Finally, pack the end of the joint to help ensure an even burn. A pen is great, but you can use just about anything.
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.
This post was originally published on May 19, 2016. It was most recently updated on April 15, 2020.
Begin by gathering your rolling supplies:
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If you don’t have a grinder, you can grind the herb down by hand, using scissors, or any number of other breakdown methods.
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.
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.
Will is a cannabis expert and former co-host of Leafly’s “What Are you Smoking” podcast. He’s a cultivator and former budtender who loves complex hybrids with piney and gassy terpene profiles. Follow him on Instagram at @the.avid.dabber
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.