We receive a lot of emails from readers looking to improve their joint rolling skills. Before moving onto the tips below, if you haven’t already viewed our video on how to roll a joint, take a few minutes to watch it and familiarize yourself with the basic technique. From there, use the tips below to refine your skills and become a joint rolling master!
Zig-Zag Kings are a durable alternative, with a lot of paper to work with for inexperienced hands (the least amount of paper possible is the preferable way to roll, but consider this training wheels that can be staged down over time). Another creative option is to learn on JOB Crystal rolling papers. A cotton-mallow clear paper, these have the appearance of clear plastic, and are very sturdy. The transparent paper also allow you to see the bud inside and to better understand other defects in your roll. JOB Crystal papers are a bit rare to find these days, so you might need to consult a specialty smoke shop or look online. Any similar cotton-mallow papers will also work.
As you progress in your skill with joint rolling, the key factor to nicer joints lies in improving the final rolling action. Work on getting down a smooth, controlled movement that feels even throughout. If you find this step difficult to control, try adjusting your grip until you find a more stable hold that works for you. It will come in time. Until then, addressing any minor flaws along the way can elevate your beginner efforts into things of pride, eager to be shown off and shared with others. Happy smoking!
The hardest part of joint rolling is perfecting the roll motion, the moment of closure. This is the hardest part to acquire proficiency in and will rely the most on dexterity. Our first suggestion here is to go slow. People tend to rush at this stage, because the process is almost over. Remember to take a breath; you can do the roll as slow as you like, paying attention to each stage to make sure it’s going how you want it.
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Of course, joint rolling takes practice. At the end of the day, it’s better to waste rolling papers than to waste flower. So, if you roll a joint you’re displeased with, don’t hesitate to rip that sucker open and start again. Many times, the general shape of the joint will remain intact, and is easily transferred to a new paper. You can add flower to bolster parts that need it, or fluff the whole mess up and start again. It’s also important to remember that there are many different ways to roll an effective joint and that everyone has their own techniques. Feel free to use the tips above as guidance for your joint rolling journey, but if you find other methods that serve you better then by all means use them!
A small twist at the tip of the paper can help compact the bud and seal off a joint. However, those new to rolling tend to get a bit overzealous on the twist, and wind up with a bulging, flower-packed end that will burn a good amount of product to ash before giving a good draw. This also has a tendency to make the joint run. If you find this a common problem with your joints, the Pacific Northwest has taken to solving this issue with the divot tip. Instead of a large twist, pinch the joint paper together, give a small turn, then compact the excess paper into the end of the joint. Pressing in just slightly to make an indentation. This should take a light touch, so as not to bend the joint. When lit, this will form a more even cherry with a smooth draw. If divot tips aren’t working for you, fill in the joint with more flower before twisting it off, or to cut the paper to size, and focus on keeping the twist small and symmetrical.
U sing our handy step-by-step video guide, anyone can learn to roll a good joint, but some who’ve tried their hand at rolling come away dissatisfied. “Why doesn’t my joint look like the one in the video?” they wonder. While rolling a dried herb into a paper tube may sound like a simple task, the devil is in the details. If anyone element is wrong, it can hinder the smoking experience and ultimately waste your cannabis – and nobody wants that. As such, many who find joint rolling difficult are hesitant to devote the resources to perfecting the craft. Never fear though, the PotGuide team is here to help!
A bump in the middle of the joint with two divots on either side, commonly referred to as a “burrito,” is the telltale sign of a neophyte roller. This is where the thumbs’ range of motion ends, resulting in an uneven tuck. The most basic way to combat this is to be aware of it, and be sure to adjust your grip when packing and prepping for the roll step, focusing on keeping an even shape.
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**Place your carb **carefully on the left-hand side if you’re a righty—right-hand side if you’re a lefty.
Hold your paper lengthwise with the sticky part facing you, like a tiny, fragile boat.
**Choose your papers wisely. **Everyone’s got favorites, but here are a few options that are good for beginners: ZigZag, Bambu, and Easywider (tear these last ones in half, lengthwise).
**When you’re done with that, the hard part: **Tuck the side of the paper nearest to you into the opposite, curling the edge of the paper tightly around the product. Then, lick the gummy part of the paper and carefully roll the whole thing upward _into _the sticky gum—not the other way around.
**Grind your weed, for God’s sake. **Grinding your weed, as opposed to just picking it apart with your fingers, makes the product much easier to work with. It’s also the best way to ensure your hard-earned joint won’t end up lopsided. Pick out the stems before grinding. And, after you’re finished, empty out the grounds onto the table or a classy dish like this one.
**Roll yourself a carb (or just buy filters). **You can make a carb out of pretty much anything papery that has a bit of thickness to it. Business cards are good, the insides of cigarette packs: Just make sure the paper’s not lacquered or dyed in any way because you_ do not_ want to inhale that.
**With your pointer fingers and thumbs, pinch the top of your paper, rolling the product inside back and forth, gradually scooting the weed down. **You’re trying to shape the ground weed into a skinny tube shape.
Sprinkle the product evenly throughout.
**Do it yourself. Always. **There are devices that will roll your js for you. Do not use one. It’s the equivalent of pouring a margarita out of a bag. Your j should be just that, your j. Over time you’ll develop a signature style that you can be proud of. It’s worth the effort, and it’s kind of fun.
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