Life is great when you’re high. When you need a light buzz, a nice joint can get the job done. You can buy pre-rolls and save time, but it doesn’t compare to when you do it on your own. Rolling a joint is not as hard as you might expect. You can even do it as a fun activity with friends. If you have never rolled a joint and would like to try, we’re here to help. Here are some tips on rolling a joint you’ll find useful.
Materials for Rolling a Joint
You’ll need the following in order to roll a perfect joint.
- Weed in the form of flower
- Rolling Papers
- Rolling tips / Filters
- A tray or surface to roll
Tips on Rolling a Joint
Tip 1: Choose the right flower
Choosing the right flower is very important. It’s where it all begins. When you know your flower strains, and what works best for you makes all the difference. It can also help you choose your preferred method of rolling. For example, Sativa strains are less dense. Therefore, they do not need to be ground as much to achieve bud consistency. The overall quality and satisfaction of the joint begin with the flower, so make sure to put some thought into it.
Tip 2: Choose the right paper
Paper is the second most important component in a joint. It’s what wraps our bud neatly for us to smoke. And there are plenty of papers to choose from. There is classic white or brown paper. There is also rice paper, pulp paper, flavored paper, and others in-between. Some papers improve the flavor of the smoke. While others may be a more health-conscious decision. Other papers can burn easier, while others intentionally burn slower in order to last longer. That’s why picking out your paper is an important tip on rolling a joint.
Tip 3: Grind your flower well
This is the third most important after picking your proper flower and paper. Before throwing your flower into the grinder, make sure to remove any stems that are visible. This allows for an easier and more even burn. The goal is to get a nice and crumbly texture. To achieve that, drop a nug of your preferred flower into a grinder. Close it up, and twist about 10-12 times. Or, until you can’t feel much resistance. Be careful though, if it’s too thinly ground, the joint may have trouble staying lit. And voila, the perfect weed for a joint.
Tip 4: Always use a filter
Although it may not be absolutely necessary to have a filter, we highly recommend it. The filter is there to help create a barrier between your lips and the burning herb. Additionally, it prevents bits of flower from slipping into your mouth as you smoke. It’s also important to note the size of the filter. How thin or thick you roll your filter will also determine the thickness of your joint. Plan accordingly.
Tip 5: An organized setup goes a long way
The trick to rolling a perfect joint is to have a place to roll. This could be a tray, plate, magazine, or just any flat surface. This allows you to have ample space to roll and organize what you need. It’s also helpful because it catches any excess weed that may drop. You can save that for your next joint. Once your set-up is nice and organized, you can begin rolling your joint. Just drop some fresh ground herb into your roll, with your filter on one end.
Tip 6: The pinch and roll technique
This is a great tip for rolling a tight and cylindrical joint. You grab the flower-filled paper by both ends. You pinch the tops of the paper with your thumbs and forefingers. Then, you rub your fingers together in an up-and-down motion. By doing so, you effectively push the flower into a tight log shape that’s the same width as the filter. Go slow and take your time. This technique takes time, patience, and finesse, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t get it right the first time.
Tip 7: Final Touch Ups
Once it’s all set, you can lick the glue end and seal up the joint. Go ahead and tape the side of the filter to help the flower settle in. Or, if you’ve rolled it in a way where the top side is still open, do this. Use a thin pointy object, like a pencil or chopstick, to pack the flower in. Once the flower is all nicely packed and settled, twist the excess paper at the top of the joint to keep everything in place.