Why Roll a Joint?
Joints are an iconic method of smoking cannabis. Therefore, the skill of rolling a perfect joint is a classic skill that is quickly dying with the onset of other methods of Marijuana consumption. Joints are also deeply entwined with the ritual of smoking and the social aspect of it. The first recorded use of a joint I could find was around 1856. A pharmacist in Mexico recorded laborers rolling them, most times with tobacco as well. The joint has since been the go-to choice of many cannabis consumers. Passing one around a circle of friends is one of the more popular ways to smoke. So it only makes sense, to honor our ancestors and ourselves, that every lover of the ganja learns to roll a great doobie right?
Let’s Talk Joint Lingo
Maybe, since you’re new to the joint rolling world, we should talk about what to call them. The classic is, of course “joint” but here are a few other names you might hear:
|Nicknames for Marijuana Joints|
|Doobie||This one is a classic – Popular in the 1960’s and 70’s (think Doobie Brothers). Can’t go wrong with a classic|
|Marijuana Cigarette||Pretty self-explanatory – But remember that this only refers to a joint not a spliff (which is cannabis and tobacco mixed together in a joint)|
|J or ‘Jay’||Short for “Joint”…sort of covert…sort of 🙂|
|Fatty||A large joint – Usually packed to almost bursting|
|Pinner||Opposite of a Fatty – A Pinner is a very thin joint with almost no cannabis|
|Roach||This one is also an oldie. Coined in Mexico in reference to “La Cucaracha” which is a song about a cockroach who has no cannabis|
|Left-Handed Cigarette||This one is really old – It has roots in speakeasy clubs of Harlem dating back to the to 1930’s|
Supplies Needed To Roll A Perfect Joint
Okay so now you know the lingo so you don’t look like a dummy in front of your friends hehe. Let’s talk supplies. To roll your perfect joint you will need:
|Cannabis, Weed, Ganja, Marijuana…You get the picture|
Aside from the cannabis, you can get any of these items online, and you may even have some of them at home already. I’ve linked the items in the table above to my go-to brands but I totally recommend experimenting and seeing what is out there. What works for me may not work for you!
The Right Cannabis to Use For The Perfect Joint
You can’t have a great joint without great cannabis! Whatever your price range just try to get the best you can. Tested, organic cannabis is by far my highest recommendation. When you get something lab tested you know it’s clean, potent, and worth what you pay. When you buy clean cannabis you are taking care of your health, the health of others, and the health of the planet. (I’m such a hippie, I know)
From a more hands-on perspective I say to follow your senses! If cannabis smells wonderful chances are it smokes wonderfully. If cannabis has beautiful coloring that’s an indication of beautiful quality. And if it tastes good…well, you chose right! So say it with me: Great joints begin with great cannabis.
The Daily Grind
The second step to roll a joint is to grind your cannabis. The most efficient method is to purchase a Grinder online or at your local head shop (though expect to pay more at most head shops unless they price match). There are a few different kinds you can get. I recommend a metal one. They last longer, and I worry less about grinding plastic into my bud. There are also grinders with what are known as “kief-catchers” like this one by Cali Crusher . This is a lower compartment that catches kief, the high-potency powder left behind from grinding. People collect it to smoke. But if all that sounds too fancy, you can also use scissors in a pinch.
Put about a half gram of your cannabis into your grinder and give it a few turns. You will hear the plant matter breaking apart and you may have to put a little muscle into it if your marijuana is extra sticky. You want the consistency of your finished product to be a fine mixture with no stems or intact buds. Tap out your cannabis onto a smooth, steady surface to avoid the tragedy of spilling your newly prepped cannabis all over. Fresh bud ground right before it’s put into a joint is always better than if you grind a bunch then store it. So resist the urge to grind ahead of time.
Crutches Save Crumbs
Step 3….so now that you’ve taken care of your cannabis you can prepare what’s known as a Crutch. A crutch is a rolled piece of stiff paper that goes into the end of your joint. Though not necessary to roll a joint, it is common practice. And for good reason. A crutch will keep you from getting any weed crumbs in your mouth and will also allow you to smoke all of the cannabis in the joint without burning your lips or fingers! Some rolling papers are even longer to accommodate crutches.
