost the airflow through a joint and minimize the risk of burning your lips or inhaling tiny bits of marijuana during a hit.

To make a crutch, fold a piece of thick paper or cardstock into an accordion shape then wrap the last bit of paper around the accordion part. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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To make a crutch, grab a piece of thick paper or cardstock and rip off a rectangle-shaped strip about the width of your joint’s mouthpiece. Fold most of the paper into an accordion shape then wrap the last bit of paper around the accordion part.

Step 3: Load the joint

Lay the rolling paper on the tray with the adhesive side facing away from you. Position the crutch where you want the mouthpiece to be and sprinkle marijuana onto the paper. Evenly spread the flower throughout the joint and avoid overstuffing it.

Evenly spread the flower throughout the joint and avoid overstuffing it. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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To roll a cone joint, sprinkle less weed near the mouthpiece and more towards the tip, tapering as you move.

Step 4: Roll the joint

It’s finally time to get rolling. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the paper into a taco shape, sifting the paper back and forth to distribute the bud evenly. It’s okay if some flower falls out,you can stuff it in later. Work the weed into a cylinder shape, not so loose that it burns unevenly and not so tight that it restricts airflow.

Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the paper into a taco shape, sifting the paper back and forth to distribute the bud evenly. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Tuck one side of the rolling paper into the joint and slowly roll it back towards the adhesive side, tucking in the bud as you go. Lick or wet the sticky adhesive and start at the mouthpiece end to slowly seal the joint.

Lick or wet the sticky adhesive and start at the mouthpiece end to slowly seal the joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Once it’s sealed, grab a pen, toothpick, or another long cylindrical object to pack down the cannabis towards the mouthpiece. This is where you can add back any weed lost during the rolling phase.

Once it’s sealed, grab a pen, toothpick, or another long cylindrical object to pack down the cannabis towards the mouthpiece. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 5: Seal the deal

Twist the extra paper at the tip of the joint to seal everything shut.

Twist the extra paper at the tip of the joint to seal everything shut. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Finally, it’s time to spark up your joint and inhale through the mouthpiece. Enjoy!

Finally, it’s time to spark up your joint and inhale through the mouthpiece. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Why do people like joints?

Cannabis consumers love joints for a wide variety of reasons. For many, joints serve as the entry point into the cannabis world and smoking. Some like the way terpenes smell as the joint smoke spirals into the air. Others appreciate the fact you only need to spark up once to enjoy a joint, compared to the constant lighting of a pipe or the heavy-duty torching that dabs require.

Joints are also highly mobile, easy to share in a group setting, and easy to store if you want to smoke some and save the rest for a later day. According to an analysis by the RAND Corporation, an average joint fits about 0.32 grams of weed, making it a potent cannabis experience for an individual or enough for everyone when shared in a session. When completed, there’s little to clean up except for the roach and some ash.

Many joint rollers find the process of crafting joints therapeutic and consider the ritual an essential part of their consumption process.

Why do people hate joints?

Joints aren’t the most efficient way of consuming weed, and many users choose other methods to stretch their budget and maximize the experience of their bud. If you don’t smoke a joint fast, the flame on the tip will burn off precious trichomes and terpenes. Joints aren’t the best choice for marijuana consumers seeking a leisurely, lengthy smoking session.

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How to roll a blunt

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  1. What is a blunt?
  2. What you need to roll a blunt
  3. Step-by-step instructions for rolling a blunt
  4. Why people like blunts
  5. Why people hate blunts
  6. Bottom line

What is a blunt?

A blunt is similar to a joint, in that it is essentially a marijuana cigarette. But unlike joints, the defining feature of a blunt is that it is wrapped in a tobacco leaf paper, rather than a standard rolling paper. This feature provides many of the distinctive qualities of a blunt, including taste, smell, effect, and burn time.

The defining feature of a blunt is that it is wrapped in a tobacco leaf paper. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Within the cannabis community, blunts can be a bit polarizing. Some smokers are avid fans of blunts, essentially smoking nothing else, while others are turned off by the sometimes strong smells and tastes associated with the tobacco leaf wrap. Learning how to roll a perfect blunt takes practice, so if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying!

What you need to roll a blunt

To roll and smoke blunts like a pro you will need a handful of key components. Obviously, you will need your cannabis strain of choice. Since you’ll have to grind your bud before rolling your blunt, it is best to also have a reliable grinder. To keep your work space tidy, a rolling tray will also come in handy.

To roll and smoke blunts like a pro you will need a handful of key components. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Additionally, you will need rolling papers. Rolling papers are the most important element of a blunt, since the tobacco leaf wrap is the very definition of what makes a blunt a blunt. Selecting the right tobacco wrap is at the heart of rolling blunts, as blunt aficionados tend to be very loyal to one particular brand of tobacco wrapping paper, using their brand of choice almost exclusively.

There are two main ways to procure your tobacco wrapping paper. Traditionally, you purchase a pre-rolled cigar or cigarillo, empty out the contents, and then repurpose the tobacco wrapping paper by filling it with weed before re-rolling it into a blunt. Popular cigar and cigarillo brands include:

  • Swisher Sweets
  • Dutch Masters
  • Backwoods
  • White Owl
  • Phillies

The other type of blunt wrap is a tobacco leaf paper that comes as-is and is not a pre-filled cigar or cigarillo. Zig Zag Blunt Wraps are probably the most common wrap in this category.

