If you have ever tried to roll your own joint, then you know how challenging it can be. Joint rolling is an art, and a perfectly rolled one will provide an even burn and a smooth smoking session. On the other hand, a loose, poorly rolled joint will cause nothing but problems and will hamper your overall experience. That is why if you are a regular cannabis smoker, you should learn how to roll a joint perfectly for great smoke every time. Stay with us and we will teach you all there is to know about this art, along with the best flowers to use.
Things You Will Need To Roll A Joint
To roll a proper joint, you will need the following supplies:
- Cannabis strain of choice
- Rolling papers
- Filter paper
- Grinder (optional)
- Rolling tray (optional)
- Packing instrument (optional)
For the supplies we marked as optional, you are welcome to get creative if you do not have them on hand. For example, a grinder just makes breaking up the flowers easier and less messy, but you can easily just break up the buds with your fingers as an alternative. And the same goes for a rolling tray. It just makes it easier to hold the rolling paper while you place the buds inside, but you can always opt for another method of keeping the paper in place. For the packing instrument, you can use a pen or another similarly shaped object. The purpose of this is to pack the flowers down into the joint so they will burn evenly and smoothly.
How Much Flower Does It Take?
The great thing about rolling your own joint is you get to customize how many flowers you put into it. However, you need to take into account your tolerance, the type of flower, and the rate at which you plan to smoke your joint when assessing how much to use. If you are just starting out with smoking cannabis, start with a small amount and include only about half of a gram in your joint. While pre-rolled joints typically come with one gram of flower, half of a gram will help you determine your tolerance in a safe way. But, you can feel free to use it more or less depending on your specific needs.
Another thing to take into consideration is the type of flower you are using. If you opt for hemp flower (also known as CBD flower), you will not get high because it has only a trace amount of THC. As far as other legal options, you can choose to go for delta-8 flower, which will provide a psychoactive experience, or a “high”. While traditional marijuana, which is high in delta-9 THC, is usually used in a joint, it is considered a controlled substance and, as a result, is illegal federally in the U.S. So, when deciding what flower to use, it is best to stick to the legal options.
Why You Should Choose BudPop’s Flowers for Your Joints?
With BudPop, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to flowers to use in your joints. We offer a variety of strains in both CBD and delta-8 flowers, so you get to choose the experience you are looking for. For CBD flowers, you can choose between the Sativa-dominant hybrid Sour Diesel and the Indica-dominant hybrid Northern Lights. If you are looking for an energizing strain, go for the former, and if you want something to help mellow you out, go for the latter.
Additionally, you have even more options when it comes to delta-8 flowers, as we have four potent strains to choose from. Again, you can get Northern Lights but this time in the form of psychoactive delta-8 flowers. So, this strain will not only provide a relaxed and calming sensation, but it will also give you a mild, euphoric buzz. Similarly, you can also go for our Cookies strain, which is also an Indica-dominant hybrid known for its sedating properties. On the other hand, we have our Tangie and Zkittlez strains, both of which are Sativa-dominant hybrids. As such, you can expect to feel more energetic and focused with these strains, along with having a tasty smoke due to the strain-specific terpenes.
To make your joint-rolling experience even more convenient, we also offer a rolling tray and our 4-layer grinder, both in a dazzling cherry red color. Both of these accessories are made of high-quality materials, with the grinder being made of medical-grade, ultrasonically cleansed, anodized aluminum. As a result, your buds will be ground down to a fine, even texture, which will provide the ultimate joint smoking experience.
How to Roll a Standard Joint?
The following are the steps you need to take to roll your very own joint. Remember, precision is key to rolling the perfect one, so you should take your time with each step.
- Grind Up the Flower
First, you need to prepare the flour by grinding it up. As we mentioned before, a grinder is not necessary for this step, but it does make things a lot easier. The ultimate goal is uniform, finely ground flowers, so small they are almost powder-like. To achieve this, remove any stems, stalks, seeds, or leaves, and run the buds through the grinder. You can also simply use your fingers, scissors, or another, similar, instrument to break up the flower into the right consistency. This is important to achieve an even burn.
- Set Up the Filter or Crutch (Optional)
While a filter or crutch is not needed, many cannabis smokers prefer to use one for a number of reasons. For one, it protects your lips from the hot burning of the flower when it gets down to the end of the joint. Another reason to use one, which is obvious, is to filter the smoke before it enters your lungs. This will keep excess bits of flower from going into your mouth when you inhale, and it will also give the smoke a smoother feel.
To make a filter, use a thin piece of cardboard or a thick piece of paper, cut it to the appropriate size, and fold it up accordion-style. Then, place it on the paper at one end before rolling. It is as simple as that. One word of caution is to ensure you do not fold up the filter too tight, as you still want to be able to get a sufficient amount of air through upon inhaling.
