If you’re new to weed, or new to rolling your own joints, you’re probably wondering where to begin. You’re likely looking forward to kicking back, taking your first puff and relaxing, but how to prepare your first smoke? Whether you’re a complete newbie or whether you’re looking for ways to perfect your joint-rolling skills, these tips on how to roll a joint will come in super useful.
What is a Joint?
Before racing ahead to the exact steps you need to roll a joint, it’s handy to understand what a joint even is. You’ve probably heard a variety of different words used in weed-smoking circles, such as joint, blunt, spliff, doobie and rollie. So, what’s what?
Joints, doobies and rollies are essentially the same: cannabis rolled up in a thin paper and ready to smoke. They contain pure weed, with no added tobacco. Watch out, though; the term rollie may also be used to refer to a regular hand-rolled cigarette that contains only tobacco.
Joints may or may not have a mouthpiece, also known as a crutch, at the end.
Spliffs, on the other hand, are filled with a mixture of weed and tobacco, based on the individual smoker’s taste and preference. Like joints, spliffs are rolled by hand using thin rolling paper. Spliffs generally have a crutch at the mouth end, which is normally made from a small piece of thin card or thick paper. Some people rip a strip from the outer thicker paper packet from their rolling papers to make a crutch.
Blunts also contain a mixture of cannabis and tobacco, but they typically have much less tobacco than a spliff. Longer and thicker than both joints and spliffs, smokers roll blunts using a different type of paper. Rather than using the thin papers of spliffs and joints, blunts use a darker thicker paper made from tobacco or hemp leaves. While the filling is generally pure weed, the tobacco comes from the paper itself. If you’re wondering how to roll a blunt, keep in mind that many people find it a bit more challenging than rolling a joint. It’s probably better to get your joint-rolling skills on point first then graduate to blunts later.
The Basics of Rolling a Joint
Now you know what a joint is, it’s time to figure out how to roll one! As with most things in life, practice makes perfect. Your first roll might not look so great but after a few attempts, you’re sure to be rolling like a pro.
What You Will Need to Roll a Joint
Before you can even think about lighting up, you’re going to need to get all your joint ingredients together. You will need:
- Ground cannabis
- Rolling paper
- Pen (or another thin device for packing)
If your cannabis isn’t already ground, you’ll need to fist grind down your bud. A small herb grinder is ideal for the job, though you can find other, sometimes imaginative, ways to grind your cannabis into smokable form.
4 Easy Steps for Rolling a Joint
These four simple steps make rolling a joint a breeze. Although not essential, having a rolling tray can be of great use — you won’t make as much mess and it’s easy to salvage any spilt weed. Before spreading out your supplies, make sure you’ve turned any fans off and aren’t sitting near an open window or any strong drafts. It only takes a slight gust for your paper and product to sail away!
- Step 1: Lay out your paper. We’ll repeat it again because it’s so important—make sure there isn’t any breeze! The paper fold should be facing with the fold downwards and the glue up and (assuming you’re right-handed) the adhesive should be away from you. If you’re using a filter or crutch, now’s the time to put it at one end.
- Step 2: Next, fill the paper. Evenly sprinkle your ground cannabis of choice horizontally along the paper. Make sure to go as close to the ends as possible. Be careful to not add too much weed — if you fill your paper too much it might rip.
- Step 3: It’s time to roll! Carefully, using your fingertips on both hands, pinch the paper and roll your joint back and forth to get a nice tight tube. With the glue-covered edge away from you and sightly unrolled, start from the mouth end and lightly lick the adhesive all along the joint. Don’t go overboard, though, or you’ll end up with a mushy slobbery mess! Once moist, roll the joint again so the glue holds it closed. Use a pen, stick or other thin object to pack the weed down from the open end to the mouth end.
- Step 4: Relax and enjoy! When lighting up, slowly turn your joint to ensure an even burn. Lightly draw on your smoke and chill. Remember: it’s not a cigarette. You should give time for the effects to kick in between puffs if smoking alone. Otherwise, do the right thing and pass it along!
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