Step-by-step instructions for rolling a blunt

Step 1: Grind your weed

Before you start rolling your blunt, it’s a good idea to complete a little prep work. Most importantly, that means having your weed ground up and ready to go. That way when you’ve broken down and cleaned out your wrap, you can move right into rolling your ground cannabis.

The best way to grind your weed is with a grinder. This tool gives you the most consistent grind, which translates into a smoother, more even burn. If you don’t have a grinder, carefully break apart your weed with your fingers. Shoot for picking it apart into small pieces that are more or less the same size. As you go, be as delicate as you can to minimize damage to the cannabinoid-rich trichomes.

Before you start rolling your blunt, grind your weed with a grinder. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 2: Select your wrap

As mentioned above, die-hard blunt smokers tend to define themselves by their wrap of choice. If you’re new to blunts, experiment with a handful of different brands. You might even want to test a flavored wrap. Enjoy figuring out which blunt wrap you like the best. Or, if you like a couple of different brands, feel free to switch things up according to how you’re feeling at the moment.

Step 3: Break down the wrap

The cleanest and most precise way to break down the wrap is to use a razor blade to split the cigar or cigarillo lengthwise down the middle. You can also use your hands; just be very careful that you break apart the wrapper without tearing it all the way through or cracking it. Once you’ve opened the cigar or cigarillo, simply empty out and discard the tobacco inside the wrap.

Once you’ve opened the cigar or cigarillo, simply empty out and discard the tobacco inside the wrap. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 4: Moisten the wrap

It’s a good idea to get the wrap slightly moist, as this makes the tobacco leaf more pliable and easier to work with. You can use either water or saliva for this. Some folks lick the blunt wrap while others use a paintbrush moistened with water. Whatever you do, don’t get it sopping wet — you don’t want the entire thing to disintegrate. Just moisten the wrap enough to make it easier to handle.

Step 5: Place weed in wrap

Hold the tobacco wrap in one hand, typically your non-dominant hand. Position your index fingers and thumbs in such a way that you form the wrap into a U-shaped trough. Now, grab a pinch of your ground-up marijuana and place it inside the tobacco wrap, forming a line that runs the full length of the wrap. Be sure you don’t overfill it—you still need enough space to wrap the tobacco leaf into a cylinder that completely encases the marijuana.

Grab a pinch of your ground-up marijuana and place it inside the tobacco wrap, forming a line that runs the full length of the wrap. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 6: Roll up your blunt

Use both hands to gently rock the wrapping paper back and forth. As you engage in this motion, you should be tamping down and evening out the marijuana. This technique will begin to shape your blunt into a cylinder that is uniform in thickness. When you’ve got the right shape formed, bring one edge of the wrap up and over the marijuana, and tuck it underneath the opposite side of the wrap. At this point, the wrap should completely encase the marijuana.

As you gently rock the wrapping paper back and forth, you should be tamping down and evening out the marijuana. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 7: Seal your blunt

Hold the edge of the wrap that is now on top of the other edge and use your tongue to dampen it. Lick the inside of the wrap and, when it’s moist, press it down on top of the other edge of the wrap. The moisture should make the tobacco stick to itself, thereby sealing the blunt shut. Be sure that the seam you just made is sealed along the entire length of the blunt.

Lick the inside of the wrap and, when it’s moist, press it down on top of the other edge of the wrap. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Finally, use a lighter and run the flame up and down along the seam. This dries out the tobacco and locks the seam into place so the blunt doesn’t fall apart when you’re smoking it.

Finally, use a lighter and run the flame up and down along the seam. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 8: Light up your blunt and enjoy

Now it’s time to light up one end of your blunt and pull the smoke through the other end. Enjoy!

Now it’s time to light up one end of your blunt and pull the smoke through the other end. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Why people like blunts

Many marijuana consumers have strong feelings about blunts. Those who love blunts tend to really love them. There are a handful of reasons why blunt lovers prefer this method of smoking above other methods:

  • Taste and smell – Many blunt fans enjoy the added tastes and smells that come from the tobacco leaf wrap. Aficionados often like mixing and matching wraps with different strains. Some blunt smokers also like experimenting with flavored blunt wrappers, introducing even more complexity to the taste and scent profiles of their smoking experience.
  • Slow burn – Blunts tend to burn a bit longer than standard joints, giving smokers an experience more akin to slowly puffing on a cigar or cigarillo.
  • Versatility – Compared to other, less mobile smoking methods, such as a bong or dabbing, blunts are incredibly versatile. You can easily and quickly roll one up anytime and anywhere, and they’re equally effective for solo and social smoking.
  • Effects – The tobacco leaf wrap introduces a new and often heightened sensation of feeling high. In fact, it’s fairly common for first-time blunt smokers to feel a bit overwhelmed by the combined tobacco-plus-cannabis buzz. But this is precisely the effect that many blunt fans want.

Why people hate blunts

Interestingly, the reasons some people love blunts are also the reasons other people hate blunts. Specifically, people who hate blunts tend to be turned off by:

  • The smell and taste of the tobacco wrap.
  • The sometimes harsh smoke produced by the tobacco wrap.
  • The additional “buzzy” effects typically produced by inhaling smoke from the tobacco wrap.

Bottom line

Blunts are excellent choices for cannabis connoisseurs who favor strong aromas and flavors accompanied by a slow burn and intense high.

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