Crutches can be made from heavy card stock, thin cardboard, cereal boxes you name it! All you need is a thin strip, less than a half and inch. You then roll this into the size you’d aim for your joint to be. Some joints even include crutches with them, something to consider with your next purchase. I usually just keep a healthy stock of them at my place since they’re relatively inexpensive.
Adding Cannabis To Your Joint
Time to grab some rolling papers. . These days there’s a ton of options out there. It can be sometimes overwhelming to choose. Don’t be afraid to get a few different packs to start with, you’re going to need to practice anyway. I would recommend RAW papers as a good place to start they’re flavorless and free of additives and bleach. Or you could go with the classic orange package classic Zig-Zags. They even make variety pack flavored papers for those of you who like a little extra flavor. I personally recommend the Juicy mango flavored papers…you know, since I’m basic and can’t find a Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor. 😉
Hold your joint paper with the adhesive strip facing you with your index fingers resting just on the edge of the paper. Place your crutch on one end and put your ground up cannabis on the other. Put about half a gram evenly across the whole joint leaving enough room to put the edges together.
Tuck and Roll…Your Perfect Joint
Time to get this joint rolling! Pinch the edges together and begin rolling the cannabis into shape and packing it down. This part can take a little practice so don’t get discouraged if you have ugly joints at first. They don’t have to be pretty to be perfect…to you anyways. As you’re rolling your joint into shape start rolling the side closest to you a little farther in to prepare for the next step.
Once your joint is taking shape get ready to tuck and roll. You’re going to take the non-adhesive side, that is the side closest to you, and tuck it under the other side like rolling a scroll up. As you near the adhesive go ahead and moisten the sticky side with your tongue. Once you do, press the edge to the joint and it smooth out. This part can also be tricky so just be patient, and remember that practice makes perfect, even with pot.
Push Down, Twist Up
Your joint is almost done! Turn it so the side with the crutch at the bottom. If you didn’t do the best job of packing the cannabis you can use a number of things to help push it down and make it tighter. Hair pins work great, as do ball point pens. With those just be careful to not break the paper. Smoke shops often carry what are referred to as pokers which are used, among other things, to poke the weed down in a joint.
Once you have a pack you’re satisfied with twist the end closed. Now it’s time to reap the reward of your hard work and light that joint up! A joint can be the perfect end to a day, or the best way to relax with some fellow tokers. Grab some friends and show them what a pro you’ve become!
Extra Joint Accessories
If you decide joint rolling is your new favorite way there are many ways you can step up your game.Pokers – Smoke shops carry these in all shapes and sizes, mine are a frog and a bird!
RAW Crutch – these handy things will make it so you never have to pillage for a makeshift crutch again. They go in your joint the exact same way, and they’ll make you look like one sophisticated stoner.
24K Gold Rolling Papers – Want to feed that inner hedonist? These papers will do the trick, not to mention they’re sure to be a hit at any smoke sesh.
Rolling Tray – These are very nifty to have around. Essentially, they provide a dedicated smooth surface to roll and put your accessories. They’re great for keeping little pieces of cannabis from ending up where you don’t want them.
Automatic Roller – This one is for two different types of people. Those who struggle rolling a joint, and those who smoke so many they’re just plain tired of rolling! Very cool tool to have around either way.
Hemp Wick – If you’re looking to get away from butane, or to stop running through lighters, consider Hemp Wick. It’s a wax-coated hemp rope you can light then use to light your joint. I personally use these and I think it makes the marijuana taste much less “burnt”.
Lighter Case With Poker – This one is perfect for the stoner on the go. There’s a retractable poker built right in! There’s even some like this one that come with a place to wrap your hemp wick too.
Happy Toking, Loves!
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I am not a doctor and this is not to be taken, interpreted or construed as medical advice. Please talk with a licensed medical professional about this or any conditions you have or may believe you have. The information in this article is provided as an information resource only. These are just my own personal opinions and not a prescription or a diagnosis or any form of health care whatsoever.
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