- Fill the Paper
Next, we are going to take those ground-up buds and place them on the rolling paper along with the crutch or filter. Make sure the sticky side of the rolling paper is facing up for when it is time to close the joint up. When placing your flowers in the joint, put them in a consistent straight line, with the same amount of bud throughout. You want to ensure this so one, you can more easily roll the joint tightly and two, so it will burn even when you are ready to enjoy it.
Here comes the hard part (or so it is commonly thought). Now, it is time to roll up the joint that you have prepared. While this does take practice and technique, which is why we call it the art of joint rolling, the following steps will ensure you learn the basics.
How to Roll a Joint:
- With one hand, hold the filter and rolling paper together with your thumb and index finger.
- Then, start tucking the non-sticky edge into the paper, gently rolling and using the crutch as a guide for the shape.
- Once it has taken shape, lick the sticky edge and gently press it down onto the rolled part to adhere (do not make it too wet).
- Use the packing instrument to pack the flower into the joint, and twist the end that does not have the crutch to keep everything in place.
The last — and best — step is to light the twisted end, do a few, short inhales until it starts burning, and then take intermittent inhales as it burns down. If you find the joint will not stay lit, it could be because it is packed too tightly, too loosely, or there is not enough airflow through the filter. While this can be disappointing, adjust how you roll your next joint accordingly for a better experience the next time around.
Still, Struggling? Try These Tips
Even if you follow all of these instructions to the letter, your joint may still fall short of your expectations, and that is okay. As we said, the art of joint rolling takes time, patience, and practice to master. So, do not get discouraged if it does not work out the first time around. You can always deconstruct the joint, extract the flower, and try again. But, if you still cannot get the hang of it, you have some options to try.
Did you use a rolling tray and grinder? If not, try using them for a more even burn and an easier time rolling the joint. You would be surprised at the difference these tools can make on the whole experience.
If you tried that to no avail, use a dollar bill as a guide, fold it in half lengthwise, fill it with flower, slip your rolling paper between the dollar bill and the flower, and then try rolling it up this way.
Still no luck? Try an alternate method of taking your flowers. Some common ones are as follows:
Loved for their convenience and ability to produce pure, clean smoke, bongs are a favorite among cannabis smokers.
Pipes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they are extremely simple to use. Just pack it with flower, light it up, inhale, and you are good to go.
Cannot roll a joint but still want to enjoy one? Try these convenient pre-rolled joints that are ready to go.
Although dabs, which are a concentrated form of cannabis, require some special equipment to use (a blow torch, for one), they provide some of the most potent effects when compared to other forms of cannabis products.
Skip the hassle of flowers altogether with ready-to-use vape carts. They come pre-filled with your choice of cannabis strain, and the best part is they do not produce a smell when used. Use them at home, in the car, or while out and about to get your daily dose whenever and wherever you need them.
Use those flowers and bake them into edibles, such as cookies and brownies, or buy pre-made edibles such as CBD or delta-8 gummies. This way, you get no harmful smoke and a potent experience. Just remember they take a while (up to an hour) to kick in.
Types of Joints
Now that you know how to roll a standard joint, did you know there are other types of joints as well? Look into these once you have mastered the above.
The standard joint is simple to learn and master and is one you can trust to be dependable. With its simplicity, it is no wonder it is the go-to for many cannabis smokers.
Go for this one after you have perfected the standard joint. Cones are very similar to joints, but they are just shaped like a cone instead of a cylinder. As such, they often require more flowers to fill.
As the name suggests, this type of joint is very thin, making it perfect for when you do not have a lot of flower to spare.
Again, the name gives it away. A fatty is just a large (or fat) joint.
The biggest of all of the joints, the XXL exceeds the fatty in the amount of flower used. But, while it seems simple, these can be challenging to roll.
Maybe the most creative, the tulip is similar to a pinner and cone combined, but it has extra flower at the end of it to create a tulip-shaped look.
We will not get into the details, but this type of joint is shaped like a cross (hence the name) and is pretty complicated to pull off.
Conclusion: How To Roll Weed?
The art of joint rolling comes with its challenges, but there is no greater feeling than smoking one that has been perfectly rolled by you for you. Now that you have the know-how to roll your own joint, get at it and keep practicing until you get it right. If you still cannot get it down after multiple tries, do not lose hope and check out some of our alternative methods.
Rolling your own joint is highly rewarding, and it is an important skill to have in your repertoire if you are a cannabis connoisseur. But, if you are only beginning, remember to take it slow and use patience. The perfect joint comes with time and effort, and you will get as much out of it as you have put into it. Happy smoking!