There comes a time in every smoker’s life that they get caught with nothing to smoke with and nothing to roll with. When this happens, you can either go full on engineer and try to make a homemade bong or find something creative to roll a joint with.
After all, joints are healthier than bongs.
But a word from the wise, don’t use anything other than real joint papers to roll up. True, you can use a gum wrapper with the aluminum peeled off or corn husk or even printer paper. But don’t. They suck. Be patient, make a gas station run and enjoy cannabis the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
Using a joint roller is one of the easiest ways for beginners to learn how to roll joints.
No. You’re not going to be smoking a dollar bill! Instead, you’re using the dollar bill as a makeshift joint roller to roll perfect joints quickly and effortlessly every time.
Now, rolling a two paper joint is exactly like rolling a single paper joint. The only thing you need to learn is how to attach the two joint papers. There are two different ways you can go about doing it.
The first way is the preferred method that is easier to roll, and that’s to take the second paper and attach it by shaping the two papers into an L shape.
You can see how it’s done in the video below.
Now, take your paper and fill it with the shake you got from grinding your cannabis. If you’re using a filter, place it at one end of the joint.
Usually, a good amount of cannabis for a joint is around a half gram (you can weigh it out with a scale if you want).
With one hand holding the paper, use your free hand to shape the joint by moving the cannabis around to where it’s evenly distributed across the paper.
A lot of beginners tend to roll joints with fat bellies. Don’t do this. Take the time to shape the joint properly.
So you’ve got the joint loaded and shaped, now is the time to roll it up. Do so by pinching the paper between your fingertips and slowly roll it back and forth to pack the cannabis down.
Once you see it taking the shape of a joint, it’s time to go to the next step.
Everything up to this point has been easy. Now is the time that the great joint rollers separate themselves from the beginners. Start by tucking the unglued side of your paper into the roll.
Lick the glued edge of the paper and roll one end down to hold it into place. If you’re using a filter, roll this end into place first. It makes it easier and helps guide the paper as it rolls around itself.
Slowly, work your way down the rest of the joint, tucking and sealing the joint as you go.
Rolling a joint with hash isn’t any different than rolling a normal joint. You can use any of the joint rolling techniques mentioned above to do it. The whole idea behind it is just putting hash in your joint. There are right and wrong ways to put hash in your joints, though.
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If your hash is very dry, like compacted kief hash is, use a knife to scrape off some of it into the cannabis you have prepped for your joint. If the hash has a more play-dough consistency, then take a little bit of it and roll the hash until it’s a long and very skinny line of hash.
It needs to be roughly the same size of the joint. Place the hash on top of the weed and roll it up.
The other way to roll a two paper joint is by attaching the papers slightly overlapping each other.
While this one sounds cooler since it will be a bigger joint, it tends to be pretty unstable and clog up from massive resin build up. You’re better off rolling up a blunt.
Learning how to roll a joint is an essential stoner skill. Think about it. Glass breaks, is expensive and is hard to travel with.
There are limitless ways to roll a joint. You can roll them big or small. Get creative! Some people have even transformed joint rolling into an art all on its own, rolling their cannabis into a unique mix of functional origami.
The joint is one of the more iconic ways to consume cannabis, and it’s a great way to enjoy the flavor of your flower. Every cannabis smoker should learn how to roll a joint. There are countless opinions on the different ways of rolling one, but whatever you do, make sure your creation burns smoothly and evenly.
Make a crutch, also called a tip or filter. You can make a crutch out of just about anything, but thin cardboard or business cards are solid go-tos. A lot of joint papers also include crutch material with their packaging.
Finally, pack the end of the joint to help ensure an even burn. A pen is great, but you can use just about anything.
This post was originally published on May 19, 2016. It was most recently updated on April 15, 2020.
Fill the paper with the shake and the crutch (if you’ve made one). Once the paper has the right amount of shake (a half gram to a gram usually does the trick), you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.
Once you’ve loaded and shaped your joint, it’s time to roll it. Pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth between them to pack the cannabis down into its final cone shape.
Pro tip: Start with the crutch side because it can help guide the paper as it rolls around itself.
When starting out, we recommend using a 1/2 gram of weed and normal or 1 1/4 sized rolling papers. This is a good amount of weed for a couple people and starting off on the smaller side will make rolling the joint more manageable.
Every cannabis smoker should learn how to roll a joint. To help you hone your own craft, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step guide to successful joint rolling.